THE 4 FOUNDATIONS I CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF (DARK SKIN GIRLS).

As we all know, until Fenty Beauty, it seemed like it was very difficult, almost impossible to find foundation for Dark skin people. It is quite unfortunate that it has taken this long for us to start having dark skin makeup on the beauty market. I had an unfortunate situation in which I had to host a beauty brand’s launch of their foundation and everyone had their foundation with the exception of myself. It was heartbreaking and if you aren’t a dark skin girl, you can never know what that feels like. I am certainly happy that things have ameliorated significantly but we still have a long way to go. So, with that said, here are the 4 foundations I’m loving for the summer.

 Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation – $49.00

This foundation is simply the best for the ultimate glow. It is more of a skin finish. It gives great coverage, blends beautifully and looks natural on the skin. For an initial launch the shade range is really promising! I’m still hoping for more deeper shades. I just love the radiant and natural finish it has. I use the shade “Namibia”. I’ll say this foundation works better for someone with dry skin (I have oily skin). Also, with this foundation, you do not need a concealer. If used with the Laura Mercier powder, it looks a bit more matte which I love. 

Tom Ford TRACELESS PERFECTING FOUNDATION SPF15 – $85.00

This foundation cost more than my clothes but god, the formula is amazing. It is just really painful that is almost 100 bucks.  However, this foundation would last you a long time. 2 pumps is all you need. This is my favorite foundation at the moment because of the coverage. However, there are several shades very much missing. I had to pay almost 200 dollars (2 bottles) to get my perfect shade. I have to put a little bit of “12 Macassar” with “11 Dusk”. However, I absolutely love that this foundation comes with SPF. Personally, I notice that it evens my skin tone, creating a flawless, supple, poreless canvas. It certainly reduces the appearance of wrinkles the most out of the 4. To be honest, I love this foundation simply for the aestheitc of the bottle as well. 

COVER FX Power Play Foundation – $44.00

MATTE! MATTE! MATTE! If you have very oily skin, this is the foundation for you. Love the range of shade. I also love that this also comes in different undertones. So, you can shop based not only the coverage but your undertone as well. So, for me I use the G110 for golden underskin. I also have to point out that this brand is vegan and cruelty-free. It holds my oil so well and the color match is simply perfect! It doesn’t oxidize on me, neither does it settle into my pores. Set with the Cover FX Matte Setting Powder, and I was completely good all day. You’ll get at least 8 hours out of it. Love! 

LANCÔME Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation – $47.00

This is such an affordable luxury line. I have been using the concealer of this same line for years, so it was natural to eventually want to try the foundation. This foundation is fantastic. It is medium coverage, not heavy on the skin at all. This is the only foundation that is transfer-resistant. This is correct, I can actually hug someone and my face won’t come off on their clothing. This has been my problem for so long. Anytime I have on makeup, I am deathly afraid of hugging anyone. It goes on beautifully with a BeautyBlender sponge. It also has SPF! Yay for SPF. It is the best foundation to control shine. I use the 550 suede W and it creates a satin matte finish. 

Hope you enjoyed reading this. I’ve linked the foundation for you to shop below. I want to know which foundations you are loving at the moment. Have a wonderful week. Xx

How to Use a Face Mist (and Yes, You Need One!)

Hi Ladies! As you all know, skincare is such an integral part of my life. If you are a skincare addict like me, there is one step everyone debates about and that is face mists. Let’s start with what are face mists? Face mist primes your skin for makeup. If you apply it before your foundation, a layer of face mist helps create a smoother, more hydrated canvas over which to apply makeup. Do you need face mists? Absolutely! They are a key to a lovely skin all summer long. 

Since I started using face mists last year, I realized it keeps my skin happy and healthy with every burst. To be honest, its a slight therapeutic experience every time I close my eyes and that cold water touches my face during the summer heat. So, today I have decided to share this 4 new sprays I can’t get enough of this summer because there’s no better time to add a little refreshment to your skin care routine. Here are my 4 favorites Face mists to keep handy this summer and all through fall and winter. 

1. HERBIVORE Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist – $32 

This face mist is perfect for all skin type. It’s an all-natural face mist with coconut water, hibiscus, and rose to instantly revitalize your skin. You guys know I love all things coconut based. This mist is created with pure plant actives—no fillers. It has no particular perfume odor, so its perfect for someone with a sensitive nose like myself. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free. 

2. CLINIQUE Moisture Surge Face Spray – $25.50

I love all things Clinique for many reasons but simply because it is such an affordable brand. This oil-free face spray rapidly replenishes skin’s moisture level, restores skin balance and soothes the skin. Used with your favorite moisturizer is great for a thirsty skin relief, this spray rapidly refreshes and rejuvenates the skin. 

3. OSEA sea vitamin boost – $38.00 

I love this cruelty-free and organic brand. It’s the only one out of the 4 that significantly reduces aging. This refreshing mist delivers an instant surge of hydration and radiant glow to dull, thirsty skin. Loaded with antioxidant-rich Organic Algae, Resveratrol and Pomegranate. The perfect skin-quenching anytime pick-me-up. This particular mist is perfect for sensitive and dry skin. I personally use the mist as a toner. I spritz all over my face every night after cleansing and before applying an oil. It really helps my skin soak up the oil. 

4. Josie Maran Nirvana Hydrating Treatment Mist – $38.00

This mist is everything! This particular one is very personal. It’s not the sort of mist you can recommend to someone else. It has a particular smell that you either love or absolute hate. it has a protein-rich mineral product that is specifically designed to smooth and moisturize skin. Also, it has a natural essence of cucumber and geranium to revitalize the senses. This is a really nice botanical mist that has a nice touch off Argon oil at the end to lock in the lovely botanical infused water. For an extra hydration Nirvana provides, simply spray over your makeup all day! 

I hope you all love this post. Remember, face mists are perfect for a burst of moisture at any time of the day and especially during peak ray-blasting hours. Always, keep a face mist handy. They should be an integral part of your skincare to prime, balance, and hydrate your complexion. 

So, keep cool this summer. Lounge in the shade, wear cute shorts, and keep a face mist close by because everyone deserves a glowy face all summer 18. 

HOW TO DRESS LIKE THE WOMEN OF MAD MEN

Recently, I started watching “Mad Men” and in my truest form, I am addicted. My Boyfriend, Alexandre has been trying to force me to watch it forever since it’s his favorite show and my style is slightly based on Old Hollywood. Well, I finally listened and it’s changed MY LIFE! I also, say that about everything.

The costume design is impeccable. The Costume designer is brilliant in how she brings each character to life through their style and recreating 60’s essence with such authenticity. There is something powerful when you are watching a show and you want to live vicariously through the characters. Of course, I’ll never be as fabulous, I had to recreate some of the looks especially inspired by the character Joan. Her style is very sassy, bright and a bit flirty.

The ladies at Unique Vintage sent me this beautiful green dress from the 50’s and immediately thought of Joan. What I love Unique Vintage is that their line is size inclusive. Fashion in the 60s began with the prim and proper simplicity of Jackie O.s style. Women loved her perfect pearls and skirt suits. But soon, fashion took a turn for the less proper as skirts got shorter, boots got higher and women dressed less like matriarchs and more like young ladies. Ladies started showing a little more skin with class.

This bewitching emerald green dress rich in 1950s vintage appeal fresh is unparalleled! Boasting a gathered surplice v-neckline, trim and tailored half sleeves with darling button detail and a thick banded natural waistline that creates a minimized silhouette. An ample A-line swing skirt billows to knee length in soft pleats, zipping slyly up the back. Crafted in a supremely soft stretch blend in stunning retro structure, forming an understated yet flattering design. I was fabulously floored when I tried it on!

I styled it with a polka dot scarf with a smooth and sheeny satin like fabric from Forever 21. I finished it off with my trusted So Kate pumps and a simple black clutch. Hope you enjoyed this look as I did styling it very much.

Stay Fabulous.

“You’re born alone and you die alone and this world just drops a bunch of rules on top of you to make you forget those facts.”

NewYork with Architectural Digest (Jenn Air).

Oh my! Where do I start? When I first received the email to come to NewYork with architectural digest, I almost died. Literally, passed out. My life has officially stopped being real. I keep saying, whoever is letting me borrow their life, please don’t ask for it back. I always say, I am not a blogger, I am a creative and more importantly a business woman. I draw inspiration from everything and to be honest, interior design was my very first love. So, this was a trip of a lifetime.

 

Twas such a short notice that I couldn’t really style myself, so I ran to EntreNous Showroom, a luxury consignment store that just went through a rebranding. When you visit Entre Nous Showroom on Robertson, you get to browse a wide array of modern and vintage designer pieces.

The owner Randi gives you a complete personal styling consultation. she picked out luxury items for me. She pushed me to go outside my comfort zone and picked items, I’ll have never ever picked myself. I picked up everything from Prada to Valentino, chanel and much more. I wanted to dress to impress for the show and honey, yes.. yes I did!

Well, as soon as I arrived in NewYork, I caught a fever (as per usual) accompanied with the craziest pink eye, I’ve ever seen. I took a day to rest but then with my fever and pink eye I decided “the show must go on”. I had to shoot some street style. So, it was back to work like I wasn’t dying.

There was a blizzard but because I had a 103 degree fever, I didn’t really feel much and also the blizzard made for such beautiful pictures.

Moving on to the show… Architectural digest is one of those brands in my wildest dreams that I’ll never thought I’ll get to work with. I mean as a child my parents received the monthly issue and I will flip through them and dream of my future home. Life comes in full circle. Every year Architectural Digest searches the globe for trailblazing talents across architecture, art, landscape design, product design, and technology. These creatives are redefining their industries with new discoveries, ever expanding the boundaries of their fields. I say its pretty much the fashion week of Architecture.

I was specifically hired for the Jenn Air booth. The Whirlpool luxury appliance brand, is launching a new line of kitchen appliance designs and they decided to launch their whole rebranding at the Architectural Digest Design Show.

Their rebranding was from everything from their logo, their image, watermark and campaign “Bound By Nothing”. I love anything luxury and I’m not easily impressed. However, I was beyond impressed. I wore this Maison Valentino to the booth. I love how classy this suit is.


They threw us an after party afterwards and it was amazing. They brought out Nas to perform, as in the greatest of all time, NAS. Needless to say, I fainted. Watch their new campaign here to get inspired.

I decided to hang around for the weekend to meet up with all my favorite PR girls. From Maybelline to Elizabeth Arden. Loved catching up with all of them.

Listen, there is no such thing as luck. The harder you work, the “luckier” you get. I know people don’t understand how these opportunities keep happening for me and I keep hearing all the rumors about me. Let me help you out, when the world is sleeping, I am working. When I am in a hospital, I’ll push out content, if I have 20 cents left in my account, I’ll still shoot. I am passionate about what I do and I don’t get detered by life circumstances.

The universe always finds a way to take care of the good people as the lovely Taraji says. Say what you want about me but make sure you say “she is killing it though” at the end of your gossip. So, let’s put all the rumors and stalking to rest, I work hard and I pray harder. There is your answer.

Goodbye NewYork! Till Next time! Stay fabulous 🙂

All photos by Jemima Richards. Check our her website. Her instagram is @jemrichards

4 Cruelty-Free Makeup & Skincare Brands You’ll Feel Good About Indulging In

THIS POST IS NOT SPONSORED. Hi Guys! First off, what’s cruelty free? Cruelty free simply means a brand does not test on animals at all. I eat meat so it wouldn’t make sense for me to make a big deal out of it. However, I do believe we could all make a world a better place together if we simply are a bit more conscious. I know how difficult it is to find vegan/cruelty free products, especially when most things are coming from China. Here is a list of the make up products that are vegan yet affordable and high quality product. I believe in supporting a cause and still getting the best out of your money. Believe it or not, there are cruelty free cosmetics available at any price point, it’s getting easier and easier not to contribute to such an outdated practice. So, lets get right into it. Here are my 4 favorite cruelty free makeup and skincare brands. (THIS IS NOT SPONSORED! I PURCHASED ALL PRODUCTS MYSELF). Also, I am not trying to convince anyone to be cruelty free just for us to think twice.

1 Osea Malibu

OSEA (stands for Ocean, Sun, Earth and Atmosphere) Malibu. They are a company that makes body & skin products. By far one of my new favorite brands and I’ll be working with them more. First of all, their packaging is everything! So aesthetically pleasing. They are a 100% vegan skin care brand from Malibu, California (woot, woot). I have been wanting to try their products for so long and I am so happy to finally try it. I have oily skin, so I asked them what products they recommend and they gave me a recommendation. Their products are suitable for people with all types of skin, especially if you have sensitive skin and are looking for a great natural solution.

2. Eco Tools

I really like the Ecotools brushes. They’re quite soft and densely packed. If you want to take it to another level and support brands that employ eco friendly, this is the perfect brand to support. They are wonderful quality. The brushes are very soft and I have heard they could last for years. I can compare them to Real Techniques but I think the Eco Tools ones are softer in general. I use the angled liner brush for my eyebrows and it’s perfect.The only gripe I have with this brand is that numerous brushes that I love are exclusive to a particular set rather than being able to purchase individually and for someone who isn’t rich as myself, this could easily get expensive. Overall, I would highly recommend them.

3. MALIN + GOETZ

Now this is a luxury brand I can get behind. They are located in my neighborhood in Los Angeles, so that is a good reason to support them. Everyone associated with this brand are just the nicest people I have ever met. I am so happy that they expanded from face, to body and hair, and now to fragrance and candles. This is a perfect brand for the model women and men because it is a unisex or should I say NON-binary line. Non binary products are difficult to find because even the fragrance free products are marketed in a specific way. However Malin+Goetz prides themselves in producing products that all sexes can use. I am obsessed with their new Dark rum perfume. This is the perfume to share with your boyfriend/husband. Is this brand a bit pricy? yes! Is it worth it? Absolutely.

4. Herb Essntls

Herb Essentials is a skin care brand that brings you high performing skincare products that utilize the unique beneficial properties of Cannabis (Clearly this is not for everyone). The stigma around cannabis has gone down significantly and this is a brand that is pioneering those changes. They never test their products on animals and they use all organic ingredients. Another Non-binary brand. All their products are designed to work equally for men and women.  The line consists of a lip balm, body lotion, facial moisturizer, and candle all priced under $70 and made here in LA, so of course I had to support. Cannabis Sativa seed oil is known for its ability to keep skin clear. It’s one of the rare oils that scores a 0 on the comedogenic scale which basically means that it doesn’t clog pores. This whole brand is perfect for anyone with acne prone skin.

Overall, I believe we all share a responsibility for this planet and the creature that live here. Again, I am not vegan and not even a fan of pets but the little that I could do to bring awareness is important to me. Stay Fabulous.

SPECSANDBLAZERS X GILLETTE VENUS

“I partnered with Gillette Venus on this post”.  This is probably one of my favorite collaborations as of yet. Even more exciting, it’s my very first collaboration under my production company.

A quick recap on my first time shaving, I remember the first time I shaved was when I was about 14 or so, I was just in the shower clearing my thoughts, and I saw my brothers razor, on side of the tub, and I didn’t really rationalize or think about it, I just got the razor, and started shaving my legs, I don’t even think my legs were that hairy. Then I realized that there was also a shaving cream, I thought it was some kind of soap at the beginning, so I put a thick layer of shaving cream all over my leg, I think I must have cut myself like 5 times. It was terrible! And then I discovered, Gillette Venus. Since I shave my legs everyday, I quickly realized picking out the right razor is so important. You want one that’s comfortable and helps protect against nicks and cuts.

The Platinum Extra Smooth from Gillette Venus is a beautifully-designed razor with the brand’s first designed-for-women metal handle. It’s a solution for women looking for a more premium design that can hold up against everyday wear and tear, and the long lasting smoothness they desire. The sleek and ergonomic design features a heavier, premium feel and provides women with ultimate control, strength and durability. Even more, the 5 diamond-like coated blades are designed to stay sharper during more shaves, for skin that feels extra-smooth. 

On clean skin, I apply my satin clear gel. The gel is important because it helps track where I’ve shaved. Then with my NEW PLATINUM EXTRA SMOOTH RAZOR with the blade facing down, I lightly press and shave upwards. You don’t have to push down too hard. Don’t worry about those tricky areas like your knees and ankles because each blade adjusts to the contact with your skin.  This helps to avoid nix and cuts plus it has a ribbon of moisture for a smoother glide.

Like any refillable razor, you should replace the blades as soon as they start feeling dull. What’s great is that- all Venus handles and blade refills are interchangeable – so you can pop your favorite blade onto any Venus handles and mix and match for the type of shave you want that day! When you are done shaving, use a rich moisturizer to give you the ultimate goddess glow.  The smoother the skin, the more confident you are in it. So, find the goddess in you and enjoy your beautiful smooth skin. Check it out on Amazon here – your smoother skin awaits! Stay Fabulous.

I partnered with Gillette Venus on this post.

4 Eye Creams That Actually Work

THIS POST IS NOT SPONSORED – Hi Everyone! Today, we are talking about eye creams and eye serums. Today, I am sharing my favorite ones with you. The ones that I truly enjoy and has stood the test of time. I personally love putting on my eye creams in the morning and at night because that is where you’ll see the most aging. Fun fact – there are no oil glands under your eyes, so that whole area has no way of moisturizing itself, so as you get older you are going to notice more dryness in that area. These are the products I can guarantee tackles fine lines, sagging, puffiness and dark circles. They obviously won’t completely eliminate aging but would alleviate tremendously. The truth is the skin around the eyes is 10 times thinner than the skin on your face and ages 36 percent faster than the rest of your skin (insanity!). So, let’s dive right in. I purchased all my products at COS BAR here in los Angeles. You can check out their site: https://www.cosbar.com/

1. CLE DE PEAU BEAUTE Intensive Eye Contour Cream $255.00

If you have the extra money to spend, this albeit VERY EXPENSIVE luxury eye cream is the ultimate experience in age defiance for eyes. This luxurious multi-benefit eye cream dramatically transforms visible sagging, loss of firmness, dark circles, dullness and wrinkles while delivering powerful moisture for phenomenal youthful resilience. Developed with a specially designed beauty massage tool coated in pure platinum that helps increase surface circulation during massage and improve overall tone for more well-defined eye area contours. This alcohol-free formula has a rich, ultra creamy texture that melts into skin.

2. Biossance Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel! $54.00

I die for everything Biossance. Their peptide Eye gel is my favorite and I am obsessed. This product is the true meaning of goodbye bags, puffiness and dirk circles. If you want a non toxic luxury feel product without breaking the bank, go for biossance eye gel.  This little guy has a lot of of natural plant based derivatives in it which helps with the rejuvenation of cells around the eye area and of course the squalane which helps you retain moisture. The consistency of this product is amazing. It is super light and so a little goes a long way.

3. LA MER: The Lifting Eye Serum! $245.00

If you hate the feeling of a cream around your eyes, opt for something lighter like a serum. This is my go-to product to reduce dark circles. When using this product, I focus on my pressure points. This detoxifying formula contains red hibiscus that draws toxins out of the area surrounding your eyes, leaving you looking like you actually slept eight hours last night. The double sided wand that comes with it is perfect to wake up your eyes in the morning which helps with the puffiness. One drop of the product goes a long way. Now I can’t promise this actually lifts your eyebrows but it definitely does reduce puffiness and gives your eye area extra hydration. 

4.BIOEFFECT EGF Eye Serum ! $90.00

This is the product everyone is talking about from Vogue to In-style. It’s an Icelandic brand that actually does what it promises. It contains EGF which is a miracle worker for saggy skin. I’ve seen women use it after having a baby on their belly to firm the saggy skin of child birth (youtube it). It’s truly a miracle worker. So, what is EGF you ask? Epidermal growth factor. It is developed to speed wound recovery. This component boosts collagen and elastin.  I love this brand because there is not a single ingredient in here that could even remotely irritate your eyes because it is hypo-allergenic. My favorite thing about this product is that you don’t have to see or touch the actual product. You simply just dispense and use the cooling rolling ball and massage into the skin. This product is my go to for hydration under the eyes. This product is ideal for ages 30 and up. 

Prevention is better than cure, it’s never too early or too late to start on eye creams. Thank you COS BAR for partnering with me on this post. You can shop all the products on their site or I’ve linked these products for you. Shop below. Stay Fabulous!

 

SPECSANDBLAZERS X COASTAL

Hello everyone! I am so excited to share this article with you all who are as just as blind as me. I have been wearing prescription glasses since I was 14. As a long time wearer of prescription glasses, I know all too well the pains, aesthetic and financial strain, of finding new stylish eyeglasses. When I went into business for myself and became my own boss, that also meant not having things big corporate benefits and insurance and making prescription glasses a luxury! HOWEVER, I was soon introduced to a whole new way to buy glasses…ONLINE with Coastal.

Coastal is an online eyewear storefront that offers a portfolio of handcrafted exclusive designs and beloved designer brands. They curate a boutique of styles tailored for you based on your glasses measurements and style preferences.

I reached out to work with Coastal to help me pick out some new eyeglasses.  It couldn’t come at a more perfect time, because I was in need of some new prescription glasses!

I had a hard time narrowing down all the options.  I was surprised about the amount of choices they had, and for such a reasonable price!  I finally narrowed it down to two. I wanted one for day wear and one for night wear. I’ve always find it difficult to find beautiful prescription glasses I can wear at night. I picked Kam Dhillon Hutton white tortoise glasses for my day wear and a very stylish Kam Dhillon Requiem Black with gold rims. I love the black ones especially because they are so versatile. They are also so light weight that I kept checking to make sure they were still on my face! And they are super flexible!

If you want a company with a creative and innovative way to finding prescription glasses, here is a discount code only for SB readers. Use Code: “SPECSANDBLAZERS” for a buy one get one free (*some exclusions apply) on their site: Coastal 

Now you are ready to start shopping! Enjoy 🙂 Thanks for reading. Stay Fabulous!

3 Ways to Tackle Oily Skin for Good!

This post is for all of you who suffers from oily skin like myself. You could literally fry plantains on my skin. Albeit, the benefits of oily skin far outweighs the disadvantages. So, what causes oily skin? Oily skin can be caused by genetics, dietary choices, too much stress or hormone changes in the body due to puberty. Unfortunately, women also are more prone to oily skin during menstrual cycles, pregnancy, or while taking birth control pills. So, how do we banish oily skin for good? Here are 3 ways! THIS POST IS NOT SPONSORED.

  1. Try Home remedies! I just found out that cucumbers literally can single-handedly cure oily skin. Cucumbers are very beneficial for oily skin due to their cooling, astringent, and soothing properties. Also, the high vitamin and mineral content, including vitamins A and E, magnesium, and potassium, are good for oily skin. Cut a fresh organic cucumber into thick slices, and rub them thoroughly on your face. Leave it on overnight and rinse with warm water in the morning. Do this daily before going to bed. Alternatively, mix one-half teaspoon each of cucumber juice and lime juice. Apply this mixture to your skin, let it dry, and then wash it off with warm water. If all else fails, try cucumber masks. I am obsessed with purlisse face masks. I have one on in this picture and I also linked them below. 

2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! One of the biggest mistakes oily-skinned people make is skipping moisturizer. We think since we are already oily we shouldn’t add more oil. WRONG! As a matter of fact, it’s the opposite. You are oily because you don’t have enough hydration. ”Moisturizing is important to keep the skin’s barrier intact,” explains Dr. Waldorf. This key outer layer of skin is in charge of blocking out external irritants (like bacteria or UV rays) and keeping important moisture inside. This biossance squalane oil is one of my favorite oils. It’s A weightless, multi-tasking oil that instantly hydrates while locking in essential moisture. I love that it comes in travel size as well. I also love the Insta-Natural oils. Oils like these ones help preserve and maintain essential moisture. 

3. Choose your makeup wisely. When it comes to your skin, avoid pore-clogging foundations that feel heavy. Look for lighter textures and keywords like oil-control or mattifying. And if there’s only a little you want to cover up, choose powder over foundation. This bare minerals foundation with SPF is simply amazing. The creamy liquid contains bamboo stem extract for a naturally matte, soft-focus finish and won’t clog your pores. Remember to please remove your makeup before bed no matter how tired you are. Even if you just use a simple makeup remover. I made this mistake so much in my 20s. NEVER EVER go to bed with makeup on your face. 

I hope this helps. Feel free to carry a blotting paper with you everywhere and not be afraid to whip it out!!! Stay fabulous, loves.

 

5 Essentials For Effortless French Girl Style

I am a self-profess francophile. Albeit, I’ve never been to France. I love everything about the French culture. Their skin, their care-free attitude, their je ne sais quoi but most importantly, their style. What I admire most about the French girl style is their ability to never follow trends and simultaneously exude this effortless elegance. Let’s get a little Brigitte Bardot inspiration going on. Today, I’m going to show you 5 essentials for effortless French girl style.

  1. Less is More.
    For the French women, less is more, less is effortless and less is fabulous. For example, if you are wearing dangling earrings, you most likely won’t wear any other jewelry. Also, you can’t mix materials in your jewelry, it’s either all gold or all silver. I personally prefer gold dainty or pearl studs jewelry like I wore in this outfit. 

2. The Everyday flat/kitten heels
The French women sex appeal doesn’t depend entirely on low-cut tops and high heels. Don’t get me wrong, I love high heels. The higher the heel, the closer to….. you know the rest. However, The French woman know how to make a simple ballet flat or kitten heels look like the sexiest item ever created.

3. Invest in bright red lipstick.
I’ve preached this over and over and over and I’ll continuously do. The secret to effortless style is a red lipstick. Red lipsticks are powerful. French women are known to match their red nails to their red lipstick. Consistency is key. Red lipsticks can be different shades depending on the season or your mood but they’ll never wear blue, green, yellow or black on their lips. 

4. When in Doubt, wear a hat.
As you guys know, I love a great hat. Especially with bad hair day, a great hat will dress up anything from a bathing suit to a pantsuit. A signature hat worn adds the right amount of oomph to just about anything you put on. I paired a leather beret with my metallic tweed set from ShopMoonRiver. The leather beret gives the whole outfit an edge but still classy. 

5. Structured bag.
A simple structured bag is an essential for a french look. With a structured bag, you look smart and sleek while accommodating all your essentials. By going for a structured bag like the one I have here, you’ll surely make any outfit sophisticated, polished, and chic in no time.

Overall, just remember that French women are truly good at knowing what proper fit should look and feel like. Everything should be tailored to perfection but simplistic so. Remember, there is an exception to every rule, so do follow these ones as you please. Thank you for reading. Stay Fabulous.

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