Yes, guilty as charged! I have way too many Lululemon days. I go to yoga, or the gym, or bootcamp and use that as an excuse to walk around in my workout clothes all day.
The luxe jogger saved me from myself. It all started when I saw this girl in Topshop, wearing workout pants a nice tank and heels, in a very cute and stylish way. I went out and got mine and never looked back.
The jogger doesn't like to be discriminated against. It likes to be treated like any other type of pants. It wants to be exclusive, and it doesn't like to be worn with other workout clothes. Yes, my jogger talks! Cardis, warm knits, embellished tops, moto jackets keep it happy.
How about you? Do you wear joggers, or are you still a bit scared? (honestly they are very much just pants, only so much better!)
When your wardrobe is slimmed down, it sure does help to have items that serve double duty. When shopping it was one of my prerequisites. I do love dresses, but there are not so many different ways to wear them. This one caught my eye because it has a removable necklace. Not wearing it in these photos, but it is a great day to night trick, I will show it soon. They had it also in white and I am regretting not getting it too. Always a sign of a great buy.
If you are looking for a cute dress, I cannot recommend Maje enough. Now that I am looking for holiday dresses, I have tried on several dresses from the winter collection, like this red one, the buttons on the shoulders are so cute, and this black one, with the lace back. They are 20% off now. I still haven't made my choice... you can see some on my Instagram. Love them all!
Geneva is a strange city to shop. It is a s city and everything is expensive. Real estate and salaries are high, so that everything you see in shops, is 4 or 5 times as expensive as everywhere else. I really don't know how shops still make money, I always ask myself who the people are, other than the Middle Eastern folks than spend the summers here, that fork out that kind of dough.
Haven't they heard of this thing called the Internet? Really, it baffles me. Well, I have one friend, American, who pays 600CHF (the exact equivalent in dollars) for a Marc Jacobs wallet in Geneva. While her nanny always asks her to bring bag Marc Jacobs bags from the States, that costs less than her measly wallet.
I don't know. I, myself, do a lot of showrooming. Sometimes this is very awkward, but I have all my excuses ready. "I will come back with my girlfriends, I can't choose.' or " Let me check a dress that I saw in this other store, I want to see which one I like most." If you follow me onInstagram, you know that I have been looking for party dresses for December. Even French brands like Maje, Sandro etc. are twice as expensive in Geneva, than in France (10 minutes away by car) So I try them on, snap a picture, note the size and get out of there. I know that it must be hard for the salespeople. But something has to change sometimes.
Or maybe the Swiss hate the Internet.
Anyway, don't you find that when shopping now, you freeze outside, and melt inside. Here it is not so cold yet, so an easy puffer, love this one by J.Crew with his gold zipper ( size down!) and easy slip on d'orsay flats, keep me comfortable, cool, and get me dressed again quickly, to dash out when I finally take a peek at the price tag!
Let's talk movies. I hope they will get me trough winter. Now that the days have become so short, you have to some survivor skills ready. This week, on a exceptionally rainy day, where I had to drag myself through my work and errands, I decided that only a good movie and a nice meal could save the day. I made a list of all the movies that I wanted to see, and the annual winter movie night was reinstated.
We have watched Palo Alto and The Pretty one. I wanted to seePalo Alto for a while now, but was holding off, thinking that maybe it would be too depressing. Of course I was wrong. I don't know if James Franco by some accident grew up in the same town as me, but I have never see a teen movie hat depicted those years so realistically. The craziness, boredom, the random drinking, strange hookups, well if I haven't sold it to you already...
Emma Roberts is great, and the style, her clothes, her room, were inspirational. Stylish film making is something the whole Coppola family has down. It doesn't matter if it is the Outsiders, the Virgin Suicides or this gem, you just want to crawl in to the screen and at least steal their clothes.
The same can be said about The Pretty one, with Zoe Kazan and Jake M. Jonhson. If there could be only one example of a cute movie, this would be it. Zoe Kazan plays both twins, one pretty, one a bit of a weirdo. When the pretty one dies in a car accident, everyone thinks that Laurel the weird other is her pretty sister. So she takes over her life. I saw Ruby Sparksand loved it, and now I have all Zoe Kazan movies on my list, she has this particular adorable self/consciousness and a shining intelligence. And again the costumes and art direction are great.
One of my favorite books ever about movies was written by Elia Kazan, Zoe's Oscar winning director grandfather. In it there is this long list in, that states everything a movie director must know and have interest in, to make great movies. I always have that list in mind, believing that a good writer should know the same things. Seeing that Kazan and his On the Waterfront, (and Brando's acting) was a big influence on The Nouvelle Vague, the French directors who ruled the sixties and seventies and changed film making forever, you know now how I couldn't pass up on this sweater.