The Parisienne’s Classic Must Haves

With a penchant for black, navy blue and white sprinkled with gold, silver and red, the typical Parisienne’s wardrobe is still highly influenced by Coco Chanel. With our pick of 15 timeless styles that embrace discrete elegance, seduction and smart femininity, we show you how a few key pieces can give you a French chic wardrobe wherever you are in the world.

Black Ballerina Flats

Repetto BB ballerina flats in black leather, €175

Black slims

Topshop Moto skinny jeans in cotton, €49

Mariner stripes

Petit Bateau mariner stripes in cotton, €50


Balmain Blazer in velvet and silk, €1,759


Chanel Boybag in black leather with a metal chain, €2,250

Veiled hat

Victoria Grant Black Diamond veiled hat, €450

Beige trench

Burberry Trench in cotton twill, €800


Chanel sautoir in silver, pearls and gemstones, price on demand

White t-shirt

Theskens’ Theory white cotton t-shirt, €91, available on

Leather jacket

Iro jacket in lambskin, €755

Rolled up jeans

Current/Elliott The Rolled skinny jeans, €255

Little black dress

Lanvin one-shoulder dress in silk and cotton, around €1,300

Red lipstick

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture lipstick, €27

Patent leather heels

Christian Louboutin Pigalle heels in patent leather, €425

Rose gold watch

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duetto watch in rose gold and black leather, €12,400

By Eugénie Trochu, translated by Quinn Connors (via Vogue FR)


What’s New: Beauty

Viva La Juicy La Fleur ($70) – I’m excited to try this!

Inspired by the blushing aura of first love, Viva la Juicy La Fleur is a breathtaking fragrance that embodies modern femininity. Strong yet vulnerable, sultry and soft, La Fleur is multifaceted and alluring. Add La Fleur to your world and celebrate the Couture in the everyday.

The woman who wears Viva la Juicy La Fleur is confidently sexy, eclectic, and effortless, exuberant and self-reflecting. A bit of a heartbreaker, she’s secretly a hopeless romantic—she lives for today.

Viva la Juicy La Fleur is a sheer veil of sparkling mandarin and wild berries, combined with luminous florals of lush honeysuckle, gardenia petals, and soft jasmine. A whisper of creamy gourmand reminiscent of the Classic Viva la Juicy elicits an addiction that envelops the skin.

Wild Berries, Mandarin, Honeysuckle, Gardenia Petals, Soft Jasmine, Vanilla, Caramel, Sandalwood.

Sheer. Modern. Addictive.

Benefit x Sephora How to look Best At Everything ($30)

Benefit’s custom skin perfectors come together in this convenient kit to give you an even, luminous complexion. Blend away imperfections and minimize the appearance of pores with the must-haves in this collection.

Too Faced La Crème ($21)

Indulge lips with luxurious color and super moisturizers including white lotus flower and power peptides. This rich formula comes in abundant shades in four essential color ranges: nudes, spices, pinks, and reds. Edited to only the most fashionable shades, it’s impossible to pick just one.

DKNY Be Delicious Heart London ($65)

Get ready to take off on a scent-sational journey. DKNY’s Be Delicious Heart London promises to transport you to the chicest city one spritz at a time. This ultra-mod fragrance features a delicious apple essence complimented with a blend of sweet rose and delicate white woods—surrounding everything that makes the country-meets-city scene of London unique.

DKNY loves London, rich in history, the most visited city of any in the world.

Blackcurrant Buds, Spring Hyacinth, Neroli, Apple, Rose Essence, Honeysuckle, Orange Flower, White Woods, Amber, Vetiver.

Chic. Unique. Rich.

Clarisonic Mia2™ Sonic Skin Cleansing With Boscia Set ($149)

Clarisonic’s professional sonic technology is guaranteed to reveal softer, smoother, more radiant skin. This exclusive set features the Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head ideal for oily skin and large pores and Boscia’s trio of skincare products specifically designed to brighten skin clarity and minimize the appearance of pores. Clarisonic’s patented sonic technology works with skin’s natural elasticity to gently remove the impurities traditional methods leave behind—cleansing six times better than your hands alone. In just 60 seconds, the sonic action removes impurities from pores so creams, serums, and moisturizers absorb better. And with regular daily use you’ll notice a reduction in dry patches, oily areas, and blemishes.

Here are some of the features this revolutionary skincare tool delivers:
– 2 speeds for added cleansing customization
– Pulsing T-Timer for 60-second cleanse
– Improved user interface indicating speed and charge functions
– 2 year warranty

This set contains:
– Mia2™ Sonic Skin Cleansing Device in White
– 1 oz Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser
– 1 oz Boscia Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel
– 100 x Boscia Blotting Linens
– Power cord
– Sensitive Cleansing Brush Head
– Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head
– Protective travel case

Sephora Intensive Instant Moisturizer ($20)

This light, non-greasy cream provides instant, long-lasting moisture with HydroSenn+™, an exclusive plant-derived active ingredient that ensures ultimate hydration. The light-reflecting pigments give skin an instant glow, while the powerful antioxidants help prevent the first signs of aging. Non-comedogenic, oil-free, and suitable for all skin types, skin will feel refreshed, nourished, and soft to the touch.

Hermès Un Jardin en Mediterranée ($90)

Inspired by annual themes at Hermès, this fragrance is an olfactory stroll, in situ creation, in the footsteps of the in-house perfumer.

Jardin en Mediterranée is a narrative novel, a travel log that tells the spirit of a Mediterranean secret garden where trees and flowers – a mosaic of warm and soft scents – abound. A fragrance of light and shadow, enveloping and sensual.

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire ($80)

An absolutely essential and utterly irresistible perfumed creation. The legendary heart-shaped bottle has been boldly reinterpreted with a modern touch. Its crystalline transparency, fading from black to powdery pink, reveals the silhouette of the little, black dress.

Its simple signature enhances and romances several exceptional materials in a bold overdose—black cherry blinks the first wink. It is illustrated by a clever blend that extends exquisite almond and delicious berries. The second wink takes place as rose enters the stage. Finally, the shadowy temptations of licorice and smoky black tea are ever-so-revealing and lead to irresistible seduction. For the ultimate temptation, the entire creation is wrapped in Guerlinade—fresh, enigmatic, and exhilarating, mischievous and captivating.

Fresh. Enigmatic. Exhilarating

Sephora Breast Cancer Awareness Lookin’ Flawless Brush Set ($39)

Give back and get pretty with this shimmering pink brush set. The collection of five brushes will cover all your needs for creating a full face and the stylish, hard pouch with a protective front flap makes it extra easy to tote.

This set contains:
– Angled Liner brush
– Smudge brush
– Angled eye shadow brush
– Foundation brush
– Flat powder brush

And for our men (here’s something Stan would like):

Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme Cologne Gingembre ($72)
L’Homme Cologne Gingembre has an increased zesty and spicy freshness that is pleasantly addicting. The attractive force of Chinese ginger combines with the sensuality of modern woody accents, creating an enthralling fragrance for men.
Bergamot, Aquatic Accord, Chinese Ginger, White Pepper, Violet Leaves, Basil, Cedar Wood, Oakmoss, Vetiver, Musk.
Gripping. Spicy. Sensual.

Acqua Di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Arancia Di Capri Body Lotion ($68)

A symbol of the Italian Mediterranean and the island of Capri, this fragrance is sunny, relaxing, and carefree. In the air, hints of Italian citrus and the warm aroma of caramel blend together to create a pure moment of bliss, just like being on vacation.

A universally appealing fragrance, this scent features notes of sweet orange and mandarin mixed with creamy caramel and musk.

Orange, Mandarin, Lemon, Petit Grain, Cardamom, Caramel, Musk.

Sunny. Relaxing. Carefree.

My Undying Love for Monsieur Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture 6 Rose Bergamasque is stunning glossy creamy nude with peachy pink tones that is perfect for me as an everyday lip color.

I really like the way Rose Bergamasque feels and looks on me, and despite the higher price tag it is something I would repurchase. I love YSL as a brand and I find that the products are high quality (from the things I’ve tried) and worth the price tag.

I am fair and I wear shade NC15 in MAC, 20 Clair – Translucent 1 in Chanel so keep that in mind when I mention how much this shade suits me. Having said that, I can see this working beautifully on darker skin tones as well.

So much beauty! I can’t stop swooning!

YSL Rouge Pur Couture retails for $32 USD. Available from Sephora, Nordstrom and anywhere else you find a YSL counter.

Have you tried the YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipstick? What’s your favorite?

This product was purchased by me and I am in no way affiliated with the YSL brand, though I would love to be 🙂 Special thanks to my friend, Beth, for buying this for me in the US.

Yves Saint Laurent Fall 2012 Beauty Picks

This Autumn Winter Look 2012/2013 expresses a desire to get back to basics, a desire for a luminous matteness that is both natural and sophisticated, with effects that can be tailored to a personalized look. Khaki, black, gold, red, the classics of the contemporary Rive Gauche woman who has a daring approach to color and a free spirit combined with true Parisian chic.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture – The Mats 203 Rouge Rock ($32)

The must have for the perfect matte lip look. Rich, creamy formula is infused with a velvet complex for a luxuriously smooth application, and jojoba oil for long lasting comfort. Intense color pigments for a vibrant touch of color that lasts.

YSL Palette Couture ($68)

The star accessory for autumn, the Palette Couture has morphed into a jewel bedecked with a crocodile motif, the emblem of the YSL accessories and leather goods collection. The patina-khaki and gold engraved compact plays on the contrasting matte and glossy theme to reveal a delicate powder stamped with a “scale” pattern. Fleshy pink, golden beige, rosy black-brown. A harmony of 3 subtle shades that adapt to all skin tones. By blending them, you can sculpt the cheeks and create a radiant, custom-tailored blush.

YSL Dare to Glow 01 Tempting Gold ($28)

New! Limited Dare to Glow luminizers for the signature YSL radiant complexion.  This satiny fluid can be used on the face to highlight the cheekbones, bring radiance to the eyes, and create a soft glow on your lips.

YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara 01 High Density Black ($30)

This award-winning volumizing mascara achieves a dramatic result in a single stroke. The secret? The triple-film complex. A coating film for intensity, a conditioning film with pro-vitamin B5 and aloe vera for curves and a fixing film with vinyl polymer for long-lasting effectiveness. The brush applicator combines nylon fibers of varying diameters for volume enhancement, as never before.

New shades for Fall: 19 Vert Graphite

YSL Pure Chromatics No9 ($55)

Through the magic of water and a revolutionary new process, Yves Saint Laurent pushes the limits of color with PURE CHROMATICS, a new generation of eye shadows. Real makeup artist magic is made easy with emblematic harmonies that captivate the eyes.

New water-process technology, exclusive to YSL,  is the latest discovery in color for pigments more intense and dramatic than ever before!

Expect the unexpected. Water enhances color pigments in PURE CHROMATICS. When used wet, the water activates the pigments and gives full intensity to their color. The effect is the satiny powder transforms into a luxurious cream while pearls shine with a metallic finish.

YSL La Laque Couture 32 Rouge Expressionniste ($25)

A new generation nail lacquer that’s both elegant and practical is presented in a sleek elongated glass bottle imprinted with the timeless YSL logo. A pantheon of fashion-inspired shades, from subtle and natural to vibrant and dramatic provide a high-shine finish for an instant touch of glamour. Long wear formula with Chil Rose Oil strengthens, moisturizes and protects nails from chipping and cracking. Dries fast and applies evenly without streaking. La Laque Couture is equipped with a new custom-made brush that allows an easy and fast application. The nail lacquer perfectly adheres to the brush that pulls the drop instead of pushing it for a flawless and intense result.

New shades for Fall: N 31 Khaki Arty, N 32 Rouge Expressioniste