I guess that most part of us, fabulous ladies, have this need of expressing who we are through clothes and lifestyle.
Now, I would like to share with you some of my go-to tools that really help me when it comes to define and re-define my personal style.
As far as books go, I would recommend two of the most interesting I have read -and trust me, I read quite a few-: I *Heart* Your Style by Amanda Brooks and The Parisian Style by Ines de la Fressange.
I *Heart* Your Style represents a magnificent sociology analysis of the most remarkable fashion trends born throughout the XX Century -from minimalist to classic, preppy or bohemian- describing each of them from a social and cultural point of view, including also the psychology behind them, as well as their most representative icons and signature pieces.
Probably my favorite parts of the book are the powerful foreword by my beloved Diane Von Furstenberg -stressing the importance of self-confidence-, and Brooks' very personal introduction, where she reveals the two key-elements of 'style': Life Experiences (readings, trips, new friends, new challenges...) and Research (as a way to find the right clothes to express your personality). Finding our style is pretty much an ongoing process and an integral part and consequence of our growth as human beings.
Ines' book focuses on breaking down the elements of the 'Parisian style': from the psychology to key 'style and beauty' rules -at any age!- and staple wardrobe pieces that contribute to define that style. My favorite part is the 'Basic pieces' chapter, where she reveals the six items that we just have to have in our wardrobe: the perfect blazer, trench, jeans, white t-shirt, blue navy/cashmere sweater and the little black dress.
|Ines de la Fressange|
As far as blogs go, I have a personal favorite: Eugenia Silva's Look Book. Silva is a Spanish super model. For the last 2 years she has been updating her blog almost everyday with her looks -a wide range of wardrobe options, from red carpets to film festivals, dinner dates or just running errands-, and personal experiences such as professional projects or many lifestyle options (books, movies, travelling...) Eugenia is super generous with her very loyal followers and shares with us a huge part of her fabulous life! I admit that I frequently 'consult' her blog's archives to see how she combined a pair black leather pants, jeans or a trench coat.
Maria León has been one of my strongest influences to get started with my Café Society. María has a gypsy soul trapped on a Park Avenue Princess' look. I worship her writing and vision about art, fashion, travelling and anything in between.
Lastly, I would like to share with you a 'collage' that I personally made with pictures taken by French fashion magazines from the seventies. My mum spent a few years in Paris during that time and kept a bunch of those throughout all these years. Now, a part of them are hanging in the walk-in closet of my apartment in Miami.
Enough about me! Do you guys have any personal 'style references'?