Style steals

As much as I love to shop in Paris, it can be an expensive venture. I couldn’t stifle my longing sighs as I perused, should I say coveted, the items on soldes from the sites I mentioned last week. My frustration at my limited budget got me to thinking about how a wise friend once pinpointed the difference between fashion – a usually negative connotation for me, often an overly expensive and not-unique venture, and style – positive connotation, creating your own unique look with what you have while wisely adding some new pieces when you can. Here’s what I’ve done with style inspired by some of my favorite French stores:

This retro polka dot dress from Comptoir des cotonniers, is on sale for 80 euros.

I picked up this equally retro alternative from my non-guilt trend splurge store, Target, for $20.

This cheeky ruffle skirt from Zadig and Voltaire, on sale for 80 euros, got me thinking about ruffles in general. Not just for the 80s anymore, they can be fun and add just the right je ne sais quoi to any ensemble.

Instead of spending all my extra sous on the skirt, I opted for this ruffle-enhanced romper, also courtesy of Target, also on sale for $20.

I love this gorgeous  and feminine mint dress from Tara Jarmon, on sale for 266 euros. Realizing how much I’m loving mint this season, I decided to pick up multiple pops of this color rather than letting it dictate my whole look.

I’m still waiting on this super cute gummy mint watch from Anthropologie, very reasonably priced at $60.

I found this cute vintage necklace on Pinterest from an Etsy shop. It was a steal at $14 and came all the way from Finland. Love that!

I can’t stop painting my nails mint! I’ve been using Revlon Minted, only $4.99 and which I’ve purchased from, you guessed it, Target. What’s inspiring your style this summer?


Inspiration from Restoration Hardware

Eight school days (who’s counting?) till spring break. I’m slowly but surely emerging from stacks of homework papers, warm-ups, reading comprehensions and vocabulary quizzes. Only to confront speaking assessments across all six sections I teach. But those are easier since I grade as we speak. Point being, I’m plugging away and dreaming of one early release, six blissful school days, and 2 weekends, away from the classroom. Teaching is great, but nothing if not intense and demanding, and YES in need of these breaks all our non-teaching friends would begrudge us.

In the meantime, I’m maintaining my sanity with the little things, like the gorgeous pack of Restoration Hardware catalogues I came home to today. I especially loved their “Big Style Small Spaces” special issue, a spread of, you guessed it, small living spaces in some of the world’s great cities. Of course all these teeny spaces are maximized by the sleek RH aesthetic (which, a few color pops infused, I adore). Guess which city graced the cover, dahlings? I bet you can ….

 I was of course hooked as soon as I spied the beautiful Haussmanian facades of my favorite city’s (Paree of course) grands boulevards. Once I flipped past the cover, the catalog’s interior did not disappoint. I’m not quite sure why RH has me in their marketing demographic since I definitely cannot afford their furniture quite yet, but I already know what WILL be mine one day ;). Peruse with me ~
 I certainly covet an elaborate chandelier like the one pictured here. I especially love it juxtaposed against those faded and worn floors (a la Anthropologie).

While I like this bedroom, I’m not quite sure it’s what I aspire to (more on that in a later post.) What I do love is the large mirror in the entryway. Our current digs don’t really have an entryway, but maybe our next will. I love the idea of a small entryway with a large mirror (maximize space) and changed a bit from the above with a funky, bold color that pops. (Fuschia?  Turquoise? Royal blue?) That’s a discussion for a later date though, friends. For now, I’m just perusing and daydreaming. Accomplishment of inspiration will wait for spring break (fresh paint in bedroom and office). What inspires you to change your space?