Thursday, August 14, 2008

French women

So, my obsession this week is French women and their seemingly innate sense of style with everything they do, wear, eat, live, et cetera. Julie, a friend and former co-worker of my husband, is French and when she lived in the states a few years ago she, my husband, and I would hang out mostly every weekend. I would secretly study the way she dressed or wore jewelry; she was so effortlessly chic, yet casual. From studying her style I saw how she wore a scarf gracefully (now much to my chagrin it's apparently a trend) and how she cuffed her jeans to just the right length to look ever so cool. She was fairly daring in her fashion choices and I certainly admire that as a fairly cautious (read: boring) dresser myself. So in lieu of studying Julie I'll have to search the Internet, here's what I've come up with so far:

Style and the City for Parisian street style

Ceci n'est pas une blog for pictures and musings on French style

To deviate a bit, this post from What Would Phoebe Do suggests that Frenchwomen appear stylish to Americans because they put together their outfits differently but not any more creatively than American women- certainly a valid point.

Here's one for fun, My Inner French Girl

This post is an article from The Sunday Times by Helen Frith Powell, who has authored some books about Frenchwomen.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Hmm, this seems too easy...

I know it has hidden casters- an element I don't care about- but this table from CB2 seems easy enough to make on my own. I think I'll go with pine instead of oak, stain it black, forgo the casters, customize the size, and make peace with the fact it won't be as streamlined and save myself about $200. I really need a narrow table for crafting and sewing, as well as a place for the computer, and this seems to fit the bill.