Go bold: wear pink… with a cape!

This dress: Alexander McQueen. Need I say more? I picked it up this Spring at Jeffrey in Atlanta.  Again, I am a big believer in saving my coins up to buy unexpected pieces.  And this one is definitely one of those. It’s distinctive, in my trademark pink, and comes with a cape! I am such a sucker for design that pushes the limits and you don’t see yourself coming and going.  I cannot think of a more fun thing to wear in the City of Lights.

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The Parisian Bistro You Can’t Miss

When in Paris, especially for Couture Week, you bring your French fashion A-game and have fun with it. These are two of my absolute favorite fashion finds from two iconic Parisian houses: Dior and Lanvin. With so many photographers in Paris, it’s a game to see if you can get caught on camera, and this graphic ensemble is a photogenic feminine dream: it’s ladylike but modern, making for one irreplaceable Paris couture moment. 

If you’ve followed my travel series before, you know I have no qualms about eating alone at a fabulous restaurant in a foreign city. It’s great for meeting new people, and it’s by far the best way to find a local bistro. This Paris go-around called for a stop in the stylish new neighborhood dig Maison Lautrec. The laid-back find in the 9th arrondissement is inviting and warm, bolstered by a menu derived from the produce of their very own vegetable patch. The food was fantastic and clearly a can’t-miss Pigalle pick, as every chair in sight was filled that Tuesday night. A definite must see for your next Paris adventure!

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xoxo,

Michelle

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Staying Chanel for Paris Couture Week

I was in Paris recently for the dream trip of any fashion lover: Paris Couture week. I indulged in the full couture experience, staying at Castille Parisliterally steps from the original Haute Couture house: Chanel Maison at 21 Rue Cambon. What now shelters the iconic brand began as Coco Chanel’s hat shop “Chanel Modes” in 1910, before the entire building 31was acquired for Chanel’s expanding boutique (a concept she pioneered). Coco utilized the first floor to present her collections and hold her now famous haute couture fittings, while the second floor was her private apartment, still filled with her treasures today. Though Chanel the brand now occupies five buildings on Rue Cambon, it is in 31 that Karl Lagerfeld still conducts his studio (on the 3rd floor). I understand that her home is now a private spot to entertain guests of Chanel and has been maintained in its original condition. The hotel as well is Chanel inspired, creating a beacon of 1930s glamour in the 1st Arrondissement. 

Since I knew I would not be able to resist walking through the iconic doors of Chanel (and it was going to be warm in Paris), I packed this beautiful summer Chanel along for the trip.  It is several years old now, purchased from Neiman Marcus. I had to wait for it to go on sale, and I believe that it made it to sale because it was not lined at all when I purchased it. Fine for the Kardashian/Jenner sisters, but not fine for most of us. I am not a prude, but I do have my limits. I could see that was the issue, so I snapped it up. My tailor popped in a simple lining (not full length but just enough to add coverage), and now it is one of my favorite dresses for summer. It is elegant but so light—like wearing nothing at all. The perfect piece for the hot Atlanta (or Paris) summer.

I actually had my tailor clean it up a bit last year, refitting the top of it, replacing a bent hook or two and otherwise making it fit perfectly again after a few years of wear.  As you will hear me say many times, “Buy investment pieces, and you will only cry once.” I throughly enjoyed having it with me in Paris, and will enjoy it for many more years to come. 

Let me know what your tried and true investment pieces are below, and stayed tuned for the rest of my Paris Fashion Week adventures!

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me

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A Weekend Get-away in charming Laurel, Mississippi

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We were lucky to spend the recent Memorial Day weekend my husband’s onetime hometown, the adorable Laurel, Mississippi. It was a charming southern weekend in a special town experiencing an exciting revival and a newfound national platform.

Jeans: Mother Denim | Top: Style Mafia | Shoes: Jimmy Choo |  Sunglasses: Warby Parker

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Laurel Mercantile in Laurel, Mississippi a beautiful revival of the old dry goods store that first opened in 1901. The new Laurel Mercantile Co. opened in December through a partnership that includes the stars of HGTV’s Home Town, Erin and Ben Napier. Both Ole Miss graduates, the couple hopes to revitalize their hometown by restoring its historic homes and through Laurel Mercantile Co. who sells many products made in the U.S.A.

Skirt: Christian Dior, similar| Shirt: James Perse | Shoes: Valentino |  Sunglasses: Warby Parker

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 Sweet Somethings Bakery is a standout of charming downtown Laurel. I already know this dress will be a Summer staple of mine as it works well for both work and play (what I’ve dubbed “conference room to cocktails”). A demure cardigan and pumps for work swapped with some shoulder and strappy heels for brunch. And always a favorite added bonus: pockets!

Dress: Banana Republic | Shoes: J. Crew | Bracelet: Lizzie Fortunado | Sunglasses: Warby Parker

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This beautiful home (the Rogers-Green House) was built in 1903 and became property of the Lauren Rodgers Museum of Art 100 years later is quintessential Laurel, Mississippi. The Prairie architecture and sprawling limbs make for a breathtaking office and event space today. The museum itself if also quite good and is currently featuring an exhibit “Who, What, Wear” a collaboration of fashion and theatre design professors and students.

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All my husband ever talked about when he remembered Laurel was going to the Busy Bee for candy and comic books. The store closed about 6 months ago, but the racks and merchandise are still inside—like frozen in time. This fun dress is by an Atlanta designer Mollie Burch whose line is marked by vibrant colors and cheerful prints like this dahlia one. CROSBY by Mollie Burch uses their bright designs to support organizations that aid victims of sex trafficking. Integral to the brand’s mission is providing support for projects that give trafficked women freedom, rehabilitation, and the promise of a brighter future.

Dress: CROSBY by Mollie Burch | Sunglasses: Warby Parker

We had a fantastic Sunday supper at Estelle’s Southern Cuisine in Ellisville, Mississippi and this was the only picture I was able to snap. No Michelin star in sight—only some of the best fried chicken either of us have ever had! Everything we touched was incredibly good and classic deep South: black eyed peas, collard greens, and a special atmosphere to match. It was a real mix of people—white and black, rich and not so much, old and young, and from church and not. Our table mate was a roofer and artist who shared with us the paintings he creates in his spare time. We all celebrated the 91st year of a beautiful woman dressed in her Sunday best with a restaurant-wide round of Happy Birthday. We cannot wait to return!

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50 years of ‘Belle de Jour’

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Catherine Deneuve in ‘Belle de Jour’ wearing Yves Saint Laurent coat and Roger Vivier shoes.

My all-time favorite fashion movie starring my style icon turns 50 years old today! Though not explicitly about fashion, the dark and unnerving ‘Belle de Jour’ expertly employs fashion to reflect the character’s internal struggle between propriety and perversity. Released on this day in 1967, Catherine Deneuve plays Séverine, the new wife of a physician living in Paris who is bored with bourgeois domestication. To satisfy her fantasies, she becomes a call girl by day, reverting back to her upper class French life at night. Eventually, these two vastly different lives collide, creating an opportunity to display Séverine’s contradictions through fashion. Yves Saint Laurent personally designed Deneuve’s costumes for the film, marking the start of a strong relationship between the two with Deneuve as one of Laurent’s most adored muses. The images of Catherine Deneuve walking around Paris in the tailored sheaths, day coats, croc bags are still so striking today, 50 years later.

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Jean Sorel and Catherine Deneuve

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Catherine Deneuve at the Premiere of ‘Belle de Jour’

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