FROM MOROCCO TO PARIS TO L.A.: SPRING’S INSPIRED PRINTS

Jimmy-Choo_Gala-Shot-1_1X2A6506_RGB_SMALLThrilled by the exotic? Waiting for your next getaway? Dreaming of Paris? Even if you can’t afford to vacation in luscious Morocco or romantic France this summer, take your own little “mini travel escape ” for a few minutes, and peruse the mysterious yet alluring foreign style inspirations for Spring 2016.

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Surrounded by beautiful beaches, colorful tapestries, and exotic locales, the Mediterranean is full of rich heritage and intriguing culture. The influence can be seen in brightly colored pattern and print dresses, blouses, skirts, and pants, as well as sweeping, luscious fabrics.

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Hot red and luscious pink prints derive from the colorful sunsets and intricate embellished patterns of Moroccan scarves, tapestries, and fabrics. Sizzle in a silky pink and purple printed maxi dress or try a pretty patterned halter dress paired with your favorite flat sandals.

b6f78414b3dc2ab35e8afa7cbf10e173The lifestyle is much less hectic and fast paced than other parts of the world. Moroccans enjoy a lunch break on the beach or dinner by the sea in their own brightly colored “cabanas” created by their own tapestries and scarves. Food of choice includes flavorful spices, bright fruits, fresh vegetables, and homemade pita bread.

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From the mint hue in cropped floral capri pants to kelly green on printed silk blouse to neon color on  silk wide leg Palazzo pants, Moroccan nature’s favorite color is popular throughout Spring’s fashion lines. Earth green patterns influence prints from skirts, to swimwear, to blouses, to pants.

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Echoing the natural beauty of the terrain, sellers in the popular Moroccan baazars utilize nature’s green, gold, and beige hues in the pottery, tapestries, and home decor. Earth green colors seep into the patterns and prints of Spring’s favorite fashion lines.

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The beautiful yellow and blue patterns on the Mosque Hassan are just one of the many examples of the intricate architecture and rich design found in Morocco and across the Mediterranean. The people are proud of their heritage and culture, and take time to beautify their buildings as works of art.

Inspired by Moroccan tile print and architecture, get your own blue and yellow print flowy maxi dress this Spring.

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It’s easy to get swept away in the mystery and natural beauty of the Moroccan culture in sweeping chiffon printed wide leg pants or coral colored pants, reminiscent of the desert sun.

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Incorporate the beautifully patterned tapestries and silky scarves sold at Morocco’s favorite outdoor bazaars. Feel like your own “Queen of Sheba” in a printed jersey maxi or blue printed crepe de chine wide leg pants. Throw on a lace design poncho for perfect Moroccan style.

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Across the sea, the Moroccan influence can be seen street style in Europe’s most romantic “City of Lights.” Rich in art, culture, music, film, and architecture, the Parisian woman combines the patterns of the Mediterranean with the sophistication of the metropolis.

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This Spring, combine the world of Paris’s art, pop culture, and celebrity with influences of Moroccan lifestyles and femininity.

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Celebrity and fashion icon Olivia Palermo perfectly portrays the quintessential Parisian woman’s style- classy in an effortless manner. A vintage A-line Moroccan-inspired print skirt easily pairs with a tailored top and black Bolero jacket or rabbit fur vest, mixing exotic patterns with classic silhouettes.

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 Parisians know how to rock Spring’s favorite romper in style. Incorporate the exotic ancient prints of Morocco with the trendy new styles of today in a blue printed romper roaming the streets of Paris.

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And finally, around the world to America, combine the culture of Morocco and the romance of Paris with the trends of the vibrant city of Los Angeles.

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With the trendy yet artistic vibe of the city, L.A. women combine the culture of the Mediterranean with the class of Paris to create a fresh, new style all their own. Trends are often started in the “City of Angels,” spreading across the States one by one.

From Sofia Vergara to Paris Hilton to Salma Hayek, vibrant Moroccan prints attract celebrities of all ages and fashion tastes. With designer style yet affordability, you too can dress like your favorite Hollywood star in a  Boho printed jersey knit maxi dress or go with a classic style in the printed jersey shift dress.

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You’ll feel the mystic of Moroccan style as you relax poolside in a custom print sheath dress complemented by lace up Boho chic sandals.

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Vacation in style with a colorful Moroccan inspired print maxi or flutter sleeve maxi with the pose of a Parisian lady.

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And bring the fun to your own back yard like the Angelenos do. Entertain just like a celebrity with Moroccan tapestries and decor complemented by your own patterned, print dress. From Boho printed maxi dresses to classic shift silhouettes to floral cropped pants, there is a Mediterranean style to fit your personal taste.

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From the mystery of Morocco to the romance of Paris to today’s trends from L.A., get swept away in other worldly cultures this Season. Whether Boho maxis to classic shift dresses to cropped or wide leg pants, there’s a perfect style for you.

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TRENDING SPRING PRINTS AND STYLES YOU’LL WEAR ALL SEASON

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With the clocks moving forward this weekend, Spring has finally sprung. With longer days and warmer nights, it’s time to start filling our closets with the Season’s favorite patterns, silhouettes, and styles. From off the shoulder, to slouchy pants, to groovy tie dye, designers this year focused on a laid back approach to beauty. Take a look at our top favorite looks on the runways and we’ll show you how you can incorporate the trends now and later into your wardrobe.

OFF THE SHOULDER BLOUSE

From Rebecca Minkoff to Stella McCartney to Michael Kors, the “cold shoulder” is one of the top trends to revive on the runways this Season. We love the flowy “Boho” casual yet put together off the shoulder silhouette. This Season, look for blouses, dresses, crop tops, and even vests with the cut out style. Ease into Spring with Hale Bob’s long sleeve floral silk blouse combined with your favorite skinny jeans or leggings. Go classic by accessorizing with wedge sandals or ankle booties and a reversible oversized tote from Urban Outfitters. Or go “Boho” chic with a floppy straw hat from Free People, a suede trimmed lace kimono from Liberty Garden, and fringe booties from JSlides . As the weather warms, try a black Chevron knit dress with trending gladiator sandals from Sam Edelman or take your bright pink tribal print blouse to the beach paired with your favorite swimsuit. Classic or Boho. Cool or warm. Curvy or boy shaped. The off the shoulder look fits every style, every climate, and every shape this Spring.

STATEMENT SLEEVES

Seen at the Milly Spring 2016 Spring runway shows, another blouse shape we love is the statement sleeve. From bell shaped, to flare, to flounce, add a little glamour to your style this Season. Wow them at work in Hale Bob’s black embroidered lace blouse paired with printed crepe de chine wide leg pants and sturdy black pumps from Charles David for all day wear. Or, go trendy with this year’s “Boho” chic craze and combine your top with Citizen’s of Humanity’s cropped rolled skinny jeans, suede booties from Vince Camuto, and a fringe crossbody from White House Black Market . Dazzle and delight on your next evening out with Hale Bob’s beaded cuff silk blouse accessorized with Current/Elliot’s sleek black leather leggings, bright pink clutch and embellished pumps from Betsey Johnson. A few of our other favorite looks we love are Hale Bob’s cherry red silk double georgette long sleeve dress and shimmy the night away in a black jeweled silk tunic cocktail dress. Make a statement without saying a word this Season in your own flouncy sleeved outfit.

TIE DYE PRINT

Get groovy! A throwback to 70’s fashion continues for Spring 2016. With designers like AltuzarraRachel Comey, and Raquel Allegra showing tie dye prints on everything from blouses to pants to cocktail dresses, 2016 is the time to tap into your inner “hippie” and vibe with the times. Go full on “Boho” in Hale Bob’s luscious mint green tie dye maxi dress paired with all the essential accessories: floppy hat, gladiator sandals, fringe bag, and crochet shawl. Or, choose the blue jersey knit maxi skirt topped with a comfy basic white tee and Urban Outfitters’ flat sandals for warm weather and Lucky Brand’s leather ankle booties for chiller days. You can also take this look to the office with Hale Bob’s quartz rose and serenity blue tie dye shirt dress, Pantone’s colors of the year. Simply switch out your conservative work heels for Loeffler Randall’s NEW ankle strap sandals and you are ready to hit the nightlife in style. From the workplace to the playground, you are sure to keep it groovin’ in the 70’s favorite print pattern.

SUBTLE FLORALS

We know, we know….”florals for Spring, groundbreaking.” But unlike last Spring’s bold flower pattern, designers this year are bringing a softer, more muted floral touch. Look for smaller shapes, delicate designs, and “watercolor” imaging. We like Hale Bob’s faux wrap sheath dress in soft pastels paired with Michael Kors’ “flex” pumps for the office and Lauren Lorraine’s embellished T-strap sandals for after work fun. We also like Hale Bob’s blush pink shift dress with a subtle floral pattern, perfect for any Springtime occasion. Looking for something a little more casual? Go with the floral pattern black cami paired with a matching ivory lace skort from Liberty Garden, comfy sneakers from NEW designer Ellen DeGeneres, and a straw hat from Eugenia Kim. Lastly, one of our favorites to suit any style, occasion, or figure, is Hale Bob’s flowy silk chiffon long sleeve blouse. Combine your delicate top with anything from ultra suede leggings to a white embroidered mini skirt to cropped boyfriend jeans from Citizen’s of Humanity. Get in touch with your feminine side this Spring, and add a hint of floral to your closet.

RUFFLES

Another favorite “feminine” style to walk down the runways this Season are ruffles everywhere. From Alexander McQueen’s delicate lace maxi skirts, to Balmain’s chiffon tops, to Giambattista’s retro dresses designers this year are re-inventing an age old style from decades ago. Spread a little romance this Spring, and shop Hale Bob’s flouncy ruffled floral sun dress paired with T-strap flat sandals from Diane von Furstenberg for everyday and the leather cage heels from Schutz for hot summer nights. Or put a little salsa in your step in Hale Bob’s black silk ruffled sleeveless mid length dress. If the climate is still a bit chilly, you can warm up by combining your dress with a cozy ivory fur jacket from Hale Bob and closed toed pumps from Kendall+Kylie. Ruffles aren’t just reserved for dresses. Slip into Hale Bob’s cool blue frilly washed silk top or the ruffled textured lace blouse accessorized with this Season’s trendy wide leg pants from AC Collection or black cotton eyelet shorts when the weather warms.

SLOUCHY PANTS

We finish with our favorite pants silhouette for Spring- the slouchy trousers. With designers taking a more casual and “no fuss” approach to Spring 2016 fashion, the slouchy pant is a perfect choice to keep you stylin’ all Season long. For casual days around the house or the perfect “athleisure” look, pair Liberty Garden’s grey embroidered terry lounge pants with Liberty Garden’s ivory swing back tee or grey draping sweatshirt on chillier Spring days. For the office or dressier occasions, switch to Hale Bob’s taupe or black satin cropped pants topped with a black laser cut cami, ivory pleated swing tank, or add a splash of color in a pink printed halter top. Accessorize your look with a taupe “military” jacket or black Bolero coat on cooler Spring days and nights. Wherever you choose to wear your slouchy pants, you will always appear casual, cool, confident, and completely in style.

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From floral to tie dye, statement sleeves to ruffles, there’s a Spring trend waiting for you to try today. Even if the weather turns chilly, you can always layer your favorite sweater or jacket over your chosen outfit. So what are you waiting for? Start wearing your favorite look now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPRING’S FAVORITE BEAUTY TRENDS

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A few weeks ago we featured our favorite trending accessories for 2016. This week, we follow up with our top make up and hair trends seen on the runways this Season. Take a look at our choices below  and see how you can start pairing with your favorite fashion finds for Spring.

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BOLD LIPS

Gone are the days of “no makeup” makeup. This Spring, designers from Dolce & Gabbana to Jason Wu to DKNY went big and bold with all hues of red on the lips. Backstage makeup pro Yadim suggests keeping this look young and fresh by starting with “freshly scrubbed” skin, using only a light concealer to hide any blemishes, and finishing up with a sculpted “boyish” brow. We like Dolce & Gabbana’s Dolce Matte lipstick in an array of colors from dark mauve to cherry red to blood orange. If you’re not quite that daring, you can still experiment with the look by using a “barely there” lip tint like Stay All Day lip gloss from Stila. Pair your makeup look with a simple solid color outfit to enhance and draw attention to your bold lips. Throwback to the boppin’ 50’s in Hale Bob’s vintage black V neck dress accessorized with classic black satin pumps from Salvatore Ferragamo. Or go “Hollywood glam” in Hale Bob’s silk jeweled cocktail dress, gold flecked sandals by Schutz, and glitter box clutch from Kate Spade. Brighten up your Springtime look instantly this Season with a swipe of bold red lip color.

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GO BLUE

Another bold make up trend seen on the runways this Season is the return of the blue eye shadow. Reminiscent of the 70’s and 80’s, this color can be tricky to navigate without looking too tacky. The key to succeeding with this look is to start with a fresh face with minimal cheeks and lips to emphasize the eyes. Get Kendall’s above runway look by swiping Urban Decay’s radium blue eyeshadow across the lids, lining with black gel eye crayon eyeliner from Marc Jacobs, and finishing with luminous emerald shimmer powder from Make Up For Ever. If you’d rather go with just a touch of blue, try Yves Saint Laurent’s luxurious lash extending blue mascara or simply swap out your usual liner for a crystal blue waterproof crayon eyeliner from Dior. Compliment your 70’s look in a black lace baby doll dress from Liberty Garden accessorized with a wide brim hat from Eric Javits and patchwork Vintage clogs NEW from Shellys London. Get groovy this year, and go blue.

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QUARTZ ROSE MAKE UP

Pantone’s color of the year can be incorporated not only into your wardrobe collection, but also into your Spring make up regime. Update your coloring and add quartz rose pink for a girly, Seasonal glow. Start with a tinted foundation like Nars’ NEW Velvet Matte Skin Tint, formulated with SPF 30 to protect and transform your skin now and over time. Give your cheeks a light dusting of pink powder blush from MAC and sweep the same color over your eyes. Finish your look with a slight “cat eye,” brush of mascara, and swipe of Yves Saint Laurent hydrating lip tint to keep lips moisturized on colder days. Pair your fresh faced look with Liberty Garden’s NEW pale pink embroidered maxi or the blush pink suede shift dress from Hale Bob and you are sure to spread your sweet “scent” everywhere you go.

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QUARTZ ROSE HAIR COLOR

If winter winds have done a number on your tresses, head to the stylist for a deep conditioning treatment, a trim of the old dead ends, and a fresh new hair color for Spring. If you are already blonde, go with this Season’s trendiest “gold pink” tint, topped off with a bouncy “blowout.” If you are a redhead, ask for a lighter hue, and for the brunettes, go “hipster” with pink streaks. Or be “pink” for a day with Splat Hair Chalk, a fun, temporary way to color your hair for just 24 hours. For the less daring, you can still get in on the trend by adding a “touch of pink” hair accessory to your everyday style. Look for glittering pink barrettes like L. Ericson’s “Swarovski Treasure Trove,” dainty headbands, handcrafted flower clips, or this Season’s trendy floral head piece embellishments from Erickson Beamon. Pair your luscious locks with a flouncy floral satin dress from Hale Bob or go matching in a pink printed jersey tank dress. Whether you choose to go gold pink this Spring or simply add the color to your hair accessory collection, be sure to include quartz rose into your fashion style this Season.

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FLORAL HAIR EMBELLISHMENTS

As mentioned above, floral hair accessories are all the rage for Spring. From Rodarte to Alice + Olivia to Prada, the runways were filled with glittering flora and fauna this Season. Dress up Hale Bob’s short sleeved floral shift dress by accessorizing your tresses with a swarovski crystal embellished barrette by Colette Malouf and matching t-strap wedge sandals from Badgley Mischka. Try Spring’s top trend in Hale Bob’s “Boho” drop waist black and white embroidered dress paired with gladiator sandals from Rebecca Minkoff, a fringe crossbody from Free People, and a flowing floral lariat hair accessory. Or spruce up Hale Bob’s long sleeve romantic lace dress with nude floral sandals NEW from Kay Unger and a golden floral headband from designer Deepa Gurnani. Add a little embellishment to your everyday life this year.

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BASEBALL CAP FOR ALL OCCASIONS

Another favorite hair accessory trending on the runways this Spring is the utilitarian ball cap. Not just reserved for game time, the baseball hat can be paired with anything from a floral sun dress for lunch out to cropped dress pants for work to a flowing maxi for a night out on the town. Accentuate your female physic while keeping it casual by pairing Hale Bob’s printed pink tank dress with the new platform sneakers from Superga and net overlay cap from Alexander Wang. Segue into the evening hours with iridescent ankle strap sandals from Loeffler Randall , a silver studded clutch by Sarah Jessica Parker, and an embellished sequin hat from Shourouk. Carry the look to the office by combining Hale Bob’s classy metallic floral capri pants with a flouncy ivory silk tank, black Bolero blazer, classic pumps by Charles David, and a black leather cap from Kate Spade. Dressy or casual. Day out or day in. Be sure to incorporate the baseball hat into your wardrobe collection this year.

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ROPE BRAID

And finally, if all of our top hair and make up trends just really don’t appeal to you, try the simple and easy-to-do rope braid. Instead of sweeping your hair into the usual pony, try something new this Season. Achieve this hairstyle by dividing your ponytail into two or three equal sections and lacquering with Bumble and Bumble classic hairspray to prevent frizziness or flyaway. Sport this style on your way to the gym or errand day around town. You’ll feel like you just stepped off the runway by pairing your hairdo with Hale Bob’s long sleeve beaded shift dress or classic black lace tank dress on your next date night. Trying something new this year doesn’t have to be complicated. Try the rope braid this Spring.

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Whether you try bright lips and eyeshadow, or embellish with baseball caps and floral adornments, try something new this Season. Highlight your best asset and let the true you shine through. Take our trending beauty tips and make them all your own.  Don’t wait for the weather to warm to start glowing in the Season’s top looks and fashions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FASHION WITH PARISIAN POISE

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As the Fall Fashion Week 2015 Runway shows come to a close in Paris, the City of Lights, we can’t help but be inspired by the quintessential French woman style. The iconic “French Woman” is so comfortable in her own skin, she is beautiful yet natural, exciting yet calm, fashionable yet simple. This Season why not be inspired head to toe by the organic yet trendy lifestyle of the Parisian woman. Try some tips from top French designers on what exactly constitutes the French woman’s mindset and lifestyle, making her an icon for the fashion world to follow.

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NATURAL HAIR

To start your “Parisian” style, begin with the French woman’s undone, “I just woke up like this” natural beauty. Caroline de Maigret states that French women rarely spend hours in front of the mirror perfecting every little detail. Though they do care about beauty, French women take a more holistic approach. She suggests a few hairstyle tips that French women never do, in order to keep their hair healthy, stylish, and natural: never dye your hair, never use a hair dryer, never wash your hair everyday, and never accessorize your hair. Try going to bed at night with slightly damp hair. In the morning, shake your hair out, style with L’Oreal Elnett styling spray to keep strands in place, and embrace your natural hair just like a French woman.

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A SCENT OF ROMANCE

The second thing to consider in achieving the “Parisian” look is never forgetting the power of scent. In Caroline de Maigret’s book “How to be Parisian Wherever You Are,” she states “a touch of perfume on your hair, behind you ear, or on the nape of your neck never did anyone any harm.” The French woman knows the art of seduction and romance in a subtle yet irresistible way. Try a romantic look with a Hale Bob sweeping floral maxi skirt paired with a classic Burberry fitted cashmere sweater for chillier Spring days. Choose Audrey Hepburn’s favorite with a sweep of Givenchy Le Rouge lipstick and, of course, a splash of Chanel No. 5 (or your favorite scent) for a romantic Parisian touch.

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NO FASHION RULES

When selecting an outfit for the day, the French woman makes up her own rules and dresses herself in the styles that make her shine. This Season do not be afraid to mix and match patterns from your own wardrobe for a unique Spring style. Pair a chic Hale Bob purple floral wrap dress with Hale Bob’s long teal boucle coat. Accessorize with Carmen Marc Valvo leopard heels and a Rebecca Minkoff silver industrial handbag for a contrasting look. Be uniquely you and make up your own fashion design to suit your lifestyle and taste.

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 THE PARISIAN SCARF

To perfectly accessorize the “Parisian” way, a scarf is one of the most simple yet stylish items that can be used to enhance your daily outfit. In America, we tend to to just wrap a scarf around our necks and think nothing of it. The French woman can transform any outfit instantly by utilizing a scarf in new and unique ways. We love Hale Bob’s selection of beautiful silk scarves, perfect for any occasion. To get you started, check out Wendy’s Lookbook “25 Ways to Wear a Scarf” for styling inspiration. No need to spend a fortune to update your look this Spring.

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COMFORTABLE ELEGANCE

For evenings out, the French woman seeks comfort and ease with no fuss, while still remaining chic and classy. The French woman’s evening style, therefore, is any style she feels comfortable and confident in- being the best woman she can be. On your next night out, capture the French woman’s casual elegance with Hale Bob’s black floral lace pencil skirt, paired with an Eileen Fisher silk tank, and Michael Kors’ black cage heels. Top with a camel leather jacket from Kenneth Cole for a casual yet sophisticated “Parisian” style.

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HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

The Parisian woman is all about natural health and fitness both inside and out. Paris-based editorial make-up artist Violette says “A French woman would rather kill herself than go to the gym. Never get stuck in a hardcore, rigid habit.” Though she admits that classes like The Barre Method are starting to become popular in France, Violette says that the French woman stays fit by just living life. Biking, walking, and hiking are much more popular methods of exercise for the French woman on the go. Incorporate new ways to exercise this Spring by enjoying the warmer weather outside, nurturing your body and soul at the same time. “What we want to be is a better version of ourselves.”

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OWN YOUR OWN SILHOUETTE

Forget skinny jeans and bodycon dresses. The French woman embraces her own figure in confidence with no need to flaunt or emphasize it. The French style embodies floaty summer dresses, cigarette pants, and undercoats that flatter and highlight the female form. Parisian shops are full of materials that create beautiful shapes and shadows that enhance your shape and style. We love Hale Bob’s vintage nude pleated shift dress paired with chic Giuseppe Zanotti black heel booties for daytime activities or Valentino nude flat sandals for a day at the beach. Accessorize with a stylish AQUA straw hat from Bloomingdale’s and a straw tote from Moda Operandi and you will look like you just spent a day in the City of Lights.

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QUINTESSENTIAL PARISIAN STYLE

The French style is timeless and never goes out of style. In shopping for your next wardrobe essentials, think quality not quantity. The French woman chooses materials that are durable yet classy for any time and mixes and matches clothing items for the latest trends. We love Citizen of Humanity’s relaxed cropped jeans paired with a Rag and Bone striped top and a draped navy cardigan from Neiman Marcus to keep you warm against Spring’s chillier days. Accessorize with ballerina flats from Repetto,  a classic Parisian shoe and ballet shoe company founded by Rose Repetto on advice from her son Roland Petit, a famous dancer, choreographer, and director with the Paris Opera Ballet.

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Be uniquely you this Spring by embodying the Parisian style of quality, class, and fashion. Try simplifying your daily beauty routine with natural hair, a moisturizing tint, and a swipe of bright red lipstick. Don’t forget to add a touch of romance to your look with a hint of your favorite scent. Create your unique outfit by mixing and matching items in your closet in new and creative ways that flatter your physique and give you confidence. Accent with a scarf, the most basic of accessories, styled in different ways.  Finally, enjoy the Season and get active outside doing what you love to do most. For true Parisian glamour, forget about trying to look like someone else and be the best you can be.