Packing tip: Earrings

What do you do with a mess of earrings and a mess of old buttons??

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I’m always looking for an easy way to organize my jewelry when I’m travelling. From jewelry cases to plastic bags, I’ve finally decided upon little cloth drawstring bags that can lay flat, pack into shoes, corners, or even slip into my purse.  But my earrings always wind up mixed up at the bottom of the bag or lost, and I end up annoyed try to find a matching pair. Behold the button! A cheap, light and easy way to keep my earrings together, visible, and at fingers reach when travelling! Such a genius idea that would work with any travel jewelry case.

Will you try it?

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Thanks for the great idea Smiling Spaces!

Wedding Guest : Destination Spain

We are packing up the car and making the trek from Dijon to Madrid to celebrate a special friend’s wedding to her college sweetheart. She is Spanish, he is American and we all met back at university in Michigan. So, how amazing is it to be able to celebrate their marriage with other old friends in beautiful Spain? I can’t wait! And, there ain’t no wedding like a Spanish wedding…

But, what to wear when you have to pack a dress and suit into a suitcase and drive it a 1,000 and some kilometers to the sweltering heat of central Spain at the end of June?

Here are a few of my ideas inspired by the classic rivalry Madrid and Barcelona…

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Madrid: Classic lace. Let’s face it, it will be hot and there is nothing worse than sweat stains on a dress, sleeveless or strapless is a must. A touch of lace is the perfect way to give a little nod to Spanish culture of peinetas and lace. Add a little belt, some amazing heels, wavy beach hair, some chandelier earrings and a statement ring to finish the look.

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Barcelona: Modern Color. Again a short, strapless dress is key in the Spanish summer. I’m loving a red, green, or yellow dress this year. Some chunky and colorful heels, a big top bun, a graphic handbag and killer earrings. The brighter the better a la Gaudi.

Which look would you choose? Madrid or Barcelona?

(For details on the looks check them out my Polyvore, and top photo from Coco&Kelley)

Style File: Frenchies

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I have to admit that since moving to France, I’ve been surprised by French style. People are generally well dressed and put some effort into their look, but I can’t help but get overwhelmed by a sense of cookie cutter style. Almost everyone looks good, chic as you imagine, but they all look the same. Is it a result of the French ideal of of fraternité et égalité? Maybe. Conformity of style does keep everyone more or less equal at least on the surface. Yet, uniform as French style may be, there is still much to be said for it – French women do all look so chic. So, what makes French style today?

Bill Cunningham recently did a report about Fashion Week in Paris saying that the black biker jacket “brings it all together” (he also used the word epidemic to describe the masses of these jackets!) becoming as classic and casual as denim (what could be more égalité than jeans?). Walking down the streets of Dijon or Paris you’ll see at least 100 biker jackets passing by on old or young and dressed up or casual.

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As for shoes, classic French style calls for little black flats but today wedge high tops, motorcycle boots, and Converse have taken over. Maybe it is for comfort, but the modern French girl is not so girl, she’s got an edge a la Isabel Marant. Today’s Paris classic is urban.

When it comes to color, French style is neutral: black, grey, beige, white. Neutrals are always pulled together, and never out of style. Gloomy? Boring? Maybe a bit, but always chic and trés natural making the perfect palate for the final touch of hair and makeup…

Because, for work, for play, to pick up the daily baguette, a stylish Frenchie will have her nails and lips painted, preferably red, her hair a bit disheveled or in a little bun on the top of her head, so glam yet somehow so subtle. I guess that is what the French je ne sais quoi is really all about.

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Any other elements you’d add to the new French look?

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Photos via The Sartorialist, WhoWhatWhere, Vanessa Jackman, The Front Row View, Life is a Luxury,

Sara Dans Le Noir, and The Fashion Tag.