Talking about Villa Kerylos, located on the French Riviera in Beaulieu-sur-Mer requires a small detour Continue reading “VILLA KERYLOS”
Principality for many centuries, Imperia is a charming coastal town in Liguria, formed in 1923 Continue reading “IMPERIA – LIGURIA”
“Suddenly Last Summer” stars Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift, and Katharine Hepburn Continue reading “SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER”
Elected among the “most beautiful villages in Italy”, Cervo is a small medieval town Continue reading “CERVO – LIGURIA”
Tragic and incandescent, here are the adjectives that come to my mind when I think of this movie Continue reading “ONE DEADLY SUMMER”
The very picturesque medieval village of Dolceacqua, which is located in the Nervia valley Continue reading “DOLCEACQUA – LIGURIA”
This vintage Hermès swimsuit is the almost perfect replica of one of the swimsuits Continue reading “THE SWIMMING POOL”
Here is a place out of time, out of space, out of everything: Villa Ephrussi. Continue reading “VILLA EPHRUSSI”
If you think that uteri have nothing to do with politics, you are mistaken Continue reading “ABORTION”
Where do I start when it comes to “Beauty and the Beast”, that wonderful film Continue reading “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST”
In the 17th district of Paris hides an absolutely charming street Continue reading “CITÉ DES FLEURS – PARIS”
I have a yellow dress, I have two-tone shoes. It didn’t take much to make Continue reading “LA LA LAND”
Behind the young cosmetics brand ‘Les Jardins de Jaïna’ Continue reading “LES JARDINS DE JAÏNA”
Friendly reminder: please clear your head and disconnect from screens Continue reading “DIGITAL SPIRITS”
Of the many Parisian residences inhabited by the great French writer Continue reading “BALZAC MUSEUM – PARIS”
Why am I here? I fight. I fight against vulgarity, against authoritarianism. Continue reading “EDUCATION”
When I receive Instagram DMs reading “You are beautiful, for which brand are you a model?”, I can’t stop laughing hard.
How to explain that I am 47, that I am not tall at all and that the photo shoots that accompany my texts may be professional Continue reading “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PICTURE – PART 24”
The Henner Museum, located in the 17th district Continue reading “HENNER MUSEUM – PARIS”
“The Great Forgotten – Why History has erased women”, Titiou Lecoq Continue reading “THE GREAT FORGOTTEN”
Wokeness, what is it? I’ll be honest, I have no idea. Continue reading “WOKENESS”
In a previous article published here on December 18, 2020 Continue reading “TIRED SOLDIER (AGAIN)”
A successful photo shoot depends on few things. Actually no, let’s be honest, it depends on a lot of parameters: preparation, punctuality, light, and professionalism. What do we have here? Well, an absolutely failed photoshoot. Continue reading “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PICTURE – PART 23”
I have been maintaining this website for six years and it’s now time to tell you about the castle of Saint-Germain-en-Laye Continue reading “SAINT-GERMAIN-EN-LAYE CASTLE”
In these troubled times, should we speak of “Army of Shadows” Continue reading “ARMY OF SHADOWS”
I have been feeding this website for over six years Continue reading “TRAVEL LIGHT”
Well, well, well. One year ago my inner lawyer Continue reading “2022 TERMS & CONDITIONS”
A second Christmas in pandemic mode. Continue reading “CHRISTMAS 2021”
After almost twenty years of absence in France Continue reading “EXHIBITION – BOTTICELLI”
“The Favourite” is a film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos in 2018. Continue reading “THE FAVOURITE”
Having success in life or being successful at life? Continue reading “SUCCESS”
When Faust Magazine tells me about the theme for the next issue – namely “Yin and Yang”, I think of only one possible article theme: “Atomic Blonde”. For those who haven’t followed, this is a 2017 film starring Charlize Theron as a spy in the 80’s Continue reading “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PICTURE – PART 22”
Let’s talk about a book that has probably guided some of my life Continue reading “MASTERCLASS”
As Josephine Baker is about to become the first Black woman Continue reading “PANTHEON – PARIS”
When men will be equal with women at home Continue reading “MENTAL LOAD”
Lately, there has been a lot of talk about the Arc de Triomphe Continue reading “ARC DE TRIOMPHE – PARIS”
“The English Patient” may be an epic romance movie Continue reading “THE ENGLISH PATIENT”
La Ruche is an absolutely confidential, totally bucolic Continue reading “LA RUCHE – PARIS”
If we have to talk about Marie-Antoinette, then we have to talk Continue reading “MARIE-ANTOINETTE”
What do we have here? Well, we have a woman who regularly forgets her sunglasses. Which means that giving the languid and sensual look to the photographer for the purposes of the picture is quite complicated. Goodbye, grace – hello, goofiness. Continue reading “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PICTURE – PART 21”
Following the publication of the French novels, “Consent: A Memoir” Continue reading “LOLITA”
If you make the same mistake as me every morning (open Twitter, listen Continue reading “FAIR DISCOURSE”
Born in 1887 in Russia and naturalized French in 1937 Continue reading “CHAGALL MUSEUM – NICE”
I must admit that the drafting of this article raised Continue reading “SOCIAL DECONSTRUCTION”
The term “Côte d’Azur” (“Riviera” in English) was coined in 1887 by a lawyer Continue reading “FRENCH RIVIERA”
“To Catch A Thief” may not be my favorite Hitchcock, but it remains the most glamorous Continue reading “TO CATCH A THIEF”
There is a lot to be said about Francis Scott Fitzgerald, the “sad young man” Continue reading “TENDER IS THE NIGHT”
Annecy, “The Venice of the French Alps”. Annecy, “The Pearl of the French Alps”. Continue reading “ANNECY”
I read somewhere that the way we pack our vacation suitcase Continue reading “THE SUITCASE CHALLENGE – PART 2”
To address here the theme of Yin and Yang – and for once Continue reading “FAUST & ATOMIC BLONDE”
Giverny would probably not exist if Claude Monet had not had an affair with a married woman. Continue reading “GIVERNY”
This incredible pink tulle dress reminds me of another Continue reading “THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA”
Here is a wonder nestled on one of the hills of Port-Marly, about 20 kilometers from Paris Continue reading “MONTE-CRISTO CASTLE”
The Royal Garden of Medicinal Plants was created in 1635 Continue reading “JARDIN DES PLANTES – PARIS”
Without “Queen Margot”, directed by Patrice Chéreau, “GOT” wouldn’t have existed. Continue reading “QUEEN MARGOT”
When it comes to the Sacré-Coeur basilica, my feelings are more than mixed. Continue reading “SACRÉ-COEUR – PARIS”
The French Aix island is located in front of the estuary of the Charente river Continue reading “AIX ISLAND”
Here is a mesmerizing autobiographical novel: “A Secret” by Philippe Grimbert Continue reading “A SECRET”
A dress with pockets? Clothes that never wrinkle? Washable clothes Continue reading “UNCOUTURE”
Perhaps should we stop glorifying public figures in order to accept them as human beings. Continue reading “LIGHT & SHADE”
How nice to be called by school at 10 a.m, whereas you dropped the little ones there an hour and a half before; wheareas you have a busy schedule, to pick up a sick child. My 7-year-old daughter is a born actress, and I have no doubts that the school staff Continue reading “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PICTURE – PART 20”
Here is the final article of my series dedicated to Haussmannian Parisian parks Continue reading “MONCEAU PARK – PARIS”
“North by Northwest”, a film directed by Sir Alfred in 1959, is my favorite Hitchcock Continue reading “NORTH BY NORTHWEST”
Who knows Walt Disney? The whole world. Who knows M.J. Winkler? Absolutely no one. Continue reading “FAUST & M.J. WINKLER”
When it comes to Marcelle Dormoy, the woman doesn’t elect her perfume Continue reading “MARCELLE DORMOY”
Here is a very interesting essay published in January 2021 Continue reading “DE LA DÉMOCRATIE EN PANDÉMIE”
“Victor Victoria” brings together Julie Andrews, Robert Preston and James Garner. Continue reading “VICTOR/VICTORIA”
La “Petite Ceinture” is one of those Parisian places out of time Continue reading “PETITE CEINTURE – PARIS”
A woman should be able to be who she wants to be, without having to face society Continue reading “DEHUMANISATION”
Behind the name of Monsieur Appert works a great team of producers and chefs Continue reading “MONSIEUR APPERT”
I am a little bit tired of certain public figures consistently using quasi or total nudity Continue reading “RETROGLAM”
Here is another very pretty park that we owe to Napoleon III Continue reading “MONTSOURIS PARK – PARIS”
Let’s talk about two cinematic gems: “Mildred Pierce” and “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”. Continue reading “LES PARENTS TERRIBLES”
Taking pictures during Winter comes down to one word: cold. Very cold, not for my photographer who is wrapped in many layers of clothes (he even has special gloves that allow him to handle the camera without having to leave them) Continue reading “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PICTURE – PART 19”
Gloria Swanson. Which actress would have dared Continue reading “FAUST & GLORIA SWANSON”
As a lawyer, I would be happy to review the terms and conditions Continue reading “TERMS AND CONDITIONS”
I guess that this 2020 Christmas will be remembered Continue reading “UNA GIORNATA PARTICOLARE”
Are we all tired? Yes of course. Weariness and apathy are everywhere. Continue reading “TIRED SOLDIER”
One of my previous posts proclaimed my distaste with fast fashion Continue reading “MY SMALL BUSINESS”
We are in 2020 and some French institutions are still trying to standardize women’s clothing. Continue reading “REPUBLICAN ATTIRE”
Wearing a made-to-measure suit these days might seem old-fashioned Continue reading “L.I.L.A.R”
“Rear Window” is a 1954 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring James Stewart Continue reading “REAR WINDOW”
Who knew that rock music – an industry often imagined Continue reading “FAUST & ROSETTA THARPE”
Here are some photos of a time that is recent but has already passed Continue reading “SPIRIT OF THE ERA”
It’s quite simple, “Singing in The Rain” should be covered by Social Security Continue reading “SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN”
Are my photos photoshopped? The answer is no. Nothing you see here or on Instagram is tampered with. 90% of the time, the photo sent by my photographer is perfect in terms of lighting or colors and is published as is. The remaining 10%, I have fun Continue reading “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PICTURE – PART 18”
Yes, Polanski again, since the info leaked last September Continue reading “A SLAP IN THE FACE”
Can we defend the “Black Lives Matter” movement and regularly buy fast fashion? Continue reading “NEOSLAVERY”
Published in 1963, “Dead Calm” is one of Charles Williams’ last novels. Continue reading “DEAD CALM”
What is “digital influence”, really? Let’s be honest: this new expression hides a business Continue reading “INFLUENZA”
Every Saturday evening during Summer, Versailles displays a fairytale show Continue reading “VERSAILLES BY NIGHT”
“The Lady of Shanghai”, directed by Orson Welles in 1947 is quite a strange film. Continue reading “THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI”
In the heart of Lyons forest lies Mortemer Abbey, a former Cistercian monastery. Continue reading “MORTEMER ABBEY”
Nicknamed the Queen of Beaches, Trouville is the oldest seaside resort in Normandy. Continue reading “TROUVILLE BOARDWALK”
Stopover in Etretat, on the breathtaking Alabaster Coast Continue reading “ETRETAT & MAURICE LEBLANC”
Should we be talking about “Gone with the Wind”? Of course, and especially now. Continue reading “GONE WITH THE WIND”
A stopover in one of the most beautiful villages in Normandy: Veules-les-Roses. Continue reading “VEULES-LES-ROSES”
My six-year-old daughter cordially hates this swimsuit, and this is the perfect occasion Continue reading “MIRROR CHILD”
When you travel alone with two little ones, the suitcase test can be complicated. Continue reading “SUITCASE CHALLENGE”
Back to the Auteuil gardens in this summery outfit. The tropical trees perfectly fit the Summer mood. Continue reading “SUMMERTIME”
Marie-Antoinette’s domain has always been my favorite part of Versailles royal domain. Continue reading “TRIANON”
I’ve been following the “Free the Nipple” initiative on Instagram for some time. Continue reading “DOUBLE STANDARD”
Here I am, ten days after the lockdown has been lifted, trying to organize a photoshoot on the Parisian Pont des Arts (otherwise known as the Love Lock Bridge). I feel like a house pet left out in the wild. I am not quite sure about this space Continue reading “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PICTURE – PART 17”
For once, I’ll go against my own digital policy of not publishing pictures of my kids. Continue reading “BLACK LIVES MATTER”
Here I am in a beautiful Cacharel dress, which I adore, just like the brand. Continue reading “CACHAREL”
Here are two of my favourite films: “Sunset Boulevard”, directed by Billy Wilder Continue reading “NARCISSUS IN HOLLYWOOD”
Chaalis is an ancestral domain on which you will find the ruins of a royal abbey Continue reading “CHAALIS”
A perfectly Hepburnian dress and a cruise on the Seine. It didn’t take much for me to think of “Charade”. Continue reading “CHARADE”
“Some like it hot” is a romantic comedy directed by Billy Wilder in 1959 Continue reading “SOME LIKE IT HOT”
Let’s discuss about the queen of gothic novel: the talented Daphne du Maurier. Continue reading “DAPHNE DU MAURIER”
Alicia Drake’s “The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris” Continue reading “THE BEAUTIFUL FALL”
I have infinite love for this white dress, which I perfectly picture being in “The Great Gatsby” Continue reading “THE GREAT GATSBY”
Here’s an excellent film that went under the radar: “Miss Sloane”, directed in 2016 by John Madden Continue reading “MISS SLOANE”
The Museum of Romantic Life was Dutch painter Ary Scheffer’s residence Continue reading “GEORGE SAND”
Only the truly wise know: Vionnet is, and remains, the absolute reference Continue reading “FAUST & MADELEINE VIONNET”
If our personal film archives say a lot about us, here is a film that says a lot about me Continue reading “MR. KLEIN”
Here is a very good historical novel – although sometimes a bit hagiographic – called “La Panthère” Continue reading “LA PANTHÈRE”
Zadkine museum is one of the rare sculptors’ studios – along with that of Antoine Bourdelle Continue reading “ZADKINE MUSEUM – PARIS”
“L.A. Confidential”, the book written in 1990 by James Ellroy or “L.A. Confidential”, the film Continue reading “L.A. CONFIDENTIAL”
Do we drink alcohol during a photo shoot? Nope, never at all, never ever. The proof in pictures.
When in 2019, Triumph Lingerie contacted me, I excitedly began to brainstorm about the concepts I should take on the topic of women Continue reading “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PICTURE – PART 16”
The Païva hotel is a Parisian townhouse built between 1856 and 1866 on the Champs-Elysées avenue. Continue reading “LA PAÏVA HOTEL”
Born in 1861, Emile-Antoine Bourdelle was a prolific and influential French sculptor. Continue reading “BOURDELLE MUSEUM – PARIS”
Did I tear the tulle of this sumptuous dress with my stiletto heel as I danced? Continue reading “LET’S DANCE (AGAIN)”
Let’s talk for a moment about two of my favourite movies: “Vertigo” and “Obsession”. Continue reading “EURYDICE MYTH”
The Museum of Romantic Life was Dutch painter Ary Scheffer’s Continue reading “MUSEUM OF ROMANTIC LIFE – PARIS”
“Rebecca”, Alfred Hitchcock’s movie.
But more importantly, “Rebecca”, Daphné du Maurier’s novel. Continue reading “REBECCA”
With the uprising of the MeToo movement follow exhortations to separate the man from the artist. Continue reading “CLOUD THE ISSUE”
Who knows the Parisian flea market, where previously-owned treasures can be found? Continue reading “FLEA MARKET – PARIS”
“Liane de Pougy sold her body, and for quite a sum, but she never sold her heart or her soul”. Continue reading “FAUST & LIANE DE POUGY”
Beauty, simplicity and sharpness are intimately linked in my spirit, when I look at myself in the mirror. Continue reading “INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE”
“Barry Lyndon”, Stanley Kubrick’s movie, or “The Luck of Barry Lyndon”, William Tackeray’s novel? Continue reading “BARRY LYNDON”
L’Alcazar, or two rooms, two atmospheres. L’Alcazar, or the detox and the intox. Or vice versa. Continue reading “L’ALCAZAR – PARIS”
50 kilometers Southeast of Paris is the matrix of every classic European castle: Vaux-le-Vicomte. Continue reading “VAUX-LE-VICOMTE”
A woman should be able to look at herself in the mirror, without fearing anyone’s judgment Continue reading “REFLECTION”
It is not a secret that I love classical American cinema, and especially film noir. Continue reading “FEMME FATALE”
I have been active on Instagram for 4 years and I have seen what I call the “injunction to happiness” time and time again. Continue reading “HAPPINESS TYRANNY”
Café Charbon restaurant is an institution located in the Parisian Folie-Méricourt area, in the 11th district. Continue reading “CAFÉ CHARBON – PARIS”
The other side of the picture is not always glorious. Especially when you go to Trouville for a photoshoot, hoping in vain that the marine breeze might make the boiling French heatwave tolerable.
Suffice it to say, it did not.
Taking pictures in a long dress Continue reading “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PICTURE – PART 15”
And here I am in a playsuit that I particularly like, as it combines a strict tuxedo collar with the ease of a bare leg. Continue reading “WITCHES”
Making merino wool scarves so delicate that they are as soft as cashmere, such is the achievement of Amédée Paris. Continue reading “AMÉDÉE PARIS”
A autumnal outfit which perfectly goes with the warm and flamboyant shades of the season. Continue reading “TWEED”
In 1974, the Yves Saint Laurent fashion house moved to a Parisian townhouse dating back to the Second Empire, 5 Avenue Marceau. Continue reading “YSL MUSEUM – PARIS”
And here I am, in my dance attire but also in Marlène Dietrich’s suite at the Lancaster hotel in Paris, where she lived a few years, where she left her piano, to discuss dance. I recently inflicted a thousand stories documenting my dance practices on my community on Instagram Continue reading “LET’S DANCE”
Here we are, at the beginning of Pink October, the annual French breast cancer awareness campaign, which has been running since 1985. Continue reading “OZALYS”
I’m going to be honest: when I was first told that the theme for the next edition of Faust Magazine was Graffiti, I didn’t say much Continue reading “FAUST & VIGÉE LE BRUN”
Since early May 2019, Instagram is officially testing hiding like counts in a few countries. Instagram wants its followers to focus on the content Continue reading “NEW ERA”
Let’s talk about Lucie Monin, the gilder, for a minute.
A lover of old tomes, Lucie originally wanted to become a book restorer Continue reading “LUCIE MONIN”
Let’s not do it for the gram.
Pictures of fires in the Amazon rainforest are being shared over and over again on social media Continue reading “DON’T DO IT FOR THE GRAM”
A perfectly retro outfit and a sailing boat: it doesn’t take much more than that for me to sail towards the murky waters of “Mr Ripley”. Continue reading “PURPLE NOON”
Here is the perfect dress for Summer nights out.
The V-neck and sleeveless cut make this a light and breezy dress to wear on a hot day Continue reading “GOLDEN HOUR”
For over twenty years, people have been telling me that there is something masculine about me. That I behave like a man. Continue reading “JAMES BOND, HERSELF”
It’s no secret, I love summery playsuits and it’s no secret either, I do love electric blue, this famous IKB or International Klein Blue. Continue reading “IKB”
Long considered dangerous or of purely commercial interest, the sea, and by association, the beach, only gained in popularity in the 1750’s Continue reading “THE BEACH”
“Roman Holiday”, produced by William Wyler in 1953, combines the talents of the delicious Audrey Hepburn and the charming Gregory Peck. Continue reading “ROMAN HOLIDAY”
And here is another beautiful gem from Needle & Thread, this English brand I cherish Continue reading “ENGLISH GARDEN”
Have you heard of the art of mixology applied to clothes? If you haven’t yet, let me introduce you to the expert: Audrey Cimignani Continue reading “THE MICSOLOGYST”
Here I am, in a retro style, ready to tell you about a novel I loved: “The Swans of Fifth Avenue” Continue reading “THE SWANS OF FIFTH AVENUE”
And here is Montmartre as I like it: a desert Montmartre with no one in sight, early in the morning. It feels like a quiet village. Continue reading “MONTMARTRE – PARIS”
Original, whimsical, elusive, rebellious are all words that could describe Colette, whose path was paved with scandal. Continue reading “FAUST & COLETTE”
Here I am in a gorgeous, timeless, elegant 50’s dress.
I found it at the Puces, the Parisian flea market, in one of my favorite shops, Marcel and Jeannette Continue reading “SUPER SLOW FASHION”
Three lives, one palace.
That’s what I’ve named the Palais Gaillard, isn’t that fabulous? The Palais Gaillard is a jewel of neo-gothic, neo-Renaissance Parisian style Continue reading “CITÉCO – PARIS”
Good read of the week: “Filling the Void” by Marcus Gilroy-Ware, whose concern is to understand why so many people are addicted to social media. Continue reading “FILLING THE VOID”
What a feeling of dismay that overwhelms you when you receive a professional or semi-professional invitation and try to decipher the required dress code. Continue reading “PARISIAN DRESS CODE”
Yellow has been such a trendy color in Paris lately, right?
Here am I, in the Serres d’Auteuil botanical gardens. Continue reading “SERRES D’AUTEUIL”
One could think that photoshoots are the most glamourous thing ever but oh no, let me stop you right there. Continue reading “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PICTURE – PART 14”
This is me in black just because I think it’s appropriate, given that I want to discuss the dark side of the force with you today: digital “dark patterns”. Continue reading “DARK PATTERNS”
Moreau Paris is the symbol of a beautiful, historic tradition of the French “malletier”, the French trunk-maker. Continue reading “MOREAU PARIS”
Bagatelle is the result of a crazy bet. In 1777, Marie-Antoinette challenged the Count of Artois to build a small palace in less than a hundred days. Continue reading “BAGATELLE – PARIS”
5:10 p.m. (in French “17h10”) is that twilight moment during which nearly everything is possible for a busy woman Continue reading “17h10”
The Cernuschi museum was founded in 1898 by the French banker and economist Henri Cernuschi Continue reading “CERNUSCHI MUSEUM – PARIS”
My nine-year-old son recently triggered a deep reflection process when he said that, I quote, one of his friends had a dream life and he didn’t. Continue reading “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PICTURE – PART 13”
“Chinatown”, which came out in 1974, is one of my favorite movies.
Plot twist, it’s a film noir. Continue reading “CHINATOWN”
Castel: a myth.
Yes, Castel is most definitely a myth, a place which always sparks a feeling of pleasure and excitement as you approach. Continue reading “CASTEL – PARIS”
My 5-year-old daughter could not care less about clothes or appearance. All she wants is to be comfortable enough to run, jump or climb. Continue reading “CASUAL”
I am now the ambassador of a marvelous publication: Faust Magazine. Why so marvelous, you ask? Continue reading “FAUST & SIMONE”
When you’re at the mountain, I think it’s safe to say that style is usually the last thing on your mind.
Continue reading “MOUNTAIN”
After four long years of absence, it’s a pleasure to rediscover the Lutetia, or the only five-star hotel on the Parisian left bank. Continue reading “LUTETIA HOTEL”
An outfit with a retro touch was the natural complement to this superb Lancaster en-suite. With such a setting, it seemed like the ideal occasion to discuss the movie “Laura”. Continue reading “LAURA”
How surprising, I usually overthink various topics (from the emotional development of my children to worldwide geostrategy, which is quite a wide range of subjects). Continue reading “DEFEANING SILENCE”
Sorry to state this again and again: I love red, that hot, sensual, lively colour. I love red that instantaneously highlights and brightens an otherwise slightly neutral or demure outfit. Continue reading “MOTHER CHRISTMAS”
I had already mentioned in a post two years ago that, although my Instagram page might make you believe otherwise, I am absolutely not a “shopaholic”. Continue reading “ETHICAL CONSUMPTION”
You understand the name of the Parisian Cercle Interallié when you know its full name: Cercle de l’Union Interalliée, founded in 1917 when the USA entered into World War I. Continue reading “CERCLE INTERALLIÉ”
Yes, I am indeed breaking the sacrosanct rule, the law according to which one leopard print item per silhouette is enough. Continue reading “ROARING”
We say the Monceau Park, the Montsouris Park and the Buttes-Chaumont Park but the Luxembourg Gardens, which are treasured by many Parisians, deserve their particular appellation. Continue reading “LUXEMBOURG GARDENS – PARIS”
My family history has made me, for better or for worse, I’m not entirely certain, into a person who is extremely demanding when it comes to gastronomy. Continue reading “SAINT GERMAIN RESTAURANT – PARIS”
Let me introduce a true Dior jewel. The work that went into this divine cocktail dress is absolutely mesmerizing. Continue reading “NEW LOOK”
Anything funny, a bit surprising, and a tad crazy this past few months?
Sure! The unexpected shooting of a TV episode for Fashion One Television, in English, over the course of two days. Continue reading “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PICTURE – PART 12”
Before Bégum Paris, there was Delage, the beautiful French maison with its workshop in Ile-et-Villaine, France. A maison that would regularly lend its talents and savoir-faire to the greatest names, such as Chanel or Louboutin. Continue reading “BEGUM PARIS”
It is simply delightful to wear this Jason Wu dress, which I find absolutely gorgeous, during the festive season. The slightly dramatic bejeweled neckline is perfectly balanced out by the aerial grace of the skirt. Continue reading “INTO THE BLUE”
Do you remember the scene where Cinderella’s godmother helps her prepare to go to the ball in Walt Disney’s dreamlike movie? Continue reading “FAIRY TALE DRESS”
Time to clear the air.
My Instagram followers have been increasing by the thousands every day for over a week now. This could sound like good news but really it’s not because these accounts are fake, empty shells with no one behind them. Continue reading “FAKE LIFE”
This beautiful little gem is from Needle & Thread, an English brand founded in 2013, whose sophisticated, supremely feminine style is instantly recognisable due to the embroideries and sequins present in each collection. Continue reading “MAHARANI”
Here she is, the reason for this website. Here she is, the dear teen of whom I speak so often.
Here she is, the smart and kind and beautiful Hannah. Continue reading “WELCOME INTO THE POST-WEINSTEIN ERA”
Wearing leather pants can be a perilous exercise. The piece is so connotated that it can easily become vulgar. The main trap to avoid, in my opinion, is to try and erotize the silhouette more than it already is. Continue reading “ROCK’N ROLL VIBES”
Les Invalides complex dominates the Parisian skyline and encapsulates two major moments of French history: Louis XIV and Napoleon’s reigns, my favorite French dictators (kind of). Continue reading “LES INVALIDES – PARIS”
People often ask me if I like to shop. Those who don’t know me imagine that I raid the Avenue Montaigne on a weekly basis.
They couldn’t be further removed from the truth. Continue reading “CONFESSIONS OF A NON-SHOPAHOLIC”
This is a morning like no other. Obviously. Let’s be honest for a minute.
During week time, mornings – at my place at least – are closer to a very controlled speed race but a speed race nonetheless. Continue reading “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PICTURE – PART 11”
How could I be a decent parisienne who loves the history of fashion and not talk about the Galliera Palace? Well, I couldn’t, because it’s Paris fashion museum.
I couldn’t for several reasons. Continue reading “GALLIERA – PARIS”
Urban honey… urban honey?
Let’s talk about Audric de Campeau’s fabulous initiative, or the installation of beehives on the roofs of Parisian monuments.
Why the terms “urban honey”, you might ask? Continue reading “LE MIEL DE PARIS”
I nearly died during this photo shoot. Yes, yes, yes. I was calmly walking over to the place where Cedric, my fully equipped photographer (top quality lens, integrated light box and all that not-so-discrete attire). Continue reading “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PICTURE – PART 10”
One never highlights their back enough, which is a shame given how sensual a back can be.
I’ve chosen to address this issue by wearing this chain-covered vintage dress.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking. Continue reading “UNCHAINED”
Varadi is all about the quality of the leather, the arch of each sole and the surprising sensation of comfort one feels when wearing Varadi heels, though they are undeniably very high.
Those little details that make a big difference, right. Continue reading “VARADI x JD BAROCCA”
“Love at first sight”. That’s how I’d describe my experience with Delvaux.
This beautiful house was created in 1829, which makes it the oldest fine leather goods house in the world and one of Belgium’s national jewels. Continue reading “DELVAUX”
Those who’ve been following my adventure since the very beginning are well aware of my love for boating.
The setting has changed a little and so have the type and the size of the boat: may I introduce this gorgeous 56ft long sailing boat. Continue reading “LIBERTY”
We are constantly bombarded with tutorials, shows and articles that teach us the supposed ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ of fashion, so we all pretty much know the steps to look like an honest woman on the street. Continue reading “TEN COMMANDMENTS OF STYLE”
Let’s talk about candles for a minute, shall we?
The subject may sound trivial but it isn’t, given that our habit of lighting candles to fill our homes with sweet fragrances participates directly in domestic pollution. Continue reading “UN SOIR A L’OPÉRA”
Let’s talk about the Lancaster Hotel. This beautiful haussmannien hotel, located right off the Champs-Elysées, is a historical marvel.
The place’s intense calmness creates a stark contrast with the bustling Champs-Elysées. Continue reading “LANCASTER HOTEL”
Today, I want to tell you about a lawyer: Suzanne Ducoté.
A lawyer who chose another path.
Suzanne’s bubbly personality, beautiful energy and intelligence set her up for a brilliant, intellectually stimulating career as a business lawyer. Continue reading “DUCOTÉ & CÔTE”
The holidays and the beautiful weather have allowed me to post photos and videos of me on a gorgeous sailing boat. These posts make it seem like my life is magazine material. Continue reading “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PICTURE – PART 9”
Luxury is not synonymous with a price tag but resides in the correlation between quality and a coherent price. This is why I wanted to present this outfit to you, although it certainly didn’t break the bank. Continue reading “MONEY CAN’T BUY STYLE”
Is a moment of outrage allowed? I guess so.
I have written about my love for Naomi Wolf’s “Beauty Myth”, published in 1990, on a previous occasion. The essay explores how women were, and continue to be, alienated by unrealistic diktats around physical perfection, desirability and the constant staging of their bodies as sexual objects. Continue reading “THE BEAUTY MYTH – PART 2”
Bikini pictures, or the perfect occasion of talking about Naomi Wolf.
I have infinite admiration for the American essayist who published her famous “Beauty Myth” in 1990. Continue reading “THE BEAUTY MYTH”
I clearly love Dolce & Gabbana’s ultra-femininity, which has always represented the quintessence of the Italian dolce vita for me: the 60’s, the sun, femininity, voluptuousness, grace and love. Continue reading “DOLCE VITA”
This item is a UFO: a playsuit by Victoria Beckham designed for target, the massive U.S. department store. Indeed, Victoria Beckham presented Target with an affordable 150-piece-collection in Spring 2017, which includes a line for plus-size women and for children. In all fairness, it’s quite a success. Continue reading “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK”
Born in 2015, Maison Château Rouge is the Parisian brand with an African soul, as said by its creator, Youssouf Fofana, who inspires himself from his own Senegalese heritage, as well as in traditional African wax prints to drape the Parisian’s urban silhouette. Continue reading “MAISON CHATEAU ROUGE”
You know my love for Petitjean Paris.
I love the refinement and the sense of freshness that always transpires in founder Léa Petitjean’s work. It so happens that Léa expanded the range of her creations last year. Continue reading “PETITJEAN PARIS”
Please find attached the images that exemplify an utter, complete failure of a photoshoot.
I don’t have tons of free time in my day to day life so I often try to bring things together as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Continue reading “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PICTURE – PART 8”
I would like to talk to you about a monument only few people know about, although it is truly worth the visit: the “Expiatory Chapel” dedicated to French King Louis XVI and Queen Marie-Antoinette. Continue reading “EXPIATORY CHAPEL – PARIS”
And here I am, a little provocative, in my vintage Old England cape, visiting a medieval French castlewhich was the subject of bitter battles between France and England: the castle of Langeais. Continue reading “LANGEAIS”
Margareth & Moi is the result of a beautiful story that involves neither Margareth, nor myself at that, but two individuals by the name of Victoria and Gildas.
Victoria and Gildas met in another life, when they were both working for Olivier Lapidus. That meeting led to a true friendship but also a superb creation: Margareth & Moi. Continue reading “MARGARETH & MOI”
A few people – be they my dear teen or lawyers who know about the double life as lawyer/digitalizer I lead – often encourage me to share a bit more about my life, in all its craziness and complexity. Continue reading “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PICTURE – PART 7”
This vintage dress is incredible and dazzling with its intense color and endless fabric. So strong and intense that it cannot go unnoticed. Continue reading “LET’S GO BOLD”
It is a challenge not to look furiously elegant in a tuxedo. Some might even say furiously feminine.
However, if dared, the tuxedo must be absolutely perfect. You might find me a little snobbish but in my opinion, a tuxedo is either YSL or it is not. Continue reading “SMOKING HOT”
It’s rather easy to look fresh, dewy and put together on a photo… if you are lucky enough to work with a professional photographer with good taste and top-notch material.
This happens to be my case, given that I wanted to launch and build this website in the most professional way possible. Continue reading “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PICTURE – PART 6”
Going up to a Parisian rooftop is the perfect opportunity to talk about Tennessee Williams, as a wink to his famous “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”. Continue reading “CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF”
When your name is neither Vogue, nor Vanity Fair, when you’re simply a lawyer in banking and financial law (it’s quite arid, I agree) but you want to become the poet, the representative of Parisian elegance, how do you organise a photo shoot ? Continue reading “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PICTURE – PART 5”
Thanks to the three children that surround me every day, I am the witness to brilliant comebacks and hilarious retorts.
And today, a selection of what could turn out to be an inspiring thematic: #DressUpYourLife: Continue reading “#DRESSUPYOURLIFE”
He’s gorgeous, clever, nifty, enduring, versatile and ingenious.
(No, no, no, I’m not talking about my lover). Continue reading “JOYFUL VINTAGE”
Makeup and contouring tutorials always leave me astonished – when they land on my Instagram feed. I remain mesmerized by the many layers of creams, primers, foundations and other powders applied to the skin. Continue reading “THE LESS, THE BETTER”
It seems like 2018 is the year PVC makes a comeback and I must admit that it’s pretty fantastic, especially when it rains.
And if you’re going to wear a plastic trench coat – plastic not being the most noble material ever – just have fun! Continue reading “IT’S PLASTIC, IT’S FANTASTIC!”
When Winter finally gives way to the warmth of spring and summer, I am always eager to start wearing long, flowing skirts, which I find excessively feminine, so long as they are properly cinched at the waist. Continue reading “SPINNING AROUND”
Some time ago, I presented my interrogations concerning #MeToo here. I expressed my fear of seeing this movement become a trial by the people and my hope that it would trigger legal and judiciary changes, which are, in my opinion, the only tools that can really change mindsets in the long run. Continue reading “TIME’S UP”
I recently stumbled upon the Instagram page of a very famous blogger who recently gave birth and has been bombarding her 10 million + followers with intimate pictures of her baby. The pictures feature her and the baby in the clinic room, in the arms of the father crying – the newborn baby’s every angle is given for the world to see. Continue reading “DIGITAL LIFE VERSUS REAL LIFE”
To paraphrase Loïc Prigent, who recently pulished “I Love Fashion But it’s Everything That I Hate”, I love Instagram but it’s everything that I hate too.
I love Instagram because it allows you to create a community of like-minded people, to discover new horizons and sometimes it even makes you meet beautiful people in real life. Continue reading “A LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH INSTAGRAM”
To paraphrase Gabrielle Chanel, one of my favorite colors is black (although, technically, black isn’t really a color but still). Continue reading “ALL BLACK”
Let’s talk about the Atelier Les Lyonnes.
Its founder, the utterly charming Anne-Claire Thiriot, decided to give spats a new life. The bet was a risky one, given that the accessory is rather dated.
And yet, the bet was worth it because she has, in a nutshell, given it a new life. Continue reading “ATELIER LES LYONNES”
The name Megève is very much associated with the Rothschild, and for a simple reason: the skiing station was created by them after the First World war, as they refused to cohabitate with the Germans during their stays in Swiss stations. Continue reading “MEGEVE”
In my wildest dreams, I re-write the script for my life and I become a secret agent (the movie version, because in real life it looks like a pretty dirty job). Continue reading “FROM PARIS WITH LOVE”
La Réserve Paris is a five-star hotel which opened in 2015, discretely located on an avenue off the Champs-Elysées. It was merely elected best hotel in the world by the readers of the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler magazine. Continue reading “LA RESERVE PARIS”
I fell head-over-heels in love with the young brand Rayon Spécial, which brings together a wonderful collection of vintage glasses from the 30’s through to the 60’s. The glasses are laminated with gold and lovingly restored by the young designer Yoan Dahan. Continue reading “RAYON SPECIAL”
How can you not think of Marlene Dietrich as the Blue Angel when it comes to the Yves Saint Laurent smoking suit?
I believe that it is perfectly possible to be furiously feminine in a three-piece suit and absolutely masculine in a dress. Continue reading “MASCULINE/FEMININE”
I have always liked the Flore en l’Ile but especially so recently, given that a friend of mine took over the establishment a few months ago. The place is so deliciously retro and so perfectly Parisian that I half-expect Simone de Beauvoir to walk in at any moment. Continue reading “LE FLORE EN L’ILE – PARIS”
The Canadians must have been laughing pretty hard at our few centimetres of snow… and their catastrophic impact.
There was hardly any traffic, all the parks were closed, people looked like penguins as they struggled to walk, all wrapped up in layers of clothes: it was a beautiful mess. Continue reading “SNOW”
“Atomic Blonde” was definitely one of my favorite movies of 2017.
In a nutshell: Lorraine Broughton, an MI6 agent played by Charlize Theron, is sent to Berlin a few days before the fall of the wall in order to find a lost list of secret agents. Continue reading “ATOMIC BLONDE”
I happily practice an art which I find highly necessary, that of doing nothing. It is, in my opinion the natural continuation in one’s adult life of an art I practiced as a child, that of boredom. Continue reading “IN PRAISE OF LAZINESS”
If you thought that your selfies were totally innocent, you were wrong, apparently.
A study published in 2017 by the Florida State University suggests that people use different physical positions and manipulate camera angles when taking selfies, in an unconscious impression-management strategy. Continue reading “IMPRESSION-MANAGEMENT STRATEGY”
It’s quite obvious that I love fur. My little sister hates me for it and I wouldn’t be surprise if PETA struck me with its wrath sooner rather than later, considering the numerous furs in the posts of this website. Continue reading “FURIOUS DEBATE”
Fun facts? We’ve got fun facts:
I am short. That’s not so funny but I just wanted to specify it because every time someone sees me in real life after having seen pictures that someone tells me: “but you looked so much taller”. There you go, that’s kinda funny… I’m really 1m64! Continue reading “FUN FACTS”
This website definitely raises many questions around me. Some people don’t really understand why I persist on wanting to live off this digital initiative when I am a lawyer and a doctor in law. According to them, all of this is a waste of my intellectual capacities and a plain waste of time. Continue reading “PROFESSION – SLASHER”
What my 4-year-old daughter calls my « princess dress » is in fact a wedding gown. My wedding gown. A wedding gown that I never got to wear seeing as I never got married (although everything was ready: the contract, the ring, the ceremony… but we ended changing our minds and preferring a life of sin). Continue reading “A LIFE OF SIN”
People often wonder why I don’t post more pictures of the kids.
The dear teenager has her own Instagram account and seeing as the teenage years aren’t generally the ones during which you feel most luminous and radiant, I would never post any picture of her without her explicit approval. Continue reading “GOING PRIVATE”
Bvlgari, the roman jeweler. Bulgari, the jeweler of vibrant, colorful gems. Bvlgari, the jeweler which masterfully combines utter elegance, with an oh-so-Roman touch of creative madness. Creativity is the master word. Passion too. Continue reading “BVLGARI”
Sometimes… Sometimes I am in a hardcore mood. If you know what I mean.
If you don’t, now you do: Continue reading “HARDCORE”
It’s not a secret to anybody that I love the retro style. However, I’m more of a fan of the ‘retro touch’ than the full vintage retro look. I admire some of the women who are capable of wearing shoes, makeup, clothes and an updo that would fit perfectly into a picture from the 40s, 50s, or 60s but I feel very removed from that world for several reasons. Continue reading “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PICTURE – PART 4”
“The Thomas Crown Affair”, two movies, really.
The first one dates back to 1968 and starred Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. The story is actually rather simple: Thomas Crown is extremely rich and equally bored, which is why he organizes a hold-up in a bank (I know, not exactly what I do when I’m bored either but oh well…). Continue reading “THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR”
Today’s subject of discussion is none other than one of the most vanguard Parisian brands, the famous maison Courrèges, which was one of the first to offer trousers and miniskirts to women. Continue reading “COURREGES”
Excellent article by Peggy Sastre, published in December 2017 on Slate. Her equally excellent expression “the steak patriarchy” remaining in copyleft, I will respectfully and happily use it for the purpose of this article. Continue reading “AM I A FEMINIST? – PART 4”
I am always extremely moved by what the Garnier Opera house represents.
Besides the fact that the building is of an absolutely decadent beauty and that it reunites many arts in its midst (Lyrical art! Dancing! Painting and a Chagall ceiling! Literature and the phantom of the Opera! Architecture!), the Opera house perfectly illustrates the rule of will. Continue reading “GARNIER OPERA HOUSE – PARIS”
I realize that I have been lying to you.
Partially lying, to be precise. Against my will, in reality. Continue reading “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PICTURE – PART 3”
Shall we talk about #metoo?
I have got extremely mixed feelings regarding the whole thing – first and foremost, I am disgusted by all the abuse. The following post is just a flow of thoughts triggered by the campaign, with near to no distance given that we’re all swimming in the midst of these murky, muddy waters at the moment. Continue reading “#NOTMETOO BUT #METOOANYWAY”
Contemplate the possibility of an act being a mistake. Contemplate all the whys and wherefores of the said act. Assess all the alternative routes offered by life (… dive right into the mistake but knowing that it is a mistake): that is the perfect allegory of my life. Continue reading “THE FOUR TOLTEC AGREEMENTS”
A completely, utterly retro outfit, that reminds me of Fassbinder’s movie “The Marriage of Maria Braun”, which I liked a lot (probably because of the little veil). Continue reading “THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN”
You often see me wearing these pants with these shoes. There are two reasons for this.
I like these pants. And I like these shoes.
Well, kind of. Continue reading “PALAIS ROYAL – PARIS”
I am what you’d call a late bloomer, one of those women who becomes beautiful with age.
Strangely, I say this without any pretense: I don’t think I’m the prettiest (I am actually totally incapable of naming the most beautiful woman in the world because I find lots of women beautiful in many different ways) but I’m happy with what I see in the mirror, be it puffy and eyes and poufy hair or a perfectly prepped face. Continue reading “LATE BLOOMER”
Let’s talk about the objectification of women’s bodies, shall we?
It is a mystery to me that our « modern », occidental societies manage to associate at the same time feminism and hyper-sexualisation of women’s bodies. Continue reading “THE TYRANNY OF SEXY”
When you have a public account on Instagram and that you wish to reach a maximum number of people, there are two possible postures.
The first one is to consider that you influence others: the idea is therefore to increase your number of followers whilst only following a few, often institutional or celebrities accounts. Continue reading “MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL”
The island of Ré is full of treasures: the beach and farniente, the architecture, the history, an ancestral and yet diversified local life. The whole place is still rather wild and authentic thanks to the action of the local political actors (and to a 16€ toll on the road that gives one access to the island during high season). Continue reading “RÉ ISLAND”
I’ll quickly paraphrase Balzac because I find his formulation very accurate: Azay-le-Rideau is a “multi-cut/faceted diamond crimped by the Indre river”.
Azay is a true Renaissance gem, its finesse makes it look like a little ornament floating on the water. Continue reading “AZAY-LE-RIDEAU”
It is urgent that we start loving. Loving ourselves in order to love others.
This motto, which is already engraved in the very DNA of this website, is the main idea in Renee Engeln’s book: “Beauty sick: How the cultural obsession with appearance hurts girls and women”, published in April 2017. Renee Engeln is Professor of Instruction in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University, USA. Continue reading “MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS”
This may seem strange but the castle of Chenonceau left me with mixed feelings of amazement and sadness. The place is utterly gorgeous but something (other than the hoards of tourists) creates an atmosphere of utter melancholy, which might have something to do with its history. Continue reading “CHENONCEAU”
The Parisian Arts Décoratifs museum celebrated in 2017 the 70th anniversary of the creation of the house of Dior. This lavish and comprehensive exhibition invites visitors on a voyage of discovery through the universe of the house of Dior’s founder and the illustrious couturiers who succeeded him : Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and, most recently, Maria Grazia Chiuri. Continue reading “CHRISTIAN DIOR EXHIBITION – PARIS”
I happened to very intentionally stumble upon Ivanka Trump’s Instagram page, given that I’ve been observing her and her public initiatives from a distance for some time now. The persona intrigues me (the underlying question being: what will she actually do with all the cards she has in hand to trigger progress in some areas?) Continue reading “THE BLACK SWAN”
“Jet lag, also called desynchronosis and flight fatigue, is a temporary disorder that causes fatigue, insomnia, and other symptoms as a result of air travel across multiple time zones. It is considered a circadian rhythm sleep disorder, which is a disruption of the internal circadian clock”. Continue reading “JET LAG”
In this post, I felt like discussing – in my own way – a movie that I absolutely love: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.
I have no particular affinity with Tiffany & Co but my love for Bulgari is limitless and well-documented, therefore this photoshoot became Breakfast at Bulgari’s, with the help of a coffee and a croissant. Continue reading “BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S”
A stunning vintage Yolanda dress from the sixties. I admire the refinement of the embellished collar but I admire way it falls and flows perfectly. The coral-beset lady is older than me but it would make any young woman pale in comparison given its holding (so imagine how pale this 42-year-old young woman looks). Continue reading “HANDOVER OF POWER”