French Winter Style

I’d much rather be sipping on a chocolate chaud as I’m ducking into yet another art museum than doing my 9-to-5 in Cape Town this winter. And I’m sure many of you will agree! While I certainly won’t be going anywhere adventurous this year, it doesn’t mean that I can’t dress for the holiday I want. French style has always been revered for being simple and chic, but it has never been as easy to replicate as now.

Once synonymous with quilted bags and a glimpse of the iconic double-C, today’s French style brings to mind a more relaxed approach as pioneered by brands like Sezane and Rouje. While this is a style you can emulate year-round, I think the elements really leans itself well to the cooler months. Think cosy textures, warm tones and loads of luxurious fabrics in looser styles.

Emulating the Parisian style is easy when you can shop at the above mentioned brands, but I think you’ll be surprised at how easy it can be to achieve the look when combining a few of the below elements – many of which you might already own!

1. Round Neck Knits


The simplest and easiest way to replicate the look this winter is with a round-neck knit, tucked in off course! Bonus points if it sits high on the neck so that your necklace can hang over it.

2. Dark Denims


This is a classic winter style staple irrespective of which look you are after, but its also synonymous with French style. The most popular jean sits higher on the waist to create a nipped waist and ends slightly above the ankle. The shape – straight, skinny or flared – really depends on your personal taste. Straight legs are a classic though!

3. Flats

Make sure you have a pair of ballet flats on hands for the days when it isn’t pouring with rain. It’s comfortable, versatile and can easily be purchased from affordable brands like H&M. Loafers are also a popular alternative.

4. Mix Neutral Tones


It’s not often you’ll see the French embrace colour. Paris is the city that has designated a very specific green as the only colour for all municipal structures after all! Combine neutral tones like navy, grey, beige, tan, caramel, white and black to create interest and dimension without looking like a St Tropez beach umbrella!

5. Statement Blouses


A statement button blouse or lace-inset top can be worn both in the daytime or evening with a beautiful coat over to keep you warm. Think luxurious fabrics like silks, lace and broderie anglais.

6. Structured Outerwear


Which brings us to one of the most-seen items of your winter wardrobe, your coat or your outerwear. French winters are cold, so there isn’t a shortage of inspiration. This season a classic double-breasted blazer in a wool is the first choice for warmth and style. Other classic outerwear choices include the trench coat and longer-length Melton coats in simple silhouettes. Try to steer clear of black if possible.

7. Fine Gold or Tortoiseshell Jewellery

They might have moved on from the double-Cs but French girls still adhere to the less is more aesthetic, especially when it comes to accessorising. Often you’ll just see simple gold chains and small hoops finishing off their outfits, although tortoiseshell accessories is another great way to liven up a monochrome outfit.

8. Brown Accessories


Swap your black handbag for something in a luxurious brown finish – think suede or a crocodile finish. This adds additional interest to simpler outfits and is also a great way to add warmth to cooler tones like black and grey.

9. A Touch of Leopard


If this all feels a little too safe, then consider adding a touch of leopard print to your otherwise neutral wardrobe. Be mindful when choosing a print though – look for beige or golden tones and steer clear of anything too orange. Black-and-white interpretations can also be fun and much more versatile if you aren’t ready to commit to the classic print yet.

10. Stripes


Cliché as stripes are, real French girls still wear them so you definitely can too! Ranging from classic Breton tops to knits with deep V’s and everything in between – you can’t go wrong with a classic black and white or French navy and white combination!

The French Girl Edit

  1. Zara Blouse | 2. Trenery Knit | 3. Trenery Handbag | 4. Daniel Wellington Watch | 5. Mango Blouse | 6. Mango Shoes | 7. Witchery Blouse| 8. Zara Trench | 9. Lovisa Earrings| 10. Mango Jeans | 11. Trenery T | 12. Tread & Miller Boots | 13. Lovisa Necklace | 14. Zara Blazer | 15. Witchery Knit

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Shopping Small This Festive Season

Small businesses need our support now more than ever and with Christmas right around the corner, now is the best time to make sure you place an order. Whether you’re splurging on yourself or just want to make someone else feel special, there should be something to suit your taste or budget.

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The Home Edit: Mirrors

I’ve been hunting for beautiful mirrors for our home for the last few weeks. I’ve subsequently developed a minor obsession with beautiful mirrors. Since I’ve found way more amazing mirrors than I could possibly every need, I thought I’d share them with you. I’ve tagged the ones that I own, but I love all of these. You’ll notice I’m obsessed with antique-style mirrors. Anything in brass, with an interesting shape or with a shelf has drawing my attention. Unfortunately many of them aren’t very budget friendly. Don’t let that put you off though as Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree are also great resources.

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Gift Guide: For Him

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I think men are the hardest to shop for. At least the men in my life are! They aren’t metro men, so skin care or simple treats don’t really spark joy. If there is something they need or desperately want, they buy it. That only leaves items that are way out of anyone’s budget and a few obscure buys. If you have a similar experience when it comes to buying for men, or you’ve left Christmas shopping until the last minute for any other reason, this guide might help you.

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Christmas Gift Guide: For Her

It is that time of the year again! If you haven’t purchased gifts for all the ladies in your life yet, then perhaps some of these ideas might serve as inspiration.


I’m starting with my favourite category, home goods! H&M Home and Poetry are usually my first stops. A beautiful plant (cactus or orchid) with a pot is one of my favourite gifts to give. This one from H&M fits the bill perfectly. I also recently bought two very pretty plant pots for under R200 each at Weylandts (not available online), so definitely worth a look. You also can’t go wrong with a marble cheese board. This one from Poetry is sold out online, but the wooden one is similarly priced and just as pretty. Occasional cutlery also makes a beautiful gift and I just purchased this cake fork set for myself. These golden tea spoons are just as pretty from H&M.

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Six of My Favourite Coffee Table Books

Coffee table books

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but it is so much easier said than done! There are so many amazing books to choose from that it can be hard to narrow down which ones are worth the shipping costs, so I thought I’d give you a peak into some of my favourite coffee table books. They cover a vast range of topics from wanderlust inducing books on the City of Love to Caroline Khoo’s beautiful confectioneries that are literally the way to my heart.

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What to Buy on Your Next US Trip


US Beauty shopping

I’ve shared my New York wishlist on the blog, so most of the items featured in this post shouldn’t come as a big surprise. I’m excited to share with you what I decided to take home as well as some of my favourite stores in case you might have an upcoming trip to the US or a willing mule. I know I did brig home quite a few things, but I want to disclaim that I had been saving for a while and that it also was my birthday so I had quite a bit of birthday money to splurge on myself as well.

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My US Shopping List

My US Shopping list

I’m incredibly lucky and excited to be heading to New York in a week’s time for my birthday! As a surprise to no one, I’m definitely setting aside some time for shopping. Between shopping for my home and hauling beauty products I also hope to find some time to squeeze myself into some Old Navy jeans- this is the land of fast-food after all! So fingers crossed I find something that fits.

If you’re heading to US any time soon or can get your hands on a willing and able mule, you might consider adding some of these to your list. I’m hoping that by listing everything I won’t go overboard or forget to check something when overwhelmed on that side. If there is anything you think I’ll regret not getting, please holler at me in the comments below.

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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