My 2021 fashion review

· Fashion

Last year’s fashion review was a good one for you… and for me, it was useful to get an idea of what I really consumed during a whole year and to know if my acquisitions were judicious or not.

I’m repeating the experiment for 2021 by listing all the clothes and accessories that have entered my wardrobe. Let’s go for the complete list!

 

13 novelties in 2021 : 7 purchases and 6 gifts in 2021

In 2021, I made more purchases than in 2020 (7 instead of 3 in 2020). Perhaps the semblance of a social life back and the fact that I didn’t accept any fashion partnerships in 2021 may have had an influence too?

As far as gifts are concerned, I will detail each one below: they come from friends (on my birthday) but also from fellow bloggers work that I wanted to support as I liked their creations.

For the birthday gifts, I was not able to “control” these entries in my wardrobe (that said, fortunately my friends know my tastes and my desire to consume sustainably!) but for the rest, it was done in all conscience because I thought carefully before accepting the gift.

 

THE APC KHAKI PARKA

Parka “Gertrude” APC

 

Date of purchase : January 2021 (during the sales)

Why I bought it : As mentioned in the conclusion of the 2020 review, I had been looking for a khaki parka with a hood and a minimalist design for a while. I came across this APC “Gertrude” model during the winter sales and despite the relatively high price (even at a discount), I didn’t hesitate as I already have quite a few accessories from this brand and I am satisfied with the quality over time. The cut and the look were also what I was looking for: Bingo!

My daily use : I wore it a lot in 2021 and still do now, when the winter/autumn weather is uncertain and I don’t want to carry an umbrella with me. It’s light, warm, waterproof and yet urban/stylish: For me it’s a winning and hopefully sustainable purchase.

 

APC DERBIES

Derbies “Ambre” APC

 

Date of purchase : January 2021 (during the sales)

Reason for purchase :To replace my patent Dr.Martens derbies (I’m telling the story about them here))

My daily use : I wear them quite regularly but I got used to wear slippers/sneakers almost non stop since lockdown which means that I often prefer sneakers. That said, when I want to go for a more preppy style, I happily wear them. I like the way they look and are a good (although more expensive and non patent) alternative to my beloved Dr. Martens, which have become strangely uncomfortable.

 

THE HAWAIIAN SHIRT

Hawaiian shirt (second hand purchase)

 

Date of purchase : August 2021

Reasons for purchase : same as for the khaki parka, it was on my 2020 wishlist. I found it by chance while browsing on Etsy. It’s second hand, from Honolulu with a pattern printed in Japan: What else?

My daily use I haven’t had the time to wear it much yet as I found it at the end of summer 2021 but I’m planning to wear it during the next summer season. I’m delighted with the look and authenticity of this item.

 

THE COLORFUL STANDARD TEE-SHIRT

Tee-shirt Classic “ivory white” Colorful Standard

 

Date of purchase : Spring 2021

Reasons for purchase : It was originally intended for my darling, but I made a mistake with the size and colour (I thought I was ordering a white colour and chose “Ivory white”, but it turned out that Ivory white was closer to an off-white than a white, and that the shirt was too small for my darling (I predicted a M size, when he would have needed an L)… Add to all this a monumental laziness to send it back, I thought I would inherit it.

My daily use : A blessing in disguise (I swear I didn’t get the colour and size wrong on purpose!), I wore it quite a few times during this spring-summer. A straight cut, cream coloured t-shirt is finally useful in my wardrobe. The quality is pretty ok (organic cotton, made in Portugal) but the fabric is a bit too stiff and wrinkly. Good but not perfect.

 

TEVA SANDALS

Sandales “Midform Universal leather” TEVA

 

Date of purchase : Summer 2021

Reasons for purchase : Probably due to the fact that I’ve seen them for a few years on instagram on some pretty stylish instagrammers. I was seduced by their “urban hiking sandals” look. I almost fell in love with a similar model at Mango but after thinking about it, I thought it would be better to invest in the originals (even if ethically, in terms of manufacturing, I’m not fooled, it must be same same).

My daily use : The dye of the leather rubbed off on my feet at the beginning but after waterproofing them (inside the straps), this does not happen anymore. The comfort is as convincing as my Birk’ with a better foot/ankle support. I will happily wear them again next summer, alternating with my Birkenstocks.

 

THE LACK OF COLOR BUCKET HAT

Bucket hat Lack of Color (déjà porté en été ici)

 

Date of purchase :Summer 2021 (Sales)

Reasons for purchase : A family trip to La Samaritaine during the summer sales. A nice discount, its off-white colour and the quality of the fabric.

My daily use : I wear it mostly when it’s hot and the sun is shining. But a bucket hat for a winter look can also work (proof is in these pictures, if you like bucket hats).

 

THE NISHIGUCHI KUTSUSHITA SOCKS

Socks Nishiguchi Kutsushita

 

Date of purchase : Autumn 2021

Reasons for purchase : A trip to the Boutique Générale in the Marais after having a curry at Pontochoux. I wanted to invest in “made in Japan” socks.

My daily use : Grey is one of the colours I wear most often. These socks are a great wardrobe staple and keep my feet warm.

 


THE H&M HOODIE

Hoodie H&M

 

Gift date : January 2021 for my birthday

My daily use : I wouldn’t have bought this hoodie on my own given the provenance (I avoid fast fashion stores as much as possible) but this gift initiative was a winner as I wore it a lot in 2021. It’s a pastel yellow colour that I didn’t have. After washing it several times, the quality is pretty good (no lint or “cheap” look) even if the composition (cotton polyester) and the manufacturing conditions are not really perfect.

 

THE LEOPOLDINE CHATEAU SOCKS

Socks Léopoldine Chateau

 

Gift date : January 2021 for my birthday

My daily use : I haven’t worn them yet because they were given to me “to embellish my outfits to go to Disneyland” (thanks Jérémy :-)). I went to the park several times in 2021 but the weather was maybe not mild enough (or too hot) for me to wear them. They are not the style of socks I wear on a daily basis but for a visit to the Disney park, they are just what I like (for a Minnie Mouse inspired look!). So I’m waiting for warmer weather so I can pull them out and do them justice!

 

THE FABIEN AJZENBERG BRACELET

 “Carmen” bracelet Fabien Ajzenberg

 

Gift date : January 2021 for my birthday

My daily use : I wouldn’t have bet on this bracelet with big links to wear on a daily basis but it turns out that I wear it very often! (Thanks Lionelou <3) It brings a touch of sophistication to a basic outfit and doesn’t hinder my movements despite its imposing appearance. Good choice!

 

THE MONSIEUR PARIS NECKLACE

Necklace “Henrietta” Monsieur Paris

 

Gift date : September 2021 (=my surprise 40th birthday in 2020 (postponed, for… you know what))

My daily use : I wear it every day since it was carefully chosen by my friends for my 40th birthday (celebrated 1 and a half years after the real date) but also because I find that its sobriety and elegance go with any outfit. A great sentimental value in addition to being a piece of jewellery perfectly suited to my taste.

 

THE LES SUBLIMES T-SHIRT

Tee-shirt Les Sublimes worn in June 2021

 

Gift date : June 2021 by Anne, creator of the brand Les Sublimes.

My daily use : I accepted Anne’s gift with pleasure because the cut of this white t-shirt is really my favourite for a basic. It’s crew neck, straight, loose, it’s perfect. The quality is there (the cotton is so soft!), which doesn’t spoil anything. This t-shirt ticks all the boxes of the ideal purchase.

 

THE MANGO & SALT x MANORA BIJOUX EARRINGS

Gift date : October 2021 by Victoria of Mango & Salt, for the launch of her collaboration with Manora Bijoux

My daily use : I wear these earrings very often because they are space saving, light, graphic and elegant. Victoria was right when she offered to give them to me and I am flattered that she thought of me. These earrings, besides being to my taste, are useful and part of a more than honourable approach (the profits being donated to the league against cancer).

 

My assessment

The entries in my dressing room were more numerous in 2021 than in 2020 (13 against 8) and some were not voluntary (gifts) but each new arrival found its place and I do not regret any purchase (or unsuitable gift!). Everything is appreciated and I am pleased with the quality of everything that has come in this year.

As for the Leopoldine Chateau socks, it’s the perfect example of an accessory that is not “useful” but which I am delighted to own to bring variety to my outfits worn on my next visits to Disneyland. For me, dressing to match the atmosphere of the park is important. It gives me a “spark of happiness” (so special to Marie Kondo).

What I find useful/pleasant for me will not necessarily be so for another person with a different hobby and lifestyle than mine. So it’s hard to model your own fashion assessment and clothing needs on someone else’s, in case you want to compare.

Having said that, following my 2020 review, I can consider my wardrobe to be optimal as I have found everything I had in mind in my ideal wishlist (I might add some stylish and comfortable rain boots to that wishlist).

I don’t feel the need to buy anything new, but it might still be possible to have a crush in 2022, and I will maybe receive gifts from friends and family, not to mention the clothes/shoes that may need to be replaced if needed. We can check all this for 2022 at the next review in a year’s time!

On you side, any newbies in 2021? (English translation by Quiterie)

Happy 2022 !

· Art, Illustration

The year 2021 ended as special (or almost) as 2020. Our freedom of action and movement was not really complete, but some great things happened and I am grateful that I was able to keep myself and my loved ones healthy again. I hope that this was also the case for you.

 

A delightful year 2022

What do I wish you in this new year 2022? Obviously health, which has become even more than before, the precious basis for considering any other wish.

Then the satisfaction of being able to realise or see realised what you desire. I wish you happiness in your lives, in little pieces and big moments, from the bottom of my heart.

 

Love, health and happiness!

For the 5th consecutive year, I have designed a greeting card to welcome the new year with dignity. I wanted to create a card that celebrates greed, as a metaphor encouraging us to fully savour life.

I drew in a few little biscuits, highlighting my love for Japan (and I want to make it clear that the cake and biscuits are gluten-free if you are allergic 😉

3 choices of colours and wishes for this card: Love, health, happiness. The winning trio for a successful year (life?)!

 

A signed card for you

And here is my traditional contest of the beginning of the year to try to win a greeting card of your choice, signed by me and sent to your mailbox. To do so, you have to:

  • Leave me a comment below
  • Let me know what you choose between love, happiness and health! (Hehe, your year 2022 will depend on the chosen colour, make the right choice!)
  • You have until midnight on January 6th to do so

I will choose 20 people to whom I will send my wishes by mail. Thanks in advance for your presence here and your participation …and happy new year 2022 to all of you! (English translation by Quiterie)

 

EDIT : Thanks for your best wishes and comments below : Once again let me wish you a happy new year, may happiness, love and good health be with you all day long ! Here are the people who will receive a greeting card by mail (check your mailbox and spams) : thanks again for entering my annual contest and happy new year !

 

Five senses #20

· Beauty, Culture, Fashion, Food

Fall is back and a Five senses article was necessary! On the one hand to share my favorites and on the other hand, to try to give you some ideas to spend these grey days in a warmer and more pleasant way…while slowly approaching the Christmas season!

 

TOUCH

Finding my fall wardrobe is quite satisfying, especially since after my many sortings, I kept only what I really like.

So I vary the pleasures by composing outfits in which comfort has a primary role. Here is the one I really liked to wear lately.

 

And for shoes, fall is the occasion to find these two pairs.

I had to give up the patent Dr Martens I loved so much: I bought a pair to replace my old ones but I couldn’t find the same comfort, even if I wore them many times to “break them” (Did they change the sizing system or is it my foot that is at fault?).

Anyway, I opted in last january for another pair of unvarnished shoes, inspired by Dr. Martens but from APC, and my feet tolerate them much better (even if I miss the varnished look of Dr. Martens).

I pulled out these special edition Dr. Martens x Comme Des Garçons purchased in 2014 in Japan at Ginza . The comfort is still there for these (maybe the fact that they are made in England has something to do with it?). As a result, I pamper them even more!

 

SMELL

BLOM by AQUALIS

 

I recently received from Aqualis, a discovery set of their fragrances in order to find out which one suited me.

After many tests, I chose BLOM, with its floral-fruity notes that resemble me the most. The top notes are bergamot, grapefruit and blackcurrant, followed by floral heart notes (magnolia, rose, jasmine and gardenia) and ending with woody notes (amber, vanilla, cedarwood and musk): everything I like!

You have to spray very little (a pressure on the wrist is enough) for it to diffuse harmoniously all day long. This is because it is pure perfume (more concentrated with less alcohol). What a precious early Christmas gift!

 

SIGHT

I take the time to read more and more and I am delighted because it allows me to escape and make very nice discoveries. After Ogawa Ito, I’ve been looking at other Japanese books. Here are my 2 favorite novels of these last months:

TANT QUE LE CAFÉ EST ENCORE CHAUD de Toshikazu Kawaguchi (Ed. Albin Michel) : Spotted thanks to a friend (hello LN !), the pitch caught me immediately:

In Japan, there is a café in which you can travel in the past under certain conditions: this trip will not change the present and lasts only as long as the coffee is hot (hence the title). This amazing establishment is the perfect setting to discover the stories of 4 different women. A touching story to be savored to the last drop.

AU PROCHAIN ARRÊT de Hiro Arikawa (Ed. Actes Sud) : I read this novel during my vacations in Brittany and it was simply perfect.

In Japan, on the train line between Takarazuka and Nishinomiya, passengers come and go at the rhythm of the station stops. Pieces of life will intertwine, impacting the destiny of the characters. The trajectories cross and the reader is the privileged witness. A reading as interesting as soothing, I really enjoyed the journey.

 

HEARING

Autumn is a good time to listen to music (while watching the rain fall through the window or walking on the dead leaves = so cliché!). My love for the band Bastille is intact since the beginning and I’m looking forward to discovering their new album next February.

For the moment, I enjoy the singles already released (Give me the future, Distorted light beam, Thelma & Louise, No Bad days). Special mention to the clip of No Bad Days, rather futuristic, (directed by Dan Smith, the leader of the band) which will please the science fiction lovers.

 

In another pop genre, crush for the new single “Between us” from Little Mix, an English girl band which celebrates its 10 years of existence: a perfect pop ballad.

“Between us” cover of the Little Mix best of album

 

And if you want to listen to the best of what they’ve been doing for the last 10 years, I can only encourage you to let your ears hang out on their best of album of the same name.

Beside that, here are a few songs that I also like at the moment:

 

TASTE

Sushi and chirashi at Restaurant YOU

 

Here are two Japanese addresses I discovered recently and which made me spend a good moment.

RESTAURANT YOU (56 rue Ste Anne): a Japanese restaurant in Ste Anne street (how surprising) where I could taste good sushi and chirashi. My favorite is still Toritcho (47 rue du Montparnasse) but this one was quite qualitative and authentic too.

ECHIZEN SOBA TOGO (33 rue St Roch) : A good soba noodle restaurant (buckwheat noodles) discovered this summer. I really enjoyed the agedashi tofu (as good as the one in Sanukiya) as well as the soba noodles to be eaten hot or cold. (English translation by Quiterie)

Agedashi todu and Ten oroshi Soba


My Outfit

Manteau ASOS (déjà vu ici)
Pull cachemire La Redoute (déjà vu ici)
Béret Le Béret français (déjà vu ici)
Jean Topshop (déjà vu ici)
Chaussures Dr Martens x Comme des garçons (déjà vues ici)
Sac Sézane (déjà vu ici)
Boucles d’oreilles Eloïse Fiorentino

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