affordable, hip Copenhagen

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Generator Hostels is a new kid on the hostel block with eight outposts in seven cities across Europe. They are currently available in the following cities: Barcelona, Berlin (has two), Copenhagen, Dublin, Hamburg, London, and Venice. Generator Hostels is set for expansion in 2015 with properties opening in Paris and Rome. Each property has unique attributes, for example, Generator Hamburg was once used as a recording studio for the Beatles! 

While I have not been (yet!) to confirm, I found the prices online start around 50 USD for a dorm style bed and shared bath. 

Check out some images from the Copenhagen outpost.

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Here is a look that I styled with a visit to Copenhagen in mind. The city recently concluded fashion week for SS15. The street style and fashion presentation pictures that I saw documenting the event inspired me. I chose to stick with a neutral palette of soft grey and tan that seemed befitting to the environment of the city. 

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gamine style icon: Audrey Hepburn

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Audrey Hepburn is beyond a gamine style icon; she is a style icon. These words are thrown around pretty loosely these days with any ingenue with a great stylist and a hit outfit becoming an instant style icon. Audrey is the real deal. There are some specific things about her enduring style that make it gamine.

First, the cuts of her clothing. Audrey always wore impeccably tailored pieces. I suppose it did not hurt that she was good friends with Hubert de Givenchy, famed fashion designer. Second, her penchant for timeless, polished yet feminine pieces. Audrey could rock a trench (essential for a gamine), cropped black trousers (thinking of Funny Face), and the all important LBD. While I like her in the full glamour looks made famous in her films, when she won the Roman Holiday Oscar - I can relate to her quotidian looks and see how they work in modern times. Third, her tasteful, natural makeup. She was one of the originators of the strong brow. 

 I reference Audrey in movies like Roman Holiday (a personal favorite) regularly. You can look at images of Audrey from over 50 years ago that a current gamine could throw on and still look pretty and put together and not at all dated. Audrey Hepburn: forever cool, forever gamine. 

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splurge versus save: tribal earrings

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When I first saw these tribal earrings late last summer, I was instantly intrigued. They are different and elegant. Naturally, I went into stalker mode and discovered that the pair I saw were Mise en Dior by Dior and that they start at $290 per earring. PER EARRING. I am cautious about buying into trends, especially expensive ones, so I held off on getting one.

As time went on, I did not forget about them and kept seeing them on stylish women. Dior has released them in more colors, like blue, green, black, pink, and textures, think matte, metallic. The earrings are so extremely popular that I hear they are sold out at Dior and going for double, triple, madness on eBay. If you must have an original, and for some that is important, contact a local SA and see if they can work something out for you.

Otherwise, here are a few options I found on Baublebar that are Dior-esque and a mere fraction of the price. Personally, I am drawn to the matte, fuchsia pair and at $18, I can afford to experiment.

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Jennifer Lawrence sporting a Dior Tee Shirt, Dior

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resort 2015

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Late spring/early summer, the fashion houses presented their RTW collections for resort 2015. I don't know about you, but I have been intrigued by the concept of resort since I understood what it was. Digression: perhaps it was because I dreamed of getting away from the snowy, harsh winters of Minnesota for some sort of tropical paradise with a new look. Anyways, resort collections have morphed over time from being a winter-spring stop gap for lucky (and wealthy) vacationers headed to the sea or mountains, to an important chance for anyone to pick up some quality pieces with a transeasonal appeal as well as iconic, signature pieces for a well-rounded wardrobe. This season's collections offered some gems for a variety of style concepts. Here are some of my favorites. Enjoy!

Altuzarra

Altuzarra

Dior

Dior

Fendi

Fendi

Lanvin

Lanvin

Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler

Tomas Maier

Tomas Maier

Veronica Beard

Veronica Beard

dior & i

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Last Saturday, I went to the AFI Docs screening of Dior & I at the National Portrait Gallery with my SO. The documentary shows the period right after Raf Simons came on as the creative director at Dior, leading up to his first haute couture showing, which would happen eight weeks later. The documentary provides a rare glimpse into the world of Dior's in-house atelier. We got to meet many of the faces behind those beautiful, well constructed pieces and develop an understanding of their love of their craft. I had a new appreciation for all the work they put in!

I also enjoyed seeing how Raf formed his vision and worked with the atelier to realize it. The culminating moment in the documentary was the showing. It was especially memorable because it was held in a classic, Parisian mansion filled with flowers. Rooms within the mansion had walls covered with flowers. Can you imagine how fragrant that must have been? There were white orchids, goldenrods, delphiniums, and multi-color roses to name a few. 

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I'm not sure about future showings of the documentary but it seems to be making the film festival rounds. Here is an excerpt of the final, nail-biting hours before show time. 

gamine style: la mariniere, pt. 2

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Here is a look that I styled on polyvore with la mariniere. This is exactly the kind of outfit I crave for summer weekends, well at least when it isn't sweltering outside. If it was I would swap out la mariniere for a striped tank, like this one. I'm liking simple, luxe touches in the accessories department and fuss-free makeup that would complement a tan.

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shop like a gamine: A.P.C.

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A.P.C. is a French ready-to-wear brand that speaks the language of the gamine through its high quality basics. It stands for Atelier de Production et de Creation. The head designer and founder is Jean Touitou. The designs and cuts are simple and retain a refined, feminine feel important to a gamine look. Here are some of my favorites from their lookbook. There is a sale (!) going on now featuring these pieces just in time to add some gamine vibes to your wardrobe. 

inside chanel: a look at 5 signature colors

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It is hard to believe that it has almost been a month since I posted about the Met Gala! Life has been crazy busy as I adapt to new demands in my schedule. I will get back to exploring Gamine style soon, so stay tuned. In the meantime, here is a video from the Inside CHANEL series. The video is a short journey through 5 signature colors of Chanel - Black, White, Beige, Gold, and Red. It is beautifully done with many tight, textural shots of various Chanel products and packaging. It also got me thinking about my own signature colors... do you have signature colors? I will explore this topic more later, for now - enjoy the video!

favorites from the met gala

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The annual Met Gala was held on Monday night to fete the launch of this years Costume Institute's exhibit of couturier Charles James entitled Charles James: Beyond Fashion. The dress code was white tie with decorations. What is decorations, you ask? State or military awarded medals and honors, and sashes. Both men and women were expected to show up in full evening attire. This was a major shift from last year's punk themed gala. Here are my favorite looks.

Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola

Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts

Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld

Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger

Liu Wen

Liu Wen

gamine style: la mariniere

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In fashion, the term la mariniere refers to a classic, long-sleeved, horizontal striped shirt. It is an essential item in the gamine wardrobe. It is comfortable, cool, and timeless. La mariniere has been worn by chic women and men. Think Coco Chanel, and Pablo Picasso to contemporary fashionable folks like Lea Seydoux, seen below. The styling below on Lea is playful and casual but la mariniere is equally alluring done classic and polished. 

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