Some smoking shots of smokers smoking
Bright Life, Big City
In the era of affordable laser hair removal everything (thanks to Groupon, Living Social deals offers) I have discovered that hairy legs in the winter could actually be your most sexy option.
Indeed, this winter I have decided to go fully haired on the legs , opting for a chubaka look, and I have never been so popular ! As I was getting tired of the UGG boots for winter (…and to be fully honest, Monsieur Popo, my male counterpart, put a veto on the UGG look) I decided to buy last summer the long hair goat boots fur, that if you are old enough were trendy in the late 70’s in Courchevel and other uber fashionable ski-stations.
The only thing is I decided to get them in white, which for NY streets might not be the easy way, but I found out that you can just put them in the washing machine, and after don’t forget to give them a Blow-dry other wise you will have 2 wet dogs at your feet!
You can find some affordable ones on ebay and etsy, or where I got mine a ski accessories site for $200 or less.
Now if you add a heavy & precise eyeliner to your look you’ll get close enough to Linda
Well it is about time for another post about smoking dear “alternative” readers, right on time for the law that passed in NYC, that means you can not smoke in public outdoor places such as Tompkins (???) Park, Coney Island , and any other parks or beach in the city… except for my secret beach ( it is a federal beach, so legal terms here, bla, blah, we can smoke!!!)
Kinda depressing, just when the summer kicks in, when they finally install free wi-fi in parks… So long to my morning coffee-cigarette-reading emails in Union Square on my way to the office…
So dear (French) tourists please note that you will get a $50 fine for smoking in Central Park, Battery Park, Times Square ( yeah even if there is no tree or grass, it is a considered a park, go figure….) So I say, instead of a no smoking post, I’m gonna double it that’s how Pro-smoking I am !
A love story that never ended. Fashion magazine is the last place you can see hot smokers blowing on your face, as nowadays you see more the I-am-missing-throat-4fingers-and-3toes smokers in picture 😉 also because in French the tuxedo is called smoking and it is for sure one of my favorite outfit for a woman, sooo fucking sexy !!!!
And what did I noticed first when I was at the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the Met ? His very first serie of smokings…
Alors les filles on assorti son paquet de Saint Laurent à aon smoking (in case you didn’t know the “inventor” behind the smoking for woman, and this awesome pack design by the fantastic Marc Atlan):
I am telling you cigarette is the ultimate fashion accessory, check out the latest VOGUE (and guess from which country it is …)
One thing that I noticed and fully embraced the minute I’ve started living in NYC is the way we people of nyc take over the streets here, and make them as their own living room.
Not sure if it is due to the small size of a typical New York apartment or maybe it is due to the weather : after 6 months of hibernation during the winter, you just wanna enjoy the concrete jungle and its dirty streets even though the summer are insanely hot!! Or maybe it is just the pleasure of sitting on stoops that makes up for the pain of climbing the steps…
Anyhow, on summer nights, it is a habit I really enjoy, with my girls, or by myself , or just stooping in my block with my neighbors and all of a sudden, the Big Apple turns into a really small village.. How Magic is that ?
Hats are everywhere this summer ladies, and it is trend that I really enjoy, and the we shall fully embrace for several reasons :
1. ONE SIZE FITS ALL … you feel me ? For once I don”t have to worry how fat girls looks in hats ( contrary to skinny jeans, micro-shorts, mini skirts , leggings, and multi-layers style…)
2. It is the MOST EFFICIENT WAY to cover your party (work in my case) all night face, your biggest pimples issues, and for my American ladies your “bad hair day”.
3. STYLE U UP : no matter what you wear ( and trust my experience) put a hat on, and all of a sudden, you become “OMG soooo Stylish !!!!”
Note : all styles of head accessories works this summer, with the exception of :
– Bandanas : unlees you are from New Jersey, and still a fan of Gun and Roses this is an absolute no-no
– Visor caps : Hello Jackie Collins….
Plus with hats, I can play around easy on Madame Lolo’s avatar
Welcome to New York the Shopping Mecca ! Here is a short list of shopping spots for the ladies handpicked by yours truly
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You know you are gonna go there, it is the only place you can drag your boyfriend into and then while you’re there you can stroll along to Barney’s, Tiffany’s, Bergdorf Goodman, and even H&M ! Best part about it is that it’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it has the cleanest bathroom, and you can check your email or skype your mom from there. What more can you get ??
Beautiful windows and the best shoes department in New York to experience a Sex and the City moment !
No need for an intro here, it is just the best h&m in town, with 3 floors, and of course ya know it is a NYC standard opened 7 days a week…
Another place to hang out and enjoy, not sure about spending though…, but you can totally pretend to be Carrie Bradshaw or Blair Waldorf up in here !
Or Forever 51 it depends who you shop with : from pre-teen to menopause girlfriends you can always find something to (hot) flash to Bieber or Clooney : Super-cheap and borderline tacky but cool if you mix with more upscales brands.
The only Pharmacy in NYC that reminds me of France , I usually go there when missing my favorite French Beauty products or just to see what’s new in beauty-land.
Le Gibert Jeune de New York , great place to buy books of course but also postcards to send to grandma and get the ultimate hipster look with their cotton shopping bags, better than the I love NY bag.
Needs a drag queen touch? Perfect for anything that involve glitters, wigs, cosmetics, hair lines, and sexy costumes you will find at Ricky’s , Plus theere are always some fun gadget to buy. Definitely a NYC spot.
To stay on topic Drag Queens meets Sex and The City fans it is THE New York Fashion Place!
Always finding something in here, especially the J+ collection ( Jill Sander)
A bit more expensive than H&M and Zara, but a good spot to get accessories & shoes that have a London Hipster touch
The only Japanese size I can fit in , actually that my apartment can!
The Colette of NYC and the destination for fashionistas.
Nice and affordable home decoration store ikea like for new yorkers
I love Steve MaddenChina shoes can’t beat them for “inspired” replicas and awesome colored shoes at their outlet on Rivington ( 2 pairs of uber sexy wedges for the summer for $40)
I thought I should put it on the map anyway because you, dear tourist will go there for sure.
Or best mani-pedi as we say here. You will find that in NYC there is literally as many mani-pedi salon as there are Boulangerie in Paris, one on each block, the price is really cheap around $10 for a mani, but the quality varies. I love RENEW & RELAX because all their tools are uber clean, the staff doesn’t change , and my manis are always awesome! Definitely a must do when you are visiting NYC.
And finally some tips to make your shopping experience even better :
In the home country of Barbie, Pamela Anderson, Jessica Simpson, and many other insignificant blondes,
I thought I should give some credits to the original, and spicy ones that mostly came from Europe:
★From Italy : Monica Vitti ★ From Austria : Romy Schneider ★ From France : Brigitte Bardot
Sometimes in life, you are blessed with serendipity, and it is from my experience that I have the luck to randomly meet more that extraordinary people jut like that.
Marc Atlan is of course one of them. I didn’t know him until I met him ( duh!!!) but I realized afterwards that I have liked and bought almost every single items he has designed:
I frenetically wear and search the web for my favorite fragrance Helmut Lang Eau de Parfum (discontinued 10 years ago)
If I had pictured a pack of cigarettes in a post it would be with the Yves Saint Laurent one.
Marc Atlan is one of the most consistent designer, all his creations are noticeably stamped by his talent yet, stays always minimalist and uber-clean at the service of the iconic brand ( YSL, Helmut Lang, James Perse, Comme des Garcons, Prada, … )
And recently, for the first time, Marc designed and created his own perfume: Petite Mort that condensed in my opinion all of the essence of Marc:
From the concept ( the most sexual scent you could imagine) to the execution and design bien sur, this is a true UNIQUE and powerful creation inspired by one Woman, of course she had to be some woman, one of kind…
Petite Mort captures the emotion and excitation (literally) of a Woman, l’émoi d’une Femme in French:
As A true Geekette and street art lover, I could resist posting this NYC discovery : Lego and street art mixed together.
It all started yesterday when I went to the Social Media Week kickoff Party at the NY Public Library, when i saw this on the wall:
and after a little research I found out that there was many like this spread all over the city:
It is actually a global project and featured in many cities such as Tel aviv, Berlin, Amsterdam, and much more.
I have no idea who is behind it but I think it’s pretty cool – Visit their site http://www.dispatchwork.info/
And if you can find legos in NYC Concrete Jungle , why not get Concrete Lego ? Found on Etsy
As much as I am addicted to some French beauty products such as Bioderma Crealine, there is some great stuff here as well that I would recommend you to buy and bring back to your home country.
You can find this cult non greasy lip balm almost anywhere, from Ricky’s to Duane Reade & Sephora.
A must-have for all the dry lips out there, perfect for a glossy effect, non sticky, a great base/moisturizer to get the perfect red lips!
It is now hard to find as they are discontinuing it, but by far the mascara I have had in years ! I owe this discovery to Maud Laceppe, Rock-Star Make-up artist
I love the smell (non ca sent pas le couscous boulettes…), works great on damp hairs or dry, and a can’t do without for extremely bleached hairs like mine !
Well so Effective that I have never used the whole box ( or is it that I am too lazy to do so ???) You can find them at almost any drugstore in NYC ( Duane Reade, CVS, etc)
You can of course find them in France now, but number one they are cheaper here around $6, and 2 I doubt you have all the crazy collections like the OPI Glee collection, or even Shreck…
If you want a classic natural color go for ” Sugar Daddy” by Essie, I know a few that are totally addicted to this sheer color.
And if you need the perfect red go for OPI “Big Apple Red” after all, you are in NYC no ?
The make-up trick that smooth out and photoshop your skin …
So I have fallen in love with this total look :
For number 3, 4 & 5 no issues there, easy to find …
But an alternative to the Dolce & Gabbana leopard Jacket , and Balmain Red Leather pants had to be found !
So here are my trophées :
Take it a size smaller it runs big, and it looks nice when fitted
Et Voila ! Now I just need to buy Kate Moss’ face & Body at a discounted plastic Surgeon Clinic , and I am all set !!
Pour les French Geekettes
Pour mes Leopardesses
Pour les Uber fashionistas Mamas
Pour les girlfriends de DJ
Nothing better than leopard to get you through customs
So that nobody mix your black suitcase anymore
‘Cos I collect them
Sold Out already
My nephew loves them
to warm up your NY winter look
looks better a size under ( I already got it ! )
still looking for those in leather
Kids size works even on me ! I am a big one
Love tuxedo pants for the winter
Very “Marion” like with uggs and black tights
‘Cos you always need a little Bling in your life !
Always loved the Open Back clevage, easy sexy
Winter is too long in NYC, so today will be a day for a denial post… And the first image that comes to my head ‚when I think about summers in New York, is Coney Island. I love this place, even though I wouldn’t get in the water over there, nor lay down on the sand !
It can get a little crowded as well during summers’ heatwave:
…Reminds me of Paris (jardin des Tuileries)
I like also all the handmade typography you can spot there , very retro feeling :
Even in the winter, it keeps a very cinematographic look & feel:
And in the summer it has amazing saturated colors:
After reading the article from the Voice about the 50 reasons I love living in nyc I though I could add up the typical NYC images that still makes living in NYC
Something’s always happening here. If you’re bored in New York, it’s your own fault.-Mirna Loy
This Fall I want & see everything in ROUGE , mon amour:
And of course Red Shoes & Red Clutch …
And some red images to match this whole post :
This is the peak season for Tourists : dear Nouillorqueur, I am sure your couch is booked till Labor Day ( and trust me I feel your pain…), and just in case you were wondering how they would spend their day in NYC, I can bet you that they will end up in 2 spots :
this is a no-no using a pedicab is a tourist thing, no New Yorker would ever do that.
Oh lawwwd , where to start ??? I guess with the iPad crazyness, I can tell you I have already shipped several of those giant iPhones to the motherland, and thank you Steve for releasing the iPhone 4 in France at the same time as here …and even if we have 4 Apple stores in NYC, this not a reason to go to every single one and compare the price with the euro/dollar rate, because at the end, it is gonna be hard to carry your 27 inches iMac in your luggage back to France.
So of course , Thank you Steve, with the new Mac Book Air at $999 and 999 euros in Europe, I am gonna have a lot of orders as the Euro /Dollar rate is around 1.40 …
New York’s Best Kept secret is NOT Century 21, trust me on that one, but the fact that it has so many beaches all accessible by public transportation. Here are some few options if you are spending your summer in NYC & still want to get a carribean tan!
Et Voila ! Now You know how I spend my summer in the city 🙂
In the era of all digital images, it became more fun to play with analog pictures, and as I got my summer tan on, it means I am eligible for picture time without the ususally mandatory Photoshop retouching … Here is a quick round-up of the Photobooth (or Photomaton in French) in NYC:
On a bright but chilly sunday afternoon, I decided to take a walk on the West side of the city , and here is my West Side Story in pictures with some amazing Street Art characters.
Scott Campbell stacks dollars tattooing celebrities, so he can laser cut his piles of cash, go & check his first NY exhibition called “If You Don’t Belong, Don’t Be Long” – April 29 – May 30, 2010 at 109 Crosby Street (between Prince & Houston).
The final exhibition at Deitch Gallery, is with one of the top money maker of Street Art, Shepard Fairey, aka Obey. The opening was the it event of the year, the whole block was packed, and filled with celebs’. “May Day ” at Deitch Projects, 18 Wooster Street, May 1 – 29, 2010.
The best movie/documentary I have seen in a year. Period.
The biggest con artist ever, it make sense to see his exhibition just if you have seen the Banksy Film, I won’t tell more asides that MBW is a Frenchie 😉 – ICONS REMIX – Opening Sunday May 9th at 3pm – 415 W 13th street, NYC, until the end of May. Muchas Gracias @foodrap for the picture, and check out his blog he has super nice pictures on a daily basis.
★ INTERNET : From the country that brought you Apple, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter , you would think that Mega high-speed would be the norm here ; but NO, it is actually really bad! Check the numbers below, on top of it , it is pretty expensive compared to France …
★ PHONE : from the country that brought you the iPhone you would expect 4G everywhere, but no !!! Even 3G sucks and it gets worst here, in NYC, where basically your iphone is on EDGE 50% of the time, or worse doesn’t even get signal. To cut it short: your iPhone is a mini iPad, you can make calls when using wi-fi on Skype.
★ TV ADS: Even if I’m a big fan of Mad Men, advertising here kinda sucks, compared to MTV era , and French commercials I grew up with:
And one my favorites Etienne Chatilliez for Eram (French Payless shoesource):
★CREDIT CARDS : “There’s a credit card for that” In average, an American owns 4 credit cards, and NONE of them is secured by a Smart Card, just a signature and a magnetic stripe… Another retarded American move by orchestrated by those A$$hole from Walla Street and the Financial institutions here …, For the story when I was a kid I wanted to be Roland Moreno , I thought he had the cooolest job ever, and he was always very nice with me letting me draw on MacPaint all day … And now he even put a comment on my blog, and put me in his , that is sharing 🙂
This Spring/Summer fashion trend is all about the military ( Army or Navy) but I am kinda over already the navy stripes, I have seen too many, so I’ll just focus on my obsession of the month Army Green ( Khaki in French) :).