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Life is…an afternoon in the sunshine | Hush Puppies


Ahhh…springtime! This year, the season has never been sweeter. Spring began with the last few weeks of my pregnancy.

Getting ready for bebe was thrilling. The building anticipation of what our baby would be like and how it would feel to be parents grew every day as we neared the due date. We were advised to enjoy our time together as a twosome before our little human arrived. So, that’s exactly what John and I did, starting with long strolls around town.



Style & Image Session with Debrett’s

Have you ever wanted a complete wardrobe overhaul? Or at least a fairy godmother to come and dress you or at least help you choose better clothes? I have. Better yet – I found the solution in Mayfair, and her name is Ines.

Debrett’s, the trusted source on British social skills, etiquette and style, kindly invited me to an introductory style and image consultation with Ines da Silva, an international fashion expert. Happily, I accepted and soon I found myself in their gorgeous Mayfair headquarters, nervous and excited.


It must be said that I changed three times because I didn’t know what to wear when meeting a fashion expert. I had imagined myself walking in looking like Gisele’s younger sister, mane flowing, with a stunning ensemble – but who am I kidding? I finally settled on a black dress (so original, right?), black tights, and my trusty camel Bobbies boots, and came in with a top-knot to ward off the frizzies in this cold and damp London weather. Let’s be honest – I need someone like Ines in my life to help me upgrade my wardrobe.

Upon entering the sunny room where our session took place, I knew my fears were unwarranted. Not only is Ines relaxed, warm, and non-judgmental, but she is also there to help. Her priority is her client, and she makes you feel like there is nowhere else in the world she’d rather be than in that room with you talking about clothes, fashion, and life. Her style of teaching is natural, and never did I get an inkling of condescension. Au contraire, Ines’ enthusiasm and passion for the subject are contagious and shine through the entire experience.


In true British fashion, Debrett’s had prepared a gorgeous tea set and an array of biscuits and delicious macarons, as a nod to my Parisian past. After friendly introductions, we moved into the main part of the course, a very thorough and interactive presentation. Not giving away too much, I learned about a great deal about fashion and its place in British culture. Ines personalizes an element of the afternoon, so not only do you learn about fashion overall but also its application in your daily life.

The style analysis, created by Ines, revolves around your persona and personal image. She wants to empower you, help you feel confident within. This helps you give off the image that you’ve got it together, and let’s face it – how many of us strive to do that every day? The session is empowering and accessible, as servicing and enhancing is a large part of what Ines does. You feel supported and guided. The way you dress yourself projects a certain image. You want to make sure that you are showing your best self, especially when it comes to making that first impression with a client or future colleagues.

Those that could especially benefit from booking a style and image session with Debrett’s are: women in business, to help you feel empowered, especially those who are starting a new job, career, or are in a new role; mothers-to-be or new mothers, who will experience an evolution in their style; and foreigners, who would appreciate insight from the angle of a London fashion insider.


I would recommend starting with the introductory course but also booking a follow-up course, which includes offers wardrobe screenings to change your look (if that’s your goal) or just revamp what you already have. It helps to have the introductory session because Ms. Da Silva and you can get to know each other, which will only yield better results in the second session. Plus you will have better knowledge of the basics after intro session, as you’ll have been introduced to different looks, styles, and cuts that you may not have considered before. To really up your game, you can also book the third step, which is a bespoke shopping session with Ines in London, Paris and/or Milan. (My dream!)

I learned so much in the afternoon I spent with Debrett’s, from the importance of tailoring (spoiler alert: this is a game changer) to the looks and colors that will best suit my skin and body. Thank you so much, Ines and Debrett’s!

Book in for your appointment by e-mailing enquiries@debretts.co.uk or calling 020 7290 5950. For more information, visit the Debrett’s site: http://www.debretts.com/british-etiquette/fashion-and-style/classic-introduction-session

Happy styling!

PatriciaParisienne xx


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Mademoiselle Privé | Chanel at the Saatchi Gallery

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For the last two weeks, the Saatchi Gallery in London has been the home of the Chanel exhibit, “Mademoiselle Privé.” Named for the sign Coco Chanel would place on her door so she could work uninterrupted, the showcase explored both the past and the present of the French fashion house, spanning Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld’s legacies.

I loved how the exhibition’s three themes, were spread across the three floors of the gallery. The journey began with a trip to a model of the rue Cambon apartment, complete with the mirrored staircase, followed by High Jewelry, Couture, and Chanel No. 5. It was really interesting to learn more about Coco Chanel, such as her fascination with numbers and totems, which are interwoven throughout her designs. Fashion expert Ines da Silva and I were both completely captured by this part of the tour; I had no idea Coco was so superstitious!

The best part of the exhibit was the short movie starring Geraldine Chaplin as the ghost of Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld as himself. In the film, the two creative geniuses have a very entertaining discussion about the past and present of Chanel. Coco sure could hold her own!

The most innovative part of the exposition was the Mademoiselle Privé app. If you held it up, more information, images, and details would come up; it served as a very complimentary part of the offering.

Bravo, Chanel!

PatriciaParisienne xx


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Giambattista Valli | Paris Couture Week

Couture Week is off to a fantastic start in the French capital. Giambattista Valli’s ethereal designs have the internet positively buzzing. I’m in love with the beautiful silhouettes, as well as the flowery details, which are endlessly chic. To see the entire collection, click here. Looking forward to the rest of the week’s collections,

xx PatriciaParisienne







Images compliments of British Vogue

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New York Fashion Week | Nobody does it like Oscar


The designs of Oscar de la Renta are stunningly feminine, with eye-catching colors and soft silhouettes. They compliment a woman’s figure. They are ageless and classic. For me, Oscar de la Renta is elegance defined.

The variety of materials in his spring/summer 2014 collection, especially those gorgeous lace overlays and bright patterns, make it an extremely dynamic display of dresses. I adore the Spanish flair, as well as those layers upon layers of tulle – divine! What I admire about Oscar de la Renta is how unlike other designers whose angle is in part for shock value, he isn’t afraid of simplicity. But with the addition of a discreet detail, like an embroidered flower, he somehow turns a dress from pretty to exquisite.

I look forward to seeing them on the red carpet. Diane Kruger, Kerry Washington, and Olivia Palermo are my bets for the stars who will wear these first. Though I have to admit, I have already begun to imagine myself wearing his dresses in different scenarios: the south of France, a lunch in Paris, at the opera, a performance, the races in England, a gala, or an evening cocktail event. A girl can dream!

Summary: Oscar de la Renta’s collection is the perfect display of fashion being art.

xx PatriciaParisienne

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New York Fashion Week | Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer 14

New York Fashion Week has sadly come to an end.

Luckily, there are so many beautiful designs to come out of it, which I’ll be focusing on in the next few posts. As you know, I am a huge fan of Ralph Lauren’s creations, and he did not disappoint on this year’s runway. The Spring/Summer 14 collection is classic, fun, bright, and romantic. I adore the crisp white preppy collars, as well as the sleek shift dresses. My favorite ensemble has to be the striped black and white peplum blazer. Talk about a conversation piece! That’d turn heads any day.

Here are my favorite pieces from this season’s show. Enjoy!

xx PatriciaParisienne

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Image compliments of vogue.com

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New York Fashion Week S/S 14 | Victoria Beckham

Happy New York Fashion Week, everyone!

The buzz around this season’s show is at an all-time high right now, and I am loving it! I have been refreshing Instagram constantly these past few days and have absolutely loved what I’m seeing this fall. Victoria Beckham’s new spring/summer collection is fun, flirty, and a change from what we’ve seen from her previously. I loved the pieces, but what I loved most was what she wore when she came out at the end of the show. Perfection, vb.

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The other show’s highlight: Harper Beckham with her father, David, sitting front row next to Vogue’s Anna Wintour. Lovelovelove.

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xx PatriciaParisienne

Images compliments of vogue.com

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The Soldes are here!

Today is the first day of the summer sales!

Many stores opened at a very-early-for-Paris 8 a.m. this morning, with lines forming in front of the stores hours prior. While this is common in the US, in France it is quite a display of people’s desire and dedication to be the first to access the best sale items.

The Parisienne put up videos of this morning at Galeries Lafayette – incredible! Zara began their online sales at midnight, while other brands like the darling Repetto stuck to 8 a.m. openings for their Parisian boutiques and online store.

One event not to miss this week is the Hermès vente privée, held at the Palais de Congrès at Porte Maillot. Treat yourself to a beautiful scarf; you deserve it!


It’s noon here, and the shopping bags are everywhere. Looks like it was a successful day for many people!


Les soldes, or sales, will continue through July 30.

Happy shopping, darlings!

xx PatriciaParisienne

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Mark & Graham : Monogram Masters

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Photo credit: Mark & Graham

Monogrammed items are one of my weaknesses. I love the different types of monograms and items from the Mark & Graham line. Their spring collection is to die for; here’s a little sample. I’m eyeing that tote bag…

xx PatriciaParisienne

Don’t forget to enter the May Giveaway!

We are giving away a copy of the book and a special Paris prize to three lucky readers! The winners will also be featured on the Je T’Aime, Me Neither website. The giveaway runs from May 27 through June 5, 2013.

Here is how to enter to win:

1.) Like Je T’Aime, Me Neither’s Facebook page and follow her on Twitter.

2.) Like PatriciaParisienne’s Facebook page and follow me on Twitter.

3.) Tell us your favorite romantic anecdote in the comments section below!

Voilà! 1, 2, 3, done.

Can’t wait to read your stories!

xx PatriciaParisienne

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