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Friday, June 10, 2011

That "Je ne sais quoi"

Bonjour mes amis!

I am a lover of cultures and am always interested in learning about them as well as integrating some of their best aspects into my own life, whether that be literature, music, food, or, of course, fashion! One I've admired for years is the French (what fashionista hasn't?!) and a phrase we all have heard is je ne sais quoi. For those who may have not heard it, it literally translates to "I don't know what" but refers to "a certain something or mysterious allure" in regards to a person. Here in America I see the mainstream fashion focusing more on leaving no secrets and flaunting everything, whether or not it actually accentuates anything, but I've been finding myself more intrigued with the idea of style that adds something of a mysterious element to the figure. Thus, I embarked on my own journey to try and find my own je ne sais quoi:

It seems to be common knowledge in the fashion world that striped tees of the cream-and-navy variety are trés chic in France at all times. Though usually the cream is the thicker stripe with navy as the thinner stripes, I picked up this lovely crop top from Mystique Boutique and thought it carried the same appeal. I suppose it's the cute buttons that go down the arms, which is also a common sight to see on such tees that mimic the French fashion. I paired it with these distressed skinnies as they are the lightest ones I have. I thought to pair them with my favorite jeans but I figured they were too dark for this look since the navy is the strongest color of the set. I cuffed them as they fit me a little lengthy and it's become my favorite way to make sure my jeans fit lately. I paired this with these pointy lace-up navy flats for simplicity with a hint of edge. Accessories were kept to a minimum as I feel like to really channel that allure the focus must be on the individual and not what they have stacked on their wrists, fingers or neck, so I wore this gifted necklace (given to me by a friend during their trip to Guatemala) as the wooden pendant seemed to pair nicely with the sleeves' buttons and my new favorite purse, and of course, to keep my pants in place, a simple brown belt.

Again, as I feel that the allure is something you need to channel from within instead of what you pile upon yourself, makeup was kept at a minimum with just a swipe of pink upon the lips, inspired by one of my favorite bloggers, Emily Schumann of "Cupcakes and Cashmere," and her own take on the navy & pink combo. I let my hair do its own thing and kept it loose and breezy, though I've often seen topknots and high ponytails as a preferable option.

So what do you think of this look? Was I able to find my own je ne sais quoi by trying on the French style? Have you ever tried to achieve your own je ne sais quoi and were you successful? Do you like to reserve it for special occasions or think it's a fantastic accessory for everyday life? Are you able to channel it in your own way without considering French fashion at all? Do you have your own name for it? What's your favorite culture to admire?

À la prochaine fois!

Little Luna (or Petite Lune)

P.S. I got so caught up in my translations I forgot to add the French tunes I wanted to pass your way! So here you go guys! Enjoy!

Cherry Blossom Girl by Air

Love Don't Let Me Go by David Guetta vs. The Egg (Before he became mainstream and popular in the Hip Hop World)

Commando by Vanessa Paradis


  1. I love your shirt, you look so amazing! What a great outfit and what a beauty you are :))

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  2. You look amaizng! love the outfit:) the shirt is really nice and i love your shoes:)

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  3. WICKED FUN!!! i love the blouse!! KISSES HON and thank you for your support!

  4. Love the blog and your outfit! XOXO,

  5. love the shoes!!