Girls in GANT Rugger

Girls in Gant Rugger

The story began a few years ago in the US when the first GANT Rugger (a menswear brand) shop was opened at 353 Bleecker St in New York’s west village neighborhood. Girls were coming in and buying men’s shirts. I can totally relate, because I, too, love the boyfriend look, but also think that men usually seek for better quality in clothes than women, hence men’s clothes are of higher standards. And, so, the #girlsingantrugger movement was born. I personally love the collaboration of the brand with Columbine Smille, as these looks are so close to my personal style. She pairs GANT Rugger tweed blazers, chunky sweaters and worn-in oxford shirts with pieces from her own wardrobe and the result is a perfect feminine-masculine style.

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photos: Tobias Lundqvist, via Columbine and GANT

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Notebook pages

Here are my latest finds and news from style, fashion, film, photography and beautiful living.

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We’ve had some beautiful fall days and the end of the week is supposed to be just as lovely. Lately I’ve spent many weekends trying to tie up loose ends and working on different projects, which I don’t usually mind, but I am glad this one is going to be different, spent out of the city, soaking in as much autumn sun as I can. This article on the art of weekend rest is also a good reminder to forget about your phone, laptop and social media and live a little! I hope you’ll do the same.
• Q&A with Giorgio Armani: on his self-portrait for his latest campaign, on his signature navy t-shirt and more – a designer to my liking.
• Given my love for Hitchcock’s films and for San Francisco, I don’t know how this book has escaped me: Footsteps in the Fog: Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco
• It feels so good to relate to someone else’s opinion on what true style really is about.
• I’m on the hunt for these bangles, resembling so much these ones.
• I would love to see classic films brought back into the spotlight more often, as it’s been happening annually in Lyon since 2009 at The Lumière Film Festival (October 16th-18th).
• This blog, Humans of New York, is so great! A different kind of street photography, not only portraits of the people of NY, but their stories too. This photo is one of my favourites.
• Home-made goodies make the most thoughtful, nicest harvest gift.

photo: source unknown | Sophia Loren, South Wales, on the set of “Arabesque”, 1966

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French Twist

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This is the kind of autumn I love, when you can wear just a simple t-shirt and a light jacket with the sleeves rolled up. Throw in some cosy knitwear, a suit, a white shirt and loafers and I’m all set for a relaxed, long and beautiful fall. Isn’t there something so French about these looks?
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photos: Josh Olins for Vogue Paris, October 2013 | Model: Anna Ewers | Fashion Editor: Géraldine Saglio

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Beautiful Bucharest: Cărtureşti Verona

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Do you have a feel-good store? Somewhere you could spend hours because just being there makes you feel good? Cărtureşti Verona is one of my happy places. A while ago I was telling you about the first Cărtureşti bookstore in town, now it’s time to take you to a second location, much more spacious, but just as inviting. It’s a place I stop by at least once a week, sometimes to buy books and films, tea or stationery, sometimes to work from there, either from the tea-room or from the garden café during the summer, and sometimes just for the pleasure of being there and browsing through the wide and good selection of English titles.

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In the set of photos above you have a view of the basement, where you can find a delicatessen room, a wine room, along with a vast variety of books categorized on specialities, from travel and photography, to fashion, film, interior design, cooking and gardening, etc. When I have a few minutes I just love sitting at the table in the middle, covered with books, leafing though whatever triggers my interest.

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The concept store is located in a beautiful and old house (once the home of Dimitrie Sturdza, Romanian statesman and Prime Minister in the late 19th-early 20th century), and this alone makes you hang out for hours, surrounded by the old-world atmosphere, by the elegant architecture with ornate walls, high ceilings, French doors and large windows. Books usually give personality to a home, but here it seems that it goes the other way around too: a house with character seems to be the perfect space for a book shop. But more than a bookstore, Cărtureşti Verona is more like a cultural hub: it gathers exhibitions, various events and educational happenings. It inspires to an active cultural life and it invites you to read more. It sells a lifestyle.

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The ground floor houses the art books and the literature section, along with an impressive selection of music, from rock and jazz to classic music, and a nice collection of international cinema films, the Romanian Designers corner and the tea-room, where they serve the best chai latte – it’s what I usually have. These are only the main areas on this floor. You should know that every nook and niche in the store hides little treasures, unique gift ideas, and the space on my blog doesn’t allow me to reveal everything. But I wouldn’t want that either. This really is the kind of place you have to and would want to discover by yourself.

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The attic is divided in two: part is carrying specialized books and English literature, tea, tea-ware and decorative items, and the upper part is dedicated to a children’s play-area and a sea of toys and games – it’s lovely up there, it invites you to story telling.

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Below there’s a glimpse of the tea-room. The best part is that you can only serve tea in there (for coffee, you can go to the garden café during the summer and to the downstairs café during the cold months). There is always good music in the background and there is always an art exhibition happening there too, making it an inspiring working space.

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Address: 13, Arthur Verona Street
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

photos: by me

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Black basics for Fall

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Timeless and versatile, the black felt hat and black suede or leather pumps are two closet essentials that will stand the test of time.

photo: by me (Musette suede and leather pumps, H&M wool hat from the menswear department)

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