Our resident French Girl who now lives in London is back! In keeping with the theme, we asked her about Ch-ch-changes.
What was the biggest change you went through in 2016?
Changing homes, moving from NYC to London. It took a lot of courage, but it couldn’t have been done without the great help of my people here in London who have made it extra smooth. To be frank, I think of it a bit more than I did when I first moved in. It’s just now that I’m realizing how much I miss my friends, my habits, my little spots, which were not so little after all.
I just spoke to one of my best friends now; we had not spoken on the phone for a whiiiile. I called her, she was on her way to work, but listening to her voice gave me an extra boost. I miss the life I created alone after seven years of a boiling relationship with New York City.
Although, change comes also from the desire of something new. I kind of trust the “want it and you’ll have it” mindset. At least, that’s what keeps me positive.
What are the three most important changes you feel like you’ve gone through, ever?
1. Changing school at the age of 10. My parents moved and I had to find my way through new bus lanes with unfamiliar people and completely different fashion rules. Cool kids were not wearing their Eastpak backpack high up — they were wearing it super low, and I was NOT a cool kid. Brrrrrr.
2. Moving to New York for my first job, right after finishing school. I discovered Sex and the City was filmed in a real city. I realized Carrie could have never afforded her apartment on a freelance journalist’s salary (especially not when she only wrote for one paper). I loved the one-dollar pizza slices and adored ginger beer in the morning. Jazz cafes became a habit. I changed apartments 12 times, created a family of friends, worked days and nights without counting. I met the best friends I have and wore ski pants to the office because it was so cold. Then I’d freeze during the summer because of the AC.
3. Moving to London, with the cars on on the other side of the road, the endless amount of Indian and Chinese food to taste, the lack of yoga studios, the overload of pubs, the unlimited access to Paris, Rome, Milan, Geneva. No longer having a time zone difference with my family, the all-of-a-sudden huge time difference with my New York family, the different way girls dress, the new accents, having to slide a subway card at the beginning and the end of the subway ride, the fact that we don’t say subway here but tube.
What do you think about New Year’s resolutions? Do you have them this year and what are they?
I usually love them for September. The new year starts in September when you have new pens and fresh notebooks. It’s funny that now, in this industry, September is also when we re-see all of our friends after the summer during fashion week. Although my boyfriend and I have decided to do a dry January. It’s tough but needed.
I am also going to be better at eating healthy when on the road, but is everyone doing this? Being better about eating more vegetables?
What’s the one thing you should never change?
If you ask me, I’ll say the color of my hair and the the SPF cream I use when skiing.
In thinking about change, how has your style evolved, pivoted or perhaps stayed the same — starting from whatever point you can actually remember thinking about it.
We were chatting about this recently with family, and laughing about all of our fashion faux pas. I once loved this very old, vintage apple-green ski jacket. It was probably from the seventies and I wore it as an actual city jacket.
My style definitely has evolved, probably because I was raised in a school were navy blue and white were the only two colors allowed, no sportswear at all outside of gym class and girls had to wear a collared blouse, even underneath a sweater. When I was able to wear color I had a lot of fun with it!
I have always liked to mix clothes with different uses in one outfit: ballerina shoes with khaki pants, sneakers with a feminine dress, a hoodie with a lace skirt, a fruity skirt with a striped tee, a logo tee with smoking pants and long dresses all year-round.
What it comes to relationships, do you believe that people can change?
I do. I believe in changes in general, just because nothing can stand still for too long — unless it is something you are strongly applying, like a habit or routine. We get to choose to change! That’s our liberty.
What outfits are you dreaming of for this new year?
I am craving a lot of different looks and haircut. I’m dreaming about a long-sleeve Dolce dress with pasta on it. I also want a masculine white shirt with big gold hoops; the perfect tan; a beautiful, well-aged pair of Levi’s 501s (that would have the cuff exactly the way we all like them — well, we know how we don’t like them).
Overall, I am craving the right outfits for the right occasion. And I will try to stop using the white T-shirt as an answer to all of my dilemmas. Maybe it’s time for the black tee to make an entrance?
Do you have any songs that are going to be on repeat for January?
Probably “Cesária Évora” by Petit Pays. The night falls quite rapidly during the day here. Every time I listen to it at the office, it seems like night is going away and I warm up.
What’s your personal motto for 2017?
Just another year that passes by, the same amount of days as last year and as the years to come. No panic. Yet, it all depends on what you do with that time. Start smiling in the mirror and don’t wait for anyone else to smile at you!
SOURCE: Man Repeller – Read entire story here.