Global Fashion Battle Paris and The Fashion/ Tech Conundrum

After the exciting thing I mention in my last post, I was ready to make a change. The Anrealage show really inspired me in so many ways. I never really considered how Fashion and technology are intertwined. Of course, we are far off from the prospects of Marty McFly’s auto lace-up boots and self-drying jackets, but we might not be that far off. Anrealage showed me that textiles themselves do not have to be digital to be influenced by modern advancements in the tech world.

marty mcfly,back to the future:

Anrealage continues to really push the way their collections are seen each season. The last show held at the Palais de Tokyo actually requested that you used flash photography during the show in order to properly see the garments. In short, the fabric was manipulated to show a different image in the picture. It was seriously interesting, and it definitely felt like a comment on today’s obsession with Instagram and of-the-moment documenting. Why not make clothes that look different online than they do in real life? Check out the show below:

Anyway, last Fall their was also the first Fashion/ Tech week in Paris. It was a small affair, but it was very informative as well. They had panels all week long about the influence of tech in fashion from innovative textiles to smart objects. The fashion world has plenty to catching up to do, but the Apple x Hermes project seems like a start. In all honesty, I am not sure I would wear one myself; I feel more drawn towards the textile side of things. However, business is business and smart objects see no sign of slowing down quite yet.

That doesn’t mean that I don’t think it has a long road ahead of itself either. I think fashion is slow to embrace technology for many reasons. There has yet to be one item or trend that has really been embraced by the industry. It will be cool to see how the two work (or not work) together over the next few years.

1st Fashion & Tech Week Paris

At the end of the week, there was a Google start-up weekend where people gather with the intention to create a business in the weekend. It was such an incredible experience, and I think I learned more about business and entrepreneurship in a few days than I have in years. In the end, the team I was on ended up winning the event! It even went on to win the big “global fashion battle” in Poland later that year. The idea is an app called Clother, and it just released on Android. Basically, its “menswear crowd currated by women.” Guys can use it get advice on what to wear via opinions from woman which I think is a great idea. I might not be working on it anymore, but I think it has plenty of potential. Check it out and the 3D printed trophy that was given to the winning team:

Earlier that same week I went to a French beauty awards party for bloggers. It was pretty cool to see brands accept awards that were voted on by the public. In addition to getting beauty treatments before the event, there was an open bar and all the products available to take home for those selected. Let’s just say I walked away with almost 400 euro worth of product. Check out Victoires de la Beaute if you want to see what they are all about.

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Overall, that one week really did save me. If it had not been for the blogger party, the Vogue thing, Anrealage and winning the start-up weekend, then I might have been lost for good. I was heading down a path of doing nothing and not wanting anything. I was so close to giving up on Paris and everything I had worked towards. It had been a rough 6 months at that point, but this was when everything turned around and changed for me. Sometimes you just have to pay attention to the signs, and I took it at face value that I had to make a change. Today, I am currently enrolled in grad school, and I couldn’t be happier. However, that will be a story for another time. xx




That One Time My Instagram Picture Ended Up on

Behind is not even a word I could use to describe my blog at the moment. It is more like the super past that I never got around to finishing. I have several posts I wrote over the past year, but I forgot about them as I have had such a crazy, incredible year. In short, I always meant to publish the following, but I never got around to it. 2015 has been the absolte best, but I should probably start where I left off. SO, here is one post I wrote a year ago, but I never got around to posting:


I left you all hanging by a thread as to what I was talking about in the last post. That was one whole season ago at the end of Spring 2015’s fashion week. Now, Autumn 2015 has just ended, and one might think I live by these dates. I will start where I left off, and do my best to catch up!

That week was just crazy amazing as I had a huge French beauty blogger awards party, it was fashion week, and it was the first Google fashion startup weekend in Paris. I will get to those later, but first ANREALAGE.

I was invited to this unassuming show I did not give much thought about. It was at the Palais de Beaux Arts, and I find events held at this venue are less prestigious. I had never heard of the designer, but my invite arrived. I went to the show, and it started off fairly normal. Then the models started to line up in front of heat lamps overlapping their limbs against each other. They stood there for 30 seconds as  the lights blazed, and the crowd gasped when they walked away. In short, their silhouettes had been printed onto the garments. It was crazy, and I have never seen anything like it.

The final piece featured two models standing in front of a laser wearing a plain white shift dress. The laser then drew across the textile, and my mouth was open the entire process. It was honestly one of the most incredible fashion shows I have ever seen. I was smiling so big during the whole thing, and I was even interviewed on the way out (in French! eek!). I realize that tech and fashion are the future of the industry; it was like a big DING went off in my head. More on that later. Here is the show in its entirety:

It was amazing to the say the least. I posted a shot I took on my Instagram, and I went to the opening night for the Paris Global Fashion Battle via Google Startup Weekend. The whole weekend was dedicated to making a start-up in weekend, and I learned more than I ever thought possible (more on that later!).

Anyway, I get home, and I see a post from about the day’s fashion shows. I click on the page and I see a familiar looking photograph. It was obviously from Anrealage, and it even looked like it was taken from the same angle as mine. Then, I looked closer, and I realized it was my photo! I nearly died, and that was just the beginning to the week that changed my perspective on things when I needed it the most. It might not have any significance in the real world, but I take it as a serious sign that I should to continue on a path towards working in fashion and tech. Who knows where it could lead?



The Beginning or How Fashion Saved Me From a Deep and Ugly Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole Screenprint - perfectlaughter etsy

The beginning of this month was one of those weeks where everything falls into place. It was the beginning of fashion week in Paris and the first ever Fashion and Tech week too. However, it was also the beginning of me finally clinging to something that could drag me out of the dark hole I found myself.

The truth is I have lacked any ambition or inspiration in anything over the past 5 months since that moment. If I am honest with myself, it might even go back further than that. All I can say is I have not wanted to do anything. I worked very little because I did not have the desire to do it. One might think I would be exploring Paris all day if I wasn’t working, but this is not the case. I was content to sleep all morning after being up all night. I barely got anything done. I only left the house if I made myself to go run errands or walk along the Seine. Nothing was helping me get past what had happened. I was not myself in any sense, and something needed to change. The only thing is nothing was grasping my attention like I needed.

I think some people do get depressed, but I can say with all certainty that this is not what was going on with me. It might sound like it, but I know myself. I am usually too content and happy of a person to succumb to dark thoughts. I cannot imagine what it must feel like being in a hole where there is nothing but darkness. I wish I could understand it, but I doubt I ever will. I guess that might sound crazy, but I really wish I could understand even for a moment- just so I could understand why. Despite all this, I knew I was in a rough place. Shit happens, and I know everyone goes through really bad times. It just seemed like I was going through one bad thing after another. I had no direction, and I had no idea what to do with my life.

In reality, I still do not know, but last week finally gave me the shock I needed to come back to life. I was like a human zombie that was content doing nothing despite missing out on the experience of the world outside. I didn’t care, and why should I have to if I lived thousands of miles from any sort of regular lifestyle? Besides, I lost the one person I always counted on to give me the push or wake up call I needed. They decided to leave me, and who was I to say someone else couldn’t decide to leave me too?  I lost so many opportunities over the last six months, but I just did not have the motivation to change anything about my attitude or circumstances.

Down the rabbit hole

Fashion week finally came around, and I really did not care at all. I go to these things all the time, and they can be quite boring if not overly pretentious. My jaded self can think the fashion industry is quite stupid at times. Sometimes, I do not get the hype at all, and I think there are so many other worthwhile things in the world. Let me just say I will never think that again because when it comes down to it this crazy week saved me. It showed me that there is so much I was missing and that I have to fight for my right to want things like inspiration and ambition.

Fashion gave me the spark I needed to get back to life as a regular human being and not a zombie as corny as that sounds. I needed something otherwise I might have wasted away in the hole forever missing the countless days, chances, and moments that make life worth living no matter how insignificant they might be in the scheme of things.

The things that happened might not seem like a big deal, but it is exactly what I needed at a moment I needed it the most. I am now working towards things with a new mindset and a fresh perspective that is stronger than anything I have felt before. It might take time to actually go in the right direction, but I know I can do it. I finally have the desire and the want to do it. Above all, I need to do it otherwise I might find myself in the same hole all over again. Besides, a zombie is not something I want to be.

#MonaLisa Hmm, to pin on my Mona Lisa board or my I love Zombies board??

The Masked Ball of Versailles by Kamel Ouali

Alright, it has been over a year, and I have yet to blog about one of the coolest things I have ever done in France. Last summer, I put on a blue brocade dress embroidered with little flowers, powdered my hair, and waltzed to Versailles to attend a masked ball. Yes, that is right- a masked ball dressed in marquis period clothing! It was honestly like stepping back in time or onto a movie set. Everyone was dressed in these unbelievable costumes with elaborate wigs, masks, panniers and more. It was something I will never forget, and it was well worth the ticket price.

I went with a group of people who organized the event on Meetup. I had never used the site before, but people kept recommending it to me as a great way to meet people. I had just moved to Paris a couple months before, and I was eager to see what it was all about. So, I saw this event, and I knew it was going to be something I had to do.

However, I did not buy a ticket until the week before, and I was lucky to find such a lovely costume. Most people get their’s months in advance, and a girl my size happened to not pick hers up when I went to go get it. I only spent 25 euro, but some people can easily spend hundreds on a really great costume. You can read all about my shopping here.

Everyone met up at a couple’s house who lived within walking distance of the chateau. We ate strawberries, drank champagne and tied each other into out stays and corsets. Before long, it was time to go off to the chateau!

Before the ball, everyone was invited to watch a fireworks show in the garden. We arrived drinking the last bits of our champagne and ran into the garden. It was unreal, and I can’t even begin to describe the atmosphere. People mingled and admired the costumes of those who really went all out like these guys:

As you can see, it was an amazing first impression. After the fireworks, we all gathered and walked towards the Orangerie. I was a little disappointed the ball was not in the Hall of Mirrors as the advertisement was shot there. However, I quickly got over my disappointment when I saw the inside of the event. A topless mermaid and two nearly naked men greeted us in a fountain as we descended the stairs. There were tigers, acrobats, and performers everywhere to create this huge carnival arranged by a famous French choreographer, Kamel Ouali (honestly, I still don’t really know him, but he is on France’s DWTS). 

The rest of the night was a blur of dancing and crazy Vegas style performances. There were cabarets, aerial dancing, and more to keep us entertained all night long. The dance went until 5 a.m. when we were supposed to get breakfast. I was determined to stay to the end, but by that point all of the people I came with had left except one other girl. I talked her into staying even as we tried to fight sleeping like others in the maze of cushions and shrubberies at the entrance.

One girl used an Ikea lamp shade as her “gown.” I actually really loved it to be honest!

This guy easily had one of my favorite costumes, until I met his partner, the Sun King later that morning.

We wandered outside as the sun began to rise to take pictures. There was nobody around, and the entire garden seemed deserted except for the odd couple or so walking around. The lights in the ball room eventually turned off, and the music became softer as people were directed to another outside garden. My feet were killllinnng me, but I wanted to see what was going to happen. We get to a clearing and the music blaring as people queue up for coffee and croissants. I am sure it was lovely and lasted even longer, but by that point, this Cinderella needed to get home in her steel carriage.

There were many many men of the cloth. This was but a humble monk, but I saw many a pope and bishop among the parade.

Honestly, if you happen to be anywhere near France at the end of June, then book a ticket to this ball. It is honestly an event that cannot be missed. I went this year with one of my good friends, and we had quite the experience, but that is for another time ;) I leave you with one of my favorite pictures of the night, me and the Sun King!

That One Time I Got to See Behind the Scenes at Christian Dior


So, I am due for a more cultural post. No sadness it today’s blog! I have been way behind; in fact, I am going to be discussing an event I went to last year that was by far one of the coolest things I have done in Paris. It was funny too because it actually happened the same weekend as the Versailles ball from last year (which I still have not blogged about!).

Anyway, LVHM, or Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, held an open house last June where the public was invited to explore the factories, flagships, and headquarters of all their brands across the world. Of course, Paris had the most to offer and I chose Chaumet and Dior. The lines were excruciating long, but I think worth it to see everything up close and personal to see the so-called “Les Journées Particulières de LVHM.” This is a long post all about France and fashion, so get comfortable!

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We were not allowed to take pictures at Chaumet, a fine jeweler in Place Vendome. However, it was super cool seeing the artisans work up close and personal. We got to see their current projects and ask them questions about their jobs. I never realized the work that went into fine jewelry, but it was pretty incredible! Plus, we were given a tour of the building and we got to see some incredible tiaras.

This is the piece they were working on last year. It was still a drawing at the time so it is interesting to see it completed!

I chose Chaumet because the lines were not as long, and I wanted to get to Dior before they closed. I would have chosen LV itself obviously, but they only had factories open in other regions of Paris. So, I was satisfied with my choices needless to say.

Next, I went to Dior, and I am not going to say how long the line was, but just know that I was able to finish a book while waiting. However, it was absolutely amazing once we got inside. We were given a tour of the whole head quarters, and we stopped at stations along the way from masters of embroidery to people making the bags!!! We got to touch everything, take a million pictures, and just wander at will.

I loved the handbag designers the most. We also saw Jennifer Laurence’s dress from the Oscars when she won her award and tripped.

2013 Oscars: Jennifer Lawrence's dress. Click through for more photos!

The Trip


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The dress in person!
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Almost inside!
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The line…

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The outside windows entertained me while I waited...
The outside windows entertained me while I waited…


At the end of the tour, we were given a Dior bag with a little book inside of everything we saw!! Now, anything that gives me presents is instantly a winner in my book. Unfortunately, there was no open house this year as I thought it was an annual event. I hope they have one next June because I want to see other brands that I was not able to visit!


A menswear tailor showed all the detailed business of a suit.
A menswear tailor showed all the detailed business of a suit.
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The stitching and number of layers is insane and much more complex than I expected.
Tools of the trade
Tools of the trade
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I’m not really a shoe person, but this was cool nonetheless.

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Now, this was my favorite part of the tour- BAGS!!! I am such a hoarder when it comes to purses. We got to play with the pieces and feel them as they worked on the bag right in front of us.


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Hello pink crocodile!!


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Gorgeous!! I would have gladly taken the unfinished product…

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So in the picture below you can see dress forms above the man, We were told that those were the personalized forms of clients a.k.a. celebrities and really ridiculously wealthy people. Some needed lots of extra padding. One day, I want to be so successful that Dior has a dress form of me.

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The embroidery station. This people must have patience and squinty eyes like none other.
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The muslin copy with the finished product behind.


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The forms with the customized padding

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More muslin designs with the finished product.
More muslin designs with the finished product.


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This was the boning and structural part of the tour. It is not surprised to understand the high cost of designer clothes when you see the time and work put into them.

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I loved this part of the tour too. The “bead specialist” let us touch her work which was so detailed.


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This woman was working on the beading as seen for the dress below and on the right. Insanity!!

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How long did that take?!
How long did that take?!

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This was for the black and silver beaded dress. It was inspired by a dress from the 2012 haute couture collection. In short, haute couture is used to designate pieces made by hand. There are only a handful of design houses with this honor, and this is why haute couture fashion week is always smaller and more prestigious than regular fashion week.

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This was the baby section of Dior. They were working on christening gowns from Christian Dior, hahahaha.
This was the baby section of Dior. They were working on christian-ing gowns from Christian Dior, hahahaha, I am here until Thurseday.


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They showed us how they curled the lace or fabric. It was with a hot iron rod, and it looked liked something out of the 18th century. In fact, I would not be surprised if it was.
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Now, jewelry. I saw some of this earlier at Chaumet, and I was not as interested in it here. But, you can get an idea of what I saw.

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This beautiful thing has individual placed feathers. The process reminded me of false eye lashes for some reason.
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The inspiration for the watch was taken from the fall campaign that was based in Versailles.

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We saw them making this piece. GORGEOUS

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As you can see, this was such a cool day. After the jewelry, we got to see the perfumerie, but my camera died!! I also has some cool pictures of me, but alas I lost my phone.  I will have to take a picture of my book, but upon research I found that they gave out little flasks of J’adore Dior in 2011!!! The 2011 gift- No fair, but I like my coffee table book too! Each gold wire is done by hand, and we got to see them do that which was not exciting, but nice to know I suppose haha.

So, phew. That was a long post, but I hope you enjoyed a look at Christian Dior at an amazing event put on by LVMH!


Life Lately

So, the past several months have been nothing but… interesting to say the least. I don’t want to say they have been the worst and OMG I WHY CANT THINGS JUST GO MY WAY because then I would be a complainer. I try not to be a complainer, but life really is not ideal at the moment.

Inspiring Color Quotes


I have had some fun times since April, but it is just not the same. I know people take their own time to grieve and that it never really leaves you because you have to learn how to carry it. I am just so ready to be done with it. I am tired of ugly crying and being mad all the time. It does not help that certain people have been less than helpful when so many other have. I am thankful for at least for those that have been there for me and S. I am so incredibly grateful that words will never be able to express that gratitude.  

Travel Quote of the Week: On Paris | Fodor's

France has not been that nice to me upon my return either. I was so excited to go back and ready to be in my tiny shoe box once again. Of course, the day I arrived I was looking through my mail and I saw that a certified letter had come. I went to the post office to retrieve the letter, and I saw it was from the prefecture. In so many words, my visa was rejected. It took an entire year for them to tell me this. It was just another slap in the face after the worst month of my life. 

Long story short, I have talked to lawyers and experts in foreigner law, and I am fighting it. The lawyers tole me I was given the wrong visa to begin with and that I should have been told that at the prefecture the last time around. Things are never straight forward in this country, and I can only hope that it is reversed. I will know in the next couple of months if I can stay or not. If I cannot, then I will have to go home and reapply for a visa. I wanted to get a masters anyway, and this is just probably how it will need to be done. 

If things do not work out, then I suppose I will move back to the U,S. I could do the travel thing or move to Australia or Italy or England or any other country really. I just know that I am getting to a point where I want a career and set down roots. I have not traveled in so long, and I miss it. I just do not think I can leave the country for the time being…

Your ONE life

I am sure  I have posted this before, but I love it, Its so colorful, and I am in need of some serious inspiration at the moment. So, here is my current Pinterest obsessions: 

Breakfast at Yurman's


This Sucks, But Not As Much as You Would Think and Pink, Pink, Pink

It is so weird dealing with this concept. I really am done talking about it, but I never really lost anyone who was close to me before. So, let me put expand on my last post without delving too much: my mood sucks at time, but I am moving on with my life. I have moments where I can’t think or breath, but they are getting less severe. I suppose I will always have them, but it is something I will just have to accept. Moving on.

This weekend culminated in the wedding of my dear friend from high school and her lovely husband. There was drama and lots of pink, but I think it turned out perfectly. She has been engaged for 2345643 years due to medical school, and she finally got to walk down the aisle. It was hard not to cry and all the other bridesmaids would give me eyeballs if I started, but I made it through without ruining my makeup. I love this couple. They are family for sure, and I know they have many, many happy years ahead of them.

These are just pictures I took with my phone. I will post the others once they are released!

This is my hair for the wedding. M did it, she is so talented.
This is my hair for the wedding. M did it, she is so talented.


me and my bff!!!!
me and my bff!!!!
pink decor was so cute at bridal luncheon
pink decor was so cute at bridal luncheon
the bride gave the bridal party matching monogrammed shirts to wear as we get ready
the bride gave the bridal party matching monogrammed shirts to wear as we get ready
pink shoes!
pink shoes!
This was the selection of mini quiches at the bridal lunch, uhmazing.
This was the selection of mini quiches at the bridal lunch, uhmazing.

My life for the past two months has been so focused on this one day just to keep my mind off of things. It really helped, and it is now done. I cannot believe how quickly it was over! I can only imagine how the bride felt! That said, I realize weddings are like super stressful and I pretty much want to elope. With like 50 family and friends. to Capri. When the time comes, duh. Not that I am in a relationship now or anything, but the time will come one day I suppose. SO CALL ME CRAZY PINTEREST GIRL, but can you blame me for creating an inspiration board when it comes to pictures like these?






I am due to go back to Paris after dealing with all the crap of the past two months and the wedding. It is time, and I am ready to go back to the land I love.