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The secret of chic

Posted by ana maziarz-bousse on

You see her and immediately, you know. She is the master of chic. Her outfit is at once effortlessly thrown together and exquisitely paired.  Its the effortlessness level of  “I’ve picked this this from the top of the pile on my chair- and I’m still most stylish woman in the room.”  Her secret? Mixing high and low. It’s an old styling trick and it works every time. Piling on designer labels can be lethal to chic but put cleverly together high street and designer pieces and you’ll get that effortless yet sophisticated look.  The key piece in this look is...

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How to master office dressing- advice from a London lawyer

Posted by ana maziarz-bousse on

In 2004 I started working for a law firm as a paralegal. Our London office was based on famous Fleet streets. A dream had come true for me! I borrowed some money from a friend and bought a suit.  It was from Zara, a cream tweed looking number (thinking about it now, it was probably 100% polyester). I also bought a cream linen shirt and ivory courts, which looked much more expensive then they were.  I felt so professional and chic.   Fifteen years later and a suit is still the basis of my office style.  Not necessarily a black, sharp one (although they also have their place) but a softer, wool/ tweed version.  They lend themselves...

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How to style an off white coat

Posted by ana maziarz-bousse on

Ever since I read Bergdof Blondes it became a dream of mine to have a cream cashmere coat. Even though one of the main characters wore cream cashmere skinny pants and not a coat, I've associated ivory cashmere with Park Avenue sophistication. I used think for years that a cream fabric would get dirty quickly so I avoided it even though it was my Holi Grail of winter wardrobe. Until I learned that only polyester or polyester blend (wool with polyester) will get dirty after one or two wears. Wool, as a natural fabric (wool, cashmere, alpaca) won't pick up...

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