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Either you’re in New York or halfway across the globe in Paris, it’s no secret that during Fashion Week the swanning cobbled streets outside the main panoplies are usually filled with models, bloggers and editors donned in the season’s trendiest pieces. A mishmash array of bold colors and jazzy prints framed in unrestrained luxury? No doubt. A style-setting pictorial display of “who wore what and how” that millions of social media savvy girls follow suit? Totally.

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So here’s the roundup. While New York brought us the utilitarian Alexander Wang-clad MOD look, London introduced us to normcore (which was coined by a trend forecasting group to resonate with the laid-back chill vibe). Milan, as heavily influenced by steamroller designers like D&G and Valentino, bestowed upon us the ethereal Victorian goddess semblance. And Paris, the enigmatic la Ville-Lumière, shed its light on the perennially chic look of head-to-toe noir.

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With Fashion Week on a respite as a spawning list of leggy models and socialites prepare for the Tokyo show commencing October 13, we can take a breath to absorb in all the novel trends we’ve seen so far on our Bloglovin feed. As we rewind the sensory overload reel that Fashion Week showed us on the runway screen, there’s a well-curated selection of avant-garde trends to emulate. Guipure lace, jacquard patterns, jersey-paneled dresses, and sleeveless capes. The list goes on.


Of all the spiffy coils and fans on the runway, my favorite style for Fall is the cozy sweater + midi skirt look. And not just any pairing really. But a tonal shrug towards a neutral ensemble that plays up different fabrics and texture. One that emphasizes on the classic streamlined look with a zest of edge.

For those that have relished with me in my fashion-centric musings for some time now, you know that I have an affinity for black shoes. What to pair with head-to-toe black ensemble? Black cut-out pumps. An off-kilter neoprene dress? Black lace stilettos. You get my drift.V1 (2 of 49)

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So to emulate this Parisienne style right off the bat from Carrousel du Louvre, I went with a black & white outfit where I paired my duo-toned crop sweater with a lace midi skirt. I love the sheer lace detail where you see the star patterns transpire the further south you go, leaving much to the proverbial line of “leaving some to the imagination”. To add an extra pep to the outfit, I went with these black suede wedges (classic Lena) with an oscillating pattern that makes the outfit fun while keeping the color scheme in check (find HERE). A duffel bag in neutral shades of brown and black kept all my knick knacks in place.

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Who said monotonous black and white is boring? Take it from the Parisian ladies walking down the avenues donned in timeless and trendy pieces in ways that appear effortless. Keep the color neutral. Play up the texture. That’s the “sais” de “je ne sais quoi”, ma chérie 🙂

Xo~ Lena


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Photos: Jason J Photography

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The Coveteur x Peace Love Shea

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When it comes to thriving in this high-content digital niche we call “fashion and lifestyle blogging”, little do we know someone with a canny flair in pulling off so many roles. Editor. Fashion Designer. Jet-setting Stylist. That’s an impressive array of titles under her belt (a Isabel Marant one to be exact), and Shea Marie of Peace Love Shea is one to get them all down pat, from catalog shoots to MOD style to high fashion!

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With over 623,000 Instagram followers avidly subscribed to her personal lookbook (heavily influenced by SoCal boho chic vibes and sophisticated staples), I am one to be captivated by her effortlessly cool and edgy style! Not to mention her recent collaboration with Steve Madden conjured up a posh set of heels from croc-embossed loafers to corset-inspired lace-up boots. So you can image my excitement when the lovely Janet Lee Mandell of Fashionaholic invited me to attend The Coveteur x Peace Love Shea event hosted by Diesel. Nonetheless, I was in the twilight zone!

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Inside the upscale Gold Coast boutique was a selection of Nicola Formichetti’s well-curated designs for the Italian lifestyle brand. From studded moto jackets to patchwork-embossed denim wear, every artistic creation was unique in design (like the “Think Once Dream Twice” emblem on the denim jacket) and devout to fine Italian craftmanship.


The event started off with a networking social whereby the exchange of Instagram accounts amongst Chicago bloggers was in full rotation. And so was my inquisitive mind. Excuse me maam, where did you get that awesome crop jacket?

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An hour and 2 rounds of Moscow Mule later (splendid paired with mini BLT burgers and lobster tacos), the session began with a brief introduction by Stephanie Mark (the creative mind behind The Coveteur) where she talked about the website’s recent collaboration with Diesel featuring highly coveted pieces modeled by Shea Marie.

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The two delightful ladies shared a great dose of behind-the-scene stories in the course of many projects together, from their cake-infused fashion shoot at Shea’s apartment (it was, according to the leading lady, from a crème de la crème bakery in Beverly Hills) to their globe-trotting travel tips (it’s all about downsizing and never rule out sweatpants).

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The event came to a delightful halt when Shea Marie told us about her dream to one day design her own clothes. With her impressive resume of working in trend consulting prior to starting her sartorial blog, to her style-setting repertoire parallel to that of Olivia Palermo and Alexa Chung, we can clearly anticipate that highly coveted array of designs in the near future! Feline Creatures’ comment regarding her designer role? @Peaceloveshea – “Congrats to your new role. You did it again!”

Xo~ Lena


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Dress: Maggie London// Shoes: BP// Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs// Accessories: Forever 21

Photos: Jason J Photography