Vintage Bomber Jacket + Fishnet Tights + Wax Print

Hey guys! Welcome to another What I Wore This Week post, where I feature an outfit I wore during the week, the occasion and how I styled it.

I took a break from studying for my finals to head over to the Annual Vintage Fashion Market (Marché de la Mode Vintage) in Lyon this weekend. For the occasion, there were three things that I really wanted to wear: Sidney’s vintage bomber jacket he got in Camden Town, my fishnet tights from ASOS and my Burkinabè wax print scarf from my mom. I had worn all three separately, but the same way I get food cravings, I get fashion cravings. If you add having a bad hair day to the mix, this is what I came up with:

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Event: Vintage Fashion Market in Lyon

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My favorite thing about this outfit is how well the colors go together and how different each piece is. Starting with the bomber jacket: Sidney and I went to Urban Outfitters in Camden Town (London) last October and we found this beautiful thing. Its soft, silky material is perfect for the warmer weather.

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Oh yes, and that Russian badge gives a fierce military touch to this ensemble.

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My mom gave me some beautiful wax print scarves from Burkina Faso. This one is my favorite design because of the vibrant colors, so I decided to wear it with the outfit. It’s also a great way for me to style my hair when I don’t feel like detangling it. I chose this particular style because it’s vintage!

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Yes, you guessed it. Those are my fishnet tights peeking out from under my customized destroyed jeans. I purposely destroyed these jeans for this very purpose. I love fishnet tights and find them especially edgy under ripped denim.

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I customized these black high-rise jeans from New Look by taking a pair of scissors and cutting the knees out. Then I made a slit on the upper thigh of the right leg and then another slit at the back of the upper left thigh.

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Finally, I wore black sock boots from Zara to accentuate my legs.

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Scarf: starting at £3.90 on African Fabric.co.uk
Destroyed Jeans: $49.00 on Asos
Bomber Jacket: $129.99 at Urban Outfitters
Fishnet Tights: £11.00 at Calzedonia
Boots: $29.99 at Zara
Lipstick – Sin : $17.00 at Mac Cosmetics

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Valentine’s Weekend in Paris

Hey guys! Welcome to another What I Wore This Week post, where I feature an outfit I wore during the week, the occasion and how I styled it.

Two weeks ago, Sidney and I went to Paris for the weekend after Valentine’s Day. Though we had a few Garde Robe meetings to attend and photo shoots to do, we also had a wonderful time being tourists. We ate at my favorite Mexican Taqueria (taco restaurant) so far, called El Guacamole in the 10th arrondissement, we walked along les Champs Elysées (and took a few street-style pictures!), we took a lovely evening stroll near the Notre Dame cathedral with my cousin, and witnessed a bride and groom taking their wedding pictures in front of the Eiffel Tower. By night time, we were dining at a cute Italian restaurant in the 18th arrondissement and went to la Bellevilloise and danced to soul music until dawn. During the weekend, we stopped by Le Comptoir Général for some rum cocktails and great music. More and more happened, and we had a lovely time.

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Event: Valentine’s promenade in Paris

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Anyone who knows me can confirm that Hilary Banks is me and I am Hilary Banks. If you don’t know who that is, then go back in time to when you were a kid in the 90’s, grab the remote control from whoever was hogging the TV and switch the channel to NBC. FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR, in case you are still clueless, is the best TV show that you can get your 90’s fashion inspiration from. Be it Hilary Banks and her perfect matching hats and suits, (both) Vivian Banks’ shoulder-padded dresses, grown-up Ashley’s hot crop-tops or ALL of Will Smith’s outfits, look no further. The entire Banks family (minus perhaps Carlton) should be your go-to source for fashion. With the 80’s and 90’s making a comeback on the runway, I knew that I had to get a bright blazer with shoulder pads like Hilary or Vivian Banks. I did very successfully and found this gorgeous red Marks & Spencers blazer that I got at a thrift shop here for THREE EUROS.

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I wore this blazer recently to an interview with black sock boots & a crisp white shirt. I’m sure it worked wonders (the interview was successful) but I preferred to walk around Paris in a stylish and comfortable outfit. That’s why I opted for these white Nike Air Huarache Ultra sneakers (paired with long white socks for the cold) that Sidney gave me for Christmas. Also featured in this sexy outfit is my favorite city bag from Zara.

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Again, because I was going for a comfortable look, I chose to wear these dark wash mom jeans from Pimkie and a tight-knit grey turtleneck from Jennyfer.

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Finally, to match my crimson red blazer, I wore my Milani Cosmetics Devotion #14 lipstick.

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Want my look? Check these out!

Blazer: $2025 on Net-à-porter (find a similar one in a thrift shop like I did, that will be 100x less expensive!)
Turtleneck: $12.99 at H&M
Mom jeans: $57.13 on Asos
Sneakers – Nike Air Huarache Ultra: $115 at Nike
Bag
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Lipstick – 14 Devotion : $9.00 at Milani Cosmetics

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WIWTW: Styling a vintage trench coat with a statement purse

Hey guys! Welcome to another What I Wore This Week post, where I feature an outfit I wore during the week, the occasion and how I styled it.

Last week, I went thrift-shopping with Sidney and we bought about 10 pieces: coats, blazers (including a Marks & Spencers blazer with shoulder pads!), and dainty silk shirts – FOR ONLY 30 EUROS IN TOTAL. If you do the math, this means that we paid about 3 euros per coat. This beautiful trench is one of them, and I decided to wear it to our Garde Robe interview with NinkiMag. (I’ll tell you more about that once the video is out, but we got interviewed by a streetwear magazine based in Lyon last Sunday!)

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Event: Garde Robe’s interview for NinkiMag

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This trench, you guys, is just one of the best things I’ve ever bought and worn. I’ve always wanted a Burberry trench (this one is by Claude Havrey) because of their elegance and length, but they were always so expensive. This one, I found in a vintage shop in Lyon called Emmaus, for only THREE EUROS!!!! I decided to work my entire outfit around this trench, because I wanted to be 100% classy.

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Chokers have been really in this season and I love how this gold one from Pretty Little Thing adds metallic sophistication to my black turtleneck from Zara.

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And then there’s my favorite bag from New Look that I got this summer in Dubai. Its citrus-themed color block design is perfect when you want a statement bag to upgrade your look ! Plus it’s big enough to put just about anything from your computer to your heels inside. (Yes, this is an important factor for me because when I go out in cute but torturous heels, I like to keep a pair of sneakers in my purse just in case. I don’t believe in suffering to be beautiful. How are you attractive when your face is clearly wincing with pain?)

I don’t know who I think I am but I am totally flipping my hair in this picture.

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Finally I wanted the entire focus to be on my trench, bag and choker, so I wore black dress pants from Zara, and my favorite black booties from Zara. 

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And in case you were wondering who did my hair, I met an amazing hairdresser called Anaelle who does beautiful box braids (and a lot of other hairstyles) for very cheap prices. She was so professional and braided my hair in 4 hours (though it usually takes 7). So if you’re in Lyon and you need your hair done, comment below and I’ll give you Anaelle’s contact information!

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Trench coat: $91.00 at Asos
Choker: £6.00 at Pretty Little Thing
Turtleneck: $29.90 at Zara
Pants: $39.90 at Zara
Boots: $49.90 at Zara
Bag: £27.99 at New Look
Lipstick: $6.00 at Colourpop

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WIWTW: Styling Timberlands in Chicago

Hey guys! Welcome to another What I Wore This Week post, where I feature an outfit I wore during the week, the occasion and how I styled it.

Over Christmas break, my sister Safiya and I got to spend some time with one of our brothers Roshan, in Chicago. I had never been there before so I was really excited to discover such a huge city. I loved it so much and I would be ecstatic to go again. Apart from meeting some of the most down-to-earth and interesting people I’ve ever met, I visited Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor (my artist sister insists that I call it as such, but most people know it by its nickname ‘The Bean’). Downtown Chicago is beautiful and the skyline is breathtaking. As an overseas American who hasn’t visited much of the USA, I felt like a tourist, taking in every mesmerizing scene in front of me.

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We met some pretty cool Uber drivers but we also did a lot of walking. And you know what’s made for walking? ‘These boots’. (See what I did there?)

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Event: Sight-seeing in Chicago

 

Raise your hand if you’ve ever wanted to buy Timberlands but saw way too many people wearing them. *raises hand* I’m a part of this group, but then I changed my mind: they’re comfortable, they give an urban edge to everything, and they really were made for walking. I got them in just the right color for Christmas: the original yellowish ones, because they really just go with everything. I have enough black shoes in my closet, so I wanted something different from my own wardrobe.

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I wore my light blue mom jeans from Stradivarius (I got them on sale for €10.00 when I was in Dubai this summer!) and my all-time-favorite sweater by Puma. This is not just any Puma sweater. This is a chunky, 90’s cut, sweater from Rihanna’s collaboration with Puma “Fenty x PUMA by Rihanna”, that I got in a beautiful shop in Milan called Minus More Much. It’s one of my most favorite things to wear because it’s so unique. I personally haven’t seen anybody else with it though I’m sure there are many other Rihanna fans walking around with it somewhere. Idc, this is my favorite sweater in the world. It’s comfortable and the gold shiny “9” at the front gives my outfit an athletic feel.

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Because it was pretty cold in Chicago, I got to wear my puffy padded jacket from H&M. You can’t really see how well-shaped it is here, but gives my entire look some volume.

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You already know my black faux leather pouch from Zara, but here are my gorgeous Timbs.

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In the midst of this photoshoot (taken by Safiya), two guys tried to ask my sister to prom. When she proceeded to tell them that she doesn’t live in Chicago, one of them even offered to buy her a plane ticket and fly her out for prom. He was so serious that he decided he should take our picture, and I promised to share his photography skills on my blog so here you go, sir:

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Credit: Unknown guy who asked my sister to prom in Chicago. You know who you are.

Want my look? Check these out!

Coat: $32.01 or €29.99 at H&M
Sweater: $105.50 at Asos (I can’t find the exact same sweater unfortunately)
Jeans: $49.00 at Asos
Timberland boots: $170.00 at Timberland
Pouch: $29.99 at Zara
Lipstick: £5.99 or $7.36 at New Look

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WIWTW: London Oxfords in Camden

Hey guys! Welcome to another What I Wore This Week post, where I feature an outfit I wore during the week, the occasion and how I styled it.

Last week, Sidney and I took a few days off to head to London (UK) for a weekend getaway. We stayed at my aunt’s in Feltham (she was the sweetest – thank you!) and visited Camden, Brick Lane, London center and more. We met so many stylish people so we took a dozen street-style shots for Garde Robe. (Stay tuned for the fabulous photos this weekend!)

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Event: Visiting Camden Town

On our second day, we decided to head over to Camden Town because we heard that there were quite a few vintage shops there. We ended up spending the entire day there – there was so much to do, see, buy, eat, it was overwhelming. My favorite store was Urban Outfitters, but unfortunately I didn’t find exactly what I wanted.

did however, get a cute pair of oxford shoes from a Leather Boots and Shoes shop in Camden, for only £25.00 on sale! They’re so comfortable, they’re real leather and grey felt detail is very unique.

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I chose the rest of my outfit based on these shoes, so I decided to wear my white plush dress from Pull & Bear as a long t-shirt.

And then I wore my favorite bomber jacket in the world that I bought from Pull & Bear. It’s silky material is very soft and I especially love the delicate blush pink detail at the back. It reminds me of a kimono.

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When I got the bomber jacket, I just had to get these matching mirror sunglasses from Pull & Bear. And then I borrowed Sidney’s hat from Asos.

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Finally, I chose this little black velvet/leather pouch to complete the minimalist look.

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We had so much fun in Camden. I mean, we did so much shopping and got great bargains from vintage stores like Rokit. We also took a picture with the Mad Hatter.

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Plush dress: $15.99 at Pull & Bear
Bomber Jacket: €29.99 or $32.90 at Pull & Bear
Hat: $17.99 at H&M
Pouch: $59.90 at Zara
Jeans: $17.90 at Forever 21
Sunglasses: $19.90 at Pull & Bear
Oxford shoes: $139.95 at Nordstrom
Lipstick: $6.00 – Tulle by Colourpop

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WIWTW: Distressed Jeans + Autumn Kimono

Hey guys! Welcome to another What I Wore This Week post, where I feature an outfit I wore during the week, the occasion and how I styled it.

It’s not even Autumn yet and it’s already cold again. I wished so hard for it to stay sunny indefinitely, but like every year, I was disappointed. It suddenly went from being too hot to stay outside to being too cold to be out of my bed.

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Event: Late lunch & Shopping

I’ve always found it tricky to dress up distressed jeans during summer time, so I had been holding out on wearing these ripped jeans from Stradivarius until it got cooler. Now, before I get into how I styled them, here’s why ripped jeans are a thing now:

-They’re so EDGY. If distressed jeans were a person, they’d be that one moody sarcastic kid you saw around in high school. They’re fashion’s way of saying: so what if I’m ripped, I’m still a pair of pants, and I’m awesome AF.

-They can be SEXY. They really can, if the rips are in the right places (above the knees, for example), your distressed jeans will make heads turn.

-They can DRESS DOWN your look. If you’re wearing a chic shirt with a pair of heels, but you’re heading to class or an evening out with the girls, ripped jeans are the perfect fit.

For this outfit, I chose to wear a pair of blush-pink espadrille flats so my shoes wouldn’t take away the attention from the other vibrant colors.

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Then I chose this grey turtleneck from H&M and paired it with my new favorite drape-cape-thingy-majiggy (what is this even called, it’s not a poncho or a cardigan?) that I got from H&M as well. I’m going to call it a cape. I LOVE capes like this because they can be worn on hot days (with a tank top and shorts) or chilly days (with long sleeves and pants). I especially love the Autumn colors, they’re so vibrant and perfect for this season. I’ll be wearing this cape with black, white, brown, grey, khaki and mustard colored clothes.

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And y’all already know about my cute black pouch from Zara, it’s half faux leather and half faux suede.

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Want my look? Check these out!

Mock turtleneck: $29.99 at H&M
Jeans: $57.00 at Asos
Cape: $34.99 at H&M
Shoes: $33.00 at Asos
Pouch: $59.90 at Zara
Lipstick: $17.00 at MAC Cosmetics

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WIWTW: End of Summer outfit with a bandeau and trousers

Hey guys! Welcome to another What I Wore This Week post, where I feature an outfit I wore during the week, the occasion and how I styled it.

After spending the weekend in Annecy with my BFF’s I came back to Lyon and it was 35°C. This is called a canicule in French, when the Sun reminds you about global warming. When you’re transitioning from Summer to Fall your wardrobe can sometimes get a little stale. So you venture out to buy last minute summer clothes, but to your shock: the sales have ended, so the summer collection is gone. You’re left with sweaters and sparkly NYE dresses. What do you do?

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You find this season’s Autumn color palette and you are bound to find t-shirts, formal tops and slinky dresses. Designers have a trick I’ve noticed: they tend to keep the summer trends that worked the most by adding Autumn colors (like rusty brown, mustard yellow, red, camel and khaki) to their Fall collection. That way, people will still buy “summer clothes” that are suitable for September.

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Event: Good-bye Party

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Friday was the type of the hot day you’d spend in your lightest undergarments in front of the fan. Except that I had to go to a friend’s good-bye party and I didn’t know what to wear, until I found this rust-colored bandeau from Pull & Bear. It’s made of light cotton material and its color is perfect for the warm pre-autumn days.

I paired this top with my comfy white trousers from Zara. They really dressed-up the bandeau, turning this into the perfect summer party outfit. Keeping the same autumn palette, I chose my beige sandal heels from Just Fab.

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And this handmade African-print bag that my mother gave me.

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Want my look? Check these out!

Bandeau: $12.99 at Pull & Bear
Trousers: $49.90 at Zara
Bag: $44.73 or €39.95 at Etsy
Heels: $59.95 at Just Fab
Lipstick: $8.99 at Milani Cosmetics

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WIWTW in the Maldives: Little Black One-piece

Hey guys! Welcome to another What I Wore This Week post, where I feature an outfit I wore during the week, the occasion and how I styled it.

This week, my parents surprised us with a vacation INSIDE a vacation (inceptacation) by bringing us to the Maldives for their 30th anniversary! We stayed on the Hulhumale island, exploring the nearby capital Male and the beautiful beaches surrounding the exotic location.

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The first thing I wanted to do with my sister Safiya, was to test the waters and go swimming in the clear blue ocean.

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Event: Beach Day in Hulhumale

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Because the Maldives is a Muslim country, there are certain customs that we had to respect at this particular Hulhumale beach: no bikinis. They have dedicated “bikini beaches” and resorts for tourists, but it just so happened that our island didn’t have one yet. I had absolutely no problem with following these rules, because we were the guests. (Please be mindful of this, whenever you visit a foreign country: be respectful of their culture.)

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Every girl needs that one swimsuit that will still be flattering no matter how much vacation food she ate, and this is mine, from Etam.

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I paired this swimsuit with a cute printed cover-up from Jennyfer and my Fendi sunglasses.

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And finally, these platform sandals from H&M‘s Divided collection finished off the look. These are really confortable, but I suggest you buy one size bigger than your normal size because H&M shoes tend to size smaller than usual.

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Cover Up: $89.00 at Asos
Swimsuit: $128.00 at Asos
Sunglasses: $270.00 at Fendi
Sandals: $14.99 at H&M

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WIWTW: Printed Culotte in Dubai

Hey guys! Welcome to another What I Wore This Week post, where I feature an outfit I wore during the week, the occasion and how I styled it.

This week I’m in DUBAI with my family!!! I’ll tell you about that in another post, but let me just say how amazing it is to be with my parents, siblings, sister-in-law and baby nephew in one of the coolest cities on Earth. I wouldn’t trade it for the world :)

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Event: Lunch with friends at Dubai Marina

I know, I’m obsessed with off-the-shoulders tops but that’s because they look good on broad shoulders. Also I was feeling particularly feminine so I went for this cute ruffled top from Zara. I also borrowed my mom’s earrings she got in Beijing for a vintage feel.

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And then these culotte pants from Zara also, are to die for, because I got them on sale and they were the last pair! The floral print is so elegant, and the navy blue tassels give the vintage feminine vibe that I was going for.

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And finally my mother gave me these cute burgundy heels from JustFab that go perfectly with the burgundy accents of the culotte pants.

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Want my look? Check these out!

Top: $49.90 at Zara
Culotte Pants: $39.90 at Zara
Heels: $39.00 at Lulu’s
Lipstick: “Devotion #14” – $8.99 by Milani Cosmetics

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WIWTW: Styling an Off-the-shoulders Top

Hey guys! Welcome to another What I Wore This Week post, where I feature an outfit I wore during the week, the occasion and how I styled it.

This week’s outfit is actually from last week, when I attended Mama Shelter’s latest blogging event: Mama’s Market, hosted by three lovely French bloggers: Calie MailholLaurine Perry (The Girl Next Door) and Capucine (Capucine Spirit). Mama’s Market is an awesome event that happens on Wednesdays at Mama Shelter, where you can discover innovative brands (fashion, home decor, jewelry, art, and more) and sip a mojito at the same time! (I’ll tell you more about it in a later post.)

So I decided to go to this event with my beauty blogger friend Leila (La Pause Beauté de Leila) and this is what we wore!

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One of my favorite things to wear this summer is the off-the-shoulders trend. It’s such a feminine and elegant look, I had to get this light blue top from Zara.

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These sleeves man…

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Then I paired this lovely top with white high-rise trousers from Zara (yes, my favorite store).

And I totally found an excuse to wear my favorite heels from again, Zara.

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Finally, I finished off this elegant look with a daring black fringed bag from I don’t remember where.

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Want my look? Check these out!

Top: $35.99 at Zara
Trousers: $49.90 at Zara
Heels: $69.90 at Zara
Bag: £28.00 or $38.31 at Very
Lipstick: “Tulle” – $6.00 by Colourpop

Stay tuned for new outfits featured in What I Wore This Week by checking the Fashion section on my blog weekly :) Subscribe to Breakfast with the Beatles by clicking ‘Follow me by Email’ on the top right-hand corner of this page! ALSO, make sure you check out our blog  Garde Robe by Sidney and me, entirely dedicated to street-style.