If you’re big into blogging or fashion, you’ve probably heard of Tavi Gevinson.
This girl’s style, blog and new online magazine are revered throughout the fashion world. She gets personal invites to New York Fashion Week. Her originality and creativity are pretty much mind-blowing. She’s the definition of cool.
But there are two especially crazy/interesting things about her:
1. She lives in Oak Park, IL (where I was an infant resident for the first 8 months of my life).
2. She’s 15 years old. FIFTEEN! And girlfriend already has her own Wikipedia page.
To put it in perspective, when I was 15, my life pretty much consisted of watching Dawson’s Creek and scraping gum off my retainer. Often simultaneously. (I’ve always been good at multi-tasking!)
So Miss Gevinson, you have my complete respect. As well as sincere jealously because I seriously want your life.
P.S. All the cool kids are from Oak Park. (Um hello – Frank Lloyd Wright, Ernest Hemingway, Kathy Griffin, Bob Newhart, Ludacris, Betty White?! Need I say more?)
A couple months ago, I picked up a copy of Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange. I had read about it on some of the style blogs I follow and thought it might be interesting, because let’s face it – when it comes to clothes, French women have it going on. Just like American women when it comes to obesity. (Kidding!) (Sort of.) (Not really.)
It turns out Ms. de la Fressange has some really good advice, in my non-fashion-forward opinion. I’m particularly inspired by her list of seven wardrobe basics that every woman should have, especially because I already have most of them!
1. A man’s blazer (I’ll be raiding Will’s closet for this one)
2. Trench coat (check!)
3. Navy sweater (will be purchasing soon)
4. Tank top (check!)
5. Little black dress (check!)
6. Jeans (check!)
7. Leather jacket (does pleather count?)
It’s kind of crazy how many polished-looking outfits you can put together with just these seven items and some cool accessories. Once I get that navy sweater, hopefully I’ll be well on my way to chic-ness.
“Who me? Nooo, I’m not from Paris, I just look like it…”
Image from France Today.