the checklist

how to fake it like a french girl.

photo courtesy of kitsune
The Curator: Steff Yotka, Associate Web Editor 

The Look: Kitsune's Fall '14 Lookbook
Ugh, to be a French girl.... The perfectly askew beret. The translucent tights. The innocent loafers. I'll be trying to fake it as a Frenchie today with this tres francaise photo from Kitsune's fall '14 lookbook as my inspiration. Now all I need is the "hmmph" attitude all the French girls have. 

The Face: Lancome Absolue Oleo Serum
I know this serum is expensive, but it really does work wonders. Three dabs of the shimmering stuff on my face in the morning makes me look less "I'm-cutting-caffeine-out" and more "I'm-queen-of-the-world." As a rule, I don't believe in magic creams, but I think that rule might have to be broken for this serum because it creates a luminous glow in seconds. That has to be magic. 

The News: Today is Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day
Hurry! Get to the nearest Ben & Jerry's now! This is not a drill!

The Inspiration: Olympia by Edouard Manet
The ultimate French girl to me is Victorine Meurent, model to Edouard Manet and painter in her own right. I've spent many hours trying to attain the devil-may-care attitude of Victorine in Manet's Olympia, that brazen stare, the ability to rock a flower in my hair and still look cool... I'm going to keep trying. 

The Song: "Le temps de l'amour" - Francoise Hardy 
Fall in love again with Francoise Hardy's toe-tapping tune while images of Sam and Suzy from Moonrise Kingdom dance through your imagination.