Photo Diary: A Dream of Paris

Paris is one of those exquisite places where love, romance, fantasy and dreams come alive -- if only for a moment. We believe it’s the ethereal nature of dreaming that makes a city like this all the more romantic.

Lookbooker Matthias Cornilleau is a fashion & style blogger for Stylenoxe who avidly adopts this philosophy of living in the moment, seeing the inherent beauty in change, travel and transition. He looks at the city from a poetically elegant perspective, a “meeting place for people who come from everywhere to drink tasty white wines together in lovely bars or on the Seine banks.”

We’re more than honored to embark on a dreamlike journey with Matthias for a typical “day-in-the-life” of a Parisian style icon to explore the homeland of premier haute couture, centuries-old shops, imaginative pursuits and of course, the finest chocolat.

“I grew up in the deep countryside of France before moving to Paris to study Political Science. After having spent five years here, I especially like to stay near the center – in the oldParis – where I can peacefully walk and admire al the art, artifact and design galleries where I derive most of my inspiration from.”  

6:30 AM | A Tie to Start the Day

I tend to wake up very early to enjoy the coveted silence of the morning and to avoid the crowds. After a brewing a quick coffee, I begin the day by selecting the perfect tie from my personal collection.   

9:00 AM | Beds of Saffron and Ivory

After an invigorating yoga class, I seek out good vibes at the Jardin du Luxembourg. Located in the fashionable left bank, many locals come here to exercise, jog or enjoy fresh air. The garden is an oasis of calm and greenery in the center of the early day’s hustle and bustle. Saffron, ivory and steel blue flower-beds make for a tranquil and picturesque moment.    

1:00 PM | It's All In the Details

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My school is in the 7th arrondissement of Paris so I have a habit of lunching at the Café de Flore. It’s known to be a celebrity hotspot, but I tend to go more for its traditional cooking and freshly made vegetarian meals. In the afternoon, I visit shops like the Maison Sennelier, an art materials store that’s been around since 1887. It has seen artists like Cézanne,Monet, Picasso and Dali pass through its doors over the past century, and sells pristine accents, like these unique golden frame hooks.    

1:00 PM | Tokens of Love

The Pont des Arts is where I go to pray about meeting the lover of my life. But all jokes aside, this bridge crossing the river Seine draws painters, artists and photographers from all over the world, who use it as a studio en plein air. It’s also become tradition for tourists to attach engraved padlocks onto the railing before tossing the keys into the river as a gesture of committed love. Films, songs and art exhibitions have been inspired by this tradition (meanwhile, city officials have yet to figure a way to “address” the new fad).

2:30 PM | Style of the Orient

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In the afternoon, I like to peruse the newest pieces at my favorite designer store – Dries Van Noten. The eclectic, part old library, part cozy living room design was manifested by architect Geert Voorjans and Van Noten himself. The store features ten-coat, wood paneling installed by Belgium lacquer specialists, in colors of rufous, scarlet and curry. The exotic décor features antique furniture and paintings inspired by China prints.  

3:00 PM | One of A Kind

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When I’m on a tight budget, I have to choose carefully. After trying on a few things, including this fly flower bomber jacket, I decided to settle on this slick one-of-a-kind embroidered-flower tie.

4:00 PM | No Man's Land

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Now it’s time to take some photo of my OOTD (outfit of the day). We found the perfect place in a kind of no man’s land, across the Louvre and the Tuileries garden. My friends and I love contemplating the architecture of old buildings and monuments on each street corner. They make us dream of traveling across the world, and of time.    

6:30 PM | A Break for Chocolat

In the Invalides, there is a lovely restaurant called the café de l'Esplanade, perfect for an energizing break. Everyone here is dressed to impress and ready to hobnob with theParisian elite. I ordered a classic chocolate fondant, a sensory delight for my tastebuds, while sitting beneath 19th century-style gas lamps.

8:00 PM | Intriguing Books

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To end the day, I sometimes attend a local cultural event. This evening’s agenda included the launch of a new book, Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade by Jean-Pascal Hesse at the Assouline store in Paris. The Marquis de Sade is one of the most controversial figures since the 18th century but recent cinema and literary criticism have shed new light on his life and works. Historian Jean-Pascal Hesse takes readers on an intimate journey through the beloved château of the philosopher Marquis in this newly released book.

When I finally arrive home, the first thing to do is look up flights and decide on my next destination. My main motivation to enjoy my time in Paris is the knowledge that I am only here temporarily. The city is definitely an airport for me. Thank you for sharing this lovely day with me. Until next time, happy travels!

See our first interview with Matthias here.

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DIY: Floral Crown

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What better way to celebrate spring and summer than to wear flowers in your hair! And there's no easier way to do this than by creating a pretty and easy floral crown you can wear over and over again. Just follow the instructions below and soon you'll feel just like a spritely creature on a midsummers day!

Supplies needed for this project include: fake flowers, floral tape, decorative floral wire, wire cutters and pliers.

1. Wrap the decorative floral wire around your head to measure for size and add a few inches. Make a cut with wire cutters.

2. Form a crown with the decorative floral wire and wrap the extra wire around securely. You can use pliers to help you shape the wire.

3. Separate the flowers by either pulling or cutting them from their stems.

4. Place the flowers on the wire crown and secure with floral tape.

5. Continue adding flowers around the crown until you're happy with what you have. We only added flowers to the front of the crown.

6. You can mix and match different kinds of flowers to create more elaborate crowns.

7. We made a few different crowns to share with our friends, and we hope you will too!

Photo credit: Irene Hsu of Superflat


DIY: Easy to Make Feathered Headband

Bobby Raffin, a close friend of ours and a true wanderer of the world, shows us how to make a super easy DIY feathered headband. He says, "it will most definitely be the coolest and most original accessory to wear all summer long!"

Supplies needed for this project include: an elastic band, scissors, feathers, thread, glue and preferred material (felt and leather). You may additionally include anything else you would like to add on your headband such as beads or buttons.

1. With your scissors cut a piece of leather roughly around 12” by 1.5” depending on how long and wide you want your headband to be. 


2. Adding some more pieces of material is an option to give a more unique look to your headband. An easy option would be to cut out some triangle shapes in different sizes.  


3. The next step is the glue all of your material pieces together using either super glue or fabric glue depending which ever you have at home.  A suggestion could be to use the tip of the feather to help glue the tiny pieces of material without making a mess.

4. If you plan on adding some buttons or beads it would be a good idea to thread them on to your headband.

5. Next place all of your feathers in the order you want them in.  Try putting the biggest feathers in the middle and the smallest ones on the end.


6. You are going to want to cut out a piece of felt a slightly smaller size of the original headband for backing support and to help sandwich the feathers into place. I suggest using a glue gun for this part because feathers aren’t friendly to all types of glues. 


7. Once everything is stuck together you my finally stitch the piece of elastic to the back of your headband. Depending on the size of your head the measurements may vary. I would prefer to use an equal length to the headband to give a comfortable stretch so that you can rock out with your headband all day and all night without having the annoyance of it being too tight. 


Playlist: Coachella Part 2

The beauty of a music festival such as Coachella is wandering the 7 stages and sampling the sounds of all genres of music. From folk and indie, to electro and soul (or a mash of them all), here is a stellar Coachella 2014 Indie Playlist:

1. Foster the People - Best Friend

2.Flight Facilities - Claire de Lune

3.James Vincent McMorrow - Cavalier

4.Poolside - Harvest Moon

5.Aloe Blacc - The Man

6. Banks - Warm Water

7. Chance the Rapper - Cocoa Butter Kisses

8. Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls

9. Washed Out - Don't Give Up

10. Bombay Bicycle Club - Luna

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Playlist: Coachella Part 1

One thing that makes Coachella stand out from other music festivals is the variety of genres represented. You can go listen to an indie band play at the Outdoor Theatre, cross over to the Coachella Stage for some hip-hop, and finish the night dancing to electronic music at the Sahara Tent.

Trying to give recommendations that would touch on all these genres would make for one very very long post, so instead we're breaking up these recommendations into two posts. This first post is focused on electronic music with a sprinkling of amazing female vocalists. We could write a short description for each of these songs, but instead we're going to let your ears do the exploring.

1. Minnesota feat G Jones - Indian Summer

2. Netsky - Come Alive

3. The Glitch Mob - Can't Kill Us

4. Jhene Aiko feat Childish Gambino - Bed Peace

5. Bonobo feat Szjerdene - Towers

6. RL Grime - Because of U

7. Adventure Club feat Yuna - Gold

8. Big Gigantic feat Cherub - The Night Is Young

9. Flume feat Freddie Gibbs - Holdin' On

10. Ellie Goulding - My Blood (Kastle Remix)


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