Its 4:30 am. So I stayed up all night reading her book. I am supposed to be working on a data modelling project. Oh well. The book … I was a little disappointed when I started reading it. It’s a pleasurable read but I have seen much better content on her blog and her interviews. It felt like I was reading Caroline De Maigret’s How to be Parisian in a different format. Very informal, no fixed rules and hovers from topic to topic. Like those conversations that happen with a little too much wine. But then, her Star War references, very personal stories and the raw honesty won me over. It’s not another ‘how to be French/discover personal style’ books. This book is all Garance. An autobiography of sort. Her chapter on elegance is my favourite. It feels like a late night conversation with a best friend. Stories and analysis. Lots of it.

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Her blog, the entrepreneurship, her personality, the illustrations, her friendships, her honesty … so much to learn from. And her style. I professionally stalk her : here. I do not fit into a tomboy or feminine or wannabe French bucket when it comes to the personal style classifications. Neither do I want to be classified. Seeing her style gives me confidence to do what I like. I wanted to wear oxfords everyday and had to learn how to pair them from her. I refuse to do the all masculine/feminine look and I think she mixes pieces really well. When the minimalism trend hit, she continued to showcase women who wear color and liked print. The conversations that happen on the blog are sometimes more interesting than the original content. Such a well created space.  Here are some quotes by her – from the book / blog / interviews .

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“Too much refined style can get boring”.

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“French girls have one piece of jewellry that they never take off”. “Accessories are so important”. There is so much I relate to.

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She did an interview at Google. When they showed her an ugly Google backpack for her opinion and she says “no”. Three cheers to that thought.

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She could relate to the character George from Enid Blyton’s Famous Five. The tomboy smart heroine.

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“Avoid getting overly excited about the piece that looks a little too “inspired by.” I know, it’s tempting, but if it looks too much like Marant, Céline, or Valentino, step away. If nothing more, out of respect for the designers. But also because wearing a copy doesn’t send the best message. Not to ourselves or to others. As with everything— staying chic is knowing when to resist temptation”.

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“Whatever is given to you on the day you are born, you are the one who decides who you will become, every day. Beauty grows as we grow into ourselves”.

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“I’d just laugh and say that, no, I don’t work out at all, because I have so many other fascinating things to do in my life.”

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“As much as I love fashion, I agree that true elegance is found elsewhere. It’s in the way we behave with others”.

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“And no one has ever said: ‘Oh, come on, its just a bag.'”

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“You’ll rarely see a French woman in her guy clothes unless she is actually at the gym, …”

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“The French woman is nonchalant and will apply herself to carrying that stance in every aspect of her life. In France, we’re not supposed to stand out too much. Wanting to show off is suspect. It doesnt mean matters of style and beauty are overlooked, but they are very carefully cultivated to look effortless and to not overshadow your neighbour.”

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“Our clothes carry the message we want to canvey to others, and it changes, depending on what we’re going through in our lives.”

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” Any body type can look beautiful, under the right conditions, but let’s be honest: It’s just easier to wear what you see on the runway if you’re skinny and relatively flat-chested with narrow hips. Its boring, annoying, wrong and sucks. You know why it sucks? Because it’s not your body’s fault: It’s the designer’s fault. ”

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“With love, we’re kids forever, stumbling and learning as life unfolds. And this is why, whatever happens, we must keep our hearts open”.

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“I love business. I didn’t think I’d love it as much as I do, with my artist soul and hatred of numbers. It’s seen as such a negative thing. Business is associated with profit. But through the years of trying to find my own economy, I’ve discovered that “business” is something else. It’s developing an idea. It’s surrounding yourself with passionate people to put it together. It’s working together on something that you love and believe in. It’s creating jobs. It’s having responsibilities, learning to navigate the bumps along the way and finding utter joy when you do it well. And going back to work right after that”.

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“Sometimes it takes me 10 years to own something. It’s like love. You want to let things grow on you.”

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My take home from it all : be brave. Do what you love. Make stories. Her definition of style strikes a note: “Style is when you give up all the thing like ‘I am going to be Audrey Hepburn’ . It’s when you give up all that and just start to put together things you like. Even if it doesn’t make sense, it will become your style”. “I’ve come to learn, style is about so much more than the clothes we wear. It’s the way we walk, the way we smile, the sparkle in our eyes, the way we live our lives. Style is a universal language, and it has the power to connect us.”

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My fav video interview of her : ShopStyle and Google.

My fav print interview of her : Elle

My fav interview by her : Stella McCartney and Em Alt !

My pinterest board that I use for style stalking : here