Weekend Plans

October 13, 2014

I had intended to write about something different today but sometimes weekend plans change.

 J. Crew has a big sale on for the holiday weekend in the US.

 I, ever hopeful, took myself off to one of their London stores to see if their generosity stretched across the ocean.

Not quite that far.


I did find a few pieces that I loved, tried them on… and thought of you.

In $’s and with 30% off I would be very tempted.

Truthfully, without the sale, I am in.


J Crew, Weekend Plans, Vicki Archer, French Essence


I am a fan on the knee length jacket over slim pants.

This double cloth collarless one in antique white or black looked fabulous over these grey cashmere pants.

The coat also looked perfect with the pixies and the maddies.

collarless coat //  cashmere pants  //  pixies  //  maddies


J Crew, Weekend Plans, Vicki Archer, French Essence


Then I fell in love with this pin striped topcoat.

I tried it on with the pin striped maddies  and the brogues that we talked about on Friday.

Great look.

A braver way to go is with a pair of silk floral three-quarter pants.

Pinstripes, florals and brogues… Seriously good.

pinstripes  // florals  //  brogues


Thought you might like to winter up this long weekend… xv

the code is weekendplans for 30% off


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Conceal and Cover Up

October 10, 2014

cover up, jamie beck, kevin burg, ann street studio, vicki archer, beauty


Conceal and cover up… it has to be done.

There are several products that really work and that are always on my dressing table.

Concealer, it’s a habit and one I could not live without.

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Linda Rodin: Manhattan Magpie

October 9, 2014

Linda Rodin, Monica Rich Kossan, Vicki Archer, French Essence

image monica rich kosann


We have talked about Linda Rodin before.

I admire her sense of style and the way she defies convention with her fabulous fashion sense.

Her approach to ageing is so refreshing and she has never been more in demand as a model.


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The Art Of The Compliment

October 7, 2014

The Art Of The Compliment, Vicki Archer, French Essence


The art of the compliment, along with the thank you, is something I believe in.

For the compliment is an art… in the giving and in the receiving.


The giving of a compliment is one of the greatest gifts… there is nothing more potent than making someone feel happy.

A compliment is what nurtures our self-confidence.

There is nothing that makes you feel brighter and stronger than an unsolicited compliment.

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The French Cadeau

October 6, 2014

Provence, The French Cadeau, Vicki Archer, French Essence


“Would you like some parsley?”

A strange sentence to start off the week… but a common enough one in Provence.

There is a custom in Provence that when you buy your fruit and vegetables, either at the market or in the village shop,  you will be offered a bunch of parsley at the checkout.

It’s given with a generous smile and the suggestion that it’s the ultimate prize.

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Ballet Blush

October 5, 2014

Blush Pink Beauty, French Essence, Vicki Archer

Blush Pink Beauty, French Essence, Vicki Archer

day burger & mikkelsen night lace tangle  top  //  mason by michelle mason lace paneled silk crepe de chine blouse

band of outsiders silk – satin twill shirt  //  tory burch sienna silk and cashmere peplum sweater



Ballet blush pink, like winter white must be one of the prettiest neutrals.

It works beautifully with black, with grey and with the winter whites.

The idea of this ballet blush feminine with the more tailored signature pieces is a favoured look of mine.


Ballet Blush

vince are doing some beautiful sweaters in blush … the v neck and the dolman sleeve are on my list

as is the mixed media blush and the silk tee … they would be gorgeous with the winter whites

ramy brook’s paris split peasant blouse is the prettiest shade of blush and a shape i love to wear


Wear a bright red lip with this ballet blush and feel totally fabulous.

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for your lovely company this week… xv


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Can We Talk About Dinosaurs And The Jardin des Plantes?

October 3, 2014

Can we talk about dinosaurs here?

Well not exactly dinosaurs… but if you love Paris… and all things French like me… you will see where I am going

Let me explain.


National History Museum, Jardin des Plantes, Paris, Vicki Archer, French Essence


For the longest, longest time I have been wanting to go to the Natural History Museum in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris.

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Signature Style And The Essentials

October 1, 2014

Theory, Fashion Week, Signature Style, Nordstrom, Vicki Archer


Runway action these last few weeks has got me thinking about signature style.

My own in particular.

My style has changed very little in the last thirty years.

I know what I like and I think I understand what works for me.

I could be more adventurous but then I like to feel comfortable in my own skin.

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The Definition Of True Fashion Style?

September 30, 2014

Coco Chanel, Chanel, Paris, Vicki Archer, French Essence


What is the definition of true fashion style?

Style is a quality that we all would like to possess and yet style is not instictive or intrinsic to all.

I have been reading quotes from the fashionable famous… one liners on the definition of style.

Let’s see if we agree.

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