Photography @amataart_design, makeup @fleekyclaire, fashion @TANIEU CREATRICE, models @bella_zofia and I @inachicstateofmind

Izabela and I had a fashionable experience wearing TANIEU CREATRICE clothing featured in this post. As well as an inspirational moment while interviewing her and you may read this below. She is a Geneva-based fashion designer that is gaining quite a following due to her refined, timeless yet modern fashion. I have been supporting local artisans and purchasing less on-line. Thus gaining a more sustainable approach to managing my wardrobe. The coats, dresses and skirts on this post are all made of faux-leather and were all designed with Izabela and me in mind.

Here are a few questions for TANIEU CREATRICE

I: What inspired you to become a fashion designer?
TANIEU: I have always been passionate about fashion and as a child.
I started an apprenticeship with one of the best fashion designers in my country in Côte d’Ivoire. Quickly I was asked to be a model for their clothing. Therefore I was surrounded by fashion very young.

I. Where do you get your design inspiration from?
TANIEU: I am inspired by everyday life and the people I meet. The textiles are a centre motivation for my designs. Their colour, texture and finish also inspire me to create and do what I love to do, make clothing!

I: What is your design process from a concept to the production of a garment?
TANIEU: When starting a new design I start with a flat pattern. Often elaborating the fabric into muslin on (which is the cloth we use to fashion a garment into shape). Then I’ll drape it on a model and make modifications along the way until the result is satisfactory.

BELLA: What role do you think social media plays in fashion today?
TANIEU: The social networks play a major role in fashion today. To my brand, TANIEU, it has given me large visibility in one click! It has been an enriching experience meeting fashion bloggers and photographers that have taken an interest in my work. I have found that Instagram is a network of mutual support that is very pleasant.

BELLA: How would you like women to feel when wearing your clothes?
TANIEU: It is an honour for me to see a woman in my clothes. I’d like her to feel more confident and sexy and that she is proud to wear them.

BELLA: What is your style? What do you love to wear the most?
TANIEU: My style is discreet and sober. I often wear trousers that are comfortable and practical.

We thank you TANIEU for taking the time to fulfil our curiosity 😉 XOXO

Chic Check

img_9780Photography & hairstyling by 19th Avenue Hairdresser

Hello, my friends! Here is some Autumn inspiration! There are 2 items on this post that some women are skeptical about how to wear them. Can you guess what they are?

The full head-to-toe check look and white boots! Heres how to pull it off!

Check suits are one of the biggest trends this year. You don’t always have to wear the items together. Wear the blazer with jeans or rust-colored trousers to achieve that classic posh-girl vibe also a big trend this autumn. Wear the trousers with a feminine blouse and a solid colored blazer and you have a business casual look. When you wear the check suit together keep accessories structured, minimal and classic. Do put a belt over the blazer for a more original look. The busy pattern should stand on its own without too much distraction.

I decided to wear my fave white ankle boots to give it a modern edge and keep it from looking English old school. White boots are also all the rage for the past few years and I find that to have one go-to pair is a stand-out accessory. I received glances at my feet on a very rainy day. Dare to be different!

Before this shoot, I visited 19th Avenue Hairdresser in the Eaux-Vives area of Geneva and it was delightful. Not only are there 4 strategically located addresses in Geneva, they are also becoming my official partner for my image consulting company, MARISOL IMAGE. We will also be collaborating together on various projects. I had the staff welcome me warmly and took care of my tired after summer strands. After examining my hair, Zoraida decided to give me a thorough treatment to revive my hair. She gave me a 2 step treatment from Tahe Botanic Infusion Gold A+B. The pure keratin and gold particles in the treatment revived and replenished the damaged cuticles of my hair. The result was soft, shiny waves. Thank you.

Shop the look: PINKO Check blazerPINKO Check cropped trousers, Repeat black cashmere turtleneckZac Posen Eartha Bag, Similar  Mackenzie white booties

I thank you for reading!

Model For A Day

Hello, my friends!

In this post, I share with you beauty shots that were done by a digital media & marketing company Digi-Suisse for Leman Aesthetic Clinic. The video and photoshoot were a lot of fun. I was pampered with wavy, soft hair from 19th Avenue hairdressers, I thank them. My pretty modern makeup is from Claire Serrano. The final result is soon to be seen at Leman Aesthetic Clinic . Please see all the links below for credit to the magnificent team that worked on this project.

On another note, I often get disbelief when people hear that I am nearing 50 years old. I usually answer smugly that as an image consultant I take my own advice! I think that besides taking care of myself it helps to have a healthy united family and a real positive outlook on life. I also see that my 6 hours a week of rigorous cardio workouts, weight lifting, and yoga are paying off. Add to this a thorough beauty routine and healthy eating without depriving myself and you are halfway there to help to age as gracefully as possible. Genetics do help as well. I hope that I am an inspiration to my clients to take better care of themselves. If this is the case, then I have accomplished my mission as an image consultant.

Here’s the team that made this photoshoot so successful!

DigiSuisse digital marketingLeman Aesthetic ClinicClaire Serrano makeup @fleekyclaire  19th Avenue HairdresserSan Della Luna Photographer



Sustainable & Stylish…

This is an excerpt from the Brandmooks webzine.  To learn more about sustainable fashion and trends please visit BRANDMOOKS or follow on INSTAGRAM

Shop the look; For Swiss residents please inquire about the clothing at BOUTIQUE L’TENDANCE, Nyon at Grand Rue 26,1260 Nyon or visit MOS MOSH . For the handbags please visit René René

I thank all partners mentioned for this beautiful collaboration and I thank you for reading!

Paris Fashion Week S/S 2020

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Hello, my friends!

My attendance at the Paris Fashion Week was a whirlwind tour! Beautiful Paris is the perfect setting for the Spring/Summer 2020 Collections. It was a sunny Indian Summer day and the city was alive with fashion aficionados from all over the globe. I sighted all styles, a rainbow of colors and those who decided to stay in the safe zone by wearing all black. My first show was at The Paris City Fashion Week at Eiffel Tower, Salon Gustave Eiffel. Yes! This was my first time going up the tower! This was a show composed of up and coming designers. I spotted some trends like peplum tops and skirts, color-blocking, all-leather pieces, cut-out bodices soft pastels and rainbow lamé. Unfortunately, the show started so late that I was able to stay for only a couple of designer’s collections.
Then I was quickly off to the Intercontinental Le Grand Paris Hotel for OXFORD FASHION STUDIO shows (a fashion platform that seeks out young independent fashion designers and puts them on the map). They have shows in Paris, London, and New York. There, sitting in the front row, was a treat for my eyes and plenty of future styling inspiration. I particularly loved two collections for their freshness! They were Lula Martinez Moda from Ecuador and Tom Foolery made in Los Angeles and Kenya (stay tuned for a future review)
For this post I will focus on LULA MARTINEZ MODA Spring/Summer 2020 Ready to Wear collection (view in the slide show above) which was very feminine in muted sorbet shades.
The collection, inspired by nature, was composed of different textures made of silk and crepe. The clothing was structured with either lace insets, fringed ruffles, original puffed sleeves, and inlaid pleats. A surprising addition to the collection was a wine-colored plaid pantsuit and was also the show opener. They knew exactly what we want/need almost into the fall/winter 2019 season. It was an attention-getter.

A note on my outfit, pictured above, for the PFW shows. My main inspiration was this incredible lounging style velour green blazer from Coster Copenhagen. It has an amazing inner lining and piping trim in a beige pink. To me, this was the best match for it. I dug at the bottom of my dresser for this vintage chiffon pleated A-line dress that matched perfectly. I combined it with baroque styled snakeskin lace-up booties and a Gucci handbag for the neutral touch. Now I see that there was no surprise that I loved LULA MARTINEZ Ready to Wear. What I chose to wear to PFW was exactly in line with her collection. One may say that fashion is what we need at the moment…

I thank you for reading.