Monday, April 6, 2009

On the Street……California Girl, Paris


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  1. Oh Dear Charlotte

    April 6, 2009 at 9:55 am

    I love the colour accent of the red in the hat and gloves in the first photo, then such a great relaxed coat following onto a cute purple accent! Love cold weather layering.

  2. amanda

    April 6, 2009 at 10:01 am

    oooh i love it!


    April 6, 2009 at 10:05 am

    love the turbans. very striking.
    very beautiful.


  4. Rostov

    April 6, 2009 at 10:08 am

    I love her style. She looks chic with a twist, and she is wearing the clothes and not the other way around.

  5. Lipe Mar

    April 6, 2009 at 10:14 am

    i like her. but maybe need color or something modern.

  6. Selkie

    April 6, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Like a silent movie star. Dramatic and enigmatic. Love the 1920s-inspired goings-on on her head, and the black and white coat in the middle picture.

  7. Denise

    April 6, 2009 at 10:19 am

    i like her shoes on #2 & 3! nice blog!


    April 6, 2009 at 10:23 am

    I love that second picture….
    What an interesting bracelet.

  9. -h

    April 6, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Beautiful and mysterious. And stunning eyebrows.

  10. Mujer imperfecta

    April 6, 2009 at 10:27 am

    She’s a mysterious character…

  11. RISD streetwalkers

    April 6, 2009 at 10:33 am

    she looks like someone from RISD!

  12. harsh

    April 6, 2009 at 10:39 am

    I love the hobo chic-ey kind of thing she has going on. It’s elegant and unfussed at the same time. It looks like it comes naturally to her.
    I would throw in some more colour though!

  13. Jules

    April 6, 2009 at 10:50 am

    love it especially the turban and the coat

  14. miss sophie

    April 6, 2009 at 10:51 am

    she looks so otherworldly! like a chic apparition from weimar germany or 1920s paris…

    it’s a look that few can pull off without looking costumey, but she does it with total conviction.

  15. Anonymous

    April 6, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Fantastic! This is how to wear black –with interesting texture and shape.

  16. X

    April 6, 2009 at 10:59 am

    the first photo is just divine. her make up and the turban are wonderful!

  17. Anonymous

    April 6, 2009 at 11:02 am

    2 thumbs down. It looks sloppy. I can’t even find any 1 element I like.

  18. JURIS..!!!

    April 6, 2009 at 11:03 am

    love the turbans so much
    dramatic !

  19. Hallie

    April 6, 2009 at 11:08 am

    comfortable and lovely and simple. i like the flirty bits of colour peeking out from the black. the first picture is my favorite. as a fellow wearer of turbans, headwraps and other accoutrement of the noggin, i applaud her!!!! brava!!!

  20. Anonymous

    April 6, 2009 at 11:35 am

    She doesn’t like her hair?

  21. lintmag

    April 6, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Inspirational! She looks so great – do you know this person or just see her a lot? Very cool. Glad to see a sister California girl here!

  22. AMB

    April 6, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Love all the looks. But I covet her eyebrows especially. Is that weird?

  23. kellywinonaoxford

    April 6, 2009 at 11:58 am

    usually i’d find this type contrived. for some reason this girl exudes something that call pull it off without being contrived at all. not to saccharine either.

  24. Fashion Lady

    April 6, 2009 at 11:59 am

    I like this beauty and the red hat!

  25. diane

    April 6, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    It’s chilly and rainy here today. I would love to wrap myself up in that second outfit (minus the head gear).

  26. Anonymous

    April 6, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    I also may potentially like the turbans…but I have to agree with who said that it looks sloopy…

  27. Anonymous

    April 6, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Thumbs up! Don’t get the Cal girl thing though.

  28. Wanderlusting

    April 6, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    I love her Clara Bow smile, it’s mysterious and beguiling. She looks like she just fell out of 1931 :)

  29. Annika

    April 6, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    What a great example of finding a few great pieces and using them in different ways. I’ve heard Parisian women are experts at this, no?

  30. Stephanie

    April 6, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    What a lovely style! The red gloves are such an amazing complement.

    Although I must note…I do not know what about this evokes California. =] Here, I’ve never seen anybody wear so much black.

  31. princess glee

    April 6, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    She’s got some stuff going on IN her head and ON her head. The stuff ON her head is so original, what do you even call it? It goes well with her overall gypsy look. Perhaps she is or she comes from true gypsys. The mood IN her head appears playful and dark and introspective. I like all the pics, she’s updated the allover black look with bits of color.

  32. aandhblog

    April 6, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    This could so easily look contrived an costume-y, but it looks perfectly natural on her! Very striking and interesting.


  33. junglesiren

    April 6, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Are you and Garance trying to start a turban revolution?! DON’T YOU DARE!

    This lady’s unusual looks make the outfit work almost in a tarot-card-reading chic kind of way. But a turban is not a toy. It’s not to be considered lightly or messed about with. If you wear it you must commit and if you commit you better be able to pull that shit off otherwise you’ll look seriously ridiculous.

    Just my humble opinion.

    ps – love the middle and last pictures – lovely clothes, lovely girl. And see, California girls don’t all look like Hugh Hefner cast-offs.

  34. A chicette in Paris

    April 6, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Very cute. I like her head wear! Great looks!

    Kisses from Paris!


  35. Anonymous

    April 6, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    She is so pretty, who is she?

  36. louise

    April 6, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Wonderfully consistent personal style!

  37. Sam

    April 6, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    That deep crimson for lipstick is always so lovely… Just had to switch out mine for something more spring-like.

  38. Anonymous

    April 6, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Seems slightly contrived.

  39. Yoli

    April 6, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    She definitely has a style all her own. A throw back to the 20′s. Love her burgundy lipstick.

  40. RUinSTYLE

    April 6, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Totally love the hat. A great addition to the outfit. It creates a sophisticated look with a classic touch – an essence of 1920′s chic.

  41. Anonymous

    April 6, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    now there’s a turban i LOVE (last one).

  42. Anonymous

    April 6, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    california girl? looks like lower east side/tel aviv girl to me.

  43. m a u

    April 6, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    nice girl

  44. Shaynuh

    April 6, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Seems more jazz age, 1920s circa eccentric to me…

  45. Anonymous

    April 6, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    I love the drama. Drama is perfect for winter and for Paris; why not? Livens up the gray.

  46. Anonymous

    April 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    She looks great. Calfornia? I’m not sure either, but definitely a great retro-chic look (and not trashy retro either). Her choice of fabrics and colors make her look nmore than one-dimensional. It’s not just an outfit, more like a well thought out musical arrangement in clothing. Great perspective on this woman, BTW.

  47. indigo warrior

    April 6, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Oh, I can see the California. (c: She looks like she’s had a go in the vintage/thrift shops and made her own look. She’s not taking anything – including fashion – so seriously that she has to meet others’ expectations of how she should look.

    Surf’s up!

  48. jessica

    April 6, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    which part of california?? i’m moving!! ;)

  49. Anonymous

    April 6, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Also the effect of the red coloration on the buildings in the first two photos.

  50. An (ex) alien in new york

    April 6, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    5s that a turban or a cleverly wrapped scarf? *muses*

  51. Rafe T

    April 6, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    I love the Turban, it’s so Baba Cool as the French say. Also, kind of 40′s Parisian madame. C’est chic, n’est pas?

  52. Geneeeee

    April 6, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    She’s quite pretty, LOVE her eyebrows,
    But my real concern is this headline… California Girl? I am sitting smack dab in the Silicon Valley currently, and there is no way anyone here would describe that as anything close to Californian style. In fact, no where in Cali do people dress this way. So even though i think she is fabulous, and even if she is Californian…. she definitely does not dress like one.
    I’m not saying we all look like “Hugh Hefner barbie dolls” but we do have a certain casualness/hippie/urbaness that is very… well for lack of a better word, our own.

    “california girl? looks like lower east side/tel aviv girl to me.”

  53. Brigadeiro

    April 6, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    What an amazing style! Love the 2nd pic, with the striped cardigan, the layering’s just beautiful!

  54. Jack Daniel

    April 6, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Is she really from Cali? She looks so nice!

  55. aLvin.

    April 6, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    i love the first picture. The gloves just jumps right infront of me, and lovley cardigan she is wearing.

  56. LeeAnn

    April 6, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    she is striking, it takes a special kind of woman to pull those gorgeous turbans off.

  57. Donnie Gayfield

    April 6, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    She has that French Sonia Rykiel vibe goin.

  58. Anonymous

    April 6, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    i’m speculating that she is originally from California. and you can find pretty much any style represented here on our mythical Spanish isle. our television exports may portray us all as surfers and plastic surgery queens, and indeed those looks may appear to dominate in our seemingly bottomless suburbs, but if you know where to look we have it all.

  59. Anonymous

    April 6, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Hmmm, I guess Silicon Valley Geneeeee has never ventured up to the artsy parts of San Francisco or the East Bay, where this stylish soul would fit right in. Go see dance or experimental theater in a small venue in the Mission, or go to an art opening, and this is indeed California style. Just not mainstream.

  60. Hissy Stitch

    April 6, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    On me it would look silly and costume-y, but on her — yow! All three suit her to a T. I especially like the third

  61. indigo warrior

    April 6, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Silicon Valley isn’t representative of where I lived in So Cal for over twenty five years. Nor is it representative of the streets of San Francisco, Hollywood, Orange Co, or San Diego that I knew and loved in my travels up and down the coast. Silicon Valley is very conservative. Get out and live a little. Go to the clubs. Go to the bookstores. You’ll see. Even the IE can get pretty interesting.

    I would pick her for being from somewhere Huntington Beach to as far North as Long Beach or anywhere inbetween.

  62. Shadan Saber

    April 6, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    cool dramatic looks!

  63. EJ

    April 6, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    that second outfit is stunning

  64. john benjamin pritchett

    April 6, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    All three looks are great!!! It’s so inspirational to see someone step out with boldness and not be just part of the crowd. Bravo!

  65. jessica kim

    April 6, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    who is she?
    i love her!

    i’m from california, and people here definitely don’t dress that well.

  66. junglesiren

    April 7, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Geneeee, you need to get out of Silicon Valley, girl. San Francisco is just a turban’s throw away from you. Silver Lake, Hollywood…. Personal style doesn’t always come to you, sometimes you’ve got to go to it.

    While hers is not a common look (even in Paris) she would fit right into many neighborhoods in San Francisco, Oakland and L.A. Hell, even Pasadena – home of the Rose Queen!

    There are plenty of people in California with great personal style it’s just that the celebrity culture that California is associated with makes it look like everyone is a wannabe Lindsey Lohan/Ed Hardy loving/Uggs wearing/fake tan abusing/shallow/vain/insipid fashion victim.

    Au contraire!

  67. dora

    April 7, 2009 at 2:55 am

    she’s so beautiful…

  68. FVAD

    April 7, 2009 at 3:08 am

    Persepolis !!

  69. Ruhvana and Flanelli

    April 7, 2009 at 3:41 am

    She’s amazing, i adore those turbans. i think all of three outfits are stunning.

  70. soralunii

    April 7, 2009 at 3:59 am

    I love the consistency of her style. She looks great.

  71. Kimbawhitelioness

    April 7, 2009 at 4:22 am

    I adore this look, this is exactly how I would love to appear. She is in control of her appearance, in control of the clothes. Utterly unique!

  72. Gaia

    April 7, 2009 at 4:52 am

    I love this.

  73. Anonymous

    April 7, 2009 at 6:50 am

    I love this photo!


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  74. Anonymous

    April 7, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Haha this is a friend of mine!!! YES she is from california to the non-believers! Not from LA of course!! She looks fab in all those pics! Go girl!

  75. Anonymous

    April 7, 2009 at 8:12 am

    great style clothing-wise, but I think her makeup would make the look even better if it were a bit less heavy-handed….

  76. Aryam

    April 7, 2009 at 9:35 am

    She has a mysterious sex appeal.

  77. Snakecharmer

    April 7, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Love the second coat.

  78. Anonymous

    April 7, 2009 at 10:44 am

    She is able to wear the very contrasty black and cream coat because of her bold coloring. I kind of envy that; I can’t carry it off. Therefore, that is my favorite of these three shots.

  79. Anonymous

    April 7, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    She looks like a gypsy! but wouldn’t be surprised to see her here in LA..
    Do you naysayers really think that millions of people dress like the people you see on tv?? Weird.

  80. Anonymous

    April 7, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Ghazi???? Is that you???? You look great!!! Definitely a California girl

  81. Efwa

    April 7, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    I like the look, a bit Anais Nin and Pris in the twenties. But i don’t like her eyebrows, sorry, nor her shoes. Really fancy new shoes would lift the whole lady up a lot.
    Worn out shoes is a No No even how beautiful you are,

  82. The Clever Pup

    April 7, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    I love this girl’s strong dark makeup. She’s mysterious.

  83. Anonymous

    April 7, 2009 at 3:19 pm


  84. Catherine like Deneuve

    April 7, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    She may be from California but she is a fully naturalized Parisian, style-wise.
    I love the headgear, the eyebrows, the lipstick.
    She is Colette in a timewarp.

  85. Anonymous

    April 7, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Ghazi you look gorgeous! Hope you’re doing well in Paris (it looks like you are!!) xoxo Krystina

  86. Anonymous

    April 8, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    She spoke at the CFDA Awards!

  87. lepetitsmudge

    April 8, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    ooh she’s like a gorgeous fortune teller. it really works wit her dark eyes and strong brow.

  88. Anonymous

    April 9, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    wow, I love this exotic-vintage look…very personal and stylish

    And i like how she combines the black with some touch of intense colour!!

  89. zohara

    April 9, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    I love the dress and coat in second picture. The dress is so long and yet she still does not appear dowdy and i totally get the film noir vibe!

  90. Anonymous

    April 10, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    so creative.

  91. Anonymous

    April 11, 2009 at 5:44 am

  92. Anonymous

    April 11, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    ahhh…the headwraps, the coats! the thinness…shucks!

  93. Vanessa F.

    April 11, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    I very liked this look! Cool and lovely vintage…
    I love your blog… It is fabulous!


  94. Mary Ellen Aquino

    April 12, 2009 at 8:27 pm


  95. thisislola

    April 12, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    first pic, that’s how to wear red gloves.

  96. Anonymous

    April 14, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Loving the navy(?) knit. Great choice of outfits.

  97. Ba Lemos

    May 20, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    BElla , Bella., forever contemporanea!


  98. delilah rose

    August 29, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    she is magical.

  99. rüya tabirleri

    July 9, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Hmmm, I guess Silicon Valley Geneeeee has never ventured up to the artsy parts of San Francisco or the East Bay, where this stylish soul would fit right in. Go see dance or experimental theater in a small venue in the Mission, or go to an art opening, and this is indeed California style. Just not mainstream.

  100. Anonymous

    August 15, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    i know her! that's ghazi, how wonderfully random…

  101. Marielle

    December 8, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    i went to high school with this girl! she won best dressed when she was a senior! so proud to see her here…she dressed so well back then too, that was in 2006 i believe. :)

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