Tuesday, September 7, 2010

What Chic French Women Wear To Kayak, Adirondacks, NY

Yes, I was with the only woman on Friends Lake, in upstate New York, wearing leopard pants to kayak. It’s so fun to learn about the French concept of exercise and sporty activities.

Truth be told, Garance can say that she was with the only guy that tipped over his kayak twice while trying to take pictures. Now I know why they make underwater cameras silver, so you can see them while trying to fish them off of the bottom of the lake.


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  1. Nolita

    September 7, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Very chick trousers for sporting!

    –Nolita Vintage–

  2. Mariel

    September 7, 2010 at 10:50 am

    heehee, you two are really cute together. :) i love the little posts you dedicate to each other as well.

  3. Beverly Bohan

    September 7, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Oh, the French, gotta love 'em.

  4. Annika

    September 7, 2010 at 10:51 am

    That's just about the cutest thing I've ever seen.

  5. Michelle Bobb-Parris

    September 7, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Ah, it's the sporty incarnation of notre chere et chic Garance :)



  6. San

    September 7, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Haha, your woman is fabulous.

  7. Tiffany

    September 7, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Uauu I love animal print, but never thought about it for sport, I love!!


  8. Shauna Aliza

    September 7, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Love it.

  9. Olya Nikol Pishcheva

    September 7, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Lovely trousers ~

  10. Simone

    September 7, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Very chic, I love it!

  11. welcome to my jungle

    September 7, 2010 at 11:08 am


  12. Brendaaa

    September 7, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Effortless style. Who would have thought that those pants would look that good with that ultra stylish life preserver. The red stands out and almost blinds me with it's awesomeness. Actually, the whole outfit blinds me.

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  13. Anonymous

    September 7, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Chic ? These trousers ?
    (even for kayak)

    Hum !…
    I'm too sure about that.

    Very ethnic, yes. Chic, no.


  14. dishly

    September 7, 2010 at 11:25 am

    ahaha sooooo cute :)
    looks like loads of fun!

  15. ...love Maegan

    September 7, 2010 at 11:28 am

    lol. how cute. the whole thing.

  16. Alexandra

    September 7, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Oh no, well at least the camera's safe! And Garance is looking very chic here, but it's no surprise that she does, even if it's for kayaking!


  17. Judith Ross

    September 7, 2010 at 11:38 am

    I am sending this to my husband who is taking up kayaking. If he can spend hundreds on a boat, he can throw in a pair of leopard pants for me!

    Thank you Garance (and Scott)!

  18. Yevgeniya Yelkina & Peter Stevens

    September 7, 2010 at 11:50 am

    hahahha this is amazzing!!!


  19. Prutha

    September 7, 2010 at 11:51 am

    hehehehe…thats sooo funny…. fyi, leopard is the way to go for all life time..hate that its become sooo freaking common, i feel like its invading my wardrobe as a trend..hehe..

    hehehe u tripped over your kayak…would have made for a great capture for garance ..lol!!

  20. Anonymous

    September 7, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    haha I love how cool this is… animal prints always come in handy :D

  21. caroline

    September 7, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    What, no jaunty scarf?

  22. Karen Wallace

    September 7, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Love the pants. Warmly, Karen


    September 7, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    you are two crazy … but I love you … great pic
    Garance has more style for kayaking

  24. Anonymous

    September 7, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    She is so fabulous and talented! I want those pants…..

  25. Pretty Kitty Publishing

    September 7, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Garance owns that look!

    Great story, Scott.


  26. Jin Wong

    September 7, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Leopard pants for sports! Never thought about it, what a cool idea!

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  27. CLAUDIA C.

    September 7, 2010 at 12:58 pm

  28. Valentine

    September 7, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Haha hilarious… Kayak can be so dangerous ;-)

    -diary of a fashion stylist-

  29. fairytale

    September 7, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    i don't think it's chic at all..

  30. Jakarech

    September 7, 2010 at 1:16 pm

  31. Anonymous

    September 7, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    You should go to Marbella in Spain, they know how to do leopard print!

  32. princess glee

    September 7, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Good to see you guys have a life outside of fashion as fashion is not always everything as some may become.

  33. Laura @ 52 FLEA

    September 7, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Hey you were up here in my neck of the woods! Yes, I can truthfully say that I have never seen such a stylish kayaker! Next time, stop over for blueberry pancakes! :)

  34. kater

    September 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Ahh, I saw that drive-in post in my google reader! How exciting that you're right in my neck of the woods, I go there all the time!

    If you are still in the area, by some change, you should come stop in a bakery I work at–called Crisan in Albany, since we have to-die-for eats and often very stylish customers (slash counter-girls, not to give myself too much credit)!



    September 7, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I want an underwater camera! This is an adorable photo and I am loving the pants. I would want something better suited for the water if I fell out or tipped over. x


  36. Mcmaris

    September 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Sounds like it was a good time, and those leopard pants are FAB!

  37. Spardha Malik

    September 7, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    She's so eclectic!!!! I love it!

    I hope to see more such posts… an outsider's view on french aesthetics! hehe

  38. Anna

    September 7, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Thanks for your continual reminder that fashion can and should be fun!


  39. Klever Girl

    September 7, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    We've got to learn from the amazingly fashionable duo….

  40. Anonymous

    September 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Adorable! Your post put a smile on my face on a very tough day. Only our Garance would bring the fall animal print trend to the Adirondacks!

  41. Lisa Petrarca

    September 7, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    LOL…I wish Garance got a picture of you in the water, it would have been priceless!

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  42. mlpdm.com

    September 7, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    frenchies are classy :)


  43. Anonymous

    September 7, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    She does look cute–but a little too reminiscent of Zubaz for me.

  44. jimjims

    September 7, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Who does this?

    Awesome. = )


  45. Mademoiselle Marie

    September 7, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    hahah we, french girls, know what to wear in every circumstance :))



  46. Collette Osuna

    September 7, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Hahahaha..they are right, animal prints are everywhere!!

    Statements in Fashion

  47. Benedicte

    September 7, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Go Garance, defend our chic !

  48. agirlastyle.com

    September 7, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Absolutely brilliant – I love her style. I do prefer the sorts of exercise that allow one to still wear leopard prints and Chanel (cycling, walking, and now kayaking!)

    Miss B xx


  49. Anonymous

    September 7, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    what a cute post!

  50. - GraceCarolina

    September 7, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    It's a little over-the-top for my style, but if it fits, make it work.


  51. ritournelleblog

    September 7, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Hahaha I am a French chic woman and I would never wear this to kayak!

  52. Louise

    September 7, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    That's fantastic! It reminds me of lady Gaga, who came over to Waiheke Island in New Zealand and went fishing in her high heels.

  53. Look

    September 7, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    I live in Saratoga Springs! I would have loved to see some leopard pants in Upstate!

  54. 'S'

    September 7, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    hehehe you must be the cutest couple of the blogosphere!!!


  55. Em

    September 7, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Of course this is Garance! And that's why we all love her x

  56. Computer Backpack

    September 7, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    now that looks cozy

  57. roelien

    September 8, 2010 at 4:18 am

    it doesn't get more outdoor than animalprint, i guess. and if you have to kayak, do it with style… even when your fancy bottom-half is safely hidden from view in the kayak.

    there is a certain sneakyness about the angle from which this picture was taken, though. so… what were YOU wearing to kayak?

  58. Purses Pastries Etc...

    September 8, 2010 at 4:35 am

    Love the photo — how chic! — and couldn't help but laugh along with your ordeal of fishing for your camera. I'm very glad it still works :)

  59. Diana

    September 8, 2010 at 5:35 am

    hihi, my first thought was looking at the pic, that it shows, that Garance wear flipflops (and flats in general) not that often, she walks, like a little duckling :-)…ok so leopart print for sport is…a little bit 50+ for me (at least in this part of the world), but a frenchie can wear what she wants, will be always the most stylish of the world..

  60. Gabriela

    September 8, 2010 at 5:58 am

    This is brilliant!

    It is such a big challange for me to dress relatively 'nice' while practicing outdoor activities…

    Please Sart, some more of these sporty posts would be of great inspiration -and help!

  61. Laura Harris

    September 8, 2010 at 6:49 am

    she deffs rocks the kayak! LOL. xxx


  62. Anonymous

    September 8, 2010 at 11:03 am

    I live on the sea and when the water turns to a shimmery sheet of glass, I will hop in my kayak in whatever I might be wearing… sometimes a skirt with my rubber boots. In my world there are no lines between function and fashion.

  63. Closet full of hopes and dreams

    September 8, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I love those pants! Why should we suddenly become anonymous and wear a "uniform" when working out or doing something physical? Plus sweatpants are sweaty! These pants look so breezy and comfortable. Hats off for Garance! (Again…)

  64. Anonymous

    September 8, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Haha, it's fantastic. Like a Bond-girl. I think I'll wear a dinner jacket next time I'm going rowing.

  65. Allie

    September 8, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    leopard water shoes would be a clutch addition too…

  66. Michaela

    September 8, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    First I love the pants and second, I was actually upstate over the weekend as well about five miles from Friends Lake. I have a lot of memories of going to Friends Lake Inn.

  67. Heidi

    September 8, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    she looks stylish and comfortable – sensational!

  68. donna

    September 9, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    cute? yes (especially if, like me, one "knows" and appreciates garance's style and sense of humor from reading her blog). but, chic? no

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    September 9, 2010 at 4:40 pm


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  71. Melissa

    September 9, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    What I love about this photo is that the lady has taken pride in herself and has made an effort to dress well, no matter the occassion… even if she is on her way to kayak- I am not a fan of lazy dressing! x

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    September 10, 2010 at 8:34 am

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  73. Genuine Lustre

    September 10, 2010 at 8:51 am

    The Adirondacks – our favorite getaway spot.

  74. Anonymous

    September 10, 2010 at 9:38 am

    yes yes yes! now that we bought a house on a river w/ a pool no less, i must be in sporty gear more often. despise shorts on me. breezy leopard it is! thanks garance. now, where to get them…..

  75. Anonymous

    September 14, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    friends lake inn is what one of my favorite restaurants period.

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  77. Carolyn

    September 16, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    I always just end up wearing a bathing suit and shorts while kyaking, but it's good to see other people in the ADK who are fashionable while sporting!

    I'm impressed you managed to get your camera working after taking a dunk twice over. Awesome, nonetheless!

  78. Anonymous

    September 17, 2010 at 6:07 am

    oh god i love both of you guys so much, a perfect couple! plus i loooveeeee garance's pants, i definitely want one!! does anyone know where she might have gotten them? xx<3

  79. Anonymous

    September 19, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Oh how this made me smile. spent all last weekend kayaking around Tomales Bay, 1 1/2 hours north of San Francisco. Wish I would have had Garance's pants although my shorts from All Saints were not a bad alternative! xo

  80. Kristen

    September 22, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    You were up near my vacation home and I missed ya! Did you have fun?
    Go to Warrensburg to Oscar's smokehouse for Beef Jerky? Best in the world!

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