Parisian style

Ah the Parisian – the well-known epitome of effortless chic.

Elegant, feminine and a sophisticated taste – these words come to mind to describe her.

She knows what flatters her body type (any type is the beautiful type), wears hardly any makeup (as she is comfortable as she is) and owns many pairs of ballet flats (she combines comfort and fashion).

Coco Chanel once famously whispered “fashion fades and only style remains”.

This is true!

How many times have you bought something ‘on-trend’, only for a week later to need the next big thing, then the next – it is an exhausting race to try to keep up with!

I say, invest in classic, timeless and ‘you’ pieces – items that you know you will love and wear years down the track! French women know this too!

So please, be like the Parisian:

  • Know you are beautiful – inside and out (cheesy but true!)
  • Never rely on a ‘makeup mask’ – see point above
  • Always be comfortable with whatever you wear – no itchy jumpers!
  • Don’t invest too much time or money into trends – they come and they go – your personal style always remains!

(Image credit: Caroline De Maigret & Vogue) 

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The battle between the aviator and the bomber…

Jackets – that is!

Lets start with the Aviator Jacket…

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In 1917, just after the dawn of flight, that the US Army Aviation Clothing Board commissioned the first pilot jackets (the A-1) to feature high collars, wind flaps, snug-fitting cuffs and zips to protect the fliers from the bitterly cold and often rained-on open cockpits of the day, however this design only lasted four years. Belstaff was at the starting line of aviator jacket design from 1927, with the brand designing jackets (A-2’s) for flying and were extremely popular with adventurers of the day, including non other than the famous Amelia Earhart. The A-2 jackets featured a warm fleece lining, elasticated sleeves and waist, a high wraparound collar, and front pockets. These all assisted the fact that the airplanes of the time could fly higher, thus the cockpits were much colder.

However, the leather material of the A-2’s would get very wet from perspiration and very cold due to the freezing temperatures, meaning the water would freeze and the jackets would become hard, cold and extremely uncomfortable. Also, the new aircraft consisted of a more streamlined design meaning much less space in the cockpit, thus a new jacket had to be made…

Bomber Jacket Interesting Facts History Alpha Industries

Introducing… the bomber jacket! This military jacket appeared in Europe during the late 1950s and then in 1963, the jackets were popularized by European Air Forces. The B-15 jackets were slim, lightweight and warm due to their cotton lining and fur collars. However, after 1945, the cotton was replaced by nylon due to its ability to be resistant to water, mildew, insects and perspiration.
In 1949, an upgrade occurred, and the MA-1 came into existence, due to cockpits being better insulated and this meant the fur collar was replaced with a knitted, elastic collar that allowed for more room for parachute harnesses. It was at this stage that an orange lining was added, so that in the event of a plane crash, the pilot could turn it inside out to aid rescue visibility. It was also at this time that the jacket started to be produced in colors other than the Air Force’s standard issue midnight blue, with sage green being used for extra camouflage in the instance of a crash or emergency landing in hostile areas.
So, there you have it! Do any of my readers own a modern-style aviator jacket or bomber jacket?
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Bomber Jacket Interesting Facts History Alpha Industries
(credit to: https://www.belstaff.eu/inside-belstaff-ambassadors/Aviator-history.html and https://hypebeast.com/2016/11/bomber-jacket-streetwear-facts)
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Can you guess one of my favourite musical artists of all time?

He is a British singer and songwriter…

 

He came to fame in the 1960s-1970s…

 

He has sold over 100 million records worldwide…

 

He has a very distinctive raspy singing voice…

 

He once sang a song called Maggie May…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes! You guessed it! Rod Stewart!

 

He also shares his beautiful pearls of wisdom… however his face is plastered on this image thus it just could not be a hint!

 

And to finish off today’s post, here’s a little background music to brighten your Monday…

 

 

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