Hi there, I’m Cécile

Bonjour! I’m Cécile, a French working mum in my forties, living near Paris with a passion to help other women find their own style. Previously, I worked in an advertising agency and no need to say that being stylished and fashionable was an understated requirement… as I always liked clothes and fashion, it was not constraining for me… But I discovered it wasn’t the case for all my work colleagues and some of them were really unsure of what they should ou could wear… they didn’t know what suited them and often asked me some advices… I realized at this time, I had the skills and experience to help and give them the confidence or style edge they needed!

I’m talking about a time there was no internet (shocking! I know…). Then, the blogging area arose and I could read so many fashion blogs staging « pretty women living a perfect life, traveling everywhere and wearing nice clothes lent by famous brands »… Not to mention, of course, the perfect « La Parisienne » who supasses them all!

I was wondering where the « real » women had vanished?

I knew through my experience that more than inspiration, women needed useful advices. Something they can use in their everyday life and that can help them to change and become who they want!

That’s why I started EtVoila! with posts tips and advice-oriented. And the response has been nothing short of amazing!

I have so many women of all ages, shapes and stages of life, from all over ask me about how to get dressed at their best, how to mix colors or enhance their best features…

Body shape, size and age isn’t (and shouldn’t ever be) an issue to looking and feeling good about yourself!

Must of all, I’m really convinced that knowing how to get dressed in the right clothes have a positive psychological effect. It has the power to give you happiness and confidence!

So…

– If you want to cultivate your personal style, to take the best of trends far from the fashion diktats

– If you’re interested in how French women are dressing.

– If you want to save money (and the planet!) having a simpler wardrobe full of pieces that flatter your figures

– If you want to feel more confident and comfortable with yourself

 

French womenKanako illustrations

 

Just stay connected!

I will help you to upgrade your own dress code with a « French touch »:

– Chic but simple and effortless

– Comfortable but feminine,

– Timeless but not so expensive,

– Stylish without being a slave to Fashion!

And for the ones who want to get more personalized pieces of advice, I wrote and edited the« Dressing as you live in Paris » e-book, so you can easily achieve simple elegance of French Dressing. Find what fits you the best and what clothes will increase your self-esteem.

Parisian Chic

I almost forgot: if you plan to visit Paris soon, send me a message (postmaster@etvoila.info): every week, I organize customized Shopping Tours in different Parisian neighborhoods; I will be more than happy to take you to the best Parisian kept addresses…

 

meanwhile, for reading and following me…

merci

NB: Some links may be affiliate links. This means at no additional cost to you, I may make a small commission on purchases made through the link. You don’t pay anything extra, but you help support this site.

 

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12 commentaires

  1. Bonjour Cécile!
    I stumbled across your blog after I fulfilled my lifelong dream of going to Paris. I was there over New Years 2014. Since that quick trip- my passion for « all things French »has been reignited.
    I would love to move there… Or at least spend an extended amount of time there, studying the feminine mystique and style your country has so effortlessly captured.
    I’m sure I will be checking in frequently and wish you well in your endeavors to build your blog.
    I am doing the same thing on this side of the world- building my blog.
    Please feel free to check it out: http://shabbynot4gotten.blogspot.com
    Ashleigh

    • Bonjour Ashleigh,

      Thank you for being one of my frequent reader :-) I hope it helps you in your perception of the « feminine mystique and style » of French women.

      I am very pleased to know more about you.
      Where are you from?

  2. Dear Cecile,

    Bonjour.
    I am Akane, living in Japan, working as a customer service staff of Japanese company.

    I’m very interested in Parisienne way of thinking about fashion, life and etc.
    I would like to make my own style as chic, simple like Parisienne.

    Then, I need your advice about office fashion.
    In Japan, it is not unusual thing that woman who work at Japanese company uses bag like Louis Vuiton, Prada, or other Hi-brand one as every-day bag.
    Is that same in Paris?

    Also, I need your advise about jewelry.
    I’m wearing 0.25ct diamond earrings, vintage cartier santos watch and black eyeglasses everyday.
    I think one of my charm point is wrists.
    So, I’m considering to wear bangle like cartier’s love.
    Is that too much as paris style?
    or is that strange in Paris that woman wears above material everyday?

    In Japan, there’s lots of materials, information which makes me confused.
    Also, some media are providing paris’s snap who wearing hi-bland and H&M are mixed.
    My image of Paris is too danger to wear any jewelry if it were one’s amulet.

    Sorry for scattered message.
    Though, at first time I found your blog, I feel I need your real Paris style….

    B.rgrds,

    • Dear Akane, a lot of questions there. At the first one, I would answer that it’s not unusual in Paris to use famous brands bags although that a lot of other less expensive brands are fashionable too…Famous hi-brands are considerered as kind of classical.
      But there Is no strong rules. It depends of what YOU are Wearing with it. It also depends of your business environnement. In creative environnement as advertising, marketing or design, women would choose more cutting-edge brands…
      Bangles are nice. This Is not strange in Paris to WEAR them. Women in Paris like to do « ce qui leur plait ». that means what they’re feeling like doing. If they have a Crunch on it! It Can even be different from a Day to another…
      Hope it answer all your questions. A bientôt!

  3. Hello Cecile

    I live in Australia in a laid back little coastal town. I like to look my best because I feel that when I make the effort I feel better and I do like to see others dressed well. I was told to always present myself in the best manner possible, a bit like my house it reflects upon you. When you make the effort the house looks good, cared for etc. It doesn’t have to be over the top so why shouldn’t this also be applied to our selves? I also think of it as a mark of respect to others, especially when going out with them. You are worth taking trouble to look nice for when I go out wih you but that’s just my take on it. I just feel more confident too when I am dressed nicely.

    • Dear Jan, Thank you for this comment full of wisdom and common sense! I totally agree with you: Who would like to welcome friends in a dirty and messy house? Just the same for our clothing manners ;)

  4. Bonjour Cecile,
    My Name is Lauren Wilson and I am a reporter for a local newsmagazine, the Spark. We are based out of the Cincinnati, Ohio area. I am currently writing a story about French fashion and I was wondering if you would be able to answer a few questions for me.
    1. How would you describe French fashion?
    2. What makes French fashion so different from American Fashion?
    3. What are some of your favorite Fashion/clothing brands in France?
    4. What are some iconic French fashion staples?
    5. Why is it important to learn about other cultures’ fashion?
    6. How has French fashion changed and developed over time?

    Thank you for your help,

    Lauren Wilson

    • Hi Lauren, thank you for your interest! I’ll answer you tomorrow on your email.

    • Hi Lauren,
      To answer your different questions
      1/ French fashion is part of French culture since a very long time (17th century). That’s why a lot of our fashion brands have a strong DNA coming from their long story. At the same time, designers can rely upon a strong know-how and expertise from craft professionals as lace makers, hat designers, skilled sewers or embroiderers… For these reasons, I would described French Fashion as highly skilled. Paris is a kind of « Silicon Valley » of fashion…
      2/ Historical and cultural background: 2 main points that make it so different from American Fashion
      But I will nuance it: knowdays globalization tends to make things more similar from a country to another…
      3/One of my favorite high brand designer is Yves Saint Laurent. I really love how he mixed masculin and feminin style. I also like a lot Isabel Marant, Celine, Chloé, Hermes, Courrèges and all the ones that I quoted in my blog ;) But I won’t define me as a Fashion lover. I like to observe it, to be aware about new trends, new designer collections, etc. but style to me is much more important than Fashion. Finding your personal style, your style signature, that’s the clue!
      4/ I don’t understand what you really mean in this question?
      5/ As for anything else (food, art, litterature) it’s totaly part of the culture of a country. That tells a lot about it!
      6/ French fashion has changed due to globalization. Before, Dior, Chanel, Lanvin, YSL, Celine, etc : all these brands were created by French designers. Art directors of these famous French brands are coming from all over now. But as I write in my first answer, they pay attention to the DNA, the history, the codes of the brands. That’s why French fashion is still « French ».

  5. Bonjour, Cécile, May I ask you please about a French idiom that expresses so wonderfully the pleasure of having a personal sense of style? The English sense of it was « I’m beautiful and I don’t even try », but it sounded so much more elegant and satisfying in French.
    Merci, Annette

    • Bonjour Annette. I’m not sure but was it « Je suis belle comme je suis »…

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