The Little Black Dress

According to Karl Lagerfeld, "One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress." So when I received the invite to Coach's Prom Party (to celebrate the opening of their new flagship store in Paris) with a dress code of 'Prom Chic', I thought wearing a LBD was probably the safe, but chic option.  I usually reserve dress wearing for summer evenings and weddings, but a Prom seemed the ultimate excuse to dress up and don my heels. 

I found this little Carven number on The Outnet, which has quickly become my go-to for occasion dressing, or any other wardrobe essentials for that matter (I'm currently mildly obsessed with their brand line, Iris & Ink). Already ticking many of my little black dress boxes, eg. it's sexy without being too revealing or tight, it also channels this season's off the shoulder trend, which despite not being able to lift my arms higher than my chest all evening (thank god for obliging friends who were willing to help me with putting my coat on) left me feeling, what I was aiming for: chic. I added a little pop of colour with the bright yellow Marni clutch (perfect for spring) and these play leopard print pumps from J.Crew, and then hurriedly took a few photos in the fading light before heading out for the evening. Do you have a favourite LBD?

Carven dress, The Outnet, similar here / Marni Bag, The Outnet / J.Crew shoes 

Necklace, Links of London, similar here / Lipstick, Lady Danger from Mac

Photos of me by Joann Pai

Spring Essential: Le Tote

Nothing updates a wardrobe for spring like a new tote, and this

stone blue number

from J.Crew is just the ticket for me. It's big enough to hold all my daily essentials, including my laptop, this fun

cork notebook

I picked up while in Manila whilst in the Philippines, as well as this month's must-read - the new 

Cereal magazine

, complete with a fresh redesign. I love the colour and funnily enough already have a small clutch and silk top from COS in the same shade, which didn't even cross my mind when choosing it. Something subconsciously must have drawn me to it!

What will you be updating your wardrobe with this spring? 

Winter Wardrobe

I am not built for cold weather. My hands are the first to freeze, then my feet, then nose and before I know it I need to be thawed out. I know that 'chilled to the bone' feeling oh so well - when they invent wearable hot water bottles, I will be the first to buy one. So this year, I vowed I'd be prepared for the first sign of frost. I bought my winter coat when it was still warm, having spied this

dressing gown

navy number in COS. It's over-sized, snuggly and keeps me warm. Better yet, it slots into my wardrobe.

Since moving to Paris and in my quest to live better, I've been trying to streamline said wardrobe and throw out the clothes that I don't wear, with the aim of building a uniform (note irony when you scroll and see the grey jumper/navy skirt schoolgirl combo) of items that are stylish, timeless and made to last. It's an ongoing task, this shopping better and only trying to spend money where it counts, (it helps to keep a list) and I am constantly on the search for classics that will last longer than a season. My taste is pretty minimal and varies between shades of black, navy, grey and white, with the odd shot of colour, usually in the form of lipstick. This winter, I have been literally living in a variation of the following looks, switching it up with a pair of jeans, white tee and navy cardigan  (I have a thing for navy right now). And thinking I perhaps needed a little more colour in my life, I bought the trainers to match my lipstick, yep not the other way around.

How much thought goes into your wardrobe? 

Photos by

Hana Pedajnianska

, edited by me.