Jun 8, 2014

All Things French


I've mentioned before that I am a high school French teacher.  At this point, I've spent more than half of my life learning and teaching the French language and la culture française.  What started as a choice in 8th grade classes has become a lifelong love of mine.  I have traveled to France five times, including a study abroad trip and school year teaching English in Bordeaux.  When I'm not in France, part of me will always long to be there!

Along with the love of a beautiful country and its culture, my passion has also found me wanting to buy every single shirt, necklace and tchotchke sporting the Eiffel Tower or other French-related things.  Having already purchased a significant number of these items, I now have to stop myself and ask a couple of very important questions: "Do I need this?" and "Is this cool Eiffel Tower or cheesy Eiffel Tower?" (because there is a difference, mes amis).

I own several graphic t-shirts featuring French phrases, including this "Bisous" tee.  And now for your French lesson of the day: "bisous" means "kisses" en français!


I loved mixing the grey stripes of this tee with the printed polka dots of the skirt!  One handy trick to fail-proof pattern mixing is to keep your patterns in the same color scheme...like I did with grey!  Très chic, non?

And if you love French tees as much as I do, take a look at all of the lovely ones I've found below.  If you happened to send one of these to your favorite blogging French teacher, she would send you a great big "merci" right back!  (Click on the image to be taken to the store.)






What I'm Wearing:
Tee: Banana Republic (see above for similar)
Skirt: LOFT (similar)
Sandals: DSW (similar, similar)

Linking-Up:
DC in Style- Monday Bloom
Elegance and Mommyhood- Skirts Link-Up
Fizz and Frosting- Mix It Mondays
Greater Than Rubies- Remix Rewear Restyle: Patterned Bottoms
The Modern Austen- Sunday Best
Perspective- What I Wore to Church
Style Elixir- Style Sessions
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32 comments:

  1. These tees are great! I definitely agree that there's a big difference between cool vs. cheesy French! I think you hit the nail on the head. This is a really cute outfit that looks really comfortable but put-together. Thanks for linking up to Sunday Best! And I WILL be replying to your email soon :)

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    1. Thanks, Marissa! It was a really comfortable outfit, as always when you have a skirt with an elastic waistband :) Thanks for hosting such a fun link-up! I'm looking forward to many more!

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  2. Adorable! These options you shared are so cute too!

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    1. Thanks, Inge! I can't help but want them all!

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  3. Great pattern mix! Both my daughter and I love Paris themed stuff - me because of Audrey Hepburn's movies, her because of Gaspard and Lisa on Disney, Jr.
    Yay for skater skirts!

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    1. Oh, Audrey Hepburn, my ultimate style icon!

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    2. I highly recommend Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo. It's a picture book biography full of gorgeous illustrations:
      https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9303006-just-being-audrey

      Hmm, I might've just given myself a T3 idea!

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    3. I just added it to my Goodreads "To Read" list! Thanks for the recommendation! And I think we should have a "everyone dress like Audrey" T3 :)

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    4. We could certainly do biographies for T3. :) You should suggest the dress like Audrey idea to Caitlin for RRR!

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    5. YES! Great idea! I'm heading over to suggest it now (I'm gonna throw your name in there, too).

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  4. Some things just seem French, like stripes in black and white. Love these tees to go with!
    Marie @ In Our Happy Place

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    1. I agree! I always feel I'm dressing the part of French teacher when I wear stripes...which is a lot because I love them!

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  5. Very pretty! I'm also a high school teacher (English & Lit). Are you on summer break yet? Love all the cool tees you picked out.
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! Unfortunately, we still have a week and a half of school left! I'm just aching to sleep-in, drink coffee in a leisurely manner and lounge by the pool! What about you, are you done for the year yet?

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  6. Love this pattern mixing! That skirt is so cute! And I want one of the JCrew tees, or maybe all of them! ;)

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    1. I agree! I wouldn't be upset if every single one of them wound up in my closet :)

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  7. We are both wearing polka sot skirts today! :) Yours looks so cute with your adorable striped top. Thanks for the French lesson, too. :)

    Jennie@http://apocketfulofpolkadots.blogspot.com/

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    1. Aren't polka dots the best!? I can tell you agree :)

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  8. Really like the pattern mixing, Whitney! p.s. I'm secretly jealous because you speak {and teach} French!

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    1. Thanks! And I do have a pretty fun job...although it's not as glamorous as it sounds :)

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  9. Very cute look! My neighbors are French and I adore them... I've picked up a few things from them here and there.
    Thanks for stopping by Perspective. You should totally link this up to my Sunday post!
    Carolyn
    http://www.ccmcafeeperspective.com/2014/06/wiw-to-church-sunday-linkup.html

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    1. I'm so jealous! I wish I had French neighbors I could speak French with! And I will definitely check-out your link-up!

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  10. that is such a lovely words to have on a tee! such a cute outfit. i am loving the 2nd tshirt example too.. i think i may *need* that!xx

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    1. Maybe J.Crew should just send one to each blogger :)

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    1. Thanks, Ginny! I wish I had every.single.one!

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  12. You are ever adorable Whit!! Your Graphic Tee is so cute and perfect for you. I adore that skirt, too. This is such a Whitney Outfit and that is a compliment!! I agree that J.Crew should send one out to every blogger - wouldn't that be nice! LOL

    Thanks so much for linking up, pretty girl. Happy Hump Day!!

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    1. Thank you SO much! I love that I nailed a "Whitney Outfit." Sometimes I find it hard to define my style or I wonder if I actually have a clear style...so I'm glad that it appears so to others!

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  13. So glad you get to do what you love and wear fun shirts. :) Thanks for linking up!

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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  14. THIS OUTFIT IS JUST SO CUTE. You are adorable. Love love love this!

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    1. Awww, thanks friend! I hope you are having another great week at camp!

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