La Belle Vie: Internship chic


Dartmouth is full of eager beavers. From my observations over the past academic year, I have concluded that the one thing your average Dartmouth student cannot tolerate is dead time. Consequently, even though term officially finished this week, I am under no illusions that you’ll all be heading home for a summer of beach parties, long lunches and lazy days. Continue reading

La Belle Vie: Green Key edition

When my British friend told me that she was going to visit me at Dartmouth during Green Key weekend, I was beyond excited. It’s not every day that us foreigners get to show one of our own around campus. And she couldn’t have timed it better — “This is literally the best weekend you could come!” I told her. “There’s going to be so many parties!” Continue reading

La Belle Vie: A purse by any other name


In April this year, Lana Del Rey made it big. No, I’m not talking about the number one bestselling album or the BRIT award for International Breakthrough Act (isn’t everybody doing that these days?) I’m talking about the handbag that Mulberry named after her. Due to be released with their fall 2012 collection, demand for the bag was so high that Mulberry released it early. The cynical amongst us (like moi) might think it’s a little bit early in Miss Del Rey’s career for her to have a handbag named after her, but then hey, what do I know? Whether she deserves is or not, she is joining the ranks of some of the most envied women in the world. Continue reading

La Belle Vie: Hepburns

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Everyone needs a style role model — someone they can identify with, look up to, emulate. When I was 12 years old, I watched “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” for the first time and fell head over heels in love with Audrey Hepburn. She was, in my eyes, the perfect woman and the perfect role model for me. Now, I know this is not exactly unique — many women have chosen Audrey as their style icon over the years — but as we all know, icons exist for a reason, and that reason is that everyone adores them. Continue reading

La Belle Vie: Hot pants


Short skirts aren’t for everyone. Looking around the Dartmouth campus recently, I have concluded that they do indeed seem to work for most people, but still  — not for everyone. I’m on the fence about this one, really. Being on the tall side, it’s difficult for me to find skirts and dresses that are not short to the point of indecency. Also, I have a fear of accidently having my skirt tucked into my knickers.

There are several reasons why you too may not feel inclined to get your legs out, even though it’s 80 degrees outside. Maybe they’re hairy. Maybe you’re super pasty and you can’t be bothered to fake tan or continuously apply sunscreen as you lay out on the Green. Maybe you don’t like your thighs.

Fortunately, having an aversion to skirts needn’t necessarily mean sweating your way through the summer in jeans. Try taking a leaf out of Olivia Palermo’s book (probably one of the most stylish books out there) and investing in some eye-catching patterned trousers. Available in a plethora of light, airy fabrics, they will keep you cool and chic when the temperature rises. Continue reading

La Belle Vie: Scoping the Big Apple


For those of you who religiously follow my column (hi, Dad!) I apologize for my tardiness with this week’s post. My excuse is that I’ve been out in the real world conducting some “fieldwork.” This past weekend, I went to New York City. For the very first time. Ever. As you can imagine, I was more than a little nervous about what to pack — this is the fashion capital of the United States, after all. On the other hand, I was looking forward to cracking out some of my more “fashionable” clothes that don’t get much wear in Hanover — my Topshop jersey (“sweater” for all of you) and leather dress, for example.

As soon as we stepped off the bus at Grand Central Station, I dragged my poor boyfriend to Fifth Avenue. We grabbed some iced lattes and sat in Central Park watching the world go by.
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