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Ever since I could remember, my Papa, Eric Maurice, has always been the beau of the ball. His dapper demeanor never goes unnoticed when he enters a room. He is in a class of his own with his salt and pepper hair, fierce walk, impeccable style, and that sexy french accent to top it off. Papa is definitely not your average 56 year old man. He manages to live a 007 lifestyle between Los Angeles and Paris while staying fit, fashionable, and fearless.

Over the years, he always made it imperative that he dressed for success. Growing up with a European father with exquisite taste made shopping 10x more fun. Papa never believed in leaving the house in pajamas or sweats, he believed in dressing how you wanted to be addressed. Every season, he would take my brother and I to the big outdoor outlets in Camarillo or Pam Springs, located in California. Together, we would shop all day, maybe get a Auntie Anne’s pretzel in between stores, then continue shopping until we heard  “Attention! the shops will be closing in 15 minutes”. During those long days of shopping, my father taught me color swatches, fabrics, quality versus quantity, and the essentials I needed to have. If Eric Maurice was going to look his best at all times, his kids were going to as well.

Since my father blessed me with dual citizenship between France and The United States, we’ve had many shopping dates that have occurred in Spain, Paris, and London. I’ve been so fortunate to see different cultures and fashions around the world because of my father. He has opened my eyes up to see that fashion everywhere, it is inspired by architecture, food, and people. Still to this day, Papa reminds that having one style or being good at one thing isn’t good enough. Yes, you should have a signature look that represents your style, but also be able to diversify your style. Being able to show people that you can tap into different genres of fashion and life, expands how people view you as a person.

The best lesson that Papa has taught me about style is that there is power when entering a room well dressed. No matter how many designer brands you buy, it will never equate to confidence. Along with Papa’s Sean Connery looks, his confidence is what makes every outfit perfect. To me, Papa is Mr.007 because he isn’t an ordinary man who allows the suit to wear him, he wears the suit. He knows that he can accomplish anything when he looks good and that fuels him to make every mission possible.

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IMG_6775 Ballin’ on a budget is truly my speciality. I have a passion for inexpensive thrift shopping. I am addicted to one dollar flea markets and thrift stores. Two weeks ago, I went to a stadium flea market and I found a black leather beret for FIVE DOLLARS. I was so elated, I had to create a fun, fresh, and funky look that would look amazing with my new beret.

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A week later, Paris Fashion Week began and one of Rihanna’s fashion statements was a black leather beret. I was so excited to know that RiRi and I were on the same page when it came to rocking berets. A beret is a perfect style accessory. During the civil rights era, many black panthers wore black berets as a symbol of empowerment, while they shouted “Black is beautiful”. I wear a black beret because it makes a great fashion statement, but it reminds me of my ancestors that fought for civil rights while making a fashion statement.

Paris Fashion Week runways have been flooded with berets, but to make a statement, you must wear the perfect outfit. I decided to pair my beret with a leather jacket, a graphicIMG_6595 tee, leather pants (that I bought for five dollars), and leather black boots . I was going for the funky, trendy, but comfortable look. I made sure that my graphic tee said something profound. I bought my leather beret because I was inspired by the Black Panthers, so it was only right that my shirt said “the hardest job in America is being a Black woman”. I got this vintage tee from an amazing vintage store named ReboundNJ based in Paterson, NJ. Since, I was going for the black solidarity vibe, I wanted people to see and understand that I was making a political statement through my fashion.

There are multiple ways to style a beret, but I truly believe you must create a look that turns heads. It’s cute to wear it with  jeans and t-shirt, but that is more of an “every day” look. When I find an accessory or garment that is striking and unique, I always dress it up because one specific part of a look can make or break an outfit. No matter how colorful or outlandishly your outfit may look, make sure that you are in love with it from head to toe. When you leave out your door everyday, make sure that you look good. In the words of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, “it is best to be as pretty as possible for destiny”. You never know when you will have a date with destiny, so you must look the part at all times.

Power to the People,

Ivy Coco

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I recently took a weekend trip to Washington D.C. and I made it imperative to do some sight seeing. Washington D.C. is the capital of the United States but I didn’t know it also a capital for impeccable art. Growing up in a european and caribbean household I’ve always had a deep fascination with art. My mother and father collected different works of arts when I was a child and it was a trait I picked up. When I travel I enjoy going to museums and monuments. I have been blessed to travel both domestic and international. Having a French father, ever since I was a little girl I fell in love with Paris. I love the fashion, architecture, food, and one of the most famous attractions, The Louvre Museum. The Louvre is a big “must see” when in Paris because of the Louvre pyramid, but the museum contains amazing pieces of artwork. At night, the pyramid lights up and has a red light that beams down the center, total Harry Potter vibes. If you’re ever in the D.C. area, I highly suggest visiting the reflective pyramid that is located right across the street from the National Mall Art Museum (east building). The pyramid is so beautiful that it allows you to feel like you are in Paris for a few moments, for me it was a few hours (haha!). It isn’t as grand and big as The Louvre Pyramid but it is definitely a site to see.

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Photographed by Anne Kim

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Jacket/Coat: Zara (Fall Essential)

Shirt: London, Stables Market

Jeans: Gojane.com

Shoes: DSW

Wallet Purse: Louis Vuitton

London is so close to so many European cities, like the city of Coco Chanel, PARIS! My father is a mixed French man, making me French and he blessed me with having dual citizenship. Since I was a little girl, I come to Paris often to visit my family and my father. Over the years, I have fallen in love with the architecture, fashion, scenery, and culture. I love being French, I feel it adds to my sense of style and my personality.

Thursday afternoon after my classes, I hopped on the Eurotrain and made my way home to Paris. It was a quick 2 hour train ride. Since I was on my way to Paris I had to wear my “Coco made me do it” tee-shirt, which I picked up in the Stables Market in London.  I am trying my best to take advantage of discovering news cities in Europe. I happily admit that I have a personal connection with Paris, but I also need to step out my comfort zone and realize there are 645 modern cities in Europe, and traveling is an opportunity of a life time. No matter where you are in life, there is something near to that is new that you might not realize. Try and google some areas in your city, state, island, country, or wherever you live, that you have never visited before. Sometimes we all just need to escape, because an escape creates memories,smiles, and most importantly it creates inspiration.

Bisous Bisous

IvyCoco

Coco Chanel and Ivy Coco Fun Fact:

The man who gave Coco Chanel the name “Coco” was named Etienne, and Ivy Coco`s brother, Etienne, gave her the name “Coco” when she was born. Ivy Coco`s last name is Maurice, and Coco Chanel loved a man named Maurice.