“Black and White”


Magnolia Noir

Yes, you saw it right! A new blog name!!!

Magnolia Noir means many things to me:

Bloom!

Each spring, the magnolia is the first tree to bloom in Montreal. And every first blossom I see gives me so much joy and hope (it signifies the end of winter after all). It’s like a renaissance, and I like this idea for my blog! I also love magnolia flowers, they are delicate and radiant at the same time–it’s inspirational!

Growth

I don’t talk a lot about my profession here on my blog, but Chinese Medicine plays an important role in my life. As an acupuncturist, I cherish its philosophy and perspective, and I love to observe and analyze my surroundings from a five-element (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood) point of view. One of them, Wood, draws its strength from its roots in order to grow in a straight line toward the sun. That is why Wood is associated with determination! Whenever I am tired or discouraged about blogging, I feel an inexplicable force inside me… I have the irrational conviction to continue blogging, and I attribute this to a hidden and intuitive energy I always had in me, that was waiting to have its chance to grow.

Noir

Speaking of the five elements, Noir (which is French for black) is the color associated with Water in Chinese Medicine. Water type people appear a bit reserved and are often creative. They can seem stoic, but are actually very sensitive and contemplative. Well… it’s totally me!

Noir is also a nod to my love, Sam. When I was looking for a name last year, he add the word black or noir to every name I suggested. It was a running gag and we laugh a lot about it! So, to add Noir to my name is a way of honoring him because Sam always supported me through this project, and he is the talented man behind the lens.

Contrast

I love the fact that the light and softness of magnolia flowers contrasts with the deep and dark side of black. It totally reflects my personality! Sometimes luminous and happy, sometimes introverted and mysterious. My Instagram account totally reflects this idea. Go have a look!

Creativity

The more I blog, the more I want to develop my own creativity. To have a name that reflects something poetic and inspirational is very important to me! Also, this name gives me the latitude to blog about whatever I want, from fashion to calligraphy…

A French name!!!

I’m French Canadian and having a French name is really important to me. I was looking for a bilingual name or expression, but every idea I loved was already taken. I decided to assume my origins and I opted for a French twist!

That’s it! Now you know why I made this big change!

Stay tuned, I’ll share with you the new mission of my blog very soon… Suspense…


Sweet November

November is full of lovely colors! And this year, we have been lucky to have mild temperatures, which has encouraged to go for walks instead of sipping hot beverages in a coffee shop!

Lately, I have been wearing this camisole adorned with a fine and delicate lace. It’s a very practical basic to have in one’s wardrobe because this kind of detail enhances every look. You can pair it with a high waisted skirt or jeans, or under a plunging neckline sweater or a cardigan. The effect is always tasteful!

Because it’s fall and I love to be cozy and warm, I chose this chunky knit cardigan. This season, you can find many different styles to choose from in boutiques! There is something for every taste. I opted for this one because I love its collar and its length, which are easier to style for work. Just add a pretty brooch to pin the cardigan’s collar. It instantly looks even more sophisticated!

Photo credit: Samuel Laflamme

Ligne_Peche

Cardigan: The Kooples, Top: The Kooples, Jeans: Cos (similar), Boots: J Shoes, Ring: Sarah Pacini (similar).


Sophisticated Women

Do not judge a book by its cover, but…

It’s kind of strange to think that clothes can make us feel completely different! Every time I wear this outfit, I feel like a women. Not in terms of femininity, especially with this androgynous look… but in the way that I really feel like myself. In my opinion, being a women (or a men) is being authentic. It’s to truly know who we are and to be connected with one’s inner self. And this is how these clothes make me feel! Maybe because I’m simple yet sophisticated!

What do you think, do you feel this way sometimes?

Photo credit: Samuel Laflamme

Ligne_Peche

Coat: Manila Grace (similar), Shirt: Rag & Bone, Pants: Vince, Shoes: Club Monaco, Bag: Loeffler Randall, Ring: Sarah Pacini (sold out).


Texturized

I have had this sweater since last year, and it quickly became my favorite! It’s loose-fit cut and big mesh create a breathable pocket of warmth. The ultimate in comfort! I like to wear it with this skirt. I think that mixing different textured pieces is a really quick and easy way to have an original look, even if it’s all black. Very practical!

Ligne_Peche

Sweater: Helmut Lang, Skirt: Iro, Sneakers: Senso, Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (different color here).


All Black Basics

I love bold looks made from basic pieces.

Here are charcoal rip-kneed skinny jeans worn to contrast the formal style of a wool turtle neck, and a long boiled wool cardigan, tied at the back, to stay stylish on a cool fall day.

A head to toe all black look can be very interesting if you play with different dark tones. Blending black, charcoal and anthracite is always a good idea!

You will find these basics at Tiger of Sweden Montreal.

Ligne_Peche

Cardigan, sweater and jeans: Tiger of Sweden Montreal, Shoes: Michael Kors, Bracelet: Sarah Pacini (also love this style).


Monochrome

Black and white… It’s definitely the easiest and most elegant combo. Add any accessories to it and you’re done! I could easily live with a monochrome closet… it would definitely simplify my mornings.

For this look, I opted for a pretty trapeze cut shirt with black buttons. These kinds of little details definitely enhance a classic piece. Because of the top’s loose cut, I balanced the look with black fitted pants.

All accessories are allowed with a black and white outfit! I chose a python printed pouch and shoes to stay in the monochrome palette, en vogue more than ever this season!

The shirt and pants are exclusively available at Tiger of Sweden Montreal!

Ligne_Peche

Shirt and pants: Tiger of Sweden, Shoes: Loeffler Randall (similar), Bag: Loeffler Randall.


Under the Full Moon

Nothing is better, after a good dinner with friends, than a walk under the full moon! Especially when admiring the beauty of Prague at night from Charles Bridge.


Fuchsia Forest

Today I feel a bit like Alice in Wonderland! To offset this fuchsia forest, I opted for a  classic black and white look. And the show stopper of this outfit is, without a doubt, the blazer. It reminds me of a Chanel tweed jacket with its diamond prints and fringes. It’s definitely a timeless piece, which is also very easy to match. You can wear it to work with a suit, with jeans on the weekend, or you can wear it while rock’n out in sneakers, a leather skirt or a pair of boyfriend jeans. It can be classic or, when paired with more casual pieces, add a touch of class. Best of all, because it’s black and white, all shoe colors are allowed! To not compete with the decor, I opted for a pair of nude pumps! A must for every wardrobe, nude pumps lengthen the silhouette, lighten the look of  colorful or overloaded outfits and go with absolutely everything. And finally, I love this shirt’s pleated dropped back… Exactly the kind of detail I look for!

You will find this jacket and this shirt at Vestibule boutique!

Ligne_Peche

Jacket: Maison Scotch (similar), Shirt: Very J (similar), Jeans: Paige, Shoes: Loeffler Randall (sold out… similar)


Pretty Lace

Usually, I’m not a big fan of lace. I often find lace to be too much. Too floral, too intense, too transparent… But this time, I have to admit, I adore this one. First, because the pattern doesn’t represent flowers, which is original. Second, because it doesn’t cover all the dress. Third, because it’s lined with a skin colored material and, honestly, this is really practical! What do you think?

Ligne_Peche

Dress: Tibi, Tights: Woldford, Boots: Loeffler Randall, Ring and Bracelet: Banana Republic (here et here).