Casual Chic in Breton Stripes

Breton stripes somehow always reminded me of French fashion, so when I found this chic little Hatch Collection dress, I immediately snatched it up for my recent trip to France. To be honest, I hadn’t realized exactly why I associated stripes with the capital of fashion but during my visit I learned that the Breton stripe originated in Bretagne (pronounced Brittany in English), a region in the North West coast of France. I just so happened to spend a couple days in one of it’s small towns, La Gacilly, with Yves Rocher. The original knitted Breton shirt with blue and white stripes was made for the French army and the stripe pattern is so closely linked to Bretagne, that their flag even contains the Breton stripe pattern.

Sasha Exeter - Hatch Collection

Photos shot by JessBaumung.com

WEARING: Jacket (similar here) |  Dress |  Boots (similar here) |  Sunnies |  Bag | Hat (vintage)

While non-maternity fashion has dominated majority of my looks during my pregnancy, I have stumbled across some brands with pieces so great, that I couldn’t resist getting – and truthfully, if I didn’t tell you they were maternity, you would have no clue at all. If you’re expecting you NEED to check out Hatch Collection for their cult fave dresses, jumpsuits, tops, denim and swimwear. I picked up this Hatch 3/4 Dress from Ani & Wren here in Toronto.



Chic + Easy Travel Style | Paris Edition

Packing for my trip to Paris this time around was not an easy feat being six months pregnant. I had no doubt in my mind that I would have to leave ample room in my suitcase to bring things back home with me. This meant three things; pack smart, pack light and choose pieces that could easily mix and match to create multiple outfits. If you have seen at any point in the last few months, chances are I’ve been wearing this black jumpsuit because it’s so damn comfortable and miraculously has worked through all stages of my pregnancy so far. Réjean on the other hand, is not so fond of this romper (probably because of the drop crotch and close resemblance to a child’s playsuit) and I wouldn’t be surprised if wearing it one more time would totally push him over the edge from my repeated overuse. But you know what, as ‘Man Repelling’ as jumpsuits may be for some men, I put a high value on being comfortably stylish.

Sasha Exeter - Pregnancy Style

Sasha Exeter - Pregnancy Style

Sasha Exeter - Pregnancy Style

Sasha Exeter - Pregnancy Style

Sasha Exeter - Pregnancy Style

But seeing as though I’m in  Paris and Réjean safely 6000+ miles away home in Toronto, I’ve worn this Zara piece happily as three completely different outfits; on it’s own sans jacket for lunch and sight seeing, with an oversized distressed denim jacket and paired with a white sequin bomber and hat. Each working well with either a simple black heel or Adidas Stan Smith – which seems to be the official sneaker of Paris. Truthfully, I would have worn these three looks exactly the same whether I was pregnant or not, meaning expecting or not, these outfits for work for anyone. And the best part, I didn’t pay a dime over $20 for it.

Sasha Exeter Pregnancy Style

Sasha Exeter - Pregnancy Style
Shot on location in Paris by JesBaumung.com

What I’m Wearing: Black Drop Crotch Jumpsuit from Zara (no longer in stock) // Oversized Denim Jacket from Zara // White Sequin Bomber Jacket c/o H&M (old) // Black Pumps c/o Express // Adidas Stan Smith c/o Adidas Canada // GG Marmont Mini Chain Bag from Gucci // Hat (vintage)

My Zara jumpsuit may no longer be available (sorry!) so here’s a few other jumpsuit options that I’m also loving:

Inspiring Interiors: The House of Patrick Gilles and Dorothee Boissier

Gilles & Boissier's Parisian Apartment

One of my all time favourite design duos Patrick Gilles and Dorothee Boissier of Gilles et Boissier have very different views on design, which is probably why they have such a unique aesthetic – neither minimalist or decorative. Known for their outstanding interior design work at the Michelin star Hakkasan restaurant properties, Baccarat Hotel & Residences NYC, the Mandarin Oriental hotel properties, and commercial, retail, and residential spaces all over the world, design lovers waited with baited breath when the news broke of the couple’s newly renovated digs.  The pair recently converted a 19th century apartment, located on Boulevard Malesherbes in Paris, into a beautifully curated space blending both contemporary and classic design with oversized rooms, high ceilings, french windows, and original timber paneling… creating the perfect backdrop for the couple’s art collection and custom furniture; designed by themselves of course!

Gilles & Boissier Parisian Apartment

Gilles & Boissier Parisian Apartment

Gilles & Boissier Parisian Apartment

The Versailles parquet floors were carefully restored along with the 19th century console table designed by Patrick and chair by Christian Astuguevielle. In the hallway they have placed an enormous lighting fixture on the ground adjacent to a horse photograph by Steven Klein. All the photography in the apartment is from Acte2Galerie, which is owned by a close friend of the couple. I am obsessed with how Europeans strategically place artwork and photographs on the floor instead of hanging them, leaving the walls bare. It is so chic and effortless, like everything they do, but my Father, with is design background informed me that decor style is out of necessity. Having concrete walls, instead of dry wall, prohibits homeowners from placing artwork on the walls.

Gilles & Boissier Parisian Apartment

Gilles & Boissier Parisian Apartment

The kitchen and bathroom is a prime example of contemporary living with ideal juxtaposition. The dine-in kitchen has a beautiful combo of three woods in different colours and textures with stark white carerra marble backsplashes and countertops. The Gilles & Boissier designed dining table, also with carerra marble top, ties in perfectly in the space. And the bathroom is minimalist heaven tying in similar elements from the kitchen and drowning in light from the enormous floor to ceiling windows.

Gilles & Boissier Parisian Apartment

Gilles & Boissier Parisian Apartment

Gilles & Boissier Parisian Apartment

Gilles & Boissier Parisian Apartment

Gilles & Boissier Parisian Apartment

Gilles & Boissier

Photography by Birgita Wolfgang Drejer / Sister Agency

If I had my way, I would be waking up every morning in this master bedroom and lounge in the tuffted chaise in front of the fireplace drinking lattes and eating macarons. For more information on Patrick and Dorothee’s interior design projects, furniture and biography head to GillesEtBoissier.com

Hotel Costes Lifestyle Products | The Parisian Art of Living


Paris is one of my fave cities in the world, as it’s all about luxury, style and class. If you have been lucky enough to travel to the “City of Lights” you may have already heard of the famous Hotel Costes, a 5 star boutique hotel known as the den of opulence with one of the best bars in the world and an ultra chic courtyard cafe. Located in the heart of Paris, in a late 19th century building, this world renown hotel is the number one Parisian destination for models, actors, fashionistas and honeymooners from across the globe.

Hotel Costes has become famous for it’s luxurious atmosphere and phenomenal attention to detail, which has played an integral role in inspiring the hotel brand’s much adored Costes lifestyle line…think body & beauty products (nail polish, body lotion, dry oil, eau de  toilette, bath flakes, etc), home fragrances; which captures the essence of the luxe property with it’s uber seductive ingredients, music (eclectic and psychedelic mix CD’s) and the beautiful limited edition Costes coffee table book with photos of the hotel by photographer Arno Nollen (only 800 copies made).

I obvi have some of these products in my condo as I adore them and I receive tons of compliments from guests when they visit. If traveling to Paris and staying at the Hotel Costes is not happening in your near future, you can mentally transport yourself there with these amazing products I cannot live without…

Costes Candle

CURRENTLY BURNING: The Hotel Costes scented candle in White. Anyone who knows me well knows that I can’t get enough of scented candles, or any candles for that matter. This gorgeous scented option contains ginger with zests of lys flower and has hints of white cedar. It has a white, pure, soapy and clean scent with a bit of Spring, notes the candle’s description. The White candle burns at Hotel Costes “K”, near Trocadero since 2004.

45,00 euro     $75.00 cdn    250ml

Costes Body Lotion

CURRENTLY APPLYING: I literally DIE for this body lotion and attempt to use it sparingly but end up lathering my entire body in it after showering. This body lotion in deep crimson is filled with scents of juniper berries, coriander seeds, rosewood, incense, musk, laurel, white pepper, lavender, gin tonic, and spices. The bonus – it’s basically unisex as it’s not overly masculine or feminine so your Mister can use it too. I get stopped every time I use it. A must buy!

35,00 euro     $50.00 cdn     300 ml

Costes Room Spray

CURRENTLY SPRAYING: The most beautiful room spray you will ever smell in your life, I guarantee you will turn your nose up at Glade plug-ins for the remainder of your existence. The Hotel Costes home fragrance Brown spray gives out a rum and dust touch…so warm and inviting. This intoxicating scent has hints of waxed wood, rum, mahogany, bitter orange peel, paprika, and oak moss. It has been sprayed at the Hotel Costes on rue Saint Honore since 2001.

40,00 euro     $75.00 cdn     100 ml

Hotel Costes products can be found in store at Black Caviar 335 Lakeshore Road East Oakville, ON (only 20 minutes east of Toronto) or on their website here

Products can also be purchased directly from the Parisian hotel’s website hotelcostes.com, and at Brummells of London in England here.



Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week | Spring/Summer 2013 Collections


With the Spring/Summer collections circuit underway, Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week commenced this past Sunday, January 20th. Among the designers set to show during this much anticipated SP/SS 2013 couture season; Christian Dior, Armani Privé, Giorgio Armani, Giambattista Valli, and Chanel. The week debuted with the Atelier Versace show on Sunday and will end on the 23rd with the Maison Martin Margiela show, which I am waiting with baited breathe to see as the house just recently earned the official haute couture appellation by the Chambre Syndicale. On Thursday, fashionphiles will be happy to know the day is dedicated to fine jewelry houses such as Dior, Chanel and Boucheron. Notably absent this season is Givenchy and Alexis Mabille being added to the couture calendar.

Stay tuned for a recap of all the fashion and beauty trends from the collections…




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