French Greys

June 22, 2011

images by Sarah of Modern Kids

As promised, I’ve made a list of all the sources for our clothing and accessories from the Modern Kids shoot. I keep using the term “French Greys”. I don’t think it’s an official term, but I’ve noticed that pretty much every clothing store here in France carries options in muted greys. They are warm greys — some even lean to purple, like a dove grey. Others are sort of creamy.

I love the look! When I was a design student, I had a box of warm grey Prismacolor pencils and I used to admire them when I was bored during class. I feel the same way about the grey clothing and I love that it’s easy to find here.

June is wearing a dress by Marie Chantal. It is a hand-me-down from a neighbor in New York and used to be worn by Betty. Collars on baby dresses can drive me mad! So I use a needle and thread to tack them down. Her gold moccasins are by Freshly Picked.

Betty is wearing a dress from Old Navy. It was actually Olive’s First Day of Kindergarten dress. Her sweater and shoes are by Du Pareil au même (DPAM). She is wearing a string of pink pearls given to me by my Grandma Daisy. Her hairclip is from H&M — from maybe 4 or 5 years ago.

Oscar is DPAM’d out — pants, shirt, scarf and shoes.

Olive is pretty DPAM’d too. She’s wearing this dress underneath, and this dress as a top layer. Shoes are the flats she wore at Christmas, from GapKids. Her necklace is by TrueBirds. She wore a cut rose from one of our rose bushes in her hair.

Maude is wearing a DPAM dress too. (It also comes in white!) Her hair piece is by TrueBirds (hair tutorial coming soon…). Her necklace is by Leslie Lewis Designs. Her glitter flats are from GapKids, also from Christmas.

Ralph’s jacket is by Zara Kids. His sweater, pants and driving mocs are from DPAM.

I’m wearing a dress and cardigan with pearl buttons from Benetton. My espadrilles are by Toni Pons. The key on my necklace was grabbed from the collection in the treehouse.

Ben is wearing cords from Banana Republic, button down by Brooks Brothers, sweater by Harris Wilson and his sneakers are Le Coq Sportif.

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Bri (like the cheese) June 22, 2011 at 7:33 am

So what your saying is, my favorite accessory – Olive’s flower – is a one-of-a-kind. Rats!
(I was on DPAM the other day & thought I’d spotted the big girls’ dresses!)


2 denese June 22, 2011 at 8:15 am

Bri. I love you already.


3 denese June 22, 2011 at 7:42 am

here I thought I was the only one driven mad by collars! Of course, I’m not nearly as smart and savvy as you, it never occurred to me to stitch them in place! I simply donated and determined, no more collars – which made me so, so sad. Peter Pan collars are devine at any and every age! Lesson learned, once again, through Design Mom.

I owe you another!

best -d
post script: don’t forget, Peter Pan collars, bateau necklines and jumbo pearls – where them often and forever!

post post script: it’s interested timing, your post about Mimi. I”m sad to hear her health has been plagued and wish her a speedy recovery. Poor thing. Just yesterday I added a post to my own blog about “life behind the blog” and I sat for a moment and considered all the blogs out there that I love and wondered what goes on in their own behind-the-scenes moments. …may your behind-the-scenes get better soon!!


4 Kaely June 22, 2011 at 7:42 am

I have the same issue with baby dress collars. I usually opt for dresses without collars for that reason.


5 Ann June 22, 2011 at 7:48 am

What a great alternative to white which shows every stain! Wish we saw more of this stateside.


6 Marisa June 22, 2011 at 8:15 am

I love, love, love gray. And it works so well on your family! I’m inspired. (But I don’t think I have enough kids to pull it off as well.) :)


7 betsy berre June 22, 2011 at 9:25 am

i almost didnt know who you were talking about when you just said Ben…you always call him Ben Blair! he is Ben Blair in my mind!
love your website.
hope sweet mimi gets well soon


8 MMW June 22, 2011 at 9:28 am

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you re-use clothing. Re-appearances of key pieces look so fresh.

Here’s to recycling!


9 Sarah @ Knit York City June 22, 2011 at 11:31 am

Your family looks like a magazine cover! Gorgeous. French greys are my favorite.

I just want to say how much I appreciate the fact that your kids are wearing a lot of hand-me-downs and recycling their clothes. You all look so fresh and new, it’s great to know that are looking chic with pieces you already have!


10 BLP June 22, 2011 at 12:12 pm

The pictures. The clothes. THE CHILDREN. ALL. JAW. DROPPING. :D


11 janelle June 22, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Was exploring DPAM’s website, and was so excited to see that they have three stores in Ireland, so I’ll be shopping when I go in September!


12 janelle June 22, 2011 at 12:31 pm

oh…and any tips on converting sizes?


13 Michelle June 22, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Just looked at all the photos. They are gorgeous!


14 Alisha June 22, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Darling. Your children are so photogenic. My favorites are the tree house ones. I can just see them grown up discussing they year they spent abroad in France and how awesome/crazy/strange/amazing/life changing it was. And of course, telling their kids all about it while showing the pictures too. Prayers for Mimi’s speedy recovery.


15 Heather June 22, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Gorgeous! I love the grey!


16 Heather June 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Also, love how you recycle clothing! The other comments got me thinking…do you think you could post something about storing/recycling clothes for children? (I submitted that question about storing clothes for future kids…do you remember it/me? :) )


17 Marielle June 22, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Just as I figured–you are a DPAM convert! As I mentioned last winter, I always have to shop in every DPAM I see anywhere we happen to be when we spend time in France. Even if I’ve already broken the bank (sort of) and all Christmas and birthday gifts are already covered for our grandchildren.

I’ve also developed a viral “Next” ( British boutiques we’ve found in Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest. ) Such cute stuff. Beats H&M…


18 kim June 22, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Love, love, love DPAM – wish they delivered to Australia. Everyone looks so superb – that shot of Maude and Olive is gorgeous.

I also read “Ben” and thought “Ben?”! ;)


19 Stephanie June 22, 2011 at 8:15 pm

I’ve been obsessed with wearing grey since early spring… Thanks for all the great links to drool over! Your family is stunning!


20 MrsF June 23, 2011 at 1:43 am

You all look effortlessly stylish, as usual but the key as a pendant??? Love, love, love it – très chic!


21 mrs boo radley June 23, 2011 at 8:08 am

Oscar’s scarf takes the cake. Or in your case, the lemon tart!


22 Kiran June 23, 2011 at 11:12 am

I love how you’ve captured the kids true emotions. They all are natural when it comes to modelling, per say :)


23 leslie w. June 24, 2011 at 10:53 am

you made a necklace out of a key from the treehouse! you are too cool for school. how inspired and wonderfully sentimental. that treasure will be captured in photos forever.


24 grace June 24, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Love, Love, Love.


25 Stacie Smith July 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Just placed an order through dpam. I am an instant fan! Thanks for sharing.


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