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December 17th, 2013

Peek-a-look* – Get the look from the book

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“My Little French Kitchen” is first and foremost a recipe book. However, it is also a story book – celebrating French culture, style and wanderlust. As well as focusing on the prop styling for the recipe shots, I also spent time deciding which outfits would best represent my style.

I’m a firm believer that fashion doesn’t have to come at a price. I will be forever grateful to the Parisian vintage shops for helping me cultivate my own sense of style (on a budget) when I first arrived in the city. My wardrobe is currently a mix of second-hand finds, staples from the high street, and a few special pieces (mostly shoes and bags). Any vintage shops or markets in the UK that you recommend?

Here’s a sneak peek into my outfits and style featured in “My Little French Kitchen”:

1*– I love a polka dot (my wardrobe is full of them), but these birdies from La Redoute would make a cute change.

2*– Even though storage space is limited when living in a big city like London or Paris, I always seem to be able to create room for an extra vintage dress (or two!). I’m a fan of this Etsy find, it has a beautiful cut-out back – very flattering. It’s a similar style to the outfit I wore in the dinner party scene on page 140 of the book.

3*– Can’t go wrong with a fun mini, like this one from Jaeger. I wear a patterned mini in the book in the Basque chapter (I paired it back with one of my favourite second-hand t-shirts). I bought the summer version of this Zara skirt, and wore it constantly.

4*– A striped top from Petit Bateau was one of my staples when we were shooting the book, especially when we had sunny weather.

5*– When we were shooting in snowy Alsace – hat and gloves were a necessity. The original red beret that I wore in the book is from Lowie (this style is a similar model).

6*– You can see snapshots of me wearing this handmade skirt on page 206.

Note: If you’re planning a wardrobe clean out, Christmas is the perfect time of year to donate old clothes. Visit your local charity shop or the Oxfam site for more information.

CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY: When living in France, striped marinière tops are far from a cliché, in fact they are a wardrobe staple. Chic, simple and fun, what’s not to love. I’ve got one classic Petit Bateau striped top to giveaway this Christmas. Follow these steps for your chance to win:

1. Leave a comment here on my blog, or via facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

2. Include the hashtag #rachelkhoopetitbateau.

Bonne chance!

The fine print: This giveaway is open to residents of the UK. The prize will be sent out in January 2014. This competition closes on December 24, 2013, and a winner will be drawn in the New Year. Any queries, send me an email :)

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30 thoughts on “Peek-a-look* – Get the look from the book

  1. Hi from Australia!

    Your Striped tops are always so pretty! Even though I’m not eligible to win the prize, I just wanted to Thank You so much for making French Food something that I’m not scared to cook!
    And, when ever we have My Little French Kitchen or Little Paris Kitchen food day – We always wear stripes! Really. No kidding!! —Much love and thank you. ♥

  2. I love your style Rachel, and I’m a firm believer that a girl can never have too many stripes or polka dots in her wardrobe!
    Your molleux au chocolat with salted caramel filling is my favourite dessert to make – I’m eschewing Christmas pudding this year and serving your pudding to my family instead!

    #rachelkhoopetitbateau

    xx

  3. Hello rachel!
    I fell off my lovely retro bike (you would love it) cycling home from work and have hurt my knee so I ‘kneed’ something to cheer me up!

  4. Hello rachel!
    I fell off my lovely retro bike (you would love it) cycling home from work and have hurt my knee so I ‘kneed’ something to cheer me up! #rachelkhoopetitbateau

  5. Your new book is top of my Christmas wish list, along with a train ticket to Paris in the spring. It sure would be lovely to have a sweet mariniére shirt for the trip.
    #rachelkhoopetitbateau.
    Merry Christmas.
    xx

  6. diana vreeland said, “fashion helps you get out of bed in the morning, helps you get down the stairs…” fashion and style have to do with feelings, the town you live in, the images you love and remember. audrey tautou said in an interview that she dresses depending on what effect she wants to give off that day. #ilovefrenchstripes #rachelkhoopetitbateau #ilovefashion

  7. Hi Rachel, Circa Vintage in Fulham (altho it’s really much closer to Putney bridge) is a beautiful vintage shop. Absolutely worth a peek 🙂

  8. Bonjour Rachel,
    Your amazing sense of style struck me since the little paris kitchen series. You definitely rock a good dress/ skirt combo girl! Particularly love your coats too! Merry Christmas and a happy new year 🙂 #rachelkhoopetitbateau. xxx

  9. J’aime beaucoup ton style, c’est très féminin et rétro, j’ai craqué sur la robe la redoute je pense l’acheter du coup 🙂

  10. You are new with your show on tv channel sixx in Germany.It gives me the feeling to be invited to a new friend,who is cooking for me in her little kitchen.Thank you,it is fun to watch you cooking and my first recipe I copied was “Chougettes”.Take care Myriam

  11. Hi Rachel
    my daughter J-s (12yrs old) and I really enjoy yr cooking programmes, from the way you cook to the way you dress. We love you Rachel!

    J-s & Mei

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