“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:
2. Include the hashtag #rachelkhoopetitbateau.
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