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questions & answers, part II.

12 April 2009
Your lovely questions, my answers. Enjoy!

The Personal.

image source: le fashion

image source: le fashion

Where do you live? On the East Coast of the U.S. In New Jersey – not the most interesting of states, but close enough to New York City that I can manage!

Why did you start a blog? Partially because I’m too lazy to retype my answer, read it here, my FAQ section, if you’d like.

Current style icons/muses: Ready yourselves, ladies and gents, for a massive list! Carine Roitfeld, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Natalie Portman, Miranda Kerr, Frida Giannini, Melanie Huynh, Camilla Belle, Miroslava Duma, Magdalena F., Natasha Poly, Audrey Hepburn, Lily Donaldson, Maryna Linchuck, Giovanna Battaglia, Sophia Coppola, Rachel Zoe. And the bloggers behind Swank Heights, Fashion Squad, & It’s Her Factory. Phew. 

Now that we know your age =), are you actively involved in school activities? I’d like to say I’m pretty involved in my high school. I’m on my school’s varsity dance team (I do sport my letterman jacket occasionally); we perform at every football and basketball game, as well as at other various school performances. Which does, of course, take up my life (literally) in the fall and winter. Come winter/spring, I’m in my school’s spring musical. There’s a few other clubs here and there that I’m in, but the aforementioned two are the ones I’m most involved in. Timewise, at least.

Least favorite subject in school: Math. Pre-calculus Honors is, dare I say, synonymous to well, I won’t say.

What do you do on weekends? Saturdays are consumed by a day’s worth of dance. And Sundays are reserved for the sole purpose of completing homework. I have a lovely schedule, don’t I?

Most embarrassing moment: Ahh. The embarrassing moment. I actually don’t think I have one, since anything that any other normal high school girl would consider embarrassing hardly affects me at all. I am trying quite hard to recall any such potentially blush-worthy event, but none come to mind. 

Morning Routine: Shut the alarm clock off, sleep an extra five minutes. Then hurry to brush my teeth and whatnot, straighten the hair, apply some gloss, get dressed, run down, and eat a bowl of oatmeal. I love oatmeal, actually. Plain!

Evening Routine: Shower, brush my teeth. Then I sit on my bed, winding down by either reading a book (currently re-reading Pride & Prejudice) or flipping through magazines. Come time I feel a yawn, I shut the lights and play the iPod. And hope that insomnia won’t plague me and I can actually fall asleep.

How you pick out what to wear: It’s typically based upon my mood, or, on what I had just listened to. Whether it be girly, sophisticated, coquettish, boho, etc.

7 Passions: Life, friends, family, dancing, music, writing, traveling.

Celebrity Crush(es): James Franco, Orlando Bloom (Miranda is a lucky girl!), Ed Westwick, & Gaspard Ulliel.

Do you want to be a dancer when you grow up? Nah – it’s simply just a passion/hobby of mine.

Are you a paid intern for Dujour? Or do you get free samples/goodies? (because you totally should!) Haha, neither, actually! I wish I got samples; I mean I do write up batches of articles for the site! ;]

Gaspard Ulliel, will you marry me?

Gaspard Ulliel, will you marry me?

The Favorites.

Designer: Hold on tight, ladies and gentlemen. I simply cannot just name one! Lanvin (Alber Elbaz), Gucci (Frida Giannini), Giambattista Valli, Stella McCartney, Acne, Balmain, Michael Kors, YSL, Zac Posen, Donna Karan, Marchesa, Narciso.

Book, & why: Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by far. So incredibly well-written, powerful, and influential. And it’s the only book I’ve read that made me cry. 

Color: Dark purples. Something about the color brings about images of that femme fatale; its close to black, which gives it an air of sophistication and mystery, whilst having some sort of color that allows for femininity.

Food: I love food too much to condense the list! I shall save you all the trouble by simply saying chocolate.

Musicians/Bands/Singers: Yet another longgggggg list. Alicia Keys, Ashanti, Black Violin, Boyz II Men, Britney Spears (of course), Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera, Ciara, Day 26, Elliott Yamin, Frank Sinatra,  John Legend, Josh Groban, Karina Pasian, Leona Lewis, Mariah Carey, Mario, Michael Buble, Ne-Yo, Pitbull, The Pussycat Dolls (yes, I do love them), Ryan Leslie, The-Dream, Three Graces, Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Christmas songs are amazing), Usher, The Veronicas. I do listen to more though, but sometimes I only like a few singles from the artists. 

Movie: The Devil Wears Prada, 50 First Dates, August Rush, Step Up 2 (choreography-wise, it was good!), The Gods Are Crazy (both I & II). There’s several others I cannot recall at this point in time. Oops.

Blog(s): Jak & Jil Blog, Garance Dore, Knighttcat, Le Fashion, Fashion Squad, Alize Morand, Swank Heights, Hand it Over, Childhood Flames, Le Flassh, Le Cheap C’est Chic. 

Magazine: Vogue Paris – ’tis a pity a single issue costs so much here. ELLE U.S., of course! And Harper’s Bazaar, on occasion.

Piece of Clothing: Any sort of sweater with cutouts or a top with butterfly sleeves.

Place ever visited: Paris & NYC. Of course.

Absolute favorite place to shop? Even if you have only been there once! Harrod’s. The whole environment is perfect. Food, designer goods, a chocolate bar. HEAVEN.

If I were to be Erin Wasson for the day...

If I were to be Erin Wasson for the day...


What’s always in your bag? My iPod, cell phone, post-it notes, black pens, wallet, and my cosmetic bag with: mirror, lipglosses, lip gloss brush, chapstick.

What’s on your playlist? “Make it Work” (Ne-Yo); “Closer” (Ne-Yo); “Boom Boom Pow” (The Black Eyed Peas); “Jai Ho” (A. R. Rahmen ft. PCD); “I Hate This Part” (PCD); Some songs from “Wicked”; Leona Lewis

What do you always order from Starbucks? I always get something different! But I do love their Cinnamon Dolce hot coffee, Vanilla Bean or Strawberries & Creme Frappucinos. 

What would you wear on a day when you don’t want to look classy, chic, or poised, and instead want to go all Erin Wasson grunge-chic? [hehe just a fun question, because you have such refined style.] I love this question. A pair of those grunge-y boots (like Doc Martens, but not really), denim cutoffs that are slightly torn, leather jacket, and a shredded tee-shirt with a black lace bra peeking through. And a straw fedora. 

Since you love to dance, and were recently in a show, what is your favorite musical? Wicked and the Lion King are by far one of my favorites! I saw Wicked in London last year – the most incredible thing ever. I could only dream of starring in that production!

How long did it take for you to finish your birthday cake? A quarter of it is still in my refrigerator, actually!

What three things would you bring with you on a desert island? My iPod, a pen, and a blank notebook.

Who is #1 on your mobile phone speed dial? My house!

What is your motto in life? Carpe Diem. Seize the day.

Do you see age as a curse, something that should be feared even though with age does come those great things mentioned? Of course not! Then again, I may be biased, seeming that I am only seventeen. From my perspective I see the twenties as the perfect time to establish yourself and become independent. The late thirties to forties are your prime: settled down with a husband perhaps and well-established in your career. When you know what you want exactly and can easily get it. And the years after that are dedicated to relaxing. I think aging is beautiful. But do come back to me when I’m forty. Hopefully my perspective will not have altered!

If you had to wear sneakers (the athletic kind) what would you wear? I actually do have a weakness for Nike dunks, even though I don’t any. Perhaps it’s because of my love for hip-hop. But these babies from Colette are on my wishlist!


If you knew all the celebrities, who would you want to be friends with? The Roitfelds, the designers, & the models of the world. 

Are UGGs ever permissible? Of course! Perhaps not the chicest, but come time when your feet are tired, sore, blistered and bleeding from Louboutins, UGGs can be your best friend. Not to mention: they’re more practical in the wintertime or in horrible weather conditions that could prove fatal with slips and falls.

When can we see your face? Be patient, darlings. Maybe one day. =)

That was a massive post.


La C.

P.S.: Thank you to Little Miss F Henny for giving me an award!

54 Comments leave one →
  1. 12 April 2009 2:58 pm

    I love these Q & A posts! I’ll try your Starbucks choices next time I’m there<3 I love your answer to the Erin Wasson question!

  2. 12 April 2009 3:10 pm

    Thank you for this!
    Loved reading it 🙂

  3. 12 April 2009 5:06 pm

    Enjoyed reading this 🙂

    Happy easter.

  4. 12 April 2009 5:10 pm

    Internet hasn’t been working at home lately though I managed to read ur blog and now that I can write to u I’d like to say Happy belated bday! ur age really surprised me, not because u are so mature because I understand that sometimes age has nothing to do with that but because I’m ur age (well from the ’91 actually) and I find quite difficult to find someone with such a beautiful style, when it comes to fashion or writing. Whish I was half as good as u! At least in my language. So my question is (and I hope it isnt too late to be answered) how did u manage to be such a good writer and give good fashion advice? DE u have any routine when it comes to writing or whatsoever?

    • 13 April 2009 8:24 am

      Miriam: I’ve missed you & your blog so!! Glad to see you’re back ❤ And that’s so cool that we’re the same age, kind of =]

      And no question is too late to be answered! Yours is actually a bit difficult to answer. I’m not really sure, to be honest. I just always liked writing since I was little, I guess. Perhaps it had to do with the fact that I used to read a lot (now I have no time, sadly!). I also love browsing through blogs and flipping through magazines, if that helps. I think it’s because I know what looks good on me and what doesn’t and then I go from there!

      Sorry my answer’s so pitiful! haha ❤

  5. 12 April 2009 5:19 pm

    Love it. I think we were best friends in another life – the contents of our bags is identical! 🙂

  6. 12 April 2009 5:28 pm

    great Q&A!! add me to the list of “when can we see your picture” list too 😉


  7. 12 April 2009 5:50 pm

    Fun to read!
    We are totally different I see, but that’s a good thing though!=)

  8. 12 April 2009 6:13 pm

    I’m surprised by your playlist, but I do like it. And you show some major self-control with a 1/4 of your cake left in the fridge.

    Thanks for sharing and letting us get to know you more!

  9. 12 April 2009 7:43 pm

    Love your answers, Wicked is amazing isn’t it, I got chills listening to ‘Defying Gravity’…goodness I got chills writing it 😛 Let’s hope there’s electricity in the desert island to recharge your ipod! Gah you’re such a chic creature (in all the best sense of courese)

    And you don’t get anything in return? Either your boss has something big in store for you or, dare I say, she should give you something before you get a bigger stint & leave! *winks*

  10. 12 April 2009 9:19 pm

    lovely interview! i have linked you too.
    happy easter!
    xox k

  11. 12 April 2009 9:20 pm

    I wish I could dance (classically). That’s one of those things I feel will always give you grace and poise. So jealous!

  12. 12 April 2009 9:31 pm

    yay i’m SO thrilled to finally see someone not complete hate on uggs 😉

  13. 12 April 2009 9:54 pm

    Massive posts = Massive comment spam from Hui

    This was so fun to read. This goes to show your mini-celebrity status on here because I read through every line of every answer you wrote as though I was poring through some intriguing celebrity interview in Harper’s or something. (:

    So here are my random responses to all your answers as well signs of blogtwinhood:


    -Our love for Lanvin is pretty much a known fact. However, I have to say I was delighted to see that you’re a Gucci fan of Frida’s time. I absolutely went mad for her Gucci collections. In particular the one that had red/purple/florals with a hint of gladiator, that very soon took the world by strom. I felt she kept the Gucci look very streamline, fierce and pristine, all without losing the tremendous sex appeal that the house was famous for.

    – Dark purples rock! I just recently got a dark purple RVCA blouse thingy. It’s got such an interesting shape.Maybe I will take some shots of it and you can tell me what you think!

    – A million nods of approval to Starbucks’ Strawberries&Creme frapp. It’s seasonal here in Singapore! So it only comes like, a few times a year for limited periods of time. ): It is soooooo delicious. Totally my Starbucks guilty pleasure. (:

    Okay I think this is way too long and I’m getting embarrassed. So I shall stop here. (: I am feeling better and I hope you are too. We will get through our rough weeks together, somehow, even though we are oceans apart!

    Blogtwin <3,

  14. 12 April 2009 9:58 pm

    Loved reading this 🙂 x Sushi

  15. 12 April 2009 11:20 pm

    Hello La C. This was so cool to read. I love these q&a’s. It was neat to learn more about you and what you are interested in. I hope you had a great weekend. Cheers!

  16. 12 April 2009 11:24 pm

    ahhh i HATE maths!!! sooo much!
    loved this read – you are such a lovely young girl – big things are headed your way without a doubt 🙂

    love this first pic too! i eat popcorn everyday! aha love it.

    xxxxxxx bel

  17. 13 April 2009 12:11 am

    You picked out my 2 favourite plays from London. I only ended up seeing 4 plays in that entire year, but those two were definitely the best… I should’ve made more of an effort to see Les Mis. I heard it’s one of the best–a classic.

    No samples? Aww, boo! You should! You do a great job; I think a good portion of its readers come from you!

  18. 13 April 2009 12:33 am

    you’ve won my heart<3 for the umpteenth time
    i wish we could see more of YOU though
    a picture yesyes? 🙂

  19. 13 April 2009 1:15 am

    Cool Q&A, though now I feel a bit like a stalker since I know all this random info on you lol!

  20. 13 April 2009 2:23 am

    Great interview! Thank you for sharing all this personal information with us…I too would love to see your photos, ” maybe” some day…hehe


  21. 13 April 2009 2:32 am

    Great interwiew darling! I love reading Ur answers. U are so fantastic and U have great taste! 🙂 I’m curious Ur face! haha!

    xoxo: Janet

  22. 13 April 2009 3:05 am

    Lovely post 🙂 Our birthdays are 6 days apart!
    I am yet to add you to my bloglist so I will do that today

  23. 13 April 2009 3:58 am

    Happy Easter and I tagged you 😀

  24. 13 April 2009 5:44 am

    That was again a fun post to read! Btw, I tagged you as well!

  25. 13 April 2009 5:55 am

    Hi my dear-that was such a fabulous post and it was great to know that much more about you!! Well done on the award too!

  26. thebaglady permalink
    13 April 2009 7:12 am

    I love how open you are with us, yet so mysterious. I am trying so hard to paint a picture of you in my mind! Young, fabulous, successful, chic, a dancer. Hm.

    Huh. Nothing in return for writing them amazing articles? I don’t think I would’ve heard of them or even went on their site if it weren’t for you & your articles! Yours are the best. And my favorite! =]

  27. 13 April 2009 7:47 am

    so interesting, i love reading about people

  28. kristine permalink
    13 April 2009 7:56 am

    i don’t think i’m the only one who wants to see you now! picture, please?! =] let’s sign a petition! LOL

  29. 13 April 2009 10:10 am

    Yay for chocolate, lavender Nike high-tops, Lanvin, Ne-yo and Jersey (I have family in Rumson!).


    • 13 April 2009 10:29 am

      Couture Carrie: Should you ever come to visit family, drop by & say hello! I’m only about half an hour to an hour away! =]

      La C.

  30. 13 April 2009 12:47 pm

    thank you!
    I like your blog more and more each day 😉
    interesting answers, hav a nice day!

  31. 13 April 2009 1:26 pm

    Thanks for trusting us with so much personal information. I loved the Devil Wears Prada, my sister-in-law gave me the book when it was released. She only made it up to page 39 because it reminded her too much of what it was like working with A. Vittadini, a real nightmare.

  32. 13 April 2009 1:41 pm

    I absoulutely love getting to know you better!!

    I love French Vogue as well. I’m currently collaborating with Vogue Mexico and Latin America and I only get free issues in Spanish 😦 I wish they gave me the French one, the Italian, Vogue US, UK, Spain, etc!!!

  33. 13 April 2009 2:18 pm

    Great post! I enjoy Q & As!

  34. 13 April 2009 2:41 pm

    Love your answers! Agree with you on so many points especially favorite designers and icons. xxoxoxoxo

  35. 13 April 2009 3:25 pm

    hey honey,
    Love your passions in life, your current style inspirations(think Natasha has great style!) and those Nikes are way too cool!
    Hope you had a lovely weekend my sweet.

  36. 13 April 2009 3:54 pm

    this was a really fab post. i so enjoyed reading it. you’re so interesting! that last question was funny–“when can we see your face”. it seems like so many bloggers are so exposed. we know how they look, their names, their boyfriends. we know everything about them. i like to keep a certain level of mystique…not that anyone cares though! hahaha 🙂

    thanks for your comment as well 🙂

  37. 13 April 2009 4:27 pm

    you are pretty cool, la c, i must give you that. lol 🙂

    if you ever get samples. show us! even tho i think u get more thru la couturier than dujour! haha ugh like those two rings!

  38. 13 April 2009 5:11 pm

    love this photos… my english is too bad …


  39. abdcforever permalink
    13 April 2009 6:12 pm

    im ridic stoked cus u answered my questions! ur like a celeb ^^

    u wud pic such a HOT pair of dunks!! id buy em for yah if i had the $$$$.

    but i dont )=

  40. 13 April 2009 8:04 pm

    LOVED this post!!! I just ate a big mug of oatmeal (mug because I eat it as soon as I get to work, I like mine plain too, or with cinnamon) 🙂

  41. 13 April 2009 10:25 pm

    your answers are perfect. quite enjoyed reading that. you sound so much older than just 17. i love the way you write and your choice of words.
    very clever.

  42. rdiane permalink
    13 April 2009 11:35 pm

    I love learning about you! I loooove August Rush… when he says “I believe in Music like some people believe in fairytales”. And the Devil Wears Prada is amazing!

  43. 14 April 2009 6:36 am

    I am a bit late to respond to this even though I read it when you first published it!!
    I really love how you write and i adore finding out about your life!
    fabulous q&a!!!!
    Have a beautiful weekend xxx

  44. 14 April 2009 7:20 pm

    ZOMG!! You beat me there ahaha I have to agree with you that massive posts are awesome ;D

    Let’s see…hope you had a happy easter also..and I have to say yay for the Gods must be Crazy [Have not watched II but I enjoyed the first one >:] ]

    Also!! MATH!?!? If you’re ever stuck just mail me the problem! Math is a genetic trait of my fam. lol.

    E> An

  45. decadentluxe permalink
    15 April 2009 3:39 pm

    You have a lovely blog. I, too, was on my high school’s dance team. We were 50s swing themed. It was definitely time consuming! As a former dancer of 8 years, I miss it all.

  46. 16 April 2009 3:17 pm

    wow. I don’t even like dunks – but the collette dunks?? wowowowowow.

  47. 17 April 2009 8:13 pm

    Wow, fabulous post! I love all of your answers. And Wicked is my favorite musical as well! I am quite obsessed. I do also love [title of show].

    I used to live in New Jersey, I liked it. It was nice being so close to the city 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

    – Laur @ neonmango

  48. tisserendipity permalink
    18 April 2009 12:19 pm

    Awesome post!! =) I really really enjoy reading your posts. They’re always so well written and well thought out.

    Heh I’m totally into NeYo now. All those songs are really great for dancing to. I’m quite liking Trey Songz now too (what sort of dance are you into btw?). Aww I do like what you say about aging and I do agree with you about the different stages… though there are times when I get very fearful about aging because it just seems a whole lot less fun when you get older — more people to think about than just yourself haha. ;p

    I love how you interspersed such beautiful photos with this post! I’m checking Giselle out. He’s such a hottie. And Erin Wasson… gorgeous.

    • 18 April 2009 12:34 pm

      tisserendipity: Thanks darling =] You’re so sweet! I do love some of Trey Songz singles! & I’m more of a jazz/ballet/modern dancer, but I loveeee hip-hop!

      La C.

  49. 18 April 2009 10:34 pm

    Crap, you just reminded me of those Nikes that I some how forgot and now I must find them and try to get the white/black ones. Excellent taste in sneakers 🙂

    And really get answers. Personal interviews are very difficult to do [at least for me!]

  50. Alize Morand permalink
    19 April 2009 2:29 pm

    Whaaooou! That was a great post, very interesting to know a little more about you! It feels like you’re so far but less anonymous, and anyway, who cares about distance when you’ve got such close taste! 😉 Thank you sooo much for mentioning my blog, you’re a angel! x

  51. rossovelvet permalink
    22 April 2009 3:06 pm

    Niiiiice post !!
    Ow, you live in New Jersey ! I was there this week, in Princeton…. we also went in Trenton on monday…..
    Anyway. Fantastic Q&A !

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