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A Guide to Confident Boho Dressing with @carnetsauvage: Exclusive Q+A

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She epitomises boho-chic, all while making it look entirely effortless; Vanessa Ducrocq a.k.a @carnetsauvage takes us on a visual diary like no other. 

We joined her in a exclusive Q+A to find out how she lives and breathes that boho life. 

Scroll down to shop her fashion and #LTKhome details via the LIKEtoKNOW.it app

Can you tell us how and why you started your blog?

I have always been passionate about fashion, and while it is my passion, it is also my career as I work as an Artistic Director for a ready-to-wear brand. It was a natural process for me to start my blog 7 years ago, since my friends regularly asked me for style advice, I thought why not share it with others as well. 

My very first blog was called L’univers de Vanessa D. (which translates to The Universe of Vanessa D). At the beginning, I wouldn’t take photos of myself, I would only give advice on how to style looks and would post inspirational photos, because in reality I didn’t like seeing photos of myself (I still struggle with this at times). In order to grow as a person and to learn to love myself as I am, I started photographing my looks and I have to say it really has helped. 

With time, we evolved L’univers de Vanessa D into Little Boho, because my influences were very boho (they still very much are), and as I continued to evolve and age, I decided in December 2018 to create a space more focused on visual creation rather than a traditional blog per se. I keep a part of the blog where I share my looks, my travel, my decor, my wishlists… but I also showcase visual creations that get me so excited and that I create for brands with which I work, always following the bohemian rock theme that resonates with me… 

Je suis passionnée de mode depuis toujours, c’est une passion mais également mon métier au quotidien puisque je travaille dans l’équipe de Direction Artistique pour une marque de prêt-à-porter. C’est tout naturellement que j’ai commencé à blogger il y a 7 ans, car mon entourage me demandait régulièrement comment porter telle ou telle pièce, je me suis dit pourquoi pas partager ces conseils avec d’autres filles.

Mon tout premier blog s’appelait L’univers de Vanessa D. Au tout début je ne me prenais pas en photo, je donnais uniquement des conseils de porter et je mettais des photos d’inspiration, car il faut savoir que je ne supportais pas du tout de me voir en photo (j’ai d’ailleurs encore beaucoup de mal parfois)

Justement afin de faire ce travail sur moi et afin d’essayer d’apprendre à m’aimer telle que je suis, j’ai commencé à prendre mes looks en photo, et je dois dire que ça m’a aider.

Avec le temps, on évolue, L’univers de Vanessa D s’est transformé en Little Boho, car mes influences étaient très boho (elles le sont encore pas mal), puis j’ai encore évolué, j’ai grandit, j’ai vieilli et en Décembre 2018, j’ai décidé de créer un espace plus de création visuelle que de blogging pur. Je garde une partie blog où je continue à partager mes looks, mes voyages, ma déco, mes coups de coeur… mais j’y mets également en valeur le travail de création visuelle qui m’anime et que je réalise pour les marques avec qui je collabore, toujours dans cet esprit bohème rock qui me correspond… 

How would you describe your signature style? 

As mentioned before, I would describe my style as bohemian rock. More bohemian in the summer, and more rock in the winter. I wouldn’t necessarily describe myself as an influencer in terms of my style because I don’t necessarily follow the trends, what I love the most is creating my own style. I definitely have a special affection for jewellery, I couldn’t imagine a look without it! 

Comme je le disais juste au dessus, je décris mon style comme bohème rock, bohème l’été et plus rock l’hiver. Je ne me décris pas comme une influenceuse en terme de style car je ne suis pas forcément la mode, ce que j’aime c’est créer mon propre style. Ma particularité, je n’imagine pas un look sans bijoux ! 

What are your favorite fabrics and shades to wear?

In the summer, I love linen. It is so comfortable to wear when it is hot outside, even though it does wrinkle easily. I love wearing light and raw/natural colours such as beige and sand… I pair them with jean shorts; a staple in my wardrobe! I also love ethnic prints, cashmere and florals (this is where my bohemian influences come out). Adding embroideries and lace symbolises femininity. 

In the winter I wear black, grey, and khaki. I love oversized sweaters with skinny jeans and rock boots… without forgetting the perfect leather jacket, another staple in my wardrobe! 

En Eté, j’adore le lin. c’est une matière très confortable à porter quand il fait chaud, même si je l’avoue ça se froisse facilement.

J’aime porter des teintes claires et naturelles également : de l’écru, du beige, sable… que j’associe avec des shorts en jean, une pièce indispensable de mon dressing! J’aime aussi beaucoup les imprimés ethniques, cachemires et floraux (on ressent là mes influences boho), ainsi que les broderies et la dentelle, qui sont pour moi synonyme de féminité. 

L’hiver, je porte du noir, du gris et du kaki, j’adore les pulls en grosse maille portés avec un jean, un slim en simili cuir et des boots rock… sans oublier le perfecto en cuir, une autre pièce indispensable de mon dressing !  

We see your boho style throughout your home too; which are your favorite rooms?

You can definitely see my boho influences in my interior decor as well: white, wood, and plants are really the basis of my decor. I also really love mixing styles in my decor, to include something unique that showcases my personality…

My favourite spots are: my room, my ‘cosy corner’, my dining room and the mix of styles between the wooden table and the transparent design chairs, it really speaks to my eclectic taste. 

Effectivement, mes influences boho se retrouvent dans mon intérieur : du blanc, du bois, des plantes, c’est vraiment pour moi la base de ma décoration. J’aime également beaucoup mélanger les styles pour faire de mon intérieur, quelque chose d’unique où l’on comprend ma personnalité…

Parmi mes pièces favorites : ma chambre, un petit cocoon, ma salle à manger et son mix de style entre la table en bois et les chaises transparentes design, ça représente parfaitement mes goûts éclectiques.

Can you tell us about your love for jewellery?

I have always loved jewellery. When I was a child, I never wanted to leave the house without jewellery. I would put a ring on every finger, then I added necklaces, bracelets, earrings; I’m sure I looked like a Christmas tree, but I didn’t care, I just loved it. I still love all of it today. I am always wearing lots of rings and statement necklaces in my daily look (not just for the photos!), I just hope that I don’t look like a Christmas tree today.

I’m a big fan of ethnic jewellery, especially deriving from Tuaregs and Native Americans, in silver and turquoise. I started wearing gold jewellery a year ago, something that I hadn’t played with before. Layering necklaces adds a feminine touch. In my opinion, you can wear a white-shirt, jeans, a jacket, a pair of boots, and spice the look up by adding jewellery. 

To sum it up, once I start talking about jewellery it is hard to stop… 

Je suis une grande amoureuse de bijoux depuis toujours. Quand j’étais enfant, je ne sortais jamais sans (trop de) bijoux, je mettais des bagues à tous les doigts de la main, j’ajoutais des colliers, bracelets et boucles d’oreilles, je ressemblais sûrement souvent à un sapin de Noel, mais bref je m’en fichais, j’aimais ça. J’aime d’ailleurs toujours ça aujourd’hui, j’ai toujours beaucoup de bagues aux doigts, des colliers superposés au cou, c’est vraiment moi au quotidien, pas uniquement pour les photos ! J’espère juste que je ne ressemble pas à un sapin de Noel aux yeux des gens. Lol

Je suis une grande fan des bijoux ethniques, touaregs et amérindiens : argent et turquoise. Je porte depuis un an des bijoux dorés, chose qui ne m’arrivait jamais avant, j’adore superposer des colliers, c’est tellement joli et féminin.

J’adore les grosses pièces originales, les bijoux cauries… Pour moi, on peut porter un t-shirt blanc, un jean, une veste, une paire de boots, et venir donner du style à un look plutôt classique à la base, grâce aux bijoux.

Bref si vous me lancez sur le sujet des bijoux, on pourrait papoter pendant des heures…

What can we expect to see next on your LIKEtoKNOW.it profile? 

Bohemian fashion, lots of jewellery, home decor with some unique pieces, and just very simply ME! 

De la mode plutôt bohème, des bijoux originaux (beaucoup de bijoux), de la décoration avec des pièces originales, encore et toujours car c’est MOI tout simplement! 

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