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Apr 17, 2014 / 3 notes
Can we for a moment discuss Emmanuelle Alt’s street style perfection? I swoon over every impeccable pair of jeans, blazer, leather, black, tailored, menswea,IGI#EFG@IFgaaaaaah my brain just seized over just THINKING about how perfect it all looks.

I honestly think my cells react to photos of her the same way they do over Michael Fassbender grinning like a shark. I have a supermassivecrush on her closet.
Has anyone ever pulled off minimalist perfection with such ease? She somehow makes it look like she rolled out of the house after 15 minutes of prep, with a piece of toast hanging out of her mouth, juggling a mobile phone, keys, purse, and paperwork, STILL looking like the chicest woman in Paris. Meanwhile I do the same every day yet look like I fell INTO my closet and happened to get pants onto both legs and my sweater NOT inside out. How does one make an oversized blazer not look like Judd Nelson’s (John Bender - the criminal) in the Breakfast Club. At least I have a goal and inspiration, right?
So! Thank You Emmanuelle, editor-in-chief at Vogue Paris, for giving us (American…let’s face it, the French are just better at these things) ladies the hope to one day dress like you, walk any street with such effortless chicness, and not have crumbs down our shirts or something.
I like to do cartwheels all over the world.
1. Machu Picchu - Peru2. Buda Castle - Budapest, Hungary3. Zugspitze - Top of Germany4. Angkor Wat - Cambodia
Apr 17, 2014 / 2 notes

I like to do cartwheels all over the world.

1. Machu Picchu - Peru
2. Buda Castle - Budapest, Hungary
3. Zugspitze - Top of Germany
4. Angkor Wat - Cambodia

— A Single Man (2009)
Apr 16, 2014 / 1,000 notes

— A Single Man (2009)

A few times in my life I’ve had moments of absolute clarity. When for a few brief seconds the silence drowns out the noise and I can feel rather than think, and things seem so sharp and the world seems so fresh. It’s as though it had all just come into existence. I can never make these moments last. I cling to them, but like everything, they fade. I have lived my life on these moments. They pull me back to the present, and I realize that everything is exactly the way it was meant to be.
Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man (via observando)
Apr 16, 2014 / 995 notes
Apr 16, 2014

Can we discuss the d’Orsay shoe?

I feel like the pointy shoe was unfortunately on hiatus for a wee bit and during that time the round toe shoe was around more. I find that the pointy style is far sexier. Let’s not even get into the horror of a square toe. *Shudders* 

Now that the pointy-toe is back with full force, I’ve been noticing the d’Orsay style ever present - a curved cut out on one or both sides. I prefer the heeled versions though flats are accessible as well. I want one in every color, material, and texture. I love how classic yet sexy they are. Thrown on with a pair of jeans and t-shirt - BOOM! Instant sophistication.

A preview of my photography post next week on my trip last Spring to Paris. 
And on that gorgeous memory, have a great weekend lovelies! 
Apr 11, 2014 / 1 note

A preview of my photography post next week on my trip last Spring to Paris.

And on that gorgeous memory, have a great weekend lovelies!


Apr 9, 2014 / 304 notes


Saint Laurent’s Pre-Fall 2014 lookbook, featuring Grace Hartzel and shot by Hedi Slimane.

Apr 9, 2014 / 2 notes

I’ve been having a difficult time trying to articulate how epic and life-changing my trip to Southeast Asia was, and that I was there just a month ago. The nostalgia has been intense and greater than I ever anticipated. Thought i’ve traveled extensively in my time, I have never experienced anything as mind blowing as this trip.

My husband and I visited Cambodia and Thailand for a little over two weeks. Cambodia just about knocked us over. I have never met such a warm, loving, and happy people in my life. Considering they rebuilt a nation after one of the most horrific Wars imaginable, their energy is positive and contagious. 

Angkor Wat was, as expected, a spiritual experience. You can feel the vibrations of an energy that makes your body hum and glow. I can’t begin to explain it properly because it was such an internal experience. 
Thailand and Cambodia tantalized every sense in my body with the unrecognizable scents, flavors, sounds and beauty. 
All I can say is if you can go, go. No one should live in this world without wanting to know how the people on the other side of the planet live. The most expensive part of your trip would be the flights. Every meal is under $7 - and i’m talking MEAL. A whole grilled fish, a couple of beers, sticky rice, salad, some pork dishes - SEVEN DOLLARS. NOT KIDDING. 
So - start looking at those flights and have the most fun trip of your life.
The life-threatening tuktuk rides alone are worth it. 
Apr 4, 2014
Apr 1, 2014

Defining: Carry My Couture Suitcase

Every so often I feel I need to re-explain the meaning of my blog name.

My maiden name is Karamatsoukas - which is very long, and very Greek and no one can ever pronounce it. My nickname (along with my brothers) growing up was “Carry My Suitcase” because it was easier to say than my last name. Hence the blog name - and of course Couture thrown in there for my love of fashion.


Apr 1, 2014 / 8 notes


One of my favourite music videos

Charlotte Gainsbourg & Beck "Heaven Can Wait"

Directed by Keith Schofield

Apr 1, 2014 / 46 notes
I love Claire Underwood’s wardrobe in House of Cards ”like a shark loves blood”. Robin Wright is undeniably impeccable and like a fine wine - gets better with age. Can we get the name of her dermatologist!?
The show is unmistakably centered around her, not Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey). No major plot reveal would have happened had she not been silently (to the audience) running things from the background. This makes her power and presence bleed off of the screen and into your soul. As a business woman, all I want is to have that kind of control and presence in my career, and of course to look as fantastic.

Now the clothes - The perfect classic cuts, styles and colors fit the Ice Queen character. The crispist white and blue oxfords, the YSL “Muse” purse, the pencil skirts, black patent Louboutins, the fitted dresses… I love that they tow the line between professional, slightly androgynous, yet the formfitting cuts scream “I am WOMAN.”
I don’t think there is anything in a true gem color or god forbid - pastels. This speaks to my heart and personal taste. I have a difficult time wearing color, so every time she’s on the screen I go a little weak in the knees with every new outfit. I even love that her loungewear is always a neutral colored silk robe. Who sits around the house and looks that fabulous? After watching the show, I go to my leggings/big t-shirts/pajama pants drawer and feel instantly depressed. I need to invest in some real sleepwear.

In summation, let’s all take a moment and a lesson from Claire Underwood. Go put on a black pencil dress, some killer black pumps, and walk into that meeting ready to kick ass and take names.
Mar 31, 2014 / 9 notes

Three Movies You Should Go Home & Watch Now

I have finally seen all of Steve McQueen’s directorial feature work. Hunger (2008), Shame (2011), and 12 Years a Slave (2013).

All three are beautiful, intense, and emotional. They aren’t your typical sit back and enjoy a movie for the sake of entertainment.They will leave a mark. That’s all I’ll say.  







Mar 31, 2014

Current Wardrobe Inspo. Brought to you by: things I pin on Pinterest.

Mar 31, 2014 / 1 note

Hello Strangers!

June 2013 was the last time I posted and that is just SAD. I must thank one of my yoga teachers for over the weekend saying to me, “I saw your blog!”, to which I replied “oh god, I haven’t posted on that in ages”. With those few words, she inspired me to stop neglecting this page, and even deeper than that stop neglecting the creative outlet I so desperately need.

So here I am! I missed you strangers, and mostly I missed having something that is just mine that I enjoy thoroughly.

As we all would assume, and hope, a lot has happened in 10 months - Big things: vacations and new nieces! And small victories: cleaning out my basement so I will stop calling it “The Pit of Despair”, and finding parking spots frequently enough at Whole Foods without committing murder.  

First I wanted to post some photos I took on a vacation to Eastern Europe in December. Is there anything more magical than Bavarian Christmas Markets? Not really. Except maybe Michael Fassbender wrapped in a Christmas bow. ANYWAYS, the trip was fantastic - though, eating sausage everyday (SEROIUSLY.EVERY.DAY.) became a bit overwhelming. I think I can now be a really great candidate for a Tums commercial.

Here they are in no particular order, photos from: Budapest, Vienna, St. Wolfgang, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Bavaria, and Munich. 12 cities and 4 countries in 8 days.