Love x Style x Life: Sally Meets Garance Doré!

November is already shaping up to be crazy busy. In retaliation I've been indulging in an especially lazy weekend away from the city the last couple days, but I'd be remiss if I didn't take a few moments to recount one of the week's highlights: meeting fashion blogger, illustrator, and photographer Garance Doré!
Sally meets Garance Doré (right).
Thursday evening I ventured to the Club Monaco store at the Boston Prudential Center, where Ms. Doré was signing copies of her new book Love Style Life. The book is a must-have for fans of Garance and she was just as warm and inviting in person as she comes across on her blog and in interviews... Yes! Rest assured, GD-devotees, she does not disappoint. 

Love Style Life is an artfully rendered, luxe-to-the-touch paperback containing a pleasing hodge podge of photographs, style tips, celebrity profiles, humorous musings about life, and more. In short, it's packed with plenty of wit for your brain and beauty for your coffee table.

The book signing event itself was thoughtfully executed; indeed, her present book tour is a well-crafted and superbly designed collaboration with the fashion brand Club Monaco.

While at the Boston store I couldn't help but marvel at the seamless brand integration of Club Monaco's current line with the look and feel of Garance's book. Soft and subtle creams, pinks, and ecrus dominate Club Monaco's racks and shelves, with occassional rock n roll dashes of black and charcoal. The message? At Club Monaco you can get the book AND you can wear the book! Fabulous. Another wonderful touch are the pink cards on some of the clothes identifying for the shopper Garance's favorites. Coupled with top-notch customer service by the very helpful Club Monaco staff (including cocktails while you wait to meet Garance!) the end result was a luxurious experience for those in attendance, not just a queue up, and speaking of queues...

Of course I'm not going to spill too many beans about what's inside the book but at one point while waiting in line I opened it up to this amusing little passage where Garance dishes on her native France and about how Parisians loathe to wait on line for anything:

From Garance Doré's Love Style Life
I certainly got a chuckle out of that --of all the pages in a book for me to open to while queued up to meet the author! Well, let's just say we were a very unParisian crowd that night for everyone was in high spirits to meet Garance. And it was definitely worth the wait as she spent a fair amount of time talking with each person whose book she signed, which most certainly doesn't always happen at a book signing! Once again, I must single out the excellent staff at Club Monaco for helping keep things organized and pleasant, which is no small feat in such a fashion-packed venue. A nod also goes to the Central Square Florist for creating the beautiful bouquets gifted to visitors:

The icing on the evening's cake: fresh flowers!

In summation, snap this book up and if you can get to a Club Monaco to meet Garnace, DO IT! Tour dates & details are available here. As for me, I have a few more thoughts to share inspired by my Garance encounter so stay tuned for my follow-up post Style is Happy. Until then, may you live simply yet stylishly, Shoestringers!



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