We fell in love with Camille's Paris-by-way-of-London style as soon as we discovered her blog, and have been following her looks and streetstyle shots ever since. She's a smart shopper who knows when to save and when to splurge, and isn't afraid to try out new trends and have fun with her look. We got to know Camille a little better this week in our latest edition of Blog Love...
StyledOn: Tell us a little about yourself – how did you get into blogging?
Camille Charriere: My name is Camille Charriere, I grew up in France but my mum is British and we were only allowed to speak English at home. I even went to school age 3 not speaking a word of French. It’s the way to do it though because I am now perfectly fluent and really feel bi-cultural.
I created Camille Over the Rainbow two years ago when I was on a year abroad in the UK and had very few hours in my academic schedule. Funnily enough I wasn't an avid blog reader then and only knew a couple of fashion blogs when I started my own on a whim. It started off in French only as a kind of fashion journal of my experience living in the UK, but as my love for fashion increased and my commitment to the blog grew, I decided to write in both languages so that most of my readers could understand. It does take double the amount of time translating it all but I think it’s worth it!
SO: In what ways is your style more French, and in what ways is it more British?
CC: My style is quintessentially French in that I do like to keep things simple. That goes for both my day-to-day style and makeup. I always prefer to look slightly under dressed rather than the opposite. Like most French girls, when I go out I do not pull out all the stops and will tend to opt for my go-to jeans and heels (even flats most of the time), rather than a skimpy dress. However, and I mean this in the nicest way, I would say that the French have a tendency to all look very similar. There is not much room for experimenting as people are very judgmental and for most of them casual chic is the only way forward. That is what I love about Britain. You can literally wear every runway trend (and more) and no one will bat an eyelid. Fashion week streetstyle showcased this really well: the outfits at the Tuileries were overwhelmingly sober starring sophisticated muted tones and clean cuts, whereas Somerset House really was one happy melting pot of colors, fabrics, and trends. My style is more British in that I am always keen to try out edgy/crazy trends and have fun with the way I look.
SO: What’s your dream job?
CC: I would love to work as an editor for an influential magazine, or a freelance stylist. At the moment I’m still unsure when it comes to the exact career path I am going to walk down but my heart of hearts lies with fashion and that is were I plan to go.
SO: What do you look for when you’re shooting street style?
CC: It depends. If I am writing a trends article, lets say for instance about how matchy matchy floral suits are big this season, I will look for people wearing those specific garments. But I also am very likely to snap someone who just looks cool. I also sometimes only focus on the frosting: a beautiful bag, a statement necklace, an embellished collar... The smallest details can really bring a simple outfit together and it suddenly becomes interesting. I like to look for that.
SO: What is the most treasured item in your closet?
CC: Without a shadow of a doubt my Celine luggage tote. It was my first big fashion splurge and I have not regretted it once. Like a lot of girls, I can’t afford designer pieces, and am very much a highstreet queen, my favourite stores being Zara, H&M and Urban Outfitters, but I do think that investing in a couple of expensive pieces really goes a long way. You just have to be very sure when you pick.
SO: What is on your shopping list this season?
CC: I have recently fallen in love with Proenza Schouler and would love to add one of their bags to my wardrobe. I also really want a pair of hightops. I’m probably going to treat myself to a pair of the Isabel Marants but I will go for the lace ups not the Velcro versions which are slightly overexposed now. Other than that, I will be looking for lots of florals, pastel hues, and sportswear.
SO: Is there something you think every woman should have in her wardrobe?
CC: As I said before, a beautifully crafted bag really goes a long way. I would choose it in black or tan and opt for a timeless shape so as not to get bored of it easily and avoid it looking last season. Besides that, a pair of killer heels and a really well-cut pair of jeans.
SO: What’s one item you never travel without?
CC: My camera goes everywhere with me. I mean literally. I even take it in to work in case I spot something I want to immortalize on my lunch break. I love photography and am looking forward to learning more when I start a course next month in London.
SO: We love your blog and read it on a regular basis. Which blogs do you read the most?
CC: Sandra of 5 Inch and Up can do no wrong in my eyes. She has her own thing going on and despite following trends never looks like anyone else. Plus I die for her hair (don’t we all?). I adore reading Leandra from the Man Repeller’s witty sartorial musings and the girl has mastered the art of layering like nobody’s business. Recently I have fallen in love with Evangelie from Style Heroine. The photography of her blog is stunning and her style flawless. One to watch!
SO: Tell us something about yourself that we might not expect.
CC: Where I come from fashion is still seen as incredibly frivolous and narcissistic and I have found it very hard to make my friends and family come to terms with the fact that I wanted to switch from law to fashion. For a long time I kept my blog under the radar, and I still haven't advertised its existence in my personal sphere. However one day you wake up and you realise you are living your life, and there is no point trying to fulfill other peoples’ dreams. Follow your own. I plan to.
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