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If you want to be chic, look no further than French girls, who have no competition when it comes to effortless style and beauty. French women have elegance, class, and a certain “je ne sais quoi” that seems to be ingrained in their DNA. Born in London, raised in Paris, Celine Bailey is the epitome of the oh-so covetable French girl cool vibe. Driven by fashion, food, architecture, and music, Céline’s savvy curation extends beyond styling and into creative direction and design. The London / Paris native loves to travel and draws many of her inspirations from the places she’s seen, people she’s met, and her experiences along the way.
Profession: Style & design consultant.
Zodiac: Capricorn, with very Capricorn traits.
Morning Ritual: First I walk and feed my dog, (Jude) then I make a latte using my beloved espresso machine and Syp Laos coffee beans for my partner (Chris) and I. This is usually when we will chat about work and schedules and map out our day.
Most Surprising Item in Your Handbag: A box cutter. I am constantly unboxing or opening things.
To Do List Right Now: Facetime my family, spring clean my home, and start planning my next trip.
Advice You Will Never Forget: No one ever cares as much about you (good or bad) as you think. You’re not that special. I find this advice quite freeing.
Cocktail: The green dragon at Kayne Prime
Most Proud of: The clothes I have designed and made.
Best Compliment: I trust you.
Motto: Take away something positive from every situation, even the bad.
Secret Weapon: My wittiness.
Most Used App: The Whoop app. I recently got a whoop strap so I keep up with my heart rate, sleep, and activity. It’s addictive.
Hotel for a Weekend Away: The Equinox hotel in Hudson Yards. It is a health and wellness-focused hotel with a fantastic modern design.
Pet: Do you mean child? I have my sweet boy Jude. He is a toy/mini Australian shepherd. He comes everywhere with me and is the best decision I ever made.
Guilty Pleasure: Crime podcasts in abundance.
Most Overrated Virtue: Smiling. It’s disarming however many times not genuine.
My Playlist: I go between Radiohead, Talking Heads, Hotel Costes, and The Dave Brubeck Quartet.
Home Decor: I adore modern contemporary design. The more angles and corners the better. I have some go-to Spanish architects who I keep up with for ideas and inspiration.
Favorite Place in the World: Punta Mita
I Procrastinate: Returning phone calls. I am not a phone call girl.
Book I Am Reading: My mum likes to ship me books from France. I recently started this series called “Maigret” they are crime fiction which is right up my alley. I am also finishing up “What the Dog Saw” by Malcolm Gladwell.
Healthiest Daily Habit: Water in abundance and morning and night stretching. I also like to create my daily todo list so I don’t get overwhelmed throughout the day.
Wellness Essentials: The coconut cult probiotic yogurt and as much water as possible. I don’t do diets. I Never have never will. I try to practice moderation. I think this can be applied to most areas of life. If I overindulged over the weekend, during the week I will make healthy choices.
3 P.M. Snack: Popcorn with Truffle salt.
Exercise Regimen: Daily stretching, pure barre, and Pilates with Anna Tefel at studio novo.
Finding Calm: Cooking. I enjoy unwinding and relaxing by making a delicious, nutritious meal.
Hero Items: My marine sweaters from Normandy, Zadig & Voltaire hats, and my blazer collection.
My Look: A homage to Paris & London, where I grew up. Let’s call it “gritty chic.”
Closet I Covet: Emmanuelle Alt. She is my fashion icon.
Spring Crush: Structured woven bags and sculptural heels. I love Cult Gaia for these summer items. St James for all things marine.
Day Bag: Céline Pico Belt Bag.
Always Bulk Buying: Ribbed bodysuits, lip balm, linen (everything), marine sweaters, and sunscreen.
Style Tip: Tailor your clothes and invest in classic pieces.I always recommend distributing your funds starting at the outside and working your way in. Splurge a little more on coats, shoes, and purses. Then your knits & jeans. Finally, your tops. Those outer pieces will get the most wear and you will appreciate a higher quality item that lasts longer.
Collector: I collect neck scarves from different places I visit or during special moments in my life. Some are vintage designers, those are extra special.
Wardrobe Wishlist: A custom-made tailored suit by Nashville local Eric Adler. I am so excited to get started on this.
Jewelry I Never Take Off: My necklaces and my watch. They all have sentimental value. I am in love with the brand Soko for jewelry. They are a women-led, people-first ethical jewelry brand and tech-powered manufacturing platform built to connect artisans in Kenya with the global market.
Timeless Look: A tailored suit. For both men and women.
Stiletto: Alexandre Birman for classic, Alexander Wang for fun.
I Will Never Be Seen In: Flashy logos. I am not a walking billboard. I would never wear sky-high heels either, regardless of how gorgeous the shoe is. Walking like a duck is neither elegant nor sexy. Find a heel height you are comfortable with and own it.
Go-To Designers: Claudie Pierlot, Isabelle Varin, Maison Saint Julien, Zadig & Voltaire, Loulou Studio, Bouguessa, and Maje.
Signature Look: I don’t wear make-up unless I am going out because my skin hates it. But when I do I like a light dewy look with bronze-toned eyeshadows and a nude lip.
Scent: Acqua Dell Elba
Hair Guru: Megan Juarez at Salon Shade
Nail Color: Pale pink or clear. I try colors now and then and I last a day and take them off.
Skincare Regimen: Avene everything. My mum has used this brand for as long as I can remember and my skin responds well to it.
Hair Products: 7 Seconds Detangler by Unite and Bathpack’s vented hairbrush.
Candle You Love to Light: Le Labo Santal 26
Lipstick: 98% of the time I am wearing strawberry or cherry chapstick.