As we wind down from the whirlwind that is fashion month, we spend a morning with Sabina Socol, the chic social editor of French fashion magazine, L’Officiel Paris. Always on top of the latest news, this “It Girl” shows us around her dreamy flat and shares her best kept secrets behind personal style, the best cuisine in town, and inspires us with her love of journalism to pick up a pen and start writing.
On an ideal Sunday...
You're most likely wearing...
A pair of jeans, a low cut top or shirt and always heels, just not as high as the ones I wear on weekdays.
You start the day with...
An "Americano" coffee!
You wake up and read/scroll?
Instagram, Facebook, and I listen to French news radio, “France Inter”, to hear about the important the news of the day.
Croissant or tartine?
Neither. I don't like eating in the morning.
When it comes to French girl style…
Your personal style would best be described as...
Very basic with a twist. I pretty much wear high-waist jeans with a blouse and heels every day, but I love a bold and fashionable coat (velvet, fur...) or a funny bag.
Your #1 fashion rule is?
Dress smart! I don't like to follow trends, because some trends are just not good for my body shape. So my number one rule would be to not buy something because it's trendy if it's not going to suit you.
Contemporary or vintage?
Definitely vintage. I'm a huge collectionneur! I have a thing for Victorian blouses and 40's silk midi dresses.
Favorite neighborhood/quartier to wander?
11e arrondissement, where I live.
Best kept Parisian secret?
It's not really a secret but I guess you have to have lived in Paris for a while to know that you can go pretty much anywhere by foot. Paris is quite small.
On enjoying your spare time…
Magazines or Blogs?
Blogs. I love reading Man Repeller, Pandora Sykes, and Douchebag Dating during my lunch break.
Where do you go to get away for the weekend?
City breaks are a must. I love trying new things and discovering cities that I've never been to before with my boyfriend. My stops for 2017 include Copenhagen, Seville, and Marrakech.
Place you never grow tired of?
My two favorite restaurants in Paris: La Cicciolina for amazing Italian dishes, and Sanukiya for the best Japanese cuisine in town.
Next vacation destination on your list?
We're trying to plan a sailing trip by the Amalfi Coast for the summer... I can't wait!
Best place to find inspiration?
The Internet (lol).
In your career...
What inspired you to pursue journalism?
I've always wanted to become a journalist. My fashion journalism "awakening" was probably inspired by Carrie from Sex and the City when I was 14! She led such a glamorous life and I was aspiring for it as a teenager. I moved to Paris for my studies and discovered that the more I interned at various companies, the more certain I became about this path into writing. I was lucky enough to have worked with very bright and spirited individuals, which was a huge motivation.
Words of advice for an aspiring writer/editor?
Don't give up.
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Sabina’s best kept Parisian secret? “It's not really a secret but I guess you have to have lived in Paris for a while to know that you can go pretty much anywhere by foot. Paris is quite small.” Sabina in the Destona TopPhotography By Alex La Cruz
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