I.M. Pei’s house for his family in Westchester County

Jean-François Zevaco

Anonymous said: What would your music playlist be for your wedding if you were planning for one within the next 5 or so months?

Heeh, you should hire me as your DJ ;-)

Anonymous said: Hi TK. I just came home recently after having spent around a month in San Francisco and New York, and I feel a severe urge to go back immediately. I'd really like to see Los Angeles and Portland next time I go, and here comes my question for you: In New York and San Francisco, I found it quite easy to get around using the public transportation or simply walk. As I don't have a driver's license, I am rather curious about how easy it is to get around in Los Angeles without a car?

Hi there! I don’t have a driver’s license but didn’t have any problems in terms of getting around in Los Angeles without a car. I took the metro as far east or west as possible and then I walked or took a lyft/uber. One of my friends in LA who lives downtown doesn’t have a car. He sold it years ago but takes the metro and uses the bus system in conjunction with lyfts every day. He told me that it’s cheaper anyway and he doesn’t have to be stuck in traffic all day. With a car you need car insurance and funds for gas and parking etc, and in the long run getting lyfts or ubers appears to be cheaper. 

Anonymous said: I'm a 21-year-old girl who has never before played an instrument, but i wish to change that. Which instrument would you learn to play, if you were in my position?

The piano. I believe it’s easier to learn to play the piano when you’re older. Speaking from experience, I enjoy teaching older students because they learn so much faster and master the technique right away. 

Anonymous said: Have you ever been to the apc surplus in nyc? Is it worth the visit/expense?

Yes. I didn’t buy anything there. Personally, I think APC surplus in Paris and NYC is a hit or miss.

Anonymous said: Cèline trio or Marni trunk?

Celine trio!

Anonymous said: Why do you have closed your deadfleurette blog? It's was such an inspiration for me. I know that now you have this tumblr and for you it represent the past but was nice to see your old outfit post. Maybe you can post some of them here, also if you style has a bit changed, it's still cool!

I closed the .com blog a long time ago because I was planning on reviving it so I started redesigning the layout but then everything with my mom happened and I just never finished the design… 

lasingularite said: Dear Deafleurette, I'm like you, I'm a huge fan of APC! My next APC purchase is the half moon bag. Do you know it? Do you like it? Do you have it? I'm still thinking about buying this item or not. For know I'm don't have a little black bag. Do you think it is a good item? According to you, do you consider this bag as wearable day and night? T

Yo! I have that bag. Unfortunately I don’t wear it as often as I wish I could because I’m a lazy tote bag kind of gurl (and also because the leather is so delicate it scratches easily).

Anonymous said: Hello :) I've seen you went to Los Angeles lately and I was wondering , how do you pay for all that? I mean I wish I could do the same and even with my student job I can't manage all ( clothes and stuff ). I don't mean to sound rude or anything :)

Hi. I know I don’t have to reply to questions regarding money but I feel like I should because I don’t want to give the impression of being extremely rich or anything – which is not the case at all. 

So far this year I’ve been to LA twice and I’m going back next week already. My dad covered our first trip back in February because it was a family trip. I paid almost nothing for my most recent trip to LA aka $290. Long story short: last summer I cancelled my trip to the West Coast on Orbitz.com right before my mom passed away. My insurance company covered everything (and then I bought new tickets on a whim after her death) but one thing I didn’t know was that I could also redeem an air credit from a previously cancelled flight booked on Orbitz as long as I pay an airline fee. So I basically paid $290 for tickets that originally cost $1600. And now that Norwegian low-cost airline is flying directly to the states, it’s even easier for me to travel affordably. My dad is covering my tickets this time because he wants me to take my sister on a trip somewhere – and we both just love LA. That said, I normally refuse to take money that my dad offers me and I never ask him for money, but I let him pay for family travels. I feel like my sisters need the money / support more than I do since I have several sources of income and I could always re-sell my wardrobe if anything happens haha (which is most likely the case after summer LOL).

And also.. this is what I spend my study loan on. University in Norway is free but living in Oslo as a student is expensive so I need study loan in order to survive. I try to be as frugal as possible so that I can splurge on flight tickets and food whenever I travel. 

However, if you want to travel as cheap as possible:
- Turn on the “incognito mode” in your web browser whenever you’re browsing for airline tickets (and not only porn, LOL). Cookies are part of the reason why ticket prices are skyrocketing on your computer.