Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Looking Healthier in Winter

Let's be honest, winter is not the season where we naturally cry out how good we look on a daily basis. Although I do love to dress in autumn and wear cosy coats I am always in a better shape when the warm sun shines and my skins tans a bit. Whether that is just an impression or a mere observation, here is what I found to look healthier for the next months!

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Three Days in Paris: Diary & Good Spots

I decided to plan a last-minute trip in Paris last weekend and as usual spontaneity paid off! I spent three amazing days mostly in places I had never been to before. Living an hour and half away from the French capital has allowed me to go there quite often in my life but only to well worn attractions - whereas this time, I wanted to rely on my newly Paris dweller friends to make me gape at places I had yet to discover. 

(version française plus bas ⇣)

Sunday, 11 December 2016

5 French Pharmacy Beauty Essentials

I've been thinking about writing a post on quality French products for a while now. Well, this is finally happening people. Pharmacies are always full of skincare gems we are oblivious to, and although I am not all-knowing on the matter (so many left to discover) I can assure you that the following will change the quality of your daily beauty routine. There's no rustling up when it comes to skincare anyway - at least there shouldn't be any! If you have the chance to visit France pop by a pharmacy, otherwise there are plenty of ways to lay your hands on the products below.

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Monday, 28 November 2016

Winter Style Essentials

You know what happens every season... That moment when you stand in front of your wardrobe wondering what on earth you're going to wear today as you have obviously nothing to wear in spite of an inordinate amount of clothes hanging in there. As you are probably starting to realize if you've been here for a while, I like to invest in good basics of timeless neutral colours which work with a majority of outfits. They also prevent me from splurging on too many trendy pieces that fall into oblivion (= back of my wardrobe) the following month. Here you have my winter style essentials you'll be wearing over and over again!

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Monday, 14 November 2016

MAC (Mini) Lipstick Collection

I'm back in France but during my 6-month stay in Scotland, I thought I would buy something original every month. And by "original", I soon found out that starting a MAC lipstick collection was the best thing to do. This brand is so popular in the beauty and blogging world I almost felt I was missing out on something and had to get a few to make my own opinion about its famous lipsticks. 

(version française plus bas ⇣)

Friday, 4 November 2016

Autumn in Brussels

poncho: Miss Selfriges - jeans: Pepe Jeans London - boots: Zara - buckle bag: Mango - scarf: Topshop

I spent the last weekend in Brussels to escape from my everyday life and join a dear friend I desperately wished to see again. Wandering aimlessly in the streets of the capital and its lavish parks full of fallen orangey leaves was definitely one of my favourite things during these four days! It was incredibly sunny, however you could feel the cosy autumnal cold was in the air.

(suite en français plus bas ⇣)

Friday, 14 October 2016

Autumn Beauty Routine

The return of autumn and its chilly temperatures are synonymous with a change in my skincare routine. Because my combination skin goes from great hydration in the summer to real dryness in the autumn and winter seasons, I need to adapt the products I use and create a new routine every 6 months - new because let's be honest, what skincare lover doesn't like to give a try to new products in order to reach a flawless skin?  

Le retour de l'automne et des températures qui vont avec sont synonymes de changement dans ma routine beauté. J'ai besoin d'adapter les produits que j'utilise à chaque changement de saison puisque ma peau est plutôt bien hydratée l'été mais beaucoup plus sèche l'hiver. Et puis ça tombe bien, quelle amoureuse des produits de beauté n'aime pas essayer de nouveaux produits pour arriver à avoir une peau parfaite ? (⇣ suite en français plus bas)

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Back to Basics: le trench

It's official, I am starting style & fashion posts and I couldn't be more excited! Well of course I am also quite scared of putting myself out there, but daring is what life is all about isn't it? Back to Basics is a project I've had in mind for a long time. I have always been drawn to basics and I do believe that we should have several classic pieces in our wardrobe - whether to match some with more original, trendy items or simply go with the flow and being able to choose an outfit we feel comfortable and confident wearing in a couple of minutes (although I may be too optimistic on that point). In a nutshell I'd like to share my favourite classic outfits, a.k.a the ones which I know will never fail me, regardless of the trend or year we're in :)

Je suis super excitée d'enfin écrire mes premiers articles mode, c'est officiel ! J'ai aussi un peu d'appréhension à l'idée de passer à l'action et d'afficher des photos de looks, mais il faut bien oser dans la vie non ? Back to Basics est un projet que j'ai en tête depuis pas mal de temps. Je m'habille beaucoup avec des basiques et je pense qu'ils sont indispensables dans une armoire, que ce soit pour les mixer à des pièces plus originales et à la mode ou simplement pour constituer une tenue dans laquelle on se sent bien et confiante en trois minutes (il se peut que je sois quand même un peu optimiste mais vous avez compris l'idée). Bref, je partage avec vous mes tenues classiques préférées, c'est à dire celles que je pourrai porter quelque soit la mode ou l'année dans laquelle je me trouve, des tenues efficaces en somme :) (suite en français plus bas ⇣) 

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

My Detox Routine

Getting back home this summer, my healthy diet has plummeted into a world of cheese, ice-creams, jam and absolutely no exercice because I couldn’t be bothered to do anything when it was around thirty degrees outside. Fortunately, September to me stands for new beginnings and I feel that a detox is most definitely needed. I’ve been back to a healthier lifestyle recently and I can already tell I feel much better (I’m not going to lie, I still eat cheese when I cannot resist temptation - I simply drink loads of green tea and pretend it makes up for the rest). 

En revenant en France cet été, mon régime alimentaire plutôt "healthy" a été remplacé par une tonne de fromage, de glaces, de confiture et une absence complète de toute activité physique puisque il faisait trop chaud pour faire quoi que ce soit, pour moi du moins ! Heureusement Septembre est synonyme de nouveauté, parfait pour commencer la nouvelle routine détox dont j'ai besoin. Je m'y suis mise récemment et je me sens déjà bien mieux (ça ne m'empêche pas de craquer sur du sucré ou du salé quand je n'arrive pas à resister à la tentation mais je me dis que boire beaucoup de thé vert compense le reste, oui oui). 

Monday, 12 September 2016

Summer Favourites

Bonjour ! It's been a while since I last posted here - university work, moving back to France, you know, that sort of stuff - but no worries, September is here and I am back to writing to you as much as I can, both in English & in French! I thought I would kick off with an oldie, my summer favourites (I swear I had wished to call it August favourites at some point). It is definitely not the end of summer season, so here are random few things I have stuck to over the last three months :)

Bonjour ! Cela fait un bail que je n'ai pas écrit ici - travail pour l'université, mon déménagement en France, ce genre de choses - mais ne vous inquiétez pas, septembre et la rentrée ont sonné et je vais m'efforcer de vous écrire aussi souvent que possible, et nouveauté, je démarre la version bilingue de ! J'ai pensé commencer avec mes favoris de l'été (je jure que je voulais appeler cet article favoris du mois d'août à un moment donné mais le temps passe vite...). Heureusement ce n'est toujours pas la fin de l'été, alors voici quelques petites choses que j'adore utiliser depuis trois mois :) 

Saturday, 23 July 2016

The Body Shop Favourite Skincare Picks

I have added a few the Body Shop skincare products to my collection recently - I had run out of night cream and makeup remover and wanted to give the Body Shop's a try. Now that I have got a fair amount of the brand's products in my possession, I'd thought I would talk about my top three. I don't know which skincare products are on sale at the moment but end of July might well be the right moment to fancy a mini-haul before the sales end!

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne ∙ Review

Bonjour ! Today's post is about a long-craved for perfume by Jo Malone, the quintessentially British brand. I had indeed wanted to put my hands on one of her creations for years now, but as Jo Malone is only sold in France in Paris and that I wished to smell the fragrances before purchasing one, I needed to find myself in the UK again to have access to one of their boutiques. These are so sophisticated and elegant that it is a pleasure to amble along the glass counters; don't hesitate to venture there instead of buying online, because being advised on what would suit our personality and personal taste when it comes to fragrances truly is a nice luxury experience. 

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Roman Holiday

b u o n g i o r n o !

I have been willing to write a blog post on my trip to Rome for a couple of weeks but I lived so many experiences and visited so many places there that strangely, I can't seem to manage to break them down into different posts. So grab yourself a ristretto or a squisito macchiato and be ready to peruse what's coming below - I hope you'll enjoy reliving my journey as I set my words down on this page.

I had the chance to hop on a plane from north-east Scotland to the Eternal City to meet my friends Alexia, currently living there, and Fred, who was arriving directly from Budapest (encourage your friends to do their internship in more exotic places than yours, it's always a good idea). We decided to spend a small week together in June to make the most of our lives alongside pizza, gelato and pasta. I was feeling a bit down before leaving and desperately in need of some sun, so all I wanted was to have fun and laugh as much as I could; and it obviously panned out. As soon as I got down the train at Roma Tuscolana from Fiumicino airport, the closest railway station to Alexia's, I knew la dolce vita would be mine for the following days.


Sunday, 3 July 2016

June Favourites

Bonjour ! The first half of June has been pretty amazing for me; second half not as good but I'll just accentuate the positive and choose to remember the best (positive mindset training on). It's peony season, I fell in love with Rome, and I think I've found my favourite perfume... You know, that sort of good things. Although I can't really say a proper summer has settled yet, the weather is substantially warmer, the days are longer, and that makes a real difference. The sky is still clear when I go to bed, whilst the sun has already risen whatever hour of the day I wake up at (hello happy mornings!). But enough with the rambling now, below are my favourites of this month ♡

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

My Little Dolce Vita Box - May 2016 Edition

Buongiorno! When I noticed the May edition of My Little Box was going to relate to Italy, I couldn’t but decide to continue my subscription to the Parisian business (to have an overview of the concept and see what the April Flower Box edition contained, click here) and enjoy once more the very nice content of this beauty box. The thematic turned out to be perfectly well-timed as I am flying to Rome in a few days for the first time – so this Dolce Vita box is the perfect foretaste to my Roman holiday. Why do I review the May edition in June you may ask, well because the first box got lost in the post (French or British, or somewhere in the middle) so as the end of the month was getting closer and my mail box remained empty, I just dropped an email to their customer service and they immediately sent through another one, which I got a week later after I had been hopping up and down with impatience.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Nailed It

A good manucure is a detail which makes the difference in an outfit, especially when it's neatly done. I usually paint my nails two to three times a week for it to be always flawless (or intend to). I've been wearing the Varnish Care duo kit by Essie that has become my go-to basic for months now, and recently fallen in love with a bunch of nudes and reds, so beautiful I realize I don't feel like wearing anything else! So I thought I'd do a short blog post on nail polish because well, why not? 

Saturday, 28 May 2016

May Favourites

May, another month which flashed by! The first month of spring was filled with coffee macchiatos and lots of vanilla tea - and I couldn't complain. One thing I'm sure of is that I love working from a coffee place with a soft jazz tune in the background. Along with a caramel macchiato and a sweet treat, it appears to be the perfect environment for me to reach a high level of productivity (most of the time) while keeping my stress level relatively low (main challenge). May was also a spendy month as I have invested in the camera I had been dreaming of and treated myself with flight tickets to Rome to see my friends, and I just can't wait to make new memories in the Eternal City. So, bring it on June! ♡

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Take me to Edinburgh

Le Balmoral Edinburgh Scotland

Last weekend I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days in Edinburgh. I couldn't wait to catch the train and visit everything I could in the Scottish capital, and I wasn't disappointed! This city has so much character you can easily tell it overflows with life. That day, the weather was quite warm and cafés really busy; that's why being on my own this time made me feel a wee bit lonely in honesty, as I would have loved to sit down and enjoy a drink and Scottish pastries with friends. But no worries, because soon the charm of Edinburgh's architecture and main attractions were enough to set my mind back on track to my natural enthusiasm. 

Saturday, 14 May 2016

New In: My Beauty Picks For Spring

Flowers Bourjois Stila Mac

Spring has definitely settled, which as a result made me feel like wearing lighter colours and adapting my makeup looks accordingly. I made a few beauty purchases over the last month that I love wearing on a daily basis. Some are recent launches whilst others are classics - I hope you'll enjoy my new beauty picks (and mini-reviews) for spring! 

Friday, 6 May 2016

May Blooms

With May comes my craving for fresh-cut blooms - and that's perfect timing as it is also time for peony season. Whenever I pass by a flower shop or just M&S pretty little bouquets, I am irresistibly drawn to them. It is what spring does to me - and fortunately, the wish to be surrounded by flowers is easily attainable for a few pounds. It makes me feel very content and at the same time adds this touch of chic to my room. 

Sunday, 1 May 2016

April Favourites

Between a larger amount of work than usual, starting to focus on my dissertation and my trip all around west Scotland, this month of April has literally flashed by. Although I have been a bit under the weather (the sun wasn't really present either, which didn't help), I have tons of favourites I had to limit to five for the sake of this blog post. I have also purchased a few makeup items I am currently trying out and several pieces of clothing I am head over heels about over this past month, and I will not hesitate to let you know about what I think of those later! So enough rambling, here are my favourites of this April.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

My Scottish Trip: Old Man of Storr, Eilean Donan, Glenfinnan & Glencoe

DAY 2: Old Man of Storr, Eilean Donan Castle and Glenfinnan Viaduct

After passing through the Isle of Skye's coral beach, fairy pools and Portree, I continued on many other incredible places west Scotland has to offer. A friend and I dashed to the nearest postcard-selling small shop before catching to bus in the early morning on Saturday,  and here we were on the road again to reach our first destination of the day, Old Man of Storr.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

My Scottish Trip: Coral Beaches, Fairy Pools & Portree

DAY 1: Coral Beaches, Fairy Pools & Portree

As soon as I knew I was going to spend a few months in Scotland for my internship, the first thing that popped in my mind was how much travelling I was going to get out of it - along with the memories I was about to make. I've got to say that after three months here, it pans out. I am currently living in the north-east area and I mainly wished to explore the wild west coast, before heading south and chiefly visit the capital, Edinburgh (which I can't wait for in May). 

Thursday, 21 April 2016

My Little Flower Box - April 2016 Edition

Bonjour ! Let me introduce you to My Little Flower Box, the very springy My Little Box's April edition. It was my first time ordering a beauty box online, and I can genuinely say it won't be the last. In a nutshell, it's been years that I had wanted to take the plunge and receive a lovely surprise someday I wasn't completely expecting; it eventually came true when I noticed My Little Box floral theme going on this month and couldn't help but yield to it. 

Sunday, 17 April 2016

How To Become An Efficient Shopper

• Striped shirt: Primark • Off-shoulder top: H&M • Real suede skirt: Stradivarius • Perfume: Miss Dior Eau de Toilette 
Using a smarter approach when it comes to buying your clothes will help carrying out most daily wardrobe-related tasks such as selecting new outfits, packing for trips and organising your closet. As a matter of fact, this requires taking some time to define what you want your wardrobe to look like and what to spend your money on. It might be a little bit frustrating at the beginning as you don’t really know what you want or what to begin with, but eventually with some effort put into it you will notice a real shift in the way you consider your sartorial purchases.

The perks of adopting higher standards mean that the range of clothes which fit your criteria will shrink. Being able to select items that truly reflect your choices ensure that those who fail the test get filtered out early in the process; plus, you won’t have to deal with bad buys frustrations later on and your wardrobe will only contain items that fit your personal style. Below are several pieces of advice to reckon when shopping for clothes – about the questions you should ask yourself in the process, try to only buy items that tick all boxes.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

How To Shop Sustainable

"Buy less, choose well and make it last"
These wise words by Vivienne Westwood perfectly summarise the outcome of this blogpost. Tired of not being completely satisfied of the pieces hanging in your wardrobe? Next time, pick your items with more care when strolling around town. But here lies the difficulty: how to be sure the clothes we see on coat racks in our favourite boutiques are going to bring us the same satisfaction as when they were tried on in the fitting rooms? In other words, how to shop well and as a direct consequence, to buy less and avoid overspending when we can't afford it?

Sunday, 3 April 2016

How To Clear Your Wardrobe

credits: pinterest at @bonjourwhite
When I moved out of Strasbourg and came back home, I was faced with a case of overflowing suitcase and replete wardrobe; I had no other choice but to try to unclutter the best I could. Fortunately I had had a read at Marie Kondo's The Life Changing Magic of Tidying on the train. Although a little bit too extreme at times, I have to say it really helped to put me on the move. I seized the opportunity to free some precious space and also to make a big winter spring clean... It took me two entire days to go through my whole wardrobe - for your information I decided to do everything at once, which proved to be extremely effective - however this time-consuming activity left me with an immense feeling of satisfaction and the promise I would never clutter my wardrobe again. Introducing my first style post, here are a few pieces of advice when it comes to clear your wardrobe!

Sunday, 27 March 2016

March Favourites

March has been a busy busy month for me, and I can't wait for April to come! Between going shopping for clothes, trying on new makeup looks, catching up on some reading and experiencing a ton of Scottish food specialties, I can say I have really enjoyed these 31 days. Below is a list of my favourites of this March, hope you enjoy it!

1. Shirt with pleated back, ZARA

For a long time I had been looking for a simple white shirt with a classic collar, yet with a little detail that would make the difference. A white shirt is a basic item to have in your wardrobe, so you'd better love the one you pick! That is why I waited patiently to come across a shirt I would love wearing, whose shape, style and material I couldn't get tired of. And this happened in Zara, quite often these days I must say... When I caught sight of it in the shop I instantly knew it was the one, although the only slight disappointment was that it belonged to the Trafaluc section (which I am not really a fan of). But once in the fitting rooms, I couldn't resist its asymmetrical hem, the fact that it is longer in the back, and the detailing of the so feminine pleated back and sleeves. Love at first sight. Leaves me feeling like a drowsy Holly Golightly opening the door to Paul Varjak

Saturday, 12 March 2016

How to Pick the Perfect Foundation

Who hasn’t spent hours (and money) trying to find the perfect foundation? The one that brings the perfect glow to your skin, not too cakey, not too orange or too pale or too dark, not too heavy but which still has a good coverage and lasts all day? I am convinced that speaks to you. I hate when I try a new one on and the shade doesn't turn out as I expected it to be. After one more weary miss, I decided it was time for me to invest in a higher quality one and to receive some pieces of advice by skincare and makeup experts on which shade would suit me best. 

Saturday, 5 March 2016

My Evening Skincare Routine

Bonsoir ! After I introduced my morning skincare routine (here), I thought I’d give my evening pamper a go. Removing my makeup used to be a bore – something I shouldn’t forget to do before I went to bed at the risk of having a breakout the following day and my pillow stained with mascara. Now that I know how important that is, I feel I have improved my skincare routine a lot for the past year. My beauty shelf is filled with products which really work for my skin, although yesterday I came to the conclusion that one of my cleansers was too aggressive to my skin during the winter time so there's still room for improvement. I also tend to gradually invest in high-quality products, my purchases becoming more pricey but within reason – so both my skin and bank account are benefitting greatly from this. I keep in mind that there’s no point in buying expensive makeup if my skincare is not adapted: the greater my skin looks, the less coverage my foundation needs to have – and I am a natural glowy looking skin enthusiast.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

February Beauty and Non-Beauty Favourites

February has been a month of craving for beauty products - which I put my hands on - and a wish to adapt myself to a new lifestyle. I found joy in little things, and these made up for matter little worries along the road! I loved hovering over a cup of tea in my white sheets, wearing my favourite jumper and a pair of downy socks, painting my nails a light springy pink and browsing through Pinterest for best style picks. Add a spoon of delicious coffee shops and restaurant discoveries and you'll know how my February went by! 

Saturday, 20 February 2016

My Morning Skincare Routine

A month of stress and bad skin days have definitely convinced me to grant importance to a good skincare routine. Drinking a lot of water and being on a balanced diet helps ensuring a healthy complexion, but to be honest I'm not really watching what I eat very closely - or else I am, I am just not strong enough to resist nibbling on some pâtisseries or nutella - so I tend to rely more on my skincare routine. I have got normal/dry skin in winter, that's why I tend to lean forwards products which are nourishing and hydrating but still not too heavy or rich because of the combination nature of my skin. In the evenings I am used to taking some time to layer on all sorts of products, but in the mornings I like my routine to be quick and efficient: I have realised that my skin responds really well to consistency and a minimal routine.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

New Country, New Habits

Adapting to a new country may sometimes be less difficult than it seems. I always find the first weeks very exciting as your time is filled up with never-ending discoveries, whether it be your next favourite coffee shop, striking spots of the city or amusing cultural features. I have been living in Scotland for a few weeks now and I can say that I am adapting pretty well. I have come to notice a few things which please me a lot, and that I wish were part of my life on a daily basis simply because they make me happy. Some habits I am getting into are more about integrating a healthy lifestyle than being purely British as I am convinced that it's more a question of the mood you're in as well as your personal taste!

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Removing your makeup with Nivea

One of the urgent things I had to do on the very first day after I had unpacked was buying a few necessities I couldn't bring with me on the plane, a.k.a. makeup remover and cotton pads. Just like old times, I burst into Boots and was on cloud nine when I laid my eyes on the offers popping here and there before me: most of the time certain items are half-priced or the third you buy is free, a privilege which you would certainly never get in France. 

Friday, 29 January 2016

A new start

At last I'm writing my first article on this blog. I had been thinking about shaping a new blog for so long now that it was about time to take the plunge! For several reasons, blogging has become an obvious way of expressing myself. Saying what is happening in my life, where I am travelling to, chatting about beauty products and a bit of style as well is what I like to do. Hello to my family and friends who are brave enough to take time to read this in English - and forgive me not to write in French, you do know it's basically my life - and welcome to other readers! 
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