Saturday, 30 September 2017

Two Days in Naples

I’ve been living in Rome for three months now, and because there is so much to see in the eternal city I hadn’t taken the time to book myself a weekend away to another Italian city. Therefore I decided to go on a trip to Naples with a friend of mine who had not visited the city yet. We literally did it last minute: we booked a room two days before the departure and bought train tickets the day before we left. And because it is southern Italy, we didn’t even spend a lot of money (a return ticket from Rome on the fastest train cost us 35€). Obviously although we hadn’t planned anything or spent any time looking for what to do there, we were incredibly excited to find out what Naples had to offer. It turned out we got plenty of information on where to go to enjoy delicious Neapolitan food thanks to acquaintances of ours on our way…
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Thursday, 14 September 2017

La vie en Rouje


As you’ve probably noticed on my Instagram or my previous post on influencers (here), I’ve been smitten by Jeanne Damas for more than a year now. Her fashion sense and lifestyle in Paris have became an obvious stream of inspiration to me. There is just something about them - maybe the fact than she seems able to recreate a Paris from the 70s than doesn’t exist anymore, enhancing the idea of a perfect city exuding la joie de vivre à la française, wine and trips to Bretagne included - I can’t help but feeling drawn to what she wants to share through Rouje, the brand she launched not so long ago. Ah yes. Her perfectly-tousled bed hair and insouciant sophistication.

So when a friend of mine let me know there was a collaboration project going on between her and My Little Box (officially confirmed on her Instagram story) I didn’t think about it twice, also because I had already experienced two boxes I was happy about (you can read about what I thought of them and learn more about the concept of the boxes here and here). I ordered the September special edition as a flash. As September is also my birthday month, the box came as a gift to myself and fortunately I was very satisfied with the content of it. 
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Thursday, 24 August 2017

5 Instagram Influencers You Should Know

Instagram has for long been my favourite social media. I can't hide the fact that I am fond of esthetics and photography so Instagram is both the best place to express myself and a great one to find inspiration. Talking about inspiration, I have noticed that I keep coming back to my favourite accounts whenever I want to get inspired or simply to put myself in the mood to shoot nice pictures. People and bloggers I follow don't necessarily have the same style however I find that this diversity makes this social media more interesting ; so here are my favourite influencers for you to indulge in! 

Christie Tyler | @nycbambi


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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Little Ordinary Moments of Happiness


Last November I walked into a Roman library to purchase a book I could improve my Italian with. It had to be relatively short, not too complicated to understand and of course I had to be captivated from what I read on the back cover. He recommended Momenti di Trascurabile Felicità by Francesco Piccolo, and got me convinced. As soon as I perused the first words along its pages I became completely smitten; I knew it was the kind of book you wish you’d never finish because it is this good
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Monday, 14 August 2017

The Ordinary Review: My Essential CHANEL Poudre Universelle Compacte


I remember wondering at first what luxury beauty products were the worthiest to buy, and came to mind foundation, lipstick and possibly mascara. So when I splurged on CHANEL's Poudre Universelle Compacte I wasn't entirely sure of the difference using this one would make compared to my former Rimmel's Stay Matte compact powder. It took me a bit of time to start using it as I generally don't apply a lot on my face, but when I started living in Rome in summer and needed to stave off the shine, I quickly realised how high-quality this product was and it all became clear that I could never live without it again. This CHANEL powder is definitely worth having its own spotlight on the blog!
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Monday, 7 August 2017

Food Specialities to Try in Rome

Alberto Sordi in An American in Rome (1954)

Italian cuisine is known in the whole world as one of the most popular, tastiest and simplest assortment of food - everywhere you go you will step upon an Italian restaurant serving pasta and pizza. It's been my favourite for as long as I can remember. However before moving to Italy, I had scarcely any idea of the regional richness of its gastronomy. Now that I live in Rome I've had the time, along with a few friends, to catch up on culinary wonders and swore I'll always pay attention to regional specialties to get the best out of Italian trips. Indeed it is quite simple to understand that the best Italian food one can ever try is in Italy, provided that you know what to eat depending on the city you're visiting. If for example Italian gastronomy is not all about pasta hundreds of recipes exist, so an Italian person who knows their own cuisine will not pick the same pasta dish on the menu when sitting at a restaurant in Rome, Naples or Florence.
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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Dear Rome, I'm Back

Piazza Madonna ai Monti
I know I haven't been very active on my blog recently - life got very busy but we all go through intense period of activity sometimes. Let's say that now, July 2017, I'm opening a new chapter in my life and I am, finally, living in Rome (well, for a few months) and blogging again along the way. 
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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Stripes & Crepes in Rennes


When I realised I had travelled more in the UK than in my own country, I decided to take action and hold some time to explore France more. Although Paris is obviously a classic there is so much more to visit - after Strasbourg and Toulouse, it was time for me to spend a few days in Rennes, capital of Brittany. Did I expect the clichés of stripes and crepes? Not really, but I got plenty of them as the number of striped jersey per square metre exploded (for my greatest pleasure).
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Sunday, 26 February 2017

Beauty Routine for Sensitive & Blemished Skin


I remember wondering countless times what my skin type was. I just couldn't categorize mine as dry, sensitive, oily or combination and struggled to adapt my beauty routine - not mentioning it tends to be drier in winter and oilier in summer like a majority of people - until I realised it was both sensitive and prone to blemishes. It was also dehydrated (water stripped from skin by products and environmental factors), not dry (skin that produces very little oil naturally). I don't know exactly what causes my skin sensitivity; it must be a mix of pollution, hard water and maybe a misuse of too harsh a product on my skin. On the contrary I know my blemishes are directly due to stress and diet. In any case I now focus on using the right products and head for higher quality, natural and organic ones when possible to reach the perfect skincare fit!
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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Daring & Elegance ∙ Miss Dior Eau de Parfum Review


You may wonder why I am outlining a review of Miss Dior now since the original perfume was created in 1947. Maybe because I would like to expand upon the perfume I've been wearing for so long in my young 24 year-old life, to the extent that it has become by far my favourite of the tiny collection I own (composed of my summery cologne by Jo Malone and Coco Mademoiselle when in need of extra confidence). More importantly, it recently struck me how modern the scent and its spirit is.
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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Take Me to la Ville Rose ∙ Toulouse


A few days ago I had the chance to fly away from my routine to Toulouse to visit some family I had not seen in a while. I don't often have the occasion to pop by south France so I made the most of my trip, balancing between quality time with loved ones and visit of the city (and optionally coffee con panna).
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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Trends I Shopped in the Sales


This past year the fashion industry has been all about reinventing the 90s - it's even more striking when you find yourself liking what a character wears in a film of the same time period (who knew Monica rocked her outfits so well?). As a result winter sales are full of the up-to-date version. And as usual, I try to shop what can last at long one or two additional years in terms of trends or timeless pieces to make my wardrobe more sustainable.

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Thursday, 2 February 2017

What's in my Makeup Bag ∙ February Edition


I actually don't own a big collection of makeup items compared to others as I pay attention to beauty expiry dates (and don't have unlimited space on my shelves), although I'd be lying if I said everything fitted in my small makeup bag. In reality I tend to use a small range of products to create different looks, regardless of whether I go for a no makeup makeup or a more sophisticated one in the morning. Whilst I realised I prefer classic makeup looks that are easy and efficient to creative ones - which as a result reduces the amount of makeup I need on a daily basis - the content of my makeup bag slightly varies every month. Below is the February edition!
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Sunday, 29 January 2017

5 Tips to Optimise your Time


Although I've always considered myself as a quite organised person, I've recently had to reassess the way I arrange my life after I realised I kept running after time whilst I had plenty. I have had to find means to optimise my time to do everything I have to do during the day, which both includes finding a way to be more productive and cutting off on useless time-consuming activities. Due to the digital society and speed to which everything goes nowadays it is also essential to find time to relax (for real) and stop feeling constantly breathless. If you're reading this post, chances are you're an organisational freak or someone completely disorganised in need of some tips. Or maybe somewhere in the middle. In any case, I'd thought I share a bit of my experience in terms of organisation with you!
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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Reflections on One Year of Blogging

Here we are, Bonjour White is one year-old! 

For the occasion I've been thinking about what blogging means to me, and put into perspective the good and bad sides of being a blogger on a daily basis. I've also had the opportunity to witness my own progress in terms of content and photography - which is quite encouraging. Bloggers among you will know the huge amount of effort having a blog implies and a reminder that your work pays off and is up to your expectations at some point is indeed a very satisfying reward.
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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Bonjour 2017


Now 2017 is ten days in and it's high time to put 2016 challenging hurdles aside only to remember personal achievements and happy memories. I've come to ponder the lessons 2016 brought up through difficult times so that they serve me (keeping in mind this pinteresty quote going either you win either you learn) to shape a whole new bucket list and recapture my natural optimism. I still need objectives to set, projects to undertake, trips to plan. But this year, I don't forget the unexpected: let's be honest, how boring life would be then? It often made me happy beyond borders over the past year. I'm also all for spontaneity and daring more.
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Saturday, 7 January 2017

What 2016 Taught Me


Contrary to a lot of people and bloggers around here the year that just ended a week ago has not been to best to me (and to the world in general but that's another matter). Although I constantly kept my optimism up as much as possible while keeping my feet firmly on the ground, some events made this positive thinking more difficult. Now with a bit of perspective I am able to rewind the film back and reflect on what turned uncomfortable times into valuable lessons and perk up to begin 2017 with a fresh start.
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