23 décembre 2016

Christmas magic in Alsace

Hi guys,

This is it, only one day left until Christmas! I must admit I am a little sad it's almost over. I just love this time of the year : all the fairy lights, Christmas trees, pretty shop windows... I think I can safely say that I like the whole pre-Christmas period even more than Christmas day itself. Is it weird?

On Monday we left Paris and hopped on a train to Strasbourg (on the eastern part of France), where we spent a few days. This city, self-proclaimed Capital of Christmas, did not deceive us. It was so wonderful to wander in the many Christmas markets, buy presents for our friends and family, warm up with mulled wine and eat regional specialties.

We also went on a day trip to Colmar, which is the most adorable town just half an hour away from Strasbourg. It's so pretty there, it almost looks like Disneyland!

I managed to take quite a few photos during this trip and I wanted to share them with you. I hope you'll enjoy!


Have the most magical day ♡

7 décembre 2016

inspiration parisienne

Hey guys!

I don't know about you, but I am SO NOT feeling like working these days. Maybe it's because I had a really hard exam yesterday and today I'm letting the steam off, or maybe it's because of Christmas, I don't know.

What I do know though is that I've been itching to go out and enjoy Paris, look at the pretty christmas trees at Place Vendôme and above else, go shopping. As my title says, I've been feeling très parisienne over the past few weeks. Silly, non? Especially considering that a. I am French, b. I was born in Paris, and c. I currently live in Paris. But the thing is, I am currently inspired by "la parisienne" i.e. that fictional effortless yet chic creature the whole world seem to believe we (people living in Paris) are.

Anyway, I thought it would be nice to create two looks and share them with you. I hope you like them!

Outfit n°1:

Parisienne 2

Outfit n°2:

Parisienne 1

I've created a Polyvore account to create these looks so if you want all the info concerning the clothes showed here, just visit my page here!

I hope you found these inspiring. I know that I am definitely adding some flare jeans and suede boots to my Christmas wishlist! What have you been thinking about lately? Tell me all about it!

1 décembre 2016

it's beginning to look a lot like christmas...

This is it, the countdown has started until Christmas and I am impatiently waiting until this evening to open the first little door of my advent calendar. 

The streets are twinkling with fairy lights and the shops are showing off their best, yummiest treats. Oh my, I just love this time of the year!

For now I am buried in work but I keep my chin up by enjoying all the seasonal treats in my free time: christmas music, tea, films, shopping, hot cider, mince pies and so on.

This weekend is going to be extra special. Since Dan and I won't be celebrating Christmas together (sad face), we decided to have a little Christmas themed weekend (in between my morning and before-bed revisions!). We will decorate the house with a tree, fairy lights and garlands, go to Disneyland, bake some orange and chocolate chip shortbreads and have a fancy dinner at L'Escargot, the best restaurant to get snails. I can't wait!

I've already written my wish-list to Santa (obviously!) and almost finished my Christmas shopping. There a few other things that I'd like to do within the next few weeks:
. finish writing my Christmas cards and send them
. go to Place Vendôme and admire the pretty decorations and trees
. make some mulled wine
. organise a cosy Christmas goûter with my uni friends (preferably after an exam or a very hard class, for extra cosiness - or hygge)
. find some good seasonal books to relax
. think about two delicious menus for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
. make a garland with stars, some Christmas crackers (if I manage to find some cracker snaps) and, if I feel super motivated and if I find time, make a dried orange garland like this one

Also if you have any seasonal book and film recommendations please go ahead and tell me!
What are you plans for December?

24 novembre 2016

cosy morning routine

Hey guys!

I hope you have been enjoying Autumn as much as I did. I just can't get enough of this season: it's chilly enough to get cosy, but not freezing (yet) so you don't feel like you want to hibernate. It's just perfect.

Cosiness, which unfortunately doesn't translate into French, is my favourite English word and concept. Well-being and feeling satisfied with your life is something that I think we should all cultivate. And what better way to do so than by adopting a cosy morning routine!

These are very simple ideas that I usually do every morning. They make me feel calm and happy, and I hope they will do the same to you!

- my morning coffee is what basically gets me out of bed. I absolutely love the smell, taste and feeling that this drink gives me. I always use an italian cafetière to make coffee. It takes a little time, but it is so worth it. Once the coffee is brewed, I add a little warm oat milk to it, for the most soul warming café au lait.

- breakfast is definitely my favourite meal of the day. I'm such a sweet tooth! I discovered porridge when I first to England in 2009 and since then I can't get enough of it. I find it both comforting and healthy, and the best way to start the day. I love adding superfood (pollen, maca, wheatgerm, raw cacao, etc.), special flours (I love carob and coconut) and either fresh fruits or compote on top.

- whilst I eat my breakfast, I usually read a book, browse on my pad or write in my journal. The Little Book of Hygge is a great source of inspiration for all the cosy nerd like I am! Hygge is a Danish word that means cosiness, happiness, spending time with loved ones, and all these other lovely things that make you feel happy to be alive. If you like the concept, I would definitely recommend the book.

- I love listening to old records. I am starting to have a little collection now, but this particular one (The Nutcracker, by Tchaikowsky) always makes me feel cosy. I listen to it all the time from the beginning of Autumn until the end of Spring: I have it on my phone, on my laptop and on record. That's like my life playlist. I saw the ballet a few years ago, performed by the Royal Ballet in London and it was the most magical experience.

I hope these ideas will be a little helpful to those of you who find it hard to get up in the morning. I usually also have a little yoga routine that I do every morning, which helps my body feel relaxed <3
Have a lovely (and cosy) day!

28 septembre 2016

my autumn list

As said before, I love Autumn. It makes me want to curl up at home with a good book and a candle whilst listening to the pouring rain outside. It also inspires me to work and be more productive. There is nothing more satisfying to me than knowing that I worked hard and did all the tasks I had given myself at the beginning of the day.

Earlier this year I started to write seasonal lists of things I wanted to do and I thought it would be nice to share my Autumn list with you guys. I hope you'll like it!

I actually already went to the woods last weekend but the leaves were still very green so I'm planning on going back in a few weeks time.

When I'm not reading about Egyptian funerary books (which is what my thesis is about), I love to read novels, especially the ones that have a bit of magic going on in the story. I managed to finish the new Harry Potter book in two days (I was really trying to pace myself!) and will now start The October Country. I don't really know what it's about yet but it has October in the name, which was enough for me to buy it. If you have any recommendation, please share!

Happy Autumn fellow human beings.

23 septembre 2016

back to school

Hey guys!

Apologies for being silent for so long, but I'm (kind of) back!
So, let's get down to business: back to school, aka la rentrée for us French folks. Autumn and the renewal of the school year always inspire me so much, and I am ready for this new year to start! (which is a good thing since term starts on Monday). I did a bit of "back to school" shopping and I thought it would be nice to share my little haul here. I hope you enjoy!

Let's start with the basics: pretty notebooks. I got the brown ones from Paperchase and I simply used stamps to customise them. The notebooks with stars are by Nikki Strange but I bought them at Topshop.

I also got a pair of blue light glasses, which should save my life (or eyes) during those long hours spent working on my thesis. The brand is called See Concept and I got them from the BHV (= my favourite shop in Paris).

That beautiful brass ruler on top is from Amazon. I spotted it a few months ago at Merci but it was just too expensive for me. Luckily, I found it online 5€ cheaper including delivery cost. Win!

The pen and little pumpkin erasers were presents, and the crystals are from The Astrology Shop in London.

Sneaky peek at my translations!

(pencil case: BHV, pencil: etsy, marble tray: H&M home, candle: Laura Ashley, paper clips: Paperchase)

Last but not least, my "school bag" is a simple tote from the bookshop Shakespeare and Co.

Oh and before I finish this post, I wanted to share with you this really cute quote I found on Pinterest:

I'm so ready for la rentrée.

9 avril 2016

Berlin: Mini Guide

One good thing about being a student, is that you get to have regular « holidays ». I put inverted comas here because even on holiday I still have to work on my thesis. But my schedule is much more flexible so it's great. A few weeks ago, Dan and I went on a four-day trip to Berlin to meet my lovely friend Alix. I had been wanting to visit her in Berlin for a while, so it was great to finally be there with her and experience the vibe of Berlin.

The atmosphere in Berlin is simply amazing. The city in itself is nice, but the people, the places, the general feeling you get when you're there is just great ! I loved how people seem so much more relaxed than in London or Paris. It's very bohemian and trendy, with a huge amount of healthy places to eat. I loved it !


L'un des avantages à être étudiante, c'est que j'ai des « vacances » assez régulièrement. J'ai mis « vacances » entre guillemets car le travail sur mon mémoire ne s'arrête jamais vraiment, mais au moins mon emploi du temps est plus flexible ! Il y a quelques semaines, Dan et moi sommes allés à Berlin pour un long weekend, où nous avons retrouvé mon amie Alix. J'avais vraiment envie de visiter cette ville et de revoir mon amie, alors c'était top de finalement en avoir l'occasion.

Berlin est assez incroyable. La ville en elle-même est plutôt sympa, mais le petit truc en plus de Berlin, c'est vraiment son atmosphère. Tout le monde est beaucoup plus détendu qu'à Paris ou à Londres. C'est une ville vraiment tendance, avec pleins de petites boutiques et aussi des tas de restaurants et cafés qui servent de la nourriture saine. Bref, j'ai adoré !

Where to stay

♡ We stayed in an Air Bnb that was located in the neighbourhood of Prenzlauer Berg. It was super pretty and cosy and there were even some chocolatey biscuits and a bottle of wine waiting for us on our arrival !

// Nous sommes restés dans un Air Bnb dans le quartier de Prenzlauer Berg. L'appartement était vraiment mignon et cosy, et la propriétaire nous avait même laissé des petits biscuits au chocolat et une bouteille de vin ! 

Where to go

♡ The Museum Island 

We only went to the Egyptian museum where we stayed hours looking at the amazing sarcophagi and papyri. It was great ! I would have loved to visit the other museums but unfortunately we didn't have time. But this gives us a good reason to come back, right ?
// Nous sommes seulement allés au musée des antiquités égyptiennes où nous sommes restés des heures à admirer les sarcophages et les papyrus ! J'aurai adoré pouvoir visiter les autres musées mais malheureusement nous n'avons pas eut le temps. Mais c'est une bonne excuse pour revenir, n'est-ce pas ?

♡ Prenzlauer Berg
Is the neighbourhood where our Air Bnb was located. It's a very pretty area filled with cute independent shops, nice cafes and lively bars and restaurants.
// C'est le quartier où se trouvait notre appartement. C'est un coin vraiment joli de la ville, avec beaucoup de petits magasins indépendants, de cafés sympas et pas mal de bars et de restaurants.

♡ Mitte
Is another super nice neighbourhood filled with cute shops and cafés. Defeinitely worth a visit !
// Est un autre quartier, avec pleins de jolis magasins et de cafés. A visiter !

Where to eat

The Bowl
Warschauer Strasse

 I LOVED The Bowl, so much we even went twice ! We had diner and breakfast there and both were such hits ! It basically serves clean, vegan food in bowls (hence the name) and has lots of very interesting variations on their dishes and drinks. Plus, it's located on the first floor of a vegan supermarket (where I went a little bit crazy and bought tons of chocolates, yummy spreads and cosmetics. Ooops!).

// J'ai ADORE cet endroit, tellement que nous y sommes allés deux fois ! Nous y avons mangé pour le dinner et pour le petit déjeuner, et par deux fois nous avons été conquis. Le principe est simple : que de la nourriture saine et vegan, servie dans des bols (d'où le nom). Ils ont beaucoup de variations qui ont toutes l'air délicieuses, et j'avais envie de tout tester ! En plus, le restaurant est situé au premier étage d'un supermarché vegan (où j'ai un peu fait des folies et ai acheté du chocolat, des beurres à tartiner et des cosmétiques. Oups!) 


Distrikt Coffee
Bergstrasse 68

This was a really nice coffee-shop with amazingly tasty food and lovely staff. Plus they have a copper chandelier and distressed sofas. What more could you ask for ?
// Un café vraiment sympa où ils servent des déjeuners à tomber et où le personnel est adorable. En plus, ils ont un chandelier en cuivre et des sofas confortables, que demander de plus ?

I also loved :

Daluma (Weinbergsweg) : For delicious, wholesome breakfasts, smoothies and juices. I think they also serve lunch and diner. The food was absolutely great and the space was very minimal and airy. Lovely.
// Pour des petits déjeuners sains et délicieux, ainsi que des jus et des smoothies. Je crois qu'ils servent également des déjeuners. Tout était vraiment bon et l'endroit était minimal et joli.

Lily Burger (Urbanstrasse) : This place has a very different vibe : it's kind of a mix between a club and an eatery. Their burgers are among the best I've ever had (if not the best), and I tried for the very first time in my life curly fries. How come I had never heard of them before ? They are SO good (and this comes from a person who doesn't usually like fried food).
// Là on est dans un style bien différent : c'est un peu un mélange entre un club et un restaurant. Leurs hamburgers étaient à tomber, l'un des meilleurs que j'ai pu goûter. Et nous avons également partagé des curly fries, dont je n'avais jamais entendu parler mais que j'ai absolument a-do-ré ! (Et pourtant en général je n'aime pas les fritures) 

Where to shop

Hallesches Haus
Tempelhofer Ufer

This shop is amazing. I really wanted to buy everything, from cactus vases to scented candles, I loved everything.
// Ce magasin est top ! J'aurai bien tout acheté : que ce soit leurs vases en forme de cactus, ou leurs bougies parfumées. J'ai tout aimé !


Maastrichter Strasse

Also has lovely, designey/hisperey things for the house, including pretty prints and cosy blankets.
// A également une jolie sélection d'objets déco.

I hope you will like these littles places as much as I did. If you have any other recommendation, please feel free to share !
// J'espère que ces petites adresses vous seront utiles si vous visitez Berlin. Si vous en avez d'autres à ajouter à cette liste, n'hésitez pas !

3 avril 2016

Cruelty free beauty

It's been quite a few months now since I've started buying cosmetics that haven't been tested on animals. At first, I thought it would be an easy task. The plan was to slowly replace each item I own with one that is cruelty free. Simple. However, it turned out a bit more complicated, mostly because almost all the brands I had been using since then were actually tested on animals. This was a big surprise. Since I had always bought most of my products from pharmacies, I just assumed they weren't tested on animals anymore. Very wrong I was. Basically, most of the stuff you find in pharmacies (creams, cleansers and so on), and most of the high-end make-up brands (Chanel, YSL, etc.) are tested on animals. So I have started using PETA's lists of brands that do/don't do animal testings.

// Cela fait plusieurs mois déjà que je n'achète plus que des cosmétiques testés sur les animaux. Au début de mon entreprise, je pensais que la tâche serait facile. Mon plan était de remplacer petit à petit tous mes produits par d'autres cruelty free (= sans cruauté). Simple, non? Cependant, je me suis vite aperçue que ce serait un peu plus compliqué que ça puisque la plupart des marques que j'utilisais jusque là étaient testées de cette manière. J'étais vraiment surprise! Tous mes produits étaient soit achetés en pharmacies (pour les nettoyants, crèmes, etc.) ou étaient de grandes marques (Shiseido, YSL, etc), et je pensais vraiment que ces marques ne testaient plus.
Évidemment j'avais tort: beaucoup de ces marques sont en effet encore testées sur les animaux. Alors maintenant, pour être sûre, je vérifie toujours soit sur le site des marques, soit sur la liste que PETA à mis en ligne sur les marques qui testent/ne testent pas sur les animaux.

Here are a few of my favourites. If you like the idea, I may do another article with cruelty free make-up ! 
// Voici quelques uns de mes produits favoris du moment. Si l'article vous plaît, j'en écrirai un autre vous présentant du maquillage non testé sur les animaux!

Aesop, Geranium leaf body cleanser

I have become a huge fan of Aesop over the past few months. I just love the smell of everything they sell ! It's a perfect combination of botanical and clean scents. Dan and I have been both using this shower gel and it lasts for months. This is our second bottle. I think we are both in love.

// Je suis devenue super fan des produits Aesop depuis ces derniers mois. Tous leurs produits sentent tellement bon! C'est, en général, un mélange parfait entre senteurs botaniques et odeur de propre. Ce gel douche à une odeur plutôt unisexe, donc Dan et moi l'utilisons tous les deux, et la bouteille dure des mois. Celle-ci est notre deuxième bouteille, c'est clairement un produit que l'on rachètera.


Aesop, Purifying exfoliant paste

More Aesop love ♡ This facial scrub smells amazing and leaves my skin feeling so clean and soft. Just like the body cleanser, you only need a tiny bit of product each time so it lasts forever.

// Quand je vous disais que j'adorais Aesop Ce gommage pour le visage sent super bon et laisse ma peau nette, bien propre et toute douce. Tout comme le gel douche, pas besoin d'en utiliser beaucoup pour obtenir les effets désirés, donc le produit dure vraiment longtemps.


Caudalie, Moisturizing mask

I was really pleased to see that not ALL the brands sold in pharmacies were tested on animals. At least Caudalie is being good. This mask is great when your skins feels a bit dry. I usually use it after exfoliating my face, on damp skin, and leave it for half an hour. Then I spray my face with rose water and remove the excess with a dry cotton pad or two. My skin is then much more plump and hydrated.

// J'ai été contente de m'apercevoir que toutes les marques vendues en pharmacies n'étaient pas testées sur les animaux, comme c'est le cas de Caudalie. Ce masque pour le visage est top quand ma peau est un peu sèche/tire. Je l'utilise toujours après m'être exfolié le visage, sur peau un peu humide, et je le laisse poser pendant environs une demie heure. Ensuite, je vaporise un peu d'eau de rose sur mon visage et j'enlève l'excédent de masque avec un ou deux cotons. Ma peau est ainsi bien rebondie et hydratée.


Crazy Rumors, Chocolate and strawberry lip balm

I usually make my own lip balm but when I smelled this one I just had to buy it. It literally smells of chocolate and strawberry. So good I want to eat it ! 

// En général je n'achète pas de baume à lèvres car je le fais moi-même. Mais quand j'ai senti celui-ci j'ai tellement adoré qu'il me le fallait! Comme indiqué, il sent vraiment le chocolat et la fraise, hmm!


L'Occitane, Lavender hand cream

Just like for Caudalie, L'Occitane was one of the brands I used to buy before and I was glad to know that I could carry on using it. I like all their hand creams but this one is my all time favourite. The smell is just so good: not too strong and definitely relaxing. I keep it in my bag and use it several times a day.

// Tout comme Caudalie, L'Occitane est l'une des marques que j'utilisais avant et que j'étais ravie de pouvoir continuer à utiliser. J'aime surtout leurs crèmes pour les mains, et celle-ci est ma préférée. Elle sent super bon! En plus, grâce au petit tube, je la garde toujours dans mon sac et l'utilise plusieurs fois par jours. 

I hope you liked this article. If you have any recommendations, please let me know! Also, if you would like me to write a similar post about make-up, don't hesitate to leave a comment below.
// J'espère que vous avez aimé cet article. Si vous avez des recommendations, n'hésitez pas! Si ça vous a plut, j'écrirais sûrement un autre article similaire sur le maquillage. 

29 mars 2016

easter weekend

Life lately has mostly been spent studying and easter weekend wasn't so different to any other weekend in that matter. However, we decided to take the opportunity of a three day weekend to pay a visit to my family in the countryside.

We departed early morning on saturday but not before filling up our tummies with a delicious breakfast (chocolate and banana smoothie for Dan, and warm blueberry porridge for myself. With tea of course ! So good). We headed to the station and hopped on the train to normandy.

We arrived home around two hours later, and were greeted by the loveliest spring bouquet of daffodils, kisses from family and kitty cuddles.
The rest of the weekend was spent studying, but also wandering in the country, flower shopping with mum and of course, chocolate and hot cross buns eating. I also spent a lot of time in the evening reading. The countryside is so peaceful it was just wonderful to relax.

On Easter day, Dan prepared his famous salmon lasagna and it was so delicious my mouth waters just to think about it. We drunk lots of farm cider and for dessert, ate a cute chocolate chick that we had bought from the boulangerie earlier in the morning.
In the evening, we had dinner at a lovely little auberge where we had home-made traditional dishes from Normandy.

We left on monday early afternoon, feeling sad to leave my family behind as well as my cutie pie Mercredi: my lovely cat who kept me company the whole time we where there, and sat on my laps when I was studying. But new parisian adventures await!

I hope you also had a lovely Easter weekend ♡ Did you do something exciting?

// Ces derniers mois, je passe la plupart de mon temps à travailler sur mon mémoire, et le weekend de Pâques ne fut pas si différent des autres weekend de ce côté là. Cependant, nous avons décidé de profiter de ce long weekend de trois jours pour aller rendre visite à ma famille en campagne.

Nous sommes partis samedi matin tôt, mais pas avant d'avoir englouti nos petits déjeuners (un smoothie chocolat banane pour Dan, et un porridge bien chaud et crémeux aux myrtilles pour moi. Avec du thé, bien sûr! Délicieux). Nous nous sommes ensuite rendus à la gare et avons pris le train direction la normandie.

Nous sommes arrivés à la maison environs deux heures plus tard, et avons été accueillis par le plus joli des bouquets printanier, les embrassades de ma mère et mon frère, et les câlins de mon petit chat Mercredi.
Le reste du weekend à été passé à étudier, mais aussi à faire des balades en campagne, à faire des emplettes florales avec ma mère et bien sûr, à manger du chocolat et des hot cross buns (des petites brioches anglaise avec des raisins secs, qui sont typiquement servies à Pâques). J'ai aussi passé beaucoup de temps à lire, le soir. La campagne est tellement calme, c'était merveilleux de pouvoir se reposer et se relaxer.

Le jour de Pâques, Dan nous à préparé ses fameuses lasagnes au saumon. C'était tellement bon que rien que d'y penser, j'en ai l'eau à la bouche. Nous avons bu beaucoup de cidre fermier et pour le dessert, nous avions une jolie poule en chocolat que nous avions achetée le matin même à la boulangerie.
Le soir, nous sommes allés dîner dans une jolie petite auberge de campagne, où nous avons dégusté des plats de saison fait-maison.

Nous sommes repartis le lundi en début d'après-midi, triste de laisser ma famille et ma petite Mercredi qui m'a tenu compagnie durant tout notre séjour et restait sur mes genoux pendant que j'étudiais. Mais de nouvelles aventures parisiennes nous attendent!

J'espère que vous avez également passé un bon weekend de Pâques! Avez-vous fait quelque chose en particulier?