LIFESTYLE

HOMEWARE WISHLIST #1: THE PINK EDITON

Sunday, October 08, 2017

As I told you – here – a few months ago, I have recently moved into a new place in Paris. This apartment came with basic furniture: a couch/bed, wardrobe, shelves, table, and chairs. Basically, it left me with a world of possibilities for decorating as I saw fit which is exactly what I plan to do!

So of course, new flat means hours spent on homeware websites, and hours spent on homeware websites mean one thing: wishlists!

And who doesn’t love a good wishlist, amaright?

So if you were looking for a bit of inspiration yourself then here are the few bits and pieces I am really loving at the moment.


Cushions
When I moved into my new place, one of my priorities was to buy tons of cushions. I think that they always make everything look and feel comfier. Cushions are also a great way to add pops of colors and diversity in textures and forms to your room. Here, I selected three that I really love from Oliver Bonas and Urban Outfitters and I would say that my personal favorite is the fluffly one. Give me anything fluffy and I am happy!

Fair warning though, you will notice a recurring theme here. I don’t know where this pink and gold passion is coming from but it is coming in strong! 


Did I mention my pink obsession? This pink velvet armchair with a copper frame from Made.com is probably my favourite item of this wishlist. The only thing I don't like about it is the price which is quite high. So if you find a similar one that is cheaper I would love to know about it ;)

I am in love with this bathmat. I just find it very funny and definitely appropriate as a bathroom decor. The design is quite simple but I think it makes it easier to fit in every bathroom. Love that! 

Next you have that beautiful golden mirror from Maison du Monde – a French homeware store that delivers in some European countries (UK, Spain, Germany, Italy, etc) if you are interested. I just love its modern sun/flower type shape that seems to be quite popular at the moment. I think it can be a great statement piece in a room!


Is it cool or vain to want a decorative gold letter M – yes, it is the first letter of my name – for my place? I am not too sure but, anyhow, I am buying it! And if I ever needed another good reason to get it, well, it is on sales at the moment so hurry up!
And for my French readers, you can also find similar golden letters at Hema for 6€: here!

Do I really need to give you a reason why this is in my wishlist? Isn’t it just the cutest trinket bowl you have ever seen? I mean, it has a cat on it so… 
And for those who don't like cats – who even are you? – there is a llama one too: here!


This pretty cool rose gold map is not like any other map. I think it could make a really nice gift for someone who likes to travel a lot. The concept is simple: each time you travel to a new country you get to scratch it off the map like a lottery scratch card. This is a fun way to keep track of the countries you have visited.

This is probably one of the most superfluous item of this wishlist but come on, copper straws!! This is just too pretty to ignore. I can already see myself sipping on mojitos or delicious smoothies with those. Also, this is pretty practical to have in your kitchen, as I never seem to have any plastic straws when I need them. At least these ones are reusable! 


What is your favourite items in this wishlist? Also, I am so very interested in discovering new places to shop for home stuff so, what are your favourite homeware shop? 


M.

FOOD

HEALTHY SNACK IDEAS: THE BANANA ROLLS

Monday, October 02, 2017


At the beginning of summer, after a strong existential crisis, I decided to make a few changes in my life. One of my goals that I set myself is to develop a healthy lifestyle. So the first decision I took was to tackle one of my main bad feeding habits which I call my ‘candy addiction’. This is something I have always felt bad about but never did anything to stop it so it felt like a good first step to take in the right direction.

I have always been a huge fan of candies – a lot more than chocolate actually – but since I started living on my own and doing my own grocery shopping my trips to the candy aisle have been a bit too frequent for my taste. And the more I ate sugar, the more I wanted sugar. It got to the point where I basically felt like a candy junkie. I was constantly craving sweets and eating maybe two or three candy bags per week!

So about three months ago I decided to cut myself off candies. 

However, I did not want to cut off sugar completely because I would have lasted maybe a week, tops. I just wanted to take things slow and start small, so by cutting off only my sweets intake, I have managed to maintain my objective to this day. Now October 2nd, I still haven’t touched a single candy since the end of June which is quite the accomplishment for me.

When I started my “candy detox” I knew that I had to replace them with a healthy snack that would fulfill my need for something sweet without all the nasty stuff that you find in candies. Today, I’ll talk to you about two of my favorite recipes – which are basically two versions of the same recipe – that I’ve been loving and that have helped me get over my candy addiction.

The banana & strawberry rolls

1 banana
A handful of strawberries (raspberries can work too)
Organic peanut butter
1 whole wheat tortilla


This snack recipe is super easy and quick to make.

First, you need to spread the peanut butter all over the tortilla. You can put as much as you want but personally I prefer when there is not too much. 
Then you need to cut the banana and strawberries in slices and place them all over the tortilla as you can see in the picture below. 


For the next step, you'll need to roll the tortilla without closing the ends like you would for a burrito. And finally, you can cut the tortilla in slices about an inch wide to make it easier to eat.



The PB and banana roll

1 banana
Organic peanut butter
1 whole wheat tortilla 


This recipe is actually my favorite and is even quicker to make than the other one. I basically eat this all the time when I am craving candies now. It is sweet thanks to the natural sugar in the banana so it is also healthier and it fills you up so you don’t crave any other snack before your next meal.

This goes almost like the first recipe. First you spread the peanut butter on the tortilla. Then your place the whole banana on the tortilla and start rolling the tortilla around the banana. And finally you just need to cut the tortilla in slices of about one inches to make bite size bits, and voila! 


Now, the combination of banana and peanut butter have become my favorite thing! I can say that I have successfully transitioned from a candy addiction to a PB and banana addiction. I am not complaining though! 

In the end, I am very happy that I haven't eaten a single candy for the past 3 months and now I can go past the candy aisle without making a pit stop to buy some. It makes me feel a little more free :)

What about you? What are your favorite healthy snacks that help you from eating junk food? I am really interested to find new recipes!


On a side note, I am planning to make a series of posts following my journey to a healthy lifestyle so if you are interested, keep your eyes peeled!


M.

BEAUTY

GET THAT BECCA GLOW

Sunday, September 24, 2017


I have a confession to make. Before two months ago, I had never EVER used highlighter in my makeup routine – don’t judge me!

To give you a bit of context, since I started to wear makeup I have been very minimalist on what I put on my face. I almost never wear foundation – if I really must wear something I prefer BB creams –, eyeliner never lasts throughout the day so I gave up wearing it, I just can’t be bothered to wear eyeshadow, and even blush is quite often forgotten. I simply don’t have the time in the morning to put on much makeup so I just focus on the essential to me which is to hide my imperfections (and look slightly awake).

Knowing this, you can imagine how highlighter has been the last of my worries for a good long while.

However, a couple months ago, I finally bought a product that made me change my make up routine for the first time in years. How did this happen? Well, that is actually the entire fault of my friend Marion who pointed out the Becca display shelf in Sephora and said “oh look at that new brand! The products are so pretty” and proceeded in swapping all the shades on her hand. Thanks Marion! I had not even seen it in the first place and was about to go on with my life without highlighter but now that I have my eyes on them I can’t just walk away!

So – of course – I couldn’t resist and bought the Glow on the Go Kit in the shade Opal which features two of Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector luminizer products in travel size.



The first product is the Shimmering Skin Perfector or Spotlight wand which is basically a gel highlighter that looks a bit like a concealer with its wand applicator. To be honest with you, I haven’t really been using it much because I simply don’t find this to be a crucial step in my routine so I tend to skip it. The first time I used it, I applied it like a normal highlighter on my cheekbones, brow bones, etc. but was disappointed because I did not really see the difference it made. However, I then tried to mix it with my BB cream and this time I found that it gave my skin a very natural healthy glow.


The second product is the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed which is by far my favourite out of the two products. I think I literally fell in love with this highlighter the first time I used it. I just couldn’t stop looking at how the light reflected on my cheekbones every time I passed a reflective surface like the vain person that I am – ahah! The texture of this pressed highlighter is quite creamy which makes it quite workable and so nice to apply. Also, this product is so pigmented so you need only a tiny bit of product every time which makes it last so long despite its travel size. I have been using it for 2.5 months straight and I’ve barely made a dent in it.

Now my Becca highlighter is an essential part of my make up routine. Especially in summer, the golden coppery tone of the pressed highlighter gave such a warm healthy shine to my face. However, I think that those copper undertones can also be appropriate for autumn.

And the final great ‘plus’ is that this kit is a lot less expensive than the products in full size. I bought mine 18 euros at Sephora – so about £15 – and I am pretty sure it will last me a long time. And if I finish it faster, well, I’ll just need to continue to explore my newfound love for highlighter with other great brands!



M.

LIFE UPDATE: Moving out

Friday, July 21, 2017


Moving out was a big stepping stone last year when, at 21 years old, I finally left my mom’s house to move to Paris for my end of study internship. This was a big life event I had been waiting for for years so it had a special kind of importance to me. I was so excited and a little bit nervous, especially as I was to live with flatmates for the first time, but at the same time I was so ready for my brand new experience in a new city.

Fast forward one year and here I am in need a change of scenery.

Living with flatmates is great when you get along well (and hell when you don’t) but I have always liked the peace of being alone at home, especially as I spend quite a lot of my time there. Also, as my place was already furnished, I did not get to pick any furniture or home decoration that I actually liked. It was my choice to do it like this in the beginning because it was so much easier as I just had to bring my clothes when I moved, but it also meant that I never truly felt at home in this place. It was more like a place of transition in my life where I was waiting, without really knowing for how long, for the day I was going to finally “start” my life properly.

That is why I decided to live by myself for the first time ever. And let me tell you, I bloody love it!

I found the perfect little apartment in a very cute and quiet neighborhood in Paris. It is smaller but cozier and exactly what I needed. I cannot tell you how excited I am for all the home décor shopping and furniture building (yes you read that right, I actually like building Ikea furniture) that is ahead of me! I mean, isn’t it the best part about moving out to a new place? Be prepared for posts about home stuff in the near future.

In short, moving out was like starting a new chapter of my life and I am already ten times happier since I took that decision!

M.
(Picture from: https://fr.pinterest.com/source/somerset-wedding-photographer.co.uk/)