May Musings

An invasion of orange, neon bright, dark and mysterious, pastel sweet. For maximize the contrast, the whitest whites, reds and pinks. Don’t forget shiny glitter stars, huge golden hoops, bronzed cheeks and fringes. Clash sports infused outfits with office whites, lace bottoms and silky slip dresses. To be paired with braids and multiple belts, textured jersey t-shirts, heavy platformed sandals. Cut out tops and high slit skirts to be worn with grandma’s cardigans and crochet scarfs. 

pinch me

This weekend can be described by one word that envelops a multitude of feelings and emotions in its 8 tiny letters. Homesickness. In France there is actually a thing called mot-valise, a suitcase word. I don’t really know if there is a word for it in English. Normally it is a word created by fusion of two independent ones, but this one is so rich on the inside, it should suffice on it’s own.

I have been living abroad for more than five years now and I often miss my friends and family, which I think is pretty normal for an expat. But this time I just felt the saddest, because it suddenly hit me that for those last five years I have not really been present in the life of my close ones. Especially friends, weirdly enough.

It should be because we are in an age where everybody gets married and have children, and I feel that I have missed so many of those important events, that I am not a part of their lives anymore. I know I still am, and we are still as close as we were before, but there is just a piece of puzzle that is missing. Skype and whatsapp just can’t fill this void up anymore. The real presence is very much needed.

I hope all of the above didn’t sound too negative; sometimes I just really feel like sharing some of the more personal moments than just enumerating the garments covering my body. Maybe someone is going through something similar and I just wanted to say that you are not alone and that there is always a happy ending and, most importantly, to be continued and lots of other beautiful things.

On the other note, please welcome my Sunday outfit. Paris went gray and windy on this weekend, so I went for my favorite chunky sweater and jeans, and slipped on my candy pink loafers for a mood boost. And it worked. It always does. Fake it till you make it, baby.
* starring: H&M zipper knit (very old, similar here and here) // Topshop jeans // Minelli loafers //  Rebecca Minkoff bag // Zara jacket (similar)

Just the Way You Are

I. Love. Skincare. I really enjoy trying new products out, going through 2958 steps of the routine, before waking up the next day, and being like oh wow, or sometimes more like k, what's the difference ? I have tried loads of different products for the last couple of years and here is my selection of trusty basics, that I always come back to when I need a shoulder to cry on something that works no matter what. 

1. Take the Day off

For taking my makeup off I always use Bioderma. Because my skin is already very oily, I don't really like using balms. Sometimes I will also use some light oils, like jojoba or almond oil. I really like the Tata Harper cleansing oil as well. It smells so calming and relaxing, but the price gives me goose bumps. Pai rose cleansing cream is also very good, it has always saved my winter skin, and every time I feel a bit dry-ish or just meh, it works wonders.

For my waterproof mascara, I will go with something more heavy duty, aka coconut oil. It takes it off in a minute and as a bonus moisturises my sensitive skin around the eyes. I never use it on my face though, because it clogs my pores like nobody’s business. 

Whenever I am not falling asleep with my make up on I have the force to double cleanse, my skin thanks me a million times the next day. This doesn't happen very often, but I'm trying ! It's the thought that counts. Not really the case.

Okay, so for my second cleanse, I will usually go for something foam-y, because that's what my skin really likes. Foaming cleansers seem to have a bad rep in the skincare world, but I think they are great. This one is from Avène. It doesn't dry my skin out, I use it year-round and really notice the difference when I stop. It also makes my skin very bouncy. It is hard to explain, but it just gives it 'my skin but better' kind of look.

2. Prep

After cleansing I will usually go for a serum, or an oil, depending on how my skin feels. If it’s a bit dry or grey toned, I will grab my all-time favourite Pai oil. It is the best oil I have ever tried, it never clogs my pores and works like an instant miracle. My skin just looks fresh and glows in the dark in a couple of seconds, so thank you Pai for inventing this!

If my skin is on the oilier side, I will reach for my Caudalie serum. It feels lighter and a bit tacky on my skin, which works really well if you like tacky things are putting makeup afterwards. It has hyaluronic acid in it and if you have a weird mix of dehydrated and oily skin like me, it works very well at balancing it all out. It hydrates without making the skin greasier, just giving it a nice glow.

3. Crème de la crème

Ok, now it’s time to put on my moisturiser. I really love this La Roche Posay one for spring and summer. It is pretty light, but very moisturising. This is what I imagine the Glossier priming moisturiser to be like (pleeeeeeaaaase deliver to France).

4. Bonus

If I have a naughty guest on my face, this Effaclar duo thing just kills it so fast, it's the best. Tea tree oil sadly does not work for me, but sometimes I will use Rosemary oil, which does a pretty good job! 

A couple of times a week I will also use a mask. This one is very calming and works really well when my skin is especially red or if I just popped that zit and need to hide it from the world. 

Please don't be shy, share your secret skincare wearpons in the comments below, I am always on the hunt for something new that will make my life skin better!

April musings

It is all about that contrast. Soft knitted t-shirts, velvet flowy pants, coloured in powdery pinks and salad-y greens, all accompanied by dangly golden pendants and rings. To mix with paper touch trousers, rough jeans, thick woolly blazers, glittered dresses, big bracelets covered in jewels. Create a perfect good girl uniform and then ruin it with some granny shoes, chunky jewellery, fishnet tights. Wear your shirt backwards, teddy coats in summer, crop tops in winter, like an enfant terrible. Mix but don ’t match.
* pictures // pintrest

Wind in her hair

Perfumes certainly have some magic power to them. It is the way they can transport you anywhere, space wise and time wise, back and forth (1970s, your sweet sixteen, 3054, you choose). They are my pocket size time machine. They also have some Wizard-of-Oz-kind-of-power, that can make you look cooler, be stronger, feel better, and I’d even go as far as to say wiser (Byredo Bibliotheque, anyone?).

I love love love Dyptique Phylosikos, even though it is such a perfume cliché. After trying every single figue perfume that exists in this world, I just think nothing really compares to its milky coconut notes. This is my I need holidays right here right now scent, it transports me into a Corsican fig tree forest (not sure those even exist, but they do in my mind) and everything just instantly looks (and smells!) better.  

Another Dyptique one I’ve been trying out is Eau Duelle. This is my let’s go out dancing on a summer night scent. Vanilla-meets-a-drop-of-old lady-perfume, this is how I think it smells. Also, writing about music perfume is like dancing about architecture — it's a really stupid thing to want to do.

Oh yes, it is.

Next one I really love is Essential Molecules. I have no idea how I managed to persuade myself to buying it, but I did. This one is like a Matriochka, as it is hiding several perfumes in one, or at least it does on me. Fresh laundry detergent mixed with a very girly flowery arôme, mixed with some kind of very light powdery scent… Writing about perfume is very hard indeed. But hope you get the idea.

Eu vent de vous is my cool girl scent. Partly because of the packaging and also, I just love the name some much! It is a solid perfume, very lightweight and perfect for travelling. The smell is very modern, something very Byredo to me, but mixed with a tiny bit of something very Oriental as well… The description doesn’t give it justice, really, go give it a sniff and tell me what you think! 

Let’s dance about architecture!

* background images are from the Spring Summer '17 Gentlewoman  edition

Vamos à la playa

vamos a la playa

Summer is getting closer. To help it out a bit, I am thinking what I will be wearing on warm Sunday nights, sipping un verre de rosé somewhere in the Mediterranean, pretending to be Gwyneth Paltrow from The Talented Mr. Ripley.  The summer is as close to reaching Paris as I - Gwyneth, but one day we will both get there. Pretty sure about that!

*Cool Girl Gingham Shirt / Even Cooler Girl Mustard Shorts / Bubble Gum Shoes / Beach Bag To Never Wear on The Beach (warning, hefty price tag) / Soapy Fresh perfume / The Amazing Gwyneth

Paris pink

Last weekend was the first proper day of spring here in Paris. To celebrate, I have decided to take my vintage Guy Laroche blazer out for a walk. I am really feeling the love for longline blazers right now, as well as everything pink coloured and I think I'm not the only one! This dusty pink number just ticks all the boxes. Paired it with my forest green vintage bag and metallic fuchsia loafers, added a splash of flowers on my earlobes and off we go!

Algorithm of an obsession

Sneaker dilemma

Saucony beige suede sneakers. How cool are those. SO. COOL. I need them. I NEED THEM SO MUCH!!! I can't live without them. They will become a perfect companion for all my summer dresses, ALL of them, which is so rare, because, hello, they are beige! Aaand they will look perfect with my fake tan. It's not summer yet, but it will be soon. Three more months to go. In the meantime, I will pair them with my office trousers for Casual Fridays. Or even wear them when I'm on my way to the office and change afterwards to get the cost per wear.

They will look perfect with my bare ankles and checked trousers. And beige trousers with my new sweater for a total beige look that Kim K would definitely approve. It’s not like I care. Wait. They are out of my size… Does somebody else sell these? I am asking to the omniscient searching devise. There is a pair. Half size too big. Half size is ok, but they are much more expensive. Not sure I am willing to spend this much.

Let me explore other options. I need to search for beige suede sneakers. Hey, they have beige suede platform sneakers in &Otherstories. They are too expensive as well. But. They are not sporty looking at all, so I can maybe get away with wearing them in the office. And they will look even better with my dresses. Out of stock. I don’t think they produce enough shoes in 38.

There are no more beige suede sneakers that I like on planet Earth. Let’s maybe have a look at other Saucony ones. I love their logo! Maybe beige, but not suede? Nope, suede is like a morning coffee, it makes everything better. Maybe not beige? Bright blue? Or green with violet patches? Nopes, not my colors. Oh, these look good. Actually, very good. Maybe even better than the beige. Red and pink seem to particularly attract me this year. And these are red AND pink.

I think they are in my budget. Let’s check my bank account, just in case. They were in my budget…. When did I spend all of that on clothes? This can’t be possible. I can return that skirt though, so it will basically mean the sneakers will be half off… What else can I return?

Add to the bag, just to make them feel like they are already mine. Almost. I really need to wait until next month’s salary before getting them. Three left? Can you keep them until next month, please? I love them! We make a perfect pair! Pun unintended.

Wait, next month I wanted to finally splurge on a new camera to upgrade my blogging game. What do I do? If I get the camera, the pictures will look so good!!! Like really good!!  …but if I get the shoes, the styling will get to a new level, totally. They will give this je ne sais quoi to every outfit, I’m sure. That little splash of colour, like raspberry jam on toast.

Yumm raspberry jam! What time is it? I need to leave work and go home and clean, because tomorrow we are renting our apartment. I check my basket. The sneakers are still there, as is my future camera and four film rolls for my Olympus that I need to use more often. Maybe I can get the shoes and make more pictures on film? 

Too many decisions to take, let’s just deal with the cleaning first. K, see you tomorrow sneakers! Or maybe I should just click purchase, because we will get payed for renting?

It was two weeks ago and they are still in my basket... This will never end.

The end!

Wait what if...

Ok, really, stop it.


C u later!

Still didn't buy those sneakers, should I?

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