01.2014collected: 01.2014

Enfants terribles


Totally in love with the lookbooks from French online magazine and shop Pictoresq. Real people (the founders' friends), enviable clothes without a hefty price tag and beautiful locations in Paris. What's not to love?

24 hours in Paris


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This Saturday, I'll be spending the day in Paris. A bit decadent, I know... but I'm in need of a visit to my favourite city. So how do you spend a perfect day in the French capital? Here are some of my favourite things to do:

1/ first stop - getting a caffeine kick. Paris has a lot of cool coffee bars all over town. Try Merce and the Muse in Rue Dupuis, Coutume Café in the Rue de Babylone or Café Madam in the Rue Saint-Denis. Fancy a healthy smoothie? Bob's Juice Bar in the Rue Lucien Sampaix has great juice combinations.

2/ time to shop - à la française. Score great basics at Uniqlo Opéra and American Vintage in the Rue des Francs Bourgeois. Beauty products at Aesop in the Rue Vieille du Temple and perfume at Diptyque on the Boulevard Saint-Germain. Books and magazines at Ofr in the Rue Dupetit-Thouars and at Shakespeare & Co in the Rue de la Bûcherie. Don't forget to stop by Le Bon Marché - and discover the world's finest food in La Grande Epicerie.

3/ hungry? let's lunch - eat healthy salads and tasty quiches at the Rose Bakery in the Rue Debelleyme. Visit the market stalls at Le Marché Des Enfants Rouges or opt for a bento box at Nanashi. Another favourite is Mamie Gateaux on the Rive Gauche, in the Rue Cherche-Midi.

4/ how about sniffing up some culture - and not at the usual suspects. Paris has some of world's most famous museums, some take days to explore. Keep it cosy and special by visiting one of the lesser knowns: Hôtel de Ville hosts free exhibitions right in the middle of the city, in the Musée de la Vie Romantique you discover the Romantic era and can have tea in the garden and at Hôtel Carnavalet you explore the city's history in one hundred rooms. 

5/ want to beat the afternoon slump? Find a tranquil spot in one of the many jardins, close your eyes and listen to the sounds of Paris. My favourite quiet corners are found in the Tuileries, the garden of the Musée de Cluny, the famous Jardins de Luxembourg and the Parc André Citroën.

6/ let's have a romantic dinner - Hotel du Nord has a candle-lit dining room and a tasty menu. At Bozart Bistrot you can get the perfect glass of wine to complement your menu choice and La Cocotte is renowned for it's delicious dishes in stoneware 'cocottes'. On a budget? Order a pizza at Pink Flamingo and eat it on the borders of the Canal Saint-Martin.

7/ the end - a stroll at the Champ de Mars with views of the Eiffel Tower, wandering along the Seine and perhaps eating an ice cream at Berthillon on the Ile de la Cité. Sweet dreams!

Something for the weekend


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Doing absolutely nothing this weekend. Will be spending most of the time hanging on the sofa, reading or taking a nap. No reason to dress up - I'll be wearing my favourite boyfriend jeans and a comfy sweater. Eating comfort food, like these oeuf en cocotte, and daydreaming about next weekend when I go to Paris...

More weekend inspiration: here and here.

The list


photos via fashiongonerogue, tara fisher & modernandclassy
New year, new year's resolutions. The two seem to go hand in hand. But why are we setting us up to fail miserably at goals that are so hard to achieve? Why not start small... So here's the anti-list: I'll eat sugary food when I feel like it, will not try to run a marathon, still go for the occasional lunch break shopping spree, will probably buy bottles of nail polish I won't use and freak out now and then.

My to do-list is short and simple: I'll try to cook healthy and tasty food, will practice my yoga moves, won't use my credit card for online shopping (one too many bad buy), I will not colour my dark blonde hair in 2014 (one hair colour gone wrong) and most important - won't stress the small stuff. So it's totally okay if I don't achieve one of my goals. There are worse things in life...

Raw beauty


Barely there makeup in soft neutrals - a hit on the runways - needs a perfect canvas. Soft skin with a healthy glow is easily achieved with a mix of the right products and a balanced diet. A week ago, I bought myself the hype-of-the-moment, a Clarisonic, and I already begin to see the effects. My sensitive combination skin appears to be softer and smoother. Don't overdo it though, I only use it at night with a gentle foaming cleanser. And top it off with a  targeted treatment from Kiehl's and my favourite moisturizer. In the colder months of the year, my legs and arms need an extra. I like to exfoliate my skin with a round body brush or use the Hammam Hot Scrub from Rituals with sea salt and Eucalyptus. Followed by a splash of body oil and a good night's sleep...
PS: my chapped lips found a new best friend: the Cicaplast lipbalm from La Roche-Posay

Feeling blue


photos via matildaandi, visualtherapy, luvocracy, death-by-elocution & shopmyclothes
Blue is, and will always be, one of my favourite colours. It reminds me of my childhood - wearing a blue uniform to school. I have a whole range of blue clothes hanging in my wardrobe: a bright blue sweater, navy boyfriend blazer, blue-gray shirt, dark denim jeans and many more. What's your favourite shade?

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