23 September 2018

The black dress

This year I became so engrossed in my efforts to become a more conscious-consumer that by the time summer rolled around, I was borrowing all of Summer's clothes.
I have not properly invested in any new pieces since emptying my wardrobe last summer to fund a backpacking trip. I sold everything. As someone who claims to be a ~fashion blogger~ you might expect me to own a lot more than I actually do. At this very moment I possess only 1 pair of shorts and 1 summer dress (first world problem, I know).
Clothes shopping began to feel like a chore - the journey to find a nice item from a eco-friendly brand that was within my budget and suited my other clothes was always an arduous one. I struggled so much and ended-up buying very, very little.
Which is how I wound up here: wearing sportswear to my driving lessons and the same summer dress to every event (as featured in this post!).

Since changing my shopping habits a couple of years ago I have tried my best to build a capsule wardrobe but it goes without saying that it is hard work! I just haven't mastered it yet which is undoubtedly one of the reasons why I ran out of things to wear this spring/summer and was unable to fill my single clothing rack upon moving into my new bedroom. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy clothes shopping and still fully believe that fashion is a powerful means of expression. I just wasn't able to build up the basics by second-hand shopping, and that sucks when you're trying to be a conscious-consumer. Summer & I always strive to create a platform that celebrates living a healthy and conscious lifestyle, which is why we often speak about this topic. As you'll be seeing quite a few new pieces in a short amount of time I thought it important to talk about it. Our belief that shopping for the long-run is the way forward still stands strong. Enough about that, let's talk about this dress and dream location!

I got this midi black dress from the & Other Stories sale before I left the UK back in July. I first wore it for a day out in London, the day we queued from 7am to get £5 tickets to see King Lear. We were desperate to see Sir Ian McKellen perform Shakespeare on stage and thanks to our efforts we got to experience the opening night of his very last Shakespeare run. I'll never forget the moment Sir Patrick Stewart walked past me in the lobby before the show! We both cried silently during the first 5 minutes of the play, overwhelmed with excitement and gratitude. I always associate my clothes with past events and memories. I believe it gives them more value - every time I slip on this dress I'll remember that day!

Cette année j’étais tellement fixée sur mon but de devenir consommatrice consciente, que lorsque l’été est arrivé, je portais tous les vêtements de Summer. 
J’ai vidé mon armoire l’été dernier afin d’économiser des sous pour un voyage au Nouvelle-Zélande. Mon but étant d’acheter moins de vêtements d’usine de pauvre qualité, j’ai essayé d’acheter seulement des vêtements plus écologiques et vintage. Cela fut extrêmement difficile et j’ai fini par rien acheter du tout. Soit les pièces n’allaient pas avec ce que j’avais déjà dans mon armoire, soit le prix était trop cher – bref, c’était impossible de développer mon armoire pratiquement vide en achetant seulement des pièces dites plus écologiques. A l’instant je ne possède seulement un pair de short et une robe d’été (et c’est bien la robe que vous montre aujourd’hui!). Ce n’est bien sûr pas le problème le plus important du monde mais bon, c’est chiant, surtout quand on s’intéresse à la mode.
Donc voilà, je voulais vite parler de ça histoire que vous comprenez pourquoi on j’ai acheté pas mal de vêtements d’un coup. Je pense vraiment qu’afin d’être consommatrice consciente, il faut aussi faire attention à combien de pièces nous achetons – j’essaye toujours d’acheter des choses de bonne qualité qui vont durer. Bref, passons à cette tenue ! 
J’ai acheté la robe d’And Other Stories avant de quitter Londres en Juillet. Elle était dans les soldes donc j’ai profité de l’occasion vu que je n’avais plus de robes d’été à moi. Je l’ai porté pour la première fois le jour  nous sommes allées à Londres à 6h du matin, pour recevoir des billets de Théâtre à 5 euros. Il s’agissait de King Lear, Sir Ian McKellen dans le rôle principal. C’est la dernière fois qu’il fait du Shakespeare au Théâtre, et grâce à nos efforts nous avons pu profiter de cette grande occasion, la Première soirée de la pièce en plus! Je n’oublierai jamais le moment ou Sir Patrick Stewart est passé devant nous dans le foyer. On a toujours voulu le voir sur scène et on a enfin réalisé ce rêve. On a toutes les deux pleurés pendant les 5 premières minutes de la pièce, tellement qu’on était ébloui d’émotions. J’associe toujours mes vêtements avec des souvenirs. A chaque fois que je porte cette robe je penserai à cette journéeÇa donne encore plus de valeur à nos pièces !


21 September 2018

REVIEW: Marvel's Iron Fist Season 2

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Iron Fist Season 2
Starring Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, Alice Eve
Release date: September 7th 2018 on Netflix
Minor spoilers ahead

Season 2 synopsis:

Season 2 begins with Danny Rand fulfilling Matt Murdock's final wish - protecting New York City. But with the Hand's defeat by the Defenders and K'Un-Lun gone, the immortal Iron Fist questions his place in this new world.
Other sinister factions strive to fill in the gap in the market and old friends become foes. The triades are on the edge of war and Joy colludes with Davos in an attempt to fullfill his destiny.

  • STEP-UP FROM SEASON 1: recognizing & developing the strengths of the 1st season

Although still the weakest link in the television side of the MCU, season 2 saw a huge leap in quality: according to Rotten Tomatoes, season 2 of Iron Fist broke records for the biggest score leap between season 1 and 2, up by 33%. This is definitely noteworthy and goes to show just how much a series can be turned around with a few tweaks here and there. Raven Metzner took over as the new showrunner and made a few crucial changes in order to improve the series.

Season 2 was better paced in terms of plot development and character arcs. Unlike the 1st season there was no loss in momentum and the build up towards the penultimate episode was well executed. The shows lead Danny Rand is more mature and down-to-earth, which was expected after his appearance in season 2 of Luke Cage (and which happened to be one of the strongest episodes). He may still be too quick to act but he is less gullible and a stronger protagonist. With that being said, the show recognized that this character alone isn't strong enough to lead the show: season 2 highlights the supporting characters such as Colleen, Misty and Ward. 


19 September 2018

Christchurch Botanical Gardens in 35mm Film

Christchurch is an interesting place. We spent a total of 6 nights in our final New Zealand destination, a decision we grew to regret as the days went past. There wasn't a whole lot to do and to be honest, we spent most of our time thinking about how little time we had left in the beautiful country. 3 nights would have sufficed.
Our favourite place in the city was without a doubt the Botanical Gardens in Hagley Park, which happened to be one of the few areas which didn't show any signs of devastation from the massive 2011 earthquake. It was the perfect place to get lost in.
Christchurch est une ville curieuse. Nous sommes restées 6 nuits dans notre dernière destination au Nouvelle-Zélande, une décision que nous avons vite regretté Il n’y avait pas énormément de choses à faire là-bas et honnêtement on a passé la majorité de notre temps à compter les jours qu’il nous restait dans le magnifique pays. 3 nuits auraient largement suffi 
Les jardins botaniques à Hagley Park fut notre endroit préféré. Cependant ce fut aussi un des seuls endroits à Christchurch qui ne montrait aucun signe de la dévastation causé par le tremblement de terre en 2011. Les magnifiques jardins évoquent des tas d’émotions, on a une véritable source d’inspiration au cœur de cette ville curieuse mais charmante. 

Summer & I share a fondness for Botanical Gardens. They are a prime example of how humans and nature can work together to create something truly beautiful and beneficial to all involved. A place to re-energise and get inspired.

17 September 2018

Rust linen skirt & reflecting on the summer

The summer months at home are a true social affair. With guests, family and friends visiting, dinner becomes a daily communal event with up to 15 people all sat around a huge table sharing dishes and discussing all kinds of topics. After dinner everyone will sit outdoors stargazing late into the night. Home becomes a small community, with the same familiar faces returning each year. Despite that comforting sense of familiarity various levels of personal growth can be seen, showcasing the time that has passed since we were all last together. 

I always wonder where I will be the following summer. Since finishing university I have found myself struggling to decide which path to take. There hasn't been much stability. It's becoming increasingly nerve-wracking as I worry I'll become a 'drifter', someone constantly searching for the right career path. Fortunately I have done things these past two years that I'm very proud of, even if they weren't necessarily work related. However this past year hasn't been the best for me. I still consider September as the start of a new year, so it's only natural to spend the summer reflecting on the past 12 months and wonder what we will have accomplished the following year. 

I'm grateful for the memories I've made this summer. Whether it be catching up with family, visiting nearby historical monuments or rowing down a river singing along to ABBA. I've very grateful for these re-energising and reflective few weeks.

Notre maison devient une petite communauté pendant l’été. Des hôtes, des amis et de la famille arrivent et une atmosphère très sociale s'y installe. Chaque soir une quinzaine de personnes s’installent à la table, on partage plusieurs plats entre nous avant de s'asseoir dehors afin de discuter, rire et observer le ciel étoilé. Chaque année, on retrouve les mêmes visages. Malgré ce sentiment de familiarité, on observe tout les petits changements qui ont eu lieu depuis l’été précédent: des développements personnel qui montrent le passage de temps. Chaque été je me demande ou je serai l'an prochain. Le mois de Septembre c'est comme le début de l’année, donc on a tendance de refléter sur ces derniers mois, de s'interroger sur nos réussites et nos échecs. Depuis la fin de la fac j'ai beaucoup bougé, même si je n'ai pas eu beaucoup de stabilité je suis quand même fière de ce que j'ai accomplis. Même je commence à craindre que je trouverais jamais le bon chemin. Hélas, je suis reconnaissante de ces derniers mois ensoleillées. J'ai vécu de très belles journées entre amis et famille.
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