20 January 2019

Floral Silk Shirt & Red Boots

There is a lot going on with this outfit. More than usual. Layering, playing with different textures, embracing floral print and pointy red heels... It was the first time I was shooting blog content this year, and I wanted to start it off on the right foot. So I may have gone a little overboard. I also started watching Queer Eye on Netflix recently after my friends told me about it and it has encouraged me to get my life together, starting with my appearance. Blog-me has always been a polished version of myself, but most days I will most likely be wearing jogger bottoms, glasses and no make-up (which is great) HOWEVER I always, always feel better mentally when I'm wearing actual clothes.

Clothes also give me that confidence boost when I need it most. We all have those fail-safe outfits ready in our wardrobes, the ones that we know we can always rely on. It's exciting creating new ones or even elevating existing ones by incorporating a new piece now and then!

Il se passe beaucoup de choses avec cette tenue. Layering, plusieurs textures différentes, motifs floraux et talons rouges pointus... C'était la première fois que je créais du contenu pour le blog cette année, et je voulais commencer du bon pied. Et je suis sans doute allée un peu trop loin. J'ai aussi commencé à regarder Queer Eye sur Netflix ces derniers jours, et d'un coup ça m'a inspiré à consacrer un peu plus d'effort sur mon apparence. Sur ce blog, j'ai toujours présenté une version raffinée de moi-mêmemais en réalité, la plupart du temps je porte un jogging, mes lunettes et je ne me maquille pas, mais je me sens toujours mieux lorsque je porte de vrais vêtements.  
Mes vêtements m'offrent un peu de confiance lorsque j'en ai vraiment besoin. Nous avons tous ces tenues anti-échec prêtes dans notre garde-robe, celles sur lesquelles nous pouvons compterÇa me fait toujours plaisir d'en créer des nouvellesou même d'élever nos tenues existantes en ajoutant une nouvelle pièce de temps en temps !


12 January 2019

Final Backpacking Vlog #17 - Christchurch & Mount Sunday 'Edoras' tour, NZ

First of all, Happy New Year 2019 to each and every one of you!
I hope this new year grants your wishes, brings you happiness and above all keeps you in good health.

Today I finally share our final New Zealand backpacking vlog. This little yet ambitious project has taken an entire year to complete, and although it was mostly for personal reasons, I do hope whoever has watched them has enjoyed doing so. It was a very small chapter in my life which spanned only a couple of weeks, but I continue to reap the benefits from this experience today. To travel, experience different cultures and meet new people is a privilege, and I will always be grateful for it. I hiked a volcano in treacherous weather, smiled from ear to ear whilst cave diving, conquered small mountains, saw the most breathtaking landscapes and met some truly wonderful people from all over the world. I ticked off major items from my bucket list that I had dreamt of doing since I was a child. I had never felt more myself than I did while I was travelling, and I can only hope that I get to experience this once more in the not too distant future.

Our last New Zealand chapter concludes with a huge bucket list item: visiting Mount Sunday, home to Edoras, Rohan in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. We stood where our hero Éowyn stood, wielded Théoden and Aragorn's swords and held the iconic banner of Rohan. It was a dream come true, and it will be very apparent upon watching the vlog - our hands shook as we filmed the landscape around us, our lips trembled with happiness and silver lined our eyes. I have no shame in admitting it.

The last few days in NZ were spent visiting museums in Christchurch and the botanical gardens. The Edoras tour was the final activity of our trip, so the remaining few days were spent relaxing and recovering after the very busy and packed past weeks!

You can read about our 6 week backpacking adventure here
Christchurch botanical gardens in 35mm film here
Edoras in 35mm film & travel diary

If you have any questions about our travels please don't hesitate to ask - and let us know what you think about the final NZ vlog!

Best wishes,


5 January 2019

REVIEW: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina - Season 1 & A Midwinter's Tale

I do not own any of these images. Via IMDB

I intended to write a review of the 1st season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina but Christmas came about so quickly that the draft was left untouched over the Festive period. I thought I'd write a short review before diving into the Christmas Special : A Midwinter's Tale!

Official synopsis :

Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) juggles life as a sophomore at Baxter High and as a witch with her Aunts Hilda (Lucy Davis) and Zelda (Miranda Otto) in this darker coming-of-age series based on the comic book series of the same name.

As a watcher of Riverdale, I had certain expectations when it came to this new show: it definitely has a slight Season-1-Riverdale feel to it thanks to same producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and it does mention the adjacent town multiple times through-out the season. The ambitious freshman season of Sabrina builds on the standard of tv-making that made season 1 of Riverdale such a success: it is an impressive high-quality production with cinematic camera work (which includes a certain blurred-around-the-edges effect during magic scenes), stunning retro and horror-esque set design intertwined with a constantly dark (literally) atmosphere which creates an immersive and intriguing setting.

The show embraces some elements of witch mythology which most supernatural shows shy away from (such as cannibalism, necromancy and organised religion) and even surprised me with its creepiness and violence (the show is rated 16+ after all). Sabrina is trying to find a balance between her mortal life and her witch life, and it's the latter that is the most intriguing in terms of plot (The Church of Night & The Academy). That's not to say that the mortal aspects of Sabrina's life don't have potential in terms of future storylines, but we can't help but want to see more of Academy life along with the other witches. Despite the dark tones in the show, there is a certain light-heartedness present too (not forgetting the morbid humour), which can be a difficult path to navigate as it can potentially become campy if done wrong. 

27 December 2018

2018 in Review

2018 was an accidental gap-year. I arrived back home in France in November 2017 after a year working in north London (after graduating from university) and a six-week backpacking trip. I had one major goal to accomplish in 2018: get my driver's licence. I needed it to move forward in my life. However I didn't expect something so trivial to be such a challenging, psychological hurdle. The process took months longer than I had expected and my entire life evolved around me passing my theory, taking driving lessons 2-3 times a week and finally driving under my parent's supervision. Because everything evolved around these lessons the pressure to succeed caused my anxiety to spike before, during and after each lesson, more oft than not leaving me in tears after each one.

During this time I applied for a summer job. I was living back at home permanently for the 1st time since I moved out at 18. Miraculously I got a phone interview shortly after applying (which I passed) followed by a training day which would assess whether or not I could do the job. Once again the pressure to succeed, to do something, got the better of me. The fact the job involved answering phone calls under pressure probably wasn't the wisest decision on my part ("Maybe you should ring them" is one of the worst sentences for me to hear) but once again I Needed A Job so I had to at least try. Sadly positive thinking didn't work out. Anxiety triggered a migraine which developed throughout the training day. After my last test session which was an oral exam I walked out of the room, managed to walk down a flight of stairs before vomiting in the building's toilets. This was without a doubt my lowest point of the year and to top things off, I was 3 points off from getting the job. Another failure and set-back.

Now, let's get past the sad bits! Things started to look up upon the arrival of Spring. I really wanted to visit more nearby historical monuments this year: we visited the beautiful Chateau de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley which was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. The Chateau itself was stunning but the surrounding gardens and farm were equally impressive. It was a place straight out of a fairytale! We visited two other chateaux too, and have lots more to visit in the new year.
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