DETAILS | White outdoor staircase

05.26.2016

DETAILS | White outdoor staircaseI’m starting a new Thursday feature called DETAILS dedicated to Interior Details.

I don’t know about you but quite often, when I spend time on Pinterest, it’s very much one specific detail in an image that inspires me and leads me to click and discover a pretty cool home, a new Architecture Studio or a Designer.

This gorgeous patio painted in pink did exactly that last year.

So today, my first share is this white outdoor staircase which is part of a house in Hammamet, Tunisia renovated by SEPTEMBRE, a collective of French Architects from different backgrounds with complementary skills in architecture, urban planning, urban programming and interior design.

This alone makes me want to go to Tunisia…

// Photography: Sophia Baraket


Starting surfing at 40+

05.25.2016

Starting surfing at 40+I’m a firm believer that it’s never too late to start anything you want in life. You can start over, each morning and do whatever you want.

I don’t define myself or what I want to do by my age. I think it is how you feel in your own skin that matters…You can be a fit, healthy chick in your fifties and a couch potato in your twenties. You can be a cancer or depression survivor and then turn your life around in a matter of months. My friend Vicky is the former and she is now a kick-ass fitness instructor in Gloucerstershire who is impacting positively on the lives of many women. I even got inspired to start running again just by seeing her regular posts on Facebook.

Being comfortable with my agewrinkles and fine lines is one of my great achievements. Yes, sometimes my skin is dry, some nights I drink too much, don’t sleep enough and look like hell but generally speaking, I’m OK with who I am and I credit this mostly to what I eat (hint, hint) and the lifestyle changes I’ve made over the past four years.
I have still work to do to be comfortable with my kilos but that’s ok, we all have our hang-ups and having lost my dad only six months ago, I have decided to cut myself some slack for a while. Nobody is perfect and I certainly don’t aspire to be perfect. I just want to feel good in my own skin and grow old gracefully and in good shape.

So today Mila and I are starting surfing lessons again. We had done it twice in Devon in the past and last year we did a week-long course in Cap-Breton.
I’m excited! There are so many health benefits but the thing I mostly enjoy about it, is that it’s one thing we can do as a family and each time we did, we had lots of fun and this time, it’s a mother/daughter thing and I’m really looking forward to quality time with Mila.

I’m also very much looking forward to swearing when I have to put my wetsuit on and to more swearing when I have to carry my heavy board over 500 m (cool, short surf boards are for pro not beginners), to have wet hair so tangled that I will look like a wet poodle, to knock myself with my board, drink enough salted water to fill up a fish tank and be so tired that I won’t be able to lift my arm to grab a glass of water but eventually, this will all lead me to a great feeling of achievement when I will be able to stand up and ride a wave again.

How are you feeling about getting old? About starting over? About starting something new? Excited, scared, worried?

SWIMWEAR I LOVE

 

//Photography: Roxy Facer IG @roxface, wetsuit from Amuse Society

10 easy tips for a feel-good, happy home

05.24.2016

10 easy tips for a feel-good, happy homeOn top of being between two countries while overseeing some house renovations, I have been travelling a lot since the beginning of the year so I’ve teamed up with Christy Towels to share with you 10 easy tips for a feel-good, happy home and give you the chance to WIN a fab #feelslikehome makeover including a set of Supreme Hygro® towels, robes, rug and bed linen set worth £520*

1/ Have friends around
There is nothing better to build happy memories in your home than having friends around and spend hours laughing, talking about Life, men, kids, sex and laugh hysterically with your girlfriends. The last girls weekend we had was a blast and we ended up having a huge amount of fun while sharing lots of skincare and beauty tips.

2/Play some music
Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “Without music, life would be a mistake.” I say “without music, life would be death” Music is proven to make us feel good but also to make us feel more creative as long as you listen to the music you like.

3/Treat yourself to fresh flowers on a weekly basis
First because you deserve it and secondly because they will uplift your mood. I love having fresh Lillies in my home which I usually grab from the market at weekend. They smell wonderful and look beautiful. Which are your favourite flowers?

4/Have super soft towels
When I travel away from home, once thing that makes me feel good inside is stepping out of the shower or a bath and wrap myself in soft towels.
Little tip: If you don’t have a tumble dryer to keep your towels soft & fluffy, add some white vinegar to your washing powder and inside the machine to keep your towels soft. I promise you they won’t smell of vinegar and the vinegar will take all the limescale or conditioner excess that build up over several washes, keeping your towels soft.10 easy tips for a feel-good, happy home5/Display photos of your friends and family
How many times have you lost great photos when you broke your phone or it got stolen!? My laptop died on me twice and each time, I lost heaps of irreplaceable photos from Mila when she was a toddler so now I regularly print a batch from our weekends with friends & family and travels.

6/Bake at home
It’s a well-known trick that if you sell your home, it’s great idea to bake a cake before you have people coming around to visit your house and have your house smell good. Personally, I love baking. I love cakes too but I mostly love baking for my friends and have them around for a cup of tea and a good chat. If you want to try something new, my last gluten-free zucchini chocolate cake went down a storm. The best part is that you can freeze the leftovers (if any!) and unfreeze a slice or two a few weeks later, pop them in the microwave for a couple of minutes and voilà! Pure bliss…

7/Have creative weekends
I love travelling and discovering new places but I’m a homebody at heart and I find it extremely rewarding to spend a weekend doing something creative like hanging a gallery wall, painting my hallway or Mila’s little desk.

8/Surround yourself with softness
From your bedroom to your bathroom, surround yourself with soft fabrics. I love using stonewashed linen in my bedroom and soft towels in the bathroom. Have a throw on the sofa to snuggle up on while watching TV and comfy pillows on your bed to read.

9/Create new family traditions
When Mila was born, Steve and I started creating new traditions for our little family so Mila would grow with memories to cherish…We have been making pancakes every weekend since she was a toddler and on Sunday afternoon, we watch a family movie together, cuddling up on the sofa to end the weekend on a gentle note before starting a new work week.

10/Avoid the total look
As much as I love a few designs from the Swedish giant, getting the showroom look in your home is going to be the death of your home. A house is becoming a home when you start injecting your personality so by all means get your sofa and a few lights from your favourite shop or Designer but start adding knick and knacks from your travels, from your childhood, things that you really love and which are a reflexion of your personality.

This post is sponsored by Christy Towels. Christy Supreme Hygro® towels carry the COTTON USA International trademark for quality U.S. cotton-rich products.

Click HERE and you can WIN a room make over that really #feelslikehome including a set of Supreme Hygro® towels, robes, rug and bed linen set worth £520*

Look of the day

05.23.2016

Denim on denim can look a bit blah…Add a black blazer or tuxedo to define your figure like Elodie and there you go! You’re ready to rock that day in the office. Look of the day: denim on denim

Ruched sleeves blazer | Tuxedo jacket | Stella McCartney blazer

Chambray shirt | Golden Goose Deluxe brand shirt | Boden denim shirt

Soho skinny jeans | Victoria Beckham jeans | MiH high-rise jeans

Isabel Marant Dickers boots | Thornton ankle boots | Cowboy ankle boots

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