Month: July 2016

A wonderful & inspiring back garden

A wonderful & fun boat trip to the Cap-Ferret

Two days ago, Mila and I took the boat to spend the day with Catherine who was staying with friends in the Cap-Ferret. Taking a boat trip to the Cap-Ferret for the day is one of my favourite thing when I’m in the Bay of Arcachon. It feels like a mini adventure and it’s a really nice way to spend the day and do something completely different. You can get a ride from Le Moulleau, Pyla or Arcachon and crossings varies between 20 min and an hour and will drop you at different spots on the island. 

Skating is a dirty job but someone has to do it

Summer ’16 The Edit | Tanned, bruised and sweaty

The first month of Mila‘s Summer holidays is almost over and boy…we’ve been really busy living and I’m happy with that. With Brexit and Nice, I’m more than ever determined to give my child the happy childhood she deserves and create happy memories she can cherish in years to come. I have been practising photography a lot which you may have noticed on my Instagram and Mila’s and it has allowed me to gain some peace through the recent events and our first Summer without dad. I still feel tearful when I think about it but photography has given me an escape and has enabled me to focus on the beautiful side of the world and remain hopeful. I have been watching a lot of tutorials from Creative Live (in English) and Objectif Photographe (in French) and I feel I’ve made some progress since our trip to Portugal but I still have a long way to go. I haven’t tackled digital editing yet but I’m trying to show my face more and do more style & fashion shots. Both are a big challenge. …

How to deal with writer’s block

I have a writer’s block again. I have been trying to pen a blog post since late last night but somehow the words are not flowing. Out of frustration, I left it to go back to it with a fresh mind this morning but it’s still not happening. Frustration is mounting so is my bad mood because let’s face it, writer’s block or any creative block for that matter, feels like a total waste of time so I’ve decided to call it a day. Creative blocks are a regular occurrence and I find that the best way to work through them is to let them be and do something completely different so Mila and I are off surfing.I shall return when I’m in a better mood :-))

Life with Mila | The credit card

Life with mila | the credit card

Mila: “Papa…at what age can I have a credit card?” Steve: “31” Mila: “Really!? But Hayley has one and she is like 21” Steve: “Yeah but its 21 in New-Zealand. In France it’s a weird rule but it’s 31” Mila: “OK…”

A beautiful old blacksmith studio renovated in Greece

A renovated blacksmith studio in Greece

I have a thing for high ceilings, don’t you? I also very much love plywood or any architectural buildings and dwellings made out of wood for that matter and if you haven’t seen my recent post, check this beautiful minimalist kitchen. This gorgeous space above, is an old blacksmith studio built in 1930 renovated by Dorte Mandrup-Poulsen, Louis Becker and Jens Thomas Arnfred, three Danish Architects who happen to be friends too. Eight years ago, they decided to buy this old blacksmith’s warehouse on the Greek island of Lesbos so they could all go on holidays together with their respective families, isn’t this wonderful!?

How to pack the best natural First aid kit for the Summer

How to pack the best natural First aid kit

I’ve never been one known to pack the whole house when we travel around Europe. I like to travel light without constraints but I have a child who likes climbing trees and spend hours in the water so here are some of my favourite organic products I pack for the whole family in our toilet bag.

How to get the look: a minimalist plywood kitchen

A minimalist plywood kitchen

Plywood kitchens are a favourite of mine after white kitchens and the kitchen I’m featuring today, has the added value of having a few styling tips you may want to bookmark for future references. Most the plywood furniture here, is custom-made. I really love the discreet kitchen hood and the stand-alone kitchen which somehow, reminds me of Atelier September in Copenhagen. Add a few bistro chairs, a nice table in a light, natural wood to match the colour of the plywood, white walls to bounce back the light and you end up with a very soothing and peaceful space.

Life with Mila the bug

LIFE WITH MILA | THE BUG

Steve and I have been feeling low in energy these past few days… Me: “I’m drained” Steve: “So am I” Me: “Do you think we’re fighting something?” Mila: “I’m good!” Steve: “Yes a bug called Mila” Mila: “It’s the best bug in the world!!” (silence from both of us) She carries on…“Let’s go with that!”  Mila wears a sweatshirt I got from Topshop a few years ago. Here are few of my favourite sweatshirts currently available