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10 of the best oversized mirrors

15 of the best oversized mirrors

I’m currently planning a long-overdue refurbishment of the bathroom in our holiday home in France (see my bathroom board) and lately, I have been obsessing with oversized round mirrors.

I was very happy with the minimalist look of the bathroom cabinet we got for our tadelakt bathroom in our London home, which would you believe, is from Ikea.

I was even thinking of using it again for the French project as it ticked several of my boxes. Read More

#weekly fashion edit

#weekly fashion edit

Before the start of the Summer, I packed all my Autumn/Winter clothes into several suitcases and stored them in a cupboard. Last week, I started unpacking them to re-organise my wardrobe for the new season…

Having empty drawers to fill in, helped I think, as it felt like working with a blank canvas.
I wasn’t in the mood to clutter my cupboard again and therefore, it was easy to part from some items that I couldn’t see myself wearing again and others (regardless of the price, brand) that I wanted to keep.
Point in case, this sequin sweatshirt from H&M, grabbed in the sale at 2 euros,  is a keeper!

“70% staple pieces, 30% on-trend pieces is the ratio I’m aiming for, in my wardrobe this year”

Always aiming to be as minimalist as I can (and I have a long way to go…), this year I really want to streamline my wardrobe and have staple pieces with a few on-trend items to complete the look.

I want pieces that will last me for a few years because they truly reflect my style but also pieces that won’t bore me or make me feel stuck in a rut, if I wear them over the course of several years.

These Beckett sneakers from Isabel Marant for instance, have proven to be a great investment based on the cost per wear. So have these Dicker ankle boots whose heel height is so perfect that they actually make my calves looking slimmer.

“Try to teach this to the generation Z…not easy”

It’s also something I’m trying to instill in Mila, and it’s not always easy. She gets it, I mean she gets what I’m trying to achieve but I’m not sure she sees any value in it :-)
I remember we were all obsessed with brands when we were teens…With her generation, it’s just about the latest thing/look/craze and all the overconsumption that goes with it and that drives me nuts. I explained my views here.

So this week, I went for a 70%/30% ration with this all-black look…

My on-trend piece is this fab, new Marc Jacob tee-shirt (1) which is bound to become a staple piece, paired with a black blazer.
I picked this black patterned blazer (2) from Mango* because I’m a huge fan of the whole blazer + trousers (3) look and you can modernise it with a pair of Stan Smith or the NEW Golden Goose Deluxe Brand sneakers.

However, cheap fabrics tend to shine after a while which is not a great look so I suggest you go for the most expensive black blazer you can afford like maybe this crepe blazer from Theory or this Stella McCartney wool-twill blazer (my fav!)

There are a few over the shoulder bags this season that will make
great investment pieces.

I’ve already mentioned the NEW Fifi bag (only £99) from Hush …

This week, let me bring your attention to this NEW Albane leather shoulder bag (4) from A.P.C. (total love!).

I will finish the look with this nice pair of suede ankle boots from Mansur Gavriel.

Which item caught your eye? 

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*Mango mid-season sale is on

How to create your own working nook

Today I love…

This beautiful, creative space…
It’s actually a DIY project from Dutch magazine VT Wonen and you can find the tutorial to create this little nook here.
The instructions are in Dutch but if you are using Google Chrome, you can activate an add-on (Google Translate) in the tool bar to translate automatically pages written in a different language (very useful!).

They’ve used Light Blue No 22 by Farrow & Ball, which I think, looks really pretty and summery. What do you think?

It is a colour I wouldn’t usually think of using as I tend to go for hues of whites and greys (see our bedroom) but I really like how it softly contrasts with the rest of the room in white.

It’s always nice to work from a space filled with natural light, isn’t it!? I had set up an office in one of the spare rooms in our home in France but most days I work from the dining table in our lounge, because the room is filled with natural light.
Ideally, at some point, I would love to convert the old workshop at the back of the house into a photography studio but we have more pressing things to attend (i.e. the bathroom to renovate & the kitchen floor to fix).Today I love...this DIY creative spaceHave you set up your own creative space at home? What is the thing you love the most in it!?

//Source: vtwonen 09-2017 | Photography Sjoerd Eickmans | Styling Kim van Rossenberg | Execution Richard van Meerveld

#weekly fashion edit: Chelsea boots

#weekly fashion edit

I discovered Cecilie Copenhagen last year on Instagram and bought this gorgeous Topanga top in black which is unbelievably sexy and stylish.
As the new A/W17 collection has the just hit the stores, I spotted this beautiful Beat round neck cotton dress (1) which would be really easy to wear through several seasons.

“Iconic since the 60s, Chelsea boots are a great staple for Autumn & Winter”

Rather than pairing it with a pair of flat pumps, I would break the mould and wear them with a pair of classic Chelsea boots (5).

I really like the feeling of wearing strong, solid boots especially when the rest of my outfit is feminine and I’m still in love with the Chelsea boots I got last year in Paris, from Anthology Paris . There is also a few sizes left on Smallable. Unfortunately they are khaki but sometimes when a colour is dark enough, you can get away with applying dark/black shoe cream.

Church’s has also some fantastic brogues and boots for a masculine look.

Regardless of where you get yours from, if you manage to find a great classic pair, they are a great staple to have and they won’t go out of fashion.

You can wear them with cropped jeans (see here), tights & a short skirt (see here) or black leggings although my favourite leggings, are these leather leggings from Hush

I would accessorise the look with this bucket leather bag (3) or this Fifi leather bag I featured last week. Both are practical and versatile.

And of course, a pair of super matt tights  and this Bryce wool coat (2) from Stella McCartney because let’s face it, Summer is over for us on this side of the hemisphere…

PS: I’ve added this amenity kit (4) by Grown Alchemist because I’m a fan of their products and packaging.

Which item caught your eye? Does this inspire you to use things from your wardrobe you hadn’t use for a while?

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Childen's bedroom makeover

Mila’s desk area makeover

Last time, we decorated Mila’s room in our holiday home in France, was shortly after we purchased the house and refurbished it at the speed of the light to rent it over Summer. Mila was two years old.

We fitted a sisal carpet on the floor to hide the uneven concrete floor, painted the walls in white and added two single beds as the house is rented out to other families during the summer and caters for 8 people + a baby.
If you click on the second image here when the house was featured in Boligdrom magazine in 2014 and Grand Designs in 2008, you will see that we turned the front and back of a vintage French iron bed into two headboards for each single bed.

Fast forward 10 years, Mila is now a 12 year old pre-teens, well into surfing, skating and all of the above is gone.

Her room is still in need of a serious makeover and I’m planning at some point, to paint one of her walls in light grey, get her a new bedside table and a new bed. However, this week I have focused on decluttering her desk area to make sure it feels like a happy place and encourages her to do her homework there rather than bringing her mess into the lounge.Childen's bedroom makeover BEFORE

Her room in 2008 (shot by Grand Designs) Vs 2016 after taking the sisal off

Mila’s requirements:

In addition to using the vintage desk my sister gave her, Mila wanted to have a bedroom that would reflect her passion for surfing with a palette of soft/vintage pink, pale green, light grey and white.
She was also keen to have a gallery wall with cactus & palm trees like we had seen in Nüde, a nice café in Canggu where we went a few times for lunch during our recent trip to Bali.

With this in mind, I put this mood board together to get a feel of the look we wanted to achieve.Teen desk area makeover

Selecting the prints:

The gallery wall was key as Mila wanted something nice to look at when we walked into her room and something inspiring. So we went on Juniqe  to select a few prints for her bedroom.

Selecting the prints for Mila’s gallery wall was fun and tricky at the same time as Juniqe has a huge selection of 6,000 cool prints and represents over 600 international artists so plenty of choice for everyone. They also have some fun & colourful shower curtains and cushions but I tried to not be carried away….

Rather than going through thousand of prints, I narrowed down my search by using relevant keywords like palm tree, cactus, surf, surfing, beach, California etc…

In doing this, I came across some really nice black & white prints… Cali Palms, Palm Leaves 1 Note to Self or B&W Lines are some of the few that caught my eye.

The great thing about this site is that you can order the print of your choice as poster, canvas or framed in a black or white picture frame.

“Being able to order already framed pictures, no matter the size, is a major time saver in my book!”

If it had been me, I would have gone for a monochrome gallery wall but I had to back off and let my young client decides what she wanted for her bedroom. So I make a pre-selection of about 20 prints which I like and that would meet Mila’s requirements for colours, style and design and added them to the wishlist on the Juniqe website.

To make the selection process a bit easier, I copy (right-click) the image directly from the Juniqe website and paste them into Photoshop to see how they look like against each other (see below).

You can do the same in Word and drag the corner down to reduce the size of the image or if you are not computer literate, just print them at 50% and place them on your desk to see them all together.Create a gallery wall with Juniqe

Then Mila and I went over the list again and narrowed it down to the top 5 ones she really liked. Her favourite ones being GRL and Bot Gardens, I ordered them in a large size (41 x 61 cm) and framed to make my life easier and the other 3 prints in 21 x 31 cm.

“It doesn’t have to be perfect to look nice”Create a gallery wall with Juniqe

Putting the look together

Having taken the sisal carpet off the floor last year to replace it by a painted concrete floor, I started by clearing her shelves and walls from all the clutter to work with a blank canvas.
I don’t like drilling into a brick wall (or commit to make any holes), so I used Command Brand’s picture hanging strips which allow you to hang small & large picture frames without damaging your walls (provided they are painted and not wallpapered). They are so easy to use that your teen can do it…Childen's bedroom makeoverChilden's bedroom makeover Initially, I had planned to hang 5 picture frames above her desk, but Mila decided she wanted the small Pink Cactus by her bed.Teen's vintage bedside tableSince there is two wall-mounted shelves on the left hand side of the wall, it turned out to be tricky to add the large Bot Gardens print to the gallery wall so we left it for now until we find a proper space for it.Childen's bedroom makeoverChilden's bedroom makeover   Childen's bedroom makeover Childen's bedroom makeoverAnd here is the final result…

Children's bedroom makeover BEFORE & AFTERBEFORE & AFTER: From a cluttered desk to a soft & soothing desk & bedroom

Childen's bedroom makeoverChildren's bedroom makeoverChildren's bedroom makeover

Do you fancy doing the same and 10% OFF your next set of prints?

I hope you like the result and I’m delighted to announce you that, in collaboration with Juniqe, I can offer all my readers 10% OFF on your order with the promo code: BODIEANDFOU. The offer will expire on 20/09/2017.

Shopping list:

Vintage desk: gifted by my sister
Prints from Juniqe (from left to right clockwise): GRL | Rose Palm Leaves | Bot Gardens | Pink Cactus | Desert House
Seagrass rug: from Ebay but find Next has a nice round jute rug
Natural wooden ladder from Smallable
Wooden stool from Smallable
LACK Wall mounted shelves from Ikea
Pink bed linen from Piglet in Bed

Posted in partnership with Juniqe; all views my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help support BODIE and FOU

Back to school look

Back to school look

Twelve years in the making and it’s the first time that I didn’t drop Mila to the wrong school or the wrong day (the year she got into the French Lycée in London, I took her the day before school started).
It’s also the first time, I got everything done in time including school supplies courtesy of the parents association, which had the brilliant idea to centralise all purchases to save time and money to the parents. All I had to do was ticked a list, send a cheque and collect everything last Saturday (time spent on buying school stationary = 10 minutes, Stress level = peanuts).
God Bless Parents Associations!!Back to school lookBack to school lookOn Sunday, I got overwhelmed (and sad) by the realisation that she is growing up fast but today I’m  feeling better now. These feelings come and go and we just have to make the most of the time we have with our kids, while we can, can’t we!? At the end of the day, I’m hugely proud of the human being she is and the young woman she is becoming. Back to school lookBack to school lookI’m also very happy that she finally agreed wearing a classic winter coat this year. I have only been suggesting such a coat for the past three years but this time, I pushed forward because I could see how great it would look on her teens style with white converse & skinny jeans

Today, she is wearing denim dungarees and a cool t-shirt from Amuse Society.

Her bag is a Fjallraven Kanken Mini Backpack we bought in Bali but it is available from Urban Outfitters

How did #backtoschool go for you!? Any fun stories?

Fresh look in our dining room BEFORE & AFTER

Our dining room renovations Part 1

And just like that…Summer was gone.
We moved back into our home after a whole Summer away and I’m now looking at the house with fresh eyes to see how to finish our dining renovations and what projects we can (budget permitting) tackle.

For now, let me show you what we did recently in the lounge and dining area rather than focusing on what need to be done

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Timeless clothes for kids 10 (C) Karine Kong Photography

Timeless clothes for kids

Don’t you love simple, timeless fashion for kids?

When we were little, my sister and I wore a lot of pretty, timeless clothes that we both kept for the girls. My mum used to also sew some of them based on models from Bonton and Cyrillus.

Sadly, I didn’t have my mum’s sewing skills when I became a mum, but I relished finding pretty dresses and tops for Mila.

A few days ago, our family caught with Dee and her family to have dinner at the beach. Dee is the co-Founder and Designer Une Belle Epoque, an independent kids fashion brand that has the most gorgeous collection of simple, timeless clothes for children.

While Dee is from South Africa, her collection feels very French and the kind of beautiful, simple pieces I would love Mila to wear.

I managed to capture a few shots of the girls before it got too dark…Timeless clothes for kids 10 (C) Karine Kong PhotographyTimeless clothes for kids 10 (C) Karine Kong Photography

Limi (left) wears a Can Can top and trousers from Une Belle Epoque and brown Salt-Water sandals, 
Claya (middle) wears a dress from the new collection (please contact Dee for details) and navy Salt-Water sandals which she told me were waterproof and proceeded to walk into the lake with them ;-)
Mila (right) wears this top and these trousers from Mango (see This Summer’s must-haves for kids)

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I absolutely love what the girls are wearing, don’t you!?

Another brand that I love and which has beautiful, timeless dresses in beautiful hues is Numero 74. They also have beautiful bed linen in cotton gauze and this great wall storage solution

SHOP NUMERO 74

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