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A glimpse of Summer

SUMMER ’16 THE EDIT | THE END OF SUMMER

Squeezing the last drop of our Summer holidays before back to school… We went to the Futuroscope on Friday (blog post to come) and Le Chateau de Versailles today (photos to follow too) and both were great in complete different ways. I like taking the girls to things that wouldn’t even enter their sphere of interest. Versailles felt like a chore when I mentioned it to them yet in the end we had a great day the four of us with my mum. I know the day will come when we will cherish and remember this day together fondly. I took this photo of Lily on our way back from Versailles. I know it’s out of focus but I still love it. Sometimes things don’t have to be perfect to be loved… How was Summer for you?

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. …

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…”

Summer '16 Mila Sienna

Summer ’16

Mila is on holidays from tonight… Two months by the beach and for the first time I’ll be with her rather than working in London. I have tried to work out thousands of options in my head, how I could make this work, how I could make the most of our time together as we may never have another opportunity like this, how I have to breath in and treasure every second I spend with her because in about 7/8 years, she will sail off to University and lives her own life and yet I have to find the time to work. Will see… I bet you wonder why, let alone how, we are splitting our times between London and France…Well, initially we were supposed to move to Sydney so the idea was that Steve and Mila would live in France for a year to experience French life while I was running my business in London and commuting. In paper, it all sounded very glamorous. In reality, it wasn’t easy for any of us. Steve was a single father …

5 feel-good things to achieve in 2016

4 feel-good things to achieve in 2016

This is it…1st day of 2016! I’m so excited! I’ve always loved the beginning of a New Year. While some people may think it doesn’t change anything, for me it changes a lot of things. It’s a new beginning, the chance to re-invent myself, to look at things that happened in my life, that made me grow and make some adjustments, work out what worked for me last year and made me happy and what didn’t. Do you feel that way too? There is a lot of things I want to achieve this year business wise but I haven’t put them down in writing yet. I’m in the final stage of turning the page on a 10 years adventure with the shop and I’m pleased to say that I’m doing it in the best possible way because someone who has a similar aesthetics to mine is taking over and I know the shop will be in good hands… However, from a personal level, they are four things I really want to achieve this year…

My dad PERNOD RICARD AWARD Best Sports photography 1971

Loss

It is with a very heavy heart that I have to inform you of what has been happening in our family lately… Last Saturday started like a beautiful weekend…Steve went off to Cardiff to watch the All Blacks beat the hell out of the French and Mila and I went to stay with some friends. Besides the fact that Mila left the car key in the boot of the car which locked itself with all our belongings for the weekend in it and I spent the afternoon trying to work out the best plan to get hold of the second set of keys we had at home, it was a nice afternoon. We decided to take the kids to the skatepark and enjoy ourselves. At 5pm, my mum called me and told me that my dad had taken his own life. In the past three years, my dad has been struggling with depression. This has been a tough journey for our family and one that I never mentioned on the blog. I mentioned my own depression here and …

Mila’s homemade pikelets

As some of you know, we are a franco-kiwi family and while we are not spending as much time in New-Zealand as we do in France, we’ve always made a point of teaching Mila to be a freewi and to embrace both nationalities and cultures. She was doing the Haka at the age of 3 and the same way I taught her how to make crèpes (pancakes), Steve taught her how to make pikelets which she made yesterday and again this morning and they are delicious!!

Styling, textures, monochrome. Read on www.karinecandicekong.com

Off to our annual back-to-basics week

So glad it’s Friday! It has been a good but busy week with a quick trip to London & Kent, then back in France to prepare this house for our guests and finish off the floor in this one. Tonight, we are off to sleep in my dad’s old boat for our annual “back to basis” week.