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I’m very excited and honoured to have been nominated for the 2016 Amara interior Blog Award for Best Design Inspiration Blog. If you enjoy reading my blog, I would be grateful if you could help me to get shortlisted for the finals by casting your vote HERE. Thanks you SO much in advance for all your help and support! //Photo by Paulina Arcklin

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 …

Mila, Cap-Breton (C) Karine Candice Köng

The first school trip

Mila (11 years old) is off to her first school trip. To summarise how we both feel about this trip in a few words…She is excited, I’m not :-)

Natural basket

Sunday thoughts

A calming photo to end what has been two busy weeks first in Barcelona then l’ile de Ré. Both were press trips and while I’m open this year to embrace as many new experiences and be grateful and appreciative, I realise also that I need to pace myself and look after myself better…consistently. Both trips were very different but equally great fun and I ended up meeting lots of new Bloggers and laughed like I hadn’t laughed in a long time but I also ended up eating too much, drinking too much and not sleeping enough so I’m taking a few minutes tonight to try to re-focus. Not an easy task…I don’t want to regret the good times I had during these past few days but I wish I was more consistent. For some reasons, each time I’m travelling, my good resolutions go out of the window which annoys me. How about you? How was your weekend?

Starting surfing at 40+

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 age, wrinkles 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 …

Girlfriends' best skincare tips

25 skincare & beauty tips to try

A couple of weeks ago, my sister Elodie and a bunch of girlfriends came down to the Bay of Arcachon for a girls weekend. I made this delicious chocolate zucchini cake twice and tried a new anti-inflammatory green juice. We ate good healthy food, laughed a lot and talked about food, sugar intake, clean eating, skincare, make-up, ageing gravefully and single motherhood (3 out of 5 in our group). We all came out of the weekend feeling energised and positive with so much to take from each other so I thought I would share with you all the skincare tips we exchanged.

How to deal with self-doubt

Overcoming self-doubt

I can’t tell you the number of times I looked at these photos of La Salie in the Bay of Arcachon, wondering if they were worth sharing. To this date, I still don’t know but I have decided to let go. Self-doubt is a bummer isn’t it!?