Five senses #19

· Beauty, Decoration, Fashion, Food, Illustration

It’s been over a month since I’ve been away from my blog but I’m back today with a new “Five senses” post to give some news and share my latest favorites. Here we go!

 

Touch

I recently collaborated with the committed brand The Simones to create a teeshirt to celebrate all the women we are. The brand is donating €1 per shirt sold and I decided to donate the entire amount I will receive for this collaboration (which will vary depending on the number of shirts sold) to the association called PLAN.

This association works to change the rights of girls and equality between girls and boys by developing programs promoting the education of the most vulnerable children.

 

T-shirt “Just as you are” The Simones x Tokyobanhbao

 

The sentence “just as you are” is the one Mark Darcy says to Bridget Jones (a little romcom wink hehe) but should also be said by us to ourselves. We are all different, with our qualities and our imperfections. Loving ourselves “just as we are” is the first step to taking power over our lives. That’s why we need to celebrate our uniqueness and that’s what I wanted to convey with this T-shirt.

Thanks for your first feedback on Instagram about this project which is very important to me.

 

Sight

 Quilda desk La Redoute
Eames Vitra chair

 

This is the place where I spend most of my time: as I already said on Instagram, I wanted this workspace to be purposely uncluttered because I’m someone who can easily lose focus, so there’s no way I’d have a ton of distracting objects in sight! And anyway, I now prefer to live in a minimalist environment, which I find more relaxing.

Shelves Serax
Desk lamp Bloomingville

 

Here are a few pictures of my office area that might help you find inspiration for decorating yours.

Ipad sleeve Wouf

 

 

Smell

I recently received a few new beauty products from ALAENA (made in Biarritz, organic ingredients and “Nature &Progrès“ label) as well as a candle, all of which are particularly delighting to the sense of smell.

  •  ALAENA combination skin moisturizer that will help me regulate sebum secretion, exacerbated by wearing the mask (I’ll give my verdict here or on Instagram once I’ve finished the jar!).
  •  ALAENA mango avocado soap (cold saponified) to wash my face (which is temporarily replacing my fetish soap from Les Inspyrées that I usually use).

  • MALIN & GOETZ candle with a spring “Mojito” scent (mint and lime) that changes a bit from the woody winter scents I usually diffuse at home: A little freshness doesn’t hurt to welcome spring!

 

Mojito candle Malin & Goetz

 

Hearing

My morning walks allow me to discover new sounds: Here are some new sounds that have charmed my ear lately:

-The Moonlight edition of Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia with new tracks like “We’re good” or “That kind of woman” that I love: No disappointment, only delicious bonuses added to this album already so loved in 2020.

 

Møme & Ricky Ducati : “They said” (a very catchy eighties track: The album “Flashback FM” is rather pleasant to listen to make the Daft Punk spirit last.

 

For my other favorite songs, I let you browse my instastories playlist on Deezer: I always add the songs I use to illustrate my instagram stories. There are already those from 2018, 2019 and 2020. So my 2021 playlist is a work in progress!

 

Taste

My 2 favorite cookbooks of the moment are those of Yotam Ottolenghi, which I highly recommend for lovers of gourmet dishes, rich in color and simple to prepare.

 

 SIMPLE and FLAVOUR by Yotam Ottolenghi (Editions Hachette)

 

I have already tried several recipes from his best seller SIMPLE and I am discovering those of FLAVOUR, more oriented towards vegetable-based dishes.(English translation by Quiterie)

 

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My fashion purchases of 2020

· Fashion

The month of January inaugurates the year, but can also be the time to look back at the year that has just gone by. I thought that it would be interesting to make the 2020 sum up of my purchases in clothing and accessories, especially since I have been consuming in a more reasoned way for the last few years. This is part of my quest for minimalism and simplicity.

This assessment would have been impossible for me to make (or would have been very indigestible to read) 5-10 years ago given the excessive amount of clothes that entered my closet every month (week?). This year, unless I forgot, there are 8 items that have entered my closet consciously.

The idea is not to make you feel guilty if you bought more but just to show you that my consumption (and awareness) has evolved over time. I own much less than during my “fashion blog” years, carefully selecting clothes according to my criteria of quality (and usefulness) but the pleasure of dressing up remains intact. My looks have gained in simplicity and I have gained in freedom.

 

8 novelties in my wardrobe in 2020

When I say “8 purchases”, I’m talking about global acquisitions: 5 items on this list were gifted via partnerships (so they were offered to me) but I accepted these rare fashion partnerships with care, so I consider that it was as if I had bought them.

So I’m going to present this list of the 8 fantastic ones by telling you why I fell in love with them and how I felt about their quality until now. Let’s get started!

 

THE MAKE MY LEMONADE DUNGAREES

Hedwige Make my Lemonade dungarees (already seen here)

Date of purchase : July 2020

Reasons for the purchase : Favorite for the cut, the color of the garment and the responsible approach of the brand (organic cotton, quality of the relatively thick fabric, European manufacturing).

My daily use : I wear it from time to time, especially when the weather is nice, because of the light color, it can get easily dirty, but it follows me all year long depending on whether I wear a t-shirt or a sweater. Here is the autumn winter version (you have already seen the summer version here). I’m satisfied with it, it looks good after several washes.

 

THE UNIQLO DENIM SHIRT

Denim Uniqlo shirt (already seen here)

 

Date of purchase : March 2020 (gifted)

The reasons for the purchase: : I develop them in this article.

My daily use : I have been wearing this oversize shirt a lot at home since March. It’s not a particularly flattering piece but I feel good in it for a “cool” look and it’s easy to live with.

 

THE UNIQLO WHITE LINEN SHIRT

Linen shirt Uniqlo (already seen here)

 

Date of purchase : March 2020 (gifted)

The reasons for the purchase : I also develop them in this article.

My daily use : Perfect for spring and summer, it is a basic that I missed. I am satisfied with it.

 

THE COMPTOIR DES COTONNIERS JUMPSUIT

Pictures by Alice Jacquemin during a Comptoir des cotonniers collaboration

 

Date of purchase : June 2020 (Gifted)

Reasons for the purchase : The casual chic side that I like, the quality of the linen.

My daily use : I haven’t worn it much so far because I’m waiting to hem it at the bottom of the legs to get the right length… and I’m dragging a bit to get it done! But I hope that it will be ready next summer because I would like to wear it with sandals and a hamper (if we get free by then).

 

THE BERET LE BERET FRANCAIS

 

Date of purchase : October 2020

Reasons of the purchase : I already had a beret of the same color, from another brand but the size was a bit too small for my (big) head. So I decided to invest in a new beret in my size. The manufacturing in France guided me in this choice of brand.

My daily use : I wear it a lot since this fall (the influence of Emily in Paris no doubt!) and this beige/camel color goes well with the camel/grey/black/cream palette of my wardrobe. Nothing to report on the quality for the moment, I’ve had it for too little time (and never washed it) to say anything about it… but it’s all good for it!

 

THE YOUNG FRANKK NECKLACE

“Classic chain” necklace Young Frankk

 

Date of purchase : August 2020

Reasons of purchase : Since the big dangling earrings I used to wear with the mask are a bit embarrassing in my daily life, I wanted to invest in a big necklace with links that would serve to spice up my most basic outfits. I chose this brand because I already have a pair of Young Frankk earrings that hold up well over time. So I wanted to be sure of the quality.

My daily use : I wore it a lot this summer and fall, with a half-open shirt or on a simple tee-shirt. It also works very well with a sweater. I don’t regret the purchase (even if I took 40 euros of customs fees to get delivered, since the company is based in the USA= Carbon footprint level I could have done better too but well…)

 

ELOīSE FIORENTINO EARRINGS

“Océan” earrings  Eloise Fiorentino

 

Dateof purchase : December 2020 (gifted by the designer)

Reasons of purchase : I have several pairs of earrings from this designer that you can see here here and there. My first pair was bought a few years ago in a small store in Dijon. Then I purchased new ones each time I came back to Dijon because the quality is there, in addition to the pure design and their lightness that I appreciate. I was lucky this time that the designer gave me a pair for Christmas.

My daily use : These buckles are elongated but don’t bother me when I wear a mask so despite this COVID crisis, I wear them quite frequently (haha! the detail that counts since 2020). They are simple but sophisticate a bit my basic outfits.

 

THE COMPTOIR DES COTONNIERS BUCKET HAT

 Comptoir des cotonniers bucket hat worn at La Clusaz last summer

 

Date of purchase : June 2020 (gifted)

Les raisons de l’achat : I have a black bucket hat from &OtherStories since 2019 and it has served me well but I blame it for collecting dust very easily. When I saw this one, I saw the difference in quality and its gingham lining adds a little twist.

My daily use : I used it a lot this summer during my walks in Belle-île, Dijon or La Clusaz and it does the job well. It doesn’t catch dust and fulfills its role as a space-saving sun protector.

 

My assessment

I brought quite a few things into my wardrobe last year (the lockdowns and lack of opportunity to go out helped quite a bit too, so it’s not a big feat) and I’ve planned to do the same this year. In fact, I don’t think I’m missing much adding up things in my wardrobe.

I have in my wishlist a khaki hooded parka (without fur) with a simple and warm design for winter (which would be a winter equivalent of my spring oilskins when it rains= so practical not to carry an umbrella!) : I’ve been looking for one for several years but I have never found one that meets all my criteria.

I also aim to find a vintage Hawaiian shirt: again, relatively simple colorful patterns that could match my wardrobe, to be worn with flowing pants and a hat in summer. I didn’t launch an active search but I have these two targets in mind.

I am delighted in any case to have succeeded in moderating my acquisitions for a few years: It’s up to you to tell me if you are in the same spirit: Out of curiosity, how many clothes (and accessories) did you add in your wardrobe last year and are you satisfied with them? (English translation by Quiterie)

Hello 2021 !

· Art, Illustration

The year 2020 has just ended… and what a year! Whether from an emotional or physical point of view, it’s been the most unusual and unsettling.

From this strange year, I mainly measure my luck to have been able to preserve my and my family’s health. For the rest, I am rather happy to have been able to adapt to changing and sometimes uncomfortable situations. Even sacrificing a little of my freedom and human interactions, I cannot decently complain about this year 2020. I hope that if it was more difficult for you, you will find the strength to get back on your feet…

 

A SWEETER 2021…

Anyway, here we are with 2020 behind us and at the beginning of this first page of 2021 : it is more difficult for me to formulate wishes given the year that has just passed and not knowing what will be the most appropriate for the coming one…

Anyway, I would like to wish you a warmer, sweeter and easier 2021. The health-love-happiness package is even more actual and I hope that 2021 will be synonymous with freedom and well-being for you and your loved ones.

 

2 CARDS AT YOUR CHOICE

Now a tradition on this blog, every year I draw a greeting card in order to send you my greetings by mail. This year, it’s not one but two that I drew! (2020 will have had the merit of inspiring me!)

I wanted to symbolize what we all probably missed: escape and travel! I don’t know if 2021 will allow us to go around as we wish but I hope that this map will bring us luck!

Thus, I chose to draw the 2 destinations that I miss the most right now and that I would like to see again in real life as soon as possible: Japan and Great Britain. So I wanted to immortalize a fantasized winter scene of Tokyo and London under the snow: Yakitori restaurant or English tea room? Between the two my heart hesitates!

 

A GREETING CARD DEDICATED TO YOU

Here is the time for you to participate in the small traditional greeting card contest that I do every year. To try to receive a greeting card autographed by me it will be necessary to :

  • leave me a comment below
  • tell me which destination you choose (London or Tokyo) and the thing you hope for most for 2021!
  • all this before January Tuesday 5th at midnight (Paris time)

I will choose 20 people to send my greetings to! This greeting card is the modest gift I can offer you to thank you for being so faithful for more than 13 years! The years follow one another, do not look the same but you are still with me <3 THANK YOU! (English translation by Quiterie)

 

EDIT : Thanks for your sweet comments and wishes below this post. Here are the people who will receive a greeting card by mail : thanks again for entering my traditional contest and happy new year !

 

Marc Sainlot : Commentaire du 1er janvier à 11h45
Julie A : Commentaire du 1er janvier à 12h19
Perrine : Commentaire du 1er janvier à 12h25
Samantha : Commentaire du 1er janvier à 12h35
Clement : Commentaire du 1er janvier à 12h58
Jones Coralie : Commentaire du 1er janvier à 13h15
Celiane : Commentaire du 1er janvier à 13h37
Lauriane : Commentaire du 1er janvier à 13h39
Emma : Commentaire du 1er janvier à 14h04
Gaëlle : Commentaire du 1er janvier à 14h10
Morrisset : Commentaire du 1er janvier à 15h15
Julie : Commentaire du 1er janvier à 15h30
Nadine : Commentaire du 1er janvier à 15h53
Alexandra : Commentaire du 1er janvier à 23h47
Marion : Commentaire du 2 janvier à 0h11
Aurélise : Commentaire du 2 janvier à 16h48
Nadège : Commentaire du 4 janvier à 0h30
Léonor : Commentaire du 4 janvier à 12h55
Pauline Montauze : Commentaire du 4 janvier à 23h29
Sarah : Commentaire du 5 janvier à 23h43

 

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