My 2022 fashion review

· Fashion

This is the 3rd year that I’ve been doing this fashion or shopping assessment. It’s a perfect way to review my way of consumption and to realize if what I bought in my dressing room was useful/qualitative.

As for the previous times, I list the acquisitions I made this year, either through gifts or purchases. Here we go!



If we compare with 2020 (=8 acquisitions including 3 purchases) and 2021 (=13 acquisitions including 7 purchases), we can say that I remain constant and rather moderate in my consumption of clothes/accessories.

My purchases this year are not the most exciting in terms of style, but they are in the area of usefulness or the satisfaction of a passion. So I’ll start my listing with the gifts I received, from friends and family who know my tastes well, to finish with my more basic purchases.



Pale pink scarf Atelier Particulier


Gift date:  March 2022 (late birthday gift from my friend Lionel)

My daily use :  This alpaca wool scarf is soft, warm and of very good quality. I wore it mostly at the end of last spring and will wear it with as much pleasure this winter. The choice of the pale pink color is quite judicious because it allows me to enhance my outfits with a certain sobriety, while matching the chromatic palette of my wardrobe (mainly grey, beige, off-white, khaki).





Gift date : January 2022 (for my birthday from my SO)

My daily use : Since I have medium-length hair, the cap is one of my favorite accessories to make my outfits more “Sportswear-chic”. This one is perfect because the tone of colors present (khaki and beige) also harmonizes with the majority of my clothes. I like its “American College” look. Special mention to the 100% French manufacturing in Caussade (Tarn-et-Garonne) and to its composition (linen/cotton) very pleasant in summer.



Earrings “Juan” Sézane


Gift date : January 2022 for my birthday (from my darling = definitely, I was spoiled !)

My daily use : I wore them during the whole year 2022. I’ve been looking for a pair of large/wide hoop earrings for a while and these are perfect. They are gold plated and slightly hammered, which gives them a not quite classic touch. So far, they’re staying nice and gold and not turning black. That said, if you have any tips on how to maintain or recover the gold plating on a piece of jewelry, I’m all ears!



Totebag “Tadao Ando” Bourse de commerce Pinault Collection


Gift date : June 2022 during a private visit of the Bourse de Commerce

My daily use : Unlike a few years ago, I wear my leather bags very occasionally. On a daily basis, I prefer totebags, which are lighter and more all-terrain. I can store much more stuff in them (compartmentalized in pockets) and don’t have to worry about taking care of them… What a joy it was to receive one with a printed sketch of my favorite Japanese architect Tadao Ando on it. It’s a grey color and matches my wardrobe (it’s a nice change from the off-white and black totebag).



Sunnies EL-2 Round Issey Miyake


Date of purchase : August 2022

Why I bought them : As I’ve already explained in this article, I’ve been looking for years to invest in a pair of quality sunglasses in a fun, sleek and modern style that’s more classic and less massive than my Carlina from Chloé. I came across them during a walk in the Marais, tried them on and adopted them.

My daily use : I wore them mostly during my vacations in September and I’m delighted that they match most of my outfits while remaining light and original. A long term investment (I hope).



Tee-shirt “Club 57” Bastille


Date of purchase : May 2022

Why I bought it : I had seen a special edition of this teeshirt, sold at a London concert of my favorite band Bastille, and when its general public version was released online a few months later, I couldn’t help but fall for it. You know my love for this band… and going to see them live last November was the impetus for me to adopt this shirt in anticipation of wearing it that night!

My daily use : I don’t regret this purchase, more guided by the heart than by the reason… even if I appreciate the design inspired by Keith Haring (in connection with the song “Club 57” of the band Bastille) and the colors. I only wore it twice so as not to damage it too much but I plan to take it out again when the weather is nice (the touch of red allows me to make coherent dress combinations) or at a future concert of the band.



Totebag Lotso Miniso and an overview of the type of outfit I can wear at Disneyland Paris (+ an attack by Lotsos)


Date of purchase : May 2022

Why I bouht it : Once again, the heart more than the reason guided this purchase. I fell in love with this totebag (far from being a basic, haha) while visiting a Miniso store (which is, admittedly, the devil in terms of useless gadgets and as eco-responsible as a fast-fashion store… but hey!). The fact is that I love this character Lotso from Toy Story (who is far from being known for his kindness, but that’s another debate!) and that I already own a few accessories with his likeness reserved for my trips to Disneyland. I found this totebag pretty, practical and clever (with its little fluffy tail on the back), so it was naturally adopted!

My daily use : This accessory is one of those that I consider useful for going to Disneyland. I don’t wear it at all on a daily basis (although I could, if I were in the mood) because I reserve it to add a little magic to my visits to the park. When I go there, I like to dress up according to a character (I wore this totebag on a Halloween day) so it allows me to bring a bit of fantasy to my outfit while allowing optimal storage of my stuff (unlike the little plush Lotso bag I bought in Japan, with almost purely decorative functions). In short, a purchase I don’t regret either, which won’t be understood/loved by everyone but still useful (sporadically, but useful anyway).


 Panties MUJI


Date of purchase : April 2022

Why I bought them : Reason more than heart this time! Simply because almost all my panties gave out on me at the same time and I wanted to stock up on comfortable seamless panties (these are made in Japan). They are not sexy at all (the shape and the color are very basic, however they remain invisible through light clothes) BUT am I known to be a sexy person ? 😉 And then being comfortable in your clothes is also being better in your skin and by extension, it’s sexy, right?

My daily use : I bought low waist “midi” models and “High rise” models (By the way, I only counted these panties in my fashion balance sheet for 1 garment because of the unfunky side of the thing). After several months of use, I would recommend more the midi shape because the high rise is less comfortable (…on the buttocks, go figure!). But apart from that, I am satisfied with their fit and comfort.



Socks “Right angle sneaker socks” MUJI


Date of purchase : April 2022

Why I bought them : Another unglamorous purchase to replace my short socks that I usually wear with sneakers in summer.

My daily use :They have a perfect length (you can hardly see them when I wear them with Converse) AND they don’t slip under the foot when walking (who else has experienced this problem with too short socks?). In short, I totally validate them.




Sneakers NEW BALANCE 420 (I have from July 2014)


Date of repair : July-August 2022

Reasons of the repair : The back of the sneakers were all torn up after several years of service (they are from 2014), le sole unstuck and the upper was dirty/worn. I was tempted to replace them with a new, more fashionable pair, but my instinct was to get them repaired since the sole was still intact. It cost me almost the price of a new pair (80€).

My daily use : I’m satisfied to have resisted the temptation of the novelty (even for this price) because after this small blow of nine, I think that my sneakers will hold some more years. That’s what we call an avoided purchase via an extension of the life of your shoes and I’m pretty proud of it.



My fashion consumption is still quite frugal, especially if you compare it to my early days as a fashion blogger when I had a lot of stuff. I have everything I need in my wardrobe (I still have rain boots on my radar but I’m taking my time in this quest) and my body type and style remain pretty much the same from year to year so that helps a lot. I might have skipped the fancier purchases (Lotso or Bastille type) but as long as I get pleasure or lasting use out of it, I consider it a successful acquisition.

I am still very excited to put together an outfit with what I own or to admire new clothing combinations in shop windows or on networks but the need to own something new is no longer essential for me. I had given some explanations on this instagram post.

Age, self-awareness, a certain confidence, ecological concern, the slightest desire to be trendy or to position my physical appearance at the forefront help to channel me on purchases.

But as I say every time, this path of reasoned consumption is very personal and depends on multiple social, economic, morphological (weight gain or loss) and mental health factors. The idea is not to feel guilty if you continue to buy 20, 30 or 50 items per year. The idea is to know if these 20, 30, 50 purchases really satisfy you. The goal of this type of annual fashion assessment is to question your desires, your needs, the image you have of yourself in order to be able to approach a more serene consumption and why not more reasoned.

Did you evolve on this level by doing your fashion assessment? (English translation by Quiterie)

Happy new year 2023 !

· Art, Illustration

I started this ritual 5 years ago in 2018 and always look forward to this little get-together to personally send you my best wishes. This past year has been closer to normal in terms of my social interactions (considering the previous 2 years under the sign of distancing) and I am infinitely grateful to have been able to experience these precious and warm moments. Let’s hope it will be the same for 2023!



More than ever, I wish you a year 2023 filled with good health and energy to allow you to achieve whatever you wish to undertake and this, in all fields.

Since experience has taught us not to picture ourselves too far into the future either, may you savor the small and great pleasures of everyday life, in the most serene way possible, so that 2023 will keep its most beautiful promises!



I wanted to stay in the winter and snowy atmosphere with this snowball containing this scene of life reflecting what can make me dream in terms of small and big happiness: A Japanese atmosphere, calm, nature, a cozy place …

This imaginary place is inspired by what I saw during my winter trip to Japan in 2018: Onsen, traditional wooden house, snowflakes. I just added a frozen lake for skating, although I’m not sure it’s very credible to have it next to a hot spring… but you get the idea 🙂

A little nod to the 2023 lunar year which will be under the sign of the cat (or rabbit) with this little “Mizuhiki” bow surrounding the snowball.



As usual, the principle is simple to try to receive one signed by me in your mailbox. You have to:

  • Leave me a comment below
  • Tell me if you prefer to receive the blue or green card
  • Tell me about your wishes for 2023 (you never know, writing them on this blog may have the power to make them come true?)
  • You have until SUNDAY JANUARY 8th at midnight to do so!

I will choose 20 people to whom I will send my wishes by mail. Thank you for being here and participating … and once again, happy 2023 to you! (English translation by Quiterie)


EDIT : Thanks for your best wishes and comments below : Once again let me wish you a happy new year  full of serenity ! Here are the people who will receive a greeting card by mail (check your mailbox and spams) : thanks again for entering my annual contest and happy new year !

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Château La Coste

· Art, Culture, Food, Travel

The month of September was for me under the sign of vacations with a stay in Brittany (which I will detail soon) but also of a short escapade in the south of France, slightly oriented by the desire to visit a particular place for a few years.

Indeed, since this 2018 exhibition, I have been fascinated by the work of Japanese architect Tadao Ando and my desire is to be able to admire as many of his creations in situ as possible. When I learned that he had participated in the redevelopment of the Château La Coste wine estate near Aix-en-Provence and its transformation into an exceptional place, I noted this idea of a visit in my list of “Places to see at least once in my life”. Since September 12th, I can check this name in my list as Completed!


The Art center by Tadao Ando at Château La Coste


So it is with an undisguised enthusiasm that I am going to share with you my visit in this place mixing art, nature and gastronomy, trying to give you as many advices as possible if you decide to go there. New works and exhibitions are added every year: I hope to have the opportunity to go back in the future because, as I expected, I was totally seduced by the place!



Château La Coste winery is located about 20 minutes by car from Aix-en-Provence, in the commune of Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade. I’m not sure that the place is well served by bus, so if you don’t have a car, consider taking a cab… unless you have a helicopter, as the place has a landing zone ^^ !

By car (=our humble means of transportation), it is easy to park in the underground parking under the art center, the main building designed by Tadao Ando. Access to the art and architecture trail is subject to a fee (€15 per adult).



“Aix” by Richard Serra


This communion of art and nature has a feeling of déjà vu? If you followed my 2019 road-trip to Japan, this philosophy was already present on the islands of Naoshima (where Tadao Ando also worked) and I pleasantly found it in France at Château La Coste.

“Foxes” by Michael Stipe and “The marriage of New-York and Athen” by Frank Gehry et Tony Berlant


Everything has been thought out so as not to distort the original place and to sublimate it. This beautiful idea comes from an Irish businessman Patrick McKillen, art collector, who during a visit to Provence in 2004 with his sister, decided to buy a vineyard (in all simplicity, isn’t it?). He fell in love with Chateau La Coste at first sight and then had the idea of making it a place where people would meet to share the love of art, nature and good food (=I was the ideal target).


Music pavilion by Frank Gehry and “Calix Meus Inebrians” by Guggi


He then called upon artists he admired and/or was close to (Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Louise Bourgeois…) to bring their personal touch, and in particular Tadao Ando to whom he entrusted the task of designing the main building intended to welcome the public. From then on, the estate was gradually filled with architectural touches, exhibitions and works of art, scattered among the vines and reliefs of the estate.

The incredible artwork by Andy Golsworthy “Oak room” made from intervowen oak trunks and branches


And here we are in 2022 with exhibition pavilions and more than 40 different pieces of artworks implanted within the vineyard.



“Multiplied resistance screened” by Liam Gillick


A visit to Château La Coste is a real sensory journey (I could easily develop a Five senses article just talking about this place!) Even though you can go without planning, I think it is still useful to know a few things before scheduling this visit that involves the head, the legs as well as the stomach.



  • Keep an eye on the weather on the day of your visit : I admit I was shaky a few days before our visit since the weather forecast predicted showers and thunderstorms, but in the end, the day couldn’t have been more ideal for visiting this place: Sunshine and mild summer temperature. I don’t recommend a visit in rainy weather, unless you are really equipped, but it might be slippery in places and it might not be the best conditions to admire the outdoor installations.
  • Dress appropriately : The route includes rough and stony paths through the vineyards: go for comfort. I noticed that the dress code on site is rather “casual chic” or “Styled-casual” so take care of your outfit by putting on comfortable shoes adapted to a moderate hike (we walked 13 km that day) while being presentable for a lunch on site (I did not see anyone picnicking and I’m not sure if it is allowed).
  • The whole tour is supposed to last 2 hours “in theory”: We stayed there the whole day from 10am to 7pm (opening hours) (knowing that we take pictures and that I spend a lot of time thinking/dreaming/analyzing/admiring in front of a work of art and even more when it is located in this natural setting). Roughly, it takes 2 hours if you walk over the works without taking pictures. I would recommend splitting the tour in two (one half in the morning and the other in the afternoon) with a lunch break in a restaurant on the estate.
  • There are no toilets or water supply points on the course: so remember to make arrangements when you arrive at the Tadao Ando Art Center (which is equipped with toilets) and bring a water bottle.
  • Remember to reserve your restaurant in advance(for lunch and/or dinner): I will detail more below in the “restaurants” section.
  • The route includes more or less shaded areas: : Bring sunscreen and a hat just in case.
  • For people with reduced mobility (or not very athletic), you can book a tour that is done on small carts.



  • THE ART CENTER : The main building or Art Center is impossible to miss when you arrive at the site.

“Mathematical model 012” by Hiroshi Sujimoto in the art center designed by Tadao Ando


One immediately recognizes the style of the Japanese architect who had the genius to install the parking lot under the water, which, on the one hand, does not distort the visual aesthetics of the place by hiding the cars from the scenery, but on the other hand, allows an immersive entry into the place, when one climbs the stairs of the parking lot to access the upper level.

“Small Crinkly”de Alexander Calder


This art center includes a store (well stocked with art and architecture books), toilets, a restaurant and 3 artworks integrated into the place: “Crouching Spider” by Louise Bourgeois, “Small crinkly” by Alexander Calder and “Mathematical model 012” by Hiroshi Sujimoto) You can recognize the signature elements of Tadao Ando: large concrete walls, openings that let the light through and the notion of infinity. I’m still a fan.


  • THE CHAPEL : It overlooks the valley and requires some effort to get there. The ruins of an old chapel have been restored and Tadao Ando decided to enclose them in a glass and metal case, highlighting this witness of the past as well as the surrounding landscape. When you close the door of the stone chapel, natural light streams over it like a fascinating divine halo. Outside the chapel, a large red cross by French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel contrasts with the austerity of the concrete.

The Tadao Ando chapel and La Grande croix rouge by Jean-Michel Othoniel


  • PAVILION “FOUR CUBES TO CONTEMPLATE OUR ENVIRONMENT” : For once, Tadao Ando has designed this wooden work: it contains 4 glass cubes underlining the environmental problems and allowing to push its reflection on the future of Man on Earth. Powerful and effective.

“Four cubes to contemplate our environment” by Tadao Ando


  • ORIGAMI BENCHES : 2 benches inspired by origami folding are located on the course, at strategic places to admire the view or a work. The play with light and nature is once again part of the game.

Banc origami by Tadao Ando



“Drop” by Tom Shannon


I won’t go into detail about each work admired since, as I said above, there are more than 40 of them, but I will insist on a few that I found particularly interesting, that made me react or pushed me to think, but overall, I appreciated everything. It is worth noting that each artist had the freedom to choose the location of the domain where to set up his work, which makes the interpretation of each creation even more personal.

I was very pleased to find a spider “Crouching spider” by Louise Bourgeois (a specimen I also admired in the 2017 Women house exhibition). This maternal metaphor, both protective and frightening, takes on another dimension, reflected in this water body, cleverly imagined by Tadao Ando.

“Crouching spider” de Louise Bourgeois


I was also able to find another work by another Japanese architect on the tour: Kengo Kuma (whose work I also like but who had disappointed me a little at the Albert Kahn museum). He is renowned for his very graphic constructions based on wood. Here, he wanted to reinterpret the notion of Komorebi, a Japanese term that poetically designates the light that passes between the trees.

“Komorebi” by Kengo Kuma


Sophie Calle, known for her interactive and personal artworks, has deliberately installed a burial ground at the end of an isolated path, between the trees. We will appreciate the word play of the name of the work: “Dead end”

“Dead end” by Sophie Calle


It invites you to leave a paper containing an unspoken secret. So I did it and slipped my secret into the crack of the grave: “Here lie the secrets of the walkers”. She had already experimented with this enclosure of secrets in previous performances, in Brittany, Geneva and New York.

I also particularly appreciated the architecture of the different exhibition galleries: the curved pavilion by Oscar Niemeyer (housing an exhibition by the artist Anna Morris)…

Oscar Niemeyer pavilion hosting the Anna Morris exhibition


…the high pavilion by Richard Rogers (which reminds the architecture of the Centre Pompidou, which he also designed with Renzo Piano) perfect for admiring the view (housing a colorful exhibition by Idris Khan)

Idris Khan exhibition in Frank Rogers gallery


…as well as the pavilion by Renzo Piano (where the exhibition of Bob Dylan was located)

Bob Dylan artwork for his  “Drawn black in Provence” exhibition stands alonde with Henri Matisse, Claude Monet,
Camille Pissarro et Marc Chagall artworks


 Renzo Piano pavilion


I also really liked the photo exhibition “Moment of affection” of Mary Mc Cartney (Paul and Linda Mc Cartney’s daughter) full of sensitivity and sweetness.

L’exposition “Moment of affection” de Mary Mc Cartney


Here is a small selection of the installations present on the site to give you an idea of the variety of works.

“Wall of light cubed” by Sean Scully

“Rail car” by Bob Dylan

“Labyrinth”by Per Kirkeby

“House of air” by Lee ufan (the shadow in the front of the rock is a trompe-l’oeil)



Restaurant Tadao Ando


Feeding your mind is good, but satisfying your taste buds is even better. When I learned that this domain was not only dedicated to art but also to gastronomy, I wanted to make the most of this day. The place has 5 restaurants (4 in the Chateau la Coste estate and the last one, located at Villa La coste, the hotel complex on the edge).

Since we had to make a choice for our day of visit, we turned to the Tadao Ando restaurant (for lunch) and wanted to indulge ourselves with the chef Hélène Darroze‘s restaurant in the evening. Having said that, all the restaurants are appealing! Here are the main characteristics of each one, which will help you make your choice:

  • The TADAO ANDO restaurant :(from 10am to 7pm with lunch service) The ideal place to admire the architecture of the art center and to taste simple but refined dishes, respecting the seasonal products (as you can see below on my pictures)
  • LA TERRASSE :(from 10am to 7:30pm : no reservation required) offers typical Provencal dishes (onion tart, plates to share…)
  • The FRANCIS MALLMAN restaurant : (Dinner every night and lunch only on weekends) A cuisine offering grilled meats, empanadas and other Argentine specialties.
  • The VANINA restaurant :(Lunch and dinner every day) Pizza, antipasti, pasta are made with fresh and organic products.
  • The HÉLÈNE DARROZE’s restaurant : (3 or 5 course menus at lunch and 5 or 7 course menus at dinner) Gastronomic meals in a sophisticated and warm setting.

The lunch at restaurant Tadao Ando The lunch at the Tadao Ando restaurant was quite simple. The products are fresh, it’s pretty good but not exceptional (the Pavlova was missing a little detail to be perfect hehe).

But the setting was really nice and soothing, facing the watering hole and the Alexander Calder mobile. That said, the olive oil that accompanied us throughout the meal was delicious, which prompted me to buy a bottle as a souvenir.



As for the dinner at Hélène Darroze restaurant, it was amazing from start o finish.

I chose the 7-course menu and my SO wasmore reasonable with 5-course. We enjoyed these multiple variations on the theme of local vegetables and fruits. Big crush on the field tomatoes.


Carrot from the garden of Château La Coste preserved with citrus fruits, roasted San Remo gamberoni with tandoori spices, spring onion and fresh coriander


Amuse-bouche and Tomate Plein Champs from Cabanon San Peyre in Peyrolles, candied datterino coulis, verbena pesto, fresh goat cheese, thin slices of muge from Grau-du-roi, fermented tomato water jelly


As a dessert the baba à l’Armagnac, signature dish from the chef was light and tasty : Absolutely divine. During the meal, a wild fox came to say hello a few meters from our table : Wonderful from start to finish !

Patrick Blancon’s fig in Solliès cooked in its own juice and baba with Armagnac, Hélène Darroze’s signature dessert


In any case, I advise you to reserve your table in advance in the restaurant of your choice. If I have the opportunity to come back one day, I would try the Argentinian and Italian restaurants which look warm and appetizing.



I can’t give you any more information about this, knowing that the price of a night is roughly equivalent to that of a return flight from Paris to Tokyo, but having been able to enter the residence (the restaurant of the chef Hélène Darroze is located in the heart of the Villa La Coste, on the edge of the art trail), we can notice that refinement and design are an integral part of the Villa, not to mention the service, which must be very neat (well, I hope so!)

It must be a fabulous experience to stay in this exceptional hotel complex (the light and the design of the suites, with their refined but warm design, look sumptuous). We’ll see if I decide to invest in a stay at Villa La Coste one day (by selling one or two kidneys^^) but for now, I’m fully satisfied with my visit to the estate as well as the exceptional dinner I was able to enjoy!



“Schism” by Conrad Shawcross


This day spent at Château La Coste was one of the richest and most enjoyable of my vacation. I really felt like I was in an amusement park dedicated to beauty and art in all its forms. Ending the day with a wonderful meal was the icing on the cake.

Wine and olive oil Château La Coste


I thought to bring back some souvenirs of my visit: Bottles of wine from the estate (to share with future guests rather than for myself, as I have a low tolerance for alcohol), a bottle of olive oil produced in Le Puy Sainte Réparade and a book on the work of Tadao Ando at Château La Coste (I highly recommend it if you want to know more about the construction process, his intentions for each work with drawings and explanatory models: just really nice! )

Magazine “Beaux Arts” and book“Tadao Ando Château La Coste” (Ed.Actes Sud)


A new artwork “Mater earth” by Prune Nourry was under construction at the time of my visit and promises to be impressive since it will represent a giant pregnant woman emerging from the ground. Apparently, we will be able to access the inside of her womb made of wood and unfired clay.

“Mater earth” by Prune Nourry in WIP


Other exhibitions are scheduled for the next few months. So many good reasons to come back! (English translation by Quiterie)

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