Seen on Netflix

· Culture, Illustration

For years I resisted the call of Netflix, I was too afraid to be caught in the spiral of binge watching and of letting my social life dwindle (SPOILER ALERT : Netflix isn’t responsible for my non-existing social life these past 2 months) but since end of december, with the cosy Christmas atmosphere, I decided to give it a go and subscribed.

And I don’t regret it! (especially during the lockdown period!) Especially since it didn’t really infringe on my other activites (I watch it during the evenings or a bit on the week-end, instead of the boring/anxiety-inducing programs of the traditional telly). I am almost up to date on my “series” culture (although I still have a lot of things to watch … cult series included, but I’m not losing hope!) but above all, I found tailored programs for my culinary and getaway tastes.

So here is my list of what I have watched up to now (I might enrich it as time goes by) (=do not hesitate to share your recommendations in the comments!) Maybe you’ll be inspired if you are looking for new things to watch …. or know what to avoid! (that being said, I’m a “make-your-own-opinion” type of person… you never know, we don’t all like the same things!)

 

Japan and Asia

I listed everything I watched that has something to do with Asia, with a strong Japan prevalence, you know me!

 

QUEER EYE : WE’RE IN JAPAN!

1st series I saw on Japan : I just loved the kindness, empathy, tolerance and warmth of this Queer Team that helps japanese people take back their life, be it in terms of looks, self-esteem or decoration. Some tears might be shed and emotions had in in the Land of the Rising Sun.

 

TERRACE HOUSE

Terrace House “Tokyo 2019-2020”

 

This japanese reality show was my (not so secret) indulgence for the beginning of 2020 and the beginning of the lockdown period. I discovered the seasons backwards, and started off with Tokyo 2019-2020 (which is still ongoing) and then followed with Opening new doors 2018, Boys and girls in the city 2015-2016 and finished with Hawaii Aloha State 2016-2017, the only available seasons on Netflix (I’m really rooting for the other seasons to be added to the catalogue).

My Instagram Stories and post are already stock full of debriefs, but to sum it up, if you are a fan of Japan, of japanese culture, and if you like analysing human behavior, following pretty romances (and drooling in front of all the japanese food), this is a show for you.

Terrace House “Opening New Doors 2018” with my favorite cute couple <3 (Credit photo : Sam Byford)

 

My favorite season is Opening New Doors (up to the end of part 3, the rest wasn’t really interesting to me afterwards) for the super cute side of the couple in question and the cozy feel of the place (a chalet in the mountains). If I go back to Japan at some point, I’ll be making a stop in Karuizawa for sure!

I also liked the end of the Tokyo 2019-2020 season, with the apparition of a very charismatic, talented and funny italian candidate : Peppe! The one I liked the least was Hawaii Aloha State because the japanese culture really took a backseat, but it was fun to watch anyway.

 

MIDNIGHT DINER : TOKYO STORIES

I watched the 1st episode and wasn’t really convinced by the rythm and the story, even though theoretically, all the ingredients were there (japanese food, intimate restaurant …) and it’s an adaptation of the “Midnight Diner” japanese manga (which is apparently very good). Maybe I should give it another go, but the mixed reviews aren’t really helping in motivating me…

 

KINGDOM

I was pretty intrigued by the 1st episode, that took place in an old Korean kingdom, with a terrifying zombie invasion, but I watched the following episodes with a distracted eye, and followed the series more through the eyes of my S.O, who was much more assiduous than I and who didn’t want to wait for me to watch the rest (=I had an illustration order to finish : I did sit through the episodes, but wasn’t really focused).

My S.O loved it, and I did very much enjoy the beautiful images (didn’t quite follow the scenario though, haha). Anyway, sorry for this poor quality review! But I did have to mentione it because it is worth it if you give it your whole focus.

 

STREET FOOD ASIA

A documentary that gets your mouth watering, and that explores different street food specialties in Asia. From Bangkok to Seoul, passing through Osaka, strong and often very touching personalities share their stories with us around plates of staple street food.

 

The series

The Sex Education bus scene <3

 

I didn’t start everything that is on my Netflix list, because I find a series does require some attention and committment to finish, but here is what I’ve watched so far :

 

SEX EDUCATION

Huge favorite even though at the beginning I thought that with a title like that it would be a bit stupid, with American Pie level humour. Of course, sex is at the heart of the series, but it’s talked about in a smart way, openly and with a sincerity and sensibility in the characters that makes you love it and be impatient about season 3 coming out. The story takes place in a small english town, so extra points for the british touch!

 

STRANGER THINGS

I had heard so much about this series, it may have been one of the main reasons I subscribed! And I wasn’t disappointed … (except maybe for season 2, that I found less interesting) ; the young actors are absolutely brilliant, Winona Ryder is awesome, and the 80s atmosphere is perfect for those of us who might be a bit nostalgic. I am a bit curious about what season 4 will bring, I’m afraid they may not be able to reinvent themselves.

 

HOLLYWOOD

Mini-series of 7 episodes, that you can easily watch over a weekend. Realized by Ryan Murphy (who is also behind Glee : that I haven’t watched yet = I’m telling you, I’m behind on a lot of series, but I’m working hard on catching up!), it takes place in the 40s in the USA and the scenario paints the hollywood movie world in a more or less glamorous way, that could probably be compared to our actual world. An interesting and pleasant watch that brings up a lot of questions on homophobia, accepting one another, bullying and the power given to women.

 

FARGO

I bought the DVD set last year because Ewan Mc Gregor is in the 3rd season (fan attitude!). I had seen seasons 1 and 2 (and liked season 1 better, with a Martin Freeman that I found absolutely disconcerting!) and I’m currently watching season 3 with a double dose of Ewan, who is brilliant (I may not be totally objective). Each season can be watched independently because the intrigue is different, but it is often a question of murders and police affairs in the heart of Minnesota.

 

The Movies

Train to Busan

 

I really have a lot to catch up on movie-wise (for example, I still haven’t seen Matrix! Yikes!) but here is what I watched lately.

 

GET OUT

I hadn’t managed to see it when it got out in the theaters, and I’m happy I could see it here : I loved the plot and was totally taken by the stressful/uncomfortable atmosphere of this white american family that meets their black son-in-law for the first time. The message is even more clear with this chilling scenario.

 

TRAIN TO BUSAN

Korean movie about (once more) a zombie invasion : the scenario could be transposed to what we are currently living with the covid-19 pandemic … Apart from the stressful side of the story, it’s interesting to analyse the different behaviors of the characters, and watch some moving scenes. This movie really stuck with me.

 

ROM COMS

I really like this genre : I’m pretty romantic, but even if I am a great audience for the “Christmas TV movie” type, I still have a threshold to what I can tolerate in terms of silly and inane!

 

TO ALL THE BOYS 1 & 2

Following all the good reviews I read about these 2 teen movies, I watched both, but was very much disappointed! Even if the visual approach is rather dynamic, neither the Lara Jean and Peter couple nor the epistolary intrigue resonated with me. I found the characters rather dull and uncharismatic, and even if I am aware that this genre isn’t really about realism, everything seemed fake and overdone. Anyway, I just don’t get it.

 

THE KISSING BOOTH

On the contrary, this was a great surprise! This is what I call a good romcom! Even if the characters are teens and that I found the story to be unbelievable on a number of issues (Noah’s violence or Lee’s possessiveness are quite disturbing), I was taken by this refreshing and funny californian story, that I thoroughly enjoyed!

There’s rythm, and a certain playfulness brought by the main character Elle, a sweet complicity with her best friend Lee and a physical chemistry with Noah (the actors Joey King and Jacob Elordi were an item in real life, proof that it really works, hehe!). The end was unexpected, and had a nice message. A Kissing Booth 2 is apparently in the works : not sure it will be as good as the 1st, but I’m still eager to watch it! Butterflies in the stomach guaranteed here.

 

LOVE WEDDING REPEAT

Another disappointment. I don’t often really advise against a movie, but nothing works in this remake of the french movie “Plan de Table” (that I didn’t see, but it seems it is much better than this one). I was expecting more of Sam Claflin (who played in Love, Rosie with Lily Collins, or was known for his more charismatic role as Finnick in Hunger Games) but I found it boring and really fought to make it to the end of this wedding day. There must be people who love this movie, but which planet do they come from?

 

SHOWS AND DOCUMENTARIES

The world’s most extraordinary homes

Netflix shows and documentaries are generally of a great aesthetic, which I really appreciate.

 

SALT FAT ACID HEAT

We follow Samrin Nosrat (Chef and culinary author) that details the 4 aspects of taste in food in exploring different parts of the world (amongst which Japan!) : you can feel her passion overflowing when she talks about food or when she is cooking : it’s inspiring and appetizing!

 

THE WORLD’S MOST EXTRAORDINARY HOMES

Here we explore the world’s most beautiful homes with actress Caroline Quentin and architect Piers Taylor. Their british duo works perfectly during the visit of these clearly extraordinary homes, in osmosis with nature and the environning constraints. The decoration is often to my taste and it’s all very dreamy.

 

TINY HOUSE NATION

Tiny mobile homes are very in at the moment, and they, along with minimalism are the theme of this series. I am a great fan of the cabin/lodge state of mind, and I love it! All the realisations are not to my taste, but they do put things in perspective in terms of how much we actually need to be happy (ah yes! maybe one of those things are a good architect and good workers!!)

 

MISS AMERICANA

I’m not a huge Taylor Swift fan (I do like her songs though) and I wanted to know more about her personnality, that I find a bit too smooth and victimizing. The documentary does show her in a very favorable light, but it allows (even if it does feel very controlled) to see what is going on behind the scenes for this american popstar.

My opinion of Taylor Swift didn’t change much after having seen this show : still a bit victimizing (sometimes rightly so), very control freak, but what you can’t put in doubt is her work ethic and her qualities as a musician. The true fans will appreciate. (English translation by Marine)

 

Photo credits : Netflix
Illustration credits : Tokyobanhbao

Five senses #16

· Beauty, Decoration, Fashion, Food

I’m finally back with a « Five senses » blog post while most of us have been locked down the past month, doing activities mostly at home (for those who are lucky enough to work from home).

I hope this article will entertain you if your mood is a bit down or if you need some inspiration. I, as always, gathered all the things that have delighted my 5 senses hoping to share some good vibes… More than ever, take care!

 

Touch

On March 11th, I had an appointment with the hairdresser for a Japanese permanent waving. It’s been since last January that I had booked this appointment, as I was waiting for the perfect length in order to get a short wavy square haircut. Lucky me it was just on time before the lockdown.

So it’s been a month with this new haircut and I’ve been very happy about it. As I was saying on this picture, I went to the Japanese salon called Petit O’Sola (12 bis rue de Londres 75009 PARIS) (which I hope will reopen very soon) where I got a “Digital perm”.

This Japanese treatment gives your hair natural waves without the « tight curl » effect, even if you have straight and thin hair as mine! Of course, it might be (as any other hair treatment) aggressive for hair fibers but since then, I’ve tried to take care of them by using a mask once a week and a lotion to moisturize/shape the curls, after washing them (I’ve alternated with Vegan curl cream from Cut by Fred and the Curl Legend spray from Phytospecific).

I use a hairdryer or just air dry and that’s it! So easy for a daily routine, I’ll wait and see how it will look after a few months (it will be more flat on top as it’ll get longer) but I’ve been enjoying this volume! A revelation!

 

Sight

Feeling good at home has been more important than ever lately: so I can’t regret all the work I’ve done the past few years in my interior, and most especially to get it more simple. Our balcony is such a plus that allows us to enjoy being outside, considering we’ve been mostly staying at home.

Here are a few pictures of the greeneries on our balcony that I already shown (here and there). Big up to our Japanese maple trees that give a Japanese ambiance as soon as we get outside on the balcony.

 

Smell

I’ve never shared a skin care routine on this blog simply because I’ve always had a hard time to find the right products for my combination skin (= imperfections, shiny and dehydrated zones).

But, I think I may say that since the past year, the quality of my skin has improved: well hydrated and only one or two acne spots per month (depending of my periods) at the most ! I’ve been dealing with this acne/dry skin since I was a teen so I’m happy to finally get this balance (it was about time… I’m 40!).

I don’t know if it’s my age, my products or the more peaceful life rhythm that have a positive effect but here are the products I’ve been using every morning and night. Maybe you’ll find solution ideas.

 

MORNING ROUTINE

  • La lavande Eau première “Les Inspyrées” : I spray some and wipe with a reusable cotton disk from the same brand.
  • Tolériane ultra 8 “La Roche Posay” : A few spray that I leave on my skin without wiping off.
  • Crème Magnifica “Sanoflore” : Once the previous spray is soaked up, I apply this cream all over my face.
  • Aquareva BB crème dorée “Noreva” : I add up this BB cream to unify my skin without covering too much, it also moisturizes a bit more.
  • Eye contour Hyalu B5 “La Roche Posay” : I’ve been using this one lately but I always change when the tube is empty.
  • Powder Accord parfait “L’Oréal Paris” : For an anti-shine touch along the day. I’ve tried eco-friendly/clean mineral powders without luck. So I went back to this one.

 

EVENING ROUTINE

  • “Caudalie” oli cleanser : I apply on my dry skin, add up a bit of water, make circle movements to remove my make up and rinse.
  •  “Les Inspyrées” soap (I buy the big soap bar (200g) and cut it into pieces) : I finish up the cleansing by washing my face with this soap.
  • La lavande eau première “Les Inspyrées” and  spray Tolériane Ultra 8 “La Roche Posay” : that I spray as in the morning
  • Soin de nuit ressourçant Nectar de roses “Melvita” : As soon as I have one tube done, I try another one but so far I’m satisfied with this one.
  • Eye contour Hyalu B5 “La Roche Posay” : same as the morning one
  • Scrub and mask : I do it once in a while but don’t really have a specific brand to recommend.

 

And that’s all! Lately I haven’t worn much make up at home : it helps my skin even more to get the right hydration (I will give you my make up routine later but just so you know, it’s very simple).

I can also add that I don’t smoke, don’t drink alcohol and mostly drink green tea (one in the morning) and herbal tea during the day: it must have a positive impact on my skin.

 

Taste

During this lockdown, I’ve been cooking more than ever and even though we can find a lot of recipes online, I love opening my favorite cookbooks. Here are those I find particularly useful and especially with the current situation. I took photos of my favorite recipe in each book to give you some ideas.

 

MON LIVRE DE CUISINE GREEN “DELICIOUSLY ELLA” (Editions MARABOUT)

The result IRL (I’ve added some eggs so, this is veggie not vegan)

 

PARIS HANOI : RECETTES DU VIETNAM (Editions MARABOUT)

A simple and so good vietnamese curry !

 

TOKYO LES RECETTES CULTES de MAORI MUROTA (Editions MARABOUT)

…to eat with rice and some vegetable : so delicious!

 

Once the lockdown will be over, you’ll be able to buy them in a book store. They really worth it.

 

Hearing

In a normal time, I listen quite a lot of music while I work in front of my screen but during this lockdown, I am even more into it. So here are the music I’ve loved listening lately, you might want to listen them too!

 

DUA LIPA

Her album “Future Nostalgia” appeared to me like a ray of sunshine during this lockdown. I’ve loved all her songs since the beginning but I have to admit that her last album with 80s inspiration, thought in details, can be easily listened. A real « good mood » album mixing nostalgia and trendy sounds.

I was pleased to discovered the INXS cover (“Need you tonight” for “Break my heart”) or White Town (“Your woman” for “Love again”). I was supposed to go to her concert on the 4th of May but considering the circumstances, it was postponed to next year. Meanwhile, I have some time to listen it over and over again!

 

ASGEIR

I cant’ remember how I discovered this artist from Iceland a few years back but it you want a cosy ambiance at home, I can only recommend to listen his songs. His last album called « Bury the moon » was the soundtrack all the winter season for me and I’ve kept listening it during the lockdown.

If you want a bit more of exoticism, you’d better listen his Icelandic version of the album (called « Satt »): it’s calm, a bit of nostalgic and it directly sends you to a wild nature (I can imagine myself in this kind of cabin while I listen these songs).

 

MY PLAYLISTS

I quite often add music on my Instagram stories because it explains my mood and also allows me to share the songs I like: if you like them, I created my Instastories playlists (2018, 2019 et 2020) on my Deezer account. A mix of pop (mostly english), folk and acoustic songs. If you are a fan, you’ll got a lot to listen. (English translation by Quiterie)


My Outfit

Jacket Will Sézane (lended by my mum)
Tee-shirt designed by me
Vintage belt (from my mum)
Pants American Apparel (already seen here)
Flats Mango (already seen here)
Earrings Mango (already seen here)

Comfy minimalism

· Fashion

It’s been a while since my last outfit article over here: as part of a collaboration with Uniqlo, I will talk about 2 basic pieces of clothes that I carefully chose while waiting for the warmer weather and I will show you 2 (even 3) outfits that are minimalist and timeless.

After the years, you’ve probably noticed that my outfits has become simpler (but I was coming from far!). Actually, from now on, I only purchase clothes with a good timeless/quality ratio in order to wear them over and over again without thinking about the last trends.

Uniqlo is a Japanese brand that I particularly like because of its unbeatable Japanese know-how in terms of technical innovation (the Heat-tech line and mini-down jacket (that I wear beneath my coats) are my tricks to stay warm during winter time). And if you’ve followed me for a while, you must know that this brand has already been in my closet because it fits me well, but also my style and resists wear (such as my grey hooded sweat or my white jeans that I often wear).

So here is why I naturally picked 2 shirts looking minimalist and comfy, hoping the quality would be as good as my previous pieces.

 

The white linen shirt

This shirt is a basic must have (I’ve only had one with short sleeves). So I picked this one in the women linen shirt category. It’s also available in other colors: I hesitated with the pink one but I thought I would wear it more often in white, and it could be the perfect ally when I’m not inspired and a mix a fancy and casual.

 

The look of the white shirt in linen changes depending on the accessories: I matched it here with my perfect white jeans and a pair of sneakers for a «casual » look but if I had a pair of heels and a pouch, I would be ready to party in a comfy way.

 

 

The denim shirt to share

I love the U collection from Uniqlo (imagined by the stylist Christophe Lemaire) because the cuts are always simple and well thought (actually my gray hooded sweater is from the collection). This time, I wanted to choose a piece that we could share with my SO.

Indeed, I picked in purpose a bigger size for this denim shirt in order to wear it oversized, the collar buttoned to the top, but also as a jacket or as overshirt opened.

 

My SO tried it on and for him it’s more fit (without being too fit): therefore he will be able to also wear it sometimes (we will need to negotiate!) with chino pants and a cap (=it’s his look lately!). By sharing it also means more space in our wardrobe… Smart isn’t it?

 

If you don’t feel like sharing, you can also find more feminine blouses made in different fabrics and cuts. Most of them are made of rayon, this half synthetic fabric that imitates silk with its softness and looseness (and that you don’t need to iron!).

As for me, I have a preference for the other fabrics available, rawer and more natural such a linen and cotton. In short, you’ll decide… as long as it’s qualitative and comfy!

PS : if you subscribe to the newsletter on the website of Uniqlo, you can get 10% off for you first order. (English translation by Quiterie)

 

(Article written as part of a paid collaboration with Uniqlo)

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