Blossom

· Fashion

I am really pleased about the very warm comments I got regarding my Paris Hanami map, even though since last week the trees most probably suffered a bit due to the wind and the rain in the capital.

However, it was such a pleasure last weekend with the sun and because it isn’t really the case anymore, let me post a few pictures of a « true » spring day. This outfit is the symbol of my basic spring outfit and I hope to wear it again soon!

Once again, nothing new but here’s a new look made of things I’ve already got and -you’ve already know how I work- my feedbacks about these pieces that have survived to the last dressing sorting :

 

  • My H&M trench : From 2014, it was quite successful when it was on sale and you might also still have it with you. Even though I haven’t gone to H&M or Zara for a while, I haven’t regretted this purchase, which has remained the same along the years: machine-washable but requires a bit of patience to iron due to the numerous folds.
  • My Boden Tshirt : (2016) you can’t fully see it but it’s a white basic shirt made in cotton with 3/4 sleeves. The cut is not perfect but I wear it anyway as I haven’t found the perfect long sleeves white shirt. If you have any advices…
  • My Cyrillus pants : I’ve got them since last September. I love the cut and it’s very comfy but I actually wouldn’t recommend them in terms of quality of the fabric because it bubbles with the friction. Thankfully you can’t really see it as it’s black but I am not fully satisfied. Too bad.
  • My Mango flats : I’ve got them since 2017. Unequalled confort and minimalist look that I love. This being said, the leather has started cracking even though I’ve done a good maintenance. It will depend on how long I can keep them but I can’t imagine the day I will have to throw them away. So, must be taken care of. I am actually hesitating to buy an extra pair because Mango sale them again this year = you can imagine how much I love them).
  • My Zac Posen bag : Since 2016, it isn’t 100% convenient due to its small size but the unusual shape is a plus. I don’t wear it often and mostly keep it for special occasions such as « parties », when it only contains my lipstick and two tissues. We can also insert a wallet but you’ll need a tote bag for the rest.

 

So here is the kind of simple outfit I like wearing. My lazy method is all about adding spicy touches with accessories (here, earrings and bag), so that I don’t get bored of my minimalist outfit. All is about the accessories ! (English translation by Quiterie)

 

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My Outfit

Trench H&M (2014) (already seen here and here)
Tee-shirt Boden (2016)
Pants Cyrillus (already seen here)
Flats Mango (2017) (already seen here and here)
Bag Zac Posen (2016) (already seen here and here)

Earrings Soko (already seen here)
Watch Cluse

My Hanami map in Paris

· Illustration, Travel

I had this map idea after scrolling all the pictures of cherry blossoms on my Instagram feed.

I am always so excited to see this pastel pink blooming and most especially since I traveled to Japan during Hanami season in 2014. There, it’s really the celebration of the awakening of the nature and all the festive and poetic coming along.

When we don’t get the chance to go to Japan but still want to discover this spirit and magic, what can we do? Enjoying our own Japan touch in Paris!

 

The best places to see cherry blossoms in Paris

Thanks to your precious help, I prepared a list of the best cherry blossoms spots and drew a map. Obviously this list is not exhaustive but you can add up your favourite places in the comment area: it will be added to our list!

Be careful, following the visit last Wednesday of most of the places mentioned, some of the cherry trees are either already done blooming or haven’t started yet. Only one gust of wind, rain or other climatic variations can make them change quickly!

My advice before going to the spot is to check on Instagram if the cherry trees are blooming or not ! (Do not forget to read the caption: some people posts pictures from last years!)

Here are the pictures taken during my Hanami stroll in Paris to illustrate a few places: I highly recommend this kind of walk to be amazed, take some time to observe the nature and disconnect from the tumult of the city. I really enjoyed that day.

 

1. LE JARDIN DES PLANTES

I have never seen the famous and impressive Japanese cherry tree during spring season: I didn’t regret the stop!! It’s really the attraction of the park. On its side the pink cherry tree is looking like extra but with them together, the mix is looking magical.

 

2. TROCADERO GARDEN AND AROUND THE EIFFEL TOWER

Unfortunately no cherry blossoms blooming but it remains a nice spot to take photos. Even thought the place is now so secured and crowded it became bot as nice as it used to.

 

3. NOTRE DAME DE PARIS, SQUARE JEAN XXIII

To my opinion, based on the state of the trees when I stopped by last Wednesday, in a few days it will be full bloom. So let’s check to catch the imminent blooming!!

 

4. THE SAINTE PERINE PARK

My favourite spot to take pictures (I’d already done a few here here and here). I’ve haven’t gone yet this year but I think the big cherry tree has already started blooming.

 

5. JARDIN DES COMBATTANTS DE LA NUEVE

I already took pictures here in this little square hidden nearby the city hall and while I was walking, I end up by myself in front of this beauty, like in a pink cocoon in the middle of Paris.

 

6. MARTIN LUTHER KING PARK

When I went there blossoms were already done a few weekend before but I can imagine the beauty of this place the D-Day and also a good address to enjoy the shadow of the cherry trees.

 

7. SHAKESPEARE AND COMPANY

The perfect instagramable spot !

 

8. JARDIN ANNE FRANK

9. JARDIN DU LUXEMBOURG

10. LA COULÉE VERTE RENÉ DUMONT

11. CIMETIÈRE DU PÈRE LACHAISE

12. SQUARE GABRIEL PERNÉ

13. SQUARE RENÉ VIVIANI

14. SQUARE DES SAINT SIMONIENS

15. SQUARE HELOISE ET ABELARD

16. PLACE ST FERDINAND

17. FALGUIÈRE

18. SQUARE DE LA MONTGOLFIERE

 

At the gates of Paris

PARC DE SCEAUX

As surprising it might sound, I’ve never been during Hanami season: apparently they are planning a “Hanami” event during the Easter weekend: a good opportunity to enjoy a picnic there, isn’t it? (I guess people with agoraphobia shouldn’t do it!)

PARC DE BILLANCOURT

 

Enjoy this ephemeral Sakura season in Paris. And I hope this article will inspire you for strolls and picnic while giving a Japanese touch to our capital! (English translation by Quiterie)

Beginning of spring

· Fashion

Once again here is a look made of things I already have in my closet. I am really pleased to see that you like these “recycled” fashion related articles.

While writing this word “recycle” I am aware that it shows a serious issue of consumption as it’s supposed to be used in a normal way. Wearing a few times our clothes is not recycling, it’s just the basis for a balanced consumption… but anyway, you understand me!

Since I’ve limited my wardrobe and fashion consumption, I am still happy to use these pieces of clothes with a new association and even more with the nicer days approaching.

As the last time, I will give you a few feedbacks about my outfit items you’ve already seen on this blog:

  • My Sézane “Will” denim jacket : From the 2016 collection, enough time has passed to say that it worth the investment. I washed it a few times in the laundry, it didn’t move and I can wear it with everything. Casual and chic at the same time, a basic we can count on.
  • My La Redoute lace blouse : also from 2016, I’ve receive compliments every time I wear it and it always saves me when I don’t know what to wear for a night out. But on a daily basis, it knows how to look good… knowing that I’ve washed it in my laundry (not event delicate program!)… What a pleasure!
  • My Uniqlo wide denim jeans : I am in love with these jeans that I’ve been wearing during both winter and summer times. You’ve seen it a few times already on this blog. You can’t buy it anymore (they have another one on sale now but a bit too short): what a shame because they are easy to keep and the stretch fabric makes them super comfy.
  • My Boden leopard flats : 2016 seems to be a very good year! I’m still very happy with the comfort and the quality of these leopard ballerinas, which add a savage touch to all kind of outfit. I can walk for hours with them even thought they are a bit (too?) flat. All the ballerinas should get inspired by these ones: nothing hurts !
  • My Sézane “Dean” bag : As I told you last time, I’m quite satisfied with my Sézane bags. Little drawback for this one that I haven’t worn often unlike the others (…which explains why I hadn’t noticed this drawback!): the flat camel leather gets easily some marks so if you don’t take care of it, you’d better choose the croco style leather from the brand, thicker and not as sensible for the impacts.

 

I told you I was only wearing old stuffs… but actually there is one exception with these accessories: flake imitation earring for the final touch. Worth the €13!

Even with this price I hope they will last as long as possible. I reinforced the rod with a bit of glue in-between the plastic and the rod.

If you would like to « invest » as well, you should know that they are very light and we quickly forget them, which is quite a positive point. Let’s see how long they will be ok… but with my little DIY improvement, I think all the chances are on my side! (English translation by Quiterie)

 

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My Outfit

 Sézane Will Jacket (2016) (already seen here and here)
Lace top La Redoute (2016) (already seen here and here)
White jeans Uniqlo (2017)(already seen here and here)
Flats Boden (2016) (already seen here and here)
Bag Dean Sézane (2016) (already seen here)

Earrings La Redoute Collections
Bracelet and watch Cluse

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