vendredi 27 février 2015

ENTERTAIN: Laggies

    Once in a while, you go to the movies and you see something that somehow speaks to you. Laggies is not the best movie which was ever made. However, it treats of something that I find important to touch on. Throughout our youth, we feel and we are maid to feel that our lives are going to change. We are going to be grown-ups and we will know what we want and who we are.
    I am certain that a category of people know exactly where they come from and what they want. However, that personnality trait didn't come over night. These people were just organised people to start with. These people used to rule over the playground and run their own little group.
   When i saw Laggies, the first thing which poped into my mind was Garden State. A story about people lost in their minds and in their lives.
   The thing about Laggies is mainly that we are always surrounded by the same people and it is with changing those surroundings that we evolved. That is what is important. Growing up is one thing but what is true and almost tangeable is evolution, change and, of course, true friends who are not waiting anything from you and who do not expect anything but your love and who give you support.

jeudi 26 février 2015

RECIPE: My White Chocolate & Raisins Lebkuchen Style Cookies

You Need

80 g of Room-Temperature Butter
125 g of Sugar
125g of Flour
1 Egg
1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

100g of Chocolate Squares
20g of Raisins

How To

Preheat your oven at 210 Degrees Celsius.

In a bowl, mix the butter, the sugar and flour, 
the egg, the cinnamon and vanilla.

Divide the dough by placing it onto a cooking sheet 
creating circular cookies.

Place one square of white chocolate in the middle of each cookie
Surround it with four raisins per cookie.

Place the cookies in the oven for 15 minutes.

Eat with milk



mercredi 25 février 2015

BLOG: I Am My Cat...?

I wish I could say that I am a logical person who doesn't give easily to frights. I actually used to be. However, with life passing by, I fast realized that, I got more tired. I also got more used to always having someone around. These elements somehow lead to having me very easily scared and clumsy.
The cat part of the explanation arrives now.. I am an extremely clumsy person. I am not just writing that. It is a scientifically proven fact. It comes from the fact that I know very little of my surroundings. 
My life, as it is, is maid of my eyes raised to the sky and my attention patently non existant. I wish I were more aware of the world and I am actually very attentive to the clouds forming in the sky, the blooming trees and the people around me. On the other hand, I am entirely oblivious of the tables, chairs and other inanimated bibs and bobs in my surroundings. 
This translates in an incredidle amount of scars and brews onto my body (mainly extension parts such as legs and arms).

I am able to legitimately hurt myself, by clumsiness and not even realizing. My cat, or more likely the cat with whom I share the apartement where I live is just as clumsy and she has no real judgement of distances either. And she is not even old yet....

mardi 24 février 2015

FASHION: Selection The 70's are back

Asos decided they were back and I couldn't be happier about it:
here are the items which, I think, really stand out.

lundi 23 février 2015

BEAUTY: How I wash my brushes (after many odd different ways)

I went through many stages when it comes to clean brushes and no matter what people say about the need to use oil to keep your brushes soft or baby shampoo or conditionner, it always left my brushes not especially clean.
So today I am back with the easiest way to clean them: pure soap and two towels.

Have one very soapy towel in your sink or in a tub.
Rub your first brush in a circular motion onto the towel.
Then once the soap seems cleared up, rince your brush very well.
Dry it into a second towel.
Lay it down to dry.
Proceed the same way for all of your brushes.

vendredi 20 février 2015

ENTERTAIN: Mini Disney Castles...

If you ever go to Disneyland Paris, you obviously will go for the grownup rides if you are amongst friends and if you have kids or if like me, you have been going there since you were a child, you "have to" go on the smaller people rides. Two of these are hidden in Fantasy Land and only open in spring and summer. However, they are accelerating to me and sweet. They are up there with the Peter pan ride, which always has thousands of people in line. The little Circus Train and The Fairytale Boat truely are the balm when you are a kid because of the reconstitution in miniature form of some awesome Disney movie "sets" The music is also playing in the background, literally: in the bushes and trees. Here are the three lands which always did it for me. 

Fantasia has mainly to do with the fact that I never was that mezmerized by a vilain ever before especially considering the fact it doesn't even speak. This might actually be the main reason why he is so scary.


Next is obviously the Beauty and The Beast, my favourite Disney movie, and now that I am grown up, it is probably why I love Jane Eyre in the first place. This pretty little village with Belle reading to the sheeps is adorable.

Lastly my boyish self had to include the little Mermaid because of the Castle/Pier and the boat. It is the smallest and cutest things which make me happy and magical.

jeudi 19 février 2015

FOOD in Paris: Restaurant Les Ombres

No expectations. That is the best way to judge a restaurant's overall quality. However, money does change everything and in this case: expectations were there. I normally go go to bristrots and no matter how nice they are, they tend to have the amability to be affordable. Some might be a little extra you get yourself at the end of a long week.
This one is a special place.
The restaurant where you go to propose and other such things. 
I went for an anniversary.
I don't want to give you a comment too simple or short because of the prices and the view it offers is right on the Eiffel Tower. I didn't like the "cuisine nouvelle" aspect of the food. The entrée and the main course were both disappointing in the way that though the presentation was impeccable and inventive, the products themselves did not have much flavour which is the point of cuisine nouvelle normally: it isn't about the quantity but about the quality and the sublimation of the products.The desserts were the best part of the meal though once more, it was all about originality. I migt be in lack of it in the the foody departement. I like classics and I would rather have a pastry of which I can pronounce the name and made to perfection than an intriging dessert with blunt flavours.
However the desserts were interesting and the view outstanding... 
Not enough for me to recommend it to you

mercredi 18 février 2015

BLOG: Rochester Syndrom

The one of many Rochester symptomes has to be one which struck you once. Many characters in literature, male or female that is, are built around general human behaviors.When writing the story of a romantic conotation, the characters have to be written with one or several qualities which we link naturally to people we love.
If you put aside cheesy aspect of the perfect man. What I think makes the power of a character is the fact that you would like him or her just the same whether they are beautiful or plain.
When you read a book and you find yourself in the same sort of entanglement as you can have with a real human being which makes you find him attractive just by the type of character: That is truly beautifully written. This is how Captain Wentworth, Gilbert Markam and obviously, Edward Rochester were created.
It works the other way around; hateful characters who makes us tensed and annoyed are written just as well if not even better but today I am mainly writing about the lovely ones.

mardi 17 février 2015

HOME: Cute Little Nonsenses

My best friend's favourite
I always love my Peter Rabbits around
One of the new designs by Cath Kidston
The best flask I ever got,
 it keeps the heat perfectly
and it is the prettiest

lundi 16 février 2015

DRINK: Charlie's

When I bought this can I had very little expectations and, to be entirely honest, I picked it up for the blackcurrant & mint flavour more than anything. The organic, no sugar added shenanigans is nice when you just look at the bottle but when you actually drink it, it does work pretty well.

The taste is very fresh and a tad different; even if they did put anything into it. It does taste natural and actally reminds me of a garden into my mouth... in a good way.
Of all of the drinks I picked up fast on my way to work, this one along the green Naked Smoothie is the best and definitely fresh tasting ( awesome for warmer weather coming up).

jeudi 12 février 2015

FOOD in Paris: Café Carette

Sunday afternoon, 5 p.m. at café Carette.
Let's start by saying that, this was an alternative to our beloved la Durée from saint-Germain. My best friend, very nicely, picked the location. Leaving the house, I looked like an esquimo seeing that it was around 2 degrees out.
I didn't know what to expect, but after walking in the cold wind and thin rain, I was ready for a hot coffee and a few sweets. It was in deed quite a nice treat.

My friend got the Mont Blanc which is a speciality maid out of chestnut purée topped with a lovely iced chesnut), 5 macarons and a nice and cosy hot chocolate: She needed her sugar.
And so did I as I opted for 2 vanilla macarons, a small raspberry pie and a double expresso because I love my coffee and often find hot chocolate a "home" treat as I cannot possibily move within the next hour or more of drinking one of these.

I was very pleased with their presentation,tea cups and their plates sets. My Austenian self was quite rewarded as it was somehow simple especially when compared to La Durée or Angelina's shiny sets and my other recommended bistrots with stylish, design-like dishes.
There was something rewarding and comfroting in simple pink and blue small flowers dancing around on our table and a little bouquet center piece as well.

25 Place Des Vosges
75003 Paris

mercredi 11 février 2015

BLOG: La Défense At Night

Throughout my life, I always lived close to la Défense but I never really went there.
As I was having brunch with friends, they were talking about what to visit in Paris and said that next time, they should go to la Défense, to see it. I have to say, it would be the last place I would show to friends visiting Paris.
I never went there that often because I never was attracted to it. The reason why talk to you about it now is because I work there. This is a major feature about la Défense though its architecture is amazing and very different to classic Paris and more like the City or Manhattan. 
The same thing happens with any place really. When you get used to it and know your way around, a place gains a familiarity which makes it frienly and allows you to look around and, in this case of la Défense, look up. 
If anything, this place is hiny by day and throughout my weely commuting, I see the towers from a distance on the other side of the Seine. They look so futuristic and odd next to the "old stones".
At night though, the neighbourhood is glowing in the dark. You can see people still working in the offices at the top of the towers and everyone is walking fast towards the metros.
I walk with my grocery bag and my work done and over with. This, obviously, makes the scenery much nicer and more appealing. When I arrived there, in the afternoon, small flakes were falling down and, though, you might consider me like a city girl, it was the first time I ever saw snow without any trees or signs of nature.

I am  already enstranged by the fact that nowadays even the smallest ad in the metro is a screen with a moving image. But having the simplest naure, generally magic, phenomenon happening in the least natural place there is, is a little too much of an enstrangement to me. 

mardi 10 février 2015

HAUL: Marks and Spencer

Upgraded pepitos
They are basically Twix bars but in biscuits
Really nice though a little too sweet for me
Sweeeet Bag on Sale
Have to admit; there is nothing like Bulmers or Magners