I am such a fan of French brand Sezane . Created by the ridiculously Gallic Morgane Sezalory, Sezane embraces a laid back yet well crafted ethos. From the well cut silk shirts, the high waist jeans and mid-heels to the Sezane Apartment – a kind of working installation of the brand dedicated to Sezalory’s three passions: books, coffee and bags…my only question is when can I move in?! Bisous.
In case you hadn’t noticed, Solonge Knowles is having something of a “moment“. I have long admired Knowles style. From the Sonia Rykiel inspired tresses to her avant-garde panache, Solonge walks to the beat of her own eclectic drum kit, and now with a critically acclaimed album “A Seat at The Table” you can sample those beats. To my mind, this woman is a true innovator and I for one am loving her renaissance!
Goe Oil or Jao oil is my current winter weather go-to oil. In truth it’s more of a balm than an oil which is what makes it so incredibility versatile.
A combination of twenty-eight plants, fruits, butters and flower oils, this balm works hard and can be used on lips, hair and well elbows, knees and toes shall we say. The gorgeous fresh floral fragrance is a bonus. Definitely a future firm favourite. Bisous
I have never really been one to merrily usher in the New Year without a deep and somewhat routine sense of trepidation. Let’s be clear, me and New Years simply do not mix. To my mind it is so often a case of no sooner has one got to grips with the year at hand only to find oneself standing on the precipice of the as yet unknown.
You may have noticed, I am not a fan of change in general (unless of course it is of the shoe / handbag variety), but the New Year makes way for extra pressure that is, to be seen to be changing things up. So, as I sit a mere four days into the New year whilst considering the somewhat rude intrusion of my “post-turkey” belly I have decided the following:
1. I will learn to
remain on master riding my road bike by the onset of summer…2017.
2. I will not only strive to gain a higher level of physical fitness but I will achieve the best possible shape of my life! I must admit, this particular goal was influenced in no small part by Teyana Taylor’s unbelievable post-baby body as below.
3. I will do my best to meditate daily at least once a day.
4. Make more of an effort with regard to personal appearance i.e. comfort over style is not always the way to go…
5. In my formative years I led a predominantly vegan lifestyle. I would like to return to eating vegetarian meals at least five days a week. This will require a lot of forward planning on my part so I shall be enlisting the help of former model and founder of Organice Your Life Lonneke Engel. A certified Health Counselor (a Dutch nutritional qualification), Engel is a real inspiration for those looking to maintain a healthy conscious lifestyle.
When I need a bit of inspiration to spur me on and away from the kitchen cupboards I have a quick look at the Organice Your Life instagram which is great for reminding me that my choices are not merely a faze but how I choose to live. Watch this space…
Bonne année à tous. x
Firstly, may I apologise for being somewhat “off piste” of late… (ah, the joys of family life). Anyone who knows me will no doubt be aware that Christmas is a
feast fete which must be approached with the military precision of a small but as yet unclaimed regiment preparing to do battle.
I know I will be eating an
obscene fair amount over the festive period and to that end I have devised a cunning plan…a week of hard exercise, abstinence and appetite appeasing tea courtesy of Natur Boutique.
Currently, I am supping the Diet Tea with Garcinia Cambogia. This is a lovely mild and vaguely sweet blend of green tea, garcinia cambogia, java tea, and liquorice. I like to add a cinnamon stick whilst steeping to add to the festive mood and really get those fat cells moving. Now, where did I leave those biscuits?
One of the things I look forward to as Autumn marches on towards Winter is layering up in luxe fabrics such as silk and cashmere. Expensive I know but if well treated, these sorts of fabric will last you a life time. I have spotted a couple of knits I would love to add to my winter essentials. This long line cashmere cardigan from The Kooples is a definite yes please!
I am also loving this chestnut hued “high-low” role neck from Reiss. The cut is just right for avoiding that teddy-bear look some woolens can impart (or is that just me)? The raised front hem elongates the legs especially with slim cut jeans etc. This is cozy luxury at it’s best. x
Recently un petit oiseau shared a secret regarding her year-round glowing complexion so naturellement I took it upon myself to find out more. Alors, last week I finally got my hands on Lotion P50 by Biologique Recherche and I have to tell you I am really rather happy with the speedy results! Suffice to say, I have received no less than three (unsolicited I might add) compliments on my complexion after only days of using the treatment at night.
“P50 balancing exfoliators speed up the epidermis’ natural exfoliating process and the reconstruction of the epidermal shield”, so far so glowing! I opted to try Lotion P50V which is specifically formulated with added vitamins and walnut extracts, which protect from the ageing process and nourish the epidermis. Lets be clear, I have also upped my vitamin intake and I am currently drinking a minimum of 2 litres of water a day largely owing to my current (anti-flubber) exercise program so it is possible I am now be seeing the results of a holistic approach, but I have to say only last week my skin was decidedly lacking in radiance so Lotion P50 is a definite permanent new addition to my skincare routine!. x
Sometimes, just sometimes a girl needs to look down and see something truly fabulous. Ladies…I give you Dolce & Gabbana’s sequin mesh booties. Available from The Outnet now with fifty percent off, these lovelies will lift any outfit! If you are after a more thrifty alternative, feast your eyes on these rather similar booties from & Other Stories…not bad ne pas at £125?!
Finalement…Oppo has arrived! The brainchild of brothers Charlie and Harry Thuillier Oppo is a lucious alternative to standard sugar and fat laden ice-cream. Made from fresh milk, virgin coconut oil and stevia leaf, at just 40 calories a scoop, Oppo is a great alternative for diabetics and ice-cream lovers alike. I went for the Madagascan vanilla and baobab – a nutrient dense African fruit rich in vitamin C, fibre and antioxidants. In my humble opinion, Oppo is a win win treat!
Minerve perched high above the Rivers La Cesse and Le Briant is a gem of the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. With few vehicles and pedestrian streets it is a place I could happily return to year after year.
A lazy lunch at the spectacular Relais Chantovent is a must. Being in receipt of the new L’assiette du Michelin or Michelin Plate – a smaller accolade than the notorious Michelin Star but no less respected, the food is simply real french cuisine at its best.