The return of the bandana scarf

You know guys, I am a huge fan of accessories: earrings, belts, scarves…these are the details that make me and can give just this more personable look.

Red bandana look in London

You will often see me wear a scarf as I have a tendency to have a sensitive throat but in summer, wearing a scarf is more a little detail to complement a look. One of my sisters wanted to spoil me for my birthday this summer and I asked her if she could find me a bandana scarf. Continue reading

8 reasons why you should visit Brittany

Hello all! We once again spent a big chunk of the school summer holidays in Brittany with my family. I have been going to Brittany for more than 30 years and the older I get the more I appreciate all the good things this area of France has to offer.

Brittany vibes

Here I would tell you why I find this region so special and why you must add this destination to your bucket list. Continue reading

8 cracking songs that made my summer

Hello all! Coucou à tous

The summer holiday is nearly over, the older kids are due back at school on Tuesday morning and I am ready to be back writing on this blog. The holiday was very welcomed and it has given me a chance to get new ideas for future blog posts so stay tuned!

As music is constantly on at home – style depends on the mood – I am always happy when I discover new sounds. And I find that in the summer, certain memories end up being associated with a few tunes.

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It’s a pause – the summer holiday has kicked in!

Hi all!/Bonjour a tous!

I wasn’t able to post last week, too much to do with the end of the school year not to mention packing for the family for our long summer in France. I am intending to use a large part of the summer to fall in love with taking care of myself: mind, body, spirit.

 

I am sure I will burst at some point to share some of the beautiful sceneries I see here in Brittany (West of France) but at the present time, I hope you will excuse me but I might be a bit quiet on this blog.

Hope you all have a wonderful summer. I will be back!

 

A fabulous day at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship 2017

After about 14 years in London, I realised this year, I still had never visited the Wimbledon Tournament and experienced the unique atmosphere. We could have secured tickets with l’Homme via his tennis club but with our 3 little ones, the logistic and childcare cost would have made it a really pricey experience.

So when a group of photo enthusiasts organised a meetup to visit the place and spend the day out there I was all ears. However, as the date to make our way to the tournament got closer, lots of people started commenting on the groups’ forum that the queues to get tickets to access the grounds on the day were totally crazy and my hopes started to fade. I nearly did not attend the meetup feeling less than optimistic but I still went. Sometimes, the stars align and by a course of incredible circumstances, my mates Matt, John & Joseph were given the incredible chance to enter the grounds which was for me totally unbelievable. To put things into perspective, 9000 people camped overnight on a daily basis to get access to the tournament!!!

 

Sometimes, the stars align and by a course of incredible circumstances, my mates Matt, John & Joseph were given the incredible chance to enter the grounds which was for me totally unbelievable. To put things into perspective, 9000 people camp overnight on a daily basis to get access to the tournament!!!

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2 top cold soups recipes, perfect for the summer!

If you’ve been following me for a little while you’ll know I love soups – I even share my favourite winter ones in this post. I find soups filling and nourishing, especially in the winter time. However, in the summer and especially in the current mini heat wave that we are having here in the UK, a hot soup could end up being torture unless you are looking a sweat to get rid of toxins or God knows what. Looking for fresh, lighter dishes but still nourishing and tasty I want to share with you today 2 excellent cold soups. You could enjoy them as a main course, a starter or even as a little nibble during an aperitif.

So without further ado:

  • The cucumber, yoghurt and fresh mint soup

Delicious cold cucumber soup & special K topping

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My 12 favourite spots to visit with kids outside London

I love exploring with my family. Going on an outing with them is something I really treasure and enjoy. Since welcoming our son 8 years ago we have visited a fair number of beautiful (and less beautiful) spots and I thought  – since the summer is upon us and the holidays soon to start – that I would share with you my favourite 12. I must admit, the hard bit was not the selection of the places I wanted to talk to you about but find in my extensive archive of photos, the shots to illustrate each venue. I had to look through no less than 3 external hard drives (yes, I am a prolific photo taker;-))

[Note that I have intentionally not added the notorious kids’ friendly spots such as Peppa Pig World, Chessington, Bocketts Farm, Hobbledown etc which most of you already know.]

So, in no particular order (drum rolls;-), here is my selection:

1 – Garsons, the Pick-your-own farm (Surrey): a favourite place of ours.

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It’s all about the frills

I have made no secret I like looking feminine. I may not always be able to be bang on trend or be the coolest girl on the block but, with age, I just try to find my own style. I have always loved the addition of frills on certain pieces of clothing so what a treat it is fashionable this season. What it means is that there are tonnes of cute clothes with frills this summer in the shops & online.

H&M white frills top

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Visiting The Cotswolds​, picture perfect Britain

So l’Homme and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary last month! Not that it came easy to reach that milestone, married life is full of beautiful moments but with that also comes lots of challenges especially if you become parents. We are, by no means, a perfect couple, actually, we have lots to work on but, we keep trying on getting it right. Anyway, 10 years is not a bad achievement and I certainly thought it was worth a mini celebration. I suggested to l’Homme we paid a visit to The Cotswolds, one of my favourite areas in Britain and where l’Homme proposed – so a bit of a symbol and a trip down the memory lane.

Houses in Bourton-on-the-hill

On our actual wedding anniversary, the weather was AMAZING: sunny and hot. Continue reading