The one skirt you need to invest this season

I am a big Pinterest lover. I browse when I get a moment and it’s been a fabulous source of inspiration on numerous fronts but particularly with my photographic project lately. I have also loved Pinterest because , I have finally been able to pin the (fashion) style that makes me feel happy, the style that I now aim to reproduce and feels like me.

Over the years, a look that I have pinned on several occasions has been the pleated skirt. I was so chuffed last winter when I saw it in a midi version in the shops but somehow missed the boat to get one at that point. Living in the UK, wearing a skirt in winter is challenging (rain, cold, wind…you name it!). It can also be tricky to be wearing a skirt when I am looking after my 3 little ones as I am constantly bending, carrying my toddler/shopping, sitting on the floor…

Pink pleated skirt by Boohoo

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A delicious easy peasy Keralan fish curry recipe

With age and a few traumatising stories heard over the radio about the situation in certain slaughtering houses in France (article about it in English here or en francais la), I have gone more and more off meat and red meat in particular. I still occasionally eat some but the enjoyment is not quite there anymore. I have always loved fish and these days, I am only too happy to eat more of it. I am constantly on the look for alternatives to my classic papillotes cooking fish and fish cakes.

I have found this Fish curry recipe in my Waitrose supermarket. I have mentioned in previous posts (here and here) how I love those recipe cards they produce every month. Cooking books often include lots of recipes that I will never use, the bonus of picking and choosing your recipe card(s) out of a selection is that you know you are more likely to use the ones you take.

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How to make new friends via Meetup

I just had a terrific photography experience at the weekend. After my friend Ruth said to me last year she went to a ‘Meetup’ photo gathering I thought I ought to look into it. Meetup in this cool platform that gathers all sorts of events (some free, some with a contribution) where you can choose to meet people who share a hobby similar to yours. I looked again into it in order to give you more details about MeetUp and I realised that MeetUp operates in 180 countries which really amazed me – read more about it onWikipedia here.

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My first anniversary of blogging – thoughts and plans

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Jaf in the box – the blog – is 1! The blog went ‘ live’ about a year ago today – I got a little message from WordPress at the weekend reminding me about this 1st anniversary – and it’s been quite a journey. What have I learnt? What are my plans? When do I blog? Which are my favourite blogs? This is what this blog post will be all about.

I have learnt lots about social media, the blogosphere and lots of techy stuff too over the last year even though I still have a mountain to learn. This blog all started as a creative outlet and as a way to publish some of the many photos I take and share some of the things I enjoy in life. I must say, in spite of all the ‘behind the scenes’ hard work that goes into writing a good blog post, I have really enjoyed the creative process.

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My visit to the Radical Eye photo exhibition at Tate Modern

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Agghhh, this week was challenging. I came down with flu at the weekend. I assumed it was just a bad cold and did not alter my plans last Saturday but then after returning from a nice Fashion exhibition at Somerset House I started shaking like a leaf and the fever started kicking in….Sunday was spent in bed and I was on paracetamol non stop to cope with the first half of my week.  Anyway I am thankfully on the mend now!

London architecture

 

One of the things that excite me most by living in such a cool and vibrant city as London is the amount of cultural opportunities around. As a keen photographer I am always on the look for inspiration  from all sorts of arts Continue reading

Affordable fashion: 3 nice jumpers/Mode a prix abordable: 3 chouettes pulls

Hello all, with half term and the 3 little ones at home with me, I had a very full on week. We had good fun and I tried to make it as enjoyable as possible for the little ones but it just meant little time in my hands and a very tired mummy (me!) at the end of this week….phhew!

This morning I finally met with my blogger pal Josephine from Chic at Any Age to shoot a few pics for the blog. It is nice to meet with someone who knows how to take good photos and is patient with my awkward posing;)!! I have got tons to learn before I can look a bit more natural on that side of the lens but Josephine did not bat an eyelid.

H&M light blue jumper

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The most decadent chocolate brownie recipe

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Hello all, I was meant to write an epic post when things did not happen quite as planned this week. It all started as usual with lots of playgroup activities, school pick up and drop off, cooking and other chores and my college day which is always a joy. And then on Thursday I went to do a photoshoot for a friend of mine’s new products and all of sudden everything went pear shaped.

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How I deal with the cold weather/Comment je gère la présence du froid

Winter day at Bushy Park

Does anyone else feel like January has been dragging on forever – the post Christmas months are a bit tough: it’s cold, it’s muddy, the days are short…..We have had a few freezing weeks since Christmas – even though this week the weather is turning mild again but I am pretty sure it will get cold again. I am not very good at dealing with the cold Continue reading

How keeping a passion outside the house and motherhood has helped me keep my sanity!

Life as a mum of 3

It’s fair to say being a stay at home mum to our 3 little ones for the last 2 years has been totally amazing and… challenging at the same time! You are there everyday for your little ones witnessing first hand their every day joys, disappointments, excitements and frustrations, you get to know them so well and the trust they give you back is the sweetest thing in the world. However, there is also another side to all this wonderful stay at home life Continue reading

My latest musical discoveries/Mes derniers coups de coeur musicaux

I have not shared a few of my latest musical finds and crushes for a long time. I know that typically my musical discoveries posts are not always the most popular ones on the blog but music is something I don’t think I could live without (I know this sounds pretty dramatic but…it is!).

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Sometimes you need a few nice names to refresh and update those playlists of yours and this is where I come:)

Here are my new favourites in this beginning of the new year: 2 French singers who happen to sing in English and 3 British artists, yeah! Continue reading