The Frenchic look of the month: December 2016

This is the last outfit of 2016…
I am wearing a colourful and very comfy dress in a grey winter day!

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Accessories of an elegant woman, part 5: “les bijoux”

On my Christmas wish list, there are…. earrings!!!
I personally think that jewellery brings a touch of femininity and elegance to a woman and I love “les bijoux” but they should not be too “bling-bling”. I like them delicate, elegant, refined. Here below is a glimpse at some of my bijoux:

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  1. My rings. My favorite is of course my wedding ring and my “leaf” ring.

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2. My watch. It is from the brand Daniel Wellington. It is just simple and elegant

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3. My bracelets. I like to accumulate bangles and these are perfect for my small wrist.

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4. My cross. I love my flashy orange cross!

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5. My “Aurélie Bidermann” bracelet. I am a big fan of Aurélie Bidermann jewellery and this bracelet has a magnificent blue colour!

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6. My necklaces. Perfect especially with a nice summer tan!

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7. My earrings. I always wear earrings and I like to change so I have some “everyday” earrings and some “special events” earrings….

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I hope that “Le Père Noël” will bring me new earrings! Let’s see tomorrow…

Chic in Lille

Back in October I visited for the first time the city of Lille which is in the North part of France and it was fantastic! Coming from the south of France and living in Paris I can say that France offers a variety of landscapes, food, architecture, style. Lille doesn’t look like Lyon, Marseille or Paris. It has its own style and culture and it was great discovering what this elegant city has to offer. I stayed there a weekend and here is what I did, saw, ate, enjoyed …..

What to see

  1. The architecture

Lille is the capital of the French Flanders but was once a part of Belgium. The Flemish art had a big influence on the architecture. Buildings and monuments have indeed a beautiful and elegant”Flemish” touch. The main square and the small streets of the old city are worth a visit.

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2. La Vieille Bourse ( the old stock exchange)

The Vieille Bourse is one of my favorite building in Lille. It is magnificent and it has an inside courtyard where a second-hand book market takes place.

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3. The zoo and the Citadel park ( parc de la Citadelle)

The park is surrounded by the remparts of Vauban’s citadel and contains a nice zoo where you can see red pandas, zebras but also monkeys, birds, ….

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4. The Fine Arts Museum

It has been beautifully renovated in the 90’s and it houses wonderful collections of European painters such as Goya, Delacroix, Rubens….

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5. The Wazemmes market

It is very cosy to visit on a Sunday morning the covered market of Wazemmes, a multi-ethnic quarter in Lille. You will find specialties from the area, such as the “Maroilles” cheese!

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Where to stay

  1. Hotel

I stayed at the Mercure Vieux Lille and it is very well located. You can easily find a place to eat in the evening as there are a lot of restaurants in the area.

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Where to eat

  1. Restaurant

In the north of France and Belgium they called a small café or restaurant an “estaminet”. You will never hear this word in other parts of France. So if you want to eat some typical food in an “estaminet” please book a table at “Le vieux de la vieille”. It offers typical dishes of the North and prices are reasonable.

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2. Coffee shops

La Patronne

Before going to the restaurant we stopped at this coffee shop to have an “apéritif” as they have a wide range of beers. The owner is a nice lady who can speak English and the atmosphere is simple, “sans chichis” as we say it in french ( no arrogant attitude). You can also find second-hand books. ( I actually bought a book about Jackie Kennedy for 2 euros).

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Tous les jours dimanche

After going to restaurant we went to a nice “salon de thé” called “tous les jours dimanche” (everyday Sunday). It is an old property decorated with a Scandinavian touch. They have coffees, teas, cakes but it is also known for being the best place in town to have brunch!

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3. Pâtisserie Meert

It is a classic institution in Lille, something you need to see! It is closed to the Main square and you can easily recognize  the building which is elegant and the window displays “tempting” desserts and pastries.  They are known for their “Gaufres” (wafers) made of Madagascar vanilla. They are very sweet but I love them!

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4. Finally, Lille offers many cute boutiques

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Christmas preparations

I am really looking forward to Christmas as I will be heading to the south of France to spend time with my family. I have tough tried to create a little bit of Christmas atmosphere at home. I would like to have a Christmas tree but as I do not have so much space I alternatively chose to take some tree branches and decorate them with beautiful baubles…..

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or other ornaments such as this Magnolia leaf from the Danish brand Georg Jensen

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I recently bought this Christmas candle jar from the french brand Bloolands which contains a little LED lamp lighting on automatically at the same time every day.

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Small angels light up the stairs every evening…

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There is one thing I particularly like to do… it is to create my own Christmas cards and envelops. I find it more personal and special in a way. My family and friends will receive a personal message written by hands in a special envelop made by me. I like that idea! So here is how I created my own cards and envelops:

  • I chose a picture I took last year at Christmas time ( the calendar candle at the right top on the picture here below) and make it as postcards. (I used the printing company Cewe but you can use the one you want!)
  • I wrote a personal and encouraging message on the postcards
  • I selected some nice ads/pages from magazines or catalogues related of course to Christmas and fold them as envelops.
  • I wrote adresses directly on the envelop or tape a white label on depending on the background. Adresses have to be visible!

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Finally I bought some beautiful Amaryllis!

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What are your Christmas preparations?

The Frenchic look of the month: November

The Frenchic look of the month is coming out a little bit late…. but as you can see on the pictures I have been on the MOVE!
The main part of the outfit is this simple, feminine and elegant straight skirt I found on sale from the french brand Maje. It has a dark blue colour with black stripes which makes you look thin. It opens up in the back and it is so feminine!!!!

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