Jambo!

Jambo! Jambo! (“hello” in swahili) ….
At the end of January I went for the first time in my life to Africa. Why Kenya? Well well well…. it all started by the desire to visit a place I’ve never been before…to enjoy sun, warmth and beautiful beaches…to avoid jetlag…to stay in small bungalows rather than big ugly hotels…to lay on the beach without being to close to people…. so Kenya was the winner!
The kenyan coast is beautiful and offered me all I wanted: sun, warmth, majestic Diani beach, white sand, peace and quietness, relaxation, farniente, ….
But what I did not expect from Kenya was the impact of the rough African savannah. Going on a Safari was not planned and was a spontaneous decision while being down there. But what an experience! Nature invaded me totally.
It is fun to drive through the savannah being alert all the time hoping to see as many animals as possible.
It is wonderful to see animals being totally free in their natural element.
It is humbling to experience that the savannah is not your territory, you are not mastering the place, you get the right to come in but you have to respect the rules. The One who created all of that is bigger than you.
It is fantastic to fall asleep with the sound of elephants rather than the sound of cars horning, crowd noise, people yelling on the phone, tv, etc….
In the savannah you forget the stress of the city and you embrace nature! It is so resourcing and relaxing! I still have pictures in my mind of this beautiful experience! I love nature and I need nature! Here below are 16 details of my vacations! I hope you will enjoy….

  1. The hotel’s reception

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2. Bungalows

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3. Monkeys running around

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4. Perfect spot

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5. The sound of palms

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6. Coconut directly from the tree

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7. Cocktails

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8. Simple fishermen boats

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9. Majestic beach

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10. The pool

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11. Early mornings

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12. Late evenings

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13. Our lodge

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14. The view at lunch time

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15. The surroundings at breakfast time

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15. The savannah

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16. The savannah’s inhabitants

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Thank you Kenya!

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The frenchic look of the month: February 2017

The weather has been fantastic this weekend especially yesterday. It felt like spring! So it was a good opportunity for laying on a chair in the sun. I was wearing a new skirt from the french brand Claudie Pierlot. It has a beautiful navy blue colour and it has some cuts at the bottom decorated with black lace. It is delicate and feminine! I also found a very nice green lace top in a small shop in Paris and it fits perfectly with the skirt!

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Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

My 10 favorite coffee table books

After nearly two weeks spent on the kenyan beach and savannah enjoying a temperature of 33 degrees (Celsius) I am now back in Paris where it is freezing and snowing. As today is my last vacation day before going back to work on Monday and as I feel nostalgic about my wonderful vacations ( I really want to go back!!! pictures will soon follow)  I needed to do something relaxing, inspiring and uplifting so I had a look at some of my coffee table books. Here below are my top 10….

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1. “Life and work” from the Danish fashion designer Malene Birger.
The book contains beautiful pictures of Malene’s homes in Mallorca where she used to live and in Copenhagen.

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2. “Move and work” from Malene Birger.
It again contains pictures of her homes but also of her arts, showrooms as she stopped as fashion designer and started an art and interior collection few years ago. I personally find her graphic ink drawings very inspiring as I am drawing and painting with black ink as well.

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3. “Pierre Soulages“.
This is a catalogue exposition about the french painter Pierre Soulages, known for his black and abstract work and it is a great source of inspiration for me as I have a passion for black ink and other techniques used by the artist.

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4. “Elle decoration country“.
I display these magazines as coffee table books as they look like it and illustrates beautiful homes in the countryside.

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5. “The Kinfolk home.
I already mentioned this book in this previous post and I appreciate it as it is encouraging us to create homes where we can “slow down”.

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6. “Cereal“.
Like number 4, I display them as coffee table books and I enjoy their invitation for travel through astonishing pictures. I also have their Copenhagen and Paris city guides.

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7. “The natural home” from stylist Hans Blomquist.
I’ve had this book for many years now but I can spend a lot of time looking at it again and again and still be in awe of the fantastic pictures showing still life, homes with natural look. This book is a “must”!

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8. “Bringing nature home” from lifestyle photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo
I love flowers and I love this book for its simplicity and practical tips. It includes inspiring pictures and tips about floral arrangements, seasonal bouquets in order to “bring nature home”.

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9. “La botanique de Rousseau”.
This book is in french and I don’t think it is actually available in other langages. As botany is a source of inspiration for my drawings and paintings I find great “models” in this book. The book reflects the passion of the french writer Rousseau for botanical science and includes paintings from Pierre-Joseph Redouté.

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10. “Claire Basler“.
As you can read in my previous posts here I visited the beautiful Château of the artist Claire Basler where she lives and also exposes her work. The book is a reflection of this beautiful place and amazing work.

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I have many other art books about Caillebotte, Picasso, Braque, Hopper…. but that will certainly be the subject of a new blogpost!

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Have a nice weekend!