Sunday, December 26, 2010

Joyeuses Fetes !!

Hello everyone, 

We finally made it back home to France after a crazy crazy trip through the madness at the Paris Charles de Gaulle airport (trust me, it's worth a post of its own !)

So here we are now, enjoying my adored Pays Basque, my family and my mom's awesome cuisine :) 

I wish you all a fantastic holiday, I hope you all have a great time with your friends and family.
I also want to thank everyone who read this blog for making my day every time you leave a comment.
I'm so grateful for all the amazing people I've met through blogging so far, it's been great !

I'll be back to more regular posting after the holidays

Bonnes fetes everyone !

Bises xx

Photo credit : Pinterest

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sous l'eau

In French, when you're super crazy busy, we say that you are 'sous l'eau' (underwater literally) and that would pretty much describe my life right now...

Hopefully I'll be back to more regular posting soon (like after the Holidays) but in the meantime, I'm gonna go look for a mask and a tuba cause I'm going to be here for a little while...

Bises xx

Thursday, December 16, 2010

American gift guide 2010

 A poster of Breakfast at Tiffany's because every girl loves NYC and Audrey Hepburn (and cigarette holder...but that's just me)
Sparkly shoe clips to brighten her days

 A big old school Timex watch to look effortlessly cool
A pair of the American classic Sperry  
Also an awesome bloc party DVD...

A LeSportsac 3 zips pouch because they're so practical and they always come in the best prints
A pack of 4 Essie nail polishes because variety is always good

An American classic : the lunchbox and these are adorable 
An authentic woolrich cap from South Boston to look like a cute little newsboy

A photopad... the best idea since the photo calendar (and I've ordered a couple this year for my folks)
A yummie pancake mix and maple syrup from the one and only William Sonoma

A good hand cream (everybody needs one)
Not your traditional Xmas card with the NYC skyline (it will look cool on her desk too)
Oh and of course, New York City in a bag

And finally a little gift for yourself to enjoy with a hot cup of tea (or glass of wine) after the crazy madness of the Holidays :
a good old Snuggie in leopard print (ugly yes but damn comfortable on a winter night) and a  Real Housewife of New York City DVD (my numero uno real TV guilty pleasure)
Enjoy !! 

Monday, December 13, 2010


Cutest brooch ever...

Sorry I've been so silent lately, the weekend has been crazy and I got a nasty cold that is completely slowing me down in everything I do. So blogging again took forever...
Hope you've had a lovely weekend

Bises xx

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

French gift guide 2010

Anne Hubert's craft book for the great ideas and gorgeous pictures
Macarons key holder for Ladurée because we all need macaroons in life, fake or real  

A pair of the iconic Spring Court, the French equivalent of the Chuck 
France cheese board (along with the authentic Laguiole folding knife)
Edit 12/9 : France cheese board + knife available here

My favorite book at the moment, a guide to navigate corporate America by the former CEO of Veuve Cliquot, Frenchwoman Mireille Guiliano. (GREAT book !!)
Chanel nail polish in Dragon, because red nails are sometimes all you need to feel beautiful

Diptyque candle Feu de Bois, because it smells divine and looks gorgeous on your coffee table
A 'plié' Longchamps bag that you can fold and take with you as a cool extra bag every time you travel (guess who's gonna hold all of O's Xmas gifts on our way back home this year?)

A classic unisex Saint James stripe tee from CrewCuts, do I need to say why ?
Ze Super Zero Zebu the Zebra plush toy, a zuper cool gift for baby 

Some French cahiers to take notes in meetings
Paris in a bag to see the Eiffel Tower from her desk

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Gift guide 2010 - coming soon

For those of you who don't live in the US, here's the latest Target holiday commercial and I couldn't think of a better way to tell you that I will be posting my very first gift guides later on this week.

It will be in 2 parts : first, French gifts for Americans and then, American gifts for Frenchies.

I realized that doing an introduction for it will make it look all fancy when really it is not, but I can't wait to share it with you...

Monday, December 6, 2010

Roller Coaster

Wow, such a great way to illustrate a great piece of music...Génial !

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Monday bits

Hello everyone, this week my 'bon weekend' post is turning into a 'Monday bits' one... Same concept, different day. I've been so busy these past two days I didn't get a chance to sit in front of my laptop until now.
How was your weekend ? Nice and relaxing I hope (unless you got caught up into the Xmas shopping madness)

So, without any further delay, here are a few lovely things that caught my attention last week :
1. Super cute animal ornaments from Terrain (via Unruly things)
2. Gorgeous faceted green glass necklace 
3. I love this Madewell outfit, effortlessly cool 
4. Great print ' anatomy of love', it would make a sweet gift (via Quiet like Horses)
5. Lovely handmade necklace (I love those colors)
6. One cool bookshelf

Bon début de semaine, happy Monday !

Bises xx

Friday, December 3, 2010

Mickey chez Colette

Since November 15th the French kids brand Absorba is featuring a retro Mickey Mouse (little O's number 1 obsession lately) in a limited edition kit sold exclusively at Colette (the quintessential cool Parisian store).
How cute are those kids seriously ?
Ok, I need to send one of my friends back home on a mission to rue St Honoré today to find this Mickey tee and scarf ! Any volunteer ?

Via Milk

Thursday, December 2, 2010

US of A

I absolutely LOVE this new print by the very talented design collective Bold&Noble...
I've been looking for a cool print of the US for a while but this is it !
Also available the UK, Australia and New Zealand...
I hope they keep coming up with new countries, such a great concept ! Which country would you like to see ? 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


23 days to go before seeing my dear Pays Basque again... Can't wait !!
Where are you spending Christmas this year ? Any fun travel ?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Chez le coiffeur

We took our little guy to get his first haircut this weekend...the baby mullet is officially gone ! With a little help from Daddy's iPhone, it was over in 5 min (this kid loves watching videos of himself). Somebody made quite an impression this morning at daycare (although people were probably just relieved we finally cut his hair)...

I hope you had a great weekend, can you believe we're only 4 weeks away from Xmas ?? Crazy ! 

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Bon weekend !

Hi there !

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend so far... We're enjoying the long Thanksgiving weekend and it's so nice to finally have 4 days to relax... We put up our Xmas tree last night (yay !) and little O didn't really understand that once you've put the decorations on the tree they're supposed to stay there and not go back in their box just yet... So it took us longer than expected but it was fun. I love decorating the house for Xmas, definitely one of the best part of the Thanksgiving weekend !

Ok dears, here are a few things that caught my eyes this week :

- beautiful hand painted baubles (via Solid Frog), it might be time for me to update our Ikea Xmas ornaments... just a thought
- very interesting documentary about trends and influencers (watch it here it's only 14 min long) (via Kenza Lab)
- a cool way to recycle Legos
- cute felt necklaces (and great Etsy store) (via Oh Joy!)
- 2 lovely prints (in French !)

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and see you on Monday

Bises xx

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving !


Happy Thanksgiving everyone !

I realized last night that this is my 5th Thanksgiving !! Where did time go ? 

On my first one, there was a lot of first : first time I went to Florida, first time I met my in-laws, and first real Thanksgiving meal... I had a blast until my father-in-law suggested that because it was all new to me that I should be the one STUFFING THE DAMN TURKEY ! I have to tell you I've never been a big fan of meat in general, and that the idea of 1) touching raw meat and 2) stuffing my hand down there weren't very appealing to me... Anyway, I did it in effort to look like a really cool open-minded daughter-in-law. 

Second Thanksgiving, we stayed in Boston and V. took me to this amazing fancy restaurant, the food was so delicious I still remember everything we ate that day

Third one, we stayed in Boston again, my in-laws came over from Florida and we went back to the amazing restaurant. I was 4 months pregnant with a MASSIVE craving on mashed potatoes and sweets, so let me tell you it was my BEST Thanksgiving of all times !

Thanksgiving number 4, last year, we had a few expat friends over, we initially wanted to cook but ended up ordering most of it from WholeFoods (it was so good by the way)... 

And today, it's my fifth Thanksgiving and once again, we stayed home. The little guy is playing with his cars while V. is cooking and the turkey is in the oven... We just got back from a trip to the park, it was so cold out, it just feels great to be home. 

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving, enjoy the long weekend
And if you're not American, as I read it last night on Little Brown Pen, just eat something rich and fattening just for fun.

Bises xx

Photo credit : Martha Stewart (the one and only)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Miam ! Quick fancy sandwich

Well ok it's not super fancy but it looks like it, doesn't it ?
This has become my go-to dinner/lunch/brunch when I don't feel like cooking at all.
So easy, it's ridiculous...

The original recipe is from Cooking Light magazine but here's a slightly easier and faster version of it :

You need (for 4 servings): 
4 slices good country bread
2 cups fresh arugula
1 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
4 large eggs
3/4 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon thyme
olive oil - salt - pepper

Step 1 : combine arugula with lemon juice + a bit of olive oil + salt + pepper
Step 2 : combine ricotta with parmesan + thyme + a bit of salt
Step 3 : fry eggs
Step 4 : spread ricotta mix over bread slices + add arugula + 1 egg per slice + a bit of salt and pepper

Voilà !! Bon appétit ! 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Vive la mariée ! bis

Gorgeous new wedding dresses by Delphine Manivet from her dreamy Spring Summer 2011 collection... I love the delicate sleeves and neckline of the first one, so pretty... 
Also some beautiful backstage photos of her first Parisian défilé here (her little girl Brune is so chou). Enjoy xx

Photo credits : Delphine Manivet

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Bon week end !

Hello everyone ! How is your weekend so far ? I hope nice and relaxing like mine...
Today, I'm going to take little O on a little Xmas shopping trip with me (we'll see if that's a good idea or not) and then we'll try to make some sugar cookies together, yum !

Here are a few lovely things from my week on the web, hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

- beautiful Xmas wreath (with diy tutorial)... it reminds me of this gorgeous rug (via Creature Comforts)
- those awesome hanging beds...I also love the yellow-navy-grey combo, so nice together
- lovely heart cardigan (via Coline)
- some French for the week
- this map reminds me of middle school but turns out to be a brilliant idea for a white wall

Have a lovely Sunday !!

Bises xx

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Miam ! (or maybe not)

Adorable dollhouse miniature pastries by Pei Li... Don't they look so real ?

Award !!

Wowwwww !! I won an award yesterday !!
Yep, the Versatile Blogger Award from the beautiful Jaclyn (this tee shirt is for you lady)
So what does it means, I'm not sure but what I know if that I have to share with you 7 things about my little person and then pass the award along to 7 blogs that I love. 

So here we go :

1- I'm superstitious. Horoscopes are the first thing I read in any magazines and I wear 'lucky' outfits when I have a big day at work involving public speaking (or when I'm getting a root canal like the other day)
2- I'm always cold. And I'm married to the biggest AC lover save our marriage I got a Snuggie to watch TV and I'm proud of it (the leopard one, please)
3- I'm scared of everything, e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g
4- I got married twice with the same guy and had a baby in between weddings
5- I don't know how to walk in high heels...and I'm 30...
6- When I was 6, my mom told me while making dinner that BOTH Santa and the Tooth Fairy didn't exist... I had doubts already about Santa but the Tooth Fairy, man, I was crushed
7- Around the same age I fell crazy in love with the guy that played Richie Valens in the movie La Bamba, not that my mom would let me see the movie but the guy was on the cover of the record... Even though he was Mexican, nobody in my family was surprised when I got married to a Puerto Rican guy... Go figure

And now, I'm passing this amazing award along to :

Mommy shorts
Paul & Paula
My poppet
Jasmin on Jupiter

Have a great Thursday everyone

Bises xx

Photo credit : Urban Outfitters

Monday, November 15, 2010

French Elle Best Dressed 2010

clockwise : Marion Cotillard - Charlotte Gainsbourg - Clémence Poésy - Vanessa Paradis

Hi everyone ! How was your week end ? Mine was definitely relaxing as I managed to get some serious sleep (y-a-y !)

I saw something interesting this morning, right now on you can vote for the 2010 best dressed French woman... 
Here's my little top 4, I couldn't pick just one sorry ! 

My perfect wardrobe would definitely be a mix of all 4 styles : glamorous pieces from Marion, Charlotte's effortlessly cool tee-shirt/jeans/boots uniforms, Vanessa's boho chic dresses and scarves and Clémence's modern lady like pieces (sigh !)  

Do you have a favorite ? and do you have a style icon ? 
I have to say I have a secret girl crush on Alexa Chung, and no just because she gave her name to the coolest bag ever made...

Bises xx

Photo credit : French Vogue

Friday, November 12, 2010

Bon week end

Hooray it’s Friday !!
My dears, how was your week ? what are your plans for the weekend ?

Our main plan this week end is to SLEEP !! The little guy has been a bit disturbed by the time change last week end so he’s been waking up very very early everyday this past week…

I just want to be this cat and take a long nap on the couch… not realistic with a toddler at home but oh well, a girl can dream !

Here are a few lovely things from my week on the web :

- I’ve been obsessed with this cover of ‘teenage dream’, way way better than the original

- The cutest baby ninja I’ve ever seen (ok… she’s the only one I’ve seen but still she’s too funny)

- I’ve been on a mission lately to get the house organized and I could use the help of these cool chalkboard stickers

- Talking about taking a nap, I would take a book and a blanket and go here for a couple hours (not the one above the water, too scary for me, the one in the tree close to the ground)

- Gosh, I really wish I was living in Portland, OR so I could have gone to the little winter handmade market, looks so damn cute...

Have a relaxing and cozy week end, stay warm !

Bises xx

Photo credit : Hello Neest

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Miam ! Sushi party !!

This past week end, our friend Yoshi came over to our house to show us how to make sushi and let me tell you I was SO excited !!

First stop : getting the fish... Yoshi knew a place where we could get amazing fresh fish, so we went there and got some tuna, salmon, yellowtail, crab, shrimp and fresh ginger.

Second stop : Japanese supermarket... Here we got some rice vinegar, soy sauce, rice, dry seaweed (in sheets for the sushi and in small pieces for the miso soup), miso paste, tofu, scallions, frozen edamame, sesame seeds (optional) and some kiwi gummy candies just because I like them.

We then went home and start prepping the food which turned out to be fairly easy as the fish had already been cut in slices at the store, and all I had to do was to cut some avocado, cucumber and scallions while Yoshi was making the sushi rice.
Go Yoshi !

Sushi rice :
for 6 people, you need approximately 4 cups of dried rice
Wash the rice 3 times until the water is clear (and not white)
Place it in the rice cooker (but you could boil it too)
Add some water (1 cup of rice = 1.2-1.5 cup of water) (precise instructions courtesy of Yoshi) (be careful not to put too much water, you don't want the rice to be too soft)
Let rice soak in water for 15-20 min  and then cook it for another 20 min
When the rice is cooked, add some rice vinegar and mix it well (100ml for 3 cups of rice, we used 1/3 cup here)
Put in a bowl and cover with a tea towel (so it doesn't dry out)
While the rice was soaking/cooking, we prep the edamame (open bag-pour in boiling water-drain-add salt, that's it) and started to make the miso soup (my favorite !)

Yoshi in action and me pretending to be doing something helpful in the kitchen

Miso soup :
Boil some water
Add dry seaweed and tofu cut in cubes (or any other shape you like)
Bring the water to a boil again and then turn it off 
Start adding miso paste (SLOWLY) (here we added 2 big tablespoons)
Add scallions and some sesame seeds
(if you have some leftover for the next day, reheat the soup without boiling it)

After that (and after I ate all the kiwi gummy candies) we were finally ready to start eating and drinking.

My friend Sophie showed off her perfect sushi-matching manicure (love that color !)

And Yoshi showed us how to make some temaki  (the easiest way to make sushi really, you can't go wrong and also because we forgot to get a bamboo mat to make maki at the store). So it goes this way : take some seaweed cut in half (or a quarter but that was a tiny bit small), spread some sushi rice (not too much), add fish and whatever you want, roll, dip in soy sauce, eat
Super simple and super delicious...

You can also make nigiri (rice with fish on top) and maki (roll) fairly easily once you have all of the above ready. I found this great video that explains how to make those.

Do you like sushi ? Have ever tried to make some ?? I actually found the whole thing to be much easier than I thought... Obviously it's easier when somebody is showing you (thanks Yoshi !)

And guess what, today is sushi day at work (I'm serious) so I'm about to pay a visit to my 2 favorite Japanese people (after Yoshi of course) downstairs at the cafeteria

Bises xx
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