Saturday, August 27, 2016

Fish tales



I tell you in my upcoming book why I like my basic furniture to be in neutral colours - (I'm currently torn between brown leather and all white fabrics). It creates a strong base to which you can add as many colourful accents as you want, allowing you to change your decor (and the mood of your room) whenever the mood strikes, easily, painlessly, and more or less inexpensively.

And talking of colourful accents, don't you just find these Bordallo Pinheiro sardines knife rests just gorgeous? The sardine isn't exactly a fish I enjoy eating (no matter how much I tried!), but I just love these earthenware versions. Made in Portugal (the original was created in 1884!), they are as gorgeous displayed on a wall as works of art, as on the table!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Editor's Letter: August 2016



Is it just me or did you all feel that this summer has passed way too fast? I haven’t enjoyed summer this much since the one I spent in Lebanon in 2014, but I hope I don’t jinx myself by saying Summer 2016 has been an amazing one so far. I became a US citizen a little over than ten days ago, I spent a month cat-sitting the two cutest furballs in the world (furball #1, furball #2) (nearly cried when their owner came back!) and I am surrounded by family members I haven’t seen in ages. 

The weather is getting better and milder as August comes to its end. The house is currently filled with many people, and meals, whether at home or outside, are a much more festive occasion than usual. In between trips and other fun activities such as the county fair, the rhythm is relentless and I love it. I also the love having the luxury of taking a little bit of time to myself in the moments where I crave stillness. 

Time to myself includes, among others:
  • Retreating to my room to watch an episode of Game of Thrones (I have just started Season 4, Episode 2. Take THAT, Joffrey! *gniark*)
  • Sitting in my car with music, air conditioner, and seaweed snacks (I’ve been doing this a lot to work on my book, as I feel like I can’t concentrate even at the library!)
  • Driving off to a nearby forest and having a little picnic there.
  • Sleeping early and waking up early, take advantage of the silence to read in the morning light, and then have breakfast in the garden.
  • Better even, driving off to the beach in Delaware and spending the day there (even if my cousins would kill me if they knew I went without them!)
  • Taking a walk around the neighbourhood in the moonlight; looking at houses and thinking about the day I’ll buy my own.
  • Lying down in the amazing sauna at my gym, preferably alone, and with a sheet mask* on my face, after an intense exercise session.

This said, I've got a confession to make: I didn't really watch the Olympics, aside from the video of Simone Biles' amazing routine. I'm a little more enthusiastic about the Winter Games, where I take some time to watch the figure skating.

Another thing: don’t you find it hard to get into work mode in the summer? This year, all I want to do is spend my days lying down anywhere sunny, slathered in sunscreen, sip cold drinks, and read a novel, or just relax and listen to the cicadas’ song, this delicious symphony that is typical of summer. 

Don’t misunderstand me, I’ve been doing a lot of that already. But I have also spent a lot of time working on my upcoming book, Style Beauty Home Life. There has been a lot of changes recently, but it’s on the way, and I’m SO excited to launch it soon. The idea of working in the summer may sound a little odd, but we’ve already established that I am all but traditional**. 

Talking of changes, you may have already heard that French Girl In DC is looking for contributors! As this blog grows, I am looking to build a solid, strong, and diverse team of passionate, creative people who will take FGDC to the next level! If you would like to join us, check this page for more info and fill the application form at the end!

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*Yes, I’ve started using Korean sheet masks, and I will tell you more about them when I’ve had enough time to see how my skin reacts to them, but so far, it’s never felt better, and I think I’ve found a new, permanent addition to my beauty routine!

**Says the girl who’s often up awake writing at 3AM… What? I always feel most productive late at night!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Summer 2016 Uniform




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We are halfway through August and although magazines are already talking about fashion must-haves for the fall, it is still very much the summer here in DC, and it will remain just as warm (in other words, sweltering hot with temperatures comparable to the desert) until at least mid-September. 

So you can imagine that I have not yet updated my wardrobe for the fall; in fact I can't even think about warmer clothes right now. In the last couple of years, I've been wearing more or less the same things in the summer: sheer, lightweight fabrics. Almost every day since June, I've worn a version of what I'm now calling my Summer 2016 Uniform: black leggings and white shirts over nude (or, if I want to be a little more daring, black) lace bras. 

The wonderful thing about this look is that it can be easily adapted to almost any occasion with shoes, bags, jewelry, and make-up. 

And you know me, I've always chosen timeless style over seasonal trends, but I absolutely won't mind when something I already love happens to be spotted on the runways. I mean, why not? It happened in 2006 with a pair of big, retro sunglasses I found at a flea market and started wearing around just began appearing everywhere, from runways to magazines. The same happened with fur coats a few years later. Maybe I have a secret influencer power? 

*ponders a bit*

Okay, the fur coat thing might have been more thanks to Kate Moss than me. 

But be it just a coincidence or my hidden aptitudes in world domination through style, it just so happens that sheer fabrics are among the hottest Spring-Summer 2016 trends:


"Sheer fabrics add a subtle sexiness that is universally appealing. Dior, Miu Miu, and Nina Ricci showcased an array of ethereal styles, transforming see-through fabrics like chiffon and organza into ultra chic ensembles. Look for billowy skirts and delicate blouses. Pair them with an opaque separate to tie it all together."

*insert victory lap*

I'd love to know what your favourite summer 2016 trends are. Do you have a summer uniform? Let me know in the comments below!

Love, 

S

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Initials BB (cream)


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When BB Creams came out a few years ago, it was around the time my acne was at its very worst, and the idea of wearing else than the heaviest-coverage foundation available on the market would have been comic at the very least. BB Creams were something for which I did not really think I would ever have the required skin quality.

I should have definitely have had more faith because five years later, my skin has reached a level of near-flawlessness that I hadn't seen since before my teenage years*. (In my book, Beauty, I tell you in detail about everything I did to finally heal my skin from acne once and for all.)

And while there are days where I can go make-up free, most of the time I require a little something to even-out my complexion, neutralise excessive redness, and protect my skin from the sun.

So yes, children, you're witnessing a historical moment*. Your favourite French-Lebanese redhead is finally ready for BB Cream!

And the question now is, which one should I get?

I've spent a few hours looking online at different BB Creams, reading reviews and going over ingredients lists. I want to make sure to narrow down the hundreds of products available to a handful that I will try out before picking THE perfect BB Cream that I will religiously wear well into my eighties or until my face completely clears up once and for all (whichever comes first).

But I'd love to hear the thought of my BB-Cream-wearing readers out there. What are your favourite BB Creams? Which ones would you recommend to a newcomer?

Thanks in advance,

Love,

S
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*You know me well enough to know that I'm touching wood as I type this.
**Almost as important as the signature of the Declaration of Independence! ;) 


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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Carry-on essentials




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I'm currently spending every waking moment in front of my computer, typing away to finish my book series before the looming deadline, but there are a few moments when I allow myself to daydream about the little celebratory trip I'll be taking once my books are out. And I begin making a mental list of the things that I need to take with me onboard. Aside from the absolute essentials (laptop, tablet, book, passport and such), and clothes and other necessities for my trip (which typically go in checked luggage), here are the things I like to have with me to make my life easier during flights:

1. My wonderful The Row jersey cardigan to wrap myself in when it gets cold, in black, as it is the most stylish colour ever (says me, and yes, I fully consider myself to be an authority on the matter.) 

2. The Sewlomax Airplane SOS travel kit with essentials I would otherwise forget about (it contains a portable battery charger, La Fresh nail polish remover, anti-bacterial wipe and deodorant wipe sachets, hair slides, hair tie, emery board, mending kit, plaster, tweezers, safety pin, lip balm, Lil-lets tampon, pair of ear plugs, pair of earring backs & Mirror)

3. Burt's Bee's Tinted Lip Balm has been a favourite of mine for many years, as it gives both hydration and a little bit of colour. 

4. Tarte maracuja oil is necessary for me because my skin gets VERY dry during flights. Beauty oils always work much better for me than regular moisturizers, so I always have a small, travel-size bottle with me wherever I go, and it is a lifesaver.

5. Burt's Bees Towelettes and Korres deodorant to freshen up until I can have a shower (or better, a bubble bath!)

6. L'Occitane Hand cream to keep my hands moisturized in-flight; it helps my nail polish stay on as well. 

8. Ritter Sport chocolate because I always, always need chocolate, and Ritter Sport is a bit of tradition when I am traveling. 

9. Benefit How To Look The Best At Everything make-up kit for touch-ups shortly before landing, so I don't look like a zombie to whoever is picking me up from the airport. 


What are your essentials for travel? Let me know in the comments below!

Love, 

S

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Writer, on a deadline




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Time and place: 

1:40 AM, my bed.

Doing: 

Putting finishing touches to my book series, set to publish on August 20th.

Listening to:


Nibbling:  

On a square of dark chocolate

Drinking: 

Spearmint sage herbal tea in the awesome mug my aunt got me for Christmas.

Wearing:

My black dress, a summer staple.

On my nails:

Nothing yet. I'm hesitating between red, grey, and pink

Thinking: 

About my book deadline. 
About something fun I can do with my cousins this week. 
About the new Harry Potter book that just came out, and that I will only get to read it after I've finished my book. 
Whether I should get an iPad pro. 
About the flat I'm potentially considering moving to. 
About the trips to Lebanon and Europe I need to take in the fall. 
About the U.S. presidential election (#ImWithHer). 
About my book deadline.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.



Everyone is talking about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, so we decided to show you our favourite finds! We have found many fashion, beauty and home essentials, and a lot of trendy, unique items to welcome the fall in style!

(Use the arrows to navigate the widget below and click on the item you like to view it!)

What are you buying at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? Tell us in the comments below!

Love,

S
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Yoga Attempt #1



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There are many aspects of what I call, with a point of sarcasm, the Neo-Hippie lifestyle, that I have found myself adopting. While I'm too French to ever be able to go vegan, paleo, or gluten-free, I like to eat organic produce, meat and dairy, and I always make sure to buy my eggs pasture-raised because while I am an omnivore, I don't like to think that I'm encouraging animal abuse. I also LOVE the Yogi Teas brand, which I've recently discovered, and drink many cups of every day.

(Disclaimer: this post is NOT sponsored by Yogi Teas!)

I've also professed my love many times to all things New Age, including tarot, crystals, candles, incense, and chakra healing.

So you'd imagine that I'm a naturally accomplished yoga master, and I wake up early every morning to do a two-hour intricate yoga routine.

That's where you'd be dead wrong.

I have never really tried yoga (aside from occasionally doing the poses that come on the Yogi Teas packages), or much less taken a class, even if I have had the occasion to take a free one several times in my life.

Until yesterday, that is.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

#JeSuisNice



Bastille Day was meant for celebration, joy, and fun. But on Thursday, terrorists, determined to destroy France and its values, have transformed it now into a day of mourning by taking over 80 beautiful, free, and precious lives. But they will not take our love of liberty. They will not take our love of life. They will not take our love for France. We will face them standing, until we eradicate terrorism. Until love, freedom, and joy win against terror. 

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Editor's Letter #7 : July



July has always been the most summery month of all summer. The weather is hot, and I've been living at a slower, more relaxed rhythm. And there recently was the Euro 2016, which came with its fair share of excitement (even if it is nothing here compared to Lebanon or France during international football* season). Despite not being a football fan, I love the ambiance around that time of the year, cheering for my favourite national team (#Fiersdetrebleus), whether it is at home with family or friends, at a sports bar with a cold beer, or at the French embassy, where I watched Germany get defeated by France last week.

And yes, we did get a little too cocky afterwards and underestimate Portugal, but in the end, it's just a game!

So the first half of 2016 is officially over. And when I think of it, it has gone extremely fast. Something for which I'm not ungrateful, given that the last six months have been a bit trying at certain times. Still, I've made it out unscathed, and have mastered the art of seeing the bright side of things.

Lately, I've been feeling incredibly happy and productive, much more than I've ever been in the last six months. I've realised what a huge difference positive thinking does to you. It truly lifts a weight off your shoulders, and makes you see your life from a much different perspective.

And when you shift your perspective, good things happen. For example, I've been finding it easier and easier to eat healthy and exercise, which has gotten me closer to my ideal weight and silhouette. I'm also one step closer to becoming a US citizen, and my relationship with certain family members is improving. It comes with becoming older, and letting go of things that we finally realise are trivial.

And while four friends have made their way out of my life, I made my peace with that, and welcomed new people who share the same values than me, and who bring in nothing but positivity. Because otherwise what's the point? Life is too short to spend time with people around whom you don't feel positive.

My Facebook friends list isn't the only thing that got a thorough clean-up. My little crimson PT Cruiser did as well. One late afternoon, I felt the urge to empty all its content (it has been quite packed since I had moved so many times in 2014-2015) on our front yard, which somewhat amused the neighbours. After sorting through all this content, I dragged three huge bags to the trash bins (and two more in the recycling buckets). By the time it was dark, I had finally cleaned out everything, and decided to vacuum the car (using a very long extension cord, and my iPhone's flashlight, to get all the nooks and crannies).

It is so liberating to get rid of things that weren't bringing you any happiness, but you still held on. Thanks to my wonderful friend L., I've discovered the amazing Louise Hay, and always listen to her meditations before sleeping. In this video (which I strongly recommend watching), she advises cleaning out our homes, our closets, our cars, to make room for the better things that the universe has in store for us. And this is some of the best advice I've ever heard. I have not yet finished (or rather started) cleaning out my wardrobe, but I look forward to the feeling of relief when I can actually walk in my walk-in closet!

Oh, and one last little thing: I'm publishing a book series! I will be telling you more this week, so stay tuned for more info, details, freebies, contests and giveaways!

Love,

S

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*Don't say soccer, it sounds too much like sucker!

PS: The photo above has been taken by my dear friend Aliki Zabelis!