Friday, July 18, 2014

La mer qu'on voit danser le long des golfes clairs...

*First and foremost, an update: thank you all for the comments that you left on my previous post. I am finally in the mood to put an end to my blogging hiatus, and have somehow figured out what I want to do with this blog, and what direction it will take. Expect many changes, from the layout to some of the content. Thank you for your readership and keep coming back!*

I have always had a very deep attraction to the sea. Some people feel something similar to the country or the skies, but to me, it is the water, with its distinctive smell, it's endless flow, and the peace that comes out of it. I am certain that my dual nature as a Pisces and a Mediterranean makes water even more so my element, and it remains that anything that makes me think of the sea is welcome, as it grounds me and fills me with energy. I get this same energy from living in DC, as there is not one dull moment in this city, but I dream of a cottage somewhere on the coast (maybe in Delaware?) where I can escape to. 
To celebrate the summer and my endless love for the sea, I have compiled below a selection of various home decor items inspired by the sea. You can click on any item to see its price and for more information/purchase.
And if you are in the mood for French music (while browsing through the slides below, peut-être?), here's the song from which the title of this post is taken.
What natural element makes you feel energized, peaceful, and at your best? Do tell me in the comments below! 

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Questionings and wonderings

I wonder sometimes if there's a pattern to the periods where I'm inspired to blog, because I seem to always post next to nothing in the spring. While last year, I was going through a hectic, and in retrospect, very distressing time, I'm glad to say that while I haven't posted a thing during the month of May, my off-blog life has been incredibly fulfilling, and the contrast with May 2013 and before is huge. For once, I did not dread the arrival of spring, but welcomed it, and I was right to, as it brought, along with pre-existing joy, so many new hopes and happy prospects in all domains of my life: professional, personal, and even romantic.

On the other hand, one of the explanations to my silence on this blog has to do with the fact that since its creation, I've changed, evolved, and matured enormously. I started with the intention to showcase my style through fashion, cuisine, and home decor ideas; my inspiration (as some have maybe noticed) included blogs such as Cupcakes and Cashmere and Keiko Lynn, but I wanted to infuse Sonushka with my own DC/French influences. It worked, for a while. But I always had trouble taking it to the next level, and catching up with blogs who started around the same time than I did. I had trouble coming up with the motivation to keep it up daily.

During this unexpected month-long hiatus, I realized that it is so because I simply no longer feel fulfilled by the topics I had selected long ago (Style/Beauty/Home Decor/Cuisine/Weekly Highlights), the same way I no longer feel connected to the fashion blogging community. My personal tastes have changed, so has my lifestyle and my approach to life in general, and I can no longer stick with the aforementioned topics without feeling dishonest, superficial, and even materialistic.

So I am currently envisaging two options:
- The most drastic one would be completely eliminate my online presence (at least temporarily) and focus solely on finishing my novel. While it sounds extremely tempting, I enjoy blogging, otherwise I wouldn't do it, and it also provides a welcome break from heavy fiction writing, and at the same time it is still writing practice.
- More realistically, I will probably take a little longer to brainstorm new topics of this blog. There would still be fashion, beauty and home decor, but less intensely. I would regularly feature things I'm passionate about, such as literature, opera, and even politics. Some regular posts would be closer to columns (à la Carrie Bradshaw), and cover more personal topics, such as friendships, relationships, and other life issues.

I know that this may cause me to lose my current readership; perhaps just temporarily, but the fact is that I am no longer fulfilled by the topics I talk about (you can only say that much about shoes), and I am a literary soul, a "femme de lettres", as we say in French (or at least an aspiring one), and I cannot compromise myself with superficial, unfulfilling writing. I am much better than that. So maybe this will be the end of Sonushka as it is now, but let's face it, this year has been the year of drastic decisions, and I haven't regretted a single one.

I will keep you informed about what happens, and please know how much I deeply appreciate your reading of my blog. For every time something I've put together, a photo, a spread, a list has inspired someone, I am happy.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

This Week

I temporarily moved my couch to the windowsill, but am thinking about keeping it there!

This first week of vacation has been extremely calm and rather lukewarm, but I think I always feel this way at this time of the year. On top of it, usual stress, incertitude again, and some bad memories always pick the worst moment to start poking around my mind, and it takes a lot of effort not to let sad, negative thoughts take over, and to keep in mind that I'm in control, and I'm not alone.

There's nothing as delicious as an "oeuf à la coque"!

On the bright side, I managed to actually work on my novel instead of staring at a blank screen, which I've been doing for ages, and while I was saying the same over a year, I've come closer to finishing it. Let's hope it won't take me another century. I've also deeply cleaned and uncluttered my apartment, and while I managed to cover my whole living room in dust by accidentally opening my vacuum cleaner, I feel much better in a well-organized home. I've made many cut-throat decisions when it came to my wardrobe, and am in the process of planning a rather huge closet sale.

Closet purge.

Plans for the next few days include more spring cleaning (or rather, re-organizing the linen closet and the tea cabinet in the kitchen), get-togethers with friends and relatives I haven't seen in a while, writing (the novel and the e-book), hopefully exercising, and enjoying this second and last week of vacation before heading back to the hustle and bustle of work!

Happy Easter to all,

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Some inspiration


I'm a shameless self-professed Pinterest addict. No matter how much I promise to myself that I'll only peek in five minutes, I can end up spending hours on it (even more so because the iPad app allows to pin and explore even more easily than on a computer). It doesn't matter if I have chores to do, a novel to finish writing, a blog to maintain, etc. 
The upside is that Pinterest, in spite of being this flawless world where everything seems so rosy and perfect, inspires me. Whether it is a fashion look, a recipe, screenshots of my favourite TV shows, a DYI project, advice, graphs, artwork, photographs or kittens (my loves!), I feel (laughter, sadness, hope), I learn (informations, skills), and I find in myself the urge to create. A dress I saw randomly helped me visualize more precisely what a character would be wearing in a very important passage of my novel; I was struggling with that scene and all of the sudden, thanks to the dress, I was able to see it alive in my head. 
So here's a very small sample of (random) images that have inspired me lately. For more, don't forget to follow me on Pinterest! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tête de Mule!

Black: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5
Cream: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5
Colour: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5
Wedges: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5
Metallic: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5

Mules are my favourite to-go shoes for the spring and summer, as they carry both comfort and elegance, and are extremely versatile. I like to think that during a hot day, I can kick off my shoes in a single movement (it's also extremely practical for security lines when traveling). Also, the lack of a sling in the back avoids the painful burns on the back of the ankles that come with new shoes, or any worn for extensive periods in hot weather.
While mules are also known as "slings" in English, and a search for the former term on popular online shoe retailers yields very little results. Being the ever-French and proud Francophile that I am, I still prefer the earlier term, which, in French, is also used to designate a very stubborn person (such as a toddler, but not limited to) with the charming expression: "tête de mule."

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