WALK THIS WAY




Happy Friday! I am actually so happy this week is over. I had to attend two days in Nice for my Integration Immigration program. Sitting for 8 hours and learning everything there is to know about the French government, history and way of life is a tad exhausting.  I did actually learn a lot so it was worth going to, but I am happy I will never have to do it again!

So anyways, yipee it's finally Friday! Continuing with my French Friday this week I wanted to share a new shoe brand I discovered a couple of weeks ago. Garçonne et Chérubin is a Parisian brand created by two musicians, pretty cool eh? 

"Music is our passion. Fashion, a new way to express it. Together the perfect lifestyle equation."













They make these funky Jazzette shoes for both men and women, so I got the guys covered this week. I love that they are not going overboard with multiple designs of shoes. They have stuck with this one classic style, which are available in a variety of colours, because for them it is about quality not quantity. The way it should always be.




What do you think? Would you wear these fun Jazette shoes? I think they would be the perfect shoe to trot around a city in or dance the night away in.

Bon Weekend!

THE CUTEST PARISIAN SUMMER DRESSES




Happy Friday! A long, long time ago I used to do a little series called French Friday. I would put together silly and funny French lessons, so we could end the week on a high note and so I could learn a little more French. I really wanted to bring back French Friday, but mix it up a little. So every Friday I will post something French. It may be a new brand I love, a beautiful French home, a funny French lesson, or whatever I can think of that I know you will enjoy. So with that, here is my first post for my new revamped series French Friday.




It may be a tad bit early to start building my summer wardrobe, but these chic and very cute Parisian dresses are exactly what I want to be wearing come summer time. They're the type of dress that French girls have become famous for. The kind you just throw on and you're out the door, somehow looking so put together and flawless. I picture myself wearing one to a picnic in the park, because you know, that's what we do all summer long in France...

They are designed by the chic brand Lespard who are based in Paris, of course. I love their simple designs, easy fabrics and retro prints. I can't wait to frolic on hot summer days in one of these beauties.



You can buy online or in store from L'Exception.

Cute right? Would you spend your summer days in these dresses?

MY YEAR, SO FAR






2015 has already started off amazingly! Nothing crazy or too exciting has happened, but I just feel good. Finally knowing I will be fluent in French and am working harder than ever to get there feels so empowering. Like I am gaining more and more freedom and confidence everyday. I am now taking mandatory French lessons from the government, every afternoon for three months. I am in my third week, and am picking it up so fast. Last night at dinner I was feeling confident and had a conversation with James in French, and he was like, "where did this come from?" I had been hiding from him that I could put sentences together in French for a while now. It just makes me so nervous and vulnerable trying to speak when I am not 100% sure my grammar and vocabulary is correct. But slowly I am getting there, and so excited to see my progress every week.

Once again I have rearranged our house, bought some new pieces like a new carpet for the living room, some pillows, a throw, and moved a ton of art around. Is it just me or when a new year begins, you become restless and need to switch things up? For me that means freshening up my house and making my surroundings look new again. I have been meaning to take some photos of my house for you since I am starting to feel like it's complete, so stayed tuned for those.

This year James and I will be traveling a lot more, and I cannot wait! After I finish my French classes we are going to Marrakech with his parents and brother for four days, then James and I are staying for another three days by ourselves in a beautiful Riad. In January 2013 I went to Tangier with my Dad and sister, though not the nicest city I have ever been to, I really liked the Moroccan people and culture, and most importantly the food. In May we are meeting our good friends in Budapest for a few days over James' birthday weekend. This trip will be a blast because our friends are so fun, and Budapest is an incredible city I have been wanting to visit for a while. James went there for his Bachelor party weekend, and he says it is amazing. There are so many parks, museums, great restaurants, and bath houses. Then in August, I am going back to Toronto for a month for two of my friend's weddings. It will be so nice to see my family and friends, and catch up with everyone again. Finally at the beginning of October, when it is still very hot here, we are heading to Corsica for ten days with our good Frenchie friends and staying in a gorgeous house rental there. From what I hear Corsica is a French paradise, so this is the trip I am most excited about! I am really looking forward to discovering new cities and of course sharing my adventures with you. 

So yeah, this year is shaping up to be a great one already. I love planning trips and events months before so I have things to look forward to. Now all I have to do is finish my French classes and wait...

As always I would love to hear from you, if you have been to Marrakech or Budapest or even Corsica, please let me know what I have to do, see, and eat. Merci xo

DAILY DESIGN INSPIRATION






Whenever a new year rolls in I always have an itching to change things up. Be it my hair, my clothes, my diet, but especially my surroundings. Once the halls are undecked and all of the Christmas decorations have been put away, my home has a weird emptiness about it. Like something is missing or forgotten. So I think it is important to take this time to refresh your home, garner new inspiration, and changes things up. It really doesn't have to be anything crazy or expensive, for me it was simply switching a few pieces of furniture around, moving art to new and brighter locations, changing throws and pillows, etc. 

These inspirations either come to me naturally or I have to do a bit of research in order to feel motivated to make the switch. I am constantly browsing through interior design books, magazines, and scrolling through blogs for design inspirations. So with with my new burst of creativity I wanted to share with you my current go to's for my daily design inspiration.




by Todd Selby


by Geraldine James



by Emily Chambers


I hope you find new and inspiring ideas for this post and my sources. And as always keep changing things up, refreshing your home and nestle in.

I would love to hear from you if you have any new sources for design and inspiration. Merci!
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