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La Parisienne – Sophie Marceau in “Une Rencontre”.

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A few days ago my husband and I re-watched “Une Rencontre”, one of my favourite French movies. I love the story, but this time my full attention was on the main character Elsa played by Sophie Marceau and her fantastic costumes, which make a perfect introduction to the Parisian chic know-how.

Elsa is a Parisienne, a single mother of three who tries to balance her writer career with a family life and a somewhat complicated love life. In the movie we observe Elsa in many different situations – spending time with her teenage kids, attending parties, travelling, meeting friends. Her outfits are well adjusted to each situation, natural and nonchalant by day, sexy and feminine by night, all in perfect harmony with the character who is smart, independent, bit chaotic and charming. Sophie Marceau is very real as Elsa, you can almost believe she is an actual person whom you may accidentally spot when visiting Paris, because all about her seems to be so genuine – her hairstyle, clothes, smile, apartment… Elsa is comfortable in her own skin, conscious of her femininity and spontaneous, perhaps this is what makes Parisian women so intriguing, a harmony between body and spirit. If I ever encountered Elsa, I would definitely invite her for a glass of white wine, it would be great to sit together talking about style and her adventures.

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Photos: allocine.fr

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LifeStyle Mix. 2017.

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I wish I could say that 2017 was a good year, but unfortunately I cannot. It was a year marked with sorrow and a sense of loss. There were happy moments and wishes coming true, but even the best moments were overshadowed by the sense of what is to come in the nearest future and that made it very difficult.

If I could call 2017 in any special way, I would say it was a year of friendship, because even in the most challenging moments friends were there and for this I will be forever grateful. In addition to them, a little feline friend moved in with us in August. May stole my heart at hello, or should I say at the first meow, she is my little joy that brightens up even the saddest days. Travel to Tuscany was another wish coming true, I will cherish those fantastic memories for many, many years.

In the recent weeks I wasn’t very active on the blog as well as on Instagram, partially because other things occupy my mind, but also because I am somewhat upset with the way Instagram is changing and I enjoy using the modernised platform less and less, for this reason I post less frequently.

To be honest I cannot say that I look forward to 2018, if anything, I am afraid of what the year will inevitably bring. One thing is certain though, whatever happens in the coming twelve months, I know I won’t be alone and this gives me great strength to face what is to come.

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A Joy to Give, a Joy to Get.

December is a time for giving and a time for receiving. Ideally all gifts should bring joy and be used rather than impose yet another problem to a modern life that is already very crowded and overflowing with material goods. Think twice before you reach for your bank card, ask yourself simple questions and reflect on a person who will receive the gift – is it useful, does it suit the person, how long this item stay up to date, and finally, can I afford it? Some boxes standing proud underneath a Christmas tree can become a headache or a potential waste of space when holidays are over.

For several years now I am a fan of useful gifts that will complement a daily life of a person who receives them – luxurious scarf, warm sweater, favourite hand cream, elegant diary for the coming year, box of delicious chocolates, inspiring book… There is nothing I would wish for less than a gift which I cannot use, unless it is something beautiful that makes my eyes smile whenever I see it displayed on a shelf or hanging on the wall. Personally I feel great joy when items I use every day came as gifts from family and dear friends. Those gifts keep on giving, bringing fond memories of my closest ones and offering that special type of comfort that comes from being loved. 

Dear Santa, please be smart and remember that even over Christmas less is more and much better.

Photos: filippa-k.com

On My Christmas WishList.

This year I decided to complete my Christmas wishlist in one place – Illums Bolighus in Oslo. It is housing the very best of Scandinavian design, being a never ending source of inspiration and aspiration. December is the time for dreaming, so when if not now?

Photos: illumsbolighus.no

LifeStyle Mix. November.

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Winter came early this year and from mid month it was already white and rather cold. All this triggered thoughts about Christmas and initiated some preparations for holidays, I simply couldn’t wait to hang my advent stars to illuminate windows after dark and bring some more “hygge” into those short winter days. That wasn’t the only domestic project, we finally replaced our old bookshelves, so my library has a new space which makes me very happy. Little May turned 6 months this November, I cannot believe how fast she grows, I wish she could be a kitten for a little longer. Now it is time to step into December and make the most of it before year ends. Have a good one!

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LifeStyle Mix. October.

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Except for a very short trip to Gdansk, there wasn’t all that much happening in October. Ever since little May moved in with us, I try to spend more time at home, enjoying those first months, watching her grow and become more beautiful with each day. With the rainy autumn weather encouraging more indoor activities, staying in, cooking, inviting friends and watching TV series, October was a slow month and… I cannot complain at all. Have a lovely autumn!

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LifeStyle Mix. September.

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September was a month of adjusting to a new reality – life with a cat. After first days filled with great emotions, the following month brought more of a relaxed and calm settling into daily routines and small rituals. With an autumn landscape, rain and cold mornings, cosy evenings spent with my little one are the perfect remedy for autumn blues.

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LifeStyle Mix. August.

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To describe August in a single word would be to say it was absolutely and unexpectedly crazy, as in C.R.A.Z.Y., yes, you read me right. I do not know what has gotten into me when arranging personal and work related plans, but I was way too optimistic. Running from a place to place and checking in for yet another flight left me in between excited and exhausted, the latter more often as the month continued.

A much awaited travel to Amsterdam was fantastic, but what came after was much, much better… A life long dream came true, this amber eyed British Shorthair beauty moved in and brought so much joy and love into my life, that I cannot imagine how it would be to come home without seeing those chubby chicks and smiley face. Now I long for a quiet, peaceful autumn when I can finally slow down, relax and enjoy life’s little pleasures.

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Tied Together.

Perhaps some may say that a white shirt and a tied silk scarf is a boring cliche, but personally I believe it is classic at it’s best. An instant recipe for a timeless elegance that requires little effort leaving some room for interpretation in terms of fabrics, cut, details and pattern. Collection of scarves from Totême is as all of their designs perfection, simple and understated, yet not without a modern twist that makes it interesting rather than plain.

Photos: toteme-nyc.com

LifeStyle Mix. July.

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July was a month when too many things happened too fast, in the process I missed the opportunity to be lazy and a little bit careless, even a short trip to Sopot wasn’t enough to really relax. But I don’t want to complain, because August will bring a major change that I am so looking forward to, a new family member moving in with us in less than three weeks. Can you guess who will that be? I can say that the biggest wish from my B-Day wish list is finally coming true!

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