Brooklyn Baby

Brooklyn Baby

The Bridge. That one. The beautiful. The same that the girls of Sex and the City crossed hand in hand. At the moment I’m working on a painting in which the Brklyn Bridz’ keeps its shape yet borrows its coloring from San Francisco. It’s amusing to see my clients’ reactions as they venture out post class and stop to ask “which bridge in the US is this now’. A little chic and shock of shuffling concepts.

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Brooklyn Baby

Here I present you my chic buddy for the day – niece Lisa. It is amazing what hanging out with a young chick can do. Forever 21 we sure were! I love the ‘I’ll figure things out as I go” vibe. Interestingly, I was more a “cheap and sexy” looks kind of a store magnet, Lisa an “American made apparel”, a  wise and eco-conscious shopper.

Brooklyn Baby

Staten Island view over the Apple. Go Staten or go home! I definitely recommend hopping on the free ferry. No waits, you get to see the Stat’ of Lib  up close, and the service runs smoothly.

Brooklyn Baby

New York is like Paris – you cannot but love it in all seasons. It’s a question of affection for the place. Since mine is unconditional for both of the above, the ride is biased, and oh so sweet. What is it that makes my heart bounce? The energy. The enthusiasm to make it there. And then make it anywhere. You don’t need to live in Glam Town – just get regular shots to treat your newyorkivitis.

Brooklyn Baby

Oh social media when you’ve got us hooked! I find this pic hilarious. But yeah, we do also talk to each other face to face.

Brooklyn Baby

What is the Brooklyn bliss then? It’s been “thah place to be” for a while now. I adore Brooklyn’s immigrant history. I’m an immigrant – times three (USA, France and Canada). In my times, we fly them planes. So I have high respect for the bygone ship eras. The courage that was needed to leave it – all – behind, and never return. Bravery and determination. Something I want to have in my life, too. Work in progress but I do keep striving.

Brooklyn Baby

Brooklyn was also the African-American neighborhood. A culture I feel very close and drawn to. It’s as if I had been born to that groove. I appreciate the black history and heritage. There’s soul, and substance to the words.

Brooklyn Baby

Today chic Manhattanites have spilled over to Brooklyn. The same happens in Paris – any big city in the world, I’m sure. Blocks get a lifting. Prices rise. This brings in a new vibe. Waves come in, and then flush out. It’s interesting to observe.

Brooklyn Baby

My Brooklyn joins people from both sides of the river. Ideologies and cultures collide – in sweet harmony.

Brooklyn Baby

Brooklyn Baby

Pink Sneaker Power

Pink Sneaker Power

Sometimes it’s fun combining sporty stuff with chicer things. I’m a glam accent loving gal but no way will I let my sporty side be hindered by inappropriate clothing. I want to endure on my feet the entire day – so footwear has to follow. First I thought that the flashy pink sneakers would be a total style clash – but then saw it differently. I find that they bring a modern, one non-coordinated color accent to the outfit. After a busy day in South Beach my feet thanked me, as well.

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Pink Sneaker Power

Miami’s South Beach is an enticing combination of good ol’ American business hustle and bustle, tropical easygoingness and some culture, too – Versace’s old home, the Smithsonian Museum and the Art Deco street. South Beach lets you experience itself as you need. Drinks are as big as buckets – this is America after all. Sushi was expensive but served with detailed explanations and enthusiasm, and it really was delicious.

Pink Sneaker Power

Miami holds a big part of my heart. I just feel good there. It’s so far from the freezing roots that I have but who said that in our hearts we couldn’t belong to somewhere completely else than where we were born?

Pink Sneaker Power

Jumping for joy… My beach tradition now, I reckon.

Pink Sneaker Power

Pink Sneaker Power

Pink Sneaker Power

In this shot I used my ballet background. I pulled up my left hip in order to accentuate the curve. Try it and you’ll see the boost in your body image.

Pink Sneaker Power

Sweet sunset time just the two of us.

Pink Sneaker Power

Pink Sneaker Power

Pink Sneaker Power

Pink Sneaker Power

Pink Sneaker Power

Pink Sneaker Power

Pink Sneaker Power

Ready for the new week, chicos and chicas?

USA My Love

USA My Love

I found this sweater on Broadway in Soho, NYC. The mural is in Lower East Side. That’s where I slept. My hubs spotted the graffiti and insisted we venture out there to shoot. I wear my flag shirt with pride. It’s the perfect sweater for an English teacher. I carry the American spirit preciously in my heart. It’s part of who I am.

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USA My Love

I have so many good memories of life lived in the U.S. So many dear friends met. Stateside or outside. America to me is the land where my heart feels contented.

USA My Love

The past three years spent in Canada have taught me a lot about the silent northern neighbor. Life here is very much equivalent to the one south of the border. Social issues seem to be better handled. Gun problems don’t really exist.

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Adjusting to a place and making it home takes a while. Every time. Packing my life up and coming to Canada was my third international move. I thought I had it all nailed down. Not quite so. Quebec City challenged me by being different from what I had expected – even though I tried my best to not have had preconceived ideas. They are really hard to avoid. Anticipating the times to come is part of being a human.

USA My Love

Three years post our move from Paris, I’m getting truly used to this Frenchified America. French Canada is actually a neat and unique combination of France and America. Nowhere else will you find this mix. Fashion happens here. Big time. Why? Because I, for one, make it happen. Whatever you long for, invite it in. Do you best to have it. Embrace it. Cherish it.

USA My Love

This Friday I will be hosting a soiree at my place – Quebec City Glamour Night. We’ll dine with wine and do color analysis (a cool site I found here as our guide). I’ll shoot pics for the blog featuring the outfits we’ve chosen according to everyone’s unique color maps. After that we’ll head out clubbing.

USA My Love

So yep, my American dream is going on strong. I’m doing what I feel in my heart to be the right thing to do at the moment. I have a reason to be here, right now, and I’m hugging that arms open. Heart full of American spirit, body energized by enthusiasm.

USA My Love

Luscious Lips

Luscious Lips

These pants have a double side to them. The front is faux leathered, the back matte. I like to accentuate this outfit with the statement red lip necklace. I almost lost this jewel. I went to teach a client. As I started the class, I realized that my necklace was missing. After the lesson the client and I looked for my pendant. We exited the house without a good outcome. The client was about to back up her car, when she screamed out “your necklace is on the driveway”. It had frozen into the snowy soil. I didn’t try wearing the chilled lips ASAP but boy was I glad I got my mouth back.

Luscious Lips

Here in Canadaland it’s still very much about wintery temps and shades. Spring seems far. One could try the fifty shades of gray, ha ha, but I like mine more black and white, with punchy accents. Thinking about red – this year I loved the red Oscar dresses. Here and here.

Luscious Lips

Do you realize that my earrings are lipsticks? A find I made in NYC’s Soho. My fave area to shop in the City is around Canal Street and Broadway. I work my way up from that corner. Pausing over at Starbucks – boosting brown, liquid gold not be neglected.

Luscious Lips

My sweet New Yorker friend is coming over to stay with us for a few weeks. I’m so excited. It’ll be nice to live side by side for a path of life. Benefitting from each others’ unique, soothing and inspiring company.

Luscious Lips

Take in this blast of empowering sequin magic. Right Missy? My bling loving Florida chick. Lil’ sis I call her.

Luscious Lips

I like the boot action in this outfit. I found these puppies at DSW Union Square. I had set my mind on something triangularly pointy in the heel. Gives them a modern touch, I find.

Luscious Lips

Luscious Lips

Luscious Lips

Luscious Lips

Luscious Lips

Luscious Lips

 

Bikini Butt

Bikini Butt

Do you have a bikini butt? Of course you do. We all do.
My title is a dash provocative, I know. Call it my rebellious side. Or maybe the desire to stir up conversation. Or to empower us, wo-men. Or simply to steal a soupcon of attention in this crazy info era of ours.
So, you got that bum or not? It’s all in your head, grrl.

Bikini Butt

I used have a complex because my skin tone. Too white, pale… Blanche Neige – Snow White – a guy once yelled after me in Paris. I considered answering back garcon au chocolat – chocolate boy, but since that ain’t the classy style how I strive to roll, I restrained myself.

Bikini Butt

Being at ease in your body is a process. My philosophy: I do my best in taking care of my shape by eating clean and doing sports daily. I’m actually teeny weeny proud of the fact that at 40 I’m still able to rock rather slim a figure. It takes a little work but not that much either. The more veggies and fruit I eat, the less I candy crave. Doing sports – be it galloping on that stepper of mine or heading out for a cross-country ski spree always ends up lifting my energy levels. By spending energy I get more in return.

Bikini Butt

Talking about bikinis, here’s the newest from Victoria’s Secret. Go on, take a peek and daydream of summer.

Bikini Butt

I watched on TLC a new show called  My Big Fat Fabulous Life. The star of the show is Whitney, a courageous girl who got sick and because of her illness gained a lot of weight. She’s always loved dancing and now she’s back teaching it. Whitney said in an after the first season interview, aired last week on TLC, that she gets contacted by obese and anorexic women alike. These issues all derive from the same root – do I love and accept my body or not? I’m proud to say that I do a lot more than a couple of years ago. No one’s perfect but if you work hard at it, you’ll get closer to a calm internal place when you can just rush off to the beach… and simply enjoy life!

Bikini Butt

Bikini Butt

Bikini Butt

Bikini Butt

Twilight Glamour

Twilight Glamour

There’s something boosting about dolling yourself up and hitting the town. Be it for drinks, a night club dance galore or just strolling around crepuscular boulevards, I urge you to get out there every once in a while. Lately I’ve worked quite a lot. My company has required more work input. I adore what I do. That makes it all easier. On the counterpart, I need to unwind. A friend hosted a pink themed girls’ nite. That was just what I needed.

Twilight Glamour

To me it’s very important to enjoy the different times of the day. I like to get out and about. Doing yoga poses and dance steps as the sun is setting is a real treat in my books. I like to go out for energizing walks in between clients. Oxygen sweetly caresses my whole being and life seems lighter.

Twilight Glamour

I got a French press coffee maker from a friend. I’ve mindfully enjoyed my vanilla hazelnut Van Houtte coffee. Such a joy to prepare the warm beverage. Wait for it to simmer. Then pour it into my Miami Starbucks cup. Take the time to indulge.

Twilight Glamour

It’s mid winter. Yet my spirits are sweetly high. There’s no particular reason for my bubbliness. And it is exactly that which feels even sweeter. Being happy for no reason. A client came and gave me a green smoothie he had prepared. He said “I know you like that’ with a big smile. I’ve finished the vitamin packed treat and now it’s time to get going. Energy flowing… out to you!

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Twilight Glamour

Twilight Glamour

Twilight Glamour

Twilight Glamour

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Twilight Glamour

Twilight Glamour