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Trends – Go Leather

Trends - Go Leather

This fall leather is back in force. There are skirts with zippers, and slit ones for sure. I enjoy leather. It makes guys eyes sparkle, my hubs’ the first. That always boosts a girl’s feeling of themselves. Combining chic materials –  like this satin imitation leopard top I’m wearing – to leather’s roughness gives me the chic and shock effect I so cherish.

Trends - Go Leather

Leather dresses you up for the new season. Yes, the temps are dropping so now it is time to enjoy other things. Breezy evening walks and getting together with friends that are back from vacation. Starting sports classes again. My Thursday zumba will resume in two weeks. Oh the joy of shaking my booty again.

Trends - Go Leather

I’ve already picked up my Starbucks hangouts. I live less than half a mile from the closest coffee shop. I wear something trendy and venture over there passing by the parliament and its park. Me and my friend chat away and leave home mind refreshed, with useful insights or ideas that will inspire long ahead. This is what true life is all about – just feeling happy as you go by little daily steps.

Trends - Go Leather

Trends - Go Leather

Trends - Go Leather

Trends - Go Leather

Trends - Go Leather

Trends - Go Leather

Trends - Go Leather

Trends - Go Leather

Trends - Go Leather

Trends - Go Leather

Montreal Mind Games

Montreal Mind Games

Honey and I spent a weekend in Montreal. The temps are really cooking in Canada at the moment. The city heat, lots of walking around town, popping in several of my usual clothing stores – and we were good for a nachos-chicken wings-sweet potato fries-wine diner experience. I love to make my Frenchie discover real America. Wide eyed and amazed.

Montreal Mind Games

I like the edginess of Montreal. Lots of bohemian vibes, artsy looking people and at the same time that modern, urban buzz. Big cities inspire and overwhelm at the same time. There are lots of things that can boost you in what you want to be, yet existing in the big mass is not a given. It’s a quest for balance. Being safe and secure, loved and supported, yet not bored or missing out on life.

Montreal Mind Games

For the longest time I felt like the place you lived in defined who you were. Parisians or Londoners were cool. Those residing in a place no one could place on the map… not cool. But is that really so? Isn’t your worth in who you are – period? If you feel confident in yourself here, you will feel that anywhere.

Montreal Mind Games

As I enjoy my less-crowded-than-Paris outdoor pool, this is what I will be meditating on. The freedom to move and breathe. Less stuff going on, for sure, yet maybe my fashions and personality get to be noticed more. Not everything has been seen yet. I can be the heroine of my story – today. Happy mind games.

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Trendy Thin Knit – Food Talk

Trendy Thin Knit

Trying to find a balance in my body. Food things are difficult to figure out. Most of you know that I went down anorexia lane a few years ago. It crept on me subtly. I felt insignificant. Not having accomplished much career wise. There was this frustration and void in my life – even if I lived in Paris, the place I had wanted and chosen.

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It all started with a diet. I had had food problems – binge eating – in my past though. That started with a ballet teacher’s comment how I needed to be thinner. So in 2005 I got the taste of shedding kilos. Five years later I was in a very skeletal state. I knew it, yet didn’t really. I couldn’t bring myself into doing much about it. Just worry that I’d die. I was scared and trapped in my own game.

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I moved to Canada and decided to get better. For a year now, I have been eating without counting my intake. Trying to follow my hunger. It’s been more difficult than I had thought. I’ve been more anxious – mostly about life in general – than I would have liked. Why am I writing this? Because this is my blog and I feel the need to talk about this today.

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I have gained weight more than I would have wanted. I haven’t eaten uncontrollably. Just done my best at eating according to my hunger cues. I basically don’t eat any added sugars anymore. My mornings are made of two open faced sandwiches with veggies – one with a slice of ham, the other with a slice of cheese – and oatmeal. Lunches are salads with turkey and cheese, dessert, if needed, will be a cup of muesli. Dinners are again based on a salad, maybe salmon or chicken. If I need a snack I try to go for an apple, a banana or a granola bar.

Trendy Thin Knit

I ended up going to see a nutritionist. I had never done that before. So far she just told me to pay attention on my iron intake. Trying to eat more eggs and poultry, maybe a bit less cheese. The nutritionist also asked me what I weighed when I had a normal eating period in my life. The brief years in between my binging and restriction leading to anorexia, I weighed about what I do now. I realized that as I was talking to her.

Trendy Thin Knit

The nutritionist explained to me that we all have a programmed weight. That is something that our body decides on its own. We can spend our life fighting this number. If we do so, the body will activate its survival instinct and to be sure to prevail, will even add a few extra pounds to the programmed amount, just to be safe. So, the message to me was that I’m eating the way I should, no visible excess, and the fact that my body has still gained weight is due to my need of being at a higher number, yet. So, I was hoping to shed the four last pounds that I find ugly and too much, and now I am to be an adult about this all and just accept my body the way it needs to be.

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I would like to see my body energetic and thin. I don’t know if it is possible at a weight that my mind finds pretty. I don’t like my stomach which is not firm and lean. Some body unhappiness is due to happen to everyone. As I see my body get bigger, I’m less enthusiastic about taking pictures.

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This whole process is quite confusing. I am told that the body will not gain – on normal food intake – beyond its natural need. And that I am not to try to control this. Yet there’s this whole industry based on that.

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My body, my life (with energy and not anorexia lethargy) and my mind – we’re getting closer to a common understanding, yet there’s still a bit work to be done. Eating freely, recognizing real hunger from emotional stuff, loving my body the way it is, having energy to do what I need and want… These are a lot better than a few years ago. But they can be even more so.

Trendy Thin Knit

Trendy Thin Knit

Yep, sometimes a lot of pondering goes on behind this smile. Does any of what I wrote speak to you? How could we all find peace and feel beautiful without attacking ourselves?

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Trendy Thin Knit

Trendy Thin Knit

Orchid Fashion Season…Go!

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!

Radiant orchid (fuchsia-purple) is the color of this year. Below you can see how Chanel plays with it in this spring’s collection. Purple means creativity and originality. It is opposed to emerald green in the color wheel that was up a lot last year.

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!source

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!

This outdoor ice rink is where I have been spending my time this winter. It’s in the heart of Quebec City and so only a hop away from our downtown apartment. I love the fact that on a whim I can be out there. Get the good vibes and come home refreshed. Sometimes on my way back, I pass people who tell me that they just saw me out there.

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!source

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!

Dreams and creativity are important to nurture. As the chilly season draws to its end I’m contemplating the newly available pleasures – lighter clothing, longer evenings with luminosity, terrace lingering and boosted energy to go out after the working week.

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!source

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!

Wherever I go, I seek to find beauty. I long to bring about some, too. Beauty can be found in the smallest of gestures – listening to the person who’s talking to you. Making them feel that their story, no matter how big or small, really matters.

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!source

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!

Come spring, come soon! Fill our days with a renewed thirst for life.

Gettin’ Crazy – Winter Ain’t Over Just Yet

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

This year my winter has gone by a lot faster than the two previous ones here in Canada-land. I’ve done a hefty amount of winter sports – cross-country and downhill skiing, skating and snowshoeing. Could that be the reason?

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

The guy at the ice rink knows me by now. The other day they put on Metallica – as opposed to the Franco pop that they usually play – and I had a grand time swooshing away to “Nothing Else Matters”. I congratulated the ice-maker on his excellent musical choice.

The below sign just cracked me up. This is a store in Montreal.

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

I’m getting better at keeping my glamour even in freezing conditions. When I moved to Canada from Paris, that seemed to be the hardest thing. Gradually, you get more practice in decoding the weather, and also in choosing the good materials or the right combos.

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

It feels soothing to have found my place here a bit more. Canadians are good people. Very curious about other countries so that has always felt nice.

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

French Canada is an experience of its own. Well, on this continent I only know the US – so outside of my last year’s brief hop to Ottawa, I have had no experiences in the English-speaking Canada. I’d be interested to see what Toronto or Vancouver are about. And if they are similar to here.

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

My Thursday’s zumba continues to be a high point of the week. Although half of Friday goes into trying to get my groove back.

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

Lately all the sportive activities have taken a toll on my coffee shop hanging time, but that can be remedied soon. We did go to a delicious Japanese restaurant last Saturday. I had salmon sushi, smoked salmon sushi and salmon maki. Someone at the table made a comment “you must like salmon”. You’re Scandinavian-born or you’re not.

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

I’ve tried to be more mindful about what and how much I eat. Paying close attention to hunger cues. Somewhere along the line I developed a habit of eating if I got anxious about something. Then I’d regret it later when the feeling passed. Now I’ll aim at sitting down with the feeling, and then decide whether or not that is hunger or something totally different.

Anxiety continues to slather its unwanted colors on my otherwise happier days. How much of it should I just accept as “part of me”? And when can I decide that “that’s not me” and I have to fight it, or better yet chase it away?

Funky Snow Ballet

Funky Snow Ballet

Winter is pretty much at its peak now. In Canada the temps go way down and you have to adapt… not like my bygone Paris days when a sturdy trench pretty much did the February trick. The good attitude is the key, too. Getting funky with glamorous apparel. Just layering it up when outside.

Funky Snow Ballet

Crisp winter air has its positives. Oftentimes it renders things fairy-dust coated and tale-like. It can give you a boost of energy. This year I’ve gone all out – literally – with winter sports. I’ve been to the slopes twice, cross-country skiing twice as well, one snow-stormy snowshoeing hike and lots of ice-skating.

Funky Snow Ballet

Now I’m also doing “the squat challenge”. The idea is to start by 50 squats a day, upping it by 5 every passing day, until 80, and then increasing the reps by 10 until you get to 200 squats a day. I can already feel the super efficient toning effect. I get a kick out of sore muscles. Well, in moderation of course. They make me feel contented with my efforts to keep a chic and sexy silhouette.

Funky Snow Ballet

Funky Snow Ballet

Next weekend will be action filled. We’ll launch the festivities on Valentine’s Day with my Frenchie with cocktails, and more… just the two of us. For the French, the Lovers’ Day really is an important celebration. I love the pampering I get from my Sweets every year come mid-Février. Like last year.

Funky Snow Ballet

Saturday will be downhill skiing in Stoneham. Followed by a raclette – an Alpine dish based on melted cheese – dinner at my hubs’ boss’s. Shall be interesting to get to know her more. I’ve just met her briefly.

Funky Snow Ballet

Funky Snow Ballet

Sunday my friend Valerie and I are hosting a tea party at our church. Dress code is hoisted, four different teas, salty and sweet treats will be parading on pink-clothed tables. I’ll be busy pouring tea, but also babbling with funky folks. I adore the mix of people we have. Hopefully new faces, too. The very core idea of a church, non? Valerie loves any an occasion to dress up. I totally follow her delirium.

Funky Snow Ballet

Funky Snow Ballet

Funky Snow Ballet

These are my current winter pleasures… a colorful ballet of little things sparkly and precious.

Funky Snow Ballet

Funky Snow Ballet