Category: Splash of Art

Cannes Kind of Glamour

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Now that all the glam people are crowding the French Riviera, we girls have to have our party, too. Here’s a look at my visit to Cannes a few years ago. The city is quite small. We strolled at the seaside where the festival venue is located. I also remember a gigantic seafood salad across the street from the center.

I had a cocktail party to go to. So LA red lips it was. Los Angeles is a place where people dare, and I dare, too. I love bling-blingy accessories. I need to be noticed by what I wear.

Pimkie dress
Le Chateau necklace
Payless pumps

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LA Style Lips

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LA Style Lips

LA Style Lips

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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Fashion Carries Thru

Fashion Carries Thru

Somewhere along the road I started having panic attacks. They came out of the blue. I was terrified. I was confused. I thought I’d die. More and more things started making me anxious. About two years ago I decided to claim back my life. Past December was another huge step in getting closer to a life free of ungrounded fear. I was out and about, doing lots of things I hadn’t done before. I learned how the wave of fear travels thru me. And how I am to let it pass. Not paying attention to it. yet accepting that this is my challenge. We all have one.

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Fashion has played a big role in my staying connected to what I love, regardless of other stuff going on in my life. Fashion allows me to find myself groovy. As I choose my daily frocks and accessories, I also reaffirm my personality. I communicate to the world who I am. This feels good. I feel like I come closer to the person I wish to be. If I lack in courage, my trendy clothes can help me in feeling stronger.

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My fashions are mostly far from expensive. Even with a small budget I succeed in finding unique things. Clothes that have that “notice the detail” to them. I also am very generous with “party” or “evening wear” pieces in my daytime life. Little sparkle always suits my style eye. I pay attention on details – pretty, well-taken care of nails, accessories that match up to the last little one or prints that marry on the color scheme.

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I used to live in the fashion mecca, Paris. There latest trends were for anyone to grab. Models crowded the streets twice a year. Now back on Stateside, my fashion inspiration has had to change. Oftentimes I’m the only one on my metrobus rocking feathers and fur. But that gives me the space to “be the fashionista on the town”. Less peer inspiration, more special quality to you. Whether you stomp on the trendy grounds or are in the middle of what is considered a non-fashionland, you can make your fashion life happen. The way you go about is just a little bit different.

Fashion Carries Thru

Fashion Carries Thru

Fashion Carries Thru

Fashion Carries Thru

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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