Category: Self Booster

Glamour Chillin’

Glamour Chillin'

I’ve given it my mission to learn how to chill. I take my work so seriously that sometimes I get overwound. It’s good to be wired up and give it your all but too much is too much. So as the winter temps are here, and the chill doesn’t always entice me out and about, I take good care in making my February life glamorous with the other delicious possibilities I have.

Sometimes I’ll wear sparkly high heels – like these in the pics – inside and put on some dance music on Spotify. Add a glass of red wine to it, be it Friday night, and the party mood has entered my condo. Last weekend I found a pumpkin caramel candle at Bath and Bodyworks. That puppy has been in a lot of use as of since. I’ve even burned it when clients were over for lessons. I find it soothing and cozy. It adds some sweet and positive waves to the event.

Chilling for me is also spending time in reflection, meditation and prayer. I don’t force myself to any strict form. I’ll typically find a comfy place, often times at the windowsill, have my Bible and journal handy, and just let my current desire guide me. These quiet times leave me more centered. I usually focus on one question (or goal) and seek for an answer all in accepting that the answer may come later on.

H&M cardi
H&M leopard top
Sirens leggings
Spring sandals

Glamour Chillin'

Glamour Chillin'

Glamour Chillin'

Glamour Chillin'

Glamour Chillin'

Glamour Chillin'

Glamour Chillin'

Glamour Chillin'

Glamour Chillin'

Pink Top with Self Confidence Talk

Pink Glamour Top

I’m still in the process of pondering the blog name change like I told you last week. Alicia, thank you sweetly for your precious opinion.

Life in January is filled with little drops of happiness. I look for them. I hunger for them. So I had one today. Look at my Instagram and you’ll see a pic of the smiley me with a coffee that a client brought as he came to class.

Now, let’s relax with that coffee (or whatever makes you feel precious and warm inside) and talk about things that matter. Let’s exchange and in the process be boosted.

I’m a person who loves pretty clothes – definitely pink – knowing about trends and creating glamorous outfits. These all add a nice extra taste to my days. That said, I am also someone who is quite sensitive emotionally. I need to be able to express how I feel at regular intervals. Sometimes I find this to be too much. I’d like to be less soft-hearted. I’d like to be tougher. When the going gets more intense, we all look for strong pillars around us. We appreciate people who don’t panic. I have that attitude in me – I am sure – I just need to consciously lure it out.

How can one gain more emotional stability? First, you have to relax. You have to find a feeling of trust in life. That hot-chocolate comforting, pancake smelling sentiment that “yep, I’ll be OK”. You have to determine where you can find it. My safety assurance is my faith in Jesus. God made this world, so he is able to protect me.

Once your safe base is found, you have to learn to remind yourself to go back there. These things don’t come automatically, especially after years of opposite, read anxious, behavior. It’s alright to catch yourself worrying. But act as soon as you can. I find going out for a walk, reading something captivating or talking with someone who really listens to me soothing.

I also remind myself that “this too will pass”. Sometimes things that are there here and now seem so dramatic. Yet when the sun rises again, the effect will already have lessened. You do something you regret. OK, that’s human. Don’t beat yourself up for it longer than five minutes. You go thru it, think how you’ll learn from it and then push yourself to forget all ruminating. Sometimes I feel tense around other people – social anxiety they call it – even if I don’t want to. I hate that and scold myself for it hours beyond the event. What if I just said “I wish I could be more true to my real inner being, which I believe to be a confident girl. Next time I’ll have a fresh new opportunity to let more of true me come out”.

Sirens top
Simons skirt
Payless pumps

Pink Glamour Top

Pink Glamour Top

Pink Glamour Top

Pink Glamour Top

Pink Glamour Top

Pink Glamour Top

Pink Glamour Top

Pink Glamour Top

Pink Glamour Top

Help!

Help!

I have something important to ask you. I’ve had this blog since 2007. I started it while living in Paris. That explains the name. Now I have been wondering if I should change the blog name since I haven’t lived in Paris for four years. What do you think about that? Is my title misleading? I was thinking of maybe changing the name to Coffee Fashionista.

Today I write about my life in Quebec City. I also tell you about my recurrent trips to the U.S. My heart belongs to New York and Miami that I regularly visit. On my Instagram feed I do post quite a lot of pictures of my coffee shop visits. Basically, I write about things that are on my heart.

I work as an English teacher for my own company. I take care of my own business from A to Z. I love being in control of my timetable. My work is evening oriented but I have adapted to that. I take time during the day to walk, do sports, blog and hang out at cafes.

I would really appreciate hearing your thoughts.

Help!

Help!

Help!

Help!

Help!

Help!

Help!

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Downtown Honolulu

Downtown Honolulu

Here’s what downtown Honolulu looks like. It was fun strolling around the center and to admire the colonial style buildings. The weather was overcast but warm, nevertheless. Gray is gray anywhere. But the tropics sometimes need that too. You get a break from all the bright sunlight. I enjoyed wearing my hair on the top of my head in a high bun. The sparkle adorned tee gave me the little glam boost I wanted.

I took this vacay to really meditate on finding more peace in my life. I am inviting the spirit of zen into my life. I am searching for ways to be more poised and focused. I tend to get wired up in the hustle and bustle of everyday doings. So my challenge is to remind myself of my core, a strong calm place where I can always go for re-centering.

I or anyone doesn’t need to doubt their value. I do things in life to the best of my capacity. I can remind myself that my life has value. Just as we all have value. This is a steady block to build on. Feeling better inside goes hand in hand for me with fashion. The first glows from the inside, the second gives the sweet, added touch.

Downtown Honolulu

Downtown Honolulu

Downtown Honolulu

Downtown Honolulu

Downtown Honolulu

Downtown Honolulu

Downtown Honolulu

Downtown Honolulu

November Fashion Memories

I’ve been blogging since March 2007. In September 2009 I realized that I was mostly writing about fashion so that’s when my blog name changed from Susu’s World to Susu Paris Chic with a clear focus on trends and my personal style. I thought it would be fun to boost a month that is often gloomy and dark by walking down the memory lane of with its bygone outfits and bygone life. So here we go… Back to Paris first.

November Fashion Memories

This outfit is from November 2008. I was living in Paris and working as an English teacher. My mom would come visit me regularly and we’d make sure to go take a tour at her favorite museum in town the Musée d’Orsay. Back at that time I wore turtle necks under dressier tops. This fade out top served me both as a dress and a tunic. In this picture I was having fun breaking into some ballet steps in the museum lobby.

November Fashion Memories

The second outfit from November 2009 is a selfie, Back in the day, I’d shoot most of my blog pictures myself. I’d ride the subway with my tripod. I’d get my installation done and fire away. In Paris there’s so much going on, like in any metropolis, so people rarely cared. From time to time someone would try to photo bomb my shots though. This shot was taken on a super rainy Sunday. Outdoor pics were out of question, so I decided to pay a visit to one of my top hangouts in the Paris Palais de Tokyo, a modern art center with a Japanese simplistic vibe. I wore my black beret a lot during my Paris years. It seemed fitting for this American implant.

November Fashion Memories

This picture is from 2010 when my mom and sister were visiting. My mom was celebrating a big birthday so us girls made sure to make it special. We visited the sculptor Rodin’s Museum as well as had a lovely dinner at a jazz playing restaurant, that I had carefully searched prior to my ladies’ visit This shot is from the Eiffel Tower Park. I could never get enough of that place. My subway line would bring me there directly and the park was a regular part of my Paris doings. At this time I was into leopard and funky layering like this crisp dress shirt topped with a lace number initially destined for the bedroom.

November Fashion Memories

Now we are in 2011 and on the French Riviera. Sebastien and I spent six weeks there at my mom-in-law’s as we were waiting for our paperwork to clear for Canada. We had resigned from our jobs, sold all our belongings and headed to the Alps to spend a week at my brother-in-law’s. After that our drive across France continued until the Mediterranean Sea. Looking back, I’m so grateful I got to have that time. Of course because the South of France just has that magic to it, but also because I lost my mom-in-law a year and a half later very unexpectedly. I had found the sweater I’m wearing during my day trip to Marseille. November in the South was mild so I enjoyed not having to bulk up on clothes. That ended up changing drastically when we arrived in Canada December 1.

November Fashion Memories

This shot was taken in 2012 in Quebec City. I’m wearing my first Canadian fashion purchase, the faux fur vest. At that point we had been living in Canada for a year. This country took me by surprise and I was having difficulty to adjust. Coming from Paris to a smaller, less fashion-y place, discovering the level of Frenchness – spoken everywhere – and trying to find a new way to be glam in the ample snow that Wisconsin or Finland had yet never challenged me with, were the things that got to me. Luckily, I had the courage, and the support of my loved ones, to go and find help. Starbucks hangouts were the first things that I forced myself to do, because I knew that dressing up trendy and making my way out there would boost my mood.

November Fashion Memories

November 2013, posing in front of the Quebec City Hall. There was a zombie walk that day. I remember challenging my dislike of anything too gloomy by walking with the monsters. By this moment I had started feeling better in Canada. I had started my own English-teaching company Susa English and that had truly blessed my life. Being an entrepreneur has revealed sides of myself I had no idea existed. In the picture I was sporting my fave clothing item, a mini skirt with a glamorous out of the ordinary fabric. The boots are a find from Boston. All thru our living in Canada we’ve made sure to visit the U.S. whenever a bank holiday comes along. I love my country – and need regular a dose.

November Fashion Memories

The last shot is from last year. I’m wearing my faux leather pants that I spotted at Winners, the Canadian name for TJ Maxx. The earrings are lipsticks from NYC Chinatown, my go-to hood for interesting ear jewels, and the sparkly lip necklace were a find down my street. I live right in the very heart of Quebec City so shopping options are here – although it is getting more and more souvenir shop and restaurant filled.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed the trip back in time. We are today what our past has made us. That said, we can decide to keep the parts that help us to feel good today. The rest can stay dusted and forgotten. All what matters is that today we find inspiration to live a happy life right where we are.

 

Toronto Bling-bling!

Toronto Bling-bling

This dress is another of my cherished finds from Girls Only store in Soho, New York. I love to throw that glam, a little-over-the-top glimmer into my daily life. I’m just fine going teaching a class frocked like this. My students now expect nothing less of me.

Your style is your personal field – place where you express yourself. I don’t take fashion seriously. I just enjoy the game. I shop a little bit here and there. Never anything too expensive since I believe that creativity – making cheap stuff look like million bucks – suits me better than buying fancy frocks.

Toronto is a place where you can have fun with affordable shopping. The Eaton Center, a big downtown shopping mall, offers interesting stores and China and Korea towns can hide some pretty cool accessories. I had a blast visiting Toronto. It’s a city in full bloom. Lots of construction going on in various places. The feel was a lot like New York – with vibrancy and international influences.

Fall is here now so I accept it, and rejoice over my steaming Starbucks cup as well as tights that can come in different colors. In this outfit I went for black but I have other hues in store…

What’s your attitude towards fall?

Girls Only dress
BCBG boots

Toronto Bling-bling

Toronto Bling-bling

Toronto Bling-bling

Toronto Bling-bling

Toronto Bling-bling

Toronto Bling-bling

Toronto Bling-bling

Toronto Bling-bling

Toronto Bling-bling

Toronto Bling-bling