Glamping

Glamping

Glamour meets camping – you get glamping. Thanks dear sparkle girl Missy for the term. It’s been a little over a week that we’ve been living in our tent. It’s meant for eight people. We have three rooms, so to say, and enough space to feel comfy – come rain or sunshine.

Glamping

We spent a week in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. A lovely seaside destination with a super long sandy beach. Ever since Sunday we have been at a campground in between Boston and Cape Cod in Massachusetts. At both destinations we got rain the first night after our arrival. In Maine the rainy nights lasted for three days, and we’re topped off with a thunderstorm.

Glamping

I had never slept in a tent before, at least not at a campground, and I’m very positively surprised at how well I’m adjusting to this kind of accommodation. Sleeping out in fresh air is something everyone should try. Gives you such a sound zzz. People had warned me about the challenges of being able to stay chic. Not an issue for me. I’ve worn make-up when wanted, or pretty dresses and such. I’ve treated myself to my weekly peeling and facial mask – and my nails continue to be neatly varnished.

Glamping

Meeting new people is very easy and natural at a campsite. In Maine I made a new friend, possibly even a future client. It can be amusing to observe different people’s daily lives – and just to relax, realizing how much I have been blessed with so far. Here as you live very much in touch with the nature, things somehow become chicly clear.

Glamping

Glamping

Glamping

Glamping

Soon Off

Soon Off

Thank you each and everyone who commented my last post! Your words and opinions mean a lot to me. That’s the idea of blogging anyway. Interactivity and putting yourself  out there, vulnerable a bit, too, at times. Living and learning to love this life even more, with better internal coping mechanisms.

Soon Off

I’m off on vacation at the end of this week. Upon waking up on Sunday, the Sweets and I are heading to Portland, Maine. We’re going on an East Coast road trip. Three weeks of camping. The first one for me. I’m taking it with an open mind. Hopefully I’ll enjoy being free and outdoors. After Portland we’ll follow the coast to Boston, then Cape Cod. We haven’t made any reservations at campgrounds. The whole journey will very much be about playing it by ear. Spending time just the two of us. I’ll go jogging, rollerblading, gaze at the ocean – have time to think. I’m ready to head to the US and to be free from all daily obligations…

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Fat Talk

Fat Talk

The purpose of my blog is to write about things that make life happier – more chic, too. Fashion is of course one the tops. Feeling good in my body is very important. I travel a lot. Visit different places and cities. Yet I struggle with anxiety. That’s something I write about as well. I need to be ‘whole’ about what I’m experiencing. That’s the only way I’ve found to live in harmony with myself. Talking all things out so that they don’t have to do so in harmful ways like anorexia, depression or panic attacks. Been there, done that.

If I feel yuckily fat and bloated in my body – for a reason or just imagined – it’s hard to have a grand day. The same goes for anxiety. When I put words to those sentiments, I can get support from others – those bad vibes always want to convince you that you are the only person on this earth going thru these emotions – and usually “life gets in the way” in a good sense. I find a manner to go on regardless of imperfection.

Fat Talk

I try to do my best in feeling great. I saw this list of foods that burn fat – or I’d prefer to put it more modestly, keep you on a good track. I was happy to realize I already eat a lot of them. The ones I will name are: oatmeal, apples, tomatoes, garlic and dark chocolate.

My diet has drifted more and more towards veggies, fruits and grains. My mornings start off with almond raisin muesli, followed by 2 whole wheat toasts one topped with a cheese slice, another with a ham slice, then cucumber and tomato slices. Sometimes I may have an additional peanut butter and jam toast. I usually eat more when I work. On days off sometimes a cup of muesli will suffice.

Lunch will be a salad with iceberg, spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, aged cheddar cheese cubes, light Italian salad dressing and my at the moment’s craze: cashew nuts. It’s been going on a while already that I crave nuts. I wonder if the fact that I spent years forbidding them from myself has something to do with it. Or maybe my body just likes its proteins and healthy fats that way. For dessert I may have a cup of muesli. Or an apple.

In the evening I eat if I’m hungry. Sometimes yes, at times not that much. My appetite is the biggest in the morning and then declines. I’ve totally adjusted to that. My evenings are usually made of veggies, hummus, apples and why not more cashews and even cheese.

I’m still trying to figure out the best way for me to eat in the quest for a thin and energized body. I went down to such a low weight 2009-2010 that I wasn’t truly functional anymore. But part of me liked the extreme skinniness and so I’m still trying to accept my body the way it apparently has to look in order to be able to live. I believe to be in my set weight now. I would have wanted it to be lower, but I’m trying to make myself understand – in a happy way – that some things just have to be the way they are.

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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Breaking Habits

Get The Sunnies Out

Yesterday was a bank holiday in Canada, however, I chose to work. I had clients that wanted to take English lessons so I decided to play the game. Running your own bizz means making sacrifices like that. Here in Quebec City there was a big outdoor concert that lingered long into the wee hours. I stayed out and about until 2a.m. so my sleep was somewhat shortened. But with feel-good adrenaline you can swing a long way.

Get The Sunnies Out

Part of me is a true creature of habit. I have the false impression that I’m at my best when pretty much doing the same old things. Thus I sometimes get stressed when stepping out of the predefined mold. Yet when I do, it always ends up boosting my energies. Like now, I’m contented having had drinks at midnight and just going with the flow.

Get The Sunnies Out

For me one of the interests of reading other blogs is to find inspiration in my life. I see what others are doing, and that gives me ideas on how to live my life even more fully. Maybe to break those habits a bit, too. I read blogs in the evening. I watch a little TV, then take a look at blogs I have saved. I don’t follow a large number of blogs – I prefer to be more focused and really get into the ones I read. Regularly, I reevaluate my choices. I enjoy the more active role I have in reading blogs, and writing mine, versus TV.

Get The Sunnies Out

I used to impose myself a blogging regime. Nowadays I go with the flow. I blog when I really feel like it. Blogging is important to me. Having created and maintained Susu Paris Chic since 2007 is one of my accomplishments in life that I’d list if you asked. It is a space where all obligations are put aside and I can just produce what’s really in me.

Get The Sunnies Out

I come to this blog to break free. To live even more completely since when I’m open and bubbly about things that’s when I truly feel alive – and just want to go on doing more. I only read blogs that boost me. If I realize negative vibes going thru me, that’s the end of it. I fight back all sprouts of jealousy and just rejoice for everyone’s successes.

Get The Sunnies Out

Today I get to break habits since due to lesson cancellations I’m off most of the day. Now I think I’ll head back to bed for a very late morning nap – my number one guilty pleasure – then there will be some sports action happening. I’ll try to get a little cleaning done since a chic home keeps me happy. Maybe a glass of rosé on the terrace would be in order alike… What are you up to today? Does my blog inspire you? Give you positive vibes?

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Running My Company

Glamour and Artsy

I’ve made some changes happen in my working life. They’ll take action next season in August. I’ve been teaching three days, three hours at a time at a daycare center. That’ll cease now. I have enough clients to only be teaching adults. At my place. Stop being the kiddo police. This decision has freed something in me. The daycare was fun for a season but now I’m not feeling the extreme joy anymore. So new opening was due. I’m glad I had the courage to follow my heart. Luckily my loving Sweets also understood and backed me up.

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I never ever though of myself as a business person but to my great amazement along the two years that I have been operating my company Susa English I’ve grown into quite an efficient business girl. I’ve been able to grow steadily and my clients are staying. I’m the first one to be surprised by this. I’m trying to do my best in providing English lessons that leave the student excited and feeling special. I guess it’s working.

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In all areas of my life, I try to live generously and doing my absolute maximum. Sometimes my mood swing challenges get in the way, but the goal is always to give my all. Be it eating healthily, keeping my home pretty or making a person feel unique, I feel like I have to go full speed. That’s how I am – passionate and sensitive.

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This weekend we will be throwing a house warming party. It’ll be nice to have all our Canadian friends around us. The Sweets wants to watch soccer during the party. Let’s see what we the girls will come up with…

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