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

Oahu Nature

Oahu Nature

Hawaii definitely takes your breath away with its lush nature. I enjoyed living the slow flow way. Of course it was easier being on vacation. I’d be curious to see how working life shape out on Oahu. Peeps seemed to be listening to a lot of reggae, eating vegan and enjoying the ever-present ocean breeze – very few places have real A/C.

During my Hawaii stay I prayed that God would speak to me. I went to a Lutheran church the first and an Assembly of God church the last Sunday. I did feel God’s gentle message. Both visits the underlying Bible verse was the same from the Philippians “Do not worry about anything, instead pray about everything”. This is a huge one for me since I need to learn to trust God, and life, even more. I’ve done so well with being able to make my depression disappear basically completely but on the anxiety front,there’s room for improvement.

This New Year I will truly take the opportunity of a fresh page and start off with a cool, Hawaiian surfer attitude.

Oahu Nature

Oahu Nature

Oahu Nature

Oahu Nature

Oahu Nature

Oahu Nature

Oahu Nature

Oahu Nature

Hawaii Surf

Hawaii Surf

Here are shots from the North Shore of Oahu, the #1 surf place in the world. We visited the town of Haleiwa with its old plantation town charm. Surf stores and cute little gift shops line up the main street. The vibe is very laid back and surfer-cool. There was this little café called Waialua Bakery that our guide book recommended and it was the best place I’ve eaten at in Hawaii. We shared a Hungry Hawaiian sandwich (turkey, bacon, sprouts and hummus) and a raspberry smoothie. We also bought cookies for snack. The sandwich was heavenly – everything is homegrown and homemade right before your eyes. The smoothie tasted very fresh. I usually don’t like to drink my food but when traveling and in hot climates, I’ll go for it. After this lunch I felt satisfied yet nicely light. My chocolate chip cookie was moist and yummy.

We enjoyed the surfing show and saw the sunset at Sunset Beach. So far Hawaii has taught me some cool attitude. People eat healthy and enjoy the ocean. I’ve let my hair get sandy and skin breathe. I’ve just cherished gazing over to the endless water.

Hawaii Surf

Hawaii Surf

Hawaii Surf

Hawaii Surf

Hawaii Surf

Hawaii Surf

Hawaii Surf

Hawaii Surf

Hawaii Surf

Hawaii Surf

It’s Xmas

It's Xmas Time

It has been a year of laughter and joy. I have learned to be more relaxed and to trust life. I have grown as a businesswoman. I have given the best I can to my students. It is a good feeling to look back an to say that you’ve done what you were supposed to. It is a nice way to wrap up the year.

Sebastien and I will be celebrating just the two of us. We will probably head up to a restaurant, and then do what I mostly now look forward to on my Xmas getaways – walking on the beach, this time in Waikiki. Xmas Day I’ll go to church, followed by a Starbucks treat. We like our Xmases sweet and simple. The food is usually sushi, this year we might change though.

Warm Xmas wishes to you from Hawaii!

It's Xmas Time

It's Xmas Time

It's Xmas Time

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Macaron Yummy

Macaron Yummy

Christmas is almost here. I delighted in the red holiday decorations outside of my condo. It feels good to have a reason to take some time to relax and kick back. As I’m writing this, I am already vacationing in Hawaii. You can follow my adventures in real time thru Instagram – the link is on the side. I worked hard up until the moment of departure. In Canada we hadn’t really had snow this season. The weather was rainy and gray most days. That kind of color scheme necessitates action. I ventured out to Starbucks those days when my mood needed an extra push. Hanging out there for an hour or so – and I felt like a new person again.

Macaron Yummy

Macaron Yummy

Macaron Yummy

Macaron Yummy

Macaron Yummy

Macaron Yummy

Macaron Yummy

Macaron Yummy

Macaron Yummy

Macaron Yummy

 

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.