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New York Pink

New York Pink

We al have our key words. The ones that we bounce around the most often in our talks with friends and such. You know, the word cloud that you can see in the side bar of this blog. The key words of our lives define us, and they also change throughout time. When you get a grip on your key words, you can gain precious information about being the unique you.

New York Pink

So what are my key words? I’ll try and list up some sweet things that make my heart throb… New York, pink (duh!), Starbucks, dark chocolate, red wine, champagne, latino music, coffee shops, deep discussions and Jesus. These all coexist in unorganized harmony.

New York Pink

I need New York in my life because it symbolizes a place for dreaming. I need pink because it boosts me and lets my soul free – to be who I really am inside. I affectionate Starbucks since I love the concept of it. When I used to browse Paris, on those solitary walks I’d pop in a Starbucks and get a cup of American sweetness. When at the beginning I had tough times here in Quebec City, I’d rejoice over the proximity of a Starbucks. I’d dress pretty  and make a trip over there, journaling in my magazine and gathering my strength to make it one day farther.

New York Pink

New York Pink

New York Pink

New York Pink

New York Pink

New York Pink

Heart Says Yes

Heart Says Yes

My little heart definitely says yes to spring. I ditched my winter jacket, and it felt like I had shed ten pounds. Here is an outfit for going out. The red accents give me the chic touch I’m always looking for. We saw two rock bands in concert, Sabaton and Nightwish. What a magical night. As we strolled a bit post show in the nightly downtown, I bathed in contentment.

Heart Says Yes

Look at the cutie that spent some time with us as his parents were under the Caribbean sun. Salto would follow me wherever I went. When clients came, he’d sit next to them, and learn English, too.

Heart Says Yes

Now my heart is jumping of joy since a dear friend from NYC is coming over for a few weeks. I get to have my “soul sister” over for a while and we’ll have time to indulge in Starbucks, red wine, girl talk and plans that make dreams come reality.

Heart Says Yes

In some cases friends become closer than your siblings. Your heart chooses. Affinities are formed. Life is shared.

I believe in letting your journey go as it must. I trust in not forcing relationships. People find time for you if you truly count. That is a sweet and clarifying thought.

I know that today my sister is about to fly over – and I heart that!

Heart Says Yes

Heart Says Yes

Heart Says Yes

Heart Says Yes

Heart Says Yes

Vintage Finds in NYC

Vintage Finds in NYC

My sis and I wanted to do some vintage shopping in midtown Manhattan. We found a huge flea market a couple of blocks west from Bryant Park. I enjoyed rummaging thru the ample amount of glam accessories.

My style relies very heavily on accessorizing. Lots of people think I have a huge wardrobe – when in reality I operate with a very limited selection. I get rid of – mostly donate to the local charitable organization – anything that I haven’t worn in two years tops. I need my closet to be clear and desire-provoking. I always get excited about a new-seeming piece of clothing. The typical girl problem – nothing to wear and not enough space where to put them frocks – isn’t my Achilles’ heel. (Heels do I though love…)

Vintage Finds in NYC

I like fiddling with skirts like these – but in reality I know I’d never wear them. I only go for mini skirts. I gave a maxi dress a go a while ago. I really did not wear that puppy more than twice.

Vintage Finds in NYC

NYC is an excellent place to stumble upon jewels like these. The passage of many people ends up in treasures from across the globe. I have a thing for Cameo brooches. I have a ring that I inherited from my late French mom-in-law.

Vintage Finds in NYC

Vintage Finds in NYC

What’s fun is collecting the pieces that make your own style from the different places that you pass thru. The heart-shaped necklace I’m sporting in this outfit was a find from London. Whenever I wear it, it makes me think of my trip there one early spring.

Vintage Finds in NYC

Right now I’m looking at a sweetly low-key end of the week. There’s a gospel concert a friend of mine invited me to. The hubs and I will also take a walk in the woods and then go for some 3-dollar all-you-can-eat maple taffy at a sugar shack located in the forest, the location of which a client revealed to me.

Vintage Finds in NYC

Spring is the perfect time to gather up the bits and pieces of your life, sharpen up your style and sit down at a coffee shop and make some exciting plans. I’m looking at more jogging outdoors, more fruit and veggie cooking experiments – oatmeal bakes and veggie stir fries- and more time with friends, either visiting, on trips or just hanging out on terraces.

Vintage Finds in NYC

Vintage Finds in NYC

Vintage Finds in NYC

Vintage Finds in NYC

Key West Cocktails

Key West Cocktails

When in Florida, I take my fruit the way I can. Vitamins, first and foremost. This smoothie (or was it more a daiquiri) was delish, in the amusing company of my bro-in-law. We drove to Key West early in the morning and had brunch at one of the harbor restaurants. See how my carrot eating cure paid off a little – my otherwise so pale complexion seems to have some glow to it, whew!

Check out my Instagram feed on the right side. I’m also now on Bloglovin’.

Key West Cocktails

I wanted to go all fruity and unitoned with my outfit. A lady at a shop told me that my ensemble was “so Key West”. Of course that made me smile. A lot of young girls covet these flower decorated flip flips when I walk by.

Key West Cocktails

Here’s a glimpse of the famous Key West sunrise. Catching one wasn’t an easy task. We got to the Keys a dash too late, regardless of a certain plan. If driving from Miami, be sure to leave well before the forecast sunrise, like an hour and a half earlier, because the first good sun viewing point can be found only on the second key Islamorada, not on the first one Key Largo.

Key West Cocktails

Chilling at point zero of US Interstate 1. It’s just a humble road sign but a symbol and an idea of a start. The hubs wants to go get a shot of the equivalent, the sign at the end of the highway, in Maine. Somehow I’m a lot less enthusiastic, although I do love the Maine Coast.

Key West Cocktails

I had my share of daiquiris and mojitos down South. The former definitely being my favorite But not a watery one – I like my cocktails generous in alcohol. You know, when you can taste that “this ain’t fruit juice”. I’m not a fruit juice drinker anyway. I either eat them, or gulp down with booze. At least that’s clear now. But all with style and moderation. I can only stand three drinks in a soiree anyway. I’m a baby drinker, as the hubs and I would say. He’s pretty much the same.

Key West Cocktails

Check out the three-dimensional street art behind me. See it again two pics down when my bro-in-law is sitting in the pictured vessel? In which does the 3D-effect come into play more?

Key West Cocktails

Key West Cocktails

Key West Cocktails

Key West is the perfect combination of tropical, heat-induced tranquil pace of life and American standard of living. I can very well see myself spending my old days there. The beaches aren’t magnificent. You have some but they are scattered here and there, and are really tiny. The airport next to the city of Key West does seem to bring, along with the happy vacationers, quite a lot of noise. Nevertheless, I could see myself blissful there. Sipping morning coffee on my porch. Taking a walk at the waterfront. Admiring sunsets at the end of the day. We’ll see about that in a few decades.

Key West Cocktails

May I present you the Cake Monster… oops, the hubs. Who considers it his job to eat all the local delicacies wherever he may wander. Actually now I’ve put him on a diet.

Key West Cocktails

Sloppy Joe’s is a classic – you can leave your bra there, too. But please girls, let’s change the trend and leave something with lace. Now the place is overflowing with those boring, unicolored t-shirt bras. Is it my French influence or what but I find that not so sexy. Then again, maybe you’d want to keep your best seduction weapon bras to yourself.

Key West Cocktails

Key West Cocktails

Key West Cocktails

Key West Cocktails

A due end to the day – a legendary Key West sunset savored at the the traditional sunset watching place the Mallory Square. Many artists and street performers gather there. The ambiance is relaxed, even a bit hippish. You can hang out as you wish.

For sure, Key West stole my heart even more this second time around. It’s so different mood wise from Miami.

Bikini Butt

Bikini Butt

Do you have a bikini butt? Of course you do. We all do.
My title is a dash provocative, I know. Call it my rebellious side. Or maybe the desire to stir up conversation. Or to empower us, wo-men. Or simply to steal a soupcon of attention in this crazy info era of ours.
So, you got that bum or not? It’s all in your head, grrl.

Bikini Butt

I used have a complex because my skin tone. Too white, pale… Blanche Neige – Snow White – a guy once yelled after me in Paris. I considered answering back garcon au chocolat – chocolate boy, but since that ain’t the classy style how I strive to roll, I restrained myself.

Bikini Butt

Being at ease in your body is a process. My philosophy: I do my best in taking care of my shape by eating clean and doing sports daily. I’m actually teeny weeny proud of the fact that at 40 I’m still able to rock rather slim a figure. It takes a little work but not that much either. The more veggies and fruit I eat, the less I candy crave. Doing sports – be it galloping on that stepper of mine or heading out for a cross-country ski spree always ends up lifting my energy levels. By spending energy I get more in return.

Bikini Butt

Talking about bikinis, here’s the newest from Victoria’s Secret. Go on, take a peek and daydream of summer.

Bikini Butt

I watched on TLC a new show called  My Big Fat Fabulous Life. The star of the show is Whitney, a courageous girl who got sick and because of her illness gained a lot of weight. She’s always loved dancing and now she’s back teaching it. Whitney said in an after the first season interview, aired last week on TLC, that she gets contacted by obese and anorexic women alike. These issues all derive from the same root – do I love and accept my body or not? I’m proud to say that I do a lot more than a couple of years ago. No one’s perfect but if you work hard at it, you’ll get closer to a calm internal place when you can just rush off to the beach… and simply enjoy life!

Bikini Butt

Bikini Butt

Bikini Butt

Bikini Butt

Winter Glamour

Winter Glamour

Canada definitely is cold in January. We’re at the very high peak of the frostbitten magic. Snowland par excellence. These wintery months throw certain challenges at us. I long to remain chic and uniquely glamorous no matter how low the temps should drop. Here’s a look at my cold weather outerwear. I base my trust in spicing up colors, tight fitting jeans and pants, fur and faux fur accessories and hair details that catch the eye.

Winter Glamour

Form-hugging clothes are my thing. They make me feel sexy. I embrace the leggings and skinny jeans mania. It’s just so flattering for a girl. You feel well in your pumps and booty. I celebrate my body by the frock choices I make. I walk hips swinging more when I feel powerful in my clothes.

Winter Glamour

Cold weather is something you do get used to. I had spent ten years in the mild winters of Paris before moving here. The first gasp of freezing air had me tantalized. How will this be possible, livable? Gradually though, I did get used to it. I started rocking mini skirts even in the middle of the winter. Now I go out skating in way below zero temps. Then venture back home or stop by at Starbucks – and you can imagine how doubly rewarding holding that hot cup of Americano feels! My polished fingernails smile with the warming up fingertips.

Winter Glamour

The important thing is – unique style and trendy looks are possible in any climate. You have to study your unique situation with it’s challenges, and then make it happen.

Now I’ll finish my vanilla hazelnut coffee and get on the road to go visit a friend of mine in the Southern part of the state. Good weekend, y’all chic chicks!

Winter Glamour

Winter Glamour

Winter Glamour

Winter Glamour

Winter Glamour

Winter Glamour

Winter Glamour