22 May 2015

Beauty, Confidence, and Social standards

Completely unrelated image from a Provence market // Personal picture

It's been some time since I last discussed body image and other self confidence related matters. I find it interesting that engaging in a journey of simplicity may lead to questioning beauty standards and what a healthy self confidence is about. Today, I'd like to ramble about the paradoxical social standards we have about beauty and self confidence, if you may let me induldge in this slip of the no-complaint mini challenge.

19 May 2015

Shopping Recasting: A Quick Guide

Personal picture // May 2012

As some of you may know, I have experimented a "shopping fast" for the last six months of 2014. This was a very enriching experience, for consumption habits and beyond, so I thought you might be interested in a short guide to help you get started on your own experiment, if you feel so inclined.

14 May 2015

Seasons: May

Personal picture.

"En mai, fais ce qu'il te plaƮt", says the French tradition about the month of May: in May, do as you please. Of course, it refers to clothing - whereas in April, one should remain bundled in colder weather clothes, May is the month to really start digging out lighter fabrics and letting toes take a bit of fresh air. But there is so much more to May, the month of the Spring glory here in France.

10 May 2015

Minimalist Bits

Personal picture - a test at macro with the iPhone 4 in 2012.

Limitations foster creativity, and I've had a number of new, smaller post ideas on the week-end before I received my new appartment's keys, planning a number of post drafts which I didn't have quite the time to finalize in April. This time, I'm coming back with a post similar to the Update Bits, but focused on minimalist topics. Hope you like it.

06 May 2015

My Style in 5

sources are linked on this pinterest board - bottom left & right are personal pictures.

Even though I'm all set in the new nest, and back online, it will probably take another couple of weeks to get back in track with all the daily habits, blogging included. In the meantime, I'll be updating the blog with quicker posts to write - and what better than a tag post, which you seem to enjoy? Today, I have borrowed the Style in 5 tag from Fen's blog, even though she didn't tag me for it. I hope you enjoy whatever I can come up with on this topic.

02 May 2015

Update Bits #2

Me in 2009 - browsing the market at l'Isle sur la Sorgue.

As many of you seemed to have liked the Update Bits, here is a second edition, with a few random topics I wanted to write a few words on. Besides, it is a good format of article to tiptoe back on the blog after two weeks without internet. If you have any specific topic you'd like to hear about in future update bits, please let me know!

21 April 2015

Level Up Mini-Challenge: No Complaints

Auvergne in summer, 2009. Personal picture.

The French actor and humorist Jamel Debbouze was invited to a radio show the other day, to speak about his latest film. I heard him say: "We live in a country with freedom and safety, and free health care, yet Frenchmen are known to be depressed. But why?" This inspired me to go on a "No Complaint" challenge. You know what? It's damn hard. See, complaint #1 in the third sentence...