Friday Favourites


Friday Favourites


Bella Figura: How to Love, Live and Eat the Italian Way by Kamin Mohammadi

If you are looking for the perfect summer, look no further because this book is just what you need. The Author, Kamin Mohammadi, tells the story of the year she spent in Italy after living her life as a magazine editor in London. Throughout the months, she learns to enjoy the beauty that is around her but also within her,  to appreciate fresh food and delicious recipes, and finally to build meaningful relationships that make her happy. You will feel transported by the detailed descriptions of the author which really capture all the senses. I felt on vacation while reading this book and somehow it reminded me of the vibe in 'Call Me By Your Name' but in a nonfiction way.  

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Celine Espadrilles

There has been some change at the company where I work and we now work closely with a luxury consignment boutique for clothes. Last week I was treated to this chic pair of Celine espadrilles, which I love! They are from the summer 15 collection and I adore the mix of navy and black with the beige. I cannot wait to show you how I style them!

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NRK P3, the Norwegian broadcaster who released SKAM recently came out with a new TV show available online called 'Blank'. The format is the same as SKAM: they released clips every day before the weekly episodes and also created social media accounts for the characters. The story is about Ella, a girl who considers herself 'lost'. She finished high school a year ago and has been working in a plant shop in Oslo for a year, but she is trying to figure out what she wants to do in life and how she feels about her relationships. I was so hooked on the show that I watched it (with poor subtitles) in 3 days. I'm so excited for next season coming out this fall!

And of course, the podcasts I loved this week...

  • Grazia Life Advice - I just think it's an easy podcast to listen to. They've even interviewed the amazing Dolly Alderton.
  • Unpopped by BBC Radio, more specifically the "Bridget Jones and the Status of Comedy' episode which brought me back to last summer when I re-read all the books and re-watched all the films. 
  • Books and Authors by BBC Radio 4. I loved the episode with Juno Dawson and Pandora Sykes. They discussed two books I really want to read: Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan and The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett.


Saturday in Brighton


Saturday in Brighton

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Happy Sunday! Today I wanted to share with you a recap of my day in Brighton. It was technically day 4 of my trip, but don't worry, I will post all about day 3 combined with day 5 in the next post... if that makes any sense.

Bright and early on Saturday morning, I headed to Victoria station to take a southern train to Brighton! This city has been on my 'to visit' list for so long and I was happy to finally see it. The benefit of taking an early train to Brighton was that I was one of the first people on the beach and the Pier. The weather was absolutely magnificent and I could not help but have ice cream. Although it melted very fast and I had to hurry to take a picture. 

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After spending time on the Pier and around the beach, I headed to the Lanes to see two adorable shops that have been recommended on some of my favourite fashion blogs. The first one is called 'Workshop Living' and they have minimalist yet chic pieces for the home and a few pieces of clothing. It was beautiful to look at and it smelled lovely in the shop as well. 

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The second shop I visited was 'Our Daily Edit'. They have a very curated selection of clothes mostly from Scandinavian designers like Ganni, Mads Nørgaard and Filippa K. I tried one of Ganni's iconic wrap dresses for fun and it was beautiful (but I couldn't really afford it). However the two girls working there were so lovely and we chatted a little bit about the brands and the concept of the store. It felt so homey, which is why you should definitely visit if you come to Brighton!

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I also visited Waterstones, a stunning bookstore chain in the UK and sat at their café reading a book with a cup of tea. It totally made me feel like I was on vacation! It was fun to see books that I don't normally see in Canada, not only because they have different authors but also because the covers are not always the same in Europe and North America. 

I went back to the beach after that but it was so crowded due to the amazing weather and also it's a Bank Holiday weekend in the UK. I liked it better in the morning when it was a bit calmer, but I'm sure if you walk a bit further from the city center it would be better. 

I think Brighton is the perfect destination for a family vacation (I also saw a lot of bachelorette parties haha). The activities on the Pier and the beach would definitely be more fun with a group than by yourself. If you are by yourself, I suggest you go early and then walk to the Lanes or even go to the Royal Pavilion for impressive architecture. Then you can sit in the pretty gardens of the Pavilion (something I did quickly around lunch time). 

Have you ever been to Brighton? The only thing I completely forgot to do was to go and see the colourful beach huts, maybe another time!

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