A few tips from my experience as a customer and as an employee of online shops
When everyone seems to be welcoming the warm and humid temperatures with their arms wide open, the only thing I can think about is Fall, and how much I’m looking forward to it. I mean, I’m even more excited this year knowing it won’t get as cold as it does in Montreal. Living in London means I can finally experience the seasons properly and get a milder winter (which to me, is the best of both worlds). Autumn is the epitome of cozyness. It’s also the best time of the year for fashion because you get to wear leather boots and wool coats, and play with layering, warm tones and beautiful textures. I’m already picturing myself watching a movie with cashmere socks on while drinking a cup of creamy Earl Grey (the Fairmont one). You also don’t have to feel guilty for staying in because that’s what everyone wants to do, especially when it’s pouring rain outside. Fall is romantic. And finally, it’s also when you start thinking about Christmas, but I won’t go too far ahead of myself here.
It is weird because the warm seasons used to be my favourites, and now my opinion is changing. I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older and seeing the world with a different lens. Or maybe it’s because I know I am not returning to school and instead I have planned more fun things to do like going to Paris during fashion week or moving (ok not so fun, but exciting nonetheless). Fall, I would argue, is the perfect season for new beginnings, and maybe that is why I enjoy it so much.
What is your favourite season?
Birthday, food and fashion!
Softer hues for summer
An updated reading list and my reviews!
My café recommendations in West London
I have discussed in the past about my obsession with laundry. Unfortunately, it has not been as pleasant since I’ve moved here because of my new laundry facilities (or should I say my awful dryer and the limited space I have to air dry). But it has not discouraged me from taking good care of my garments, especially pieces made with natural fibres. You may remember how much I loved the Wool and Cashmere Shampoo from The Laundress. It is still one of the best products I have ever used, but it is quite pricey and not the easiest to find (although I do I think it is available at Selfridges). This means I had to find an alternative, and the one I chose is the Arket Wool and Silk Wash.
I have to mention that I am not the biggest fan of the smell (especially during the air drying process), but it goes unnoticed after the pieces are completely dry. However, I do think it’s a much more versatile product because it can be used with silk, and overall I feel like my products were super clean. My biggest issue with my tops is the stains left by antiperspirant as they tend to be absorbed by the fabric and it can be a nightmare with wool. My tip to remove them is to rub baking soda powder with water in the concerned spots and then wash the pieces normally with my wool detergent.
Let me know if you have any laundry tips to share!
My favourite combo for summer
A few favourites…
I found my dream eye shadow
Moving abroad has impacted my life, here’s how
What I’d like to buy if I didn’t have to pay rent…
*Sorry for the lack of posts at the moment, I’ve been feeling a bit uninspired but I am back now with the regular programming of Sunday/Wednesday/Friday
You may remember when I fell in love with The Laslett last year. I had gone there with Martine and we both agreed that it was the best place ever, but we were also worried that our next time there might not be as lovely (the expectations were SO high). One year passed and I could not wait any longer to visit, but it needed to be for a special occasion. And the special occasion happened; I got a job at my dream company (more on that later), so I went back to The Laslett with my friends and celebrated my new achievement!
The Laslett is a hidden gem of a boutique hotel in Notting Hill. The Henderson bar is small, cozy, but not too busy. The two times I went, we had one of their two rooms for ourselves. The music is absolutely perfect, and so is the interior decor. I love the food and the bathrooms, and basically everything about it!
You can tell by this description that it lived up to the impression it made on me last year, and I cannot wait to be back in the future for more celebrations. And who knows, maybe one day I will get to stay in one of their rooms?
The Laslett, 8 Pembridge Gardens, Notting Hill, London W2 4DU
Books, Fika & Scrapbooking
My guide on where to make the best fashion investments
Last minute trip to Brighton!
Moving abroad with two suitcases and a carry-on.
A few things I’ve enjoyed this weekend (book, beauty, food)
A busy week in beautiful London Town
Making new friends gets harder and harder as we grow up. Being out of school and in an everyday routine means we often just see the same people over and over. For a while I also had a tendency to think people were already settled with their group of friends and not looking to form any new friendships, but I was wrong. Making new friends is such a good feeling; it’s inspiring and motivating, it can also completely change your daily life.
In the past year, I have formed a couple of new friendships that were definitely unexpected. Two of them were through work and it confirmed to me that it is still possible to build new connections in your twenties (also in an environment that can be competitive at times). I think work friends are the best because they make you want to get up and go to work, they uplift you, and you get to see them all the time. Even now, having left my job a month ago, I still talk almost daily with three of my ex-colleagues-now-pals there.
And since being in London, I have made new friends, but I have also cultivated a friendship that existed mostly online through Instagram DMs and blog comments. The people I’ve met in London are in the same boat as me; having left their home country to pursue their dreams in The Big Smoke. We are united by this common situation and now we get to exchange about it and live all of it together (almost like a family).
So that’s all from me today. I feel like I’m just so happy about these new friendships and I hope I get to experience that feeling many times again as I get older. The great thing about making new friends as adults is that it’s an active choice, it is not just because you are in the same class at school and befriend the first kid that wants to play with you. Let me know in the comments if you have experiences of making friends in your twenties!