Wednesday, September 30, 2009

My Life Office

Photo from Penny Moon.

So this is the My Life... in To Do Lists office.

Yes, the jig is up; it's not just one person writing this blog it's actually 7 very chic, very retro gals and 2 men.

Okay I lie, but I wish I worked in a retro office.

Favourite Things: un Colis!

J’ai reçu un colis! Colis... ahh a word I have come to treasure. It symbolises absolute bliss, happiness, excitement = it means "package" and I recieved two yesterday!

All this talk of packages always makes the think of "that" Sound of Music song...

Here's a list of my favourite things this month;
  • Funky shoes that have been on my radar for some time.
  • This song that makes me want to bob around my room eating marshmallow clouds.
  • This blog which feels like a secret insiders guide to Paris.
  • Our new food blog.
  • Gawking at luxury accomodation - wishing and hoping.
  • Heat patches I bought at the supermarket - genius!
  • Fresh butter I bought from the local cheese shop - cut from the wheel!
  • And finally you all! Your comments have been making my day, so thank you.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Normal Eating is; "lots of cookies"!

The NYTimes Health section recently featured an extract from an article written by dietitian Ellyn Satter.

Wonderful photo from simply photo.

There was nothing that struck me about the extract (it's all nod your head, "yes, yes.." holier-than-thou health stuff), until I got to point number three...

Here's some of Satter's normal eating verdict:

3. "It is leaving some cookies on the plate because you know you can have some again tomorrow, or it is eating more now because they taste so wonderful."

So here's to eating that wonderful extra cookie on your plate!

Life's too short, right?

Monday, September 28, 2009

A Very Necessary "Unnecessary Object"

P. listened to me! I mentioned that I liked this very quirky laptop case by "mitemite; unnecessary objects lab"; and now here it is, in my room - looking all inconspicuous and like a newspaper.

Photo from mitemite.

But seriously what a great idea. Spanish run company mitemite call it a "bag against crime". Why? Because, they say, "'s been designed so that you don't get mugged. Who'd take a newspaper from under your armpit? It's kind of urban camouflage if you like..."

Fleur de Saison

It's getting quite chilly now in Lille. As I was cycling into town the morning I swear it was 12-14 degrees C - I could see my breath!

But for the moment, these beautiful flowers in my room are keeping my spirits warm and bright.

What warms you on a cold day?

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Foodie Dudie's

So P. and I finally decided to make our food blog; À Chacun Ses Goûts - something we've been discussing over newspapers and coffee in cafes through bris, byron, melb and syd over the past few months...

Essentially we'll be posting about the best "off-the-beaten-track" places to eat, yummy recipes we like to cook and great places to see while travelling.

Come on over and say hello, we'd love any kind of welcome.

Before the "Ice-Queen"

I stumbled upon this old photo of Anna Wintour on the lovely blog plaisirs simples. The comparison between her young, naive face and her harsh/"over it" one today, really struck me.

It's so evident how much she's hardened as a person over the years... it's right there in her expression & body language.

Friday, September 25, 2009

I Went to Paris, and I bought...

When you were young did you ever play that memory game where a heap of you would get into a circle and each person would say, "I went to .... and I bought ...", adding a new item each person?

Well by the end of the game it's hardest to be the last person and try to remember what each person has "bought" before you.

Renowned Parisian bakery "Poilane"; 8 Rue du Cherche Midi (6eme arrondissement), Paris.

This is relevant how? I went to Paris on Wednesday and now I feel like the last person in that game! I can't remember anything I bought!

Right here, this is the moment I decided that I need glasses!

Colette; Rue de Rivoli (1er arrondissement), Paris.

Lunch at the Palais Royale (1er arrondissement), Paris.
By the end of the day I was exhausted; but so satisfied with my day... there's something rejeuvintating about wandering les trottoirs de Paris.

At Rose Bakery; 46 Rue des Martyrs (9eme arrondissement), Paris.

Photo from Cachmere et Soie; Angelina's Salon du The a 226 Rue de Rivoli (1er arrondissment), Paris.

Have you been to Paris before? Where are your favourite places to go/things to do there?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

She Died with Burberry on her Butt!

Yesterday as I was parking my bike in Centre Ville - I was struck by this two-wheeled-branded-beauty.

I just had to crack out my camera so I could share it with you all. Note my bike is the aqua one beside it, proudly sporting rust as a trademark!

I think if I owned this Burberry-styled bike, I'd be so taken with my look that I'd glare at my reflection at every opportunity... so really this bike's a hasard, right?

Monday, September 21, 2009

What Would YOU Do?

I recently was alerted to this interesting experiment via A Cup of Jo. Years ago, to test the self-discipline of children, scientests put them in a room with a marshmallow and told them that if they didn't eat it within a certain period of time, they'd get another one.

This funny video is a modern day chronicle of the experiment - and it's hiliarious!

If I were put in that situation I would've/(still would!) cave and eat it! What would you do?

Damn... now I'm craving marshmallows.

Friday, September 18, 2009

To Enjoy One's Own Company

I went to the movies last night to see "Julie and Julia" - totally relatable (the love of cooking part) and such a feel-good film. (Thank goodness it was the "Original Version" - as you know I'm studying in France, and feared watching a dubbed Meryl!)

I was supposed to go and see the film with a friend, but at the last minute she cancelled and couldn't come. I didn't mind, and didn't consider changing my plans as I've wanted to see the film for a long time.
Click on above image for link.

On my way out of the dorms I ran into a friend who asked me what I was heading off to do; when I replied "movies" she smiled and asked automatically, "With who?"

"Alone," I smiled back happily.

She truly looked shocked - as if I had just grown a horn in the middle of my forehead.
What a reaction! Had she never experienced the joy of going to the movies alone?

Has anyone else recieved this aghast reaction when going to see a movie tout seul?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Chicken or Egg? Beauty or Love?

(Source lost): It was either this image or a beautiful one of Marilyn Monroe with Arthur Miller - somehow this one seems more fitting!

"I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections and the truth of imagination. What the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth - whether it existed before or not,"
- John Keats

Think about it...

French Men Love...(?)

Okay, look at the title and try to finish the sentence. French men love... Women? Shoes? Food? Dogs?

These may be true but you know what else they like? Comic books (bande dessinées)!

Are you as shocked as I was? It's almost like discovering that some gorgeous runway model secretly binges on hamburgers at night!

Walking around french bookstore FNAC today, I saw it. A line of men suddenly transformed to little boys, waiting unashamedly with comic books in hand to have their favourite artists' signature.

It wasn't the first time I'd noticed the bande dessinée obsession here in France, but it was the first time I'd seen a large bunch of fully-grown, respectable businessmen flaunting such behaviour.

I must note though, that comic books here are more "adult" (catering to the large market) - but it's still shocking... suddenly they're not so suave and chic - more "geek"?

Anyone else who's travelled to France, did you notice this trend also? What's your view?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Recipe: Granny's Demarara Crunch Biscuits

My Granny has a reputation in my family for being a fabulous cook; over the weekend, I researched this theory thoroughly - it's very true.

Although this is what the scales read after the weekend; I wouldn't change a mouthful!

Make these biscuits with love & share with whomever you consider family:
  • 10 ounces S.R. Flour (280 grams)
  • 8 ounces softened Butter (225 grams)
  • 5 ounces Demerara sugar (140 grams)
  • 2 heaped teaspoons Ground ginger

Mix all ingredients together. Roll into balls around the size of a 20 cent piece (about 1.5 cms). Roll in icing sugar to enable you to roll into a round ball (if in a hot climate).

Place balls onto covered baking tray and push down vertically and horizontally with a fork – it makes a lovely pattern on the biscuit.

Bake in 180°C oven for 15 minutes – (possibly 150°C would suffice).

Makes 30.

The Royal Family

I just had a lovely weekend in England, where my Grandma lives... it's so lovely being just over 3 hours away.

It was such a nourishing weekend; lots of fun, great conversation & needless to say Granny fed me delicious foods.

Homemade jams, a pheasant roast with vegetables all plucked from her garden... she then concealed in my bag a deliciously packed lunchbox to consume of the train; 3 mini sandwhiches, salad, half a boiled egg, biscuits - all cutely wrapped and lablled, adorable isn't she?

It was really nice time to spend with her though.

We got to chat about all sorts of things, laugh and quietly notice that perhaps traits sometimes do get carried on through family...

What did you do this weekend?

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Last Published...

Last published on 22 August!? How slack! Excusez-moi lovely bloggers :-)

I've been quite busy - so far I have chosen my classes (8 in total!), found a fantastic cheese shop, a beautifully fresh fruit and veg shop and have been riding around on a bike I bought at the big flea market they had here last weekend.

Sunflowers at Sunday market at Wazemmes (in Lille).

So I've been riding 'round all day 'tween classes - trying to look french - however I think the jig is up; every time I try to get pedalling at each green light, I look completely uncoordinated!

The lovely architecture of Centre-Ville, Lille.

I just haven't tapped into that ever elusive "Je ne sais quoi"... yet! However, here are some pics of my adventure so far. Tell me what you think? What you've been up to? I've missed you all!

At the Wazemmes fruit market early Sunday morning.

Citron at the Wazemmes.

Delicious Mirabelle plums, peak season, peak juiciness.

The sunset from my rooftop.

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