Yesterday evening, I arrived in Paris and celebrated with a bowl of home-made Pop-Corn!

United Colours of Borough Market...

Today is my little Sister's Birthday. I wish her lots of Bubbles!

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On the road again! From London to Paris...

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Last week-end I finally found Borough Market. I had been looking for it for quite a while when I finally asked a British friend to draw me a map (sometimes, it is better to just sit on your pride and ask for a drawing). I can not tell you how precious this little sketch was: the market is at a lower level than the road which means that if you don't know where to look for it, you can easily miss it. But I made it, and it was worth it!

"Borough Market is London’s most renowned food market; a source of exceptional British and international produce.
Since its renaissance as a retail market just over a decade ago, it has become a haven for anybody who cares about the quality and provenance of the food they eat - chefs, restaurateurs, passionate amateur cooks and people who just happen to love eating and drinking."
The Food is so fresh, the people are smiley, the ambiance is cheerful, it is a mix of business men grabing their lunch, tourists and londoners grocery shopping.

More pictures to come, stay tuned...

How to get there:
  • By tube to London Bridge or Borough underground stations
  • By train to London Bridge mainline station
  • By bus to London Bridge, Borough High Street or Southwark Street
  • By foot along the Thames Path on the Southbank or over London Bridge from the City
Opening times:
Thursdays - 11am-5pm
Fridays - 12pm-6pm
Saturdays - 8am-5pm

In the Streets of Kensigton...

Yesterday evening I had Fun and Bubbles (they often come together) at Sketch! 
They have an amazing interior design, the music is nice, the cocktails are colourful... Fun time!

9 conduit streetLondon W1S 2XG
reservations: +44 (0) 20 7659 4500

Sunday Sound

"When the sun comes out" by Judy Garland - 1959

Say it with Flowers... and Lilac Nailpolish.

Travelling in Style.
I am going to need one of these candies for my new suitcase...

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Summer Lollipops!

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"A true Gentleman is one who is never unintentionally rude." Oscar Wilde

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Who said Fashion and Cooking did not get along? Miss Appollina from Washington DC made this amazing Cake inspired by Stella Mc Cartney's Spring/Summer 2011 Collection. I love the idea of a Delia meets Chanel kind of Cake!

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Traveling! I am flying back to London, I already know I am going to miss Dubai's Sun and Heat, but London is one of my favourite cities so I am a happy face!

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Current State of Mind: missing my vintage Home.

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As much as I like digital Photographs, they make everything easier, I miss the old cameras. The Diana, the Polaroid... I love watching Photographs and being able to touch them and take them with me when I travel.

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Just a quiet evening at home with Sea Food, Books, Tea, and Candles...

I just came along this cute Tissue Holder. Wouldn't it be perfect in a Summer House by the Sea?

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She and He.

Rainbow Colours! For a soft Sunday...

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A russian cheerful Sheet of Music for a colourful Sunday!

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Sunday Sound

"Begin the Beguine" by Ella Fitzgerald and Glenn Miller - 1940

Did you ever try to send an After Eight right from your Forehead into your Mouth? Well I did yesterday evening. The game goes like that: after a lovely Roast Dinner, ask your Friends to put an After Eight on their Forehead. The first one who can eat his Chocolate without it falling on the ground and, of course, without using his hands wins. 
Tip: temperature can be an issue as we discovered yesterday...

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New York Egg Cream by Woody Allen...

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Spectacular! Models in Window, New York, 1960.

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Lime Tree Café. So far, my favourite Café/Restaurant in Dubai!
I just had Breakfast there but I will definitively be back for some more. The Lime Tree Cafés were created in 2001 as "a haven to escape the hustle and bustle of busy city life". Well, the goal has successfully been achieved: the space is big, the interior design is minimalist which is so refreshing in Dubai (did I tell you it took me 2 hours and 4 shops to find a simple plain white cotton tableclothe? Dubai does not do simplicity...), I can not remember any music, and the food is all fresh and organic. Which means that you actually know what is in your plate. They offer veg or English Breakfast, Salads, Quiches, and various kinds of Pastries. They are particularly famous for their Carrot Cake which I have not tasted yet: perfect excuse to go back!

Find out more about Lime Tree Café here.

Jack and Jackie sailing in Cape Cod - 1953

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When I arrived in Dubai, I had prepared myself not to see a vintage Item for months so you can imagine how curious and excited I got when I heard there actually was a Vintage Shop in Desertland. I  could not resist visiting that little Treasure. I did not know what to expect and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by the selection. There are items from the 1930's to the 1980's, lots of colours and you can find a whole outfit: Dress, Shoes, Hats, Gloves... The prices are expensive compared to London or Paris but it is real Eye Candy!

142, Jumeirah Beach Road
(opp. Dubai Zoo), Dubai
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