There are many changes we go through as individuals where sometimes it is hard to see how far we have come until we take a look back into our past. As I perused old photographs and deleted miscellaneous pictures off my phone and computer, it forced me to think about the past. What has changed and how I have grown, if I have grown at all..and hopefully not exponentially.

I have a list of things I would like to do in life but over the past few years it has been to be settled and happy and still thirsting for life and adventure. It started really at university and then after I graduated university in December of 2007. It is hard to realize that it has indeed been years since that time. I remember orientation or FROSH as it popularly called. We were sorted according to discipline. I was in humanities so the people I met in my assigned group and who were also studying humanities were still people I knew years later.

This comes to mind as I am attending the wedding of one of these dear friends in a few weeks time. I remember her well as one of the first people I met at that orientation at age 17. Time goes by so quickly. Its as if it is on a constant escape to the next grand adventure wherever that might be. I finished my studies quickly. I enjoyed Political Science, English and Womens Studies, subjects that could help me understand how our society is shaped and could arm me with advice to improve it or at least write about it.

When I graduated at 20, I was lost as to what to do. My French was not wonderful at the time but I thought, ”Why not?” And with my parents’ blessing, I went away to Quebec and met all these wonderful people from Paris, Lyon, Montpellier, Belgium, Switzerland, L´ile de la Reunion, places I would have never imagined to meet people from. We would have get togethers and go out. Sometimes we would stay in and eat wonderful food. It was such an international, friendly, fun crowd. A few short months after my arrival, I was speaking an acceptable French and planning with my new friends, navigating Quebecois and French culture; it was a wonderful time in my life. I spent 2 years there more than I thought I would and was able to visit France with locals because of my new French bilingualism and my new friends. I had never lived alone for university, it was different being away and responsible for myself. Sometimes I enjoyed the people I met, sometimes I didnt and I wondered how it could be better. Anyway, I would go into stores and ask questions about items while practicing my French. I would perfect different subjects which helped when people would vary their sentences and ask something in a slightly different way than I had heard it before. I would become very confused and provided a much-needed puzzled look. When I had lived there for about a year, I met a girl who had come over from the South of France to live with her then-boyfriend. We were introduced through a mutual friend and we resulted in becoming quite good friends. I had never met anyone who spoke quite as quickly as she did. She would also write to me in a very colloquial French, not often written to me because I was not so gifted in colloquial French. I found when my mind was becoming less and less stimulated by my environment, this new girl was there ready to brighten me up even though she too was having issues. I remember her never really complaining about her situation. I remember however her as a bright light, loud and smart, always ready to take on the world and unafraid of giving her opinion. Many people underestimated her as being smart but I learned quite a bit from her.

I had not envisioned it would be difficult in Quebec because I was there to figure out what I wanted to do with life but I knew I wanted more out of my time and I wasn´t asking myself enough. I steadily began to get bored after a year and a half. Yet, this was part of my journey, the journey of figuring out where I fit in. I think back and think I could have done more but then I did accomplish quite a bit. I become fluent in French, made wonderful long-lasting friendships and had enough French credits to help me with my next venture.

There was a whole world out there to learn about and experience. Many of my new French friends decided to settle in Canada and not return to France but I, for some reason, had a burning desire to know more, to ask, ”Well, who else is out there?” The truth is Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail. I hate that phrase because I feel it takes the adventure out of things. Sometimes it is a wonderful rule to live by, sometimes not. I think if you are serious about making permanent changes, it comes from preparing for them. I speak from experience when I say that in certain situations, I wish I had prepared for them. I learned to think on my feet but sometimes there were wasted moments where I thought, ”Ok I need a backup plan. I really should have made it before but let’s see what sticks now’

A good example of this is when I went to Paris for the summer in 2012, to fall in love with the city on my own. I suppose it was and still is magical to me because I have this beautiful version of it in my head. I also went there so many times and love the romantic aspects I envision. It doesnt matter what misadventures I had there. I was drawn to it by its architecture. And I know, France and Britain are countries built on the riches of poorer nations but just a beautiful city. I never felt alone there. But there were situations where I could have prepared better there. The purpose though at that time was to enjoy, which I did. I´ll tell the lost in the suburbs of Paris next time

To be continued….





Vogue Paris February 2010 Is Writhing

Anja Rubik, though frail and easily blown over by light winds appears unafraid of slithery cold-blooded snakes as she posed for Vogue Paris in a series of confident and colourful shots. Paris really does know how to step up its game.

Though we have to say, we were amazed she was able to hold up the weight of the snake all by her lonesome.

Images via Vogue Paris

It Grew On Us

We can’t help it. We tried to forget about it but it’s kinda fun even though it is about alcohol and partying and some random guy..big surprise.Oh and how can we forget lyrics like I’m gunna have you drunk and throwing up lol

Paradiso Girls, the artists above are also created by Robin Antin, creator of the Pussycat Dolls. The difference is they seem to have a good group dynamic, they all sing and there’s a higher representation of women with colour.

There is only one American in the group (Remember Chelsea from Search For the Next Doll?) while everyone else is British or French.

Diverse! You even get to hear a hint of a French accent when Aria sings.

Yves Rocher Has Died

The beauty product industrialist Yves Rocher died in Paris this December 26th at age 79.

It was initially through small advertisements about a hemorroid ointment that the public caught wind of his now famed cosmetics brand. One of most defining aspects of his cosmetics products, founded in 1959, was the fact that he used “beauty from plants” avoiding the use synthetic products and preferring to sell to clients through correspondence.

“Green Book of Beauty” launched in 1965, translated today in more than 20 languages, opened its’ first store in 1969. After having left the reigns of his enterprise to his son Didier in 1992, he found himself having to take them back in January 1995 following Didier’s accidental death.

French president Nicolas Sarkozy paid tribute to Yves Rocher in a press release for “this large industrial Frenchman, inventor of a vegetable-based cosmetics line and pioneer of sales by mail order”.

Today, the Yves Rocher group is present in about thirty countries at a worth of 2 billion euros with more than 15 000 employees.

The cosmetics legend’s cause of death is unknown.

Carla Bruni Interviewed for Sept à Huit

Click here to watch the interview (if you can speak French! If not, read below!)

This month’s Harry Roselmack [the caramel FOX at the beginning] interview for Sept à Huit (a show that probably takes place, just guessing now from 7 to 8) took place at the lovely First Lady of France, Carla Bruni’s Parisienne home.

It seems the French have very mixed reviews about their First Lady as according to a recent poll, 51% voted she wasn’t close enough to the people. However she defends herself by saying, ”I feel close to the French people but maybe they don’t feel close to me”. She continues, ”The French woman is a woman of tradition and elegance. They see this image as far from what I am”. This is the reason for which she had started to pay attention to her image and why the elegant, done-up woman is who we see today.

She also talks about her determination behind her world mission against AIDS. Her motivation comes not from her brother who died in 2006 she says but women and children.

Finally she gets onto to talking about the romantical life she leads with Sarkozy ”We are here most of the time (the apartment). Our personal life is very calm and very peaceful. He showed me another point of view. Today, I am better with him than without him. I never imagined that in my youth.” Ahh the real vie en rose

As for whether her husband will run in the 2012 election? ”It will be my husband’s choice. I have no influence on political choices made. If he doesn’t run, we will be peaceful, quiet [but] we don’t discuss it, it’s his business. But as a wife, in intimacy, one mandate will have been enough for me”.

We don’t understand why the French don’t like her. Tell us! We want to know!

The Morning After in French!

Although it seems most are firmly against SoShy singing in French, we will venture out saying that we like her Frenchy French but this song perhaps was not the best fit.

Otherwise, we would love to hear some more SoShy frenchiness. She’s from France afterall

Which version do you like? Anglais ou Francais?

Still on Hiatus But We Couldn’t Resist!!

Coco Chanel has arrived in Shanghai and she is celebrating! Her conquest of the East continues as Shanghai welcomes her with open arms as Paris-London and Paris-Moscow had before. Her recent success with the East began with the Russian market with the Paris-Moscow 2008 collection. So it is no wonder that Chinese consumers will also be LOVING the new boutique that has just opened!

Chanel has chosen to celebrate the arrival of the Haute Couture maison in Shanghai by choosing to launch the Pre-Fall fashion show at the same time that she opens the doors to her new boutique in Asia’s new centre. Not only that but even Karl Lagerfeld couldn’t contain his excitement as a little film of 28 minutes named « Paris-Shanghai, a Fantasy » will be released directed by Karl Lagerfeld himself!
The film is described as being very esthetic and best of all, it contains all things Coco! Ok, so it’s a little theatre-y and honestly the airhead actress trying on Coco’s jacket? Anyway, the film shows Coco Chanel during the 30s and 60s taken on a journey from Paris to Shanghai. A number of classic items from the maison are shown such as her perfume Chanel No. 5, the Chanel vest, padded bags and the myth of Coco as an influence and inspiration.
We think Karl they could have done better but we love the pieces used.

Also, why is the Emperor of China white here? What Karl, you ran out of Asians or are you assuming everyone wants to be white!

Ignoring this we say Congratulations Chanel in your Asian ventures!

Timbaland featuring new artist Soshy-The Morning After

lol who are you Timbaland, Van Helsing? The new Edward? We don’t know.
What we do believe is that extras from New Moon and True Blood are finding work here.

Smart marketing move if you ask us

That aside, French artist SoShy makes her debut on our Anglo airwaves.
We def need more French artists here.

Do you like the video? We know what you’ll say Twi-hards

The French President and First Lady on The Simpsons lol

Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni on the Simpsons for the first time ever.

”cozy with Sarkozzyyy”

The Simpsons have already been on the air 20 seasons, we wonder if it will go on..forever

French people ashamed the world over

We couldn’t save this butchered version of a song, if we gave it a life vest and put in all the male Twilight cast members.

But then again, we can’t ignore the random naked French men EVERYWHERE in the video.

Moral: The only way we like our La Vie en Rose is with Edith Pilaf

And sweetie, have you been spending time with Lindsay Lohan? Stay AWAY from the self-tanner!!!

Just cant get enough!

French artists aren’t too often heard on our English radios but it doesnt matter how many times we’ve heard THIS song, we just love it, the artist Fanny and all that is in the genre of Zouk music, even though…it makes us a little sad. *tear