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My Online World: Favourite Blogs and Podcasts

So I live on the internet, no surprise to most of you! And today I wanted to share a few of my favourite online sites; podcasts, blogs, vlogs etc. I’ve limited most of these to travel or France related content but a few others have snuck in. Hope you enjoy getting to know some of these super peeps, would love to hear your recommendations too!

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So I’ll start with some blogs…

Wanderings and Wondering
The radiant Rachel blogs about travel, books, university, and many important issues including, recently, anxiety and International Women’s Day. One day she will undoubtedly be a famous author and you’ll get to say you read her blog before she was all over the magazines. So go on and feast on her genius…

Adam H Gambrel
One of my friends from Reims! He not only blogs about his adventures but also creates lovely YouTube vlogs so you can get to (almost) meet him too!! I love them all, but must say my fave was the one with the crepe burning. Future Oscar-winner right here ladies and gentlemen.

Nicky in France / The Lady in Curls
One of my lovely Canadian friends who I’ve had the pleasure to meet in Reims! Check her out for general hilariousness, pretty pictures, supermarket adventures and pretty rad picnics.

Ink and Papyrus
A. E. Browne’s Ink and Papyrus is a brilliant insight into the life of a writer. She is also not actually called A. E. Browne, it’s a pseudonym, I know her real name which makes me feel incredibly important. Again, a future award-winning novelist. I love my friends.

Sofie from Wonderful Wanderings
She writes in both English and Dutch! Woah the skill! Hailing from Belgium, Sofie has documented her travels across North America, Africa, Europe and Asia, while also producing a series of wonderful walking tours in a range of German and Belgian cities. Killing it.

Cahner’s Travel Project
Another stellar blog! She went on exchange to France and was inspired to start documenting her travels, what a trendsetter! She now has a super awesome travel blog with adventures from Africa, the Americas and Europe.

The Tourist of Life
Yvonne writes in both Dutch and English and has travelled to over 20 countries in Europe and around the world! One of my favourite articles was this one on the arrondissements of Paris! Just generally awesome complete with lovely photos!

A Modern Girl’s Travels
The fabulous Alexandria! All the photos, the bucket list series, the food around the world series. Just go visit now, please!

Curious Provence
Ashley shares her tales of Provence, mostly with food in mind, which makes for mouth-watering reading! Basically, every post makes me jealous of her culinary ability, I certainly know many of you who will appreciate these foodie adventures!


And now for some podcast goodness…

Londonist
In addition to having quite possibly the most beautiful voice I’ve ever heard, N Quentin Woolf of The Londonist Podcast also has exceptional knowledge of my fave city in the world, apart from Melbourne of course. Listen for ideas on some quirky things to do in lovely London or just to get a greater insight into the ‘behind the scenes’ of London life.

Stoneface Films Podcast
Okay, so nothing to do with travel or France, just some nerds talking about film, but who isn’t going to get excited about that craic? Throw in some Irish accents and heaps of geeky references and you’ve got a great time.

Soho Radio- Sali Hughes and India Knight Podcast
Also nothing about travel or France. Although it is set, as is the Stoneface Podcast above, in a place to which I am planning on travelling soon. Epic music, epic conversation on human interest-y things, two of my favourite humans. (Have I managed to not mention Sali Hughes in any blog yet?? Complete life goals)

Le Masque et la Plume
Yay. French. So Le Masque et la Plume translates to the Mask and the Feather, and is a Sunday radio show, first created in 1955! (I haven’t quite caught up with all their shows yet). Talking about books, theatre and cinema, it combines my top interests with improving my French listening skills.

The Women’s Podcast from The Irish Times
I believe a trend has become obvious. I just listen to all these podcasts for the cute accents. It’s all I care about. Haha, I jest. That is only partly true. This is a podcast that is evidently of interest for its subject material on my general existence. Caitlin Moran was on last week. #HappyTimesForLucy


 

More beauty directed blogs… (mostly French skincare, fashion and makeup blogs)

Hello, It’s Valentine!
This one is in French, but it also has heaps of photos so pretty easy to understand! Mostly beauty and fashion, but also travel and life. She’s got it all covered. She also has a cat called Batman, so you know she’s the coolest human going round.

The French Beauty Club
If you want beauty, think French Beauty Club. A fabulous, highly addictive insight into the French beauty world complete with cute af illustrations. In French and in English so a plus for the non-francophones! Certainly worth a visit!!!

Caroline Hirons                                                                                                                                                                                       It’s enough to get me into full fangirl mode! Okay so she’s not French but she often features French pharmacy brands in her posts. She’s also Caroline Hirons, man, I just love her so much! If skincare is your thing, Caroline Hirons is also your thing. 

La Revue de Kenza
Kenza is 29 and lives in Paris. She is outrageously cool and well-dressed. But she doesn’t stick only to fashion and beauty, also exploring travel, food, music and lifestyle. Oh my god, she is so chic. Cannot deal.

Mode and The City 
Daphné describes herself thus… J’aime l’automne, les cols Claudine, l’écossais, Le Chai Tea Latte Starbucks, Instagram, les films avec Tom Hanks et Meg Ryan, Noël, New York, Pinterest, Harry Potter et le thé. So basically, she’s the perfect human. From adorable fashion to delicious recipes for frosted Christmas cookies and wintery cocktails, you’ll find something you love!

Mango and Salt 
Victoria’s blog Mango and Salt explores her many passions, from scented candles to reading, from fangirling (always a good thing) over Harry Potter and being a super classy Paris-born, European cool cat.

Miss Pandora 
Louise is 24 and from Paris. I dare you to spend a minute on Miss Pandora without completely falling for her vintage style! So beautiful and a little different to many fashion blogs, being less focused on day-to-day threads and more on vintagey goodness. Love, love, love, love.

My Name is Odd 
I love ‘My Name is Odd’ for so many reasons. The sheer coolness of Aude Sarkamari, the photos, how it teaches you how to pronounce her name lol! So much glamspiration, at which I can only bask in wonderment.


 

That’s probably enough blog fangirling for today haha. You should go check all these lovelies out! Just to make it clear, no sponsorship or anything, I just love lots of people because you are all frankly amazepants.

For now, I must stop procrastinating and go read some Proust! Love you long time,

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Beauty Blog Study Travel

Faves of the week

My lovelies!

Long time, no see. I must apologise the past few weeks have been ever so hectic and amongst illness, exams and oral presentations, and tragically more heartbreaking world events, I’ve not had the energy to write.

So, firstly a shout-out to anyone who is reading this who has had a shitty time this week! Sadly I can imagine there are probably a few of you. I hope this post offers something to brighten your day and remember I’m always here if you need to talk.

Today one of my favourite journalists, Sali Hughes, tweeted the following:

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I must say, the responses were so beautifully life-affirming. People talking about their children, new positions received at work, music, and broadly realising the incredible fortune with which so many of us are blessed.

This post today is not in the slightest intended as something to forget the tragedies the world has seen so recently, but rather a post on how to appreciate, and be grateful, for life’s little joys when we are lucky enough to experience them.

So these are my current faves, some fairly shallow and simplistic, which got me through the week:

SIGHT
I’ve been spending a lot of time on YouTube recently, in line with my general goal to procrastinate studying as much as humanly possible…

Been enjoying Sia and James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke. The glorious Claudia Winkleman, someone who can always brighten my day, and whose aversion to physical activity is something to which I can truly relate.

A few good books…

I’m currently reading the brilliant Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín, try explaining that spelling to a French bookseller. Truly a lovely, touching work. And Louise O’Neill’s Only Ever Yours. A thought-provoking, stimulating debut. Highly recommended.

 

TASTE

Food-wise, I continue to be spoilt.

  • Cheese. SO MANY CHEESE! Parmesan, cheddar and goat’s cheese (Chèvre) are the current faves, which I am sure shall lead to a crazily high cholesterol level on my return to Oz.
  • Melon and berries because #attemptsathealth
  • Lovely sparkling water because my tap water is considerably less palatable than that of Melbourne.
  • Easter eggs. Met the Easter Bunny in Monoprix and he said I deserved an early treat. Not gonna argue with the most magical rabbit in the world am I?

TOUCH

My new and silky-smooth workout gear! Slightly hoping this shall motivate me to stop eating cheese and get my sleeping routine back on track. I’ll let you know if these are overly high expectations.

SMELL

Because I think we’ve established that I am strangely attached to scented cleaning products #coolchic

  • Sephora (Which doubles as my second home) Monoï Soap
  • Ushuaïa Huile de Monoi et Fleur de Tiaré Shower Gel
  • Glade Lily of the Valley Spray
  • Glade Lavender and Jasmine Gel Désodorisant

My room now smells like a lush and tropical garden

HEAR

Because I do adore some good tunes- here is my super awesome* playlist for the week! *According to me – ne me jugez pas.

I’ll be waiting – by Queen Adele
Don’t Stop Me Now – by actual Queen
Walk the Wire – Boy and Bear
I’m not your hero – Tegan and Sara
Worry – Jack Garratt
Ça Plane Pour Moi – Plastic Bertrand
Georgia – Vance Joy
Sunshine of your love- the cover by, another veritable queen, Ella Fitzgerald,

Hopefully, some of these little trinkets will bring a little joy into your day! I know I rarely pay enough attention to some of the magic of my very fortunate life, but I must say I am now striving to stop and smell the roses, or to be more accurate, my various scents of soap and cleaning products. Wishing you all a lovely, safe week ahead- I’d love to hear your faves in the comments!

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Beauty Blog Travel

Skincare: French Pharmacy Adventures

Greetings my lovelies! Today I have two posts up for you as I know this one is a little different and might not suit you all! You can check out my post on how I schedule my week while on exchange here.

So this post is a little insight into the French products I’ve introduced into my everyday skincare/shower routine since moving to France. At the moment, my collection is a bit of a French-Aussie Hybrid, and includes some stellar products I want to share with you!

French and Australian approaches to beauty actually have some pretty significant similarities. I feel like both cultures have a strong focus on protecting the skin. Obviously, the Australian focus stems from our ridiculously powerful sun! And then the French culture, which in other areas of beauty and fashion places a real influence on simplicity, focuses a lot of attention on taking care of the skin and hair as the canvas for everything else.

The French Chemist is like a mini-heaven for someone like me, that is someone with an unhealthy obsession with all things skincare! It’s safe to say I’ve already spent a few hours roaming these dreamlands, being entranced by the flashing green cross.

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So without further ado… here are my beauty babies <3

Doux by U Shampoo and Conditioner, Babyliss Pro Argan Oil and Batiste Dry Shampoo

I am currently using the Doux Shampoo and Conditioner by U, they’re cheap as chips from Super U the supermarket! I have the eucalyptus and clay version, which is nice and refreshing, and I was very impressed to note, given the price point, that they do not contain parabens or silicone. The bottles say “cheveux gras” or oily hair, but I find it fine for my hair, which I would say is fairly normal.

Next I have my tiny Argan Oil by Babyliss Pro. You need only the slightest amount of this and it is truly such an effective product on my hair. It always feels so lustrous and nourished after I apply it, plus it smells like my grandma which I know is a super weird thing to say lol, but it always makes me happy!

So Batiste Dry Shampoo is a bit of an essential for me, I use it a lot just for volume and styling, but obviously it also comes in handy when you’re backpacking around! Batiste is the best I’ve tried and is quite affordable, I have the Floral and Flirty Blush Fragrance, which isn’t really my kind of scent but it’s not at all offensive.


 

Moving onto some skincare products…

Clarins Lip Perfector, Nivea Soft Pot, Natio Tinted Moisturiser, Le Petit Marseillais Shower Gel, Skincare

On the left, I have the Clarins Instant Light, Natural Lip Perfector. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! It’s super moisturizing and the shade is the perfect nude! Highly recommended.

Next we have the Nivea Soft Moisturiser Pot, a pretty classic product- simple yet effective, and the Soft Version is great for my thin skin. I thought Nivea was French but it turns out it is a German company, but it is such a cult brand at an affordable price it’s always on my list.

For day, I have a tinted moisturiser from the Australian brand Natio. This moisturiser has an SPF of 50, so very much a multipurpose product. I use the shade light but given the fact that I resemble a vampire it looks glowy and naturally bronze on.

Then Le Petit Marseillais Hydrating and Refreshing Shower Gel which I have already discussed on the blog because I am head over heels! It is the most gorgeous fragrance of pine and rock samphire, which is great for waking you up in the morning and energizing you before a busy day!


 

Some more skincare…

Clarins Cream Cleanser, Sukin Scrub, Clarins Serum, Avène Cleansing Gel, Skincare

The Clarins Cleansing Milk with Alpine Herbs. This cleanser is great for dryer skins and a really effective product. Generally cleansing milks are better for the skin than cleansers which foam, even if the process feels less cleansing without all the bubbles. I’d typically use this with a flannel morning and night, and I’d definitely say, along with my serums, a good cleanser is an essential for me.

Now a product from Sukin, an Australian natural skincare range. This is the Super Greens Detoxifying Facial Scrub containing kale, spirulina, parsley, jojoba beads and bamboo! Hearing this for the first time I expected some green, pungent liquid, so I was pleasantly surprised at the smell, which reminds me of milk bottle lollies- is that just an Australian thing? Anyway, this is a great brand not just from the perspective of the product’s effectiveness but also the values of the brand. FYI The scrub is sulphate and paraben free and a carbon neutral product.

Another product from the French brand Clarins! They are, I must say, one of my go-to brands and they have a wonderful reputation for skincare. This is the HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase. I’ve almost finished the bottle but will definitely be repurchasing this one! Serums are an essential product for me, and I alternate between this one, which having hyaluronic acid is very hydrating, and my rosehip oil, which gives me a boost in a range of vitamins!

Then we have a cleansing gel from Eau thermale Avène! Now I know I said that usually cream cleansers are best, but over the spring break I stupidly left my Clarins one in Reims, so off to the chemist I went! Avène is a very famous French chemist brand and so far I can totally see why. The gel is soap-free and hypoallergenic; gentle skincare formulations being something for which Avène are known.


 

Even more skincare… 

Rosehip Oil, L'Occitane Mask, Clarins Eye Gel, Skincare

Rosehip Plus’ Pure and Natural Cold Pressed and Certified Organic Rosehip Oil. The smell is slightly interesting shall we say, but well worth it for the results! Containing vitamins A, C and E as well as essential fatty acids, I feel like whenever I use this product I can really tell the difference the next day.

Then L’Occitane Angelique Instant Hydration Masque with organic angelica water and essential oil is sahhh good! It’s actually really great for flights (I know that probably sounds excessive) because it dries clear and is uber hydrating and softening, but also for a weekly pick-me-up.

Clarins Eye Contour Gel. Okay I know! Another one! I promise I’m not sponsored, I just genuinely adore so many of their products. I don’t know if you’re supposed to do this but, in addition to using this on the under eyes, I sometimes use it on my whole face, including lips and wake up with baby-soft skin.


 

Carrefour Soap <3

Finishing off with the very basic Carrefour liquid soap. This isn’t really special I guess, but I do love Carrefour.

 

We have reached the end, my friends! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Keep an eye out for some more like this, I’m thinking of having a “makeup and style like a Frenchie” post at some point- let me know if you’d be keen to see that. I know this type of post is not quite everyone’s cup of tea so don’t fret I’ll still be posting about my travels and studies on a regular basis!

If however, you share this passion with me you might find this Buzzfeed article on French chemist products interesting- you’re welcome!

As ever you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram for more French adventures.

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