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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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Blog Travel

Travel Tag

Hey darlings,

I hope that you’re all traveling well in the journey of life #cornytimes, for those who celebrate Easter, I hope you had an enjoyably chocolate-flavoured day and for the rest of you, I hope you also managed to eat some choc just for funsies. Chocolate all around. Today I have three blogs for you to get back into my schedule for posting! First up is this Travel Tag! These questions are taken from the beautiful Tamara from Traveling Natural so check her out!!

Some of my favourite people, in one of my favourite places in the world.

Some of my favourite people, in one of my favourite places in the world.

Just a little intro:
For those new to girlandsuitcase.com, I’m Lucy, a 21-year-young cool cat from Australia. Currently studying in North-Eastern France and voyaging around glorious Europe. I typically update the blog twice a week while also documenting my adventures on Twitter and Instagram. Would be delighted to have you on board!

And now let’s hop into the questions…


1. How many countries have you visited?

I feel incredibly fortunate to have traveled to 16 countries as of late March, with a few more on the 2016 itinerary. So far I’ve made it to the following:

Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong (not technically a country, but you know what I mean)

Europe: England, Scotland, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and Luxembourg

Others (because I don’t want them to feel lonely by themselves): United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Australia and Vanuatu.


2. Why do you travel?

There are so many things I’ve experienced from travel, I think it is a terrific way to broaden your ideas on the world and the people in it. You make heaps of friends and have a new appreciation for people and their similarities. I feel like this couldn’t have been more vague, but the immense benefit of travel escapes description. If you’ve the means, just do it.


3. Favorite city or country?
Okay, so this is super difficult because there are so many special things about every country. I’ve had stellar times in each and every city I’ve visited, and you always make friends along the way.

Okay, so I’ll settle on the following three, but really all 16 of them are ridiculously beautiful: 

England. Because I’ve been the most massive Anglophile since I was about 3 and told my parents I was going to live there. Still the life goal. It’s the sense of humour, the accents, the Queen, the weather (I’m crazy I know), I love it all!

Favourite cities: Bath, Salisbury, Oxford, Cambridge and, obviously, London.

Thailand. I met some of the loveliest people while I was there in 2012. Everyone was so accommodating and welcoming while I was staying in Pattaya. Also, Thai food is just to die for and I stayed in the most amazing hotel in Bangkok. Think glowing, blue pool, on top of a skyscraper, in 25-degree heat. Yes, please.

Favourite cities: Bangkok and Pattaya.

Australia. Because it’s home, and it’s also pretty cool. It’s like a world in itself with so many varied landscapes and sights, from Darwin to Adelaide, from Cairns to Melbourne. Also, so many of my family and friends live here so it will always be precious.

Favourite cities: Melbourne has stolen my heart, but I love Cairns and Port Douglas. Byron Bay is beaut as is Adelaide. I really want to go to Hobart in Tasmania too! #goeverywhere


4. Most memorable experience abroad?

Again there is a story for every place!

London (2014 Trip) takes the cake, though… A trip that managed to include me getting my passport pickpocketed in Trafalgar Square, like an idiot, yay! Visited Australia House (Gringotts) to sort it all out, also made a trip to the hospital with the flu on my birthday- Bastille Day and had a nurse talk to me in French?? I don’t understand why that happened? + Fainted in a red phone box + Went on the Leavsden Harry Potter Tour with my one of my best friends and cried from all the emotions.

Such fun.

Honourable mentions to:

Christmas in Dallas in 2012

Chilling with my gorgeous American family including a ridiculous amount of good food. Always feel very lucky to have an uncle who is a chef!! Plus it snowed. Actual snow fell from the actual sky, love actually at first sight.

USA Trip 2000

A trip/few months living in the US with the family. Such an amazing visit- including beautiful Dallas, as always, New York, Chicago, San Francisco. We lived in a tiny town in Pennsylvania above a diner. Fun memories of onions rings and the roof falling in when our neighbours forgot to turn off the bath. Also, we lived super close to Pennsylvanian Dutch Country which was incredibly fascinating. One time some tourists even thought my dad and little brother were Amish because our family is so hip and with it style-wise.

Cambodia 2012

I have the most vivid memory of arriving in the airport to crowds of people and then getting on a little bus to drive to our hotel. And then noticing a man next to the bus, waving at me, while driving a motorbike that was also carrying his wife, a newborn, a toddler, a chicken and about 5 bags of rice. Multitasking game = strong.


5. Best item purchased abroad?

Ohhh so I have bought many pretty-cool things as a complete shopaholic… but truly I’m so easily amused. My favourite things are probably my fake food magnet collection because #hardcore

Some of my faves are the waffle magnet I got in Brussels, the cheese platter from Versailles, the stir-fry noodle bowl from Hong Kong and the chocolates, complete with desiccated coconut, from Zurich. Aren’t you so glad you’re friends with such a cool cat?


6. Advice for those who want to travel but think they can’t?

I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been spoilt rotten and truly have been so fortunate with all these opportunities to travel. It’s one of those things that depends firstly on finances and secondly on where home is/how far it is from everywhere else.

My top tips would be, don’t discount the experience of traveling your own country. Especially if you’re an Aussie pal of mine, because Australia is freakin’ massive, but I’m sure it would be the same for many places, even those slightly smaller.

And secondly, where travelling physically isn’t an option, try to travel through learning languages, reading books set in foreign lands, making friends from around the world, trying different cuisines.


7. Travel accessory you always pack?

I never travel anywhere without a notepad and pen. But, in addition to that, a working sim-card and willingness to try new things, are travel essentials for me.


8. And now a question for you!! Exciting! So I have been incredibly flattered to see all 33 countries on the map where I’ve readers, from Morocco to Japan to Iceland, and wanted to ask you all a question! You can comment below or you can tweet me or email or anything 🙂

Tell me your favourite thing about your country of origin? 

So that’s it! Cannot wait to hear from you!

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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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Blog Study Travel

A Bit of Stress and My Weekly Life Essentials

Hey bae <3

So this past week has been something approaching hell! Omg so much stress, and so to relax I’ve had a super chilled weekend, after my exam on Saturday morning at 8am (thanks Sciences Po), of sleep, an awesome vegetable stir-fry and blogging fun.

I’ve another blog up for you as well, looking at my new French skincare products. But I know that’s not for everyone so I’ve got this one to document the week of hell and to plan my days ahead as Mid-Term Exam Week continues.

So last week, what am I complaining about? Well, Thursday I had an oral presentation on Montesquieu, speaking particularly on The Persian Letters, then Friday morning I had my OFII appointments to validate my visa. This included a chest x-ray and a medical appointment and heaps of paperwork fun.

Friday I also had an essay to hand in on Simone de Beauvoir’s idea that one is not born but rather becomes a woman and its relation to the concept of the sentimental family. Then Saturday morning a mid-term exam on corporate law. All the stress!!

So what is up this week??

Well, tomorrow I’m doing the weekly shop, which is always exciting. Included on the list is a new tea towel after I accidently set one on fire today. Adventure times! I’ll also be going into the Free Phone Store to organise my account.

In terms of study, I shall be studying for another exam this coming Saturday, on European Politics and History, while also working on a French Presentation talking about Victor Hugo for next week. I’ll then begin work on a presentation on the refugees of World War Two and preparation for a Law Panel.

Looking forward to, because it’s not all bad, an upcoming trip to Disneyland and some visits from some lovely Aussie friends. I’m keen to get into some volunteering here so I’ll let you know how I go with that! Also did a bit of cheeky online shopping and am now awaiting some clothes and SUPER EXCITEMENT – a David Bowie Mug!!!

Super little store!

The mate James Bay

This is my mate James Bay with said mug, which is now on its way to me from Jolly Brown Vintage in Hitchin. I must say the Jolly Brown staff have been so incredibly lovely so I highly recommend them to any from the area!

I feel like while you’re on exchange you feel like you need to be constantly having adventures, but there are also real life things to attend to, and truthfully real life things can be the best part of an exchange! To make sure I can be as organised as possible in the coming weeks I have redone my schedule making sure I fit in fun and study, heaps of chances to perfect my French and to travel around.

So what does this schedule include?

MEDITATIVE MORNINGS COMPLETE WITH MUSIC

In an ideal day, I try to start the morning off with at least 10 minutes of meditation and then about half an hour of very bad dancing (with the door locked obviously because that can be pretty scary)

Dancing of this week occurred to:
Modern Love- David Bowie, Jungle Love- Morris Day and The Time, Beast at the Door- Wyvern Lingo, Saving all my Sinning- Lake Street Dive, Monday- Matt Corby and Adele’s cover of The Raconteurs’ Many Shades of Black. #musicislife

I feel like starting my day off this way, makes the rest, even if it’s a train wreck, slightly less crappy.

FRENCH LEARNING
The second thing I make sure I fit in is some opportunity to practice my French, the whole point of my exchange after all! With my incredibly-anal planning personality, I have even made a schedule. So here it is, it might be useful if you too are studying a foreign language…

MONDAY
A listening day: 10 minutes on duolingo, a French YouTube video, watching the news, some listening exercises from passthedalf.com

TUESDAY
A writing day: 10 minutes on duolingo, French TV, writing about something I’ve learnt this week in a class

WEDNESDAY
A speaking day (my weakness): 10 minutes on duolingo, French TV, Oral Tutorial at university, practice speaking on a random subject off the cuff

THURSDAY
A chill day: 10 minutes on duolingo and French TV, with morning class

FRIDAY
A reading day: 10 minutes on duolingo, French TV, read a magazine, read a french blog

SATURDAY
A chill day: 10 minutes on duolingo and TV

SUNDAY
Film Day: Duolingo and TV and French Film

And then the last of my essentials every week is…

ADVENTURES
For this second part of my semester I’m making Thursday and the weekend my adventure times! Thursday in Reims and the weekend either here, somewhere else in France or in Europe beyond. These are a great way to make friends and also present plenty of opportunities to perfect French.

So that’s about it, folks! Sorry, it was sort of all over the place today but that’s what stress does to you! Make sure you tune in Thursday for a post on some of my favourite travel bloggers!

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