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Summer Lunch

Friday, 21 July 2017

Summer is a real special season. I will talk a lot about it and about my favorite things to do during this period, and I start today by telling you about my love for Summer lunches. During Summer we meet up with family, with friends, and the best place to gather is around food. This might be the place my Summer lunches love comes from. Just some Summer fruits, cheese and bread,  a salad and some ice creams, and here you have all the ingredients needed. Effortless but yummy, the kind of lunch that pushes you to share and to participate, the kind of lunch that gathers people in the best way. On the terrace of the family house, or on a picnic blanket along the lake/river/ocean, it is the real taste of Summer.


xo

Amy

Almond Tree, Van Gogh

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

To think and to look out of the box is something we tend to forget in our society. It is hard to create your own taste in a world where everybody is shaped on the same basis, learning the same ideas about the same thing. In art, it is the same. We learn about "master pieces", what this famous painter did best in his career, what was his main accomplishment, which was the painting that made out of him this famous painter. For Van Gogh, useless to say that the "Sunflowers" is for sure his most well-known work, a work that everybody look out with amazement, finding magically all the reasons why the system named this one the best one. Authority in art is art history shaped by art historians. They tell you what is worth looking at, and when you go to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, you will be sure to find everybody in front of the "Sunflowers", completely forgetting about the "Almond Tree", which is for me far better. 

I discovered this painting in Amsterdam, not during my three years studying Art History. I met this painting and I instantly fell in love with it. It was so different from the rest, so original thanks to the color palet that he choose, opposite to the sunny yellowy shades he usually worked with. This piece stand out of the crowd as for me in the career of this artist. It is maybe the piece nobody cares about, but everybody should. To enjoy it however, you have to forget about everything the authority told you. You have to forget about the "Sunflowers", you have to forget about everybody's favorite painting. Yours might be the "Sunflowers" however, it might be the "Almond Tree", it does not really matter. What matters is to learn to think and to look out of the box, here are the real treasures. I found mine. 

xo

Amy

Summer Makeup

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Summer means less makeup and a natural face! So in this blogpost I would like to share with you my Summer makeup look, which is completely different from my Winter routine, involving only a little bit of makeup and exploiting as much as I can what Summer offers, from water to sun, to make my skin naturally glow. A heavy coverage is the opposite of what we want in Summer, so it is all about using the less makeup I can. 

I start by moisturizing my skin with the Avène High Tolerance cream, the best that I found to fight the bad effect of the Summer, drying the skin really badly. Then, I use my Correcting Cream by Bourjois just to hide my blemishes and red zones, unifying my face without adding too much coverage. A creamy blush for the healthy look, at the moment I am using a Bagsy cream blush in pink, a brand I will tell you all about really soon! Highlighter, for sure, definitely needed to obtain the glow we want in Summer, and then only some mascara - obviously waterproof, I never know when I will have a swim in this hot weather, better be prepared. The last touch is the lip, hydrated as well with one of my latest purchase, the Coconut Lipbalm by Sephora, and according to my mood I add on top of it one of my beloved summer lipstick or lipgloss. Last but not least, my perfume! Better smell good, and for that there is nothing better than the "Love Story" fragrance by Chloé. Ready for Summer!

xo

Amy

A Day In... Geneva

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Sometimes we forget about the place we live in. We go there everyday, in a beautiful city, but we never think about the beauty of this place. Geneva is a city I have been studying in for three years. I left it some time ago, but with my family living nearby I am back there and I recently spent some time walking around those last few days. At the moment, I did not think about it. I was just enjoying my days, having a walk along the lake with my boyfriend, or going shopping with my family, but I only realized today, when I was at home, far from the business of Geneva, how incredible this place was. Thanks to my year off in Basel I have shared with you my trips to some other Swiss city, but I now realize that I never told you about Geneva, and after my first year in Amsterdam I realize how much I love being back here. More than showing you images, I would like to share with you what my dreamed day in Geneva is (inspired by many magical Summer days spent there with my amazing boyfriend). A beautiful town just before my eyes. 

Geneva is a fancy city, it is Switzerland, the country of banks and money, everybody know that. So even if you cannot afford this lifestyle, took a bite of it at a La Durée shop, having macarons for breakfast, maybe on a bench in the Parc de La Grange, for a beautiful start of the day. I love to spend the morning shopping in the rues de Rive, where most of the shops are located. I rather go early, before everybody come into the shops around noon. In Geneva, shopping wise, you have a lot of options, for all kind of wallets, and the temptation is at every street corner. For makeup and fashion lovers, try the Manor shop on the other side of the town, where about a year ago opened a Sephora!


For lunch, I have my favorite spot. I love to go to Edward's, where you can choose everything you put in your sandwich or salad, and they also have awesome desserts. It is for sure because the food is really good that I choose this place, but also because it has a history for me. It is where my boyfriend and I used to have lunch together when we first met and where still just friend. Delicious and meaningful, for sure I'll recommend it!

One thing you should not miss in Geneva is the old town. To be honest there is not much to properly visit apart from the cathedral, yet to have a walk around is a real pleasure for the eyes. Old houses, beautiful streets where are hidden art galleries and cute cafés, and of course a beautiful view over the lake and the famous "Jet d'Eau". 
In Summer you definitely have to go the the lake and test the water even though it is quite cold. A nice spot would be the Baby Plage or the Bain des Pâquis. It is not the sea nor the ocean, but the view is just as beautiful, in the middle of the town. To end up the afternoon with a sugary touch, have an ice cream nearby the "Jet d'Eau" and enjoy the view. 


I hesitated about evening plan to share with you, but last Wednesday my boyfriend and I did something quite simple but really nice and I think it is the best way to end up the day there. We just bought a pizza in to take away and ate it sat in the grass of the Parc des Bastions, where my old university was. It was not really a fancy dinner, but for sure one of the favorite I had in Geneva with him. I know, my travel diary is turning into an editor's letter, a declaration, but I feel sad that I never wrote about Geneva before. I mean, this city is the place where I met him, the place where we did so many things together, the place where we had our first kiss, the place where we fell in love. It is more than a simple city for me, it is a life changing place. I hope the recommendation I gave you will also change your life in the best way when you will visit them. 

xo

Amy

Blogger Style: Chiara Ferragni

Sunday, 9 July 2017

My "Blogger Style" articles matter a lot for me since I need fashion bloggers and icon to find my own style and to get inspired. Of course, I am faithful to my favorite bloggers, Song of Style, Tuula Vintage and Sincerely Jules being for sure my main inspirations. But I am always trying to find new ones, in order to first of all propose something new to you, but also for me to find new ideas and outfits that I could make mine. I have looked for a new blogger for quite a while now, and I finally stumbled upon Chiara Ferragni, from The Blond Salad, who is a blogger I used to follow some years ago. Yet for a reason I don't know I have just stopped being interested in her, and I now realize that it is because my style changed just like hers, and I do not see much in common by now, making out of her an interesting blogger but not a source of inspiration. Yet I took a look at her Instagram, and even though I am not a huge fan of her new grungy look, I must say that some of her outfits definitely caught my eye. So today I am sharing with you some of her looks that I really like, finding small pieces to inspire our daily style. 

Beach Vibe





Casual Chic




Pretty & Comfy



Pictures from Chiara Ferragni's Instagram

xo

Amy