The Broken Arm in Paris
My days in Paris are always packed. I try to get most out of my time in the city, before taking the train home to our just-outside-the-banlieue city. This means: meetings with clients, a visit to an exhibition or conference, random walks, a little shopping at Uniqlo or COS and the best part: meeting with old & new friends. Last week I met with Sivan and Merav at The Broken Arm, where the coffee was good (even if you have special foam requests!), the sunshine was great and the store very well curated.
The greens seemed to love the sunlight in the window sill. I wonder if that succulent in the middle came from nearby cactus store Les Succulents Cactus...
Ever since being an Urban Jungle Blogger I can't help but spotting greens everywhere. I love this indoor tree:
In the basement I discovered this beautiful leather bag collection from Germany by Phillip Bree, called PB 0110. Their branding is so elegant and pretty: ( ) and their leather goods very very soft.
Besides their nice selection of magazines and art books, I particularly loved the headwear they carry by Études (also in bright yellow and electric blue!):
The Broken Arm - boutique & café /// 12, rue Perrée /// 75003 Paris /// +33 (0)1 44 61 53 60
boutique open: tue-sat 11-19 /// café open: tue-sat 9-18
Les Succulents Cactus in Paris
One of my favorite things to do when I travel, is visiting the local garden center, plant nursery or pépinière. Especially around the Mediterranean you can find the prettiest olive trees, agaves and palm trees in these centres. I always love bringing home a little succulent souvenir. But when you live in Paris and want to add some spiky green friends to your urban jungle, this is the place to go: Les Succulents Cactus.
As you can see, the entire shop is filled with different cactus plants and succulents. I first visited a few years ago, but when sweet Lauren reminded me of its existence, I knew I had to go back. So that's what I did when I had coffee just around the corner:
The funny thing is, that all their cactus plants are so perfect! They have no flaws, because they're selected by hand, which makes this place a bit surreal. But still: their collection of over 300 different species is really beautiful. Can you believe I left empty handed? My urban jungle grows so fast, that I don't allow myself to buy more... for now. Which makes it even more hilarious that when I came home a big new cactus was waiting for me. A sweet gift from my husband <3
The owner of the shop, Anne Floux, is very passionate about everything cacti. And if you decide to adopt one of her plants, she makes sure you get all the information you need to take good care of your new green friend. Because contrary to popular belief: you really have to take care of your succulents and cactus plants!
Les Succulents Cactus /// 111 Rue de Turenne /// 75003 Paris /// + 33 1 48 87 07 18
Open every tuesday to saturday from 11:00 to 19:00
Five tips to keep running
Ten months ago I started running every other day and I still do. I never considered myself a sportswoman and when someone recently introduced me as "sporty", it made me laugh out loud. Me? But of course: my instagram feed is filled with pictures of my running kicks and I really run very often. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoy it and want to share some tips with you today to keep or start running.
► TIP 1 Start an Instagram series. My virtual cheerleaders are the best! And thinking about creating an image helps to focus on something else than minutes, speed, acceleration and personal records.
► TIP 2 Invest in good running shoes and don't succumb to cool brands or colors. I tried many "pretty" sneakers, but my Decathlon Kalenji shoes support my feet perfectly well. I wish they'd be prettier, but well... function over vanity ;)
► TIP 3 If you're a woman: invest in a good sports bra. I see so many runners with painfully bouncing breasts. Don't risk breast tissue damage and painful back & shoulders! I warmly recommend this Panache Sports bra (it comes in many cool colors too!)
► TIP 4 Find your rhythm. Don't compare yourself to marathon (or 5K/10K) runners and runners that overtake you. No matter how slow you go, you're still lapping the people on the couch. Also find a rhythm in your schedule. Maybe you like running before the world wakes up in the morning or just before dinner? I usually run during lunch breaks, which is easy as I work from home. But when I have meetings, I try to fit it in at another moment. Every other day works for me.
► TIP 5 Don't push too far. I once did and ended up with painful shinsplints (still recovering...). Simply enjoy being outside while improving your health. Don't feel like running today? Simply go for a short run and run a little longer next time.
And above all: enjoy! (and if running is not your thing: don't waste your time!)
You can collow my runs on instagram. And if you already do: thank you so much for the support! xx
Weekend inspiration #13
The other day during Golden Hour: a beautiful magnolia tree exagerating its spring feelings. No filter needed ;)
Urban Jungle Bloggers #7
Spring is officially here! And to celebrate it is in style, we Urban Jungle Bloggers style our green plants for Spring or Easter today.
For Igor and I, the most important thing about our green adventure, is to have fun. No pressure, not too many rules, we simply share our passion for greens with fellow bloggers and our readers. So in stead of a sophisticated spring look, I had tons of fun creating a nest and filling eggs with my smallest succulents, a tiny agave and a mini cactus.
I used my wooden handmade bowl because it has a perfect nest-shape. Then picked a few daffodils, Indian cress and daisies from our garden and ate quite a few eggs too ;) Which makes for a good day in my book: I love eggs.
By the way, growing seedlings in eggshells is also pretty eco-friendly and a cheap alternative when you want to growing some herbs in your window sill. Something I learned via our UJB Pinterest board ;)
The tiny agave below is almost two years old. I grew it from seeds and it's taking forever to become big & healthy but well... I think urban gardening is also about patience, right?
I hope you liked my little egg-styling. Now I can't wait to check out all the other Urban Jungle Bloggers contributions! You can follow along via this month's Facebook album and Pinterest board where we will link all blogposts, or on the bottom of this post.
Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series hosted by 2 bloggers: Igor (Happy Interior Blog) and Judith (JOELIX.com). Every month we share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs and green tips & tricks. You can find additional inspiration on our Urban Jungle Bloggers Pinterest board and keep up-to-date via our Facebook page. Want to join? Subscribe to our monthly topic newsletter or use #urbanjunglebloggers on twitter and instagram. Let's bring some green into our homes and blogs!
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By now it's a tradition: our sunday walk. Last weekend we went to see the sea, yesterday we walked closer to home, between Senlis and Crépy-en-Valois. Certainly not the prettiest area in the Oise, but when the sun is shining and the company is pleasant, the location doesn't really matter. In the sunlight, filtered by a slight layer of smog, the blossom looked pretty & bright:
I hope your weekend was just as bright & sunny and that you're ready for a new week? Maybe you even styled a spring or easter setting with green plants for this Thursday's Urban Jungle Bloggers challenge? I'm very much looking forward to it!
Eleven months ago the blossom looked like this!
the Voice of a Vignette
While half Europe is still covered in fog, you can find me at the Inner Interior today. The lovely Jocelyn asked me to style a vignette for her brand new series called the Voice of a Vignette. Merci Jocelyn!
You may also want to check out Jocelyn's instagram, where she shares many pictures of her dandy whippets: Coolwhip and Popcorn. I met them in Paris last year and still can't get over their grace and kindness. Can you believe Popcorn chooses to relax like this? No stylist involved?
And yes, please bring back the scratch 'n sniff stickers, or "scented internet", because this hyacinth, picked in our garden, smells so good! I wish you could smell it too!
sugar free Orange cookies
When I posted the above picture of a homemade sugar free orange cookie on Instagram yesterday, Anne, Nanette and Cindy asked for the recipe. So ladies: you are served ;)
My recipe for any kind of cookies is simple: taste the dough and adjust. If it tastes good the cookies will be delicious. Sugar free cookies are different: not as chewy because sugar changes the structure of a cookie. But the orange zests and sucralose make them edible and a nice sweet treat for a monday afternoon.
► 200gr flour
► 100gr butter
► 2 small oranges
► 1 egg
► pinch of salt
► 20gr sucralose (or any other sugar substitute like stevia, you can also use guave sirop)
Grate the oranges and add to the mixture of flour, butter, egg and salt. Squeeze 1 orange directly over the dough. Don't pour in too much orange juice, because it makes the dough liquid and sticky. Add as much sucralose as you think tastes good. Make small balls of the dough, press them on a baking tray and bake the cookies in the oven at 175°C for 20 minutes. I checked, but they needed 10 more minutes. Bon appétit ladies!
la Baie de Somme
Like everyone else we spent this super sunny weekend outside. Our goal was to walk 15km in the Baie de Somme, France's largest estuary in the North East of the Picardy department. From our home it's the fastest shortcut to the sea, just what you need when the sun is out!
The light was particularly nice, very pale and white. Next time I really want to go see the seals in the bay and taste fresh salicornia, a salty succulent. In the high season you can also take a steam train along the bay, we did that 10 years ago, but it wasn't particularly impressive. If you're a birdwatcher, you'll love the Parc du Marquenterre. Not only to feed swans & ducks ;) The other day someone spotted a stork!
Beachclubs and restaurants were still closed:
And as a reward after our walk, a beautiful sunset over Le Crotoy:
How was your weekend?
My little Kickboy project
Finally I can share the result of my little painting adventure with you! Well it's a very small project, painting a Kickboy waste bin, but with 7 layers it took a while. First I applied two layers of primer, followed by the fun part: painting in color. The Eau de Nil or turquoise paint looked great in the can, but I absolutely hated the outcome: so green & flashy! And don't get me wrong: I love bright and bold colors, but this looked so wrong.
I decided to mix my own color but something went wrong with the paint (never mix acrylic & water based paints ;) ) so layer n°5 became all lumpy. In the end I used a white base coat and added some of the original turquoise paint. Our 15-year-old Wesco waste bin is now ice blue. A little bit pastel, but I think I like it!
And if you were curious: the rock 'n rucola is growing pretty well:
The pink glow comes from a bunch of tea towels (by Hay, Textiellab and Hema):
My favorite cactus plant needed a bigger planter, so I also painted two terracotta pots:
My husband, who's the chef in our home which means the kitchen is his domain, doesn't really "get" this new color, even though it's not even orange ;) So if he can't get used to it, I will add an 8th layer of paint. Easy peasy!
I wish you all a wonderful & sunny weekend! Can you believe it will be 20°C here in France tomorrow?
Flowerblog or not, I made these photos for my mom because she loves Hellebores and I love her. ♥
Sapique in Hebrew
Last week our home was featured on two Hebrew websites: on Design Marx and Mako Living. I know that very few of you actually read Hebrew (I don't read a single word, even though my name finds its origin in Hebrew), but I'm always intrigued by scripts that read from right to left, because I think it also influences how people read an image. Try flipping a nice picture horizontally and you'll realize it doesn't "work" anymore:
Anyway, if you decide to read & translate the stories, you'll read that our next project is our bathroom. Of course we do have a bathroom, but there are reasons why I never ever showed it anywhere... or I actually did: in this blogpost called the Ugly Truth. Ten months flew by since writing that post, with lots of plans to build a bathroom, an ever growing Pinterest board with tons of inspiration and still... no new bathroom. So, this time it's real, it may take a while before I can show it here, but we're working on it.
Merci Merav & Sivan!
Not long now until my blog turns into a flower blog. I can't help myself with the many bulbs and spring flowers that are popping up! On our sunday walk through the mud, we passed by this field of snowdrops. I think it's the first time I saw them in the wild! In French snowdrops are called Perce-neige, snow drillers, because they have the power to drill through a thin layer of snow. Pretty powerful for such a cute little flower...
When they were still in the ground:
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