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With our 10th Wedding Anniversary just a few weeks off, we have both been thinking about our big day with such fond memories. I love star constellation gifts and was wondering what the night sky looked like on our big day. So, when Modern Map Art contacted me about a new and exciting collaboration opportunity, Read the full article... The post Modern Map Art – A Beautiful Anniversary Gift appeared first on Love French...
With our 10th Wedding Anniversary just a few weeks off, we have both been thinking about our big day with such fond memories. I love star constellation gifts and was wondering what the night sky looked like on our big day. So, when Modern Map Art contacted me about a new and exciting collaboration opportunity, the timing couldn’t have been better.
In case you’ve not come across Modern Map Art, they make beautiful Night Sky Posters and Artwork to mark any special occasion. The posters feature the night sky from any location and date. So, this could be a 100th birthday, the night you met your soul mate or your graduation day – the possibilities are endless.
The night sky posters make fabulous gifts for recipients of all ages.Having a piece of art for our room that showed the night sky as it was on the night of our wedding day seemed like a lovely way to mark the big anniversary.
Modern Map Art offer several different options for their night sky artwork including colours and materials.
I chose navy on a white background and I think it really highlights the lovely constellations of that evening – especially here in Charente where the sky is bursting with stars during the clear summer evenings.
What do you think? We are so pleased with it x
It’s a well-accepted fact that it can be tough to move house, but moving abroad with kids in tow, well that would be off that chart, right? In fact, it’s not as hard as you might think, especially if you follow the tips provided in the guide below. Making Dreams a Reality One way that Read the full article... The post Le Déménagement Outre-Mer: Moving Abroad Made Easy appeared first on Love French...
It’s a well-accepted fact that it can be tough to move house, but moving abroad with kids in tow, well that would be off that chart, right? In fact, it’s not as hard as you might think, especially if you follow the tips provided in the guide below.
Making Dreams a Reality
One way that you can make that overseas move less stressful as well as cheaper is to pare down the items you will take with you before you go. Yes, that does mean that you have to get a little ruthless and only take the absolute essentials that you cannot do without.
Of course, this leaves you with another problem, and that is what to do with the stuff that you don’t want to take with you? Well, some folks sell it all and put the money towards the move. However, if you haven’t decided whether you are moving for good, or have some pieces that you would like to keep, but just aren’t practical for the new place then there is another option.
This is to rent out a space like the ones in these Bekins Moving Solutions storage facilities in which you can keep your treasured items for collection later on. Then you can decide to have them shipped over at a later date, or they will be there ready for you to unpack if you choose to move back to your home country. Having lived abroad for many years, I think it’s really important to not view it as your last move just in case you have a change of heart. Living abroad is not for everyone and family changes can influence your feelings about living far away from your friends and family.
Organisation is also super important when it comes to moving overseas. After all, it’s not like you are loading up the back of the car and then diving down the road. In fact, if you are getting your items shipped over to your new place of residence you may not see them for as much as six weeks! What this means that you need to be very clear on what you can do without and what you will need straight away.
The latter group usually consists of things like clothes, toiletries, toys for the kids, as well as essential kitchen equipment and stuff like towels. These are the items that you will need to pack in your luggage and take with you as you move, while anything else can be wrapped carefully and added to the shipping container. Preferably with an organised list of what is where so you don’t have a nightmare when it comes to unpacking everything.
Last of all when it comes to moving abroad it can be a truly momentous time for you and your family. Yes, in fact, it may well be the best thing that you ever did, but it can certainly help to set up an action plan to make the transition as comfortable as possible.
On such a plan you can include things like researching your new town or neighbourhood before you get there, as well as scheduling in regular Skype chats with family and friends that you have left behind. Something that in particular can make the experience of le déménagement outre-mer a lot easier for your little ones.
Bon courage x
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Well, there is nothing more complex to this post than the title would leave you to believe. Until a fortnight ago I was actually, believe it or not suffering from mobile phone hand! My thumb on the left hand was really stiff and stuck in a claw like position while my finger on the right Read the full article... The post How Embarrassing, I’ve Got Mobile Phone Hand! appeared first on Love French...
Well, there is nothing more complex to this post than the title would leave you to believe. Until a fortnight ago I was actually, believe it or not suffering from mobile phone hand! My thumb on the left hand was really stiff and stuck in a claw like position while my finger on the right was the same. Now that you have finished laughing your head off and are firmly back in your seat, I shall explain…
So, for about a month, I seemed to be suffering with really painful hands, to the point that I was struggling at the gym to lift or place my hands on the ground. I just couldn’t understand it. Did I have early onset of arthritis? I popped down to the new plot of land and picked up a fallen over fence panel one day and my hand literally gave way from under me. I was actually getting quite concerned.
Then, one day watching me struggling along scrolling through Facebook, my dear husband said, “well look at your hands and where they are hurting, it’s your phone!” OMG, he was right. clearly this is because I use a mobile like a geriatric, clinging on tightly to it in one hand and not really grasping the concept of a tactile screen by pressing too hard flicking through posts and pages on the other. I told one of the other ladies who helps with the school swimming each week who is in her seventies and she nearly fell in the pool laughing.
Then, by chance my lovely friend Allison Sanders of Riverside Retreat near Jarnac invited me over for a fantastic facial. While she was at it she massaged my arms and hands. Ouch! They were SO sore! Allison really is an amazing therapist so don’t hesitate if you are looking for a massage therapist in Charente – she’s fabulous. She did also absolutely wet her pants laughing about my injury! However, session over, and after an incredible Vegan lunch ( thanks Brian ) I drove home and popped my mobile away in the drawer for the night feeling somewhat embarrassed!
The next morning, I am pleased to say, the pain in my hands had completely gone. I had actually given myself some kind of Instagram scrolling RSI. SO, moving on, hanging my head in shame about how much I was actually using my phone, I am embarking on a tech detox every once in a while.
It’s always so exciting when you find a new brand emerging, especially when that beautiful French accessories brand is handcrafted on your doorstep – quelle chance! Introducing Loela, beautiful handmade French handbags, satchels and totes from right here in La Charente. I just adore the made-to-measure concept of Loela – stylish bags, strong enough for Read the full article... The post Introducing Loela – Handmade French Handbags, Satchels and Totes appeared first on...
It’s always so exciting when you find a new brand emerging, especially when that beautiful French accessories brand is handcrafted on your doorstep – quelle chance!
Introducing Loela, beautiful handmade French handbags, satchels and totes from right here in La Charente.
I just adore the made-to-measure concept of Loela – stylish bags, strong enough for everyday that can be 100% personalised. The founders of Loela, whose name is made by joining all the family members together, have been quietly adoring the art of couture for many moons and finally put together their first designs for bespoke accessories 18 months ago.
From a sleepy Charente village close to the Cognac vines, into the small hours, each bag is hand stitched to perfection. I was lucky enough to meet the talent behind the label at La Maison de l’eau in Saint Fraigne. We photographed some of the current collection in their fabulous public gardens. I now want them all, don’t you?!
A striking turquoise linen design with contrasting pompoms.
I was lucky enough to be gifted a cross body bag from Loela and I adore it.
I think the contrast of the delicate print of the interior combined with the sturdy two tone exterior makes it such an easy bag to wear.
The designers at Loela take great inspiration from the iconic British fabric label, Liberty London. So much so that clients have a choice of quality fabrics to choose from, including some of the famous Liberty prints. The result – a chic French bag with a gentle nod to British style, what’s not to love about that?
A stunning tote in a bright nautical stripe. Bags can have personalised monograms stitched on by request – doesn’t this just look so lovely!
And roomy enough for all that stuff you need for everyday!
Loela designs also include some very pretty satchels for school. Although…I rather like the look of this design myself!
What’s even more exciting is that you can afford to become the proud owner of a stylish Loela bag. They are made within a week to order, and remember you can have any combination of colours and fabrics that you choose. A small cross body bag as the black and tan model above starts from 39e with the larger totes at 59e.
To contact Loela please leave your comments or email or call 00 33 684058070.
Huge thanks to the beautiful gardens at Saint Fraigne and La Maison de l’eau for the use of their grounds and of course to lovely Loela and her beautiful sacs à main! X
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It’s been a while, I know. I’m sorry, I didn’t forget you, I just had a whole load of other stuff I had to do and my usual #leweekend spot kept on slipping to the bottom of the pile. I hope you’ve had a good week, mine has been spent sneezing – grrr, hey ho! Read the full article... The post It’s #leweekend : Tactical Instagramming, Striped Culottes & 1400 cals appeared first on Love French...
It’s been a while, I know. I’m sorry, I didn’t forget you, I just had a whole load of other stuff I had to do and my usual #leweekend spot kept on slipping to the bottom of the pile. I hope you’ve had a good week, mine has been spent sneezing – grrr, hey ho!
I hope you have a great weekend, it’s yet another bank holiday here in France – May is just full of them! Have a good one x
Don’t you just love Harry? I am so pleased I am actually going to an organised do to watch the Royal wedding. Mr Love French Style really isn’t interested but I do like Harry and Wills and I so loved watching the Kate and Wills show last time. Doesn’t that seem like ages ago? I really hope this one is going to be as moving, I feel that it probably won’t be in my heart of hearts but who knows, maybe I will be surprised. At least I will be enjoying the viewing with a glass of bubbles at the exciting new luxury holiday accommodation in Charente, La Vue.
Image : La Vue France
Gorgeous or what! La Vue France is also a brand new wedding venue too, wouldn’t it be a stunning place to tie the knot?
Do you know, I sometimes get so fed up with social media, it’s so tedious. I have a nice following on FB and Instagram ( thank you SO much for your follows and likes ) but I’m by no means up there with the big bloggers in terms of numbers. I am truly grateful for all of them I have, it’s not as easy as it looks.
What I do find extremely annoying is the tactical Instagramming that goes on, don’t you? So, I’m just going to have a very short rant about that if you don’t mind. When I choose to follow someone on IG it is usually because I enjoy their feed or feel we have something in common to share. Sometimes, if another user follows me, I will follow them back out of politeness providing they’re not up to anything weird. But, how freaking rude that you follow them back and them get unfollowed yourself. Non non non! Just saying, how rude! I shall be filtering my follows from now on, I just can’t be doing with all these break-ups.
On the subject of being a good person, I truly believe we have a lot to learn from our kids. Take Woody for example, he almost always speaks his mind. He plays with who he wants, no exceptions and if someone is unkind to him, he tells them so. He’ll be 6 next week and sometimes I think he is far wiser than his years. I can’t wait to celebrate with him, my beautiful little treasure of a boy. LOVE you to the planets and beyond. x
4. 1400 Calories
Now, after a spell out in fat land not caring and just going with the flow, I am losing weight slowly but surely – thank goodness for that. I feel so much better. Do you know, it is down to some good old fashioned calorie counting that I am managing to succeed.
As you know, I have been on WW and SW and recently I even embarked on The Med Diet and gained 3 kilos in 10 days. Oops. I actually think the Med Diet is really good but dangerous having no boundaries when you are a serial eater. So, I am combining the principles, less red meats, good fats and plenty of whole grains with the protection of a count up of the calories I am actually putting away. I’m enjoying it, and it is really good to actually learn more about what I am eating, the calories in each item etc so that I can build a really good eating regime that’s 100% personalised. I find that learning how many points are in something or the syn value just encourages me to cheat. I have never ever ever looked at calories in foods in my life so it is quite a revelation!
As I have said before, I have really had enough of fad dieting, eliminating things from my daily routine, giving up alcohol when I love nothing more than a wine while cooking the evening dinner. It’s all just so goddam boring. My days of skipping meals are well and truly over, I’m trying 1400 – 1600 cals per day as recommended on the NHS website. I’m amazed, it’s really quite doable!
5. Best Striped Culottes
One thing losing a bit of the old muffin top has allowed me is to buy myself a nice pair of culottes for summer. I absolutely love these ones from H&M and they were a real bargain too. Perfect ! £14.99 currently on sale at time of publishing at £8.99
6. Clarins Factor 30
Just a quickie before I go, I absolutely love this Clarins Factor 30 sunscreen. leaves skin looking absolutely fabulous, perfectly hydrated and I think, a bit tanned too! Well worth it’s pricetag and a perfectly adequate Factor 30, have you seen the interesting information floating around about the tiny difference between sun protection factors? Interesting reading.
Have a great weekend you beauties and enjoy the Royal Wedding X
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I have just discovered Footway – what a fantastic online shoe shop! With shoes for all the family in all shapes and sizes and speedy delivery to the door, I’m so impressed! With the promise of some sunny spring days just around the corner, I’ve put together my new spring uniform with a beautiful pair of Read the full article... The post My Spring Uniform with Footway appeared first on Love French...
I have just discovered Footway – what a fantastic online shoe shop! With shoes for all the family in all shapes and sizes and speedy delivery to the door, I’m so impressed!
With the promise of some sunny spring days just around the corner, I’ve put together my new spring uniform with a beautiful pair of Clarks Dameo Swing loafers in Navy leather from Footway. Aren’t they just adorable? These are going to be perfect for our Ile de Ré holiday this year, sporty enough for cycling but smart enough for a plate of oysters on the sea front! I absolutely love these shoes, they are like wearing a pair of silk slippers!
There are only 3 items you need to see you through spring in my mind –
- A great pair of real leather loafers
- A snug but flattering pair of trusty skinny jeans
- A fab Breton top
What first drew me to these lovely Clarks loafers is the very dark navy colour, almost a midnight blue. That, coupled with the fact that they are cut from THE softest leather makes them a real winner for the new season. Footway ensured that my new shoes arrived very swiftly indeed, within a matter of days. Their easy to search site will lead you automatically to the country of your choice.
I was astounded by how comfortable these are to wear.
The cushion technology inside gives a lightly padded feel underfoot so there’s absolutely no rubbing whatsoever. Plus, there’s a practical gripped sole which makes them suitable for all terrains. The soft as butter leather will probably make you turn your back on synthetic materials for good! Add a nautical stripe and away you go into spring!
Thank you Footway for this fab collaboration, the Dameo Swing Loafers get a big LOVE from Love French Style Blog.
And, so, if you’re looking for a nice new pair of shoes for spring and summer then look no further. Footway has a great selection of all the big brand names like Clarks, Converse, Crocs, Toms, Isle Jacobsen, Esprit, Timberland and more. Available in all sizes for men, women and children.
Happy Shopping x
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