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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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I used to love the way in France I got called Mademoiselle, it made me feel so young! Then one day, I was in a shop and was addressed as Madame! I clearly now look my age, 41. Do you? Do you think it’s possible with the right routine and wardrobe to actually take years Read the full article... The post Is it Possible to Look 10 Years Younger? appeared first on Love French...
I used to love the way in France I got called Mademoiselle, it made me feel so young! Then one day, I was in a shop and was addressed as Madame! I clearly now look my age, 41. Do you?
Do you think it’s possible with the right routine and wardrobe to actually take years off? I mean, is it possible to look a whole 10 years younger? Here are a few tips on trying!
Improving Your Complexion
Your skin is usually the first thing that makes people think you look older than you are in reality. Lots of women work stressful jobs these days, and that, combined with child rearing, wifing and everything else we multitask can result in us getting wrinkles in some pretty embarrassing areas. While it’s not really possible without surgery to remove your wrinkles you can drastically improve your complexion to make you look and feel a whole lot better.
Firstly, think about conducting some research to work out which are the best moisturiser brands for your skin type. There are many different ones on the market, but some perform better than others. My current favourite is actually a factor 30 suncream, it’s incredible and I saw a difference straight away in my overall skintone. Secondly, you might think about arranging a facial at your local beauty salon for a really good cleanse, mask and exfoliation. Both of those steps could really freshen your skin and potentially make you look years younger than you do right now.
Getting a Swish New Hairstyle
Opting for a new hairstyle is one of the easiest and fastest ways to alter your appearance and take years off your perceived age. You can search online for ideas or click here to learn more about some of the most popular styles out there at the moment. Maybe a short and straight style would work well? Or perhaps you’d adore bouncy curls?
If you get stuck for ideas; you can always ask the professionals at your local salon for suggestions. The people who work in those places deal with hairstyles all day long. So, they tend to know about the latest fashions before anyone else, and, they’ll consider your face shape, lifestyle and colouring to work out which styles are most suitable for you.
A Lesson in Makeup
If you’re not lucky enough to have a great beauty technician close by that you regularly use then you can search online or use this link to find out more about finding the right person to trust your face to. A really good beautician has the skills you need to make you look and feel glamorous in minutes. A good eye brow shaping and learning new makeup techniques can be really liberating and in the long run bring your look right up to date. Is it time to even out your skin tone with some fantastic foundation? Do your eye makeup differently or opt for a fuller looking lip?
Great hair, great skin and good, no makeup makeup can make you look a million dollars in just a simple t shirt and good fitting jeans.
Buying a New Wardrobe
On the subject of clothing, no new look is complete without a little wardrobe TLC. My advice would always be to get everything out and be really brutal about things you want to keep. I am a sucker for holding on to old clothes that are just tiny and will possibly never ever go near my waistline again! Dodgy prints, shapeless cuts, toe pinching shoes, if in doubt – chuck it out!
Try to stick to classics and add just a few on trend pieces to your closet for fun. A really good white shirt, a great pair of jeans, soft sweaters, linen mix t-shirts and smart shorts can form the basis of a really clever capsule wardrobe. Chopping and changing accessories with the seasons with bright pops of colour to bring your look to life. Take advice from your friends and listen to their suggestions as you check out the latest fashions on the high street. Hopefully, this should manage to point you in the right direction to pick out some great new outfits.
Have you ever had a makeover? Did it make you look and feel 10 years younger?
Grey is literally one of my favourite colours, our home is full of it. From pale dove-grey to dark anthracite, I literally cannot get enough of it paired with crisp white. I am less keen on it appearing on my head however. I am lucky that until my 40th birthday I didn’t have a single Read the full article... The post Why Does Your Hair Turn Grey? appeared first on Love French...
Grey is literally one of my favourite colours, our home is full of it. From pale dove-grey to dark anthracite, I literally cannot get enough of it paired with crisp white. I am less keen on it appearing on my head however.
I am lucky that until my 40th birthday I didn’t have a single grey strand. From there, it has been like some grey explosion on the top of my head, like my body is trying to keep up with my interior style – I really don’t want or need it to! What started out as a single strand that I ( hanging head in shame ) plucked out, has now come back as ten or twenty wiry hairs. Oh, no, tell a lie, I just lifted up my hair, it’s a salt and pepper sprinkling all the way through.
Why DOES your hair turn grey? I just have no idea.
I’ve arrived at an age where I am finding Good Housekeeping to be bang on trend ( I know?! ) and the glossy pages are full of advice for down-there dryness and, yup, you’ve guessed it, grey hair.
According to this article about going grey in Cosmopolitan, by the time you reach 50 you can expect to have around 50% grey hair. Yikes. It goes on to say that with age, hair stops producing as much melanin which they causes hair to sprout through grey or silver.
It’s not all bad news, diet can slow the process apparently, as can using hair shampoo and treatments containing copper. Apparently being copper deficient can cause you to go grey sooner, although the research to back this up is sketchy to say the least. And, to be fair I eat my body weight in nuts but am fast going from red squirrel to grey in both colour and size so the jury is out on that one for now.
I even came across this video on reversing grey hair with lemon juice. Ever tried it? Last year there was even a hot new hair trend for going grey and I weirdly really liked it. I just find with all the hair dyeing and the heat of the sun, hard water etc that hair can end up rather dry and frizzy if you’re not careful. So, I’m trying to dye it less but not sure about letting the grey come on the hell in…
Do you embrace the greys? Blend them out with some subtle highlighting or go full blown non- acceptance with a full head of colour?
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