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Love French Style is a French home and interiors blog by content writer Katie Anderson. Discover inspiring French homewares, recipes and design ideas plus lots of Breton stripes.

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How to Be Better at Blogging

I’ve recently taken a short break from blogging, because, in all honesty, I needed to reassess where I was with it all. I will let you into a secret, I have at times over the past few years found many aspects of blogging – particularly the financials, gets right on my tits. Unfortunately, in our Read the full article... The post How to Be Better at Blogging appeared first on Love French...

I’ve recently taken a short break from blogging, because, in all honesty, I needed to reassess where I was with it all. I will let you into a secret, I have at times over the past few years found many aspects of blogging – particularly the financials, gets right on my tits. Unfortunately, in our ever greedy world of wanting everything for nothing, we are all just a teeny bit guilty of fanning the flames of the terrible underpaying that goes on in the blogging world. That said, there are many, many blogs out there that make huge financial gains, are you one of them? If you are, bravo, I have probably subscribed to your channel on Youtube! If you’re not, read on…

In my time as a blogger, I have spent a lot of time reading other people’s blogs. Some are truly inspiring, some, less so. What actually makes a great blog anyway? I thought that given my recent thoughts about blogging that I would share my tips with you all on how to get the most out of your writing. I hope you find it helpful.

  1. Discover your niche – If you spend enough time looking, you will find that there are a million different things for you to write about. I mean there are literally whole blogs devoted to gallbladder cleanses out there, I know, I’ve read them! My point is that if you are going around in circles trying to crack on with an interior style blog but actually get more interest when you post about your cheat’s lasagne then perhaps it’s time to change tack. Do you know what is it that you are truly passionate about? Once you find your true love, writing about it will become a joy. This will hopefully help you to whittle down the list of people you want to work with in the future to help you make more from your blogging in more ways than one.
  2. You are amazing, so share your talent – No-one in the world is amazing at absolutely everything. Fact! I spend a great deal of time explaining to my 7 year old that no-one knows everything because, even he at his tender young age feels a bit down about things from time to time. Remember, no-one knows everything and I firmly believe this to be true. Spending too much time poking about on Instagram can definitely make you feel inadequate, like you don’t know enough about anything at all! So, look away for a day and give your eyes and brain a rest, you may find it helps your writer’s block no end. Absolutely every single person on earth has something to teach someone else about something. Whether that is how to catch a fast moving lizard with your bare hands or how to cook up an Asian storm with just 5 ingredients. If you have something to share or can provide a platform to share other people’s talent then use your blog to do it. Think of your work as a blogger as like curating a really amazing online book and be choosy about what you publish.
  3. Just say No! – If I had a tenner for every email I receive asking me to publish guest posts, I would have been a millionaire years ago! Quite recently though, the bombarding of emails asking for published posts got way out of control. This was mostly due to the continuous negotiating down from what was already a minimal fee. In the end I was haggling over being asked to publish posts for a fiver. It’s important that you know this isn’t only happening to you! On one occasion I was even called DONALD in an email. This just confirmed to me what I already knew to be true – never, ever undersell yourself. I needed to make a rule to not accept this type of conversation at all anymore so that’s what I did. My main reason? I just think the whole business of blogging becomes more one of blagging, the posts are badly written, about a load of tosh and the fee is pitiful. This works both ways, don’t agree to write for these types of businesses either. I joined an American writing agency a couple of years ago and the exploitation of writers was UNBELIEVABLE. The time spent editing another’s work is just simply not feasible, the hourly rate worked out at 1$!!! We don’t like to know our clothes are made by slave labourers so why do we allow it with the stuff we read online? It makes no sense!
  4. Make the Internet a More Interesting Place – I am often lead via a google search to an article about something I need to know more about. This might well be on how to fix a broken lipstick on a Monday morning, how to make a pizza blanco on a Saturday night or even how to stop a small dog barking on a Sunday afternoon. My google history is fascinating I know. However, quite often, two sentences in, littered with errors I abandon reading because I realise I that I have been hooked into reading one of these shite posts written for a pound. My passion is not for regurgitating posts about home security systems nor is it for mentioning a hair loss product that is totally irrelevant to my blog fifty times in two sentences, it shouldn’t be yours either. Always, always be as professional as you can with your writing, write properly, about subjects that you are truly passionate about and help clear out this chaff that is taking over our search engine results. Whatever it is that you write about, there has to be room for you and your beautiful musings amongst this junk so provide better articles and in turn feel better about what you are churning out.
  5. Be Creative! – Finally, if blogging is your passion, then write about what inspires you most. I was recently given a book to read called ” Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love. It is such an inspiring read to people like you and I who enjoy a creative thought process and I would urge you to read it if you are struggling to have the confidence to see your creative project through. Always, always be creative because your fabulous mind is your best friend at the end of the day, and we all know how much more we achieve with a little love and help along the way. X

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Choosing Artwork to Reflect Your Surroundings with Posterlounge

It’s a few years now since we first discovered Posterlounge here at Love French Style Blog and we are still huge fans. Choosing Artwork to reflect your surroundings is really important if you want your prints to make a lasting impression as it were. If you’ve not visited Posterlounge before, you won’t fail to be Read the full article... The post Choosing Artwork to Reflect Your Surroundings with Posterlounge appeared first on Love French...

We instantly fell for this stunning Artichoke print from Posterlounge

It’s a few years now since we first discovered Posterlounge here at Love French Style Blog and we are still huge fans. Choosing Artwork to reflect your surroundings is really important if you want your prints to make a lasting impression as it were.

If you’ve not visited Posterlounge before, you won’t fail to be impressed by the wide range of art prints available. Choose from a simple poster to frame yourself, the cheapest option, or canvas, vinyl, wood and many other options to suit your home and taste.

With the cheerful daffodils in bloom and the pompom tree in the garden about to go pop, here are two of our seasonal favourites from the current Posterlounge collection.

This handsome Robin on Canvas is perfect in a country kitchen

Bringing the outdoors in this time of year is so good for the soul. With all the spring flowers bursting into colour, handfuls of handpicked blooms from the garden can bring a lovely seasonal feel to any room of the house. We love this handsome Robin Red Breast Canvas from Posterlounge for the kitchen, he’s a lovely reminder of all the spring activity in the garden at the moment.

Robin Red Breast From £7.95 at Posterlounge UK

The details are perfect as are the gentle watercolours – a real talking point over oeufs à la coque in the morning!

We also are head over heels about hares. Such a rare creature to see and this time of year, they are out in full force. This gorgeous hare print starts from £4.95 for a poster, isn’t she so pretty!

A symbol of spring, this pretty hare on canvas gently slots into a country setting
A spring hare from £4.95 at Posterlounge UK

A few tips –

  1. Think about your own surroundings and what you might naturally see on the doorstep. These wildlife prints are perfect for a French country cottage but maybe you see boats or a city skyline out of your windows.
  2. Shout loud and proud! While a picture rail is the perfect place to display smaller print in a living room or bathroom space, a larger sized canvas can really change the look and feel of a room.
  3. Colour is everything. To make sure your artwork fits in effortlessly with your existing furnishings, try to marry colours or choose a perfectly contrasting tone in your new canvasses. Think pops of yellow for spring and rich blues while pinks and greens will look romantic and blousy for summer.

Fancy a restyle? Have a look at the rest of the collection at Posterlounge here.

A magical collaboration *

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Kitchen Design and Decor – Tips for Foodies

If you love your food, chances are you also enjoy cooking up a storm at home too. Being able to prepare whatever you want yourself doesn’t only save you money, but it can also be healthier and more conducive to a happy life. Therefore, having a well-designed kitchen and space to cook in is so Read the full article... The post Kitchen Design and Decor – Tips for Foodies appeared first on Love French...

If you love your food, chances are you also enjoy cooking up a storm at home too. Being able to prepare whatever you want yourself doesn’t only save you money, but it can also be healthier and more conducive to a happy life. Therefore, having a well-designed kitchen and space to cook in is so important so here we will be exploring some of the best design and décor tips to make your kitchen like that of a pro.

Space for Preparation

Making sure you choose materials that suit the way that you cook as well as your needs is a great grounding. For example, if you are one who works closely with acidic foods or foods known to stain, then it is highly advised that you choose a strong surface such as granite to stop the development of stains and scratches. You should also customize your worktops so they’re the perfect height to work from.

Having the right equipment to prep food is the best way to protect your surfaces. We find a combination of chopping boards is best, some plastic for things like meat, some wood for veggies, pizza rolling or bread. The trend for natural wood surfaces is still big in kitchens, this link can provide you with the best walnut cutting board to keep your kitchen safe, clean and oh so stylish in one.

Get Yourself a Butcher’s Block

A legendary item for your busy kitchen! Butcher’s blocks can either be installed as an under-mount into your kitchen island or can exist freestanding. It provides an area to prepare ingredients that you may want to keep separate due to their strong flavours or contamination, for example, garlic, chili and meat. They are a very handy way to add extra space for prepping food and are also extremely versatile. They are also a great way to add a chic but modern tone to a kitchen design and nice and convivial too.

Keep Things Clean with Stone

Using stone to line the walls of your kitchen (especially by cooking elements) doesn’t only look modern and neat, but it also gives your kitchen an elegant appearance. Using a slab rather than tiling is a lot easier to clean as there is no grout for dirt and stains to build up in. The slabs used as backsplashes are usually made from the same materials that line the countertops of your kitchen. While this design is more of a high-end option, the benefits of how sturdy it is and how clean it keeps your kitchen are highly praised.

Install Refrigerator Drawers

Yes yes yes! Having drawers that keep your food refrigerated are brilliant when it comes to keeping everything fresh and cool. They are a fantastic must have storage space for your kitchen. They can be designed to appear the same as all your other drawers which makes them look neat and tidy as they don’t have to stand alone. They are perfect when it comes to having that extra cool space to store beverages and drinks, or can be a great way to keep meats and other potential contaminants separate from your other produce.

These tips are just a handful of what you can do to customize your cooking space to not only look good, but to function better too. Putting in the time and paying attention to detail really can make your life easier, and you will be able to impress all the guests that step into your clean, zen, fun, professional space.

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Getting Your House in Order

2019 started with a bang for us, a traumatic, serious illness for one of us, then flu for two of us, then more serious illness – all washed down with a good dose of anxiety about it all in the weeks that followed. Not the best start to the fresh new year, but we are Read the full article... The post Getting Your House in Order appeared first on Love French...

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2019 started with a bang for us, a traumatic, serious illness for one of us, then flu for two of us, then more serious illness – all washed down with a good dose of anxiety about it all in the weeks that followed. Not the best start to the fresh new year, but we are all still here to tell the tale thank goodness. Thankfully, I have the best family and friends in the world ( in my view ) who helped me put it all into perspective and move on but I was taken aback how hard it hit me. Thank you so much all of you!  During these times, I don’t know about you but I find a great deal of comfort in my home, in changing things up, moving things around and, once the spring days appear and the rays of sunshine flood in – a lick of fresh paint to start anew.

If you happen to be in a similar situation and had a hard start to the year, I am so sorry to hear that. I hope, like me, you can enjoy your home and the cocoon it offers you. I get about 10 requests to guest post on my site daily at the moment with links to some peculiar items that I don’t think you need in your life. So, I told them all no, and with all this in mind, here are my 5 REAL tips to getting your house in order – both your home and your head! I hope it helps.

1.Start Afresh

Do you sometimes feel trapped by all your possessions? Have you got a kitchen cupboard that everything tumbles out of every time you open the door? A pile of receipts from Leclerc that actually stop you from opening and shutting your purse properly? A yoghurt machine that is taking up all the space in your cupboard so your plates end up with a new home on a worktop instead? Or, an empty loo roll in your handbag that doesn’t need to be there or indeed a small pile of cut outs from a a magazine that you planned to create an ideas board with and never did? Hi, my name is Katie and I am a hoarder!

The one exception to this is my kitchen table, where I work. I do always try to get into the habit of clearing it before I sit down and start writing, not always easy – the larger the table the more junk accumulates on it and sometimes I just get fed up of tidying. But, it does help clear my head if it’s a blank space an I feel being surrounded by plates and plastic dinosaurs a tad noisy. So, I am slowly working through other areas of my home that I find anxiety inducing from lack of space, could you do with doing the same?

Orderly Peace

On a random note, I accompanied the school to the library yesterday and they were learning about organising and arranging books. I thought what a useful tool this is for children to have in life, not just so that you can rest assured the toys get put away as they should be but so that from an early age, they learn to feel the comfort of an organised home and mind. Life is actually such a simple thing, why complicate it? I seem to swing like a pendulum from house proud to house messy. But at my core, I need to be peaceful. Do you know, I always enjoyed reading Beatrix Potter when I was a little girl, reading about Mrs Tiggywinkle and her big spring clean ha ha ha, I even tried to do it to a garden shed once! You may giggle but I do find the whole spring cleaning thing like scratching an itch, call me weird, and I am a virgo after all but I do feel so much better for a bit of organisation. Could you?

2. Fling open the windows!

You are not obliged to sing ” Oh what a beautiful morning!” as you do this but the very act of flinging open the windows while you clean is very satisfying. Whether you look out to a beautiful lawn with spring bunnies hopping around or to the house next door, get those windows open wide  and breathe! I do find particularly after winter, living in the countryside, having a log burner going all the time, two dogs, mud, weird dust that keeps appearing on the toilet seat??? Where the heck does that come from? That a huge clean and airing really opens everything up again so you can think clearly, find things and feel like you can breathe again!  Try it, it’s really quite therapeutic.

3. Stop Buying New Stuff!

I am so guilty of this. If I get fed up with the ways things look in my house, I pick up a magazine and plot items to buy. There’s always a real temptation to splash out on new soft furnishings – but stop yourself! In my view, while a pretty cushion looks nice, the gentle art of just moving around what you already own can really change the way you feel about your home. Remember, too much stuff is just suffocating and re hanging your freshly dry cleaned curtains will make you feel just as good! It will I promise!

So, wash fabric items, clean behind furniture, get rid of any junk and put things back in a new way and you may well love what you already have. And, stay off Pinterest and Instagram interiors stories for a while…

4. Exercise

A strange sub heading for what you might think is an interiors post. However, letting go of built up emotion, stress or anxiety through walking, running or swimming could be just the pocket rocket you need to plough on. I’m acutely aware as I age that stress is an accumulative thing and none of us have none, noone whatsoever and if they tell you they don’t, don’t believe them! You can manage your own personal levels of angst though and even use it to help yourself become a more focused and driven person.

So, if you ever feel like you go around in circles with your to do lists, or just can’t seem to get your shit together, take a long walk. I think walking releases so much stress and if you have a pet, all the better. We recently welcomed a second rescue dog, Winnie and the activity that having the two brings to our home ( and I am not just talking about clearing up the excited puppy piddles ) is as refreshing as a spring day. Ever noticed the calm your pet has after being out in the countryside sniffing and running about? You don’t have to sniff where other humans have been, nor piss up a lamppost but you can enjoy the sense of peace and use it to your advantage.

5. Mobile Phones

So, this is a bit strange as you may well be reading this on a device but I have noticed that in times of stress, I spend more time on my phone, which, in turn, makes me more stressed. Just something to think about….perhaps pop it on silent and out of sight once in a while…..

So there you have it, my current thoughts, place and state of mind. Not trying to preach but maybe this will help you too? Or perhaps you have something else to add? Muchos Lovos X

 

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A New Year, A New You?

Well hello everybody! Happy New Year to you! Did you have a lovely time? We are feeling the cold and like we need to hibernate, save money and eat less pork and pastry goods. Did you make any NY resolutions? I’m not a fan, why lie to yourself? However, I do think that the new Read the full article... The post A New Year, A New You? appeared first on Love French...

Love French Style BlogWell hello everybody! Happy New Year to you! Did you have a lovely time? We are feeling the cold and like we need to hibernate, save money and eat less pork and pastry goods.

Did you make any NY resolutions? I’m not a fan, why lie to yourself? However, I do think that the new year is a fresh start and so a few promises to self can never do any harm. isn’t it time to shine? Whatever you’re up to, I hope this year is your year. Here are 5 little wishes from myself for myself x

Ditch The Procrastination

I am terrible for this, I truly am.  I promise to myself in 2019 just to go for it. That means applying for all the partnerships, collaborations and opportunities that arise and giving back the same opportunities to other people.

Wave Goodbye to Worry

Easier than it sounds, but I intend to stop worrying about everything all the time. It’s pointless and makes me feel crap.

Stop Dieting

I was SO ill after Christmas with some kind of gastric flu that I am just appreciating feeling well to be honest. Then, there were two funerals when we got back to France. So, no dieting, not at all I’m afraid this year. Just healthy, happy, wholesome living.

Save

As everyone does, I think I would really like to try to save money this year. So, that means reusing things we already have more and buying less new stuff. It has to be possible doesn’t it?

Take Time

Whether that is to look at the game, book or toy that my six year old is desperately trying to get me involved with or taking time to complete things properly, take care of house, home and health – I am ON IT!

Wishing you a happy and healthy year one and all, be your best self in 2019 X

 

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5 Trusted Skincare Tips for Winter Skin

Wow, it’s getting cold, isn’t it?! As soon as the winter rolls around I make sure I start my cold-weather skincare regime – after all, prevention is better than cure, right? It’s not just the freezing temperatures outside but also the drying effects of heating inside that can play havoc with skin. Here are some Read the full article... The post 5 Trusted Skincare Tips for Winter Skin appeared first on Love French...

winter skincare tips VaselineWow, it’s getting cold, isn’t it?! As soon as the winter rolls around I make sure I start my cold-weather skincare regime – after all, prevention is better than cure, right? It’s not just the freezing temperatures outside but also the drying effects of heating inside that can play havoc with skin.

Here are some trusted skincare tips to keep you glowing all season long.

How to Protect Against Cold Winds

Harsh winds can leave me with chapped, cracked lips and even windburn if I don’t prep my skin before I leave home. There’s no need to panic on blustery days, though, as a slick of petroleum jelly will do the trick.

You might have questions about this, like how should I apply it, and is petroleum jelly safe? Firstly, be generous with it on your lips, and don’t be afraid to reapply. As for the question is petroleum jelly safe, you can rest easy – there are no known common petroleum jelly side effects. It’s unlikely to cause a reaction, and more than likely to protect your lips.

Make Moisturising a Priority

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The dual effect of dry heat indoors and cold temperatures outdoors combine to strip skin of moisture. Keep yours hydrated by committing to a twice-daily moisturising routine. Slather on your moisturiser of choice in the morning, and then again at bedtime.

Keep an eye on how your skin is faring during the day too, and top up when necessary. Your parched skin will definitely thank you for it.

Follow a Simpler Skincare Regime

Following a focused skincare routine is important whatever the time of year, but in cold weather it’s even more crucial. Start off by using a gentle cleanser to remove oil, dirt and makeup, then apply moisturiser and allow it to settle in.

The final and crucial step, winter, spring summer or Autumn is to apply a broad spectrum suncreen and allow it to sink in properly before applying makeup.

You might also want to consider an overnight skin perfecting treatment of your choice, and regular chemical exfoliation to clear blocked pores and remove dead skin cells.

Stay Away from the Heat

There’s nothing more comforting than a hot bath in the cold winter months, but that can actually create more problems for your skin, particularly your scalp. Very hot water is a no-no at any time of year, but in the winter it’s even more of a shock to the system.

Go for a warm shower or bath, and keep it on the short side. Cool showers actually help reduce the chance of a flaky scalp, so if you can bear it, try to do that now and again too.

Keep Fit and Hydrated

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As tempting as it is to hunker down under a blanket until spring comes, it’s important to keep up with your exercise regime. Working out will help flush out those toxins, which plays a big part in keeping your skin clear and healthy.

The same goes for staying well hydrated, as water will keep your skin – and the rest of your body – on top form. If a glass of water is too cold for you in wintertime, try fruit teas or a cup of warm water. That can help aid digestion too.

Follow these 5 winter skincare tips and your skin will be well prepared to face everything winter has to throw at it. x

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