Il y a des dimanches comme ça

Il y a des dimanches comme ça où l’on a envie de rien, ou plutôt on ne sait pas ce dont on a envie.

La semaine au travail, on se dit “Je profiterai du week end pour faire ci et ça.“, et une fois le week end venu, plus aucune idée de ce qu’on était sensée faire. Il m’a fallu quatre semaines pour aller faire changer les piles de mes montres.

Le dimanche, confortablement installée sur son canapé, on regarde la TV, on scroll sur son smartphone, au mieux on lit un ouvrage en papier. Et ainsi on oublie ce qu’on avait prévu de faire et/ou on n’a plus envie de lever le petit doigt. Et on commence à s’agacer. Parce qu’on sait qu’il n’y a qu’un dimanche par semaine, que sitôt assise à son bureau lundi on va se souvenir de tout ce qu’on voulait faire, que l’Autre n’est même pas fichu de nous donner un petit coup de pouce, etc. On est dans le Livre de la Jungle quand les vautours débattent: “Hé qu’est ce qu’on va faire? – J’n’en sais rien, que veux-tu faire? “. Et c’est sans fin.

Finalement ce n’est qu’une fois que l’Autre nous dit “oh mais tu es fatigante!” que, vexée, on se lève dudit canapé. On finit par se souvenir des petites choses qu’on aimerait bien faire: reprendre le postcrossing, emballer les cadeaux pour les copains, reprendre son blog à l’abandon depuis des lustres, etc. Ce n’est pas le tout de convaincre sa copine M d’écrire un blog anonyme, (qui en 24h aura trouvé le nom du blog et son identité graphique… cette fille m’étonnera toujours), on ferait mieux de s’y remettre soi même.

La veille avec M justement, on jouait à ces cartes intitulées “Know yourself” et l’une des questions était du genre “à quoi êtes-vous addict? (alcool, shopping, sexe, etc.)” et nous avons répondu en choeur “la bouffe!“. (La note du sushi bar de la veille est là pour en attester). Alors me voilà, un dimanche, sans aucune volonté, à chercher ce qui pourrait me bouger. Et j’y pense: une gaufre! et où trouve-t-on les meilleures de Lyon? au Parc de la Tête d’Or. Ça tombe bien le soleil est en train de sortir, c’est la fin de l’automne, les feuilles sont multicolores, et j’ai lu hier qu’il faut marcher 45min par jour.

Les planètes s’alignent, c’est décidé: on va au parc manger une gaufre!

Et on a bien fait. Voyez par vous mêmes.


Et vous, qu’est-ce qui vous fait bouger de votre canapé le dimanche?

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Magazine review: Frankie & Cereal

Hello to you all ! It’s been a while. I’ve been quite busy and stressed at work these past weeks. So much that for a while I didn’t feel any desire to do anything than sleep. Or maybe read.

I’d like to present you two magazines I discovered recently, and liked. I found them both at a quite special library here in Lyon, called DATTA.

They sell magazines from all over the world, some interesting books, a few shirts, some nice jewellery and stationery. The back room of the shop is a gallery, where DATTA hosts the works of artists from local art scenes, French and international, evolving in a variety of universes. In other words, a cool place I like to visit.

There, I bought the volume 8 of CEREAL magazine as a gift for my boyfriend, then the issue 62 of FRANKIE for myself.

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FRANKIE is a bi-monthly Australian magazine, covering design, art, photography, fashion, travel, music, craft, interiors and real-life stories.
The artwork on the cover caught my eye instantly, and the colorful pages didn’t disappoint. There are beautiful illustrations inside to introduce the real-life stories or interviews. I feel a uniformity between the different pictures that emerge through the light and tones. The variety of topics discussed makes it more pleasant to read, there’s a nice subject to read for every moment of your day or week.
Frankie is a magazine you can relate to and it feels good.
Visit Frankie’s website for wallpapers with cute vintage patterns.

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CEREAL is a quarterly travel and lifestyle magazine, based in Bristol, UK.
It seems to me that it presents a quite unique aesthetic. There is, in some way, a contrast between the visual minimalism of the graphic elements and the rich and complete text that accompanies the pictures. I can’t tell about the previous volumes, but the volume n°8 was all about grey and blue tones, textures of white, that are all very actual tones and colors, and strongly represented in the various social medias. You could say we are almost bored with this minimalism everywhere. But CEREAL was just right and beautiful.
GuidedByCereal provides series of travel guides on the website guidedbycereal.com, with stunning photography. There are currently guides to 13 cities and one will be added each month.

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I can’t do anything else than advise you to have a look at these great magazines. It’s the kind that leaves you happy and inspired, but hesitant: Should you expose it on your wall as if it was a painting? or religiously keep it on your bedside table for a inspiring shot anytime?

Bonus: There was a poster in Frankie #62. So the question is solved, at least for this month…

Live the pleasures of winter

I usually feel a bit sad after the festive season. It’s not the fact of getting back to work, but more the loss of the joy and excitement that go with looking for gifts, preparing food for family, spending time with relatives, receiving gifts, decorating for Christmas or elaborating a dinner for New Year’s Eve. Once “Happy New Year” is said, all that vanishes.

So today’s post is about all those little things that are nice about winter lifestyle. Things to do or things to enjoy.

If you feel like this sheep over there, you’ll maybe find some interest in the tips he’s about to give you to cheer up winter!

Breakfast, a good start to the day

It can determine the whole flow of your day. Some mornings, take a little extra time to make it nice and make it good. Especially before a long/boring/stressing/mon day.
Try squeezing oranges instead of drinking bottled juice, it tastes better. Use nice tableware. We have new yellow bowls and mugs, that make our breakfasts sunnier.

Hot drinks

Winter is the season of hot drinks and original cocktails. I especially like hot white wine with elderflower, that I discovered at a Christmas market here in Lyon. After a little research, this recipe seems quite true to the drink I liked. And quicker than most of the recipes that advise to wait three months for the wine to improve!
There are rather simple recipes of hot drinks or cocktails that are worth trying to cheer up the evening. Visit the Happy Hour section of A beautiful mess to find way more recipes that you could imagine!

Invite your friends over

It seems to me that most of the dishes typical of the winter season are dishes you can’t eat on your own, or on a date, mainly because of their huge amount of cheese (in France at least, and don’t think I’m complaining). So gather with friends to cook dinner and enjoy it. It’s so nice to laugh together over good meals and play cards over a glass of wine, feeling tipsy. When the weather is not freezing, try going on a picnic, the cold wind will force you get closer!

Visit your favorite coffee shop more often

It seems logical to enjoy the places where you feel comfortable. Winter is a good season to try new habits at your favorite coffee place or restaurants.
In Lyon, one of my favorite coffee shop is La Bicycletterie. Both a bike shop (they repair and sell bikes and accessories) and a coffee shop (they sell organic fruit juices, homemade cakes, and have a great selection of teas), it really is a cosy and funny place.
I usually visit the place on Saturday afternoons, for a piece of cake and a Chai Tea. I recently tried their breakfast with a friend, and it felt good to enjoy the place at a different time of the day.


Well, I see that all the things that came to my mind are related to food. That actually says a lot about me! I can’t deny it, I love food.

All the links to the images used in this post are in the captions.

For stunning breakfast images and food in general, visit the Instagram accounts of signebay and _mariannejacobsen_.
For more picture about winter activities, visit my board Winter lifestyle on Pinterest.

Book review: The Bellwether revivals by Benjamin Wood

Recently, I’ve been reading a really interesting and entertaining book. I would have liked it to last longer, and I found myself ending on Pinterest gathering pictures about the places mentioned in the book, to match the images I had in mind when reading. I thought I could share them here and maybe make you want to discover this amazing story.

This book is called The Bellwether revivals (or Le complexe d’Eden Bellwether in French), and is the first novel written by a young british author: Benjamin Wood. Published in 2012, it won several prices. Translated into French in 2014, it happens to be a best seller in France.
I found my copy of the book at the main table of the bookstore and grabbed it because I liked the cover. I read the back cover: Cambridge, Bellwether, organ, machination, musical prodigy, charismatic, disturbing experiments, etc. I instantly pictured the decor in my mind, and heard the music. (My little brother plays the piano, and the (real) organ sometimes, that helped.) The previous book I read was a bit cheesy and philosophical, so I bought The Bellwether revivals, in need for a change.

“Bright, bookish Oscar Lowe has made a life for himself amid the colleges and spires of Cambridge and yet is a world apart from the students who study in the hallowed halls. He has come to love the quiet routine of his job as a care assistant at a nursing home, where he has forged a close relationship with its most ill-tempered resident, Dr Paulsen.
But when Oscar is lured into the chapel at King’s College by the ethereal sound of an organ, he meets and falls in love with Iris Bellwether, a beautiful and enigmatic medical student. He follows her into a world of scholarship, wealth, and privilege, and soon becomes embroiled in the machinations of her older brother, Eden. A charismatic but troubled musical prodigy, Eden persuades his sister and their close-knit circle of friends into a series of disturbing experiments. He believes that music — with his unique talent to guide it — has the power to cure, and will stop at nothing to prove himself right. As the line between genius and madness blurs, Oscar fears the danger that could await them all.” from http://www.benjamin-wood.com

The Bellwether revivals broach subjects as inner conflicts, between religion and skepticism, bad and good, honesty and lies, love and hate. You don’t even think about it, you just live these conflicts with the characters. I liked the fact that there is a limited number of characters, and none can be considered as secondary. Everyone of them is involved in the web of relationships woven by Eden Bellwether, and you see how a group of “friends” can do things that a single person would judge insane.

The city of Cambridge could be considered as one of the characters. Its particular atmosphere helps the reader to really get into the story. Its impressive buildings, foggy nights and rainy days make you feel a little uncomfortable, just as are the characters. I don’t like when authors churn out pages of description, and Benjamin Wood can perfectly depicts the main places of Cambridge in a few well chosen words. I won’t say more about this book, you should just read it.

The Bellwether revivals is available in english and french, and soon in italian and spanish. In July 2015, the second novel of Benjamin Wood, called The Ecliptic, will be published in UK.
All images have been found on Pinterest.