Monthly Archives: November 2012

Oh la la livia’s first Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a harvest festival, to give thanks. It was the first time I’d celebrated it being Australian, and it was great to do so with an American like Meg who really paved the way.

It made me think about what I am grateful in my life. The answer is, what aren’t I grateful for? Everything is just perfect! (oh, besides one thing, the Winter in France but there is even a silver lining to that problematic… Winter fashion…! Superficial? Maybe.)

Just look at that wonderful spread she put on for us! The garlic green beans were my favourite and her mashed potato was so creamy and warming in Winter.

I’m mad for polaroids so we took a bunch of them.

It was just perfect! I can’t wait until the next!

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Is Your Love Big Enough?

Did you know that flowers have been proven to increase happiness levels? Scientists have proven this, so it isn’t a myth. The presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed. And if that’s not enough…Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. All study participants expressed “true” or “excited” smiles upon receiving flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude. This reaction was universal, occurring in all age groups.

So when is the last time you had fresh flowers in your home?

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This Winter I’ll have ears

My latest purchase. I’m waiting impatiently for it to arrive. It’s the latest big thing in Asia, so it will probably hit Europe in the next few months. For the time being I’ll be a lone cat in Paris.

These girls look like perfect dolls with cat ears.

The hat is 100% felt wool, perfect for the chilly days in Paris town.

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I love you still, Istanbul

It’s been three months since my love for Istanbul flourished and it’s safe to say that it hasn’t faded. We came for a two-night weekend getaway and it did so much good to get away from Paris for a few days.

Home-made olives and Turkish cheese.

Our wonderful friend.

Two of the lovliest people in Istanbul. They have such warm hearts.

Emrah is quite the chef. He made these incredible potato balls with lots of herbs and dill.

A new friend. In a cat hat.

After a bit too much wine!

Polaroids and Turkish tea.

At one of the best cafés in Istanbul: mavra galata.

Istanbul I’ll be back soon, I promise.

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A unicorn and deer afternoon in Paris

To make life sweeter, I love my afternoon latté and a little treat. On Thursday I decided to get myself a handful of choukettes (a delightful little puff of French pastry with sugar on top- not to be overdone in quantity). Coffee time is so cosy at the moment here in my apartment because the sun goes down early and I turn on the big lamp on our living room which gives a honey glow to the room and I sink into the couch with my latté.

I am so smitten with my new cups from Claudia from Superfumi.

Being Australian, I absolutely love European animals because my childhood was koalas, kangaroos and possums. I find deers so precious. Their big eyes! Obviously my unicorn obsession is just because I’m a girly girl.

 

I highly reccomend you visit her Etsy shop here because she has a new range that just came out. All of the products are handmade in the UK.

What treats do you have planned for the weekend?

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Adorbale Cupcake Toppers to Brighten up Any Day

These cupcake toppers are made by a lovely lady who is supporting her family because she is an American Army Wife. I cannot imagine what this must be like but what better way to make her role as a mother and army wife meet by being crafty to support her family. Her Etsy shop is filled with cute cupcake toppers. She is offering a 10% discount for all of my readers on her Etsy shop for the month of November with the code: PARIS10. Why don’t you stock up for Christmas?

She sent me koala toppers because I am Australian :)

And frogs for my Frenchman, J.

They are really well made, strong, perfectly cut and do not bend easily.

I cannot wait to make cupcakes with them and to post photos for you all.

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Roses, Petals and Elephants on a Holiday

Flowers make me so happy. And I always put petals in cards and presents when I am giving somebody a gift. Seem ridiculous? Yes, but I live for that kind of small detail.

I am drying petals to make cards for Christmas.

The pink rose matched my coca cola bottle vase so perfectly- I just had to!

And I cannot forget Ganesh who needed a bit of cheering up on this cold, dark Winters day in Paris.

How did you spend your day?

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