10.10.17

There and back again

I spent the entire month of September travelling around the West Coast of the USA. It was completely amazing, and I am so grateful to my in-laws for giving me such an amazing opportunity. I'll never forget a single second.

We made a few stops on the way, but we mainly spent our time in San Francisco, Yosemite and Los Angeles.
We started off in San Francisco, i'd been there already but it wasn't any less awesome. We stayed again in the Castro district which is totally fun and vibrant, and feels really safe. I went thrifting, got some vegan ice cream, went to the De Young museum and the Conservatory of Flowers, it was all really cool. I love SF, and would happily go back any time.
Yosemite was possibly the best place i've seen ever. It was completely breathtaking and my jaw was constantly on the floor. I can't even describe it. I really enjoyed all the chipmunks trying to steal my food too. We stayed in a log cabin with no internet, so I got a lot of reading done (finished the Hunger Games trilogy, read a book about the history of Yosemite and read like 3/4 of the Goblet of Fire).
After that (and a few pit stops), we made it to LA. It was pretty cool, but much less exciting than I expected, it's really big and there isn't really a "centre". There's like lots of good bits all dotted around, so pretty much everywhere involved walking a few miles. I walked all the way to a vegan donut store only to find it closed. I died a little inside. I enjoyed my time there though, I got to play on some old arcade machines at the Santa Monica pier, and swim in the Pacific Ocean at the end of September which is pretty cool. Also I finally tried Veggie Grill and holy fuck, just holy fuck.

I won't natter on about it for ages, i'll just let my roll of film speak for itself. There are more photos on another film that is still in my camera, haven't quite finished it yet.

All photos taken by me on expired Fuji Superia 200 film with my Olympus OM10.























1.10.17

Autumn thoughts

Hello it's me back at it again,

I am writing at 5am while sitting in the living room of my boyfriends family home, with pretty shitty jet lag ruining my whole sleep schedule.
I was in America for the last month, it was crazy amazing, and all I want to do is go back. Like for real, where do americans get off thinking they can have all the best food in the world. I came back to France and was like someone quick take me to Whole Foods and buy me roasted pepper hummus, barbecue kettle chips and dill pickles. Being a vegan in America is so easy, there are vegan burger and pizza places in every neighborhood. I don't know if I would ever want to live in America (or ever could because you know they're dicks about people moving there), but I for sure don't want to stay in France. For a long time I thought we had it pretty sweet here, and yeah it's okay, but it's just not where I want to be. Comparing Paris to London or San Francisco or Barcelona, it's just a fucking dump. People are always saying it's a lovely romantic place, but it literally stinks, everything is expensive as fuck, people are so rude, it's unbelievably polluted, and (maybe unless you're stinking rich) pretty boring.
I don't really know where life will take me, but I hope it's somewhere else. Maybe I'll end up staying here forever, maybe I'll change my mind, who knows.
I had such an amazing time travelling though, and me and Baptiste have realized that travelling makes us happy; I have certain plans in place that move me in a direction of being able to travel more (like getting a drivers licence, and not having more pets after my rats have gone), so when I finish my studies I can see more of the world. I think this epiphany came to me while I was body surfing in the Pacific Ocean on September 25th, I was so ridiculously happy, I couldn't hear anything but the waves, just me and the sea. 

Anyway, sorry for the long ramble. I have been meaning to blog for ages but so much has happened in the last six months, I never know where to start.

See you all next time !


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3.3.17

HAPPY NEW YEAR IN MARCH (?)

Hi there, remember me ?
Yes, it is I, the phantom blogger who appears for a few months at the beginning of every year, with great aspirations of becoming famous, and when it doesn't happen within those short months, goes back to eating spaghetti in bed.
Although fully aware of my tendency to do so, I'm still going to post something today.

First of all, a few updates: I'm now studying English and Spanish at university. Hopefully i'll be able to do translation after getting my degree (and yes, this time I fully intend to have a degree, and not give up half way through and cry a lot).
I've also really really hardcore gotten into bullet journaling (you can see some quick snaps on my instagram page), so you can expect some bujo related crap in the coming weeks.

Anyway, on with the actual good stuff: I'm going to show you some of the things i've earmarked on amazon for under 40 euros; I have bought some of these and haven't bought others, I have extremely limited funds at the moment because basically i've fucked up so many years of higher education the the government refuse to give me any more money, lol.

Bonsai Trio Kit: 15,99



I have been doing a bit of research (code for "I googled it once") on the benefits of having plants in your home; and let me tell you, there are a fair few. The most important to me is odor reduction. I live with two rats that just fucking shit and piss so much, like I don't even understand how they can produce so many shits. I clean them out all the fucking time, and they smell again so fast. I usually use scented candles, but they're not the best because rats have fragile lungs, and burning things can irritate them and cause respiratory problems; so I figured a plant would be a pretty and functional solution. In this kit you have 3 little pots, and seeds from 3 bonsai trees. Basically you pot that shit up and watch your room become a Japanese garden. Cute, right ?

"Le Plume" Pastel Duo Brush Pens: 23,55



Yeah, cause I don't have 100 dollars to spend on Tombows, lmfao. These look totally cute and I really want some pastel colours, cause I already have a cheapo set of random colors, but they're all super bright and no diggity. These are affordable and cute.

Basically just a load of Washi Tape: 6,99 for 10
Because I cannot tell you how much I fucking love Washi Tape. I would wrap myself in it if i could.

Camtoa Hot / Cold Thermos: 17,80



I drink a lot of tea. I mean a lot of tea. Actually it's usually herbal tea, but still, a butt load of it, like, usually about 10 cups a day; so when I go out, I am always craving tea, and I actually don't have a thermos because I'm poor, but I'm hoping to snag one of these; also, in Starbucks the other day I asked the woman if they filled up peoples thermos' rather than using paper cups (which actually, aren't recyclable), and she said they do! So it's also a pretty environmentally friendly choice, especially if you buy a lot of take away coffee / tea.  I'm trying to reduce my waste and shit.

Oral B Vitality Sensitive Electric Toothbrush: 15,60



Seriously though, this is so cheap. I bought mine back in October of 2016 and I'm so glad I did; it's so affordable, and my teeth are so grateful. My gums don't bleed anymore, and my teeth are silky smooth. Also, it signals you after 2 minutes that you've brushed enough, so you don't have to worry about over / under brushing. Literally, my favorite thing ever.

Stainless Steel Reusable Straws: 7,99



As I mentioned earlier, I'm trying to reduce my waste, and plastic single use straws are one of the worst things you can possibly buy / use. If you love drinking from a straw, consider buying these, they even come with a brush for cleaning, and lets face it, are way prettier than bright plastic ones.

The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck 39,99



I've really got into tarot reading recently, and I was looking to buy the perfect deck, and this is it. The drawings are so so so beautiful, like, I would frame every card and put them all on my wall if I could. I honestly considered buying two boxes just for that purpose. Aside from that, they're hella fun and interesting to read, i've had some bad and some good readings, but they're always interesting.

Harry Potter 8 DVD Box Set



All 8 Harry Potter films in one neat box for under 20 euros. Enough said.

SOOOOooooooo yeah, sorry for being all flaky and shit but I never claimed to be anything other than a piece of shit.

Hopefully i'll be back soon, I have so many ideas and so little time (and the little time I have I spend it sleeping).

Happy Friday !