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EXPLORING ICELAND !!!

jeudi 10 août 2017

Hallo!!!  I'm back with so much to tell you about my latest travel!

Iceland is exactly what I thought it would be and even more, I've never been in a place like this before, Australia might be wild and mysterious, the USA can be exciting and breath taking and Scotland is for sure a land of myths and legends, but never have I been in a country that gathers them all...

My friends and I left for Two weeks in Iceland and this road trip will be forever engraved in my memory.
It was stunning, astonishing, gorgeous and surprising but even those words aren't strong enough to describe my feeling about this place!

During those two weeks, I have climbed volcanoes, hiked near a Glacier, I've dived in the rift which separates the tectonic plates of America and Eurasia, I've seen Icebergs collapse and drift toward the ocean only to be rejected on the beach, I've seen whales and seals and puffins into the wild, lava fields, and fjords under the clouds, beaches with sand as black as volcanoes ashes and some with sand as orange as the Sahara desert...
The landscapes kept changing, from a desertic post apocalyptic fields of lava rocks worthy of the moon to green mountains with waterfalls to glaciers that cover most of the country!
This is how impressive Iceland is.



Iceland is a very old country with a very old history, discovered by the Vikings in the IXth century the Icelanders still speaks their languages even though they're very good at speaking English. Another thing that Icelanders have kept from the Vikings is their family names, it's always pretty much the same, the daughters will be named (name of the father or mother)- Dottir and the sons (name of the father or mother)-Sson, for example: Rikey daughter of Gunnar will be Rikey Gunnarsdottir and Jon son of Gunnar will be Jon Gunnarsson...And there is so much more to learn about their history.

During my stay, I encountered many French people, we were so many there that I could have sworn we were composing half the population of Iceland!
I spoke more French in Iceland that I've ever spoken in any other country.



Spending two weeks in Iceland is very expensive, the country isn't used to mass tourism, making shopping quite difficult, buying food was super hard because everything was expensive and yet they didn't have much to offer, I don't even talk about buying gifts it was...how can I say it, I totally had the feeling to be scammed, every price in tourist shops were heightened, we paid stamps 200ISK which is approximately the equivalent of 1.60€...that hurts!

But other than the prices, Iceland is one worthy country to explore, and the sooner the better, in about 50 years all the glaciers in Iceland would have melted and most of it will probably be under water if the global warming keeps running like it does today...no rush but I'm glad I had the occasion to discover this amazing place!

Bless/Pleins des Bisous


UNUSUAL WEEKEND IN A TREEHOUSE!!!

mardi 13 juin 2017

After waiting 8 months, I finally got to see what my birthday present was...waking up on a sunny Saturday, my backpack ready for a great adventure filled with what my friends told me, for over 8 months I only had clues to guess what my present was. 


2 pm, they finally park in front of my house, and the journey can begin, I knew what my present was kind of but still, I had no idea where it was, after two and a half hours driving, we arrived at Low-Normandy in Médizon...
The sun's still with us, I discovered a farm surrounded by a forest, we were about to sleep in a tree house in a middle of a farm...that present was one of the best I've ever had, nothing around us but a creek, animals, and trees! 





For dinner



The owner of the farm arrived in a small car delivering a basket filled with sausages, butter, cider and water then for dinner we had duck with green beans, potatoes, and carrots, for dessert cheese and bread before eating the famous apple pie of Normandy (I have to say that it was super good even though I don't like green beans potatoes and apple pies haha).

Sun comes down and we prepared ourselves to go to bed after an amazing game night (discovering things about us that we didn't know...our friendship is the best...but after discovering so many things about each other we can consider ourselves as a family...because now it goes beyond friendship!!)

Waking up at 5.30 am


To see the sunrise, we spend one-hour chasing spiders before we went to bed (lucky us there was a small shovel inside the tree house) so let's say that I didn't sleep much after that!

But waking up so early was the best idea we had, the place was so quiet, it was like the entire world was asleep except us, the morning dew was a pure beauty for the eyes, we felt like we were in a Jane Austin book. The sun barely rising, the rays of the sun trying to break through the forest, and finally, we arrived in the field, the sunrise was amazing to see, the light was perfect, the animals waking up slowly and us taking pictures...lots of pictures...Then we went back to the treehouse for breakfast (croissant, bread, salty butter, strawberry royal jelly and apple juice) and that was it, my birthday present came to an end, but really that was amazing I felt like Robinson Crusoe, except that I was in a forest and not stuck on an Island!




















Backpack Lists:


" Chère Émilie, outre la traditionnelle brosse à dent et ton appareil photo ainsi que tes lunettes de soleil, il va te falloir deux ou trois petites choses pour remplir ta valise, comme tu t’en doutes.
Très prévoyantes, Emeline et moi t’avons concocté non pas UNE, mais DEUX listes de voyage afin que tu choisisses la destination de tes rêves. 
Attention cependant à ne pas préparer la mauvaise valise… Tu risquerais d’être bien embêtée une fois arrivée sur place ! 
1) La liste de Ken (parce que tu le vaux bien!) : 
 - Un maillot de bain 
- Une paire de claquette 
- Un masque de plongée
- De la crème solaire
- Un magasine de survie en milieu sableux
- Un chapeau 
- Une nuisette légère (ou là là...)
- Du vernis à ongles
- Un après-soleil 
- De la Biafine 
- Serviette de bain
2) La liste de Tarzan (j'ose pas écrire que tu le vaux bien, vu sa pilosité, mais quand même, Tarzan, il est badass) :
- Un k-way
- Une paire de baskets
- Une paire de jumelle
- Une lampe torche
- Un guide de survie en milieu hostile
- Une paire de chaussette chaude 
- Un pyjama chaud + un sweat 
- Un rouleau de PQ (on se connait bien maintenant)
- De l’anti-moustique 
- Des pansements 
- Serviette de toilette
Enjoy ! 

PS: comme tu as plusieurs dents Émilie, je rajoute un "s" à brosse à dents

Cam' et Em' "

Because I'm super nice I translated it!

"Dear Emilie, besides the traditional toothbrush and your camera, as well as your sunglasses, you'll need a few little things to fill up your suitcase, as you may know.
Very foresighted Emeline and I have concocted you not ONE but TWO travel lists so that you can choose your dream destination.
Be careful though, not to prepare the wrong suitcase...you might be annoyed once you get there!

1) Ken List (because you are worth it)
- Swimsuit
- Flipflops
- Diving mask
- Sunscreen
- A survival magazine in a sandy environment
- A hat
- A light nightie (ou la la)
- Nail Polish
- An after sun
- Biafine
- Bath towel

2) Tarzan List ( I won't dare write that you are worth it, considering his hairiness, but nevertheless, Tarzan is a Badass!)
- A raincoat
- A pair of sneakers
- A pair of binoculars
- A flashlight
- A guide to survival in hostile environments
- A pair of warm socks
- A warm pajama + a sweat
- A roll of paper toilet (we know each other pretty well now)
-Anti- Mosquito repellent
- Bandages
- A towel
Enjoy!

Ps: as you have several teeth, Emilie, I add an "s" to Toothbrush

Cam' and Em'

These are the lists for my backpack,  I had to choose between them and not get the wrong one haha, I would have felt stupid with my sunscreen and my diving mask for the weekend in a farm.

























If you want information

For the farm, here they are! sorry, guys, it's in french...
Here's the link : Click here







Have you ever slept in a treehouse?

PLEINS DES BISOUS

WHAT A BEAUTY !!!

mercredi 17 mai 2017



I know I've been away this past few month, I had a lot to do and well like almost everyone I work full time...so sometimes I get lazy and tired haha!
I don't usually do beauty post but I've decided to open up my horizons...and I'm pretty sure that what I'm about to talk about we'll all agree that we need it during our traveling times!

To start properly let's go back to the beginning...how did I end up at the Fit'ballet event presented by Wilkinson, which was at first organized for beauty bloggers...well my amazing cousin/sister/twin is actually a Beauty Blogger (amazing one by the way):

Link to her blog HERE

So it's my cousin that was invited at first to this event, and asked me to come along...of course, I totally said yes...






THE PROGRAM OF THE EVENING

Wilkinson introduced us to the FIT'BALLET created by Octavie Escure, a sport I didn't know anything about, it's a mix between Cross'fit and the Ballet...I find it very, hugely...hard, I'm not a grand sports person, except when I have to run after my train or my plane otherwise I don't do much...but it was super interesting, I've always been fascinated by Ballet and there was my chance to try some!



after doing some exercise with Octavie herself, we moved to the Wilkinson part of the evening, introducing their new collections of razors:



WILKINSON INTUITION island Berry

I fell in love with it, what's written on the box:
"Razor with four blades surrounded by soap solid that lathers and shaves in one step"
I'm super happy with it, tried it for about a month now and never had a problem, the soap smells super good and it actually foam like real soap would do, the packaging is modern and adapted to our women's grip, men and women have different ways of holding razors, I didn't know that they actually studied that kind of stuff (I told you I'm no expert when it comes to describing beauty products).

Of course, the only problem is that you can't take it with you on travels if you only have cabin baggage.

PRICE: 16,34€




WILKINSON HYDRO SILK bikini

" shaving and trimming in one simple tool"  what's written on the box:
"Razor with five blades for close shave + waterproof bikini trimmer"
I'm not going to write all about how a do my bikini but just so you know it works pretty nicely, the trim is adjustable and there is a serum inside the razor part that is activated by water and makes you skins ask for more!
The packaging of the new collection is very nice, new shiny colors, it's actually modern and well we all know that marketing works on us and we'd rather buy something that looks pretty than the other way around!

PRICE: 14,79€



After the presentation of the new collection, there was a meeting with a french Dermatologist (Marie Estelle Roux) who explain to us that shaving actually never reduced the tanning of our skin but made it, on the contrary, look brighter, and as the same properties as a scrub. Something else we had the chance to discover with her, we can expose our leg to the sun after a sweet shave, but it's better not to do so with other kinds of hair removal, like lasers or epilator.



And finally like we say in french "Après l'effort, le réconfort", not sure you should eat like that, right after sport, it's not really productive, but I had a cucumber-mint detox juice, and a cupcake (I couldn't resist!!!)






so I hope you liked my post, not really use to talk about beauty but if you have any questions or if you want me to do more post like this, makeup during travels or what to pack on your vanity...don't hesitate and leave a comment below!

WHAT KIND OF HAIR REMOVAL DO YOU USE? Razors, Lazer, epilator, wax??

And I would like to thank the people of Wilkinson, who allowed me to come along with my cousin!

PLEINS DES BISOUS