torstai 8. helmikuuta 2018

Finished My First Knitted Cardigan!

There it is...I don't know what made me fine with starting such a huge project, but I'm glad I did. I had been eyeing a cardigan pattern in the winter 2017 Novita magazine, but was hesitant to order 80 euros' worth of yarn from Finland. Despite of the temptation, I didn't make my move. While I hesitated, the universe found once again a way to bring me exactly what I needed: my mother-in-law found 20 skeins of yarn for 25 euros at a yard sale! The yarn was the perfect match for my project in terms of both colour and consistency (57% wool, 25% viscose and 18% alpaca). After having obtained the needed materials, I was so excited to start my cardigan-project and the thought of owning such a beautiful hand made garment kept me going until the end. I'm so happy that it turned out exactly as I had imagined. It's funny how confident and untouchable a self made cardigan can make me feel: I'm comfortably wrapped in the results of my own hard work.

Now I'm of course ready for my Novita spring edition as I have developed something of a knitting addiction! I will be focusing more on sewing though for the moment as Santa Claus brought me my first own sewing machine and I'm itching to play with it. I bought yesterday some amazing fabrics at the Mondial Tissus' sales and I'm brainstorming what to make with them.

P.S. I wrote about my cardigan project previously here.

torstai 1. helmikuuta 2018

Overwhelm // White Fingers // Sick Manu


I just came home from school and the first thing I did was make some good coffee. Now I'm lying on the couch wrapped up in blankets and cardigans with a hot water bottle behind my stiff neck. It's another one of those chilly, rainy and humid days that are so common during the provencal winter. I have almost finished my second week of the second semester and I'm little by little getting used to our new, much bigger, group. Instead of five students we are now over twenty, which has both pros and cons. It's great to have more people since we can have more interesting conversations in the class and I can learn from their way of speaking, questions and mistakes. On the other hand, me being an HSP, I have been suffering from overstimulation during these past few weeks which has unfortunately triggered some stress and anxiety issues. My neck is stiff from all the tension which has accumulated within my shoulders. The stress has also triggered something that never before happened to me: since one week the tip of my index finger has become occasionally completely white (meaning that there's a problem with the blood circulation). Well, this scared the shit out of me since it happened again today and I wondered already what sort of horrible disease I have...but after some googling I found out that the phenomen is called raynaud's syndrome and it's in most cases harmless. Apparently it can be triggered by emotional stress so I'm just going to try to chill and we'll see if it happens again. I know from experience that in a few more weeks the overstimulation will disappear.

Something else that has added to our worries recently has been our little Manu, who stopped eating four days ago. He came home from his outdoor adventures and he just seemed more tired than usually. We thought that he was simply in the need of a good rest, but he kept looking so miserable and then lost interest in food altogether. Thinking that he had maybe worms we gave him some medicine, but during the  night he started vomiting. Yesterday we took him to the vet and she thankfully didn't find anything seriously wrong with him. No fever, no intestinal infections. According to the vet, it's some virus that just needs to run its course. She gave him two injections to stop the vomiting and he's to our relief feeling much better today. He is able to eat some tuna which has given him lots of strength back.

As it's the 1st of February I might as well tell you how my New Year's resolutions are going. Or at least how the getting fit-part has progressed so far. I have first of all drastically reduced my wine consumption and now even my parents-in-law know not to propose it at every dinner. Even when they do, I just take the tiniest bit to taste and that's it. I have also kept my diet overall very clean. Lots of fruits and vegetables, full grains and lean meat. As exercise I have been walking and doing yoga which is great for slowly strengthening my whole body without hurting my joints. I found on youtube a 30-day yoga journey which I have been enjoying very much. Each practice is between 20-35 minutes long which has allowed me to do it first thing in the morning. The only problem has been lying down close to the cold floor on top of my yoga mat at 6 am on a dark winter morning...but I read somewhere that yoga makes you so mentally strong since it teaches to sit in the pain. To feel the pain and be fine with it. Hmmm, that's a good lesson for me!

Happy Thursday to everyone. And well, even if it sucks it's anyway almost Friday. We have plans to spend tomorrow evening with some great people so at least that should relax me!

keskiviikko 24. tammikuuta 2018

Photo Diary // Saignon

Q and I are both lucky to have our wednesdays off so we usually try to make a little afternoon trip together. Today we were itching to get a chance to drive our new car which we were finally able to purchase a few days back. Our old skoda which Q had had for 13 years was really starting to act up: we couldn't lock the doors, one window was permanently stuck (very nice during the grueling summer heat) and it most likely wouldn't have passed the next technical control. I can say that it feels so luxurious to be able to open all the windows and not be constantly wondering if we'll make it from point A to B.

So, we were fine to go just anywhere as long as we could drive there. We took the direction of Apt as I had never been there. Once arrived, we came very rapidly to the conclusion that Apt wasn't going to be that interesting to discover otherwise than through a car window. So, luckily we ended up on a tiny touristic road which took us to the commune of Saignon! I love tiny villages with a long history of which there's traces everywhere. 

sunnuntai 21. tammikuuta 2018

A Week Of Capsule Outfits // Saturday + Sunday



Tsadam! This post marks the end of my week of capsule outfits-series. I must say I have been very happy with the pieces I chose for my "winter" capsule and in one week I haven't even had the chance to wear all of my items. There's also been zero "I have nothing to wear"-moments. 

We had a 9 hour dinner party last night (including not a very modest amount of wine) from which I'm trying to recover at my parents-in-law's. Little did I know that there would be champagne, prosecco and some epic red wine...I drank the minimum while deciding to consume liters of green tea as soon as possible as I'm really starting to feel the need to detox. Luckily school starts tomorrow so I'll be getting back into the swing of things and it will be easier to maintain a healthy routine.

Bon dimanche et à bientôt!

perjantai 19. tammikuuta 2018

A Week Of Capsule Outfits // Friday

It's Friday funday, guys. We are celebrating with a bottle of red and our favorite movie, Amadeus. Cheers!

torstai 18. tammikuuta 2018

A Week Of Capsule Outfits // Thursday

Today I'm wearing my "hobbit shirt" as I like to call this tunic/dress. It does have some Lord of the Rings vibes, no? As it has a quite high slit on the front, I have one of my black layering dresses underneath just to be a bit more secure. I thrifted this tunic about a year ago and haven't regretted the purchase as it has turned out to be such a versatile piece. It works out during both cool and hot months as it can be worn with or without tights and buttoned up or unbuttoned as a light coat!

By the way, it turns out that I'm still this whole week on a vacation. The University is doing all the same Welcome Week activities than last autumn for the students who arrive for the rest of the school year so there's no point for me to be there. I'm not thrilled to have so much free time thrifting alone around the house, but it's a bit easier to stand with a little to-do list for each day. If I haven't planned anything productive to do, I just end up on the couch getting all stressed out about all sorts of future unknowns. I'm proud though that I have learnt tools to stay positive and productive during days that it's just me, myself and I at home. It's all about staying active (exercising, cleaning, working on personal projects etc.) and making the conscious decision to do and not worry if there's nothing to be done about it at the moment. Anyway, next week it's back to learning le français and I'm thrilled that our group will be sooo much bigger this semester!

keskiviikko 17. tammikuuta 2018

A Week Of Capsule Outfits // Wednesday

Q doesn't work on Wednesdays so it was a cozy day at my parents-in-law's place where we drank tons of expresso from huge mugs and I progressed a lot with my knit cardigan. I recruited Q to be my fashion photographer, we tried to shoot before anyone sees us and  I had a hard time keeping a straight face as he stuggled with our little point-and-shoot camera. He kept telling me: "It's fiiiine, it's fiiiine. We'll just edit it later!" I was like: "Honey, our camera is such a toy that one does simply not edit things afterwards!!"

Anyway, this skirt is such a favorite of mine and I'm a bit sad I didn't buy it in more colours a few years back (I wish I had it in black). It's my go-to piece on days that I feel like nothing fits! My cardigan is thrifted and the yellow scarf has been my friend in many battles already since 2008.