March 19, 2015

Saint Germain des Prés

 It's become quite the tradition that, after attending my french lessons at a ridiculous hour on Monday's and Thursday's, I venture out into a new area of Paris with some of my friends. Last week we decided to head to St Germain de Prés...not to be confused with St Germain en Laye. 
I'd go as far to say that this is one of my favourite places in Paris. The architecture combined with the streets full of high-end stores gives it a Rue St Honoré feel but without the snobbery. 

Each store seemed to take real pride in their window display, of which I didn't take nearly enough photographs. Although, no doubt I'll be back soon with my actual camera rather than my iPhone!

I also accidentally stumbled across Café de Flore which I've been desperate to find ever since I arrived here. It's one of the oldest café/restaurants in the city and serves up all of the classic french cuisine including a croque-monsieur that is difficult to beat. However it's more famous for its historic clientele of writers and poets.

I can't recommend this area enough, especially on a sunny day. The nearest metro stop is 'Saint Germain des-Prés' but the walk from the 'St-Michel' stop is so beautiful and only 10 minuets!

Are there any areas you'd recommend? 


January 29, 2015

La Tour Eiffel

"A Bad Day in Paris is Still a Better than a Good Day Anywhere Else."
So I've now been in Paris for almost 4 weeks (how time flies...) and the above quote couldn't be more true.
It's not all been great; settling in to a new country is hard and speaking another language for the most part is mentally exhausting but I've decided I'm in no position to ever complain about my situation. I'm lucky enough to have the opportunity to live in Paris for 6 months. It is literally a dream.

I figured it would be nice to start getting back into posting regularly and using my blog as a resource for other au pairs or gap year-ers. So, with that said, I want to start by putting up some of my photos from the Eiffel Tower this weekend. 
*Disclaimer* no photos will ever do it justice!

If you do happen to be around the Eiffel Tower, let's face it if you're in Paris it's inevitable, don't make the mistake of buying a crêpe or a café from one of the nearby stands. You'll pay on average three times more than if you were to take a little stroll. Head over to Crêperie Contemporaine which is just south across the river in the 15th. I've found that in Paris, if you make the effort to ask nicely and make a little conversation, there's often an unwritten discount available...manners are free but without them your food is not! 

Hopefully my little post has given you some inspiration if you happen to be in Paris. I think I may write a little more about the "discount".
Bisous Bisous Brontë

January 03, 2015

Why the long pause....

So #blogmas was going pretty great until Dec 19th. I was offered an Au Pairing job for 6 months and my mind went into overdrive. I had to pack for 6 months...6 whole months...half a year! As you would expect, blogging took a bit of a backseat and that was the end of blogmas.
Since then I have arrived in Paris (yesterday) and I hope that once I've started to settle in a little more I'll get back to some more regular posts.

In conclusion, sorry for being awful blogger. One of my resolutions is to try and sort that out!
Brontë xo

December 19, 2014

#Blogmas Day 19: Colour Correcting Concealers

A problem I've noticed more recently with my skin is different pigmentation in certain areas, for example purple dark circles under my eyes or some redness from spots. I did a little research and I found out about colour correcting concealers. Obviously, I was a little sceptical at first. Will putting green cover up on my face really make it look less red? However, I have to say I am now converted to the idea. For those of you that don't know about colour concealers, carry on reading and for those that can skip to the product review at the bottom!

To keep it quick, I've written a little guide about which colour does what and where you should normally put it. If you think of the colour wheel and contrasting/complimentary colours, this will make things a lot clearer. However, DO NOT just go out with the colours on your face! You will have to blend skin toned concealer or foundation over the top.
Orange: This is opposite blue in the colour wheel, meaning it should be used on any blue pigmentation on the skin. For example, any really dark circles or bruising can be counteracted with Orange.
Yellow: For me this is the most useful of them all. Yellow is opposite purple which means it is the best colour for those pesky under-eye circles, something I have been struggling with. 
Green: Another very useful one! It is contrasting with red and therefor cancels out this colour when places over any spots or blemishes. 
Lilac + Pale Pink: I've grouped these two together because they do pretty much the same thing and you normally need to blend them together anyway! If you want to highlight dull skin this is exactly what you need! Since these pastel colours aren't really on your standard colour wheel, you can use these to push away any grey or dull looking areas.

Now, on to my product review. I bought the MUA Pro Base Prime&Conceal Palette for £3 mainly because I didn't want to spend a lot of money if I ended up not loving the effect of coloured concealer. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Okay, so it isn't the best concealer out there but the colours are highly pigmented so you do get the full effect once they're blended into the skin. They are a little on the oily side so I'd stay away from these if you've got oily skin. For a beginner who wants to test out the colours, this is ideal. I've since gone on to see the NYX do a range of the individual colours which I'll definitely be purchasing. Personally, I only really use yellow, green and lilac so buying them individually makes a lot of sense. 

I hope this has hopefully helped you understand colour correcting concealers a little better and given you and idea of where to put each tone. Let me know if you try them out!
Brontë xo

December 18, 2014

#Blogmas Day 18: Photo Diary - Festive London

Just a little insight into how festive London is looking at the moment, along with some of my favourite photos from my recent visit!

*all photos are mine, please do not steal them without crediting correctly*

Sorry it's a very photo heavy post! I promise I'll be a little more chatty tomorrow.
Brontë xo

December 17, 2014

#Blogmas Day 17: Christmas Outfit Inspiration

Today I wanted to give you a little inspiration for a Christmas Day outfit. I think this season it is near enough impossible to avoid knee high black boots and camel coats of all varieties. For me, I love any dresses with collars. In particular this little white shirt dress is something on my christmas list this year as it is such a versatile piece.

Christmas Day Style
I created this little set using Polyvore which is something I want to start using a lot more on my blog as I think it looks so effective. You can check out my profile here.

Hopefully you can take inspiration from this post and have a couple more ideas on what to wear this Christmas.
Brontë xo