I recently decided (just after my blogcoaching session actually) to go back to wordpress and my own domain after only merely two months here. The biggest reason is traffic, since I moved to Nouw the stats have been falling which probably is due to very bad SEO on this site. I also had a preconceived idea that being part of a portal would be this cozy community but Nouw is really not my cup of tea unfortunately. I feel old, haha. I will rely on betterbloggers as my community instead. And I can continue to develop my own site with the city guide section and my portfolio as well!
So, going back to sandranicole.se instead, hopefully I'll see you there!!
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It's Thursday and time for a new breakfast in Paris! Me and Andrea keep on trying the breakfasts around Paris to let you know which one is the best. This time it was up to me to recommend a place and I had walked by a newly opened place called Pain pain here in Montmartre a few times looking very cozy and inviting with gold letters on the windows.
Painpain is a patisserie/boulangerie that is well known for having the best baguettes in Paris - they even got a prize for it in 2012!
My Petit dej companion sitting in the window sofa. Very snuggly interior.
Since it is more of a bakery than a café they did not have that much of a breakfast menu. So this time we just had a very French breakfast. Juice and pain au chocolat for Andrea and a delicious corn bagel and almond patisserie for me. It was very savory!
Yuuuummm. I would rather recommend this place for buying the bread and pastries for making your fantastic breakfast at home than going there to eat - which is something I am sure they could improve on (having a little bit more of ready made sandwiches) and benefit from. But now I know where to buy my baguette at least! :)
This day started with a blog coaching session via Skype with the very inspiring Linda from the Swedish network for bloggers Betterbloggers. Linda is a blogger guru with loads of insight and years of experience in the blogosphere. The session made me realize a thing or ten about this blog and you're gonna see a few changes soon! I am so pepp and stoked right now about this blog and the possibilities it means and to give YOU the inspiration I am actually capable of!
I've felt a little bit lost at times with what I want this blog to reflect and to give in means of inspiration. Having someone from the outside (and an expert like Linda) look at your blog really sheds light on the blog's strength and weaknesses and the potential. Can deeply recommend having a blog coaching session. Get ready to meet the new and improved sandranicole.se soon!
Monday morning I decided to start off with yoga. Yes, I bought a yoga mat and officially went full on blogger, just wait and I'll only drink matcha lattes and eat avocado toast. But, the last week has been a bit eye opening. I do enjoy school very much - maybe too much and that can be a problem. When you enjoy work, there is rarely a stop sign, since why should you stop? It so much fun! I was a little bit too close to that stress edge where I forget to breath and get panic attacks and that is not a Sandra we like. This week was of course an extreme and hopefully it wont be like that again in a while (until finals...) but still. It's hard to shake that stress off just like that. A bit inspired by Vanja, who says that her main goal in life is to have a lovely everyday life, I've decided to enjoy my everyday life a little more and that means taking more time to breath and focus on the good stuff. It's a matter of choice. Sometimes we just need to be reminded of this!
A few lovely everyday life things that made my day better and thankful this weekend in pictures:
Beautiful fall leaves. Sooo cozy! Love this kind of dry fall here in Paris. Fall is very lovely if you don't have rain everyday (like you do in Gothenburg).
Clementine season! Makes me feel all christmassy.
Late Sunday breakfasts. There is nothing I love more!
Midterm roses from my man. This made my day and still makes my day when I pass by (and I know, I'm spoiled!!).
Hope you feel inspired to focus on the good stuff now aswell :)
Before midterms were over we decided to do something fun this weekend. Amusement park was an early proposal and today we decided to go to Parc Asterix just 30 km north of Paris. Parc Asterix is lesser known than Disneyland and also half the price (since it's Halloween Disneyland saw and opportunity to up the prices, so only the entrance fee was 84€ today). For 48€ we got the entrance fee and return ticket on the shuttle from Charles De Gaulles bus station. And it was so much fun! The rides are a lot more thrilling and the park was really scary today. A chainsaw guy was running around chasing people, zombie ancient guards were stomping the ground and a giant human spider scared the bejeebers out of me and Megan to the point of us running away scared and then running into each other. I really wish I had that on film. The park was very beautiful in fall colors and there were loads of greenery there as opposed to Disneyland which is a lot more plastic. I really recommend this park if you want good rides and a bit more French amusement park.
We also took a very non adult decision of riding 4 wet rides before going home, getting pretty much soaked and cold. A very exciting and adrenaline full day, well deserved after this hell of a week.
My lovely classmates Terry, Jamie and Megan, thank you guys for a lovely day!
SO MIDTERMS IS OVER! Can't start a blogpost without mentioning this little but very important thing. I think the week went ok, but man am I exhausted. Still in bed. Celebrated with classmates Megan. Jamie and Laurel last night with superbly cooked food by Megan and a fountain of all sorts of wine. Bliss!
I still have some pics to show from my Swede weekend, so here goes!
On last Saturday we went out on town shopping (emptying & Other Stories that is) and eating lunch in the Tuileries and cueing in line for a divine croissant and very expensive tea at Angelina, a well known institution in this town when it comes to pastries and hot chocolate. Only the decor is worth the wait I'd say. After that we shopped a lil bit more in Marais, went home to get ready and took a late night dinner at club/restaurant Yeeels. The truffle pasta I had was too good to be true. We were a little bit unsure of what to expect since it is a night club (with fairly high pricing) but the food was more than approved. The drinks were good too, but the bartenders tried to overcharge us twice. One time is a mistake, second time is a tactic. The drinks there are expensive to begin with. But, the music was really good and we enjoyed ourselves. And on the Sunday we went out touristing about around Sacre Coeur and Tour Eiffel. Fun times!
Aint it pretty in fall colors? Have a nice Saturday!
A new category on the blog is Breakfast in Paris! Me and Andrea decided that Thursdays are breakfast days and we're gonna try different places around Paris while chatting away and updating each other on life here in Paris. The best way and a lovely start to the day in my opinion! Last Thursday we went to L'institute de Bonté in the Canal Saint Martin area and it was lovely. It's situated just by the canal and the ambiance is very French countryside.
Yuuumm! The breakfast buffé here is very cheap, only 7€, and you get a hot beverage, freashly squeezed juice, bread of all kinds and about thousands of marmelades and homemade müslis with yogurt. I can really recommend this one, 4/5 croissants! Now you know where to go when you have a hankering for breakie buffée without breaking the bank! 😉
Lately I've been obsessing over how good & Other Stories are right now. We were in the store on Rue Saint Honoré this weekend and I loudly exclaimed (in Swedish) I wanted to buy the whole store just to realize at least one Swede was working there (of course, since it is Swedish and part of the H&M chain). Anyways. I did not buy the whole store, I ended up putting all of my money on a school bag. I needed one and I got some money from my insurance (for the lost bags, remember?) so from me to me: this simple but very beautiful cognac shopper.
The leather is super thick and smells lovely. I am so shamelessly in love with this thing. *Material girl plays in background*. And also, if there is ANYONE walking on this earth who has missed their beauty range - YOU need to stop what you're doing and buy at least one of their hand creams or soaps or lovely scented candles. I also love their accessory range and all of the shoes. Did I mention I want to buy the whole store?
Maybe I should say this post was NOT a ad post, I just very much love & Other stories and the brand marketing they're doing. To be a little bit objective I can say the fit is really bad. I actually only bought knitted pieces from there (which really isn't that hard to succeed with fitting wise) so yeah, work on the fit & Other Stories and you will have all my money! (as of right now they go to H&M so you kinda already have it.)
Punk boquet is my fave! Smelss sooo gooood!
Woop!! Beginning of a week again, woah! I'm running on so much adrenaline and stress hormones right now I'm like a rabbit on red bull. I missed putting up the Monday links yesterday due to midterms fever but here they are - better late than never. Here you go, enjoy your M-uesday links!
How to style like a Swede
Oscar sent me this prospect of an apartment for sale in Gothenburg and I was completely knocked out of my socks. I love this and would move in ASAP (which I rarely feel when looking at apartments). So beautiful and inspiring. And that reminded me of a link I saw a while ago, on tips of how to style like a Swede from My Domain. Check it out here. Double tip!
A book about a girl chasing her dream of becoming a fashion journalist in Paris in the 80s from former Vogue and Harper's Bazaar editor Kate Betts. It's has gotten great praise and promises to be a educator on style and slang in the great city by the Seine - what not to love?
A new feelgood movie with my favorite Anne Hathaway and Robert DeNiro set in an e-shop startup where Anne's character is a #girlboss to the core. I really want to see it!
That's this week's link roundup, have a nice evening!
Whaaat a weekend! Such a lovely pause from the intense school with Julia and Ina here, catching up and eating out, shopping and being a real tourist. But back to school again! I just put on a revitalizing facial mask I bought today at H&M, I seriously CANNOT resist their new beauty range, and had a cuppa and riiiight back to sketching my collection. Still a few hours left on that. Please cross your fingers for me this week! I will need it, tomorrow is the first day of 5 in this mid terms marathon!