Raami glasses from Iittala, perfumes from Byredo and Loewe, hand soap from Aesop
The final weeks of 2019 for me went pretty much with hunting for an apartment – and finally changing one – and I couldn’t be happier to be done with all that stress and start the new year (and decade!) in a new home.
When it comes to new years, I don’t believe in resolutions but rather in all year long reflecting and consciousness. However, it is still a good moment to stop and look back, think about where you are in life and whether you are going in the right direction. 2019 was pretty good to me, obviously there were many moments of mental blur and clutter as usually in life, but in general I felt stronger than ever in my body, started some interesting projects and enjoyed Paris to the most. All what I wish to take with me to the new decade.
Happy new year.
I’ve been trying to swift slowly to natural cosmetics but unfortunately I’ve noticed there are some natural ingredients which cause allergic irritation on my skin. Plus very often the packaging in natural cosmetics is not very appealing to be honest and I’m one of those people who chooses everything 50% based on packaging.
So obviously when noticing that NUORI products doesn’t give me any weird reactions, and actually work on my skin, I got very excited. I mean look at these beautiful bottles. The body oil has became my absolute favorite; it absorbs really fast and has only a subtle fresh smell.
Galerie Patrick Seguin
The Row AW2019 / voguerunway.com
Alexander Calder at the Picasso Museum
Gemma Ward shot by Alexandra Nataf and styled by Ilona Hamer for Unconditional Magazine 7
I’ve tried to build a spring moodboard for couple of weeks now, but I’ve felt so disconnected with my thoughts lately. In a good way I mean. I’ve constantly had new ideas for projects I want to start and things I want to create, into the extent that I wasn’t sure anymore where to focus on.
To get my mind together, I took a day off just to visit some of my favorite places in Paris; Galerie Patrick Seguin and the Picasso Museum (The Calder-Picasso -exhibition I wrote about earlier). Over the years I’ve understood the importance of aesthetically satisfying environment to my creativity. I can’t stand mess and clutter, and whenever I feel disconnected, I need to get myself to an environment that calms me.
The same goes for clothes. I might wear the same outfit for a week and I don’t mind. I like to dress up from time to time end get creative with my wardrobe, where I love every single piece I have, but I’m intrigued by the idea of not to start my mornings with a decision of what to wear. Only depending on the weather I might change from all black to all white. Or something in between.
On a side note, do you also think those The Row shoes are a definition of freedom?
Reformation Pilates, 75003 Paris
I’m usually taking my day-offs on Thursdays and Fridays and having weekend in the middle of the week has been truly life-changing. I’m able to get so many things done and rest on the same time. Not working when everyone else does keeps me away from all the distractions and forces me to focus on myself. Plus weekends in Paris are mostly just stressful as there are way too many people everywhere. Not even mentioning my pilates studio, where the classes are fully booked on weekends already many weeks in advance.
As I mentioned few times earlier, past winter I’ve been paying extra much attention to my daily routines to fight the winter tiredness, and as it happens I developed a bullet proof weekend routine that keeps my energy levels high throughout the weeks. When I was younger, I used to party a lot, but nowadays late nights and one too many glasses of wine puts me so out of focus for way too many days that now I prefer to start my weekends with pampering myself with a face mask, turmeric tea and sleeping early. The first “day-off” I usually dedicate for working from home and finishing up my to-do list for the week ( and preparing a new one for the next week, I’m a sucker for lists..). The second day I’m trying to stay out as much as possible, going to reformer pilates, meeting friends for a matcha latte and going to exhibitions. So simple yet so efficient.
This week I finally sat down with the newest Unconditional magazine, which I have to say is the best yet with the amazing body-issue. I’m a huge fan of the work of Ilona Hamer and Alexandra Nataf, obviously from the aesthetic point of view but also everything that they stand for. Celebrating different female bodies throughout the whole issue in such a sensual and tasteful way gives a great example, love it.
Yesterday I stopped by at BYREDO‘s boutique for a cocktail event to see their newest leather goods, and obviously try on the perfumes. I absolutely fell for their newest 11th Hour -perfume. It’s a bit fruitier than my latest purchase Bal d’Afrique and would be a perfect party scent.
I finally moved on from constantly asking Loewe perfume samples from different stores. I absolutely adore it but it is just way too expensive. Luckily I came a cross to the fairly new scent of Byredo; Bal d’Afrique. It is quite similar to the Loewe one, masculine and warm.
I always find myself getting excited and trying out new beauty products, every time forgetting that my skin rarely likes changes. At the end French pharmacy products are the ones I can always trust, plus my favorite natural exfoliate grains from Aesop, which I mix up with DHC cleansing oil.