19 songs you need in your October playlist.
What does the perfect shopping place looks like ? FASHION ISLAND
Fashion Island is not an island surrounded by water ahaha . It’s a huge upscale shopping mall with really good places to relax, eat and have a drink.
It’s located in the very wealthy part of Newport Beach, California. So when you arrived for the first time you can’t help yourself counting the luxury european cars parked everywhere.
Unlike most of the shopping mall i visited before, you have a lot of seeting and outdoor places where to relax. This Mall respects the California style with palmtrees everywhere and a breathtaking view over the Pacific. Fashion Island is kid friendly and has a fish pond in the middle of the shopping center where all the children love playing.
There are different entertaitments, live shows at various time of the day (mostly music). I love drinking my starbucks seated in the shade while listening to the various artists.
BECAUSE IT’S SHOP O’CLOCK SOMEWHERE…
Among the brands present in this shopping mall you’ll find: Forever 21, Brandy Melville, Lululemon, Urban Outfitters, Nike, PINK, Victoria’s Secret, Urban Decay, Seafolly, G-Star, Lorna Jane and many more. As an European, I must confess I didn’t know the other brands haha but that’s not bad. Click here to see the list in details.
You have also departments store such has Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and Nordstrom. If you are looking for luxurious shopping you have Neiman Marcus. Neiman Marcus is a luxury department store which gathers the most popular brands such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, Fendi, Prada, Saint Laurent ect…
GOOD FOOD IS GOOD MOOD.
In fashion island you have a classic food court with Panda Express, Five Guys, Subway etc but you have also a selection of good restaurants and chains.
If i really want to save some content for another article, i will only tell you that The Cheesecake Factory IS MY NEW OBSESSION. They have maybe the biggest menu i have ever seen in my life. And whatever you pick, it’s always good..I also went to True Food Kitchen. This is a restaurant chain, launched by a doctor that wanted to show people we can eat good and tasty healthy food . Here is some picture of the dishes we ordered last time.
In Fashion Island we also find the famous asian restaurant P.F CHANG’S, Lemonade (the best fast food EVER), Fig and Olive (French Mediterranean), California Pizza Chicken (American Pizza), Pain du Monde (French), RED O Restaurant (Mexican), Cucina Enoteca (Italian), Sushi Roku (Japenese Sushi bars)…As you may see you have a large range of choice and the price range is wide too. It’s not because it’s a fancy place that having lunch is expensive:) Click here to access the full list.
I had a reallly bad experience as a little juice bar called
JUICE SERVED HERE. I love juices and smoothies. I believe this is all you need when you do shoppping under 90°F. But the flavors are really .. EWW!!!!! Not good. When you are thirsty under a terrible heat, how can you drink a juice with Celery, Red Apple, Spinach, Kale, Romaine, Lemon, Ginger???? So obviously they propose you to try some of each and you are like: Are they kidding me or is this a real business? So if you come to stop by this juice shop, don’t pull the door or take the easiest one. Orange, Pineapple, Strawberry and that’s it. No bad suprise.
The opening hours of Fashion Island are 10AM-9PM.
And guess what ? They have WIFI
Electro playlist inspired by the feeling of endless summer here in Southern California 🙂
Ca y est ! Déjà 10 jours sur l’autre continent ! Les belles journées s’enchainent avec la découverte de pleins d’endroits sympas pour shopper, diner et sortir. Ce qui me donne bien sure envie d’écrire !!!
La première chose dont j’ai été fière de faire presque comme une grande c’est de me procurer une carte Sim et donc un numéro de téléphone américain. A ce stade on ne se sent plus vacancier mais presque résident. Ca mérite bien un petit article.
Au niveau des opérateurs on trouvera aux Etats-Unis principalement AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon. J’ai choisis AT&T suite aux conseils que j’ai reçu. Ils ont une très bonne couverture 3G. Pour 60$ par mois je peux téléphoner, texoter en illimité et surfer sur le net (6GB) . Pour ceux qui serait intéressé, il faut rajouter 10€ en plus pour l’option France (Appels+SMSillimités). Pour souscrire à un abonnement, pensez à venir munis d’un passeport et d’une carte bleue. Vous pouvez ensuite décider de payer vos mensualités chaque mois à la borne située dans la boutique en libre service ou demander un prélèvement automatique.
Ils ont un espace personnel sur leur site que je trouve très simple et pratique qui nous permet de bien voir ou nous en sommes.
Dans la suite de la liste des taches que j’ai faite dernièrement vient l’achat de la voiture et le permis de conduire californien ! Encore des choses et pépites à raconter … Mais je ne me priverai pas d’écrire sur mes endroits coups de coeur !! xoxo
It has been 10days already on the american continent. 10 days during which i discovered multiple places to shop, eat and drink in south Orange County. It makes me want to stay between bed and the pool-side to write, write, write all day long. Obviously i run out of time with all the things i have to accomplish before going back to school.
The first thing i was proud to do by myself was purchasing an american Sim card. From the moment you get an american number, you no longer feel like a tourist but like a resident. Therefore, i think this step deserves an article 🙂
The main phone operators in the US are AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. I was recommended to choose AT&T because they have the best 3G cover in the US. For 60$ i have unlimited calls and texts in the US + 6GB. An international option in your home country costs $10 a month. To subsribe you just need to go in person and bring your passport and credit card. You can then decide between being automaticaly credited or pay your monthly fee at the computer inside every AT&T shops. They have an amazing and really simple personal interface on their website where you can visualise your account, see your consomation, add a little more internet ect..
See ya in a few days. This week i was working on buying a car and passing the californian driving license. Hope you guys will find these information usefull someday. xoxo 🙂
J’arrive pas à croire que le grand jour arrive si vite! Plus que 7jours avant le départ.
C’est le moment de commencer à réfléchir à ce que je dois mettre dans ma valise pour tenir 5mois sans rentrer à la maison. Cette semaine va être assez intense. Pas de repos en perspective! Je dois impérativement voir tout mes amis et famille avant de partir vu que je ne rentre pas avant Noël.
En ce moment j’ai la tête qui déborde. Rien n’est concrètement prêt pour mon arrivée et c’est pas à défaut d’être fainéante! ahaha. L’université croule sous les mails des étudiants à l’approche de la rentrée et il est donc difficile de communiquer avec les conseillers. Je ne me suis toujours pas inscrite dans les classes et c’est donc la première chose que je vais faire une fois que atterris sur le sol américain. (Après un bon burger à In n Out).
Mais l’inquiétude que j’éprouve depuis quelques jours envers l’organisation générale ne gâche en rien mon excitation. j’ai juste hâte de profiter encore un peu des vacances sur la côte de Ouest et de voir mon amie LAUREN, rencontrée à Newport Beach pendant le nouvel an.
L’emménagement dans notre résidence étudiante est prévu pour le 20 Aout! Un peu tard d’ailleurs car notre rentrée est le 23! Je loge avec 2 amis de SKEMA, YSORA et GABRIEL et une 4eme roomate américaine.J’écrirai un article avec plein de photos sur cet endroit qui s’appelle University House. Je l’avais visité en Janvier et il est … DINGUEEEE.
Mais juste avant d’emménager, je serai d’abord à Newport Beach et en suite Huntington. La belle vie quoi. (Donc pleins de choses à vous raconter ici prochainement.)
Je serai jamais assez reconnaissante envers mes parents pour financer mon expérience aux USA , c’est un rêve qui est sur le point de se réaliser.
De beaux articles en perspective. ENFINNN ! A très vite
I cannot believe how fast time flies. Only one week to go before i leave 🙂
It’s time to open my luggage again and start thinking about the content. I know this week is going to be intense. No rest planned. Only fun, friends and family that i leave til the end of december. :(. My mind is so busy right now. My arrival is not really ready yet.It sounds like i have been lazy to prepare everything but trust me, I started to be preoccupied about all these details 3 months ago, but nothing has been solved. Things go very slowly because the university is drowing under students e mails. It’s hard to get answered quickly which is very stressful when they give you deadlines to respect.So is the residence where I am going to live. The closer we get to the school intake, the slower the answers…However this kind of problem does not take my excitment away. I can’t wait to be there, enjoy life and see LAUREN <3.
This is litteraly so exciting. The move in date is scheduled on August 20! I’ll live at the University House of Fullerton with 2 friends of mine from France and a 4th American roomate. I’ll write an article about this place once i have moved in.
But before moving in, I’ll be in Newport Beach and Huntington. Great times ahead!
I will never be thankfull enought towards my parents for financing my experience in America. ❤ ❤
Stay tuned to read my really first and exciting experiences as a student in the US 🙂 See you soon !
It’s not too late for a July music playlist isn’t it ??? Just went back from Ultra Europe a few days ago! You can’t imagine how depressing is it to go back to indoor clubs ect… I love summer for outdoor music stages. Music feels so different and much better.
This is my July selection, the musics that have marked July to me.
The “dewy” look does not require a lot of time and products. While in winter you want a matte makeup, in summer you crave a glowing tanned makeup. Glow appears to have taken hold everywhere in the world.
Here are my favorite products to arm yourself with to get the West Coast look 🙂
Step by Step..
This product comes from Marc Jacobs’s love for coconut water. This undercover is infused with 5 types of coconut. It brings refreshing feels + extends makeup wear. Nothing’s better than applying this hydrating and fresh primer across your face before foundation.
It gives a radiant glow to your skin and a summer golden foundation. According to me, it has the perfect level of coverage and i can’t get enough of the packaging… It’s unbelievably cool!
Blush is so important. The naked flush has 3 different shades inside. You have a bronzer, a highlighter and a blush. The finish is flawless: Glowy and fresh.
It’s one of Estée Lauder latest products integrated in the Genuine Glow line that is said to be water-based and oil free. The sponge is really nice and smooth. It brightens your eyes and gives them the spotlight! I am used to apply it roughly from the crease to the eyebrow.
I waited so long for some good nude lipsticks!! These nude come with a retro sixties packaging. I have a preference for the Anais color which is a kind of warmish nude. To be added to the beach makeup look as well.
I am literally in love with the superpower of the Too Faced Better than Sex mascara brush. They finally created the waterproof version of it, needed to keep your dark eyelashes despite of the summer heat.
This is what will makes you glower than all the others. You can use it to highlight your cheek bones but also your neckline. It will change your life for sure.
So now, you have all the products and tips to look like the glowiest California mermaid !:)))
As my summer holidays started 2 months ago, i had to keep myself busy with an internship.
I am currently working for the fragrance marketing departement of Reminiscence Paris with a pretty young and amazing team. Everything i could have dreamed of before summer: Learning and having fun.
I really enjoy building inspirational moodboards for the fragrances we sell. Scrolling on pinterest until i have cumulated enought inspirations in my portfolio, selecting them depending one the homogeneity criteria and depending on which atmosphere or feelings i want to communicate. Moodboard helps other people to get into your head and it also helps you express yourself beyond words (like art ahaha).
For all of you that had a tumblr once or still have one, moodboard skills have certainly interfered with your DNA…
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Summer is showing up on the french riviera. Here is the perfect playlist of songs to soundtrack your June experiences at the beach, at a barbecue or in your car while driving to or back from work…
Since i decided to move to LA in Fall, people often ask me why did i not choose a closer destination such as NY or Miami to start with, or even a more extreme destination such as Australia.
Are you all mad? Australia for 2 year is definitely too faaaaar!!! It’s not even imaginable to be this far from home. Nobody would ever visit me ahah. New York? Too many buildings, too urban. New York looks like nothing less than a capital. I don’t like places in constant rush for day to day life. Miami? This city is cool but too touristic, and my hair could not undergo the constant wet weather for more than 2weeks ahaha
Well now, after this paragraph, I imagine you all started thinking I might be the most boring girl ever. No no pleaaase. What i really want to say is that these destinations are not made for me and in the long term (cause 2years for me is a long term lol), i could not find my happiness. It’s a matter of opinion. I might be biased by my own experiences.
I am really fortunate to have already 3 past travel experiences in Cali
3 visits after which I gradually developed an obsession for California.
1.The climate. Having always lived in Cannes, I have been used through the seasons to live a long summer from May to mid November (Come on, 16 degrees is still summer!). We have not that much rainy days during the year and it usually snows once in a decade. When it happens, trust me, we forgot how to drive our cars and how to dress.. In Southern California, the weather is quite similar if not even warmer and winter season is quasi inexistent. THE DREAM
2. The ocean. Being a pure Mediterranean, i have this need of living where the coast is. It would be impossible for me to live in the middle of the lands, at 3hours from the sea or ocean. (Kansas is definitely not my dream..)
3.The mentality. The “Live and Let Live Attitude”. The Californian stereotype is anti-stress, relax. Chill Bro’! and particularly respectful. People on the road let insert yourself when you are struggling (definitely not like in France) and if you are a pedestrian waiting on the sidewalk, the drivers let you pass the pedestrian crossing because they are respectful yes! Again not like France .. ahaha Furthermore, generally speaking, the Californian are really warm and friendly. They have always something kind to tell you that make you feel comfortable. It’s veryyyy easy to make new friends.
4.The healthy trend and the body worship. Most of the people have a healthy lifestyle. Even if the economy and state budget is suffering, when it comes to healthy lifestyle, at least the coastal Californians are the healthier: low rate of obesity and smoking. Comparing to the other states, California is leading the nation. The California girls these last year’s became the new heroines of the American dream. all these girls IG accounts with their perfect sculpted body inspired more than one of us to subscribe to the gym! (meeeeeee!)
5. The landsapes diversity. Mountains, ocean, skyscrapers.. so much beautiful places to discover. Between Palm Spring, La Jolla, Huntington, Mammoth Lake, the Death Valley, Yosemite, Sequoia Park.. Bref you see. That’s not the most bring state existing.
6. Style. Forget about Sandro and Maje and bring your favorite vans. No headache when it comes to your style.
7. The cultural diversity. If you like hanging out, go to gatherings, go where the people are, you will realize you are not the only foreigner which makes new people integration easier.
In short, I love where I am going. Thanks dad and mom.