A Long Weekend In Paris

A long weekend in Paris

A long weekend in Paris

A few weeks ago, I went to Paris for a long weekend with Aaron as we had some free Eurostar tickets (after last year’s Eurostar broke down for 5 hours!). We had such an amazing time as always. Paris is one of my favourite places: the style, the food, the buildings, the atmosphere. Just everything!

We both took a ton of photos so I apologise in advance – this is the cut down version of the blog I wanted to write!

On the first day we went to Montmartre for sightseeing, wine and wandering through the art market.

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Look at my adorable Eiffel Tower collar clips from the amazing Jaymie! I bought them especially for this trip and could not love them more.

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My typical tourist nail art for the weekend.

On the Saturday we were up and out early to do some more sightseeing. I love how elegant and pretty the metro entrances are, especially compared to London’s underground ones!

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Last year when we went to Paris we visited the Pont Des Arts: in case you haven’t heard of it, it’s a beautiful bridge where people attach padlocks to the wiring of the bridge. There are similar bridges all over the world, but with Paris being the city of love this is the most well-known.

We put a padlock on it last year and decided to go see if it was still there. I was so nervous as I knew I’d be really upset if it had gone (the council remove them in waves as they damage the bridge, but they are soon replaced with more!)

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It was still there!! Eeee! We had City and Colour lyrics engraved on it as that is our song 🙂 (sorry, there should have been a soppy warning in this post!)image

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This picture shows how tightly they’re all packed in! This bridge makes me so happy, every single lock represents people who are in love and it’s pretty overwhelming when you see them all together. There must be over 30 panels on the bridge and each one is crammed with little love declarations. It is beautiful.

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Obligatory soppy photo of us!

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Moules Frites: I could live on this stuff. I would be the size of a house but I would die a happy girl!

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Then we went to the best bookshop in the entire world: Shakespeare & Co. I could live here. There are two little cubby holes upstairs where people leave notes: love notes to others, love notes to Paris, secrets…

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On Sunday we did a bit more sightseeing before we had to return to London. Starting with the Pompidou Centre, as I missed the Lichtenstein exhibition when it came to London.

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The view from the top of the escalator is pretty spectacular:

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And finally we went to visit the Eiffel Tower (it’d be rude not to, right?)

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If you made it to the end of this post I am very impressed! Have you been to Paris? Where are your favourite places to go there?

Lex

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Avene 50 Plus SPF Cream

Avene 50 plus SPF Cream

Avéne 50 plus SPF Cream

I love summer, but it doesn’t tend to love me. I am very fair and burn if I even look at the sun, so I am very careful with my skin protection in the summer months. I have tried lots of different face creams with high SPFs, but they have all aggravated my rosacea by being too heavy or full of irritants.
This is a very high SPF cream which protects my hyper-sensitive skin from burning, but Avene products are also rich in Avene thermal spring water, which means it’s soothing and non-irritating. I wear this every day in summer, in other seasons I wear it if I know I’m going to be outside for an extended period of time. It isn’t a super lightweight cream but I didn’t find that it made my skin feel too heavy or smothered. They also do an emulsion version, which in hindsight would have been better for my oily skin, I think the cream version is aimed at dry skin types.

It is quite white and you do have to rub it in to make sure you don’t have white patches – however I’m very pale so maybe that would be more annoying or noticeable if you are more tanned.

This comes in a 50ml size, so you can throw it in your hand luggage if you’re going away for a sunny weekend. It also has a pump dispenser which I much prefer to a squeezy tube, which tend to explode all over me on planes!

This was another French pharmacy purchase. I usually wait for Escentual to do one of their amazing sales (you can buy it HERE), or wait to stock up when I go over to France.

Have you used any other Avene products? What’s your summer skin care saviour?

Lex

Avene 50+ SPF Cream

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Kiko 389 Mint Milk Review

Kiko 389 Mint Milk Review

Kiko 389 Mint Milk Review

I am a huge fan of pastels and mint green is a personal favourite. It is bright, fun and pretty, but not as cloying as baby pink or yellow.

Kiko polishes have a seriously brilliant formula: this was full coverage in 2 thin coats, it is fast drying and gives an incredibly high shine. Kiko 389 Mint Milk is no exception. These pictures show the manicure topped with Seche Vite but it was ridiculously shiny without top coat.

I think this might be the perfect summery shade…now I just need summer!

You can buy Kiko nail polishes HERE.

Lex

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Essie Fear & Desire Review

Essie Fear Desire Review

Essie Fear & Desire Review

Essie make such beautiful colours and their red/pink/coral offerings are some of their nicest. But I think this bright beauty may be one of my favourites of theirs. A bright, true orange polish from the 2012 ‘Bikini So Teeny’ collection.

This only needed 2 coats which I was surprised at, for some reason I thought it was going to be streaky and patchy. It does dry a bit darker on the nails than it looks in the bottle. This is going to be my summer colour, I can tell.

If you’re swooning over this polish as much as me, you can buy it HERE.

Lex

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Collection 2000 ‘Neon Art’

Collection 2000 ‘Neon Art’

Collection 2000 ‘Neon Art’

This is polish #5 from the Collection 2000 nail art competition prize and has become another firm favourite. This is a tropical pink creme polish with a slight neon tint to it. It is perfect for summer (which apparently arrived in London today – finally!)

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