The Parisian Lifestyle

There's something about Paris and that lifestyle that makes me want to live and breath everything Parisian. This Parisian love started when I made my first brief visit when I was a child. I don't remember much, but I do remember waking up and looking out to a remarkable view, walking up the brick roads in the city centre and seeing how rich the grass was in front of the Eiffel Tower. I haven't been back since, but hopefully soon.

After I started blogging, I remember hearing about Paris In Four Months AKA Carin Olsson through my friend AbbyI fell in love with her photography, the aesthetic of her blog, and the life she lives in Paris. The on-and-off obsession with Paris continued to grew from there.

I recently created a Pinterest board to feed into my Parisian musings, and I decided to share with you bits of what I love about the lifestyle and photos that inspire me.

P.S. I am not {yet} reading 'How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are'... but it's definitely at the top of my summer reading list.

 

ARCHITECTURE

One thing that I love when I visit new cities is architecture. I love to find anywhere from detailed buildings to colourful doors and from photos I see on Pinterest, Paris seems to have it all.

 

SWEET TREATS

Classic 'blogger' treat. I never understood macarons. I tried a pre-packaged box of macarons I found at Costco and didn't enjoy it. But after having the real, fresh macaron, I get what the hype is all about.

One of my new favourite hobbies is trying macarons from different locations wherever I go. So far, in Toronto, my favourite has to be salted caramel from Butter Avenue. All their macarons in general are so fresh and the vibe of their stores are Parisian-like as well. I've also gone to Laduree in Miami and obviously had to try all the macarons they had to offer. I loved their macarons and I'm sure they taste even better in Paree!

 

STYLE

When I think of Parisian style, the first thing that comes to my mind are striped shirts. As I am slowly trying to integrate bits of 'Parisian' into my life, I thought going with a piece that has 'Parisian' all over it would be a good place to start. 

A fashion piece that I am easing into are neck scarfs. I don't know much about when trends are 'big' or fashion seasons but I do know that I am loving neck scarves right now. I've always been a big scarf person (seriously my scarf collection is embarrassing), and I only own one neck scarf. The thing is, I am kind of shy to wear it because i'm worried that I'm not 'doing it right.' But after seeing how other bloggers, like Man Repeller wears them, I'm ready to build up my collection and rock it through any season. Also, I love how you don't even have to wear it on your neck but even around your wrist, or your bag too! I never knew that was a thing! (Bad fashion blogger).

 

PEONIES

A set of fresh flowers always makes my day and when I see peonies, it reminds of Parisian living. I find peonies so hard to get ahold of in Toronto though.. maybe I'm just not looking hard enough.

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I think that's enough Parisian inspiration for one post! But if it's not, you can find my parisian Pinterest board hereDisclaimer: I do not own the photos above.

Thanks for reading along and see you soon!

Janine Maral.

Posted on September 2, 2015 .

Urban Chic Inspiration

Browsing through photos of well designed bedrooms has been what most of my time is spent doing. Why? I'm moving! And I'm so excited to finally bring together my dream bedroom. 

The best way to describe my dream bedroom in the least amount of words possible is urban chic. I'm feeling city girl vibes that crosses over with paris chic, or a hipster boutique hotel you'll find in London that doesn't really have a colour scheme and somehow everything works well together.

Above are a series of photos of bedrooms I adore. They all have bits and bobs that I am inspired by for my new (upcoming) dream bedroom.

This will be a long process since my new home is currently undergoing renovations and I won't be moving in till later on in the year. However, I do want to start early on this post because I want to make it a series tracking down the whole process from beginning to end. This series isn't only going to involve designing the bedroom, but also two other spaces I have in mind to redesign.

I hope you're just as excited as I am!

*Disclaimer: Photos above are from Pinterest. I do not own any of them.*

 

Janine Maral

Posted on August 29, 2015 .

All About Triangl Swimwear - Review

Hmm... what could be inside the box.....

The reveal! 

Earlier this summer, Triangl Swimwear sent me an email saying they wanted to send me a set of my choice! 

When they got in contact with me, I was over the moon. I am kind of an indecisive person and choosing one of their swimsuits was too difficult. After lots of back and forth, I finally settled on the Poppy swimsuit in Blue Crush. After trying the swimsuit, I thought I would take this opportunity to go over all aspects before you purchase one for yourself!

Triangl Swimwear is an Australian swimwear line that offers sporty, simple and cute swimsuits! Each swimsuit is made out of neoprene fabric (the fabric used for surf suits) making it a little different compared to a "traditional" swimsuit.

SIZING

A lot of people have been talking about Triangl Swimwear but I've never thought of buying one myself only because I didn't know if I could trust buying a swimsuit online and it not fitting. Then of course there's the hassle with shipping back and getting new sizes, etc. Luckily, Triangl has a chart to help you find the perfect fit for your body. You can find that chart here. They also have a 24/7 live chat with one of their associates on their website to answer all your questions and help you with sizing! I found this very helpful because they recommended the perfect sizing for me after I gave them my bra size ranges and bottom sizing.

Both the top and the bottom pieces come in XXS, XS, S, M, L, and XL sizes but the tops also come with in between sizes S+ and S++. First off, the range of sizes are pretty broad to suit all body sizes which is great! The relevance of the S+ and S++ are for girls who are a bit smaller in the underbust but have a larger cup size. 

To give you a comparison, I am a 34C/36B and the S+ top in the Poppy style fit perfectly. However, if I were to purchase one of their tops without underwire, I would go bigger because those fit smaller. You can find all that info and more on their website (click here).

MATERIAL

As I mentioned before, the material used to make this swimwear is neoprene which is used to make surf suits. I was surprised with how comfortable it was to wear and it didn't feel like I was being suffocated in it.

The downside to this material is that it takes a while to dry and can crease easily. I'll go more in detail on how to take care of the swimsuit later on in the post!

FIT

One of the most concerning point for me was the fit, especially for the bottoms. With swim bottoms, I like to wear the most covering bottom and when you first look at their website, their bottoms look like they don't cover anything at all. After receiving the swimsuit, they actually cover more than you would expect. To compare, it covers way more than Victoria's Secret swimsuits ever will.

The Poppy top has adjustable straps and a clip at the bag. It fit securely and didn't feel like it would fall off at any time, even after a hug ocean wave hits. 

CARE

Since the bikini is made out of neoprene, it can and will crease easily. When you receive your Triangl Swimwear set, they will give you a care card to tell you how to take of it. An important fact: Neoprene creases easily so lay flat to dry. You can iron the swimsuit inside out but not directly on the neoprene.

PRICE

Pricing per bikini set (bikini top and bottom) runs between 79 and 99 USD.

Hopefully this post helped give perspective to Triangl Swimwear and that you are convinced to buy one before the summer ends! I know I definitely want to!

 

Janine Maral.

Posted on August 2, 2015 and filed under Fashion.