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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Our first two weeks together

After spending my first night with Anthony, I can say I was totally on a cloud. I remember it was a Friday and I was supposed to go to school in the morning but I just couldn't leave. Being with him was feeling way too good to leave, even if it was only for a few hours! And at that point I didn't need the classes anymore - he kind of became my full-time teacher. Of course he wasn't pushing me to go either, so instead we decided to grab some breakfast and then go to the beach. The weirdest thing I remember the most is the feeling we had. It felt like we had been together for a very long time already... Nothing never felt strange between us - we were just very comfortable together and it felt right from the very beginning.

After spending the morning at the beach, Anthony took me to Lincoln Road to grab some lunch and do some shopping. It was a lovely afternoon and everything kind of felt surreal at the time. I was in Miami, dating a cool American guy who on our very first day together was making me feel like a princess. How could I resist that? I was totally over the moon and I just wanted to stay with that feeling forever...

At the end of the day he took me to an amazing restaurant, Prime One Twelve. I remember that night like it was yesterday. I remember how Anthony looked like and how awesome I thought he was. I remember the food was just SO good, the atmosphere was so romantic... I was one lucky girl!

It was the weekend so I had plenty of free time to spend with Anthony. He never told me how long he was staying for and I assumed it was only for the weekend. After all he had a job so I thought he would have to go back to work very soon! I don't remember when exactly he told me, but at one point we had the conversation when he told me he booked his hotel for 2 weeks. I thought wow that guy is kind of crazy, two weeks is kind of long if things between us didn't happen to work out. But I guess he was confident enough to realize that the chances of that happening were pretty low. So we spent the whole weekend in our bubble and I was so into it I totally forgot about Micha and Julie who I was staying with and supposed to come back to at one point. I didn't even think about calling or texting them once, so they were pretty anxious but also upset that I was not giving any news. I think I was selfish and didn't think they would need news. One night Micha texted me and asked me how everything was going. I left their place on Thursday night, and two days later they still hadn't heard from me. It could be weird - I totally get it. Our conversation was pretty hectic because at that time I didn't really realize that was not cool what I did. I told them a little bit about what was going on but Micha was still a little suspicious and wanted me to be careful because after all, even though Anthony was amazing to me, I didn't really know him well. So Micha told me to be careful because we never know. He even asked me some info because he wanted to do a background check to make sure that nothing was wrong with him. I gave him the info he needed, but I don't think he ever used it. He chose to meet him instead and let me follow my intuitions. I was on Skype with him every night for two weeks speaking for hours a day. And now I've been with him in person for a few days - if something was wrong I would have felt it! So we decided to have a double date the following night and try to spend some quality time all together so they could see how nice Anthony was. We went to a nice restaurant and everything went smoothly. We had a very good time and they definitely realized that he was very nice and nothing was wrong with him. After having that conversation with Micha, I was a little bit upset, but now that I had their approval I could go back in my bubble and enjoy the time we had to spend together.

After that I picked up some of my stuff so I could stay with Anthony at his hotel for the next 10 days. I was going to school every morning and usually we were doing stuff and visiting the area during the afternoons - always going to nice restaurants at night. I remember one night Anthony joked that it was our honeymoon. It kind of felt like it. It was the best way to get to know each other. We were both on vacation, we had no stress and everything was amazing. How not to fall in love under those circumstances! One night - we were probably on the 5th day - we were having diner in a Spanish restaurant on Lincoln. My English was already improving a lot and we were speaking about the remaining time we had together. It's at that time that Anthony told me that he didn't want to leave me behind. He told me I could learn English anywhere in the US so why not follow him to San Francisco and spend the remaining time I had with him there. Even though it sounded like a perfect plan I had to be realistic. I already paid for my school for the 3 months and I had no money left. I couldn't keep up with his lifestyle and knew that even though I was dying to, I just couldn't do it. I had to be honest and tell him the truth even though he probably knew that the only issue I had was that. He didn't care at all. He said he wanted me to be with him no matter what and he would take care of me and all of the expenses I would have! Prince charming? Even better I'd say! Finally I had found a guy who was good looking, nice, and on top of that (sorry for my English) he had balls! He knew what he wanted and was going for it. It was so sexy and charming - I loved it! I couldn't say no of course and from then on we started to plan what was gonna happen next. He booked a flight for me and made some research to find me a good school in SF! From then we just had to enjoy Miami as much as we could, knowing that in a few days we will both leave. We did a lot of things but we were still learning about each other. One day he took me on a boat to go snorkeling, but the weather was very stormy and we couldn't see any fish. The funniest thing is that I'm not a huge fan of the water and he's not either. He thought I would like it even though he doesn't, and it turned out that I was actually more like him. What a funny way to learn that, he should have asked me and we would have saved a pretty bad day. But now when we speak about it we laugh all the time! One of our favorite days was when we went to the Everglades. We had a lot of fun!

Our two weeks was coming to an end. We spent one of our last days going to the Keys with Julie and Micha and their son Stanislas. That's the first time I saw Anthony with a kid and I remember how good he was. Stan loved him and it was so nice to watch. At the end of the day I picked up all of my stuff and was ready to leave. I will always remember what Julie told me. She told me to enjoy and that if it happens that things don't work out, I could always take a ticket and come back to them. That was a real friend speaking - so nice of her to act like that with me! I'll be forever grateful to all of the things they've done for me. If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be where I am today! We said goodbye to them and knew we would keep in touch. The following morning Anthony took me to a spa so I'd be fully relaxed before our flight :) We had an amazing time. It was definitely the perfect way to end our stay in Miami. Later that day we were at the airport waiting to board, doing some funny videos of ourselves on my Macbook Pro, and laughing like kids! We were acting so silly at that time because we were just so happy together...

Monday, January 19, 2015

Galette des rois

Even if I'm far away from France, I can't forget about the tradition I grew up with. The "Galette des Rois" is one of them and I wouldn't miss it for the world. Even Anthony, who's American and didn't know about it until a couple years ago, is now totally crazy about it! It's supposed to be eaten on Januray 6 as part of a traditional celebration, but I could eat it every single day since it's just so good! We usually can find it in bakeries only in Januray so I try to take advantage of it as much as I can. This year Mason is still a little bit too young to eat it and participate in finding the "fève" inside, but I'm sure once he'll be old enough he'll love it and I hope that I'll always be his Queen :)

At least he enjoyed playing with the crowns while we really enjoyed eating it!

After moving from New York, where I used to be able to find a French bakery pretty easely, I was scared it would be more difficult in Los Angeles! Thanks to the Internet, though, I was able to find a very good one in the West Hollywood area. They make so many of my favorite French pastries that I'm now gonna be able to always satisfy my French cravings! Yum!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mommy & me - Wintery dark grey outfits

Lately I don't have many occasions to dress up warmly. But on the day near the lake, even though it was bright and sunny, the temperature wasn't that high! So I told myself it was the perfect day to take out one of my favorite coats that I used to wear a lot last year. I actually bought it when I was pregnant so I could fit my bump under and still be able to close it (not like all my other coats and jackets that couldn't fit anymore...)

I love the bell-shape of this coat but I think what I like the most about it is the hood. It's so classy! And I also have to say that I'm madly in love with these new pants. It's a fake leather one but you can't tell and it's SO comfortable. It looks so good and it's so easy to wear it with so many things. It's definitely one of my best purchases lately...

It matches perfectly with my favorite boots of all time... I remember when I bought them I was with a friend who asked me if I really was gonna wear them! I think she probably thought that I was totally crazy...

Mason's hood is as always matching mine! His coat - even if he's not gonna make a lot of use out of it - is one of my favorite buys this winter. I just love the look he has when he's wearing it! He looks so much like a grown up already.

^ Almost taking a step ^

We were surounded by ducks and Mason was waving "coucou" to them! So cute how he learned to wave "Hi" so fast. Sometimes he does it to me or Anthony, and it totally melts my heart...

It's been a long time since I've posted a picture of the three of us. I love this one so much! The background is beautiful. We had such a fun time in this amazing place...

My outfit
Coat: Maje
Pants: Zara
Boots: Ash
Hat: Century 21
Sunglasses: Thierry Lasry

Mason's outfit
Coat: Zara baby
Pants: Zara baby
Boots: H&M

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Mason's first time in the snow

Living in LA, there aren't many chances to see snow. Luckily we can find some not that far away with a drive out to the mountains. Even though we're not missing the snow and the freezing cold of New York, we did want to see how Mason would react to it for the first time. We went for a few days to Lake Arrowhead and visited Big Bear Mountain. It was not easy to find a snow play area where we could go with a baby because a lot of places don't allow it - free world! :)

Once we did though, we went for a nice walk in the snow. Mason was surprised at first but I think he liked it! His reaction was way better in the snow than it was in the sand. Too bad for us since we live very close to the beach. Let's hope it won't last...

I used to go to the mountains every single year growing up. I know how to ski and I would love for my baby to learn one day. That's why I was so excited bringing him to see some snow. I'll have to wait at least a couple years but I'm sure he'll be good at it and will enjoy it.

I know he's my baby so I'm not the most objective, but gosh he's too beautiful! I'm so madly in love with him. I never knew I would love like that one day...

I sat him on the snow and expected him to cry because of the cold, but it didn't happen. He had the opposit reaction! He was actually pretty happy in it. Touching the snow around him and realizing that this white thing around was pretty cold and melting in his hands! So cute...

If we don't go again this year, then next year I'll definitely bring him again to make him do some sledding! That could be very fun and I'm pretty sure he would love it!

On our way back we found a small forest and thought it would be nice to go for a walk with no one around. They was not as much snow there, but it was still pretty cool to walk around in the wilderness. I love the peace and quiet you can find in those types of places. I'm a city girl but I grew up in the countryside and I always enjoy the feeling of being back to those roots once in a while...

Guess what he wanted to do after I showed him some snow? Eat it of course! No matter what I show him, or what he finds, he always has to put it in his mouth. I really have to be careful lately! The snow in the forest seamed pretty clean so I let him try it a tiny bit. I think if I let him, he could have had a lot of it! He probably loved it because it numbed the pain from his teething :)

My outfit
Coat: Topshop
Jean: AG
Boots: Ash
Sunglasses: Thierry Lasry

Mason's outfit
Coat: Zara baby
Pants: American Apparel
Boots: Hunter

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

9 months old

9 months! I can't believe he has spent as much time in this world as he had in my belly. It's gone by so fast. Before my baby was born, everyone told me how fast it would go but I couldn't imagine it would be like that. I miss my newborn but at the same time I feel like every day is getting better! The bond I have with my baby is so special, thanks to the last 9 months we've spent together...

He's getting so tall. Who knew that I would have a baby like that? I'm pretty short and my husband is not super tall eather so we were not expecting to have such a big baby! Sometimes I wish he could be smaller and lighter so I could carry him more. Even though he probably wouldn't let me since he has discovered how to crawl lately. I've been around noticing his first movements as a crawler. Seeing the hapiness on his face as he was finally able to move on his own was priceless. It took him a couple of days to find the confidence to really go wherever he wanted. Now he has no barrier and he can go mostly everywhere in our home!

That was definitely the biggest achievement this month. The other one is probably his two upper teeth cutting through. They didn't make it totally for his 9 month though since they're still halfway cut! Even with that amount of pain, he's a super good and happy baby!

^ He's always smiling. I'm so lucky ^ 

This month he also got to celebrate his first Christmas! It was so much fun and even at only 9 months old he enjoyed his gifts very much. Each time we opened one he was making a surprised face and wanted to play with whatever he got. We had so much fun. I can't wait for next year. (ok, maybe I can wait. I don't want him to be 20 months :s )

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Mommy & me fashion - Kenzo tiger outfit

We ended the year by taking a stroll on the Santa Monica Pier. We are still discovering everything around here in LA, and it was out first time there. I can't believe we've moved since over two months ago. It goes by so fast!

It was a pretty smoggy day. The atmoshpere was a little weird but at the same time really nice. We couldn't see that much around us as the fog was really low...

I love sweatshirts because they're so comfortable, but they're usually not that fashionable so I rarely wear them. When Kenzo created a line last year I couldn't resist them. They look so good and gosh they're comfy. The best thing was that I found almost the exact same one for my baby to match me! His little tiger sweatshirt is just too cute...

My baby is like a lot of babies. He's a little fat! Healthy fat! :p  But his feet are probably the fatest so he doesn't fit in many pairs of shoes that I bought for him. I'm really upset because I love baby shoes so much! The only one he can wear are his cute moccasins.

I'm teaching my baby to say "Hi" and "Bye" and now he's kind of doing it all the time and never when I ask him to do it! Pretty funny how he knows to do the oposite of what I'm asking for already...

I'm also teaching him how to do "high five" and he nailed that one right away!

My obsession with coton candy has been filled since I found a place not that far from our home where I can find some. I just LOVE it! :)

Ok, I know it's bad. But how can you resist when you eat something like that and enjoy it so much while your baby looks at you so curiously and intently. I had to make him try just a little. Surprisingly he didn't even like it! But for how long?!

The last time I took Mason on a carroussel was in New York and he was four months old. At that time he was too young to realise what was going on. So now was the best time to take him again and see if he'd like it or not. I told myself that he couldn't be MY baby if he doesn't like it. I'm also obessed with it. That's the kid inside of me who's speaking!

And guess what? He loved it! I was so happy and proud at the same time. He enjoyed it so much! He's kind of a monster lately and makes very weird sounds and at that special moment he started to scream out so excitedly. It was so funny! Everyone around us started to laugh and thought he was too cute.

 ^ He's almost ready to ride on his own ^

My outfit
Sweatshirt: Kenzo
Jean: AG
Shoes: Chanel
Purse: Chanel
Sunglasses: Thierry Lasry

Mason's outfit
Sweatshirt: Zara baby
Pants: Zara baby
Moccasins: Monkey and Mole