MAKE MY PETIT BATEAU

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Happy Friday! 

Oh thank you for all your sweet words from last article, I’m saying again it but you are the best, definitely I can’t wait to meet you next Wednesday! In the meantime, I’d like to talk about another pretext to meet: WORKSHOP! And the last one was one of the best ones with Petit Bateau! This workshop was actually more than one because with Léo, whom I work with on workshops, we visited a few cities to meet the best Petit Bateau customers and their children and we made endless DIY! It was so nice to do that with kids, if you knew how smart they are, very at ease and here they were taking more to make at home! We so are the DIY trailer!

 

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For all of these workshops I tried to work on the Origami and folding theme because Petit Bateau set up a beautiful campaign called « Ready to fold », the brand gives an origami set for every visit to the shop even if you don’t buy anything. This set contains a book and every character is available to make in origami… So adorable, but how to make origami with some fabric with no iron nor sewing machine (security matters, it would be too easy otherwise) well I schemed with a baize windmill to clip with press studs and it was nice to watch the children customizing their striped-shirt happy like adults! Today I’m reviewing the workshop with you my dear readers!

 

 

Well for this session we customized Petit Bateau marinières, essential and emblematic pieces of the brand. The first thing was about making these famous windmills, a stretching exercice, disturbingly easy and as a matter of fact I’ll make a DIY about it very soon. On another marinière we made cockades with subliminal messages with the help of badge-maker, and to remain in the Origami theme, after folding some baize and some ribbons, we made little paper ice-cream to then make a mobile. Given the excitement resulting its realization I also think it will be a pretext to another DIY post. I must admit that bringing the « Silhouette Cameo » machine which cuts the paper might have helped a little.

 

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It was also the first time since the beginning of workshops that I felt so at ease, much more relaxed, a little less impressed than the previous times. A beautiful afternoon with a joyful and colorful mess, « newly » ice-creams were siding with divine Marlette cakes, I didn’t want to go home, I could have folded ice-creams until dusk and drunk liter of tea… But all good things come to an end… Rendez-vous in less than a month for the next one!

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I’d like to say thank you again… To Karline and all the Petit Bateau team for their tryst and help with this DIY tour, and btw tomorrow I’ll be in Aix-en-Provence! To Kusmi Tea for spoiling us, to Malette for feeding us, and btw you should all run to the Marlette Café, 51 rue des Martyrs! Find all of our partners from our workshops here! To Franck for its welcome in the Encore restaurant. To Léa for this beautiful short video! To Léo for its perfect sense of organization and to Charlotte S. Russo for her saving of the workshop from catastrophe! You can see all the pictures of this workshop here!

 

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During this session I was amazed to find a participant from the last session with Tara Jarmon, how tenacious and fast with internet you are Mélanie ! So yes, how to participate in the next workshop ? Well it’s simple, you simply need to subscribe to the newsletter and you’ll be told about the next sale date, you’ll just have to stay in touch… The next workshop will be with a brand with a name starting with an S… It’s a mystery but if you are as obsessive as I am you should like it! 

 

  

TWO YEARS PARTY

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Jumpsuit Anna Studio, Tshirt Yazbukey, jacket April May.

My chestnuts, my kitties, my butter biscuits, my birdies… 

Okay, I don’t know how many times I tried to write this articles… Last month, Make My Lemonade turned 2… And I think you realized my life is quite « out of control » lately… but TWO YEARS OLD !!! Do you realize how fast it went ? Two years in a infernal hurly-burly of love, hard work, amazing encounters, princesses’ trip, crazy collaborations, and a book… And soon more will come! 

Sometime, I think about my life before the blog and the person I was (and still am hopefully… But it’s undeniable that I’ve changed) and even though all this is just an URL address, a website within the immensity of the internet, well I’m fulfilled because you and me we found each other. You words truly get to me, they make me grow up, get confidence and they especially make me want to go further, to be a better person and to develop a bigger creativity every day. When I doubt, I look a few second back and I move forward, I don’t ask myself a 100 questions anymore and for that THANK YOU, and for the rest THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU…

 

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Dress Petit Bateau, Denim jacket Petit Bateau, Hat Etudes

So of course I have great ambitions for this website, crazy ideas, I feel like I say that every month but I think I’m getting there for real, with the arrival of an office in my life, a space for the « lemonade studio ». The blog’s new design will be here soon, very powerful with great goodies for you, a shop with some things and all… My, I am only love ! 

And to make things even better today, the Exception, the awesome e-shop, and I are associating to invite you to a POLKA PARTY for the 2 years anniversary of the blog, at Carmen, 34 rue Duperré, 75009, station Pigalle, on Wednesday 16th at 9 pm, which is actually next week ! Come as you are with polkadots or stripes… Subscribe ! And you’ll be spoiled because we are organizing a huge tombola, a great tombola even with about 30 presents, jewelries: Alice Hubert, Yazbukey, Anne Thomas, Adeline Cacheux, designers clothes like Ambrym, When I was, By Zoé, Nailmatic nail polish sets, a make-up class shu uemura, My jolie candle candles, Champagne Zarb, Tammy & Benjamin handbags, shoes and more ! Lots of surprises! Thank you to Régis & Maeva and to all their L’exception team to make it possible!

 

 

And these two years allowed me to have amazing encounters, on the top of my head I’m thinking about Mai from superbytimai, Fred from Cut by Fred, Lili from ma récréation, that’s for my personal squad. But there is also Nardjisse from mots de mode, my rock, who set me straight when I have a light moment of doubt… And Anne R., the sweetest and kindliest person there is and working with her is always so peaceful. And of course Charlotte S. Russo, who became vital to this small company… So is Tania Houlbert, amazing film-maker! And these aren’t encounters but I have to tell them how important they are to make my lemonade (and to me, on a side-note) my sweet mom my auto-correct, Mariloulou my brilliant translator, Alexandra B and Justice B… Because they know why… And to all the other bloggers I meet whenever I go out, even though I never stay late I’m always glad to see you, to exchange a few words and of course to have a great laugh. Small edit because of course I forget a lot of people, I’d like to thank Léo for its support and flawless professionalism even I can sometimes be totally annoying, it doesn’t mean I love you less… I’m so so sorry for this oversight.

 

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Top Constance Boutet, pants JCDC and earrings Yazbukey

And thank you to Nelly from Make my beauty, to Tania for this short movie (god I love this song!!), to Manu Fauque for the pictures and gifs! and thank you again to Régis for being a super « gif-maker », to Maeva for that day’s soundtrack! THANK YOU!!!

 

  

HOT SPOT #2: HAÏ KAÏ

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My little cats! 

A new hot spot in the 10th arrondissement again, it is definitely a nice arrondissement in Paris. I’m enjoying myself lately, I’m discovering lots of adorable places. Today it’s HAÏ KAÏ, 104 quai de Jemmapes, +33 9 81 99 98 88, this hot spot really is a gem. I love the frontage that doesn’t look like anything, or should I say that looks like an abandoned squat, and it is sublime inside, so white, perfect, as if all the light of the neighborhood was stock up inside it. A diamond wrapped in some newspaper. The deco is impeccable, so is what you have on your plate. And the icing on the cake, this place is from the association of three women, aaah girl power… Amélie Darvas in the kitchen, Gaby Benicio for the wine selection (among other things) and Elsa Kikoïne for the setting.

 

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I think you’re starting to get my taste deco-related, and it is all right, the white and natural wooden furnitures, the unmatching linen seats, every object has the right location. Plants are also all over the place but on a sublime and subtle way. It is clear and neat. I make some research about the HAÏ KAÏ name and find out that it is the other name for haïku, these very short Japanese poems, it makes so much sense really. 

I’ve passed it a million times before actually going in and it is the other day, for one of my previous articles, the comptoir video, that I came in and I admit feeling stupid not to have entered it before. This place had the same effect on me as light therapy, I didn’t want to leave it was beautiful and – when the plates came in (very quickly btw) – so GOOD.

 

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(WANTED ALERT, this checks yellow chair is simply perfect). So I was with Tania the awesome film maker, and I think I can speak for the both of us when I say we loved it. Just like the Blue Valentine, plates are these small gourmet and poetic ecosystems, yet with no Japenese cook but the talented Amélie Darvas (Ex Bristol, The Borken Arm among other things). And we want more. There is a permanent menu and another one that changes everyday depending on the Chef’s desire and the daily delivery, I love this freedom, and these obligations which develop a bigger creativity I’m sure ! Rush there! Everything is of course very fresh and HAÏ KAÏ hires small producers worried to feed us with some organic and responsible food. What more do you want ?

 

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On the bill side I find it very honest, for lunch count on starter + main course or main course + desert at 17 € or 22 € for the whole menu: starter + main course + desert. The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Sunday, for lunch and dinner… Enjoy !

 

 

  

HAPPY SATURDAY

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My chestnuts!

I’ve had the internet in that new flat of mine since yesterday, and hot water since the day before that, I can now say that I’m back in 2014. Oh god how challenging it is! I didn’t remember it to be so hard to lose your every bearings, to look for a new place to live, to fight to get it, to finally pack all your life, to make some space, to contemplate your future life in a new location, and to keep running your small business. My brain actually tried to sabotage itself on several occasions, but it tends to do it when I’m doing a 100 things at a time… Between forgetting the last workshop’s materials in a cab, taking the plane without an ID or losing my phone at IKEA, and all of that in 3 days in a row (one day I’ll tell you about one of my biggest sabotage…). But the good new is that it always gets back to normal, life goes on and there even is curtains to my windows for a couple hours…

 

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Let me tell you… I visited this apartment 10 days ago, I got the answer on wednesday while in the train where I could only hear every other words. I slept away during my vide-dressing to sign on my new lease and last sunday was moving out on the morning and hosting the Petit Bateau workshop on the afternoon. I’m glad that the moving in is taking shape and that our new home is starting to be livable even though we still miss crucial stuff like a couch, a fridge or even a kitchen… But it will come along, I’m not worried… I’m going to be able to resume any normal activities around here !

 

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And the real star on these pictures is Frida! This cat is crazy, I love my Frida, I’m not sure all the moving did her good, even if she is totally spoiled by us… She spends her day chewing some tape from the boxes, I don’t know if she attempts to tell me I’m not unpacking fast enough or if she just likes the awful sound it makes when she does it or the chemical taste it has… I – the professional compulsive pen-chewer- can certainly not judge her but please Fridou, if you ever read this, stop chewing tape during the night, thank you.

 

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Moving on from the cat-related digression, today I’m wearing one of my favorite look of the moment, & Other stories pink pants from an old collection but another beautiful pink one is available here, Sonia Rykiel derbies shopped on Sarenza, a Lacoste Live shirt, a comptoir des cotonniers tuxedo jacket and a vintage man hat or a perfect Asos one here.