Frank Body Lip and Face scrubs

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I wanted to try Frank Body's products for a while after seeing it everywhere on Instagram, because I read about how good coffee scrubs were, as it stimulates the boold flow and helps with collagen production, but I'm always way too lazy to keep my own coffee marc...

I finally got the chance to do so last week! Today I'll talk about their face and lip scrub and I'll tell you all about their body scrub another time!

 
 
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The lip scrub

I'm always happy when I see that the products I use are cruelty free, it's the case with Frank Body and it's getting more and more normal in cosmetics and it's a good thing :)! Coffee, and macadamia, coconut, and grapeseed oils are in it to both exfoliate and nourish your lips. And it smells SO GOOD! It's funny because I used to hate coffee, and I started drinking it only about 3 years ago. But the smell of coffee has always been a nostalgic smell to me, it reminds me of early mornings as a kid. Oh and the cool thing? It has raw sugar in it too, so you can lick it and it's delicious!

I simply moisturized my lips a little bit before using the scrub (so your skin is easier to scrub off), then rubbed my lips with it for about 30 seconds (you should feel when it's done as the grains rub more smoothly on the skin), and then rinsed and used their lip balm that is suuuuuper thick and great to use after a scrub to protect your skin against drying out. You can also use it on your cheekbones as a natural, glowing highlighter (scroll down to see how it looks), and voilà! You don't need much to have a beautiful smile ;)!

 
 
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The face scrub

It has coffee, white clay and rosehip, coconut grapeseed and sweet almond oils in it, to exfoliate, purify, and nourish with healthy fats and vitamins. Again the smell is so good, if you like the smell of coffee this is the dream face scrub!

Really easy to use! I like to pat my skin with warm water before I use a face scrub, and then you simply rub it gently in circles on your face, insisting a bit in the areas that need more exfoliation, and rinse your face with warm water again before using your face moisturizer. Interestingly, I felt that my skin was less sensitive after using this scrub.

 
 
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And here we go for my "after" pictures. I have to admit that bright light had a little bit washed out my skin texture so don't focus on that too much, but look at the glowing effect from their lip balm (I swear I had no makeup on, and I just retouched the colors which were too yellow, not the skin!).

 
 
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Ocean Drive Magazine

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        A few weeks ago I shot one of my favorite editorials in a long time in Miami, at the Standard Hotel. I love the strong stylism and simple hair and makeup that make the pictures powerful. I have to say I was really impressed by how much we shot in such a short time: usually it takes a while to shoot that many pictures and that day I could not only catch my flight that was around 8pm but also be early at the airport!! I felt blessed that I got to bathe in Chanel also haha, I kept asking "are you sure guys???" before entering in the pool. I am in love with the strong yet simple vibe of this story and I am so happy that it's out now and that I can show you everything! Enjoy :)

 
 
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The Team

Photographer: Danny Cardozo

Stylist: Jacqueline Zenere

Make-up: Daniela Gozlan

Hair: Adrien Coelho

Production: Conor Mcintyre

 

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Green coat

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        I fell in love with that emerald green Mango faux fur coat because of how chic and big it looks, and of course how soft it feels! It has a retro vibe to it so I was inspired to pair it with my tee and jeans from Stoned Immaculate clothing because the 70s are some of my favorite aesthetic vibes. I'm always so happy when I get to do a retro shoot so how cool it is that I could make my own?! I wanted to go to the Upper East Side to take the pictures to keep up with the chic of the coat.

 
 
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        The weather in New York right now is just between Winter and Spring, one moment you're freezing and the other you're just sweating, so I didn't really want to play with layers here. I love how different the look is with and without the coat: with, it's chic and fluffy, without, the vibe is more relaxed and cool. I also didn't want to add too much to the outfit because the cuts are strong already, so a pair of Topshop heeled boots, and a minimal bag from APC was all it needed.

 
 
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        I had some loop earrings and a fisherman hat too, wondering at first if it would be too much of a "total look" as I don't love that in general, but I do think it fits here! What do you think?

 
 
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How to start being healthy?

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        There's two kinds of people concerning health: the extremely healthy ones -they workout, care about health and know how to eat clean, do yoga/stretching/meditation, they don’t drink alcohol, don't smoke...- and the ones who aren’t healthy at all -they don’t workout or very rarely, eat out almost every day and drink alcohol several times a week, don’t care how to eat healthy or don’t have much nutritional information...-. It’s a bit cliché but almost always true! I find rather rare the people who are in the middle, also because I noticed some people in the second category actually care for their health but don’t know where to start and are afraid to have to commit to very strict rules.

 

        I had a roommate who've always had a great metabolism all her teenage, therefore never cared much about how food would affect her size. And suddenly as she was in her 20s she wasn’t happy that she started gaining weight (nothing wrong about not being the fittest! If you’re happy and feel good that way it's perfect :) I'm just telling you about this one story). So what did she do? She went to buy “healthy food” that she doesn’t love as an effort to work on her health at the grocery store: roasted salted nuts and all made porridge with chocolate milk... see the problem? She ate foods that she didn't like because she thought she was making an effort but obviously, these foods aren't healthy or good to make you fit, so all she was doing was frustrating herself! We hear “nuts” and “porridge” are healthy, but if we don’t know why, we WILL make the wrong choices at the grocery store. It’s important to educate yourself when it comes to nutrition so you know you can actually have pleasure eating healthy (pizza’s aren’t that bad, even when they’re not cauliflower crusted, as long as you care about the toppings -you know cheese and meats aren’t the best- or how often you eat them) and that you don’t have to buy the so-called “diet” foods that you don’t really like AND aren’t working.

        Some people would say this is obvious but honestly, I see so many people that lack basic info on foods that I think it's important to help them know the basis -where to start- for a healthy life! Not everyone was born with parents who could teach them that ;).

 
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         HEALTHY DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEAN SKINNY

 

        Coming back at the example of nuts: why are they healthy? They contain lots of good fats and extremely necessary nutrients (potassium, magnesium, vitamins, iron, calcium, ...) but the downside of it, is that they also contain so many calories (just a little less than oil, which is pure fat), which is great if you want to gain weight in a healthy way (I have many friends who are naturally very thin and try to gain weight eating a lot of fast foods and candies... Which doesn't work because they get sick of it, and it gives them poor skin condition most of the time). But if your goal is to lose weight, maybe you want to limit the nuts a little (don't completely erase them from your diet, remember the nutrients they have).

        As another example, fresh fruit juices are great and bring loads of vitamins quickly, but as I wrote in my article “juices vs smoothies”, you don’t have the fibers in it to help slow down the absorption of sugar... No problem at all if you don’t care (although it can mess with your blood sugar levels and so your energy) but again, if your goal is to lose a few pounds and that you think drinking juices will help you do that, maybe simply switch for fresh fruits or smoothies, where there are fibers to help fill fuller and slow the sugar absorption. There's no need to quit on natural sugar, it satisfies your sweet tooth and fruits aren't very high in calories, just be careful with the way you eat them :).

        Same goes for olive oil and other oils, agave syrup, coconut products, granola and granola bars, peanut butter, ...

 

        So remember: people can be healthy without being skinny (so don’t judge too quickly), and depending if your goal is to simply improve your health, or lose or gain weight, there is not just one answer and you might want to make adjustments to your own diet.

 
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        PLANT-BASED UNPROCESSED FOODS AS A PRIORITY

 

        Instead of searching for “low fat”, “low sugar”, or removing all the carbs from your diet while still eating highly processed “diet foods”, you might want to go back to a simpler way of eating. Because your body needs nutrients and vitamins, and the more processed the less of these you have in it (maybe you've heard of the term "empty calories", which is when you eat something that doesn't bring anything necessary to your body). Always have fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet, and find ways to cook them that pleases you without wasting all the benefits (maybe try not to deep fry them every day haha). Also include basic plant-based foods in your diet that will help you feel full in a healthy way: rice, sweet potatoes, potatoes, beans, chickpea, lentils, ... These unprocessed foods should be your staples if you want to change your health, then of course, it's up to you to make it delicious in a way that is still good for you :), like chickpea curry with rice, lentil dahl with sweet potato, whole grain pasta with homemade tomato sauce, ... there are quite a few options to play with!

        Of course, not everyone has time to cook after a whole day working, so don't feel guilty about not being able to eat fresh produces every day. But for example take a look at the amount of sodium in a jar of pasta sauce you can buy at the supermarket: there’s often way too much salt, while if you simply make your own with simple ingredients (garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, onions, ... and a dash of salt and pepper) you’ll never reach that amount of salt. Sometimes it’s also a lot cheaper to make it yourself, and it doesn't take too much time in that case!

        So think about it when you buy all made foods: could you make it yourself? Is there ingredients in it that are unhealthy and you could avoid using if you made it yourself?

 
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        WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABELS

 

        When you do buy processed food -because there are good processed foods! Like oats for example, or canned beans- take a look at the label. Here are the few things to look for when you start your health journey (there’s more to look at, but these are the priorities in my opinion).

  •  There must be as little names you don’t understand as possible. You know, the scientific names you don’t really know what they mean? Well let’s try to stay away from them if you can. For example, I sometimes used canned chickpeas instead or dry ones because I'm in a rush, and when I read the ingredients on the can at wholefoods, some only had chickpeas, water and salt, while others had "calcium chloride" in it. So keep it as short as possible, if it's not necessary, I don't buy it :).
  • If there is salt and/or sugar (note that most of the names finishing in “ose” have sugar - glucose, dextrose, fructose, ...) in the three first names on the ingredient list, it’s not a good sign (unless you're buying salt lol): the ingredients are classified by quantity, so the higher the name, the more percentage of it is in your product. I personally never buy any food that has added sugar in it, except if it's a particular cheat day (if I use ketchup for example). The reason is that I believe sugar is addictive (a few experiences proved it) and since I've quit added sugar I don't really crave it anymore. I also feel that natural sugars in fruits and dried fruits is way enough for my taste (since I've stopped eating added sugar, even from agave syrup and other health foods, I can taste it better, and some foods I used to love taste way too sweet for me now).
  • Sodium: the problem with sodium is that it's often hiding in your everyday food (example: breakfast cereals) because it's a good preservative. Therefore, in general if you eat less processed foods you'll also reduce your intake of sodium, but if you want an indication of how much sodium is too much sodium for a food, here's what I found: it has to contain less than 140milligrams of sodium per serving (number from USDA's recommendations), or from 300mg to 120mg per 100g of food (120 is best obviously). Note that I don't count my grams and milligrams and all these numbers, as I say eating healthy shouldn't be complicated and if you simply reduce processed foods you should be ok :) but it's a good indication to start and understand. But don't panic, it's easy!

 

 
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        DON’T FEEL FRUSTRATED!

 

        It's important to indulge a little sometimes! If you’re unhappy with what you eat, are you really healthy? Mental health is also very important!

        It’s all about balance, remember you can't be perfect! As long as you’re making better choices everyday and that you’re informed about what you eat, you can of course drink wine with your friends and have a little fast-food sometimes, after all we only live once ;)!

 

 
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Punta Cana

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        Every winter I say "next year, I go to a warm country and enjoy the beach when everyone else is freezing" lol. Yet last winter I spent a few days at a spa in France, which was nice but no dreamy beaches around, and the winter before I spent the New Year with friends in Amsterdam and again it was a lot of fun but I was freezing my ass! So this year was the year, I wanted to start 2018 in paradise.

I make a difference between "travel" and "vacation". I love traveling and discover cultures and places, but sometimes you need a vacation when you just enjoy and relax, so we decided on Punta Cana because it's a really short flight from NYC and the prices aren't as high as anywhere else. I have to admit that everything was great except the food that wasn't as fresh and good quality as we like... We've also had a cold that we brought from NYC, and we fed the cliché of those who only become sick during their holiday haha! But we came for the beautiful weather and the beach and that was enough to start the year in a positive way.

 

 
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        One of the greatest pleasures from spending some time in the Caribbeans was to wear my favorite bikini by Solid and Striped. I love all their shapes and colors but this pastel striped one is the cutest swimsuit I've had in a while! I love the pictures from the empty beach and how happy I look lol!

One of my favorite thing to do during the day was read 1Q84 by Murakami in the Bali beds while the sun was high, so I could feel the heat without burning, hearing the relaxing water noise from both the beach waves and the pool.

 

 
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        I also go to enjoy a few massages and treatments at the spa. I got a dead sea mud treatment before leaving to make my skin tone more even by nourishing it and exfoliating the dead cells. And look at the beauty of the facilities! I thing the pleasure of the eyes is important for relaxation, as well as the sounds surrounding you.

 

 
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        I brought many shorts, tops and dresses but I think I wore this green wrap dress from Urban Outfitters because it's so comfortable when it's hot and it's so convenient to wear over your bathing suit. It's quite open on the front though so I'm not sure I'd wear it without a cute bra/shirt underneath.

 

 
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        Everyone who knows me or just follows me on Instagram know I couldn't not own a red swimsuit! This one is from Fella Swim, I saw it on the gram and loved the shape of the top and couldn't resist buying it in one of my favorite colors. I also like to walk around with a sarong for when there's more wind and I feel colder or just when there more people and it makes me feel more comfortable. The beach bag is from Free People, one of my favorite brand! It's simple, just what you need for the beach.

 

 
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The Gucci glasses, the Fella Swim bathing suit and the sarong aren't available anymore so I give you very close options :)

 
 
 
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2018 Resolutions

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        The new year period is a great time to look back at what I've actually done the past year and what I want to focus on the next one. I already explained how sensitive I am to "fresh starts" and I am really excited for 2018 as 2017 has been my best year so far (in my personal and professional life) and I know that if I focus on the right things, I will accomplish better things and live even more great experiences.

 

 

 

  • K E E P   M Y   M O T I V A T I O N   H I G H

        In 2017 I have been able to do a few things that scared me and start personal and work projects more easily than what I used to. But I have to admit that I haven't been really regular with my work, and I am aware that if I did so I would have done even more projects. This year I want to focus on keeping my motivation high and be as regular as I can with my plans EVERY DAY! That counts for work, personal projects and activities, fitness and health, ... I will create habits from the new year kick start!

  • T A L K   M O R E   O N   C A M E R A

        It may sound superficial that one of my key goal for 2018 includes social media, but it's a little more than that. I used to hate my voice (like many people it was nearly unbearable for me to listen to a record of my voice or watch a talking video of me), and in 2017 I finally had the guts to work on an interview on video thanks to some friends who asked me if I wanted to do it. I realized that my voice isn't that bad (I even had compliments about it haha) and more importantly, I actually loved talking on camera! Our voice is a great tool in a world where we show more and more videos over pictures and where people read less than before (sadly). It was also another step to help me build more confidence -something I have achieved more and more the past few years after realizing that you're not born confident and that you can earn it by proving to yourself that you can do things that scare you/make you feel uncomfortable. So you'll probably hear me talk in my insta stories (saying more or less interesting things but certainly having fun)!

 

 

  • S H O O T   V I D E O S

        This one is a bit connected with my last goal; I want to see what I can do if I start filming a few things that inspire me/amuse me/... and put it all together. Not sure yet if I will share it but it's a nice field to explore as I love doing video shoots in fashion. It allows you to express more than in a still image with the subtlety of movements.

  • T R A V E L   M O R E

        There are a few places that I want to go to but am a little scared to visit. You know what they say about the comfort zone and the magic happening... Since I am lucky enough to have the ability to travel for work, I want to explore the opportunity while I can and go to places that could make me feel uncomfortable but will teach me about other cultures, and I surely don't want to die without visiting them.

  • K E E P   C A L M

        After reading The Highly Sensitive Person (a book by Elaine Aron that I highly recommend if you feel often overwhelmed), I could finally put some words on that feeling of not being "normal" that was always sticking to me. I understood that I was more aroused by many situations because I am highly sensitive and there is nothing wrong with it: like everything, there is a positive and a negative side to it, and it certainly doesn't make me "weaker", on the contrary, because I am more likely to notice subtle things. That said, it's not an excuse to the fact that I sometimes "overreact" and feel angry/hurt during conversations about causes that are important to me. I want to become better at being gentle with people I can share with (I am not talking about the aggressive ones here) so I can have constructive conversations instead of frustrating arguments.

 

        What are your 2018 goals?

 
 

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Last minute christmas gifts

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        Every damn year I tell myself I should do all my Christmas shopping BEFORE December, yet every year I end up doing some last minute researches online because I've been procrastinating... Wether you're like me or if you're still shopping for friends or family you'll see after the holidays, here's a small gift guide that might help :)!

 

 

  • Match Stix Trio - Fenty Beauty - 54$ The beauty branch of Fenty was one of the biggest drops this year and everyone was excited about it, because 1 - It's by the only one, Rihanna, 2 - It's finally an inclusive beauty brand with its wide range of shades and 3 - It's actually good quality! I had the luck to try it a bit before it was out, and I can say my favorite of all their items are the match stix, by far. They're easy to use, have so many playful colors, and have magnets in is to keep them all together in your bag!
  • Kindle - 99,99 now For the one who loves to read but also loves to travel. There is nothing like the sensation of an actual book but they are so heavy that you can never travel with more than 3 each time. So Kindle is nice alternative for the ones like me who are often on a plane.
  • Midnight Repair Oil - Bogavia - 48$ There is a reason I still talk about Bogavia, it's the perfect mix between luxury and plant based skincare. I am actually trying new products from them and will review it soon, but here is one of their best product that you can make your best friend or your mom discover!

 

  • Mobile Lens Kit - Urban Outfitters - 34$ More and more people only use their phone as a camera, so it can be nice to explore different possibilities of pictures in a playful way.
  • Gift Subscription - Birchbox - 30$ for 3 month This gift is good if you're the laziest: you don't even have to pack the gift as it already comes as a cute box. Good point too as it's ok to be late for this one, they'll receive the January one as a late gift that makes them feel the magic of Christmas longer!
  • 2018 Planner - Mochithings - 26.95$ For the ones who love beautiful stationery and who like organization.
  • Hydrating Rubber Mask - Dr. Jart - 12$ The perfect gift for someone you don't know so well and who loves skincare. Everyone needs a little hydration and this 2 step rubber mask is cooler than your average sheet mask. I made a review of the other rubber masks here.
  • Naughty Nice Sweater - Wildfox - 108$ I fell in love with this sweater when I worked for Wildfox. Because it's soft, the message is fun and it's red (and #REDismycolor :P)!
 

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4 plant-based places to eat in LA

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        I talked about Backyard Bowls in my last post because it was my go-to place while I was staying in Santa Monica, but I wanted to add additional places where I enjoyed the food in LA. As I've been pretty busy (that explains also the lack of activity here), there may be "best-vegan-restaurants-in-LA" missing because these are the ones I got a chance to go to in between photo shoots and castings and they were all located close to my neighborhood, so don't hesitate to give me other names for next time.

        Also please note that except the first and last ones, the pictures in this article aren't from me because I didn't always take some when I ate at these places (whether it was because I was too busy enjoying the food and my friends' company or because the light wasn't good enough).

 

  • Cafe Gratitude - Venice

        I discovered this place thanks to my amazing roommate Samantha as she was mentioning to me her favorite places to order food in the neighborhood.  She warned me "it's VERY healthy" haha, as we both know that sometimes the places we like are too healthy for our friends.

The particularity about this place is that the waiters are asking you the question of the day that is about your dreams/happiness/feelings... -you don't have to answer- and each item on the menu has a positive affirmation (example "you are whole", "you are humble"). Some find it positive and warm, some find it cheesy. In that case, you can always order delivery ;)!

If you like "VERY healthy" food and a "yogi" atmosphere, this place is for you. My favorites are the Macro Bowl and their Beer-Battered Young Coconut (tastes exactly like fried calamari, I was shocked). I also loved their November Pumpkin pie! And for their drinks, my favorite was the Grace smoothie (coconut based and verrrry creamy).

 

Cafe Gratitude website (they have many different locations in LA)

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  • Veggie Grill - Santa Monica

        This one is for all those who think vegan eaters = healthy eaters! We actually eat junk food too, and it can be super tasty! Veggie Grill is the best vegan junk food place that I've tried yet and I'm torn between wanting them to open a restaurant in NYC because it would be great or wishing they never do because I would put on 10kg right away (nothing bad with gaining weight if you're happy guys ;), just that my personal goal is to stay fit)! I love that they use Beyond Burger from Beyond Meat for their hamburgers and that they aren't too expensive at all!

My fave: the classic VG Beyond Burger!

 

Veggie Grill website (they also have many locations in LA)

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  • True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica

        This one isn't an entire vegan place but they had such great quality vegetables that I had to put it here. It's great to go with people who eat differently (healthy/less healthy, plant-based/not plant-based) because they have a great option for everything! I loved their Charred Cauliflower and their Ancient Grains Bowl! My friend who isn't vegan had one of their pizza and loved it! I would definitely go back often as you really feel the quality of the ingredients.

 

True Food Kitchen website

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  • Sage Bistro - Culver City

        Different people had messaged me about this restaurant but I only had one occasion to go with my friend Brian and l had a great experience.

I ordered the Bollywood Bowl (have you noticed I love bowls?) and there were so many different flavors, the quantity was perfect (aka very filling haha, it was served with flatbread too). I also had one of their smoothies (don't remember which one, just that there were dates in it) and it was also so satisfying. I wish I could have been several times to test everything on their menu but I'll have to wait next time I come to LA :).

 

Sage Bistro website

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Healthy Fast food: Backyard Bowls

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       There is plenty of healthy plant based food in LA so I knew it would be a satisfying discovery for each meal coming here, but I was also sure that I'd go back to Backyard Bowls. I discovered it 2 years ago when I was staying for the first time in LA, and I would walk more than 1h back and forth just to go to their place in WeHo!! Haha, yes I like to walk, but I also love their food. Is it an extraordinary culinary experience? Probably not. But it is exactly the way I conceive food: healthy, abundant, plant based and simple but still with lots of flavors.

They have several locations and the pictures in this article are from their Santa Monica location which is the area I am staying.

 

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       The Menu

       Is simple: smoothie bowls (acai, pitaya, green bowls), smoothies, porridge bowls, toasts and grain bowls. That's it. The bases of a plant-based diet. I told you I like to eat a "high carb low fat" kinda diet and I feel like that's what I can easily get without thinking about it too much at Backyard Bowls because the carbs are in the center of everything (and carbs are definitely life). And you have quantity on your plate (actually in your bowl) which is also one of my criteria when I go to a restaurant: how much food will I have on my plate?

The other thing I like is that when you eat in, you get a proper bowl, a proper spoon: no plastic and no waste. It's something I was missing when I tried to have acai bowls in New York. Maybe the next improvement would be to also give a proper cup for the water fountain but I know it's not always easy to organize it.

Finally, it's fast food: you order at the counter and wait for your food that you can eat in or take away. It's really nice to know that you have healthy and yummy options when you are in a hurry.

 

       What Do I personally order?

       I generally go for a large (yes large, and the portion is huge! but we know as plant-based eaters that we tend to eat a lot more in quantities, especially on HCLF) Island bowl, which is my favorite of their smoothie bowls: there is mango in it, which is one of my favorite fruits, and coconut milk! It's a simple tropical bowl and I love how they aren't cheap on the granola compared to other places! It's very hot in LA so I love how a smoothie bowl cools me from the inside.

I was also very curious to test their grain bowls because macro bowls are really my favourite way to eat, and I am always more attracted to savory meals than sweets. So I built my own: green rice, hummus, hot sauce, cauliflower + chickpeas, sweet potato puree, shaved carrot, avocado, shallots and pickled beets, sprouts, micro greens and toasted almonds. And it was delicious! Like, really delicious! I really felt like I am going to make efforts to cook the same way at home because it is accessible and it is a way to eat that I would like to share.

 

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 Santa Monica Neighborhood

Santa Monica Neighborhood

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Backyard Bowls

Website. They have many locations so check if there's one close to you!

 

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Bella Taiwan October 2017

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        I'm so happy to be in the October issue of Bella Taiwan and I am blessed, not only because I absolutely love our pictures, but also because it was a day full of laugh and love thanks to Alex, the producer and make-up artist, who organized everything. I love the feeling of these pictures, it's like a winter dream because of the clothes and the texture on the photographs but also the mood that's pretty relaxed but intense at the same time. I hope you'll love these as much as I do!

 

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The Team

Photographer: Yossi Michaeli

Stylist: Bronson Vajda

Make-up: Alex T

Hair: Gonn Kinoshita

Nails: Rie Yokoi

 

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Liftra by Dr. Jart

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        At what age should you start anti-aging beauty products? Not everyone agrees on that, mid 20s?, late 20s?, early 30s? later than that?? And which product to start with? I'm still in my early 20s but I'm starting to think about these questions because I believe prevention is the best way to deal with anything. When I was a teenager I only used one cream (Embryolisse) and I didn't really care about other skincare products, I sometimes even went to bed without removing my makeup and woke up with a panda bear look! It's the bad side of having a naturally good skin: I was lazy. But now I realize I was born lucky and instead of taking it for granted, I should take care of my skin -I only have one after all. This is why I created The French Glow and it's also why I will tell you today about Liftra by Dr. Jart that I had the chance to try.

 

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        Liftra is a line of only 2 products and 1 tool: a contour cream, a contour fixer and a contour shaper. The contour cream is the first thing of the kit you use, after cleaning and drying your skin. You don't need to use much as it has a rich texture that stretches a lot on the skin. It has collagen and peptides that help plumping the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles while maximizing skincare penetration. The second step of the kit is to massage your skin with the contour shaper using upwards motions -from the chin to the ears, from the cheekbones to the temples and from the lower part of your neck to the earlobes (I also used it a bit on the forehead and under the eye just because of the relaxing feeling it gives me). And you finish with the fixer by simply spraying it on your face. It also has collagen and peptides as well as a hyaluronic acid complex that helps hydrating the skin with no sticky feeling.

 

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        So, what do I think about it? To be honest I didn't see a huge difference before and after using the kit BUT you have to remember that I use it for prevention (I'm only in my early 20s, therefore I don't have yet wrinkles to treat) and that even the best skin care isn't magical: no cream can really take you back in time. But I did notice a few things happening; I felt that my skin was more plumped, firm after using the contour cream, and that the little "expression marks" around the eyes and around the mouth (you know, the ones that only show some days) were softer and my skin was less feeling like "pulling". I also felt like the whole kit with the contour shaper makes you think more about how gentle you should be with your skin. Now even when I use makeup remover and other skincare products, I am careful to make the movements upward, not pulling the skin, as it has a lot to do with how your skin will age too. I also found the massages on the face and neck really relaxing. It doesn't just lift the skin it relaxes your muscles and improves blood circulation that is important for a healthy skin. The fixer feels fresh and I like that you can use it for everything, like fix your makeup, refresh your skin, finish your skincare routine... In the end, I am really satisfied with this kit, and I feel like it's a nice introduction to simple anti-aging skincare, and you can use the contour shaper forever! It's not the cheapest, but for a whole kit I think that it's really affordable compared to other very expensive creams (without tools).

 

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Simple foods: Summer Rolls

 

        I don't think you're ever going to see complicated recipes on The French Glow. I like to share simple foods because not everyone is able to cook for hours, especially me as I am still learning about cooking and how not to ruin every meal I try to make haha! But also because I want to show that eating healthy isn't complicated if you don't want it to be.

        Summer rolls are my favorite at the moment, perfect for the summer as it's fresh and simple to make, eat and digest. I like mixes of flavors so that's why I love sushi rolls/sandwiches/vegan burgers/currys... Because you can have lots of different flavors in just one bite. What I also like with summer rolls is that it looks rather beautiful, and to me, the pleasure of the eyes reinforces the pleasure of the taste!

 

 

Recipe

This isn't MY personal recipe (I didn't invent it) but it's the one I love to make :)

For the Dipping sauce

 

  • 1-2 table spoons of peanut butter (chose one that has only peanuts as ingredients!)
  • Warm water (depending how you want the consistency to be)
  • Lime juice (optional)
  • Sriracha (depending how spicy you like it)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 table spoon soy sauce

For the summer Rolls

To make about 4 summer rolls

  • Rice paper (usually found in the Asian section of your supermarket)
  • 4-8 big lettuce leafs
  • 1/2 a cucumber
  • 2 medium carrots
  • Rice noodles (optional)
  • Tofu
  • Mint

And you can add mango and avocado which I didn't add today but that I love to use!

 

        Cut the cucumber and carrots (and mango and avocado) in thin long slices. Cut the tofu in thin slices and cook on a pan with a little bit of olive oil while you cook the noodles. When the tofu and noodles are ready, start making the rolls with 1 or 2 lettuce leafs for each roll and a bit of everything else you prepared (make sure not to put too much noodles to be able to test everything), add fresh mint and roll! You can cut them like I did as I find it easier to eat. For the dressing, simply mix everything slowly until it has the right consistency. Et voilà. It's really quick and simple to make!

 

 

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Vogue Taiwan August 2017

 

        I was so happy to see our work in Vogue Taiwan! It's only the 3rd time I post my work in here but already the second time you see the name Ruo Bing Li haha, I just love his work! He doesn't use much retouching, he has interesting angles, and always has this fresh final result that I really love as it's both sophisticated and natural looking.

        And that's what we can find in this story: you see the skin, and because of the angles it has an intimate atmosphere I find, but the makeup (by the sweet Liset Garza) is bold and colorful, not your usual go-to look! It says to break the rule, and I don't think anyone can wear a colorful round of color around their eye of course, but why not a colorful eyeliner (I wore blue here)? Why not a colored mascara? Or a mix of soft colors on your eyelid? That's what you can get inspired to do if you want to change from what you see every day. To avoid the too much effect, chose colors that go well together, make thin lines and use a classic place/shape (for example, do your colorful eyeliner on your top eyelid, not your bottom one), but most of all, have fun!!!

 

 

The team

Photographer: Ruo Bing Li

Makeup: Liset Garza

Hair: Junya Nakashima

 

 

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Elle Japan August 2017

 

        I decided to start posting my favorite modeling work in my Diary section as it is also a great inspiration on beauty, trends, and attitude I want to share. So today I'm sharing with you my new story for Elle Japan in their August issue because I loved the working girl story! It was too much fun to shoot in the streets of New York pretending I am taking a taxi to go to work in my cute Kate Spade outfit! Shooting outside is also a pleasure when people around are watching me and shout compliments, it feels good to have strangers sending me such good vibes!

 

 

The team

Photographer: Sarah Kehoe

Stylist: Annebet Duvall

Makeup: Hiro Yonemoto

Hair: Carmel Bianco

Director: Makiko Monji

 

 

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Find motivation with positivity

 

        When you observe your past actions, you may notice that your most productive moments are often generated by negative forces like fear (of losing an opportunity/of starvation/of someone else/of death), panic (the famous last minute productivity) or a sad life changing event. So, in general, you worked the hardest during the darkest moments of your life, for the simple reason that in these moments you often have no choice but to work your ass off.

 

     But what happens when your goal isn't urgent?

         Many people get stuck with their small goals like lose/gain weight, change a habit or a diet, start exercising or run a marathon... For example, I recently stopped smoking. I have to say I wasn't a huge smoker (2-3 cigarettes a day, sometimes more, and a lot more if I was partying) but still, smoking is smoking and in my head I knew it was temporary, "I'll stop one day" I thought "but not today". Another thing about me is that my mom is an Oncologist so I know all the ugly truth about cancer, but it's funny how it wasn't enough to make me stop: nothing was imminent so I always pushed it to later. Until I decided to stop for a different reason: I wanted to run faster.

     Motivation with positivity

        I read before about this positive approach that focuses on what are the potential positive outcomes if you change instead of the potential negative ones if you don't. Instead of thinking you want to lose/gain weight because you find yourself unhealthy/not beautiful enough at the moment, think of how healthy you will become and the confidence you will have. If you just started exercising and you compare yourself to others thinking you aren't fast enough/good enough and that's why you should work harder, it can be less motivating than if you think of how far you will go/how strong you can become compared to where you started (in general try to never compare yourself with others path, we come from different places and have different bodies/minds).

So when I finally stopped smoking, instead of thinking that I had to stop to not die some day, to not smell like cigarettes, to not age my skin too quickly etc... Well I started thinking the other way; this time it was to be able to sprint faster at Barry's Bootcamp as I already made progresses but felt like I would feel so much stronger if I stopped... And I was right! After 2 weeks without touching a cigarette, I already could sprint 0.5 mph more than before! I also wanted to feel healthier in my everyday life and keep my money for better things. And because of that, the few moments when I craved like a cigarette it was so much easier than before to make the right decision.

It's subtle because sometimes it's just turning a sentence the other way ("I will have a better skin if I change" instead of "I have to change because my skin is/will be bad" which is technically the same thing but it rings a different bell in your mind) but more than the saying it's the positive thinking and how you see the situation. I don't know if that will work for you, but I know it works for me because I am tired to always think of the bad things that can happen to me as a motivation force. I just want to be surrounded by more positivity in general in my life.

     Thinking positively doesn't mean closing your eyes

        Of course, you also have to face the negative things in life because nothing good comes from closing your eyes to the truth. As another example is how I decided to eat vegan and what made me change -the horrible videos and the truth about climate change opened my eyes- but it doesn't have to be your motivation force! Because in the end what made me really go vegan is all the delicious meals I tried and how I felt healthier and how my skin got better (I already had good skin but some friends told me the last 2 years my pores went smaller which is when I started a plant based diet). So, maybe in the end it's a mix of both: be clear about your situation, but use all the positive things that can happen to you as a motivation.

 

 Pictures shot by Patrick Xiong

Pictures shot by Patrick Xiong

 

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Retro summer look

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        It's quite funny, I don't recall wearing a skirt outside of my job for the past 2 years, at least! But now that I am playing with shapes and colors and it's starting to boil in New York (95°F today)... Well, I felt like wearing a skirt for the first time in a while! I went to Hudson River to take the pictures, and when the weather is that hot it's pretty refreshing to feel the strong wind.

 

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        Because of the red stripes of this Zara skirt, I felt like keeping the look simple with just a tee and heels and not too many strong colors. I liked the retro look this combination gave with the green Manolo Blahnik pumps and this cute Snoopy t-shirt from Free People. The jumper is Vanessa Seward, I didn't need it outside at all but you should always have a jumper with you during the summer in the US because the air conditioning is so strong everywhere lol. The bag is vintage and I love the design on it, it's both simple in the colors and material and sophisticated with the sewing. I hope you enjoy the beautiful days as much as I do (and wear skirts)!

 

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What to eat after a workout

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     Why is it important to eat something after you worked out?

        When you workout, you use your glycogen storage for fuel -that's why if you push yourself to the maximum you can feel a bit dizzy and like your muscles don't respond to you anymore- and some of the proteins in your muscle get broken down. Just after working out you need to refill this glycogen storage and repair you muscle for better recovery and be able to workout more often. You also need to rehydrate yourself after sweating.

     What do you need and when do you need it?

         The above means you mostly need carbs to restore glycogen and proteins for muscle growth. It should be within 30-45mn after your workout for maximum effect and it is best to limit fats just after working out: some studies show that fats slow down the absorption of the nutrients you need fast after working out (some others say that even if it slows it down, the digestion is still effective and it doesn't affect the benefits of the carbs and proteins, and some people also need some fats to satisfy their hunger more, so adding healthy fats is up to you, but it isn't the most important at that moment).

 

        Here is what I personally eat after a workout and other options for you:

 

     If I am in a hurry - Protein smoothies

 

          Base:

  • 2 bananas
  • A scoop of plant-based protein powder (I use Vega - French Vanilla shake)
  • A cup of plant-based milk.

Bananas are recommended by many professionals for a post workout meal because they are a great source of healthy carbs, potassium, and fibers that slow down the absorption of sugar. With the protein powder you get your easy to digest and complete proteins that also contains many minerals and vitamin to help you recover even better.

        What you can add for extra hydration:

  • Orange/mango/pineapple juice will also bring you Vitamin C and extra sweetness
  • You can also use coconut water instead of the plant based milk to rehydrate with super low calories.

        What you can add for healthy fats:

  • 1 tbsp of organic peanut/almond butter
  • Some coconut oil
  • Hemp seeds (that are easier to absorb when ground)

If you have enough time you can also make a nice smoothie bowl with all the toppings and healthy granola (I plan on giving you a recipe that isn't full of sugar soon here).

        What you can add for extra taste and fun:

  • All the fruits you want
  • You can also make a nice acai smoothie with an unsweetened acai pack and some tropical fruits
  • You can add some dates for a sweeter taste

But in general I would say to limit syrups and sugars because you don't want to ruin all the benefits of your workout, but the important part is to have some pleasure and not see health as an annoying thing ;)!

 

        Other options if you don't have a lot of time are:

  • Hummus with whole grain pita and veggies
  • Homemade oatmeal with bananas and protein powder

 

 

 

     If I have more time - Macro bowls

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Vegan burger, greens, avo and pico de gallo... add healthy carbs like sweet potatoes, potatoes, grains, multi-grain bread, ... To this meal to make it a healthy macro bowl :)

 

        You can read my article about macro bowls here. They are a great lunch or dinner option after working out: they are filling and satisfying when you probably are very hungry after pushing yourself, so you don't eat something that would ruin all your efforts because of frustration; they have a great carbs/proteins/fats ratio that will give you what you exactly need for recovery. The only problem is that it can take a little time to cook it, so I recommend to prepare it before your workout to have the maximum benefits and not have to wait before eating.

 

        Other good options if you have enough time are:

  • Wholegrain toast with avocado, grilled tofu and sprouts
  • Healthy quinoa salad
  • Rice and beans (use spices for taste!)
  • Lentil and sweet potato stew

 

 

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Striped pants

 

        I love how cute the West Village streets look so to shoot those striped pants I wanted this atmosphere with the pave streets and the shades from the trees. It's a perfect spring/summer look with the light fabrics and another way to not fall in the usual short/tank top outfit (read my previous article about that). I love how the stripes paired with the white off the shoulder top makes it chic but relaxed at the same time.

 

 

        Stripes are sometimes hard to wear because it can give an unflattering illusion if they stretch, what I loved in these Zara pants is that they are wide and long so it gives you extra long legs! You want to wear it with heels because of the length and I liked to break the chic from the stripes with the off the shoulder peasant shirt from Aerie that is so cute. And in the same vibe, I love how the backpack is looking super cute, but it's also a classic from Louis Vuitton. What do you think of this look?

 

 

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I was wearing Jimmy Choo and earrings from a thrift shop

but I give you similar options and a close version of the Louis Vuitton Backpack :)

 

 

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It's summer time in New York!

 

        It has been pretty hot in New York last week and I swear even if I am french, I won't complain about it! I love summer and the feeling of the sun on my skin (wearing sunscreen!) and the fact that everything has a different atmosphere: even when you're working it feels almost like holiday and summer plans are very close. That said, extreme temperatures - very cold or very hot - can be a struggle when it comes to what to wear. When it's winter you have to wear as many layers as possible and vice versa for summer. So how to still be stylish in that case?

 

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        I fell in love with this Kaftan by Free People because it's a way to bring some beach vibes in the city and it's so colorful! A good way to wear shorts and a tank top without feeling bored, and it flies in the wind to create a dramatic scene haha! Add sandals and a colorful belt and voilà, ready for an iced coffee on terrace. Summer is easy, you just have to enjoy and remember to stay hydrated ;).

 

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Hair Care favorite of the moment

 

          Sometimes the best way to discover great products is through samples. That's what happened to me with Living Proof. I got the Full Dry Volume Blast on Birchbox and actually didn't use it at first because I had other sprays and dry shampoos to try. One morning I was searching in my sample box for a volume/texturizing spray because my hair was too clean therefore completely flat (hello fine hair!)... I got my hand on this one and was so satisfied 5mn later! Better than dry shampoo to create texture and this fake-dirty look. You don't need to use a lot and it's easy to use. For the Perfect Hair Day - Night Cap (the name says a lot) it was after purchasing a few products that I got the sample. I didn't really know what to expect from this overnight perfector: will it destroy my pillow cases? Will it be too heavy for my fine hair? How much do you use? So. Many. Questions. And it's actually super simple too: you don't need to put so much but apply it from roots to ends and comb it - the first time I used a lot because my hair was kinda destroyed after a job, but since you don't have to wash it the next day I'd say to not use too much and then adjust to the result you want the next time depending on what result you had the first time. It absorbs quickly so it's safe for the pillow and I was beyond satisfied the next day when I had healthy looking hair and a nice texture. It's like a styling overnight mask. These both products aren't samples for me anymore as I purchased them quickly after finishing the samples. I highly recommend them, especially if you, have fine, texture-less hair.

 

 

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