Edouard Boubat – Cafe De Flore, Paris, 1953

hey friends! what’s happening? the most interesting thing i’ve done lately – which actually isn’t that interesting at all, but maybe you wanted to hear about it, is that i completed a Whole30. well, Anton and i both did. we are BIG eaters. like, YUGE. it is one of our favourite things to do together, ever since we first started dating all those years ago. you could say that we’ve been a tad bit gluttonous. when we were child-free and on the lamb we regularly ate out: dinners, lunches, breakfasts, brunches… oh, i miss it so. then we became parents and suddenly we found ourselves too tired to cook, and began leaning heavily on our bad eating ways – getting a lot of take out and having really easy suppers (pasta! pizza! curry! sushi!). it has taken a toll on us, physically, and i have found it very hard to bounce back after having a baby. but you know, Axel is almost a year and a half now… there’s an expiration date on pulling the “baby weight” card.

but, that’s not really why we did it. Anton has a chronic neuromuscular autoimmune disease (which i won’t get into it here) so we both decided that we needed to start looking at alternative ways to treat his symptoms. i have always read about autoimmune diseases + inflammation and how your diet can negatively or positively swings things around. so, we decided to try it. i’m happy to report that it seems to be helping! i think it will still be a long road, but i can say that our habits have changed for the better and we are both feeling much better (and my jeans are fitting again, which is a happy side-effect). if you’ve ever been keen to try an elimination diet or you’re just interested in hearing more, drop me a mail!

anyway, those first few days were hard and i had to do a lot of distracting myself to stop thinking about fooooooooood. perhaps you need a distraction too? here ya go.


ANIMALS ARE AMAZING!


HOW ABOUT A BIT OF ART HISTORY!

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The true story of the night Van Gogh cut off his ear, from the perspective of his friend Gauguin.

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i love this feature: One Little Thing. specifically deconstructing this painting by Manet – but the others are great too (especially this scene in Freaks & Geeks)


HOW ABOUT SOME FASHION HISTORY!


SCENES WITHIN SCENES!

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Sings of the Times – when collaborative filtering recommender algorithms enter the real world (scary!)


MILLENIAL NUTRITIONISTS!


INFLUENCERS!

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How to Sell a Billion-Dollar Myth Like a French Girl

“The effortlessly chic French woman is one of the most persistent tropes in our lifestyle landscape.”

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Your Favorite Influencers Aren’t Writing Their Own Content – These Women Are

“how can you sell authenticity and relatability when someone else writes your content? Answer: You can’t.”


IT’S FUNNY BECAUSE IT’S TRUE!

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Before the Internet

“you’d walk outside and squint at the sky, just you in your body, not tethered to any network, adrift by yourself in a world of strangers in the sunlight.”

 

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Playground Purgatory

“I’m always so happy when I’m here, and never feel strange or despondent.”


COOL PEOPLE MEETING EACH OTHER!

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Princess Di meeting Mr. Bean

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a young Bill Clinton meeting JFK


TALENTED HOTTIES!

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no link, just Harrison being a hottie ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


SO MUCH CAN CHANGE IN 2 YEARS

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“my parents in 1968 and again 1970”


STOP TREATING YOURSELF LIKE AN AFTER THOUGHT

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“We buried mum today. We found this in one of her notebooks.”


THIS DUTCH DAD IS PARENTING GOALS

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LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE

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and finally, this dog taking a nap in Bruges

4 Comments

  1. Such an eclectic round-up! Love it, thank you for making me smile at my desk today :)

  2. So many wonderful things here. Thank you for gathering them for us!

  3. Love your mum notebook message. And love your style, ciao from Italy!

  4. Thanks for the fun round-up! And congrats on the Whole30. I did it, too, a few years ago and it changed so many things.

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