Thursday, February 28, 2013

at least i know what my next jacket looks like...

Goodafternoon, my loves.

Just stumbled upon yet another Olivia Palermo-outfit that is to die for. I have a couple of favorites, but this one is an addition. I am completely in love.

First off: The colors are amazing. It's no secret that I'm not the color-blocking type (at least to a certain extend), so these earthy colors make my heart melt.
Second off: The shoes. PER-FEC-TION. I'm completely smitten.
But the thing I'm actually really loving, is her jacket - or sweater, which it actually is. I've been examining the picture for long enough to see, that it's a knit sweater. I'm loving the A-shape and most of all the fur.

I'm praying that my grandmother sees this and starts knitting something like this... Perhaps? 

The rest of the Olivia's top ten outfit-pictures are to be found here, and I just snapped one of them.
Happy birthday to Olivia (did I forget to mention that?).

Much love and gros bisous
Thea



Wednesday, February 27, 2013

current favorite: edition poshette

It so happens, that I live with someone very creative, very gifted and very, very amazing.
She is, first off, very beautiful, but also the brains behind the amazing brand Edition Poshette. A mix of luxury leather goods: Wallets, note books, luggage tags, bags etc.

What's the deal with this brand?

I am the first one to admit, that I love high-end brands. I love Chloé, I love Yves Saint Laurent and I love Chanel. I'm not saying that my closet is full of these brands, but you get the picture. 

The only thing about these amazing brands is the mass-production. Knowing, that when you buy that skirt, there isn't much history behind it, and that it doesn't feel so so special.
Admitted, my Chanel ballerinas are one of my greatest treasures, and they do feel special to me.
But sometimes I miss that history, that inspiration, that poetry and that adventure.

Then came.... Edition Poshette.

And the deal is, my friends, that these leather goods have a history. I've seen that with my own eyes. Hand-made, soft leather with amazing prints, witty sayings and at the same time totally and completely necessary items.
Everything from the box that the items come in to the the prints on the leather, gives you that amazing adventurous feeling. 

SO... A while ago, I asked dear Simone Bendix (her name), if she had ever considered making key chains (or key rings, to be exact). I have been walking around with a lousy metal key ring - very non-parisienne indeed. I figured, that she would be thrilled about the idea. Turns out that she had already produced key rings. Of course.
And oh the joy, when I got one. I feel like flashing my keys to everybody, and the leather is so soft, that I could use it as a pillow.

Pictures? Comin' up.

Much love and gros bisous
Thea

Pssssssssst: Check the website, bien sûr: http://www.editionposhette.com
And for those of you wanting to purchase the products online, hang one a little while longer... A webshop is in the making!














Sunday, February 24, 2013

i am missing....

My big sister. 
And my best friend. 
Maria.



Me on the left, her on the right (and the other way around).

Much love and gros bisous
Thea

Thursday, February 21, 2013

your ultimate guide to marrakech

I PROMISED to make you guys a guide, so that you are prepared for a great adventure. So instead of blabbing on about unimportant details, I'm getting straight to it:

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PREPARATIONS

- Buy a guide (book) and read it though. It's always a good idea when traveling to a foreign country.
- Buy a map.
- If you plan on staying more than three months, you have to get a visa (not the card, noob). No. You have to get a visa in order to stay in Morocco for more than three months. Anything LESS than three months -- well, then you don't have to apply for one.

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ARRIVAL

- When arriving, keep in mind that you have to get though immigration. It might take a while. Have your passport and address through your stay ready.
- Exchange money. The currency is called Dirham, but it's closed - meaning that you can only exchange to Dirham once in the country.
- Get ready for noise, shouting and dirt along with horses, donkeys, cats, dogs, scooters and cars....

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INFO

- Marrakech can be divided into "two" cities. The new and the old. Fairly simple. To get from one to another, count on grabbing a cab.
- They speak Arabic and French (as it was once a French colony). Most people speak English fairly well, too.
- Bargain every single price they offer you. Example: Salesman wants 100 Dirham. You offer 40 or maybe even 30 -- depending on what you are purchasing. You end somewhere around 60. Nothing more. EVER. They know that you're a tourist. When bargaining, be firm but smile and have a friendly attitude. This gets you FAR.
- If they steal in Marocco, they get punished badly. It's frowned upon to steal other people's properties, but that doesn't mean you have to flash all your jewelry. 
- When you see women walking around with needles filled with red fluid... Don't worry. It isn't blood (like I thought.) It's henna. I didn't try it, but I'm sure they're good at it.
- One of the most sacred places in Islam is placed in Marrakech: The Medina. Many muslims pilgrimage to this place - so keep in mind, that you are in a very sacred place to some people.
- Don't wear hot-pants or show your cleavage. Wear pants and a long sleeved shirt and always keep a big scarf with you - some places require that you cover up your shoulders and hair. Either way... Believe me: You will get tired of the long stares and the comments, so you will want to cover yourself up.
- Drinking water from the tap is a no-go. Only drink bottled water.

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PLACES TO GO

1. Le Grand Café de la Poste - really great food for really great prices. A very big restaurant, beautifully decorated and super, super elegant and chic. Eating here may be expensive compared to eating in the old city, but compared to European prices... It's really cheap. GO there.
Address: Boulevard el Mansour Eddahbi, Marrakech

2. Comptoir - also really great food but slightly more pricy. Still, it's cheap for European standards. A huge, old brasserie turned into a chic restaurant with belly dancers at 10 and up-to-date clubbing music after 12. AMAZING experience. Oh... And get the chocolate fondant. It's best I've had in my life. I swear. And I have had... A LOT.
Address: Avenue Echouhada, Marrakech

3. Cafe des Épices - a great little café situated in the souk, where you can find a slightly more quiet and calm atmosphere. Also, you will find other tourists coming here, if you want a bit more of a homy touch. It's not a café in a classic sense - you sit outside on stools in the sun and eat a nice sandwich (the kefta one is really great).
By night it supposedly opens up a great rooftop terrasse, but we never got that far. Next time!
Address: Derb Rahba Lakdima, Marrakech

4. Jardin Majorelle - an amazing garden maintained by Yves Saint Laurent (well, now he's dead) and his partner Pierre Bergé. Read about it in this blog-post.
Address: Rue Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakech

5. Les Bains de Marrakech - for the ULTIMATE hammam-experience. I wrote all about it in this blog-post.
Address: 2 Derb Sedra, Bab Agnaou, KasbahMarrakech

6. Riad le Jardin d'Abdou - the hotel we stayed in for the first couple of days. Pictures and descriptions here and here
When we return to Marrakech, we will DEFINITELY stay there. This hotel is placed in the old city (the Medina, to be specific) just like Café des Épices, Jardin Majorelle and Les Bains de Marrakech.
Address: Arset Bel Baraka 2 & 3 Derb Makina, Marrakech

7. Hotel La Mamounia - UN-BE-LIEVEABLE. Hotel. Luxury. Wow.
No, really. I'm not recommending this because I will come back to stay for several nights. I won't. Because we can't afford it. But I am quite sure, that you can pay a certain amount of money to be able to lie by the pool the entire day, although you're not a guest at the hotel. Fairly sure, yes. You can also pay to have breakfast there.
And THAT, my friends, I am coming back for (the pool-hanging). I really, really am.
Photos and descriptions here.
Address: Avenue Bab Jdid, 40 040 Marrakech


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EAT & DRINK

- Cous cous (the best of your life for sure)
- Kefta (a meatball sorta thing)
- Orange juice in the souk (but beware: evidently, they put tap water into it). We had no problems with our stomachs, and we drank freshly squeezed orange juice every day. Four Dirham (0,30€).
- Briouates - a pastry (not dessert) thing filled with different stuff like chicken, goat cheese or something else, wrapped in dough. They are AMAZING. Anywhere I had them, they were great. Moroccan specialty!

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All there is left to say is: ENJOY. And contact me if you have any other questions!

Much love and gros bisous
Thea






Tuesday, February 19, 2013

what to buy in marrakech: part three

I'm stopping soon - I promise.
I just have a few things left to share with you purchase-wise.

SO.... I'm moving back to Denmark this summer. Horrifying and really great, too. I'm moving straight into a beautiful apartment, and I cannot wait. Thing is, though...
I have nothing. I have my bed, two pillows, two duvets, I have an amazing hair-dryer (thank you, grandma!! it's incredible!), I have two egg cups, I have three tons of clothes and four tons of make-up and other beauty-stuff.

Other than that... I don't have much.
So I'm starting to buy things for my apartment.
AAAAaaaand it so happens, that you find incredible wickerwork in Marrakech (and many other African countries, too). I felt like buying all the bags and baskets, but instead, I bought these amazing mats. Now there's only left to start making HOT food. 

And in order to do that, you need spices. I added a lot of photos of the spice-shop in this blog-post. Check it out.

The apartment I'm moving home to has a fairly big terrace. I needed to bring home some of that Moroccan feel, so I bought this beautiful lantern to hang onto the parasol. Can't wait to see what it looks like with a candle in it at night.

All there is left to say, is:
Everything is cheap. Sometimes ridiculously cheap. This is when you start buying A LOT. Beware: Because of the cheap prices, it might very well end up being a VERY expensive holiday. That wasn't the case for me, but I could very well have been. Just remember....

Much love and gros bisous
Thea









Saturday, February 16, 2013

what to buy in marrakech: part two

The good readers and the nearest friends will know, that I'm a serious sucker for ghetto-bling-bling. Jewelry-wise...
I love-love-love to wear jewelry that looks like it's been stolen from the Queen herself. I really do. For everyday, I wear the same, simple jewelry (read and see pictures here), but for going out OR spicing my knit sweater up a little, I love wannabe diamonds.

So it wasn't without hesitating that I HAD to buy these earrings.
Thing is, though..... I don't have piercings in both of my ears. In fact, I only have it in one. And it's not even on the bottom of my earlobe.
But I AM planning to get my ears pierced. I just have to be able to afford proper earrings first. I'm so picky about the jewelry I wear for everyday, and I certainly don't plan on wearing these when babysitting Polly (although, I'm sure she would DIE from fascination!).

Anyway - I bought these. I can't wait to wear them. I'm going to the Opera with daddy'o in April. Fingers crossed that my ears will be pierced by then!

Best part about this purchase: They cost me 10€ altogether. He-he-he!

They're ugly in the really great way, right?

Much love and gros bisous
Thea





Monday, February 11, 2013

change of a name

My lovely followers,

To cut to the case: I'm thinking about changing the name of my blog. Not because I don't like the name as it is now (means "run little rabbit") - in fact, I love it. 
I'm changing it because it's too complicated for many foreigners - both to pronounce, but also to spell. I'm afraid of losing followers if the name remains as it is now. I'm also changing it now, because I get more and more followers on my blog. I'm afraid it's gonna be "too late" if I wait too long.

It's weird thinking about changing a name, that to me has become somewhat of a badge. I'm looking into a new (french) name, and I have several good ideas. I'm also looking into making sure, that the current name of the website (www.courspetitlapin.blogspot.com) will redirect to my 'new' blog for a couple of months.

So guys - make sure to check up on it in the nearest future. I will OF COURSE warn you a few days in advance. 

You are always welcome to throw in a couple of ideas if you feel like it.
Any French words you like?

Much love and gros bisous
Thea

Sunday, February 10, 2013

what to buy in marrakech: part one

It wouldn't have been a real vacation without a few souvenirs.... Something to remember the city by, or simply just to please myself. I can't decide which one.........

When you travel to very foreign countries, it's hard not to get carried away with local gadgets (in the non-technology sense), local clothes, local this and local that. It's really hard. When you walk around in a crowd full of women wearing long, colorful dresses, you might catch yourself thinking, that it would be a good idea to buy one of those dresses. And really - it might look good on you when you are there... But back home -- not so much.

I didn't buy dresses, but I bought some other things.

- Argan oil
- Rose oil
- Mint oil

... For the body, bien sûr.
Yes, I bought oil. It was really, really cheap (5€ per bottle at the most) and it smelled really really good. When I bought it, I didn't know if I was ever gonna use it... Turns out: I should've bought more.
I - AM - OBSESSED.
Mostly because it's pure oil. Let me get back to that... First, a proper introduction:


Argan oil: Oh, you must have heard of it... Right? Argan oil has become very popular due to several facts:
1. You can use it on your skin or in your hair.
2. It helps get rid of acne and cleans up your skin within a few weeks.
3. It fades scarring you may have from blemishes.
4. It is hydrating like crazy.

Rose oil: First off, it smells like those reeeeeally beautiful roses that smell so bloody amazing. This oil is good because:
1. Makes your hair stronger (I use it once a week in wet hair, let it sit for about 5 minutes and rinse).
2. Ideal for dry and patchy skin.

Mint oil: I am completely mint-obsessed these days. Tea, chocolate..... You name it. So when I saw this bottle, I thought... Why not? Turns out, there are several benefits to this little sucker:
1. Refreshes skin
2. Cleans skin 
3. Disinfects skin 


O-KAY.
So there are benefits to these oils. I use them every day - in my hair, on my face, on my skin. I use them as cleansers and as hair treatment while in the shower. But MOST of all, I use it for one specific thing:

I use the argan oil as eye-makeup-remover. 
I use the Helena Rubenstein Lash Queen Waterproof (yes, the one with the animal print on it... LOVE). Great mascara. Amazing, in fact. And waterproof? Ohhhhh YES. So waterproof, that every night has been a struggle for removing my mascara. Sometimes so much, that I decided not to wear mascara in the morning, so I wouldn't have to remove it in the evening. (Admitted: I'm too lazy to wear mascara every day. I really am. But I like the thought of it.)
But then came along the argan oil. I spray it on a cotton pad and it removes my mascara in one stroke. Just like that. Along with removing my mascara, it moisturizes my lashes leaving them soft and ready for the next day.

What more can you ask for? Such a simple product... No muss, no fuss - no secret ingredients. Just pure oil. In all of them.

And that's what I love about these oils. They are pure.

That's what I'll show you for now, folks. I have more stuff to show you, but not just yet! Keep up!

Much love and gros bisous
Thea

PS: I am truly sorry that I didn't have the argan oil with me when I shot these photos. You're gonna have to do without!
PPS: Oh, and speaking of.... Several high-end products like Josie Maran have started selling argan oil. For a lot of money. If you wanna pay for the packaging - then go buy it. If not - go to Wholefoods or your other nearby pharmacy and buy it for a lot less!






Thursday, February 07, 2013

sum-up: le mois d'octobre, novembre, décembre & janvier

Wow. I just now realized, that I had forgotten all about my monthly sum-up's. That's stupid, especially because they seemed to be quite popular - and I also like reading the ones I made just when I had moved here. So here we go...

I have now lived here for 5 months. Sounds like a little, feels like A LOT.
Since my last update (september), a lot has happened. One thing I know is, that I truly do feel like this city is my home. The thought of leaving in another five months breaks my heart. I'm already missing my street, my local coffee pusher, my wine bar, my chambre, my family, A's tiny studio, my view, my grocery pusher and lots more.

But hey - let's just get started with the list, already. You know the drill, so sit down and relax....


October, November, December & January - pro's:
- La vie. Just remember to enjoy your life for a few seconds every day
- Being in love. In Paris. So much in love
- Trip to Copenhagen
- Trip to NYC
- Trip to Marrakech
- Trip HOME... To Paris. Oh, the feeling. Lovely.
- Buying sports gear in NYC....
- ... And using it....
- And therefore getting fit
- Running in Paris
- Drinking coffee at my local café (Kooka Boora, Avenue Trudaine)
- Sunshine
- Church
- The smell of laundry detergent outside our local launderette
- Drinking wine at noon (yes, that's completely normal here)
- Tsaziki
- Chocolate
- Freedom
- Visit from my dad - several times
- My BIRTHDAY. 19 years old. Woooo
- Presents
- Chloé coat, which I will show you soon
- More Chloé stuff. Best brand ever

October, November, December & January - con's:
- Losing beloved ones
- Rain
- Cold weather
- Dog poo.... Still. They haven't disappeared since my last sum-up
- STEPPING IN THEM
- ... Thank God, it only happened once
- The journey of getting fit.... Hard work, guys
- Sore muscles
- Missing friends and family (mostly my siblings)
- Clara leaving Paris. Pfffffff

October, November, December & January - what have I learned?
- ALWAYS LOOK WHERE YOU ARE STEPPING
- ... Or you might very likely step in a big, fat dog poo
- That you are expected to drink wine when lunchin'
- That several espresso's a day will definitely do something to your stomach....
- ... So stick to two per day
- That French people don't get irony OR sarcasm
- ... So when saying a REALLY mean joke, they take it as an insult
- ... And that it's never cool having to explain your joke
- ... While apoligizing like a fanatic and complete wuss
- That French girls look stunning in jeans and a t-shirt
- ... And that the rest of us, to the contrary, look BORING
- That, despite that you're about 80 years old, still can take the metro while applying nail polish at the same time
- ... And that I want to be that woman when I become old
- That saving money due to huge sale is NOT the same as earning money
- ... But that it's a good excuse for spending money

October, November, December & January - could not have survived without...
- A. He's the love of my life
- Mint tea
- Lindt Dark Chocolate with Mint 
- Anything with mint
- Music
- Coffee
- Traveling 
- Wine
- Drawing
- Sunshine
- Visits
- Running
- Hair Repair Mask from Morocanoil
- Oils that I purchased in Marrakech: Rose, Mint and Argan (for the body, bien sûr)
- Friends

October, November, December & January - could have survived without...
- Pissy frenchmen- and women
- Dog poo
- Rain
- Poverty
- Rats in the metro


OK... That's all for now, folks!

Much love and gros bisous
Thea




















Tuesday, February 05, 2013

doors in marrakech

I'm still not done with Marrakech. I still have things to show you.
One of those things are the doors.
Yes, you heard it.
Doors.

May sound slightly boring, but I just have to show you.
Being in a different culture can mean many different things. One of the most outstanding things about Marrakech were the colors.... Colors, that I am not at all used to. Everything was full of colors - the clothes, the walls, the bricks, the food - everything! I found it ever so inspiring, so I snapped some photos of amazing doors whenever I could. It was difficult to get photos without people walking into the frame, but hey - I managed!

Here you go...















Aren't the colors amazing?
The way of decorating the doors? 
I'm in LOVE. 

Much love and gros bisous
Thea