changes

I’m trying something new today (scary!!). I’ve had my blog here on Spotlife for years and years – I feel like it’s time for a change! From here on you’ll no longer find me here, I’ll be setting up shop at Devote instead!
More precisely, here:

http://elinsparis.devote.se

Hope to see you there! :)

A winter walk, Paris edition

IMG_0450IMG_0454IMG_0469IMG_0487IMG_0505IMG_0510IMG_0517The canal is empty! Apparently its being cleaned until April…? Haven’t seen a single person doing anything at all down there, but apparently its happening. Hm.

Today I took my new camera baby and my regular man by the arm and headed to one of my favourite walking spots around the city: La coulée verte! A beautiful winters day in the sun :)
Now; fish tacos & movie night!

Bowie by The Fantasy Orchestra

On Sunday we were off to the suburbs to check out The Fantasy Orchestra’s hommage to the late David Bowie. We had already loosely decided to go to their soirée on Saturday, which had been planned for a long time. Due to the circumstances this of course sold out quickly, but I’m very happy to say that we managed to score seats to Sundays gathering. This is what it looked like:

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Immensly enjoyed this whole experience, thank you guys!

A better day

Today when I woke up I was in a much better mood than I have been lately. The sun was out!!! Amazing what a difference it can make. Anyway, here’s a few quick snaps of my day so far :)

IMG_0375After lazing in bed for longer than I’d like to admit I got up to have breakfast: poached eggs (my fave) on rye bread, mixed leaves & tomato with herbes de provence. No better way to start the day! IMG_0380Put on mascara, posed by said sun and decided to go for a stroll before work.

IMG_0400Wandered down to my local library, which is situated in the Mairie de 10éme. Such a gorgeous building! Here’s the ceiling, I know it’s falling apart but I absolutely love it.

IMG_0409Then I strolled home and enjoyed the rays of sun over the city… now having a quick snack before picking up little boys for football practice. Good Tuesday!!

Quick update

I haven’t written for ages, and honestly don’t feel very inspired to do so either. My days look more or less the same, the weather outside is grey and people are dying all over the place. So f-ing sad.
On a happier note (?), I just managed to get through first workout of 2016 today! Will really try to keep it up as it of course has endless benefits. Now, shower then prepping a nice dinner for tonight.

And on a different note, I’ve learned how to make GIFs in photoshop! Most exciting to happen this year haha. They have nothing to do with the text, but as I have nothing more interesting to show you, here they are anyway! First one is from when Mama and I were in Nice an autumn a few years ago, and it was still warm enough to hang out on the beach. The second one is me, mid-gif-learning.

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Birthday cats <3

Feeling slightly fragile today, after a fun night out yesterday… staying in bed with Jimmy Fallon on stream and cacio e pepe (simplest and yummiest pasta dish ever) today. So no fun pics from today I’m afraid, but lets have a peek at what I did for my birthday this year :) (only three months later, oops)

IMG_2611-RecoveredI woke up feverish and really didn’t want to do anything at all. Duncan, knowing me well (I get quite down if I do nothing at all a whole day), said we would go anywhere I wanted as long as we got out of the house for a bit. The loveliest thing I could think of in my feverish haze was to go cuddle with lots of cats <3

IMG_2615So we took a trip to the cat café!

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IMG_2637You’re not allowed to feed the cats, which sometimes is very hard. This grey one in particular was persistent! So hard to resist…

IMG_2643Maybe she’s hiding treats in her bag??

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IMG_2675IMG_2680After we patted the kitties goodbye we went to a cool record shop in le Marais, where Duncan managed to find Toys in the attic (Aerosmith’s best album, I’d been looking for it for AGES) and bought it for me as a birthday surprise!! <3 <3 <3

IMG_2684After an afternoon rest I decided I was well enough to meet up with Rosy for Vietnamese dinner!

IMG_2688Drank lots of tea and shared a few plates of goodies with Duncan.

IMG_2689Rosy had soup, and I was grateful for lovely people around me despite my sad state <3

The Gang

Just got back from lunch with the gang (yeah I have a gang, duh), wished Rosy a Holly Jolly Christmas as she pops off to England this evening. About to head to pick up a couple of kiddies at school but thought I’d drop in with a quick hello.
Hello! 😀

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IMG_3572IMG_3573My eyes and Rosy’s have disappeared.. sign of a good time I think, hehe.

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And me being a dork right this minute!

Now off to work, Happy Friday guys!!!

Life through an iPhone

Bit quiet on le blog the past few days, as I’ve had a bit of a end of season work-spurt, and have been pretty much exhausted outside of that… Right now I’ve just managed to get two little boys in to their beds and am once again, absolutely exhausted. One more afternoon & evening of work (don’t get me wrong, I love my kids to bits!) then full focus on Christmas presents (cannot panic enough about this, wuaaa) and packing for Stockholm on Tuesday!!

For now, a few random pics from le iPhone. An honest look at life right now!

UntitledRecently made sock puppets with two little ones, made a ninja and this little mouse (who has a tail and all!). Big hit all round.

UntitledTried on dream shoes and almost shed a tear due to never being able to afford that kind of luxury… Rosy was more chipper: One day Elin, one day.

UntitledRe-discovered this old goodie, still makes me laugh. No really, makes me properly laugh out loud.

UntitledHad pizza with Carro at East Mamma, honestly the best pizza I’ve ever had. Went half half since we couldn’t decide on one. Kind of want to let everything go and RUN back there now….

UntitledNo idea when this was but thought I’d end this post with a cheesy smile, so tadaa!

Now, double-checking that little boys are in fact sleeping and not up to mischief, then Swedish Christmas TV and tea is on the menu :)

Everyday kind of things

Popping in with a few quick pics of a lazy day this week…

IMG_3473Woke up late (nothing new there) and decided to go for brunch at Ten Belles, a pretty great way to start the day!

IMG_34771182lrffdpigenhahaIMG_3478UntitledWandered back home along the canal :)

UntitledPopped in to one or two shops along the way…

IMG_3481Then I spent the aftenoon cooking up a storm, loosely based on this recipe. Added lots of chili & coriander, an amazingly yummy meal, perfect for a cold day.

Now catching up on my Christmas TV with tea & Swedish cheese :)

Moules in the sun

A few weeks ago I had a Sunday date with two of my favourite Parisians, Rosy & Richard. It’s an equally sunny day today, I’m prepping all the Christmas party-things I can before I pop out to pick up kids!
Anyway, a quick few pics from another sunny day :)

IMG_3190We went to l’Académie de la Bière, the best place in Paris for mussels! Here, Rosy looking serious and hungry. Hehe.

IMG_3191Hot tip if you like mussels and beer, and who the hell doesn’t?! 

IMG_3192We tried a few different ones, sadly don’t remember the names at all.. all nice though!

IMG_3193I had the same ones that I always have, the ones drowned in roquefort sauce. Mmmmmm…. 

IMG_3196A happy me, and Richards arm.. the only picture where you see him properly was one that I squeezed in to and looked absolutely terrible, so eh, sorry about that Richard :/

IMG_3199A dangerously strong, but very tasty, beer. And its cute! 

IMG_3200A beautiful sunny afternoon with tasty food, beer and good friends. What more could a girl ask for?