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It's been a while

Lara

 Patent skirt from  MOSS COPENHAGEN ; Shirt from  Uniqlo

Patent skirt from MOSS COPENHAGEN; Shirt from Uniqlo

So I'm guessing you totally forgot about me and my blog right?! I totally did. Or well, I didn't forget, but I just didn't feel like writing anymore. I even thought about quitting entirely. I haven't been feeling that great and inspired lately. So I just behaved like an ostrich... head in the sand and ignore everything around it and especially ignore my own feelings. But I guess here I am again, for now ;)

So just a little update. I do love to write, to create and take photos, but lately I was having a hard time to find my thing again. And I know this isn't the first time I shared this with you, but somehow I just can't find my way out of this circle of feeling uninspired, down and not knowing what I want from life to feeling I've figured it out and this time I'll definitely get shit done. And that indeed works for a while, but then there is this voice in my head again, telling me I'm a failure and who am I to pursue this and that, while there are so many other people out there who can do it better. And I'm so done with this feeling. I mean, I'm almost 30 years old, now will probably a good time to say farewell to all the insecurities right?!

And it's not that I don't know what to do, in theory I know it all and I can give the best advise, but in the end you have to practice what you preach, and that my lovelies, is where it goes wrong. I just crawl back into my shell, stay at home, don't meet any people en thus feel like I can't create, because of course I'm not getting inspired... You see, circle? But I slowly started to make some changes, into my work and my work schedule, into me dressing up again (this is also a lot easier now it's not -30 anymore) and we also moved into a new apartment, which I really love. There is a lot of light in the living room and the garden room (yes we have a garden now), so I enjoy waking up here. 

But it's time to take it to the next level and actually start doing something with all the ideas I have in my head. I started with writing my ideas and some thoughts down on paper, I've created to-do lists and I've set mini goals. So I'm getting there. And I just have to deal with the fact that the voice will turn up again, but I just need to not let it consume me. 

As I mentioned before, this is not the first time I'm sharing these kind of things, and although it feels I'm just stuck and talking about the same thing over and over again, I have to admit I'm not. I might not have figured it out entirely, but I'm getting closer. All these other times have helped me grow and are helping me to really fight for figuring this out. 

Also one thing that I'm doing more lately, besides forever styling my interior differently and taking photos of it, is cooking and baking. I just love to create things and then take photos of it. So to not leave with all the heavy stuff, I will share this recipe for a quick and easy but uplifting lunch with you that I made the other day. I got this recipe from Jessica Merchant from The Feed Feed and it was just too delicious not to share. So here it is:

Blood orange, ricotta & honey toast. 
What you'll need:
- 2 slices (or more, depending on how hungry you are) bread of choice
- 1 cup of ricotta
- 2 blood oranges, peeled and the middle removed. 
- honey

So it's really easy, just toast the bread, put the ricotta on top of it (you can season it with a bit of salt and pepper), then put the sliced blood oranges on top of that and drizzle some honey over it. And it's done! 

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So I do hope you'll kind of stick with me and that you might even share your story. Also I do hope you'll enjoy this delicious and quick lunch someday!

With love,
Lara

SoPi

Lara

As I wrote in my previous post, we went to Paris last month and stayed in an apartment in the 9th arrondissement, more specific: South Pigalle. Or in 'hipster'-words SoPi. While this district previously had the nickname Pig Alley, it now is the 'place-to-be'. 
I have to say I was sceptical at first, because of all the bad things I've read before we went, but now I can truly say, I don't think we would've like Paris this much if we hadn't stayed here. 

The main street of SoPi is Rue des Martyrs, which has a lot of delicacy stores, clothing- and jewellery boutiques, fruit-and vegetable markets. It also is very lively and there is a very good mood. 
In this street also lies Le Cafe Marlette, which is managed by two sisters. We went here for breakfast one morning, but besides breakfast and lunch you can also get some homemade pastries and fresh juices. 

Another place we went for breakfast and also lunch is Buvette, which also has an establishment in New York (USA). This French-American connection is perceptible not only by the courses and drinks they serve, but also throughout the whole interior. And seriously, you should take the waffle sandwich, you really won't regret it. Promise ;)

 Le Cafe Marlette: 51 Rue de Martyrs, 75009 Paris

Le Cafe Marlette: 51 Rue de Martyrs, 75009 Paris

 Buvette: 28 Rue Henry Monier, 75009 Paris

Buvette: 28 Rue Henry Monier, 75009 Paris

SoPi also has a lot of good restaurants to offer. On the first night we went to Restaurant Flesh. This is a true BBQ-place. Flesh also has this American feel. The interior is minimalistic, with white and concrete walls and wooden tables and chairs. We ordered short ribs, this dish was for two persons and garlic fries as side dish. Let me tell you, it was delicious. 

We also went to a typical French Restaurant, called Les Rilletes and it's managed by a married couple. The husband runs the kitchen, while is wife does everything else. They were really friendly and sweet and that was also the reason you don't mind waiting for a bit. It is a small place, I think they only had 3 tables inside and the concept is sharing these tables. So if you want to meet some of the locals, this is a good place. But because of the lovely weather we could sit outside, where they had another 4-5 tables. The food was simple and traditional but very nice. So if you're looking for a small, traditional French restaurant, you should go to this one. 

The last night we went to Professore, an Italian restaurant. On the outside this restaurant didn't speak to us as much as the others did, but we were very surprised when we went inside. It has a real cocktailbar in the back of the restaurant, which you can't see from outside. It was really cool and had an underground vibe, because it was pretty dark, with a black bar and the lights dimmed. But on your right there is a wall made of old books, with a hidden door where you had to go through if you needed to use the bathroom. The bartender, who was from Napels, made us the most delicious cocktails and the food was also very good. 

 Restaurant Flesh: 25 Rue de Douai, 75009 Paris

Restaurant Flesh: 25 Rue de Douai, 75009 Paris

 Professore: 7 Rue de Choron, 75009 Paris

Professore: 7 Rue de Choron, 75009 Paris

So if you're ever in Paris, and don't know in which district to stay, I really would recommend staying in South Pigalle. Just walk through the streets, explore for yourself and let it surprise you. I know we really enjoyed it.
And oh yes, I also made a new friend :P

 At Les Rillettes, 33 Rue de Navarin, 75009 Paris

At Les Rillettes, 33 Rue de Navarin, 75009 Paris

If you have any recommendations on where to go next time in Paris or where to go to see a cool place in general, please do share!