Falling In Love With Fall

As some of you might know, I’m totally in love with fall. It’s by far my favorite season: the chance to wear coats, gloves, high boots and take long strolls through the city.. The Parisian fashion photographer Marc Bonomelli captured the mood perfectly a fresh morning in the Colonnes de Buren.

Let me know what you think about my outfit choice!

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Guide to Healthy Food & Vegan/Vegetarian Diets

Your body is a temple, not a trash can.

Everyone knows that “vegan” foods are far healthier than animal products. But what exactly are “vegan” products? We see them everywhere since a few years now; from our Instagram feed to our Facebook timeline, yet is it simply a trend or a real lifestyle? Here is a guide to know everything about it!

The vegan diet consists of fruits, veggies, beans, whole grains and other wholesome plant-based foods. These products are considered cholesterol-free, low in saturated fat and calories, high in fiber and cancer-fighting antioxidants. Indeed, more and more people are choosing vegan as a lifestyle.

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I decided last year to stop eating meat, fish and other animal products. This choice was motivated by the fact that animal protein is really hard to digest, it’s hard on the environment, on the animals, and on your conscience. For your health, for animals and for the environment veganism is the best option. If you want to learn more about it, I really recommend the documentary Cowspiracy by Kip Andersen, it’s about discovering how intensive livestock is destroying our environment and killing our planet without any reactions from our governments and environmental activists.

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I was inspired to write this article because I get asked a lot of questions when I say to people that I don’t eat any animals. They don’t usually understand where I can get my proteins from and other essentials nutriments. Yet, the good news is that there is nothing to worry about since a lot of “vegan” foods are packed with proteins and other amazing benefits!

You may have just learned yesterday, that processed meat such as bacon, sausage and ham cause cancer according to a new World Health Organization report. Or that cheese and sugar can be as addictive as a drug. But, you will probably ask now, if we can’t eat that what should we eat..?

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When going on a vegan lifestyle you should know that it is so important to make sure to keep enough enzymes, vitamins, minerals and proteins in your diet. Here are some of my favorite:

-Green juices: They are more and more popular, easy to made at home and packed with goodness.

-Superfoods: are nutritional powerhouses that help build bones, prevent chronic diseases, improve your eyesight, and even keep your mind sharp, such as goji berries, chia seeds, mulberries.. They can be include to most of your dishes.

-Plant-based proteins: lentils, quinoa, spirulina, seeds, nuts and beans are your new best friend.

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I hope this article was helpful in order to get more informations about healthy food that are good for you and for the animals. Please don’t hesitate to share your own experience on vegan/vegetarian transformation lifestyle!

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48 Hours in St Petersburg: Useful travel guide for a week end in the city

Ready to discover the second largest city in Russia between history and modernity?

48 hours are such a short time if you consider all the things the city has to offer. Yet, one original week end can also be a lot of fun. Enjoy!

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Start the morning right with a good breakfast at счастье, literally “happiness” in Russian. There are several in St Petersburg, yet the one in Nevsky Prospect, the main street, is very central and delicious. Definitely my favorite café! Perfect place for dreamers where you can take a picture with angels wings and believe you can fly…

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Walk through the city and take a time to admire both St. Isaac’s Cathedral State Museum-Memorial and the Cathedral of Spilled Blood: simply magnificent, bordered by an arm of the Neva. It is as beautiful outside & inside. All the churches and cathedrals of St Petersburg are an essential thing to do.

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The inevitable Hermitage Museum, a real moment of happiness for the amateurs of Art & History. It is huge! Take the time to appreciate all this wealth, furnitures, paintings, tapestries, chandeliers and other. Absolutely spectacular. Probably one of the most beautiful museum in the world, if not the one.

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Favorite Restaurants

-Tsar, also centrally located near the main street of Saint Petersburg. The decoration of the restaurant is beautiful just like many monuments of St. Petersburg. You will be introduced to the diverse and typical Russian food including soups, pancakes and pelmenis. The toilets needs to be visited for their special atmosphere! Russian music is appreciable too.

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-Paradise, the restaurant is right next to the Church of Spilled Blood. It is made in old stone arches with a beautiful vault but contrasting with the light and modern equipment. Cool sound, friendly staff and tasty international food: we loved it!

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Get a drink!

Cocktail bars, jazz clubs, speakeasies, undergrounds spots, hotel bars, good addresses are not lacking for a drink after dark.

Our personal favorites:

-The Hat Bar ( Belinskogo ul 9), unpretentious jazz club who became one of the place to be in St Petersburg.

-Fish Fabrique ( Ligovsky pr 53) : THE underground and bohemian bar where you will be able to meet people more easily with a community friendly towards “Westerners”.

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Discover India: an authentic journey

India is a complicated and beautiful country: a land of contrast and mystery. An Indian journey is hardly impossible to forget, in the good and worse sense..
Many friends said to me, when I announced to them my imminent departure for the country of maharadjah: “How could you want to go to this kind of place? I would be too much afraid to go.”
So why actually choosing this kind of country when you can go for “easier” Western destinations?
Well, I believe traveling is a personal challenge that makes you grow as a better person. Traveling to India has changed a lot in my vision of life. That’s why I decided to share my experience and must-do in India, especially a region that I particularly know well, after several trips: Rajasthan. So let’s get started!

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Jewelry

As most of you know, Jewelry is one of Indian’s main business.
Exit old fancy Bollywood jewels and Bazar shops: the industry has become modern and elegant, in ad equation with younger generations needs.

Sanchi & Filia Designs is offering the largest silver showroom of Jaipur. Their jewelry is not something you will keep in a box with your previous vacations souvenirs, that were looking good only in holidays. It is adapted for the young women of today and is definitely worth checking out.

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Clothing

“Color is luxury and luxury is color.”

What Indian women would be without their magnificent saris and colorful clothing attire?
Learning from the locals on how to wear it is an authentic experience to do. The address to your happiness is located in Jaipur in Samta Shop. Samta wanted the place to feel like home for her clients, featuring intimacy and quietness. Well, the challenge is complete.

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Food

Indian food is tasty, spicy and yummy. Yet, a break for your stomach appears sometimes like a necessity after too much curry and coriander. Anokhi Café is giving you exactly this break much needed. The place have a large choice of organic salads, burgers, pasta and cakes made in a Western style. The best part? Anokhi Shop is located in the same place, the occasion to do a little shopping. Other places gives a peaceful break just a few steps away from the noisy city streets.

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Bar Palladio 

India, KK Square, Prithviraj Rd, Panch Batti, C Scheme, Ashok Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001