Travel Diary: Greenwich, London

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Recently, the Mr, Daisy and I took a little extended weekend trip to London. Due the fact that dogs are not allowed on the Eurostar, we drove to London from Paris (I've posted before about driving across the channel with a dog here). Having the car in the city ended up being a big help to get around, and avoid the rain! Before heading home we detoured through Greenwich, a place introduced to us by a good friend and somewhere we have grown to hold dear due to the huge park, the views and the quaint village. James and I dream of living there maybe one day... we'll see...

RECIPE : Fig, ricotta and honey toasts

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

It's only until I moved to France that I've started liking figs. Here, you're so aware of what comes in and out of season, that it's hard not to pass up the opportunity to enjoy a fruit or vegetable at its very best. Making a simple and delicious brunch at home at the weekends using in-season treasures found at the the organic market down the road is a luxury I try to indulge in each week. This recipe has to be one of my absolute favourites and I love when fig season rolls around each year.

For recipe...


Monday, September 28, 2015

Tinsel is one of my favourite cafes in Europe...

Paris apartment dreaming

Saturday, September 26, 2015

I have a new procrastination outlet hobby... Perusing the 'Paris' search on Christie's Real Estate. Oh, man. Major address envy. I knew stunning real estate exists in this city, but some of these are incredible. I love the extra comments such as "Private Elevator" and "Staff bedrooms and parking spaces may be acquired"...

Travel Diary: Pyrgos, Santorini

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The tiny, idyllic Cyclades village that captured my heart.

Pyrgos, meaning 'tower', just 7 kilometres inland from the capital Fira, is the highest town on Santorini. Its remoteness means it is still very much untouched by the constant stream of tourists that descend on the island, offering an insight into daily life in the still sleepy, sun-bleached parts of Santorini.


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

This week two of my favouite Scandinavian brands release their collaboration...

After many years of using Hay furniture in their stores, COS, the Swedish minimalist high-street brand from the H&M company, have collaborated with the Danish design house to bring a curated collection of home-furnishings and serving wear to COS customers.

La Grande Braderie de Lille

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Each year, during the first weekend of September, two million people descend on the northern-France town of Lille for La Grande Brasserie - a city-wide flea market that is the largest and most celebrated in Europe. Just heaven for a chineuse such as myself.

Golden Hour

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Those precious moments, between finishing work and the setting of the sun, when the City of Lights turns rose gold...

Lunchtime Cherry Blossoms

Monday, April 20, 2015

 A beautiful blossom-filled lunch-time break at the Notre Dame.

Marble Moment

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Lately very inspired by the way marble is being used in all kinds of forms.

Daniel Buren at the Galerie Kamel Mennour

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Bit by Bit. In situ and situated works, by Daniel Buren, is on view Tuesday through Saturday, from 11am to 7pm, at the Galerie Kamel Menour 6, rue du Pont de Lodi, 75006, Paris. Until March 21, 2015. 

For Daniel Buren’s fourth exhibition at the Galerie Kamel Menour, 'Bit by Bit. In situ and situated works’, the artist once again has taken his modus operandi - the 8.7cm exact stripe - and applied it to his surroundings to re-imagine dimension, shape and time. 

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cap Ferrat is a little peninsula off the Côte d’Azur, just east of Nice. Bordered each side by the little beach inlets Villefranche-sur-Mer and Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Cap Ferrat is a little slice of French Riviera heaven. Atop the narrowest section of this little peninsula sits a pink palace called the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild.  

Orange is the new black :: King's Day, Amsterdam

Saturday, May 3, 2014

The week before last three girlfriends and I packed up a hire car and did a crazy, last-minute, whirlwind 2-day trip to Amsterdam for their national day Koningsdag (King's Day).
We were in Amsterdam for all of 19 hours.
As we weren't there for very long and every time I pulled out my camera I'd loose my girlfriends in a sea of orange-clad folk, I didn't manage to get a whole lot of photos of this festive day to share. However I did mange to capture this Dutchman we came across, setting up his little bric-a-brac table whilst wearing a very smart orange lady-hat in festivity. After being endlessly bombarded by mass-produced, tacky accessories in all the touristic stores, his was the most original, and refreshing, by far.

Orange is the new black, or at least was that weekend.


Lately, caffinated... :: La Trésorerie and Blackburn

Monday, April 7, 2014

Learning Danish. Blackburn Coffee, Paris, 10e. Photo by Marissa Cox.

Last week I gave myself a posting pause. I had lots of RDVs booked, places to see, meetings to attend... So there hadn't been much cooking, creating, picture-taking in my little FdB-land.

Two of said RDVs included checking out two, brand-new cafes that opened within 3 weeks of each other and about 3 blocks from each other; La Trésorerie and Blackburn, both located in the 10th arrondissement, which is looking to soon eclipse the 3rd as the coffee center of the city. 

Because she's just so much better at it than me, I'm pasting the links here to the reviews of both places my partner-in-café, Marissa, has just put up on her site Rue Rodier;

Enjoy! And happy Monday xx

UJB #2 :: Spring Inspired Styling

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The brief for this month’s Urban Jungle Bloggers was two-fold - Judith and Igor asked for us to style our little green friends along the themes of 'Spring' or 'Easter'. I know already in Blogland Easter is upon us, and Easter crafts, DIYs and stylings are popping up left, right and centre. However on planet Lauren Lou Bate it’s a whole month away and I’ve not even started to think about the the chocolatiest of all holidays.

Spring, however, has arrived ridiculously early, there’s been absolutely no denying it! And, so far, the arrival of this joyous season has meant undertaking a huge Spring-clean of the apartment, purging crap unnecessary items accumulated in the FOUR years (yes, this month also celebrates my four year occupation of the “Beehive”) spent living in the same space, deep cleaning the kitchen and bathroom*, and rearranging the furniture and deco to better suit my our aesthetics.
One of the first areas I tackled was my desk and “office” area. Sitting down at my computer to work has to be a calm and inspiring experience, otherwise I avoid it like the plague. Which then equals no work produced, and a very cranky me. So, for my second installment of the Urban Jungle Bloggers series, I got to work with a bottle of my favourite pink grapefruit cleaning product, and using its scent as the inspiration, as well as a change-of-season cold I was suffering the day I shot these pics, put my desk-scape together in fresh, Vitamin-C-filled, citrusy harmony with the help of Marcus the ficus and Makmood*,  whose pot I decorated with some skinny washi tape.

Having these two plants around makes my desk feel more alive and energising. I now feel like celebrating each corner of the apartment I get through in my spring-cleaning mission with some urban greenery.
Pretty decent motivation if you ask me!

'To-do' list notepad from the new Garance Doré x Rifle Paper Co. stationary line, available at Colette

*Special thanks goes out to the man of the appart', Mr M, who helped me with this shoot by holding up my reflective foam core boards on a very dimly-lit afternoon, who cleans the bathroom - my most despised chore - without complain, and likes to give our houseplants really obscure names.


Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series initiated by 2 bloggers: Igor (Happy Interior Blog) and Judith ( Every month we share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs and green tips & tricks. You can find additional inspiration on our Urban Jungle Bloggers Pinterest board and keep up-to-date via our Facebook page. Want to join? Use #urbanjunglebloggers on twitter and instagram. Or let let Judith and Igor know you're keen and I'm sure they'll share all the details. Let's bring some green into our homes and blogs!