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Last days in Melbourne

Tasmanian oysters. Del Zotto prosecco. Fresh greens from the garden.

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My Melbourne, My Home

Vegetables from the garden. Nothing better.

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Voyager Candles

I discovered Voyager Candles recently and I am so glad I did. It’s hard to find candles that are 100% natural and I really don’t like burning candles that use unauthentic essential oils or wax that contains toxins. The idea of Voyager came to Kerrie almost two years ago. She has always been interested in fragrance, and have had the travel bug since she was eighteen years old. After 25 years in the fashion industry, she was ready for a career change, and travel-inspired perfumed candles seemed to be a good fit for her!

Voyager candles are made from a blend of soy, coconut and beeswax. For her candle manufacturer in Melbourne, it took many months to get the right wax recipe, one that contained no palm wax or paraffin (isnt’t that wonderful?!), and that suited the particular heat properties of the thermal glasses. The complex, but subtle Voyager fragrances are inspired by places Kerries loves, and are named after gardens around the world.

In total there are five candles in the Voyager range but it couldn’t have been more appropriate for me than to get the Melbourne and Paris inspired candles, bien sur! The Belleville candle is inspired by Paris and has amber, guiawood, vanilla, lavender and courmarin. It is very soft and I love the vanilla that comes through and fills my apartment. The Alexandra candle, inspired by Melbourne, and named after the Alexandra gardens has bergamot, petigrain, fig leaves, sandalwood and green tea. I love this one as it reminds me of big open spaces, freshly cut grass, big skies, warm northerly winds, cicadas, jetty walks and coastal drives… Gosh I miss Melbourne.

I highly recommend you to head over to Kerrie’s website Voyager Candles. Which candle would you choose and why? What places in the world have a strong memory with you? I think it’s such a great idea, a candle that recreates a memory. Our memory is very strongly linked to our smell so it’s genius.

Happy weekend everybody! I’m off to market now ♥

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Day 1 in Berlin

When I was 16 I lived in Berlin for a year. I was lucky to be given this chance and I now speak German and know the culture well. Berlin is such a diverse place where lots of things are going on. What really attracts me to Berlin the most is the organic movement. Compared to the French, they are very very advanced in all that is organic and it’s still affordable. What’s more, their coffee is similar to Melbourne coffee. Wonderful lattés, and they know how to do the milk (heat it and froth it for the perfect latté! om nom nom). I was thrilled to get back.

If you want a great coffee in Berlin try The Barn.

Here are some photos of my first day in Berlin. Enjoy!

Berlin Oh la la livia

Berlin Oh la la livia

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Berlin Oh la la livia

Berlin Oh la la livia

Berlin Oh la la livia

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Have you seen these photos of Meg and her love Louis by Jean Laurent Gaudy?

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Sam Lawrence: A rare talent

I met Sam years back through a childhood friend in Melbourne. In Melbourne, the live music scene is a lot bigger than it is here in Paris. It’s part of the culture and there is nothing better than going to a cosy bar or pub where there is great live and local group playing. I first saw Sam sing when he was in the band The Shades. For those of you in Melbourne, they are holding a gig tomorrow night in Melbourne town.

Sam has incredible talent, with so much soul and watching him sing live is enchanting.

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Sam Lawrence and Kimbra

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(photos sourced from here and here)

Sam Lawrence and Kimbra

Sam Lawrence and Kimbra

Kimbra, for those of you who know her contribution to Gotye’s (another Australian) song Somebody That I Used to Know is a New-Zealand born singer. She is only 23, which is quite remarkable for the big, soulful voice her and her mature stage presence.

I was very suprised to come across wonderful Sam’s video on YouTube with Kimbra the other day here in Paris.

You can download four of his own songs here. I just purchased them and they’ve been on repeat all day. As a friend of Sam’s, I know that he would really appreciate the support as a young up-coming musician.

To keep in the loop, follow his facebook here. And my goodness, isn’t he a looker?! That precious face.

Enjoy, I hope to help Sam get some more supporters worldwide. Please let me know what you think of his music.

Happy Sunday to you all xo

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