Morzine – A Guide to Restaurants and Food Shops by the Slopes

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After my boyfriend, Chris, pestered me for months because he wanted to go skiing, we finally headed to Morzine for a week of snow earlier this month. We did some skiing, played some Scrabble (yes, we are a very exciting couple), and drank large quantities of mulled wine and hot chocolate. Although we were unlucky with the snow, we had a wonderful time in this little French ski resort. While we were there we particularly enjoyed the local food and we were very pleased to discover a few lovely businesses offering great food and drink.

Of course Chris had to make skiing into a competition (with himself, thanks to an app that tracked his speed), leaving me to trail far behind him! What’s great is that I actually improved my skiing a lot throughout the week despite having to ski on ice and slush. When you spend a whole day skiing, I think it’s inevitable that you will want to treat yourself at lunchtime. The problem with restaurants on the pistes is often the crazy prices – 16€ for mediocre fish and chips? No thanks. Fortunately, after going down our favourite red piste, the Chamois, we discovered Le Rocher, a little chalet that you get to by skiing through a bridge above a river. Even though we were there at lunchtime, I just had to go for the salted caramel crêpe (4€) and the hot wine (2.9€). Yes, this was an indulgent week! We ended up having lunch there again two days later, and on both occasions Chris had a cheeseburger and a hot chocolate topped with a mountain of whipped cream. Indeed, this little snack-shack is a must for bargain hunters.

The indulgence continued when we ended up at La Bonbonnière for lunch in town one day. This patisserie reminded me of Chocolat, the film where Juliette Binoche opens a gorgeous chocolate shop in a French village. La Bonbonnière make the most beautiful chocolates, cakes and little patisseries. I chose to have a vanilla éclair, which was deliciously fresh and creamy, while Chris’s pick was a caramel shortbread cake and a ‘croque monsieur’. The caramel was amazing – rich, chewy and slightly salted. The croque monsieur, which is sometimes nothing more than a ham and cheese toastie, was deliciously creamy in the middle – very moreish. All those treat-seekers out there, this is the stop for you.

The biggest reason why we ended up eating so much during that week is because dinner at the hotel was included in our holiday deal. What we enjoyed the most about that was the platter of yummy local cheeses that was presented to us every night. That’s why I was so excited when we walked into L’Alpage in the center of Morzine. The shop has such a beautiful selection of artisanal cheeses, ham, and jams. The best part is that you can see the cheese being made in the basement through the glass floor. Chris bought a whole round ‘Tomette de Morzine’ cheese for 12€ which has fed cheese-bug since we returned.

Amongst these hotspots other good places to try in Morzine include:

La Sherpa: a small bar packed with young people drinking cheap beer (2 for 5€) and shots served on wooden skis. It is also closest thing you will get to an underground rave by the slopes.

Le Tyrolien: Their lovely thin, crispy pizzas (around 10€) left us so full that we didn’t get a chance to try the delicious-looking salted caramel tiramisu that we spotted on a neighbouring table. A warm and welcoming atmosphere. Worth a visit for your evening meal.

Overall, Morzine is a lovely town full of little chalets and friendly people. In terms of skiing, it’s part of the big ‘Portes du Soleil’ ski area, which means that if you want to try more pistes you can head over to the Avoriaz ski resort for the day. Morzine is not a big nightlife destination (compared to my experience of Val-Thorens), but it does offer a good selection of nice restaurants and lively bars. Whilst the quality snow was missing during our stay, we found lots of hidden gems that will help you should you have ‘snow luck with the weather’.

Are you going skiing this year? What ski resort would you recommend?

Review: Essie Prep’n’protect Base Coat and Top Coat

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I’m not a huge beauty person, but once in a while I do come across a product that I really enjoy. I’ve decided to share reviews of my favourite products with my readers once or twice a month. So here’s my first review: Essie’s Prep’n’Protect base coat and top coat.

I’m actually a big Essie fan and I own many of their nail polish colours, but until recently I wore them with no base coat or top coat (gasp!). I loved the colours and they looked great for a few days but often got chipped quite quickly. Then I got this Essie Prep’n’Protect set which includes the Grow Stronger base coat and the Good To Go top coat, and I realised what I had been missing all along!

Now my nail polish lasts twice as long now and it pretty much never chips, which is amazing. The top coat also sets your nails very fast so that you don’t have to wait for your nail polish to dry.

What are your favourite base coats and top coats?

Happy New Year!

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I am so excited about New Year’s Eve! I’ve dusted off my favourite party shoes and can’t wait to wear my favourite lacy LBD. On the night I’ll be heading to my friend’s house party with my boyfriend, carrying some home made carrot cake and chocolate cupcakes. We will go on to have too much champagne, too much cake, play games, and enjoy the last few hours of 2014 with a group of lovely people. 
What are your plans for NYE? 
Sandro Dress, Kron by KronKron shoes

Style in The Snow

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Snow is here! I was hoping for a white Christmas but the snow came to Brussels a few days late. I’m here for two weeks, enjoying time with family and catching up with some of my best friends. I’m also slowly getting an idea of what I want this blog to look like and I’m working to make it happen! The more I learn about blogging, the more I realise it’s not easy to do, especially if you’re usually a bit of a perfectionist.

This is my very first outfit post! This outfit is pretty classic for me. For a while I wore these boots every day, and I’m so in love with this jacket that I’ve been wearing it over and over!

I acquired this little green and blue Sandro bag in the sales. It’s my new baby! Just the right size to fit my camera into it.

One of the highlights of my time in Brussels has been the walk my Mum and I went on in the Bois de la Cambre, a big park near our home. The sun was just setting as we got to the lake, making the sky pink above the snow. Pretty breathtaking!

Wearing: Burberry Brit jacket, All Saints jeans, Zara top, Gap Scarf, Dune shoes, Sandro bag, Accessorize necklace.

Welcome! Bonjour!

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Hello! Welcome to this brand new blog where I will be sharing my discoveries and my thoughts.
I guess there is no right or wrong way to introduce myself, so I will start with 10 things about myself:

  1. I have been living in London for over three years, and it really feels like home. I’ve studied at King’s and Imperial and now I’m working here.
  2. I am half French and half Icelandic, but I grew up in Brussels
  3. I love baking. I bring a batch of biscuits or brownies to share with my workmates almost every other week.
  4. When I was younger I wanted to work in fashion, but I’ve ended up in marketing, which I really enjoy. My dream would be to combine the two!
  5. I buy way too many black shoes. Somehow I find that they are all appropriate for different outfits/occasions! I need them all.
  6. I love travelling so much. Recently I’ve really enjoyed Madrid and Lisbon.
  7. My drink of choice will always be a gin cocktail, preferably with Chambord in it.
  8. I’m a Burberry fangirl. Maybe more because it’s an amazing branding case study than because of the fashion (marketing nerd!).
  9. Fun fact: I’ve had tea in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.
  10. My favourite blogger is Garance Doré.

Please feel free to share something about you, ask any questions, and share your blog with me! I’m always looking for new blogs to follow.

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