Music Monday#7 – Clap your hands

Music MondayHey guys,
Lots of cool new stuff out for you to scream and shout and let it all out!
Wasn’t made on purpose that all the songs from this playlist (except BigData) are french or were remixed by a frenchie.

The Dø - “Despair, Hangover & Ecstasy”
This The Dø track came out this week, I listened to it all day long and it went straight to my ‘Obsessions’ Hype Machine chart! It had been a while since this French band had released anything. They seem to have come back stronger than ever.
The video is pretty cool as well,

Check it out:


Gregory Porter “Liquid Spirit” (20syl remix)
In celebration of their 100K Facebook followers, the French 20syl remixed Gregory Porter’s – Liquid Spirit song in a really nice funk way, although if you pay attention to the lyrics, the story behind is actually not that fun.


Big Data “Dangerous” (Oliver remix)
I must confessed, I didn’t like this one straight away but after having listened to it a few times, addiction started. In fact at the moment, it is my 3minutes get away music before going to work. I just put it on while walking, singing along, do one or  two pirouettes and I’m ready to start the day!


Chløë Black “27 Club”
This French-Australian artist made a remarkable entrance with her song “27 Club” and was immediately noticed by the entire music blogosphere.
“27 Club” is a reference to all the artists who unfortunately didn’t make it to their 28th year like Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morisson… 
Some say she has a Lana Del Rey je ne sais quoi, but I will let you be the judge of that.




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Lawrence’s quiche

Ahhhhh, the humble quiche. Definitely one of the French dishes that I cook on a regular basis, and one that I taught Lawrence how to make. I usually prepare the classic quiche Lorraine. However Lawrence always gets creative and comes up with different variations.

Here is his latest favourite, which he cooked for us recently.


  • 1 pack of puff pastry
  • 4 eggs
  • A little bit of milk
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 leeks
  • 2 carrots
  • Goat cheese
  • Seasoning to your preference
  1. Pre-warm your oven to 180°C
  2. Roll out your puff pastry and prick it. We sometimes slightly blind bake it first.
  3. In a pan, cook the onions, leek and carrot and season to taste.
  4. Add the vegetables to the pastry
  5. Add your egg mixture (also seasoned to taste)
  6. Add the goat cheese
  7. Cook for 30-40, depending on your oven
  8. Enjoy

Tip: Use baking paper

It’s really easy and can be declined to many combinations, eaten hot or cold. It’s perfect to have extra for your lunch the following day.

IMG_4532.JPGHis non-vegetarian version consists of swapping the goat cheese for smoked salmon. It’s equally delicious!

Have you cooked a quiche before? Let me know how you get on!

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What’s next?

It’s been one month to the day since I ran the Bristol Half Marathon (if you haven’t read my recap yet, you can do so here) and after some time off partly due to lack of motivation and partly due to an injury (I managed to slip on wet leaves on my way to Uni and gash my knee open), it’s time to think about my next goals. Signing up for a race is one of my favourite motivation tip when it come to running. I have chosen two races so far for my 2015 “season”.

Δ The London Winter Run (10K)

I really like the 10K distance but most importantly, this will be my last race with the beautiful Leah, probably followed by brunch, because that is how we rock. The good news is that I have a discount code for you if you would like to join!



Δ The Bath 1/2 marathon

It’s just one month later and I keep hearing that Bath is absolutely beautiful. Considering how much I loved the Bristol 1/2 marathon, I think this will be an amazing race!


What’s in the mean time?

In the mean time, I am going to focus on strength training with Becky from onesixeight:fitness who has designed a strength training programme suited for my running goals.

I am also going to keep casually running around Bristol in the lovely company of Claire and Steph whenever she comes to visit. I am yet to try the Ashton court parkrun so this is on my project list, as well as runs with the Sweaty Betty run club. Unfortunately this latter doesn’t fit my timetable as well but I had a lot of fun the time I went. I think I will start “proper” race training as from the 10/11.

What are your next goals?



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Music Monday #6 Laureen’s selection

My sister Alice is the music expert amongst the two of us and has been in charge of the Music Monday posts so far. However, I’ve been listening to these songs on repeat and I thought I’d share them with you.

The way you make me feel (Michael Jackson) cover by Kawehi

You HAVE to watch this video (number 12 on her playlist). Kawehi’s amazing and does this MJ cover using a loop station and the result is truly impressive. I have since discovered her own music, which is equally cool (listen more here under the sounds tab)

Habits by Tove Lo

Us by Regina Spector

Sirens call by Cats on trees

None of them are really new, Alice is the expert for new releases.

What are your current favourites songs?

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6 blog posts I’d like to share with you

Lately, I have come across some great blogposts that I wanted to share with you.

Are you tired all the time? by Jess from Twins in trainers. If you are feeling tired all the time, this article might point you out in the right direction to change some lifestyle aspects or seek some help.

yoga ♥ 6 yoga poses for tight shoulders  Published by Elle from Keep it simpELLE. Now that I have started lectures again and that I am sitting in lectures theatres everyday, I find my shoulders quiet tight. These are great exercises!

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♥ Steph’s Bacchus marathon report I am so so proud of Steph for completely smashing her second marathon. I had run part of her 20 miler with her during my 7th week of training It definitely makes me want to attempt another one. Alas I did not get through the London marathon ballot so I need to think of another one to run. #DoItInADress Jessica has pledged to run 50K this month in order to support the One Girl charity, which focuses on providing education to women. As a girl studying her third degree (ahem), I couldn’t support this cause more. What will it take to run a sub 2h MARATHON? I still haven’t mastered the sub 2h HALF marathon so I really cannot imagine how someone could literally run twice as fast as me for 2h. The article mentions that you’d need to be confident, fearless and have fast friends to achieve this. I already have speedy friends (see above article) but I think I need to work a bit more on the mental aspect of running. Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 23.13.11

Have a good weekend!

Edit 18:09

♥ I also need to share with you Charlie’s completely honest blog post where she opens up on how life is not completely “sweat and roses as our blogs would sometimes have you believe”. I can relate to a lot of the things she mentions in it.

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