New adventures on the French Riviera !

The semester is finally over (and I actually graduted university YAY !!!), so I finally came back home for a month of vacations, and took some quality time with my family and my beautiful homeland. Prepare yourself for the huge amount of photos below, I was too amazed by these landscapes to make a choice !

Among the little excursions I made during this months, I especially loved going to Villefranche-sur-mer, Monte-Carlo, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and Cap d’Ail . If you ever want to visit the French Riviera, trust me, the most beautiful landscapes are situated between Nice and the Italian border.

Even if I’ve lived here all my life, I can never get tired of exploring this place. There is too much to see, always something new to discover, and even when I’m seeing for the hundredth time the deep blue mediterranean, the italian-style buldings and the pines forest, these landscapes always take my breath away.

I’m forever in love with my blue mediterranean sea.

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The 2017 Monte-Carlo TV Festival

A week ago started the Monte-Carlo TV Festival, which reunites every year actors from all American and French tv shows. It is the perfect occasion to meet our favorite actors and actresses and live amazing experiences such as very chic Opening and Closing Ceremonies, panels with all actors from one tv show, fan meeting, etc … (btw, here’s my article about last year’s festival if you’re interested.)

Among all the actors present this year, I was most excited to meet the actors from the Dick Wolf franchise (Nick Gehlfuss , Kelli Giddish, Laroyce Hawkins, Miranda Mayo, Joe Minoso, and Yuri Sardarov) as I’m a huge fan of the One Chicago universe and SVU. I was also very excited to meet Justin Hartley from This Is Us, which I 100% recommend if you’re looking for a new tv show to watch, Micheal Weatherly from NCIS, who also happens to be te sweetest person ever, Paget Brewster from Criminal Minds, Jussie Smollett from Empire and Stana Katic from Castle.

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Despite the longs hours of waiting (sometimes up to ten hours !) and the heatwave that hit France that week (even the umbrellas and frozen water didn’t help to cool us down under the terrible 35 degrees), it nonetheless remains an amazing experience that I wish on everyone to live at least once in their lifetime. The Monte-Carlo Festival is very different than any other TV Festival. The staff is always incredibly nice, and everything is made for us to actually spend time with the people with love so much.

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My favorite memory, just like last year, remains the “Dick Wolf franchise Panel”. Having them all right in front of us on stage, hearing all their stories about acting, about what happens behind the scenes, about their lives, dreams and hopes as actors, about their friendship as a cast was truly magical. The whole panel sure remined me of the “Don’t Mess With Chicago” Convention, and it was actually nice to see some of the actors again.

The questions varried from what it is like to film in cities like Chicago and NY ; what the atmosphere is like on set as they all are close friends in real life ; what it is like to play doctors, firefighters, cops and to wear real uniforms – to which Nick Gehlfuss answered that he liked to play a doctor because it was like going to work in your pjs. However, the actors from Chicago Fire explained that they were always wearing the real firefighter uniform and that it is extremely heavy and hot, even during the Chicagoan winters. They were also questions about the training they had to do and the kind of “pressure” they feel representing the real people who do these jobs and to honor them ; about their most beautiful experience as actors on the shows – to which Nick Gehlfuss responded that it was us, the audience and all the love he gets back from us ; and about which other character from the Chicago Franchise they would like to play – to which some of them answered Trudy Platt played by the amazing Amy Morton, or Alvin Olinski played by Elias Kotes, both on Chicago PD, and Laroyce Hawkins said that it would be Kim Burgess (inside joke…).  

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I was even able to ask a question about what it is like to film crossover episodes and to interract with actors from another show. Kelli Giddish responded that after being on the same set for six years, as impressive as it can be, being on a new set kind of feels like Disneyland, and that it is always an incredible experience because working with a new cast and crew feels like starting something new.

Panels like this are always extremely specials, especially for a small festival like this where we were about fifty people in the room. It allows such a promixity with the cast, and we really get to know them, not only as actors or characters, but as human being too. I gotta say they are all pretty outstanding people, with beautiful minds and big hearts, so down-to-earth and really grateful for their fans. If only all of Hollywood had such a nice spirit…

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The Opening and Closing Ceremonies were really beautiful and classy too. In the presence of Prince Albert II, it was a really chic event and the perfect occasion to wear our most beautiful dresses. We were lucky enough to be sitted in the “vip” zone with all the celebrities, which made the whole thing even more dreamy.

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Thank you so much for the magical week, Monte-Carlo ! I’m saying goodbye with memories imprinted in my heart forever, and if it was my last festival it sure was an outstanding one. Thank you !

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“Don’t Mess With Chicago”

Three weeks ago I attented my first ever convention in Paris – and let me tell you, it was a total dream come true.

On May 20th and 21th I thus attented the “Don’t Mess With Chicago” convention, which reunited actors from the whole Chicago franchise – Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med. Among the actors who attended the convention, there was Sophia Bush, Jesse Lee Soffer, Marina Squerciati, Patrick Flueger, Jon Seda, Torrey DeVitto, Colin Donnell, Miranda Mayo, Joe Minoso, Yuri Sardarov, and David Eigenberg.

What is a convention, you ask ? It is an event that actors from a specific tv show (in this case, the One Chicago franchise produced by Dick Wolf) attend, and where they participate to autographs and photoshoot sessions with their fans, as well as panels, cocktail parties, private meeting sessions etc …

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As you can see I made Marina Squerciati and Torrey DeVitto sign the photos I had taken with them at the Monte-Carlo festival ! It was amazing meeting them again, they really are the nicest people ever.

I’ve been an admirer of the outstanding actress Sophia Bush ever since her debutes in One Tree Hill, and as she’s now playing a badass dedective in the tv show Chicago PD I soon became a fan of the whole franchise, so obvisously I was more than excited to finally meet her after seven years of following her in her career and her activism.

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I also had the immense honor of being in charge of creating the fanbook (a book made of messages from fans to an actor – kinda like a yearbook – but dedicated to one specific person) that has been offered to Jesse Lee Soffer.  I started working on the project in december and finally given it to him in person on May 20th. It was a pretty intense moment – meeting an actor you’ve been admiring for years and at the same time having the honor of offering him a gift that more than 45 people have participated to put together… I got to have a “souvenir” picture with him when I gave him the fanbook. I know I’ll remember this day forever.

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Not to mention the autographs sessions and photoshoot sessions where I got to meet my favorite actors and realize the dream of a lifetime (I had been waiting to meet Sophia Bush since I was a teenage girl), the panels were also especially interesting and captivating. We got to hear about what happens behind the scenes, about the actors personals views on their characters, on their carrers, on the causes they defend, on their goals on the shows and on their personal lives. It was a pretty special moment to have the actors of our favorites shows answering our questions and interracting with us. At the end of the Chicago Med we even spent the most magical minutes of the weekend while dancing on Despacito with Colin Donnell and Torrey DeVitto.

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It truly was a weekend that I’ll cherish and remember all my life. I don’t know why they say “you should never meet your heroes”, because meeting my role-model for years was a pretty magical moment. In fact, I believe everyone should get to meet the person they look up to  whether it is an actor, singer, musician, athlete …

I was too impressed to talk to them much, but I did gave Sophia Bush a (three pages – oops !) letter that contains basically everything I’ve been waiting to tell since I was 13, and I gave Jesse his fanbook which also contains a little message on why I admire him – so it’s not like they won’t know how much I love them. The simple fact of being him these people’s presence though, to have them in front of me and not behind my tv screen, to being able to look at them in the eyes … these are moments that are going to say printed in me forever.

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I can finally cross “meeting Sophia Bush” off my bucket list… Now, time for some new adventures !

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(You can see me at the top left hand corner haha !)

Days of summer…

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Summer is right around the corner and I’ve disovered another amazing landscape of this beautiful place I get to call home-away-from-home. I feel entirely blessed to be going to the beach in March, when the weather is already nice enough to appreciate the warm of the sun but the beach isn’t too crowded by tourists. Moments like this are exactly why I never want to leave – and why I’m so glad I came.

What a better way to spend the weekend than to hop in the car and drive to the beach while listening to Ed Sheeran’s new album, right ? And then to endlessly walk along the beach, thinking about nothing else but this moment…

The beach is definitely the place where I feel the most at peace. It also reminds me of my real home, French Riviera. Though, the beach here are definitely the prettiest, I mean nothing could top those endless kilometers of sand.

Les nouveautés de cette année : American Housewife et Designated Survivors

American Housewife, entre humour et douceur

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American Housewife, c’est la nouvelle sitcom d’ABC qui cartonne. Déjà reconduite pour une saison de 22 épisodes, c’est l’histoire de Katie, mère de famille légèrement névrosée, qui tente tant bien que mal d’élever ses trois enfants dans petite ville riche où tout le monde semble en apparence mener une vie parfaite.

Sitcom oblige, la petite famille de Katie n’est évidement pas aussi parfaite que celle de ses voisins : un mari maniaque, une ainée prom-queen alors que Katie se bat avec ses rondeurs, un fils surdoué qui s’annonce être un futur génie de Wall Street et une petite dernière qui semble avoir hérité de tout les défauts de son père…

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Mais Katie assume entièrement sa famille pour le moins peu conventionnelle et est déterminée à ne pas faire de sa tribu une famille parfaite – elle en a fait son mantra : les autres mères de sa ville ont beau avoir l’air parfaite, elles sont surtout très superficielles. Résultat : dès le premier épisode, on s’attache à cette petite famille qui pour le coup à tout d’authentique.

Une série qui fait du bien et qui nous rappelle notre propre famille, avec ses qualités et ses défauts – mais surtout pleine d’amour et de tendresse.

 

Designated Survivors, Président malgré lui

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Designated Survivors imagine une attaque terroriste qui ne fait aucun survivant parmi le gouvernement américain. Tom Kirkman, « survivant désigné », se retrouve, malgré lui, au pouvoir du pays le plus influent au monde.

C’est donc un homme politique pas vraiment expérimenté qui doit faire face au poids de lourdes responsabilités pour lesquelles rien ne l’avait préparé, pendant que les yeux du reste du monde sont rivés sur lui.

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Mêlant jeux politiques dans cette course au pouvoir et attaques terroristes, Designated Survivors nous tient en haleine d’épisodes en épisodes et se révèle comme une pépite d’action qui nous rappelle House of Cards, Quantico, et même Scandal.

Designated Survivors c’est aussi un casting de taille : avec Kierfer Sutherland (24) dans le rôle principale de Tom Kirkman, la belle Natacha McElhone qui incarne la nouvelle First Lady, ou encore Kal Penn qui nous avait bien manqué depuis l’époque Dr House.

Une nouvelle année de série qui fut donc plutôt positive avec des programmes de qualité. Sitcom ou drama, il y en a eu pour tout les gouts. A vos écrans, c’est l’heure de binge-watcher !

10 things I learnt this year

Life doesn’t always go as plan

A change plan can be a great thing

Just say YES

The most amazing people will come into your life when you except it the least

Enjoy every moment

The best memories will come from facing your fears

Surrend yourself with positive people – life’s too short for negativity

Sport is the greatest therapy ever

Life is full or surprises

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Christmas in the city

Montpellier always becomes a special place around Christmas time. Streets full of Christmas trees, lights everywhere, the smell of hot wine, bretzels and churros… Everything is done here to make you feel the magic of Christmas. So among a lot a animations we get the traditional “fête des lumières”, literally “lights party” when the historical buldings of the city become animated with illuminations, the Christmas market, and the iconic giant globe made of lights.

Around this time of the year of the weather has definitely got cold but not cold enough to be freezing so it’s amazing to just wander down the streets, holding a cup  of hot chocolate and looking at the little shops. The magic of christmas is so present that the streets are crowded of locals and tourists. This is one hundred percent my favorite time of the year !

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A bit of inspiration

If you’re a book lover like me you probably have this habit of always buying ten new books when you still have twenty at home waiting to be read. But what’s wrong with having your own at-home library, right ?

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The Promise of Pencil, by Adam Braun.

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Adam Braun created the nonprofit organization Pencils of Promise, which is dedicated to building school in underdevelopped countries.

Reading The Promise of Pencil was like embarking on a journey of finding purpose. I’ve rarely felt so passionnated and inspired by someone’s words. Adam Braun leads us on the road to self-discovery in order to built ourselves a more meaningful life, and teaches us about the true meaning of selflessness and philanthropy. The Promise of Pencil is also a huge life lesson on working hard to achieve your dreams and never let anything come between you and your goals.

The Promise of Pencil in three words : passion, purpose, and meaning.

 

I Am That Girl, by Alexis Jones

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I can’t summarize I Am That Girl better than by saying it is THE most empowering book for women.

Alexis Jones is the founder of the non-profit organization I Am That Girl : a community of girls dedicated to empowering women, “a movement inspiring girls to love, express and be exactly who they are” .

It really wouldn’t be an exaggeration for me to say that reading that book changed my life in some ways. It definitely opened my eyes on what kind of woman I aspire to be. This book teaches us a lot as women, from discovering our passion and purpose in life to finding who we want to be and leading a life that would speak our truth. It’s definitely one of the most inspirational book I’ve ever read, and the lessons I’ve got from it are golden and I try to remember them daily : get rid of the constant self-doubt and start leaning on your self-love. Dream bigger than we’ve be taught to and don’t be afraid to fight for what you want and deserve.

It’s no secret that there’s still a lot of work to be done for our gender, but reading I Am That Girl and learning more about this community gave me a bit of hope for us. It is truly comforting to find something that supports and brings girls together.

 

Yes Please, by Amy Poelher

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“I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people that dream and support and do things.”

Amy Poelher, hilarious as always, gifted us with a real feel-good book with Yes Please.

I’m personally very interested in the media and film industry so I was really excited to read her stories about Parks and Recreation and her time at SNL. 

Little did I know that not only I would read amazing stories about that time, but also discover a book full of life lessons for any girl. The number of inspirational quotes I found in that book is crazy.

“You have to be where you are to get where you need to go.”

It’s certainly the main point of the book : life is not always a picnic – but Amy still manages to find positivity and humor even in tough times, and shows us that life might not be perfect right now (it never is anyway), but it does get better.

“That is the motto women should constantly repeat over and over again. Good for her! Not for me.”

I think that’s the part that really got to me : stop comparing yourself to others. Amy gets real with the true definition of “being enough”, which is something that speaks so much to me.  I’ve always dreaded the word “enough”, never feeling like that was something I would ever reach. Yet what really spoke to me on Yes Please was to learn how to use self-love to silent that inner voice that we all have that tells us we are not enough. 

Amy reminds us that everyone feels that way, but that instead of starting a competition with the rest of the world, focus on learning to feel like you are enough and support and celebrate others. You will be so much more happy and confident that way.

“I believe great people do things before they are ready.”

Another inspirational lesson I learned from Amy is to get out of your comfort zone and take risks. Don’t wait till you’re ready, because you’ll probably never be. And so what if you failed ? At least you will have tried, and at the end of the day isn’t that what truly matters ?

“The only way we will survive is by being kind. The only way we can get by in this world is through the help we receive from others. No one can do it alone, no matter how great the machines are.”

Baby, it’s cold outside

Now that the cold weather has officially arrived, I had to find new indoor activites to break out of the routine without being so frozen that I can’t even feel my face anymore. That’s how I realized that sometimes just grabbing a nice tea or hot chocolate in a cute cafe can be just as refreshing as a walk around the city. Bonus point for the delicious pastries like cheesecake or tarte au citon (french lemon pie, also known as my favorite thing in this world).

If you’re ever in Montpellier and want to just sit in a nice cafe for an hour, here are some of the best places : Nook Café, Café BUN, Columbus Café, Café Bibal, My Cupcake by Lila… Enjoy !

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Monaco, Monaco !

Monaco is one of my favorite place ever. With its clean streets, luxury buildings, incredibly nice and polite people… if it’s not the perfect place on earth it’s pretty close to it.

One of the things I miss the most about living on the French Riviera is being able to go there whenever I want. Monaco is always active, there’s always something going on somewhere in the city, yet everytime I’m there I always feel like I’m in a bubble of quietness, far from any wrong going on in the world.

If prestige, luxury, Mediterranean landscape and an always shinning sun are any of your things, you will definitely fall in love with Monte-Carlo, just like I did.

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