Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Girl Behind The Blog | 7 Things

Quaintrelle No Makeup Selfie

1) *takes a deep breath* This is what I look like with no makeup and no filter... Charles recently posted this photo on his Instagram account for his #wcw (woman crush wednesday) and at first, I was embarrassed that he posted a pic of my face barenaked online. But then I realized, "wtf? Why don't I love my flaws as much as he loves them?" So yea, this is me. Taking a step towards embracing who I am and what I look like without any makeup on... Blackheads and all. #selflove #beautyfromwithin

2) The first thing I notice about a person when I meet them is their posture. Blame it on my dance background (and a dad who works in law enforcement) but I feel like the way a person carries them self says alot about who they are. Forget about clothes, makeup, hair and words. I judge a person initially by what I read from their body language.


3) I like to eat my pizza with a knife and fork. It's an old habit I developed when I used to wear braces and it has stuck with me ever since. 

4) As a mixed child growing up with a Buddhist Mom and Christian Dad, I spent my time equally in a church and temple. I feel very lucky to have been brought up by parents who allowed me to come to my own conclusions about religion; a conclusion that has led me to wave the agnostic flag. I believe in evolution but I also believe in the moments that occur in life that can't be explained by science... I believe in miracles. And in those moments when I'm moved to pray, I always start each prayer with, "Dear Lord and Lut-Da (Buddha in Cambodian)" and end my prayer with,"Amen & Satuk, Satuk, Satuk (Amen in Cambodian)" Some people may think I'm crazy when I explain this to them but they haven't lived my life... A life, which to me, is pretty darn normal. 


5) My socks never match. I already have a hard time doing the laundry... On top of that, I'm actually expected to sort through and pair my socks together?!?! Oh hell no. I just take my socks from the dryer and throw them in the drawer as is. When I get ready to head out each day, I grab the first two socks I can find and roll bounce.

6) With regards to the lady lumps: I have endearing nicknamed one, "Big Mama", the other one, "Baby Girl." Regardless of size, the hubby gives them both equal amounts of attention and for that I am truly grateful ;)

  
7) I don't drink coffee. My body just can't handle the amount of caffeine associated with coffee. I get jittery and feel nauseous. It's the worst. With that said, TEA is the preferred hot beverage for me. I loooooooove it and drink somewhere around 3-4 cups of tea every single day. Maybe that's why I'm so obsessed with British culture. They are alll about their tea :)

Speaking of Brits, a big thank you to Miho from Wander to Wonder for tagging me with the One Lovely Blog Award! The award asks for bloggers tagged to share 7 things about themselves and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to share a few things about the girl behind the blog; especially for those of you who are new readers to Quaintrelle. On top of that, my girl, Helene, is hosting the Blogtober '14 link up and this post fits perfectly into the prompt for tomorrow! I can't think of a better way to knock out two stones with one bird :) Or is it the other way around? I always get that saying mixed up. Anywho...




I tag the following bloggers to share 7 things about themselves and continue the blogger love :)

Michael from Crazy Tragic Almost Magic
Erin from Two Thirds Hazel
Disa from The Active Spirit
Ashley from Dancing With Ashley
Rima from Bolu By Rima
Shanna from Because Shanna Said So
Amy from Club Narwhal



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Monday, October 27, 2014

As We Strolled Along Les Berges de Seine in Paris

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Quaintrelle Paris France

After spending our morning at The Louvre and meandering around the Pont De Arts bridge, Charles and I headed to the Notre Dame to link up with our friends, Joey and Sunu, whom we had met at Jason & Clem's wedding 2 days before. Together, we wandered back in the direction of the Louvre to pick up one more amiga, Angeline, before continuing onto our ultimate destination, Les Berges: a renovated quay area along the left bank of Seine River designed specifically for recreational engagement. 

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Quaintrelle Louvre Paris France
^^ My SLR camera battery had one bar left and I wanted to save it to take photos in the evening so I switched over to my iPhone to snap pics for the rest of the day. The photo above and the rest below are all from my iPhone. Just like old times..
Quaintrelle Louvre Paris France
Quaintrelle Louvre Paris France
 ^^ Joey, Sunu & Charles

Once upon a time, the quays along the Seine River in Paris belonged to cars, trucks and traffic. But in the early 2000's, the mayor of the city proposed a plan to take back the quays and make them solely accessible to pedestrians. Despite the initial complaints made by locals who were upset to have these side roads and highways taken away (which would result in more car traffic), the pros of this renovation project outmatched the cons because it would ultimately generate more foot traffic. The idea behind the Mayor's proposal was to enable the people of Paris to "reclaim their city" and experience it in a way that had never been done before. As such, the Seine Regeneration Renovation Project was approved resulting in the creation of Les Berges, which opened last year in the month of June 2013.

Quaintrelle Les Breges de Seine Paris France
Quaintrelle Paris France
^^ Leaving our "mark" haha
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Quaintrelle Les Breges de Seine Paris France
Quaintrelle Les Breges de Seine Paris France

^^ We found a cool area that allowed us to connect up the music from our phones to the speakers on the ceiling. I almost decided against sharing this video because listening to my voice makes me cringe but Charles didn't think I sounded so bad, so there's that. 
Quaintrelle Les Breges de Seine Paris France
Quaintrelle Les Breges de Seine Paris France

Spanning 1.6 miles along the Seine River's left bank between the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, Les Berges is an urban oasis just begging to be taken advantage of by locals and tourists alike. As we strolled along Les Berges, we saw people running/getting their workout on, kids and adults playing games like tic tac toe, chess and bocce ball; skateboarders practicing their tricks in between crowds of people getting their grub and drank on at the seasonal resto-bars parked along the bank. We joined in on the fun and found a place to sit & chat along the river while watching the sunset with wine in hand.

Quaintrelle Les Breges de Seine Paris France
Quaintrelle Les Breges de Seine Paris France
^^ Angeline :)
Quaintrelle Les Breges de Seine Paris France
Quaintrelle Les Breges de Seine Paris France
Quaintrelle Les Breges de Seine Paris France
Quaintrelle Les Breges de Seine Paris France

An hour later, our group kissed cheeks and parted ways. Angeline, Joey and Sunu headed off to the Montmartre to watch the rest of the sunset over Paris while Charles and I continued our stroll down Les Breges, checking out their floating gardens along the way, until the path led us straight to our final destination for the night... The Eiffel Tower. (more on that tower next week)

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Quaintrelle Paris France
^^ Kisses From Paris! Or as the French say, "Bon Baisers de Paris!" (at least according to google translate)
Quaintrelle Paris France

I had no idea Les Breges even existed until Angeline, who happened to live in Paris, suggested that we check it out (Thanks again Ange!). I'm guessing that since the urban park has only been in existence for a year, word hasn't quite gotten out yet about this hidden treasure. It reminds me a little bit of the High Line in NYC but with an obvious Parisian influence. A hubub of recreational activity, I think Les Berges is the perfect place to visit if you want to see how the locals have fun in their downtime. I highly recommend adding it to your list of places to visit if you're ever in Paris :)

For more information about Les Breges? Click here.




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Friday, October 24, 2014

Another Maternity Shoot In The Books!

Quaintrelle Maternity Shoot

Today's photos are a few of my favorites from my second maternity shoot that took place this past August. My cousin, April, was just about ready to pop when Charles and I met up with her, her husband, Jarrod, and their daughter, Jordan (she gave birth my niece, Gabby, less than 2 weeks later). We used the Gaylord Hotel at the National Harbor in D.C. as our backdrop and had sooo much fun! For this shoot, I pushed myself to experiment more with using my camera in manual mode instead of automatic (as I usually do) and I am pretty happy with the results. 

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Quaintrelle Maternity Shoot
Quaintrelle Maternity Shoot
Quaintrelle Maternity Shoot
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Quaintrelle Maternity Shoot
^^ We plan on re-creating this picture but with Jarrod kissing Gabby in April's arms the second time around :)
Quaintrelle Maternity Shoot
^^ Isn't Jordan the cutest?! :)

I still don't feel 100% comfortable charging people to take their pictures but every opportunity to snap photos in a mock professional setting is an opportunity for me to learn more about my camera and my stylistic preferences when shooting. Maybe one day I'll jump into the professional end of it all... But right now, photography is simply a hobby I enjoy. Thank goodness for family and friends who let me take their pictures without too many expectations :)


Happy, Happy Friday!



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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Give It Up For The Birthday Boy!

Quaintrelle Birthday Boy

Today is my best friend's 28th birthday. 
3 cheers to getting better with time like a fine bottle of unopened wine.  
I love you boo and can't wait to take you out to dinner and get you birthday boy wasted. That is all ;)
#blackandyellowalwaysandforever



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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Our French Countryside Wedding Experience

Quaintrelle French Countryside Wedding

Following our quaint breakfast, Charles and I headed back to our room to get ready for Clem & Jason's wedding at the church right up the street from the bed and breakfast we were staying at in Brinon Sur Sauldre, France. And per Disa's request, here are the few pics I remembered to take of our room when we first checked into the B&B :)


Once we were dressed in our formal digs, we headed out to enjoy a glass of wine with friends at a bar across the street before walking to the church in anticipation of the bridal party's arrival. We lucked out with the weather as it was bright and sunny with just the right amount of breeze; everything about the day was just perfect.

Quaintrelle French Countryside Wedding
Quaintrelle French Countryside Wedding
Quaintrelle French Countryside Wedding

Let the wedding begin!

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Felicitations Pour Votre Mariage!
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While we waited for everyone to congratulate Clem and Jason on their nuptials and get family photos taken, I snuck away to snap a few pics of Angeline's, the maid of honor, car that she decorated in honor of the wedding. All the momentos on the car symbolized the union of Jason's American culture and Clem's French culture. I loved everything about it!

Quaintrelle French Countryside Wedding
Quaintrelle French Countryside Wedding
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After the wedding ceremony, everyone followed the bride and groom to the reception location which marked the beginning of what would be the most unique wedding reception Charles and I had ever experienced. Imagine a 9 course meal pair with a different bottle of wine for each course... And in between each course, we played GAMES! Such fun games! Never in my life had I been to a wedding before that had a scavenger hunt, wedding trivia, and super fun ice breakers included in the itinerary. It was an awesome way to get to know everyone present at the wedding regardless of the language barriers. And get this, the 9 course dinner was spread out between 8:00pm till almost 1:00am! 

Quaintrelle French Countryside Wedding
Quaintrelle French Countryside Wedding
Quaintrelle French Countryside Wedding
Quaintrelle French Countryside Wedding
Quaintrelle French Countryside Wedding
Quaintrelle French Countryside Wedding
Quaintrelle French Countryside Wedding
Quaintrelle French Countryside Wedding
Quaintrelle French Countryside Wedding

^^ Since we had arrived in France just one day before, Charles and I were a bit jetlagged. Thankfully, Angeline was prepared for everything (hashtag best maid of honor ever) and gave us an energy tablet to help get us through the evening. We were instructed to mix it with water and let the powers of the tablet do their dirty. And it must have worked because after dinner, we ended dancing and partying all night until 6:00 in morning. 

Quaintrelle French Countryside Wedding
Quaintrelle French Countryside Wedding
Quaintrelle French Countryside Wedding
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Quaintrelle French Countryside Wedding

Weddings... Can you believe that Charles and I have been to 13 weddings in the past 2 years?! Whether for our family or friends and heck, even ourselves, love has most definitely been in the air and we feel so blessed to have been able to witness Clem and Jason say "I Do" in France.

If not for this wedding, I'm not sure when Charles and I would've ever made a trip to Europe... This wedding was just the motivation we needed to save up money for our flights to France and then plan our secondary trips to Amsterdam and Barcelona. Following this wedding, Clem's parents were so generous as to open their home to Charles and I, which is where we stayed while in Paris and we are soooo thankful for their hospitality and as well as the hospitality we received from everyone else we met during our trip... Because while the main focus of travel is about seeing new places, I think another important aspect of travel revolves around the people you meet on your journey. The strangers who become friends and the differences that evolve into commonalities once you get to know each other after the initial culture shock... Places are nice to take pictures of but it's the people who make or break your experience when traveling. Luckily everyone we met while we were in Europe made our experience and for that, I am grateful.



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