France 5

Video: France 5 Rebrand

Created by Les Telecreateurs for France 5, these short films remind us of the power in simplicity. The emphasis on sound and the speed of motion combine to highlight the fleeting beauty of everyday life. Their concept is to show “a multitude of things that move in the same direction, one following the other, like…


Our Honeymoon in Capri

Last year, Monsieur Frenchie and I took a delayed honeymoon to Capri, and it was absolute bliss! Why delayed? We had just spent the year before getting married traveling around the world, so felt the need to really deserve those morning mozarella balls and spa pampering before actually going. Tick tock, a year and a…

Lalaka Etsy

My Baby Shopping List on Etsy

Shopping on Etsy can be addictive, especially for baby clothes. One can easily get “college Facebook syndrome”…. as in, without realising it, hours of your life have suddenly slipped by.  There are so many unique pieces to discover, and at such reasonable rates, it’s hard to justify stopping! Plus miniature versions of things seem to…

Walnut Day - NotWithoutSalt

May 17th: National Walnut Day

Did you know that the US celebrates more than 175 days related to food or drink awareness?  That’s about 173 more than any other country. Italy has national Espresso Day (April 17th), the Netherlands have National Pancake Day (the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday), and we Americans have a whole three-digit buffet of things we find…

Natalie Portman, German Vogue

A Brow Tail of Caution

Many of us have lived through a time when thin brows were AWESOME! The thinner the better! Remind yourselves by taking a quick gander at Drew Barrymore or J.Lo from the 90’s and you’ll see what I mean. I guess we didn’t care too much about making facial expressions back then… I definitely was “in…

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Sara Battaglia’s Bow Clutches

Bows are back, baby! Sara Battaglia‘s Lady Me collection of bow-topped clutches on Moda Operandi will make your inner child smile and your outer woman roar. Gilded studs, red leather, leopard print….her combination of punk and pretty is a modern revival of the bow. Love.

Diesel A-Z Dance Moves

Video: Diesel’s A-Z of Dance

There are no words to explain how cool this video is: just watch it! Director Jacob Sutton has made me desperately wish I was either IN the video (with a fighting chance for the letter “q”), or had made it. Definitely downloading “Wut” by Leif for my workout playlist. As stated on the Diesel website:…

Emily Packer

Giving Birth to The Smoochies

Hello world. Welcome to The Smoochies, my new lifestyle blog! I’ve decided to create this digital scrapbook – part diary, part creative outlet, and part day-to-day tips – to offload the thoughts and ideas bouncing around in my brain, all into one place. There is a second reason for embarking on this blogger’s journey….one which…