“Inspirations”


Magnolia Noir

Yes, you saw it right! A new blog name!!!

Magnolia Noir means many things to me:

Bloom!

Each spring, the magnolia is the first tree to bloom in Montreal. And every first blossom I see gives me so much joy and hope (it signifies the end of winter after all). It’s like a renaissance, and I like this idea for my blog! I also love magnolia flowers, they are delicate and radiant at the same time–it’s inspirational!

Growth

I don’t talk a lot about my profession here on my blog, but Chinese Medicine plays an important role in my life. As an acupuncturist, I cherish its philosophy and perspective, and I love to observe and analyze my surroundings from a five-element (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood) point of view. One of them, Wood, draws its strength from its roots in order to grow in a straight line toward the sun. That is why Wood is associated with determination! Whenever I am tired or discouraged about blogging, I feel an inexplicable force inside me… I have the irrational conviction to continue blogging, and I attribute this to a hidden and intuitive energy I always had in me, that was waiting to have its chance to grow.

Noir

Speaking of the five elements, Noir (which is French for black) is the color associated with Water in Chinese Medicine. Water type people appear a bit reserved and are often creative. They can seem stoic, but are actually very sensitive and contemplative. Well… it’s totally me!

Noir is also a nod to my love, Sam. When I was looking for a name last year, he add the word black or noir to every name I suggested. It was a running gag and we laugh a lot about it! So, to add Noir to my name is a way of honoring him because Sam always supported me through this project, and he is the talented man behind the lens.

Contrast

I love the fact that the light and softness of magnolia flowers contrasts with the deep and dark side of black. It totally reflects my personality! Sometimes luminous and happy, sometimes introverted and mysterious. My Instagram account totally reflects this idea. Go have a look!

Creativity

The more I blog, the more I want to develop my own creativity. To have a name that reflects something poetic and inspirational is very important to me! Also, this name gives me the latitude to blog about whatever I want, from fashion to calligraphy…

A French name!!!

I’m French Canadian and having a French name is really important to me. I was looking for a bilingual name or expression, but every idea I loved was already taken. I decided to assume my origins and I opted for a French twist!

That’s it! Now you know why I made this big change!

Stay tuned, I’ll share with you the new mission of my blog very soon… Suspense…


The First Candle!!!

I can’t believe my blog is already a year old!

Last year, I launched my blog in the evening of February 28th, and I was excited and terrified at the same time! I talk about my fears here.

After a year of blogging, I can tell you that the things I experienced definitely weren’t the things I expected, but that has been the most interesting part! I discovered so many facets of my personality, good and bad, and it has led me to the most important lesson I have ever learned in my life:

To love myself.

Maybe it sounds cliché and obvious, but the last year has been quite challenging to me. Launching a blog reveals a lot about yourself, and you can’t hide behind your routine! Blogging is about sharing your thoughts, your passions and what drives you in life. So, if you don’t know exactly who you are, well, it’s challenging.

I spent some time soul searching, trying to figure out what I really want in my life and the kind of messages I want to send to others. Then, I realized that I didn’t know exactly who I was. I realized that I never allowed myself to dream. Probably because I thought I wasn’t allowed to… Probably because I wasn’t loving myself enough.

Ouch! It’s not easy to admit that to yourself! But at the same time, it was liberating! I changed my perception of myself. I decided that I deserve a very beautiful life.

And just like that, I began a big transformation. And it’s funny because when I look at the first blog posts, I get the impression that i’m a completely different woman today!

Thank you so much for following me and accompany me through this great adventure. You have given me the opportunity to share my passions and to grow through this project, and that means a lot to me.

Here’s to you, my friends!

Love

xx

Photo credit: Eliane Marcoux


Best Wishes

It’s time to send you my best wishes for Christmas and the holidays! Enjoy every second with your loved ones. But, while the holidays are full of parties, don’t forget to reserve time to take care of yourself, you deserved it!

Also, I have a special thought for those who have experienced (or are still going through) some difficult times. The holidays often amplify loss and the feeling of solitude… It’s not always easy to celebrate when someone important is missing or when times are tough. I wish all of you find peace and love this holiday season.

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

xx

Photo credit: Samuel Laflamme


The Wreath

This is the first DIY that I am featuring on my blog! I love to decorate my home for Christmas, and this wreath is really easy to do! Let’s get started.

You’ll need:

  • -a metal hanger
  • -scissors
  • -metal wire
  • -a pretty ribbon
  • -some conifer branches and/or flowers. Here, I used juniper, eucalyptus and baby’s breath.
  1. Shape the metal hanger into a hoop. To help, you can use a plate as a circular guide. The hoop doesn’t need to be perfect because you’ll cover it with branches.
  2. If you need to, cut the shrub branches into smaller parts. Avoid thicker stems, because they will be hard to shape along the hanger.
  3. Place the flowers and conifers along the metal hoop to have a general idea of what it will look like. It’s time to be creative! I deliberately placed more branches on the bottom of the hoop and less at the top so as to accentuate the bow.
  4. With the metal wire, attach the branches to the hanger. I started with eucalyptus at the top and then completed the hoop with juniper. I used the baby’s breath and some eucalyptus branches as a finishing touch because they are more delicate and fragile.
  5. Be sure that all the branches are attached to the hanger! Add more metal wire if needed.
  6. It’s time to make your bow! A variety of styles could look good. I attached two bows together to make it look fuller and bigger! I also used longer ribbons than needed so I could later cut them to the length I wanted. Lastly, I tied the bow to the hook with the metal wire.

And thats it! A pretty homemade Christmas wreath that smells of eucalyptus and juniper! All you have to do now, is to hang your wreath by its hook.

Have fun!

Photo Credit: Eliane Marcoux


Taking Flight

Hehe… It makes me feel strange to show you this drawing! As a teenager, I drew all the time. But before starting this a few weeks ago, I was nervous… I wondered if I still had this talent. Imagine, I hadn’t drawn for 15 years! But after few minutes of sketching, I reconnected with this old passion and fell in love all over again!

So, I’m just going to go for it. My challenge is to do as many creative things as I can. And I would like to share them with you on this blog! What do you think?

Photo credit: Eliane Marcoux

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Industrial Lace

I never thought I would photograph pylons, but this sunset had to be immortalize! There’s something poetic in these pictures that I didn’t expect. Under the fiery sky, the pylons stand out and their structures seem light and delicate… like an industrial lace.

Photo Credit: Eliane Marcoux


Soft Colors

I love fall colors. Red, orange and yellow may catch the eye immediately, but others like ocher and ivory are really pretty as well!

Photo credit: Eliane Marcoux


Fear & Love

It was my birthday last week! I’m 32. And yes, I’m a Libra… I’m constantly in search of the perfect balance in my life and it can take me a long time to make a decision!

On my birthday, I like to think about the challenges I faced during the last year and the lessons I learned. I think about the things I want to improve in the coming year, a bit like making New Years resolutions!

My 31st year was quite something! I laid the foundation and launched my blog. It was a huge personal challenge! Before starting this project, I needed to reconnect with some facets of my personality that were hidden for many years.

As a little girl, I had a passion for drawing, music, sewing and fashion. But as I grew up, I put my passions aside to help my parents with the daily tasks. Coming from a family of 6 siblings meant everyone had to help out, so naturally, taking care of others became a big part of my life and vocation. I became a massage therapist and for 4 years I have been an acupuncturist. I firmly believe it’s the best profession in the world! Helping others to be healthier is so rewarding, and I feel fortunate to practice a profession that I love so much!

But, I realized that I spend most of my time taking care of others. What about me? What about my personal projects? I started to want to reconnect with that little girl inside me, and that’s where the idea of having a blog came from! Sam, my love behind the lens, and I talked a lot about this project and he fervently encouraged me to do it! His support has been precious because he takes most of the pictures featured on my blog. He’s really talented!

Once I started working on this project, a lot of fears and insecurities started to come out. Am I an impostor? What will people think of this project? Does blogging about fashion make me look superficial? How can I incorporate my core values into a fashion blog? What if I fail… or it’s a hit and I’m not able to live with the demands of having a successful blog and career? Will I have to make a choice between professions?

I asked myself: Where do these fears come from? I realized that a few where there from my childhood, and others appeared more recently. Until then, I was living in my comfort zone and it was really hard for me to dive into something new, something I had never done before.

So I worked on my issues, launched my blog and continued to work on myself. And this big change brought me so many positives things! First, it gave me the opportunity to meet some wonderful people who work in this challenging industry in Montreal, inspiring and courageous people that quit their jobs and security to pursue their dreams of having a boutique or a brand. Secondly, because this project gave me the opportunity to grow, bloom and develop skills I never thought I had. I feel more intuitive and creative, and that I have dropped my barriers which prevented me from going forward and becoming a better me.

“What would you do if you had no fear?”

This quote was a wonderful source of inspiration. Even after a year which kept this Libra off balance… 😉 and even if my fears come back occasionally, I’m ready for a new challenge! To let my own barriers and insecurities fall away and live every moment with love, to do things and projects I love, to put myself first, to love myself at every moment despite my imperfections and mistakes, to be open to the new opportunities and people life brings me and to fully live in the moment.

I think it will be a wonderful year!

I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for following me through this adventure. It touches me deeply. And, you have no idea about how much I love reading your comments!

Thank you so much!

XX

Photo credit: Eliane Marcoux


Under the Full Moon

Nothing is better, after a good dinner with friends, than a walk under the full moon! Especially when admiring the beauty of Prague at night from Charles Bridge.


The Scent of Lilacs

Of all the smells that take me back to my childhood, lilac is the most powerful. So many good memories are related to it! As a little girl, I would pick huge bouquets with my mother to perfuming our home. It is where my passion for flowers began!