Loves of the Last Week // Entering May Edition – Suz and the Sun

Loves of the Last Week // Entering May Edition

loves of the last week may 2020

The past few rainy days have been a whirlwind for me on the work, family, friend and goal front, and with this edition of Loves of the Last Week, I feel like I’m starting to see the light at the end of this lockdown tunnel. But I promise to follow all the rules that France is setting out for us and to be careful in this new normal.

On Tuesday, the French PM laid out his ideas for the French Deconfinement Guidelines – aka the proper easing of lockdown restrictions for the country, and my friends and I have been rejoicing. Though we won’t know for sure until next week exactly what will happen, the thought of being able to enjoy the outdoors and physically be in the same place as my friends (though no cafés or restos yet) is truly saving my sanity. Come on, Paris – we can do this.

I joined SkillShare! I signed up for 2 free months of Premium classes and have really been enjoying the photography section so far.

PJ and I have been enjoying daily cappuccinos from Friday to Sunday. It’s the little things.

Remember Billy Blanks? His quarantine Tae Bo classes have been so fun, and much easier on my joints than the HIIT workouts that I’ve been doing for the last 6 weeks. I’m excited to try his new 30-minute session tomorrow morning. Just call me Tae Bo Suzi.

If you know me, you know my love of dinosaurs is real. And this National Geographic article about the (re)discovery of Spinosaurus fossils in Morocco had me on the edge of my seat.

I know I’m late to the game, but I just started watching Big Little Lies and I’ve already made it to Season 2 (available in France through the OCS channel on Amazon Prime!).

Online browsing is the easiest thing whenever I need to give my busy mind a break. I’m still in love with this BB Dakota blouse from my Post Lockdown Wishlist. Here’s hoping 11 May also lifts my guilty conscience so I can order this baby for future (socially distanced) brunches.

My B and I had a fun chat about where we’ll go for our belated 30th birthday trip. Decided destination? Portugal. My Pinterest is about to welcome a pretty new board…

And finally, yesterday, I officially joined my brother on a new fitness challenge. Through April, he ran 100k around London, and next month will bike 50k, rollerblade 50k, and run another 100. No, I won’t be joining him for all of that (got a bit of a bum leg for hardcore, long-distance impact cardio), but I have accepted the rollerblading portion of the challenge! I’ve done a bit of rolling around our neighbourhood so far, and this extra incentive will get me working on my fitness, too. 6.4K done last night, only 43.6K left!

What have you been loving recently?

xox,
Suz

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  1. Rebecca

    May 8, 2020 / 1:42 pm

    Cute!! Portugal is an excellent choice ????

    • suzilndqst
      Author

      May 8, 2020 / 1:52 pm

      I can’t wait to visit!

Loves of the Last Week // Masks in Paris Edition – Suz and the Sun

Loves of the Last Week // Masks in Paris Edition

loves of the last week masked edition,  masks in Paris

It’s been a few days since Parisians walked out of their doors, sans attestation, for the first time in two months. But in place of our government-mandated permission slips, most of us are instead donning masks in Paris.

Yep – most. There are still a fair few in the French capital who apparently don’t believe in covering up their freshly made-up faces or social distancing. C’est la vie. But not my vie – I’m wearing my mask, socially distancing and only going inside places that are absolutely necessary.

My loves of the last masked week?

Skincare. I made an absolutely necessary trip to my local Sephora (it’s big, with lots of space, limited shopper numbers and plenty of protection for shoppers and workers alike). And, I finally picked up my beloved Alpha H Liquid Gold and Sunday Riley Good Genes, and my skin honestly feels better overnight; I’m so happy. May have also picked up some cult Bum Bum cream, a new liquid glitter than rivals my fav Stila versions, and this to die for salt scrub/shampoo combo.

Monoprix – or as I like to call it, the French Target. You can find anything there – food, shampoo, even sushi. But my fav thing to do is browse the makeup section, and was happy to find this amazing new eyeliner – my friend even complimented my on my wing on Friday night!
Unfortunately, Monoprix’s site isn’t the best for online shopping.

Finally got to try out this Fanola No Yellow Shampoo and the cult reviews are so deserving.

Eataly was clutch in having all the buratta I could possibly want in life for our Italian-themed aperitif this weekend. We finished the evening with a long walk to the Louvre and were happily the lone people around the pyramids. Perfect time to get my header shot!

& Other Stories has made my bodysuit of dreams. Wore it all day, can confirm it’s the most comfortable thing I’ve put on in months.

We got confirmation that our government provided coverings will be available for pickup on 30 May, so it looks like we’ll be wearing masks in Paris for quite some time. But, on the bright side, at least they’re providing them!

Today, for the first time in months, I spent hours sitting on the Quais of the Seine with T and PJ, and it was glorious. Thank goodness for Maison Maison‘s quai-side pop-up for providing some beverages for our sun-soaked Sunday.

How was your week? Looking forward to an extra-short one with Thursday and Friday off!

xox,
Suz

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Post Lockdown Wishlist // March 2020 – Suz and the Sun

Post Lockdown Wishlist // March 2020

post paris lockdown wishlist march 2020

We’re officially on day 12 of lockdown in Paris due to Covid-19 and I currently look like this:

I know it’s a little ridiculous to be creating a post lockdown wishlist when so many are going through so much, but looking at products brings me joy and gets me through the day, and I’m just trying to live my life with a little bit of light in it these days, especially since our lockdown has now been extended to 15 April 🙃

Now that I’m done with that announcement, let’s get into all the pretty things I have my eye on for the warmer months ahead (are these bright blue Paris skies taunting anyone else? Today is GORGEOUS).

My Post Lockdown Wishlist

Sézane Edith Blouse

Sézane Edith blous printemps 2020

I have wanted a Sézane piece since before living in Paris was even an actual event that could happen in our lives. Not to sound cliché and like every other person on the internet, but their pieces are the definition of dreamy Parisian chic and I can’t wait to put on this blouse and be the expat/Parisienne blend I’m meant to be.

This lockdown wishlist would include literally every other top in their Spring collection but I know we don’t all have time for that. But if you like their style, please go peruse and order – they are currently doing home delivery and 10% of their global sales will be donated to an emergency fund to support French hospitals!

Rixo Nicole Dress

Rixo Nicole Dress Azure blue

Did I mention I would like the aforementioned picnic to include me wearing this absolutely PERFECT Rixo dress? Because that’s the fantasy world I’m currently living in.

BB Dakota Smoke & Mirrors Blouse

BB Dakota Smoke & Mirros blouse, The Outnet

Alternative picnic outfit includes this stunner of a top, some extra comfy blue jeans and sandals that show off whatever fresh manicure makes its way to my toes. And at basically 50% off? What a steal.

Zara Tweed Jacket

Zara tweed jacket spring 2020

Since we’re talking Spring, is there anything more appropriate for transitioning into this time of year than this colour? Can you tell I’m on a blue kick? And me, tweed? I never thought that dream would become a reality, but I’ve finally found the piece that will likely kick-off a new obsession.

Mango Trench Coat

Mango double breasted trench coat spring 2020

I’m not gonna lie to you – I noticed this bad boy during my quarantine dog walks with Bob. I wasn’t that into it when I saw in on the hanger but that mannequin in the window is absolutely rockin’ it. Time to pull a French girl and get my trench on.

And onto the shoes. 

Yes, I have a full section for shoes.

Zara suede pull-on cowboy boots

Zara suede pull-on cowboy boots

These are already sold out in my size online and to say I’m devastated is definitely an overstatement but I’d still say it. 

Rebecca Minkoff Chamille studded leather slippers

Rebecca Minkoff Chamille studded leather slippers, The Outnet

I am a massive Rebecca Minkoff fan but am in the unfortunate position of never having owned one of her pieces. Spotting these on The Outnet for 70% is giving me lots of hope that that’s about to change. 

Rebecca Minkoff Amalthea Too studded snake-effect leather mules

Rebecca Minkoff Amalthea Too studded snake-effect leather mules, The Outnet

And another RM find that makes me more than excited for Spring. I’m obsessed. 

Zara Heeled Chelsea Boots

Zara Heeled Chelsea Boots

Another little secret…I already own these boots. And I am so in love with them that I’m already ordering a second pair (at a ridiculously low price) so that I never have to be without them. Trust me on this one. They need to be in your boot collection. 

Honestly, once this lockdown is lifted, shopping will probably be the last thing on my list. I’m going to make it my mission to go and support all of my favourite Paris places before actually making some online orders, but it’s still fun to dream.

What’s on your post-lockdown wishlist? Inspire me even more!

xox,
Suz

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Suz & the Celebrations – Suz and the Sun

Suz & the Celebrations

Suz & the sun paisley dress, Suz & the sun style, Suz & the sun leather brogues
Yesterday I was informed of my thesis grade, and I have to say, I’m really happy about it. My stressful months and sleepless nights paid off! We had even more to celebrate with PJ and his mom, and we had an incredible meal (duck filled with goat cheese and honey? Yum.) with an even nicer dessert. It was a great way to close out walking around one of the most beautiful but depressing towns I’ve ever been to where PJ and his mama had a meeting. 
Suz & the sun food, Louis Clesse dessert platter
Suz & the sun dog, Suz & Mr. Hobson, french bulldog puppy,
When we finally got home, I had a wonderful time running around in the backyard with my little sun dog. All in all, it was a pretty perfect day. I was with my big love and my little loves, had a delightful meal and had the most relaxing sleep (don’t tell my mama I woke up at noon).
Paisley Dress (similar here, similar maxi here) // BP Leather brogues (similar here) // Silver Bangle 
Luckily, the good times keep happening, and my little sun dog is using his big eyes to beg for a belly rub. So I’m off!
xox, 
Suz 

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Black Lives Matter // Links & Resources – Suz and the Sun

Black Lives Matter // Links & Resources

Black Lives Matter #BlackLivesMatter

Let’s say it again! Black lives matter. Let’s shout it so that everyone hears.

I know you’ve probably seen most of these links, but if this post reaches just one more person who hasn’t, it’s worth it. Please, do what you can.

BlackLivesMatter.com is the movement’s official site. You can also follow them on Instagram and Twitter for updated info directly from the organisation.

This Anti-Racism resource list compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein

Anti-Racism for Beginners – another great list of resources including a question/definition section

This list of links for petitions to sign, orgs that need donations, volunteer opportunities, and a whole host of other information, including mental health resources.

blacklivesmatters.carrd.co has similar information but also includes safety and legal information for protesters, translations into multiple languages for allies around the world, and information on #JusticeForRegis (Canada) and #AboriginalLivesMatter (Australia).

Suffice it to say, my education and action was lacking, and I am changing this. Thank you to all of those who have put together these resources already, but don’t forget to keep learning, acting, reaching out, supporting and doing whatever you can on your own, as well.

And we need to remember – forever – not just today, this week, this month, or this year – that Black lives matter.

Love,
Suz

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