6-Year Wedding Anniversary
Last year I was talking about publishing my book, it's now done, in English and French.
Not to mention the fact that I'm a finalist of a British book award, it's really amazing!
The reviews and rating go well beyond my expectations, I’m incredibly touched and proud.
Not only did my Solo Wedding in Santorini changed my life, but it also inspires people to change theirs, it's a wonderful reward for me.
But today my book also inspires, I’m talking here about the process itself, the writing phase and the publication.
Many people confided in me, ask me for advice. I give them the courage to take the plunge and express themselves freely with their own voice and to tell their story.
Moreover, several of them will publish their book this year, and in particular one of my American friends!
I’m very proud to witness their liberation.
Being yourself in all its authenticity is the message I’ve been sharing for the past 6 years. And to achieve this, of course: self-love!
After the international press and TV (see MEDIA page), being able to participate and tell my story on American podcasts is a huge opportunity.
with a passage below
If 6 years ago, during my solo wedding, one's had told me everything I was going to do afterwards, I'd have thought they were crazy.
And yet I realised so many dreams:
I still have plenty of dreams and I add more every day!
Besides, I’m working on some very exciting projects which I will not fail to tell you about soon.
For those who follow me for a long time, you know that I always celebrate my solo wedding anniversary.
Well, I was planning to dress up, go out on my own to a nice restaurant, and have cocktails and churros all afternoon, but I caught a cold.
I had some fever last night, and the whole point of my message around self-love and self-marriage is listening to my body, mind, and soul. And today, they were asking for some rest!
I’ll definitely have some wine and cake tonight, and I’ll do my celebration out as soon as I’m feeling better.
Nevertheless, thank you everybody for your loving messages! I woke up with many of them and usually people don’t celebrate the wedding anniversary of their friends and family, but somehow you never miss mine!
I’m amazed how my Solo Wedding in Santorini had and still has an impact on people.
I’m happier, wiser, and prouder day after day, none of this would happen without my solo wedding and without you.
Drink for me tonight and/or eat some cake!
Read my previous articles:
My book My Solo Wedding in Santorini: LINK
Blog articles to read or reread: My Solo Wedding in Santorini
I love you!
I love me!!!
Love & Joy,
Since February 2018, I haven’t stopped feeding this blog for my greatest pleasure and yours!
However, I now allow myself some well-deserved holidays.
It must be said that last year was very busy, with the publication of my book in English and French.
But also, several podcasts: see MEDIA page (links at the bottom of the Media page) and a brand new one that I'm talking about at the end of this article.
Every day I wake up proud and amazed by everything that happens to me.
I never thought I’d live all my dreams with so much passion and determination.
Not to mention all the support and love you give me.
I FINALLY realise that many admire my courage to accomplish what I enjoy, and to live the life I want, without societal pressure or other of any kind.
If being an example can change lives, then I accept this challenge with great enthusiasm and humility.
But hey, my creativity also exists through rest, and it's about time I sunbath on a dreamy island!
And for those who follow me on my social media, you already know where I am:
Drum roll, an island I’ve already mentioned in the past: Gran Canaria, and more precisely Las Palmas!
Don’t hesitate to read my article again: LAS PALMAS.
Or the TRAVEL category: here
And of course, all the articles of My Solo Wedding in Santorini: HERE
My book with excerpts: LINK
I remain active on my social media where you can discover photos of my daily vacation (and I put some more at the end of this article 😉).
And above all, go listen to the new podcast I participated, Every Day Peace hosted by Dr. Dravon James that I've already mentioned on many occasions (Articles Merry Christmas 2021 and also Christmas gifts)
Podcast: LINK – Left at the altar, Laetitia Nguyen shares her Solo Wedding in Santorini
Next article in May.
Love & Joy,
You know my passion for churches and my words seem appropriate on this Easter weekend!
If you’ve visited Paris, it’s unlikely that you missed this emblematic and absolutely incredible monument, but if you don’t know it, then follow me, you won’t be disappointed…
Located on the Ile de la Cité in Paris, next to the Conciergerie, where Marie-Antoinette was imprisoned, the Sainte-Chapelle or Sainte-Chapelle du Palais, as it was originally part of a palace, was built between 1241 and 1248 at the request of Saint Louis.
Abandoning the Romanesque bell tower for a remarkable Gothic spire with an openwork structure covered in lead, this chapel has fascinated since the Middle Ages, however it has had to be renovated several times over time.
Moreover, destroyed at the time of the Revolution (1793), it was rebuilt in 1856 under Louis-Philippe, this is this version that we still admire today.
At a height of 75m (246ft) from the ground, the spire weighs 232 tons (including 64 tons of lead).
Today, this is the only surviving medieval spire along with that of Amiens Cathedral.
But if I chose this monument this week, it’s for a very particular reason.
Until the Revolution, the Sainte-Chapelle housed several Passion relics, including the Holy Crown of Thorns and a piece of the True Cross.
Hence a flamboyant richness in its decoration, with great reinforcements of colours, gilding, and the use of all arts and crafts.
With a height of twice its width (20.5m high, 10.7m wide, 33m long), one is immediately dazzled by its elegance and grandeur.
The absence of walls voluntarily chosen by the architect, allows the 15 glass walls of 15m height (49ft) to run the show.
With 615m2 of windows, 1113 small scenes tell the Old and the New Testament, from Creation to the Apocalypse which is represented on the incredible rose window, but also the history of the world until the arrival of the relics in Paris.
Largely dominated by red and blue, these stained glass windows help to make this chapel very harmonious.
Everything is admirable in these decors, I could spend hours admiring the smallest details of this chapel.
This is what attracts visitors so much, even though the relics are no longer there, this monument is one of the most visited in France.
But that's not all, because there’s a second chapel just below.
Called the Lower Chapel, it’s the same size but with a 6m (19ft) ceiling, and it’s nonetheless sumptuous.
Moreover, without the daylight entering, I find the place even more mystical.
Read my previous articles:
Happy Easter everyone!
Love & Joy,
Hamilton Island - Australia
Six years ago, I left Australia, this beautiful country where I lived for 7 years, and where I’ve collected so many great memories.
I have widely shared my photos and my adventures (list of the articles at the end), but believe me I still have a lot to tell you.
This time I wanted to talk about another island in the Great Barrier Reef: Hamilton Island!
(As always, all photos are mine!)
With 1,200 inhabitants, this is the largest inhabited island of the Whitsundays (archipelago of islands), the infrastructures are therefore more developed, unlike very small islands such as Heron Island (read article again).
It’s located 887 km (551 mi) north of Brisbane and 512 km (318 mi) south of Cairns.
Also easy to access because it has an airport, this island is very popular all year round.
That’s also how I got there, and we already have a good feeling of vacation!!
And then I take possession of my apartments, an apartment in this case and I discover a breathtaking view...
Heaven on earth exists, and right now, I’d like to live here forever.
Follow me! I take you for a little walk, especially since the island is perfect for that, since private cars are not allowed on the island!
As a result, it’s very calm, you can hear the surrounding nature, the vegetation is very present.
Sometimes we come across small golf carts, which can circulate.
Be clear, Hamilton is a rich island where you can find luxury residences and yachts.
But also, beautiful shops and restaurants, mainly centralised around the marina.
Besides, let's have lunch at the beach after this pretty walk, we’ll have the opportunity to take a nap afterwards and swim.
Relaxing and enjoying is the goal of successful holidays, isn't it?
Either way, it's mine!
For those who don’t like lazing on a white sandy beach, the island is famous for its many trails, so you can walk through its forest and discover many species of trees and shrubs, but also birds.
You’ll see in the pics, a kookaburra and a white parrot, emblematic of the island.
Obviously, all these efforts are not in vain when you discover the incredible view from the top.
You can also venture out and enjoy a completely deserted cove.
To be honest, I’ve only met a few people, which really gives us the impression of being alone with nature, a real moment of serenity.
Another activity and one of my favourites: the boat!
From Hamilton you can easily visit the Great Barrier Reef but above all you have access to Whitehaven beach, one of the most famous beaches in Australia, and also Hill Inlet (read my article again).
Diving, snorkelling, and fishing, here we go…
Impossible to get bored on this island.
With such busy days, we have to end up the day with some drinks!
But this time let's take the free island bus to take us to the heights of the island, which gives the opportunity to have another viewpoint.
Atmosphere assured with an improvised bar and many people who come here to meet and especially for the sunset!
Honestly a great idea, and definitely something to replicate elsewhere.
And no, I don't mind travelling alone, or eating out alone (or with a bird).
Being single, and in my case married to myself - although my Solo Wedding in Santorini came a few years after that trip - doesn't mean moping around at home!
I talked about it in my article Single.
Well, I must admit that Hamilton was a little more complicated than my other trips, because the restaurants did not accept one person per table. Incredible but true.
Fortunately, some places made an exception, and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay.
And yes, I always make myself pretty when I invite me to the restaurant!
Enjoy life and all it has to offer!
As I constantly tell you: life is a gift, and we must honour it!!
Have a fantastic week everyone!
Love & Joy,
We’ve just celebrated International Women's Day, let’s continue to honour them every day, but also, all the little girls we were before.
Without them, we wouldn’t be the incredible women we are today.
We sometimes forget that these little girls gave us the courage and the strength to become who we are.
My little me gave me imagination, creativity, curiosity, and tenacity.
I give her today my gratitude, my forgiveness, and my unconditional love.
Let’s be kind and compassionate with our past versions of ourselves, and let’s embrace our true fabulous selves!
This week I posted a video on my social media with an excerpt from my book, I put it below for you.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
Be true to yourself and expect the very best to come!
I am a dreamer, a feminist and an activist.
I never fail to share my opinion, especially when I'm invited to Podcasts.
In fact, during the Women Awakening Podcast with Cynthia James, I talked about my childhood, my Solo Wedding in Santorini and my book.
During the Spinster Life Podcast with Amie Kolbing, I mentioned the self-publishing of my book but also single life, as well as parenthood for all, having frozen my eggs myself.
Topics I've mentioned many times on this Blog.
My little me passed on a lot of values and qualities to me, and I'm very proud of her, as much as I'm proud of my current self!
Read my previous posts:
Read my previous posts from the Superwomen Series:
And of course my Solo Wedding in Santorini, all the articles: HERE
My book, finalist of the Wishing Shelf Book Awards in the UK: HERE
I can't wait to discover the woman I'm going to become in the next few years, but also all the women I'm going to meet!
Love & Joy,
The article I wanted to publish this week will wait because I am way too excited to announce some incredible news!!
If you follow me on social media and especially Instagram, you are already aware, but here are all the details of my current happiness!
My book My Solo Wedding in Santorini is a FINALIST for an independant book award in the UK, the Wishing Shelf Book Awards!
So proud, excited and moved too.
A year ago, I decided to self-publish after 115 literary agents rejected my book, quite honestly I had no idea that I could receive any award one day.
Once again, I show you how important it is to believe in your dreams and never give up.
Message from the founder:
Many congratulations on being a FINALIST! Our readers very much enjoyed your book.
The readers of this book awards, more than 150, are only authors, which means that I’ve been awarded by my peers, something to be even more proud of.
My 1st book, my 1st contest and I'm a finalist.
I even received a certificate!
The winners will be announced on April 1, 2023, let’s dream bigger!
And a video at the end of this article where I talk about the contest and my book!
Additionally, I was interviewed by the Mail on Sunday, one of the British best-selling newspapers, to talk about my story and my book My Solo Wedding in Santorini.
I don’t know the date of publication of the article, but of course I’ll keep you informed.
Finally, I want you to know that I also participate in an independent book awards in the US, the 2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
I hope that my story will please as much on the other side of the Atlantic!
Check out my previous articles:
All the articles about my Solo Wedding in Santorini: HERE
Order my book: HERE (available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon)
And excerpts from my book: HERE
Have a fantastic week!
Love & Joy,
Happy Valentine's Day 2023!
Already 5 years since this blog was created to share my life, my dreams, my inspiration.
An adventure that made me discover so many incredible people, but also encouraged me to find you the best exhibitions, and interesting, unusual topics.
I learned to open up more and share my life more genuinely.
But also, to stretch my potential and my creativity! My book is proof of that!
It was hard to choose, but here are my 10 favourite blog posts:
Reread my Valentine's Day articles or those that correspond very well to this day:
“I love pink and Barbie! », this sentence coming from my book and in which a whole chapter is devoted to it, represents quite well my mood for Valentine's Day, which inspired me the following photo.
And to celebrate my blog's anniversary and Valentine's Day, 2 of my books will be given away to show you all the love and gratitude I have for you.
Giveaway contest on Facebook and Instagram (@blogaboutl), you can still participate!
For my part, this year I asked my sister to be my Valentine, on the program a date with several naked men… on the big screen hahaha
And yes, Magic Mike Last Dance in theaters now, and that’s the perfect opportunity, especially since the film takes place at the London show, which I attended and which I talk about in my Article My Birthday in London!!
Believe me despite the zero degrees outside, we're going to be hot in the room!
Trailer at the end of this article…
It doesn't matter if you're single, in a relationship, if you have plans or not, let's celebrate love in all its forms, our family, our friends, our pets!
And if you're brave enough, tell yourself “I love you” in the mirror 😉
Very Happy Valentine's Day!!
Lots of Love & Joy,
Podcast with Cynthia James
You know that I never tire of talking about my Solo Wedding in Santorini, and that it has even become my mission to share it to give courage and hope to people in search of self-love and happiness!
Well, this week, you discovered a new discussion about my experience and my book “My Solo Wedding in Santorini: or How I Saved my Life”.
For those who haven’t read my book yet, you can order it here: LINK
A fabulous conversation with the incredible Cynthia James!
I must say that this is the most interesting interview I’ve ever had. Cynthia's wisdom and compassion made this discussion profound and joyful.
I highly recommend you listen to it.
Available on all streaming platforms: Women Awakening Podcast
But I put 2 easy access links here:
To listen to all the episodes: HERE
Cynthia James is an American bestselling author, coach, speaker, spiritual guide and artist (her latest album Chosen was released last year).
She’s a great source of inspiration and advice in my life, and I’m so honoured to have been her guest.
And see the title of her podcast: Women Awakening.
She also says and I quote “they are examples, not exceptions." I love that!
You know this is a subject that is dear to me, as evidenced by my Superwomen Series on this blog. This article will be part of this series by the way.
I encourage you every day to shine more and come out of your chrysalis because you can do it!!
I invite you to visit Cynthia James' website for more information and inspiration!
Thank you again, Cynthia, for your wonderful support and love!!
Exclusively, I announce that a contest will take place on Instagram from February, 2 of my books will be giveaway and the results will be announced on Valentine's Day, February 14.
This is my way of declaring my love to you and encouraging you to love yourself!
Follow me on Instagram to participate and know the rules.
Read my previous articles:
Find other interviews and podcasts: MEDIA
Articles from my blog on My Solo Wedding in Santorini: LINK
Excerpts from my book: HERE
Have a fantastic week!
Love & Joy,
MY SOLO WEDDING IN SANTORINI: OR HOW I SAVED MY LIFE
Get your copy now!
Roots - Passy Cemetery (Paris)
Last year at this time I was in Paris for a long stay, I’ve already shared many moments with you, including another cemetery, Montparnasse.
But this one is very personal…
And there you wonder what a Parisian cemetery has to do with me.
After the breakup and before my Solo Wedding in Santorini, I spent a week in Vietnam, I talk about this trip in my book.
Reconnecting with my roots and learning more about my history is important to me. We can’t know ourselves and project ourselves into the future without being aware of our past.
"Nguyễn" my family name, which is of Vietnamese origin, is the name of a dynasty that reigned in Vietnam from 1802 to 1945.
The last emperor Bảo Đại had to abdicate in 1945 against the communists and the Vietminh party.
Born Prince Nguyễn Phúc Vĩnh Thụy in the city of Hue in 1913, he went into exile in France in the 1950s - and now you are beginning to understand - died in the Val-de-Grâce military hospital in Paris in 1997, and he’s buried in the Passy cemetery in Paris!
I’ll tell you more about the history of this dynasty in a future article.
In the meantime, I must say that he has chosen a beautiful place, on the hill, overlooking the Seine and Chaillot Palace.
And above all, a view on the Eiffel Tower!!
There are many cemeteries in Paris, and as many legends are buried there.
That of Passy is certainly no exception to the rule.
Édouard Manet, Tristan Bernard, Claude Debussy, Fernandel, the Givenchy family, Pasteur…
It's not always easy to find specific tombs in this maze, but sometimes it's more fun to discover them by chance...
In winter, the place is solemn, peaceful but not morbid, especially when the blue sky is there.
It's like going to a museum, you find art, architecture, and history.
All these great names, characters and for sure incredible adventures that could be told by these deceased...
I hope you enjoyed this little walk.
Read my previous posts:
Next post: January 28.
Have a great week everyone!
Love & Joy,
Goodbye 2022 & Happy 2023!
What a year!! I know I keep telling you every year that I'm making my dreams come true and I'm so proud and amazed by everything that happens to me.
You know me well enough now to know that this is my way of life!
And no sooner have I accomplished a dream, a project, than I already invent new ones and set off on an adventure.
2022 has been special on so many levels and I thank you again for your support, love and loyalty, being able to share all these achievements with you is my greatest achievement!
Although I’ve published little on the blog this year, we’re still talking about 28 articles (complete list and access at the end of this article).
On Instagram: 118 posts and reels, 2158 stories!
I made you travel again, discover many exhibitions, share my experiences.
More and more people following me from all over the world: Greece, the US, the UK, France, Australia, India, Nigeria…
My book "My Solo Wedding in Santorini: or How I Saved My Life" has won your favour on my social media and in the top 10 of your favourite posts, there are 4 about it!
However, the others that made you dream concern Santorini, Heron Island in Australia, the musical Frozen in London and the exhibition Thierry Mugler, as well as Yves Saint Laurent exhibition at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.
Obviously, the self-publishing of my book in English in July 2022 and in French in November 2022, is my greatest pride!
With 2 particularly interesting interviews with The Spinster Life Podcast:
Reread my article: 5th Wedding Anniversary
But also, my first public signing session: LINK.
In addition, this week I received messages telling me that Santa had placed several of my books under the tree. I’m so happy.
But I also helped him since I donated one of my books in French to a free street library in France.
I thought this would be a nice Christmas present for someone who needed to hear my message, because I believe in the Laws of the Universe, and that everyone gets the answer they need at the exact moment they need it.
I went back a week later, and my book was gone!
This makes me so happy ,and I’m confident that this action produced a ripple effect...
My greatest joy in 2022 was to have been chosen to be in the video presentation of the Global Joy Summit in which the Dalai Lama is an integral part.
Being able to actively contribute to sharing the values and teaching of His Holiness is an immense privilege, and I hope to do even more in 2023!
No article next week, I'm already working on many projects, and then everyone will be busy getting back to normal.
Happy New Year 2023! Keep shining and being inspired!
Love & Joy,
Merry Christmas 2022!
You know how much I love this time of year!
And of course, you wonder what I do for the holidays.
My life is always very original, I rarely do things like everyone else, and I'm certainly not going to break that rule again.
And for some reason beyond my control, I'm going to celebrate Christmas a total of 5 times.
And yes, when your family can't be there at the same time, we have even more fun!!
It’s true that I often travel in December, as my previous articles attest:
And although initially I wanted to travel, this year has been particularly busy for me – especially with the release of my book in 2 different languages "My Solo Wedding in Santorini" - so I wanted to rest with the irresistible desire to watch TV all day under the duvet, eating chocolate!
(Reread my article Chocolate, Sweetheart)
To tell the truth, it lasted less than half a day, since this is in these moments of pause that creativity calls me, and in this case, I’m talking about my 2nd book in progress.
In any case, it’s important to rest, to take care of yourself despite all the people you’re going to see in a very short time.
And the universe takes good care of me since the circumstances mean that I’ll be alone on Christmas Eve, I’m going to wait for Santa in my pyjamas, pure happiness!
Last year, I was sick and lying in the guest room because of the 3rd dose of vaccine. Fortunately, the years follow each other and are not alike...
This year I also realised a lifelong dream, having a tree in my bedroom!
To tell the truth, I haven't had a tree since 2016, traveling a lot, and although I lived almost a year in Crete, I hadn't bothered to have one even if that had crossed my mind.
As I spend my days working in my bedroom, it creates a very festive atmosphere.
And I can hug a tree when I get up in the morning, I love it!
Read my previous articles:
No matter where you are and what you are celebrating, I'm thinking of you!
Have fabulous Holidays!!
Love & Joy,
Yves Saint Laurent
As the holiday season has begun and the trees, houses, streets are adorned with their most beautiful lights and decorations, of course I can't help but think of festive outfits!
Which reminded me of the wonderful creations of Yves Saint Laurent that I discovered at the beginning of the year during a special exhibition “Yves Saint Laurent at the Museums”, in collaboration with many museums in Paris.
Dresses, jackets and suits were presented associated with artists, paintings, texts, which had inspired the designer.
And it’s with great admiration that I present these photos to you this week.
As a reminder, all the photos are mine – Laëtitia Nguyen
To start, let’s go back to the time of Proust at the magnificent Orsay Museum.
These outfits, inspired by In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust, of which Yves Saint Laurent was passionate, represent on the one hand the "world in transition" (those are his words) and on the other hand this duality of genders (masculine- feminine).
Thus, the 2 dresses, which borrow from the fashion of the end of the 19th century, were created for the Proust Ball, celebrating the centenary of the birth of Marcel Proust, and organised in 1971 by the Baron and Baroness de Rothschild.
The dress in the background is the dress created for the Baroness and the one in the foreground for Jane Birkin.
As for the tuxedo, which appeared in the 19th century in England, it was in 1966 that the designer adapted them to women to expand their wardrobe. Those presented here come from collections between 1966 and 2001.
Essential clothing and centerpiece of this genius of fashion.
Just like Yves Saint Laurent, Proust is one of my favourite authors, and I actually quoted him in my solo wedding vows in Santorini.
I can perfectly see myself wearing one of his magnificent creations, made of delicate fabrics and materials but offering so much personality!
Change of era and decor at the National Picasso Museum.
This time it’s Cubism that influences YSL and several of its collections. Creations that pay homage to Pablo Picasso and his works.
In the Fall-Winter 1979 collection, this is impossible not to recognise this allusion.
And he goes even further, by drawing inspiration from the Portrait of Nusch Eluard, he creates a jacket based on the model of Elsa Schiaparelli worn on the painting. A way for the designer to honour the painter but also the fashion designer.
For the Spring-Summer 1988 collection “homage to artists”, he chose to “putting static objects into motion on a woman's body”.
He applies here the same approach as Picasso with assemblage, representation, and details.
So much genius and elegance.
I had the chance to also visit the Yves Saint Laurent Museum and of course I’ll do an article about it!
I hope I made you dream and that it inspired you, in my case, nothing like art and beauty to increase my creativity!
And for your greatest pleasure and mine, an article will be published on Saturday December 24 and Saturday December 31, so that you have something to read by the fire (northern hemisphere) or at the beach (southern hemisphere).
Feel free to read my previous articles:
Happy Holidays everyone!!
Love & Joy,
I know I haven't published much on the blog in recent months, and I haven't forgotten you, but I didn’t have enough time to be able to offer you more articles.
My priorities were different this year 2022 and I’m so proud to announce that my book “My Solo Wedding in Santorini: or How I Saved my Life…” is now available in French on Amazon (Paperback and Kindle)!!
Less than 4 months after the release of its big sister in English!
Get your copy in French: HERE
or your copy in English: HERE
I must admit that deciding to self-publish my book in 2 different languages in the same year was ambitious! But I’m so proud and happy to have succeeded!
Again, it wasn’t without pitfalls and challenges, but I’m full of resources and patience, and I overcame them one after another.
After its release, I returned to Annecy Lake to recharge my batteries and you’ll notice the change in season and outfit, between my English book published on July 25, 2022, and the French one on November 12!
I’ve already received several reviews and I’m delighted to see that you like my book as much in French as in English!
As a reminder, I wrote this book in the 2 languages myself, no translator, it's the same thing with this blog, and I'm in charge of everything from A to Z, including website design.
My book has been sold in the UK, Australia, the US, Spain and France, so I can say unequivocally that I’m an international bilingual author!
Last week, I published a video to thank you, in French please (translation below):
"I wanted to thank all the people who have already bought or even read my latest book 'My Solo Wedding in Santorini: or How I Saved My Life'.
Some have already given me their opinion and loved it. Obviously, this means a lot to me.
Thank you for all your congratulatory messages. It touches me deeply!
I wanted my book to be easy to read, so that as many people as possible could discover my story, how I transformed the darkest day of my life – my fiancé left me before our wedding – into a bright and positive event.
Many emotions in this book, I show myself authentic and vulnerable but never forgetting that joy is part of me, of my life and that happiness belongs only to oneself.
Some of you have asked me for signed copies, especially for Christmas gifts, I'm delighted to be able to do that, send me your requests/messages on Instagram @blogaboutl or on my website www.blogaboutl.com"
Life is a Gift & we must Honour it!
This weekend I also organised a private book signing in France, I invited my family and my friends, as well as several people who were impatiently awaiting my book.
A moment of exchange and sharing, a lot of joy and love, and being able to collect your impressions in person is pure happiness, and I can't wait to do it again!
And exclusively, I announce that Annecy will be the next city where I’ll sign my book. Of course, I’ll keep you informed.
I’d like to thank all the people who came but also the café "Le Mug's", which received us with such kindness.
My guests and I have wonderful memories. A place that I highly recommend! LINK
And for the occasion, I was wearing accessories from My Solo Wedding in Santorini : earrings, lipstick, clutch, jacket, and of course my ring!
Which are all mentioned in my book...
And then as I wasn’t excited enough, I’ve just been selected for a Book Awards contest in the UK!!
Wish me luck!
In the meantime, you can always read my articles on my Solo Wedding in Santorini: HERE.
Excerpts from my book in French: LINK
Excerpts from my book in English: LINK
I'm waiting for your reviews, comments and photos of my book now!
And above all, don't hesitate to share...
Love & Joy,
You know how much I love water and boats, and going through my photo archive this week, I came across those taken during a memorable sailing trip.
It was in 2010, suffice to say that it goes back and yet I remember it as if it were yesterday.
I had just lived a year in Morocco, and I was about to move to the other side of the planet in Australia!
Also, when one of my best friends asked me to join him in the Mediterranean, I booked my flight in a few minutes.
Departure: Cagliari in Sardinia!!
Colombine - that was the name of my friend's sailboat - was going to make us sail from Italy to Corsica... Well, for me, because my friend would continue his journey.
And when I say "we", I'm talking about 4 people, 2 girls and 2 boys, with the only common denominator being the captain. Yes, we didn’t know each other and we were going to spend 10 days on a few square metres of space 24/7. That would have made a good TV-reality show lol
And no, I wasn't worried, because I embarked with a calm sea and a magnificent blue sky, nothing could have altered my good mood and my thirst for discovery!
With a limited space, it was a small sailboat, no doubt that promiscuity was a challenge, but you discover people more quickly too. Fortunately, they were great and no incidents to deplore.
Obviously, it’d not have been fun without a major issue: no bathroom and even no toilets!
There was a technical problem and it couldn’t be repaired immediately.
We were in October and the sea was far too cold for me. I was washing myself with micellar water, I had long hair at the time and I didn't take a shower for 10 days, imagine!
For the toilets, it was quite an exercise to do that overboard, especially when the sea was rough. Which shows that we get used to everything, we are far more capable to do without modern comfort than we think.
Fortunately, we had enough chocolate, saucisson and other food to make us forget these inconveniences.
We went along the coast without ever stopping in a port.
It was beautiful, wild and us with it!
We had a very good weather most of the trip but 2 days of big storms too, including seasickness.
We explored the land according to our desires, we only met a few people, some of them welcomed us (even rescued I’d say) on their luxurious spacious sailboat and let us use their toilets, a blessing lol
The immensity of nature to regenerate me, me a sign of water (Cancer), a magnificent moment of meditation to rediscover myself, stop time and enjoy the moment.
The Strait of Bonifacio is a 11km (6.8mi) international strait that separates Sardinia from the French island of Corsica, and I had the honour of steering this part.
For those who know about sea navigation, this area is known to be dangerous to sail because of the rocks and strong currents.
Luckily, the sea was very calm that day and I had an incredible pleasure, a memory that will remain etched in my memory. I still feel the breeze on my face, the sun above me and Bonifacio looming in the distance...
Arriving by sea is absolutely magical, a feeling that I relived in Santorini, after my Solo Wedding during my Honeymoon.
Some islands are nothing but beauty and splendour…
Bonifacio, a fortified town in the southernmost of Corsica, rests on a limestone cliff of 1,600m long by 100m wide.
Inhabited since the Neolithic, it crossed all the times not without difficulty, numerous massacres and battles annihilated it on several occasions.
It took its current name in 832, thanks to Boniface II of Tuscany, who rebuilt and fortified it.
Later, the Genoese added a citadel.
A strategic military place due to its commercial port and its geographical location, it has been disputed, destroyed and repopulated.
Today, it has about 3,200 inhabitants.
We laughed, we cried, we changed the world, we also decided on my new haircut: short this time!
The kind of friends who stay in our lives forever despite the distance and the years without seeing each other.
A magnificent nautical adventure, human and personal, confronted with nature and the elements, technical hazards, to finally realise that we are one with the universe...😉
Have a fantastic week everyone!
Love & Joy,
For those who have been following me for a long time, you know that when I created this blog, talking about my dreams was one of the priorities (see page About Me), and I remain very attached to showing you that it’s never too late to achieve them.
And precisely this year 2022 have seen the birth of incredible achievements including my book "My Solo Wedding in Santorini"!
A few days ago, my horoscope said that someone from the past would come back into my life this week…
I wasn’t expecting it to be my best girl friend from junior high school!!
She said, “It reminds me of so many memories from school together. I’m so happy for you, you did it, you wrote THE book!”
I had forgotten how publishing a book was a dream for me for a very long time…
I’ve been writing since I was 8 years old, but thought it was a hobby, it took me 30 years to understand that it was my true nature, my divine essence.
I had to lose everything (my job, my home, my fiancé) to put me back on the right path, but it was so worth it!
And soon my book will be available in French! Another accomplishment that I am very excited about.
Knowing that I self-publish and must manage all aspects of publishing including editing/proofreading but also artistic direction (cover, layout, marketing…), I can be proud.
Less than a year ago, I didn't know any of this. It took me a lot of determination and discipline, but they are nothing without the right motivation.
Mine: to give hope and courage to people so that they discover self-love and become free to finally be themselves!
But obviously all the support I receive is a huge strength and just this week, one of my favourite authors quoted in chapter 22 of my book, Steven Pressfield, sent me words of encouragement that really touched me.
I never thought I’d meet so many exceptional people during this journey, every day a new miracle happens, I am extremely grateful.
My life is a constant series of dreams and I promise to keep following this way!
Exactly! Speaking of which, last month while I was in London, I had the opportunity to realise a dream that I had been waiting for 3 years!!
Yes, at the end of 2019, I left the London capital after having lived there for several months (check my articles), promising myself to come back to see a certain musical…
Some probably have guessed, I talked about it many times on this blog… Frozen!!
And I was certainly not disappointed, the most incredible show I have attended, and it even dethroned number 1 on my Top 10: Singing in the rain.
Remember that I’ve seen a hundred shows in my life, so I highly recommend this little tour to Arendelle (the village where Queen Elsa lives).
I had goosebumps for 2 hours, the sets and costumes are breathtaking, the actors / singers / dancers are amazing, and the special effects add even more magic.
No doubt I will go again!
And the trailer at the end of this article.
My previous articles:
Never give up on your dreams, that’s how we change the world.
Have a magical week everyone!
Love & Joy,
While this week I attended online a very interesting class about the history of Mary Magdalene, I remembered that last year at this time I had just returned from Paris and was preparing to go to the south of France to discover the Sainte-Baume Cave where Mary Magdalene spent the last years of her life.
So, the idea of telling you about the famous Parisian church was obvious!
Located in the 8th, not far from Place Vendôme, located at one end of Rue Royale, with Place de la Concorde on the other side, as a tourist, impossible to miss it!
Commissioned by Napoleon I, it was however not finished until 1842 (85 years later) because of the political troubles at this period.
From Greek neoclassical style, this Catholic church surrounded by 52 Corinthian columns, measures 354ft (108m) long and 141ft (43m) wide, and its height is 98ft (30m).
I didn't take pictures of the exterior because the facade has been under renovation for many years, and it’s hidden by large panels.
However, I got revenge inside and all the following photos are mine.
The work of the craftsmen here is impressive, gilding, wood and marble, you don't know where to look, everything is so sumptuous.
Obviously, our attention is on the Choir created by Charles Marochetti and the Rapture of Saint Mary Magdalene. An exceptional work that required 12 years of work on the part of the sculptor.
So much detail, you could spend hours looking at it all.
Above all, a lot of tenderness and poetry in this piece, so real, that one would expect the characters to wake up at any moment.
Behind the Choir, the Lameire mosaic, highlighting the Resurrection of Christ and his first disciples, including Mary Magdalene of course.
And above the painted fresco by Ziegler telling the story of Christianity. We see Mary Magdalene supported by 3 angels just like in the Choir, but also many outstanding characters: Saint Louis, Clovis, Charlemagne, Joan of Arc, Louis XIII with Richelieu, Napoleon but also Raphaël, Michel-Ange and Dante to represent the Renaissance.
And even more sculptures, all as incredible as each other...
Including the carved bronze front door!
I end with an element that you’ve certainly noticed in the previous photos, the great organ!
Restored several times, it was originally built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll in 1846.
n the Corinthian style to harmonise with the rest of the architecture, the woodwork by unknown author is a work of art in itself!
Many personalities have had their funerals organised in this magnificent church:
Chopin, Offenbach, Mistinguett, Coco Chanel, Joséphine Baker, Tino Rossi, Dalida, Marlène Dietrich, Henri Salvador, Johnny Hallyday and this year the Bogdanoff brothers to name but a few...
No article next week, I’m working intensely on the publication of my book in French: Mon Mariage Solo à Santorin!
Check out some of my previous posts:
Have a great week everyone!!
Love & Joy,
I'm back! It's been a month since I posted on the blog, I admit that it wasn’t planned but life is full of unexpected events and surprises, and if there’s something I know, it’s accepting everything that happens with adaptability and positivity.
First, I went to London for a week, and no I wasn’t there for the Queen's funeral, I left just before, but I had a great time seeing my friends and meeting new ones, but also to sign my book “My Solo Wedding in Santorini”, no doubt that I really feel like an author now.
Of course, I’ll tell you all about it in future articles, especially since I discovered some very interesting new places!
Then my return to France was eventful, my parents and I moved to a new city, which comes with its share of challenges – you know that I don’t use the word “problem” anymore (read Kind Words and Be Positive) - like, for example, not having internet, which makes it very difficult for me to publish on the blog or on my social media.
It was the first time I witnessed a moving in from the balcony, certainly an experience!
And apparently the universe wanted to make sure I took some time off from my digital activities, my mobile phone slowly abandoned me, it had even started in London, hence my silence on Instagram and Facebook – but I promise I will catch up soon.
Above all, it allowed me to breathe, enjoy the moment, completely disconnect, something that has never really happened in the last 4 years since the creation of the blog in 2018.
It was interesting to no longer think in hashtags and stories, to contemplate life and nature without distraction.
Despite this, not everyone was in detox like me, and it’s of course during that time that you are asked to do interviews, including 2 for Netflix!
And yes, we're going to start talking about us more widely, the sologamists/self-married people, which makes me very happy.
Self-love is the way to true happiness, a message that I’ve been sharing for 5 years, since My Solo Wedding in Santorini; the more of us talk about it, the more people will be inspired…
And I’ll keep you updated about the shows I’ll participate in.
In the meantime, you can read “My Solo Wedding in Santorini” (English version): LINK
Have a great week!
Love & Joy,
Buttes-Chaumont - Paris (France)
While we’re still enjoying the beautiful summer days, at the sea, in the mountains or in the city, I wanted to share with you a very exotic and relaxing place in the heart of Paris.
In 2020, I chose to spend my second honeymoon in the French capital. A romantic destination that also works for self-married people and singles. The important thing is to be in good company, and I admit that I love being with myself! One of the many benefits of my Solo Wedding in Santorini, self-love makes us accept ourselves as we are.
And I liked it so much that I spent the summer in Paris again last year, I like this time of year when the city is quieter, almost at rest with its inhabitants who have left on holiday. It's as if I had it all to myself, a romantic tête-à-tête.
Precisely, I take you daydreaming in the magnificent Buttes-Chaumont park…
It was inaugurated in 1867 under Napoleon III, a great period of construction decided by the emperor and entrusted to Baron Haussmann, remember my article on the Garnier Opera House.
Napoleon III was seduced by London parks – I understand that, check my article My Birthday in London – and wanted to reproduce this model in the French capital.
With nearly 25 hectares of greenery (61 acres), this public garden located in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, is one of the largest parks in the city.
Unlike most green spaces which are flat, the Buttes-Chaumont, as their name suggests, overlook Paris, thus offering an exceptional view.
Built on a former gypsum quarry, the engineer Adolphe Alphand was inspired by its 40-metre drop to create an English garden reminiscent of the mountain and its environment: waterfalls, cliffs, cave rocks, torrents, belvederes…
This makes it a place conducive to discovery and strolling.
With 820m (2,690ft) long and 450m (1,476ft) wide, and a periphery of 2.5km (8,200ft), the multiple paths and bridges are an invitation to adventure.
There’s thus a suspended footbridge of 65m (213ft) which makes it possible to reach the belvedere located on a 30m-high 98ft) steep island. And guess who built it in 1867? Gustave Eiffel.
The neoclassical style temple, crowning the belvedere, is a creation of the architect Gabriel Davioud.
And after all this walk, there's nothing like enjoying its 12ha (29ac) of lawns in the shade of its 6ha (15ac) of woodland to rest and reconnect with Mother Nature.
A natural paradise built by man around a lake, home to incredible flora and fauna.
Moreover, the Buttes-Chaumont include the widest variety of forest species among Parisian public parks.
All you have to do is breathe and relax...
And I put some of my videos at the end.
Have a Great week everyone!
Love & Joy,
42 & Fabulous!
Last month, I celebrated my birthday, I told you about it in my article Happy Me.
Well, if I love this day of the year so much, apart from the fact that I love celebrating myself, especially since my Solo Wedding in Santorini, it's because I don't age. Even better, I rejuvenate!
That's what my friends and family keep telling me.
Recently, one of my aunts, who hadn't seen me for a year, said to me, "You have to stop at some point, because you look 20 now!! »
Certainly, my aunt is very generous, and I don't wish to look that young ahaha.
Nevertheless, for proof a photo without filter, without editing, without makeup, just me on July 1, 2022 after my shower!
My 40th birthday (2 years ago therefore) was a turning point in my life, not that I dreaded this date, on the contrary since I had to celebrate it outrageously (but the pandemic prevented it), and obviously I was stunning (reread my article Turned 40), but on that day I chose a new challenge, to fulfill one of my wedding vows, the one that said “I would never stop being a better version of myself.”
Since My Solo Wedding in Santorini, I adore myself all the time, it’s absolutely impossible for me to diminish myself.
When you love yourself, it is for life!
However, this time not only aging wouldn’t affect me, but I chose a new quest, that of youth.
An adventure that would transform me and make me meet extraordinary people.
(Pictures below of my birthdays from 2017 to 2021)
From there, I signed up for courses, seminars and other videos, I wanted to know everything about nutrition, fitness, neurology, epigenetics, energy, and I continue because I find it fascinating.
Of course, as with any learning, it takes dedication, determination and discipline. But all this doesn’t work without the right motivation!
And as far as I’m concerned, I had 2 essential reasons:
1/ I still want to be a mother one day and although I froze my eggs in Madrid, I don't know if I will use them or resort to other procedures or adoption.
Reread Gift from Science
2/ My dearest dream is to go to the planet Mars (Read In the Air 2) and for those who have been following me for a few years, you’ve already received your invitation.
For others, here it is:
When I was 20, if someone had told me I’d look this fabulous, I wouldn't have believed it. It must also be said that at that time, I was overweight, insecure, trying to succeed in all areas to conform to standards and society.
Today, I can say that I’ve never felt so good, not to mention the fact that I’ve never been so fit and healthy, no more glasses, no more medication or dietary supplements, no more migraines, sleep trouble nor health problem, a healthy mind in a healthy body.
I’ve already shared a lot about my beauty and health routines: I encourage you to read them again:
And I really don't miss my glasses... (Photos from 2011 to 2016)
Obviously when you decide to stay young, there’s no chance of not talking about exercise!
I never saw myself as a sporty person, overweight from a very young age until I was 27, playing sports at school was my pet peeve and I voluntarily avoided it for a good part of my adult life.
No chance of dragging me to a gym, but confinement has been good since online classes have developed and especially my passion for dance and ballet – an entire chapter is dedicated to it in my book “My Solo Wedding in Santorini" - has introduced me to Lydia Melmeth, my current fitness coach and former dancer of the Queensland Ballet.
I encourage you to follow her on Instagram and her YouTube channel, she now lives in London and teaches at the Royal Ballet and in many fitness centres.
Yes, remember, I talked about the Royal Ballet in my Article Happy New Year 2020!
Keeping my 2 motivations in mind and my iron discipline, from 30 minutes/week in 2020, I practice today 5h/week! If I can do it, you can too!
Thanks to Lydia, her energy and her very varied classes, I learned to do grand pliés as well as squats.
And speaking of squats, impossible not to mention the extraordinary Pauline Adeleke, to whom I dedicate all my squats!!
Pauline is 70 years YOUNG, as she likes to say (I love it!) and lives in New York. Although she has already lived several lives, 2 years ago she created her own business to help people of her age to stay in shape. She’s a real mine of information and her energy is contagious!
Especially her attitude towards life is a fabulous example to follow, for her, age is just a number, and one should never limit oneself on this basis. Neither too young nor too old, anything is possible with determination.
I have huge respect and admiration for her, she’s my new role model and I like to call her SuperWonder Pauline! I love this woman so much!
Follow her on Instagram and on her YouTube channel Ageless Fitness Lifestyle, where she distils her fitness and nutrition tips.
I can't remember which of my teachers mentioned this, but several years ago a study was conducted with a group of elderly people with all sorts of age-related symptoms and disorders: osteoarthritis, Alzheimer's, low muscle mass etc. They had them live for several weeks in a house with 70s decor, which reminded them of a past time in their lives.
At the end of the experiment, their health had improved, and some symptoms had even completely disappeared, without any special diet or medication.
Because of their environment, their brain believed that they were younger and their metabolism with it. Incredible but true!
Like nature, if you have strong roots, the right environment, good care, you will bloom again and again...
And I feel like I'm blooming better and better, year after year.
But for me the absolute secret is to have fun and do what I love!
Anything that makes me smile is good for my cells.
Moreover, this summer I decided to regress completely and practice the activities that I loved to do as a child: horseback riding and golf.
Plus, they're outdoor activities, which is a bonus.
There’s no age to start something new, in fact, I took my dad for his 65th birthday to have his first golf lesson and he loved it!
And last week, to relax after the launch of my book - the past 2 months have been intense to stay polite - my sister invited me to a beautiful spa. A very handsome young man, the sexiest of the 4,000m2 of aquatic space, only had eyes for me, despite the lovely young ladies in microscopic bikinis.
Proof that my method works and that there’s no age to be fabulous!!
Do like me, live life to the fullest so that it has no hold on you!
And even more to discover about me and my life in my autobiography “My Solo Wedding in Santorini”: LINK FOR THE BOOK
By the way, this article is an addition to my Superwomen Series: read here.
Have a fabulous week!
Love & Joy,
GET YOUR COPY HERE
I’m so excited and delighted that my book “My Solo Wedding in Santorini: or how I saved my life” is finally published!
For the moment only the English version is available: HERE
But don't worry, the French edition should follow in a few months, moreover for those who wish, I continue to raise funds to be able to realise this new version: LINK
And of course, I also prepare the Greek version.
Why Greek? This country and its people have welcomed me with such kindness and generosity since my solo wedding in Santorini, that for me it’s unthinkable not to have my book in this language.
Not to mention, I've been in the news a lot (check page MEDIA), including on TV, and a lot of people are waiting for the full version of my story! Check my article: TV Interview.
For all those who have been part of this adventure, of course, I wanted to thank you personally:
Transcript of the video:
My book my Solo Wedding in Santorini is out! It has been quite a journey I have to say.
And if you don’t have your copy yet, check my website www.blogaboutl.com
When I married myself 5 years ago after my fiancé left me, if you had told me that I was going to publish a book talking about it, I would have called you crazy!
And here we are!
I’m so moved by all the amazing and kind messages I’ve received these past few days.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to everybody who was part of this incredible adventure.
Some of you follow me for years, since the creation of Blog About L. com
I’m so grateful for your love, support, and your loyalty.
This book was made of tears and sacrifices. I wanted to give up so many times. But you kept me going.
This is why when you go after your dream, it is so important to surround yourself with the right people. You have so many doubts and worries and fears during the process that you can’t afford to have unloving, judgemental energy around you.
During this journey, my relationships, my friendships changed, absolutely.
But most of all, I changed to be aligned with my purpose, my dream and this is how I’ve attracted incredible souls into my life.
This book, my story my Solo Wedding in Santorini is your story too!
Live your dream life!
And as I like to say “The best is yet to come…”
ORDER THE BOOK HERE
The goal now is for it to become a bestseller, and on the 2nd day of its publication, I woke up with the happy surprise of being 4th in the Amazon ranking in the wedding book category!
So don’t hesitate to share with your friends, family, on social media.
My success is also yours!
Here’s the description of the book:
“May 27, 2017, Santorini, Aegean Island (Greece). I am about to go down the magnificent stone stairs holding my father's arm, to participate in the wedding I have been waiting for, and preparing for a year and a half. The guests are seated. The weather is capricious. However, this ceremony is special, the groom is not here. He left the marital ship three months before, and I took the decision to marry without him, to marry myself!”
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The best for last as they say, I’ll soon realise one of the biggest dreams of my life.
What an accomplishment!
I talked about my book and its creation in the podcast.
Even though I've been writing since I was a child, I had never written a whole book before, I just needed the right story to tell.
I can't give you a release date yet, some things don't depend on me, but it's taking shape and obviously you'll be the first to know!
I had to find within myself the essential resources and love to discover my true destiny.
And it's only the beginning!
I couldn’t be prouder than today, to celebrate the 5th anniversary of my Solo Wedding in Santorini.
I strongly encourage you to re-read my previous articles, each as exciting as the next.
(Small note: due to the expansion of the website, some links are no longer valid, so if you have any error messages, don't worry, I'm fixing the problem.)
And I end with 2 videos I made for you for my wedding anniversary in 2020 and 2021:
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Don't forget, you're amazing! Be yourself and love yourself!
Love & Joy,
Confucius said nature makes men identical, life makes them different.
I think that everything happens for a reason and every moment helps to build our personality. I don't like rules, I follow mine. It is time for me to share my unconventional life and my unusual experience...