A quenelle is a quenelle.

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“So a quenelle is, for all intents and purposes, a fish-flavoured scone covered in lobster gravy?”

I asked Cedric this, squashed at a red-and-white checkered tableclothed table, in a tiny restaurant in France, trying to find a point of reference on a foreign menu. Since moving here, I’ve learnt 2 things about French food. The first is that French meals take ages, but the most important is that food in France is sacred.

I wasn’t trying to be obtuse by the question about the quenelle. Nor when I said that saucisson cuit was known elsewhere as “bangers and mash”, or when I said that lesœufs à la neige was essentially a pavlova. It is important to know here that this dessert has exactly 2 main ingredients: egg whites, and white sugar. You decide for yourself. I was trying assimilate these dishes into my current Kiwi-from-Irish-heritage culinary knowledge. Also…

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Felipe Monteiro

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Felipe Monteiro 28 y.o Youtube Channel: Phills Monteiro Instagram: @feelsblack “I started my Youtube channel Phills Monteiro in 2012 because I realized that there were no Brazilian Youtube channels that talked about natural hair for men. I needed to do it because I wanted to represent black men and give them…

Pancakes pomme/cannelle (vegan)

Delicieux :)


Hello vous !

Comment ça va les fêtes ? Moi, en ce moment je suis à fond dans mes révisions (oui carrément) ET dans la glandouille. Révisions parce qu’exams ET glandouille parce que dernièrement, mon système immunitaire m’a envoyé pas mal de signaux.

Mais la glandouille ça a de compliqué que les courses ne se font pas toutes seules. Résultat : pour manger, il me reste mes fonds de placards et mon imagination. Et une vieille pomme. Et un peu de farine. Alors aujourd’hui j’ai fait des pancakes vegan à la vieille pomme. Comme titre, ça passait moyen, alors j’ai opté pour un sobre “pancakes pomme/cannelle” mais j’aurais aussi bien pu dire “SUPER PANCAKES POMME/CANNELLE”, parce qu’ils étaient vraiment super ! Allez c’est cadeau (de Noël, LOL, humour).

Ingrédients (dans l’ordre)

  • 250 gr de farine de blé
  • 50 gr de sucre roux de canne
  • 1…

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AfroWoman X

Hey guys ! It’s been a really long time, but to be fair, I’ve been teaching English to teenagers and teenagers are hard work, and so is teaching. Done with the excuses, here’s a brand new collab I did with one of my best friends Mélissa Mary.

Talented photographer Jean Fotso featured us in his AFROWOMAN series which celebrates the beauty of black women in the African Diaspora, and the results are beautiful! Special shout-out to make-up artist Christine Merveille for doing a wonderful job :)

©Jean Fotso 2017©Jean Fotso 2017

Photography: Jean Fotso
Make-Up: Christine Merveille

BE YOUR OWN HERO collection by Laure Art

If you haven’t heard of Laure Art, then now is the time for you to get to know her. She is a talented fashion designer with a vision for the African Diaspora. When we went out to lunch, Laure explained to me that by revamping her brand, she wanted each of her pieces to tell a story. Laure’s F/W17 collection Be Your Own Hero is a series of colorful and vibrant wax print clothing. She also told me that there is an entire background story behind each outfit. She wants every woman to feel confident, beautiful and important when they’re wearing her pieces.

ModelsYvanna N’tonga & Zahra Louise-Julie
Style: Laure Art
Photography: Jean Fotso

Working Woman



Wedding Guest



Follow Laure Art on Instagram & Facebook
Check out Laure’s Afrikrea boutique online
Purchase your own pieces from Laure’s collection on her website


Vintage meets Modern: I styled Adé I

I’m sure that some of you may remember the Partagez le Secret‘s Beauty & Tasty event that I attended last year. I recently collaborated with PLS founder Adé I and we created something AWESOME !

We decided to film a vlog together (coming soon!), documenting our fashionable day. The best part? I got to style Adé I and myself for the photoshoot. But first, we headed to Cutty’s Hair Design salon at 72 Boulevard des Brotteaux, in Lyon. Claire did our hair and make-up, and she did a great job !


Vintage #ootd

Dress: My mom
Shoes: Zara
Style: Zahra Louise-Julie
Hair & Make-up: Cutty’s Hair Design salon
Photography: Safiya Louise-Julie



Modern #ootd


Jumpsuit: Zara
Robe: Zara
Style: Zahra Louise-Julie
Hair & Make-up: Cutty’s Hair Design salon
Photography: Safiya Louise-Julie & Zahra Louise-Julie


Stay tuned for new outfits featured in What I Wore This Week by subscribing to Breakfast with the Beatles. Click on the ‘Follow me by Email’ button on the top right-hand corner of this page! ALSO, make sure you check out Garde Robe an international street-style blog by Sidney and me.

RoseGal Wishlist // Summer Sales !

Hey guys ! I hope you’ve all rested well and you’re ready for September. I start my teaching career tomorrow, and I’m super excited ! One of the things that I like to do before I start a new school year (whether I’m a student or a teacher), is to get a few basics and indispensables (must-haves) as the French would call it.

Rosegal is another online store that sells cute clothes and accessories for really low prices. And if you’re looking for the perfect outfit to end the summer with, how about Rosegal? They have pink flower dresses, stylish palazzo pants and asymmetric skirts that are totally in!


So if you want new clothes, why not take a look over here? The Summer Sales are still ongoing, and EVERYTHING is 33% off. Use my code RGEN for another 10% off!

Here are some of my favorite Rosegal pieces:



Jewellassy // Wraps, Chokers and Corset belts

If you know me, then you know that I love anything that has to do with African fashion. My friend Massy is from Côte d’Ivoire and she makes stunning jewelry, headwraps and corset belts, using colorful wax prints from the mother land. My personal favorite is the dashiki print wrap.

You can purchase all of these on Massy’s e-boutique: tictail.com/s/sornanbi !


Get your headwraps and jewelry here: tictail.com/s/sornanbi !

Strobing with Raihane + OOTD

Hey guys ! I’ve been pretty lucky these past few weeks because I got to collaborate with so many talented people. Recently, I met make-up artist and Youtuber Raihane, and we decided to do a video for her Youtube channel (it’ll be up soon) !

I kinda knew Raihane already, because I was already friends with her older sister. But what I didn’t know, is that I already saw her in this hilarious video by Solfa: Korean Girls Get Western Make-up. Raihane is the make-up artist behind the Korean girls’ looks in this video, and she did an incredible job!

So Raihane wanted to try out the “strobing” technique on me. I didn’t even know what it was, and kept calling it “stroboscope” (don’t ask why), but now that I know what it is, I love it! According to PopSugar, strobing “focuses exclusively on highlighter, applied where light would naturally hit your face (so, your cheekbones, brow bones, the center of your forehead, down your nose, and on your chin)”.



Because my make-up was going to be all about strobing, highlighting and shimmery glitter, I decided to go for a more minimal and classic outfit.


I paired a plain black bodysuit from Pull & Bear with striped wide-legged pants from Bershka and platform sandals from H&M. 


Yes, I’m wearing a gold choker on my arm. I really needed a chunky arm cuff, so I just tightened this choker from PrettyLittleThings, and voilà!


These bold but minimal earrings are from ZAFUL. They’re my absolute favorite pair of earrings to wear this summer!


Here’s another cute golden bracelet from Women’s Beauty by N., paired with a white mini purse and a vintage brown scarf tied on it.



Make sure you head over to Raihane’s Youtube channel and subscribe!!! She gives amazing make-up tips, she vlogs and she’s hilarious. Our collab video will be up very soon (I’ll repost it on Breakfast with the Beatles as well) so stay tuned!

Want my look? Check these out!

Bodysuit – now on sale!: $7.00 at PrettyLittleThing
Pants: $35.00 at Asos
Sandals: $35.00 at Asos
Purse: $269.62 at Nordstrom
$3.61 at ZAFUL
Arm cuff: $26.00 at Asos
$5.00 at Women’s Beauty by N.
Lipstick – “Rags to Riches” now on sale!
: $4.55 at NYX

Stay tuned for new outfits featured in What I Wore This Week by subscribing to Breakfast with the Beatles. Click on the ‘Follow me by Email’ button on the top right-hand corner of this page! ALSO, make sure you check out Garde Robe an international street-style blog by Sidney and me.