Wednesday, May 30, 2012

La Maison de Loulou

Marie-Laure Bouwens is a Mother and an architect. She lives in Brooklyn, NYC, with her family. After giving birth to her daughter Louise, Marie-Laure decided to down-size her architectural projects and focus on kids spaces. I love how she stayed a true Parisian at heart; It shows in her beautiful work. Step in her universe and visit La Maison de Loulou .

Friday, May 25, 2012

Ocean call

Enough of this rain!! I wonder what it would be if we were living in a beach town. My memories from Maui are not too far, always kept dearly in my heart and each time the dark gloomy clouds appear, I know where my head has to go to bring back my inner sunshine. Today, I found this house and it made me dream. Big time!!


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wooden playhouses from France

Castorama is a giant hardware store that I would compare to the Home Depot or Loews. When I was a child, I used to go there very often with my grand-father because he was an inventor and was always in need of new tools. At the time, my grand-father was still alive and Castorama didn't carry the amazing wooden playhouses it does today. Admit it, don't you like them don't you?

Castorama est un magasin de bricolage géant que je pourrai comparer a Home Depot ou Loews. Lorsque j'etais enfant, j'y allais souvent avec mon grand-père qui était inventeur et toujours a la recherche d'un nouvel outil. À l'époque, mon grand-père vivait encore et Castorama ne vendait pas les sublimes maisonettes en bois d'aujourd'hui. Admettez le, vous les aimez n'est-ce pas?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Bodie and Fou Spring/Summer 2012 catalogue

I admit, I have to brag about it! One of my garlands is on the front cover of the Bodie and Fou S/S 2012 catalogue and I couldn't be happier. Bodie and Fou is an Award winning concept store. I am a huge fan of their blog. Founder and Creative Director Karine Kong is the stylist behind each lovely pictures you will see on their catalogue. The spring/summer catalogue should come out sometime this week.
I am proud an honored to see one of my garlands featured on it.

Je l'admet, j'ai besoin de me vanter un peu! Une de mes guirlandes est en couverture du catalogue printemps/été de Bodie and Fou et je ne pourrais pas être plus heureuse. Bodie and Fou a remporté l'Award du meilleur concept-store avec leur premier catalogue. Je suis une grande fan de leur blog. La Creatrice et Directrice de Création Karine Kong est la styliste derrière chaque belle image que vous trouverez dans leur catalogue. Celui de Printemps été devrait sortir cette semaine.
Je suis fière et honorée de voir une de mes guirlandes exposée sur leur couverture.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Meet Sivan Askayo

Lately i had the great pleasure to meet photographer Sivan Askayo. As I wanted to write a post about her and her work, Sivan kindly offered to take some pictures of my girls and my work space. She let me style the girls and the space and she did what she does best, capture our lives in a serie of beautiful pictures that speak for themselves. Her pictures are pure and sweet, and i am sure that my husband will be thrilled to received them as a Father's Day gift.
Also, as a gift to my readers (only), Sivan would like to offer a 15% discount for the one of you who book a session before June 17th (Father's Day). Just let her know that you have seen the offer on Twiggy and Lou's blog.
Sivan Askayo Children Photography is on facebook, click here to go to her page.

photograph: Sivan Askayo
stylist: Sandrine D'Andrea

T & L:   Who is Sivan Askayo?

S.A:       I'm an Israeli born, New York based photographer. I've been living in New York for the past
              10 years now and been photographing Kids and Travel for the past 4.   
              I've earned a Master degree in Communication and Marketing in New York and been    
              constantly involved with the ICP, International Center of Photography.
              I photograph what I love; Kids, Food, Travel, Street Art and as a City Dweller I also 
              photograph the dynamics of the places I am in. My work has been exhibited Nationally
              and internationally and I've been involved with emerging Artists groups both is New York
              and in Tel Aviv.

stylist: Sandrine D'Andrea

T & L:   What inspires you?

S.A:       I'm inspired by a lot of things; colors, light, an interesting composition I come across. 
              A situation. It can be a person gesture or a way someone is carrying himself. It can be a 
              graffiti wall and the way it combined with its surroundings, as I do follow Graffiti and Urban
              Art wherever I go. New York inspires me a lot as well. The dynamics of the City really gets
              me going.

stylist: Sandrine D'Andrea

T & L:   Most of the time you shoot Travel and Kids, what is your specialty?

S.A:      I shoot mostly for Travel and Design/Lifestyle magazines.
             My specialty? Well, it's mostly what I love; Kids, Travel, Food and Street Art. I think it will
             be easier to tell what I don't shoot which is Fashion, Sports and Weddings. I love capturing
             moments; it can be a special moment I come across while I travel, or a special moment when I 
             shoot a family portraits. Kids are so fascinating. So much more than adults. They are very
             natural in front of the camera, and they can go through various emotions within seconds.
             They are so funny to take pictures of.

stylist: Sandrine D'Andrea

T & L:   If you were not a photographer, what would you be?

S.A:      Probably what I did before turning into photography; Media Supervisor in a Media company.
             I worked for almost 8 years in the Advertising world and loved it.

stylist: Sandrine D'Andrea

T & L:   What is your oldest memory as a photographer? Do you remember the first thing you 
               had taken of?

S.A:       I got curious about photography because of my dad, who was a photographer during his army 
              service and then kept it as a hobby. He used to carry his Nikon camera to all our picnics and
              weekend trips, and one day he just let me hold it. And I got hooked since then.
              At the age of 12 I got a one year membership to National Geographic and a huge book of 
              Atlas from my Grandfathers. This really sparked my curiosity about the world and about  

stylist: Sandrine D'Andrea

T & L:   How old were you when you purchased your first camera?

S.A:       My REAL camera I got from my dad, he actually let me use his and keep it.
               It was a Nikon FM, manual with film and I still have it. I was 17 I think because this is
               when I started studying photography more seriously. I took a black and white class with one
               of the old school known photographer in Israel, and I learned how to develop my film in 
               the darkroom.

stylist: Sandrine D'Andrea

T & L:   What is next for Sivan Askayo?

S.A:       Work wise I would say having clients not only in New York, Tel Aviv or Paris but in other
               locations word-wide. Working with travel agencies or PR  for travel, shooting for
               Milk Magazine in Paris... these are all the things I want to make in the next year or two.

stylist: Sandrine D'Andrea

T & L:   Imagine you are a bird, never tired of flying. Where are you flying to?

S.A:      Cuba, Brazil, Shanghai or Philippines for example. 

stylist: Sandrine D'Andrea

Friday, May 18, 2012

Black stars

This is what I've been working on lately. I love these black stars. Find them in my Etsy shop.

Voici sur quoi j'ai travaillé ces derniers temps. J'adore ces étoiles noires. Trouvez les dans ma boutique sur Etsy.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Worm pets

It's been raining a lot here lately and luckily, the sun is finally shinning. Over the past days, I've been trying to keep the girls busy so they won't get too bored. Also, I learned that while it is raining out, some kids love to dig for worms!! This is what I saw my girls doing and I even had to listen to them begging me to take their new worm pets home. But even if the sky is the limit, you have to learn how to say "NO" and this is what I did. I just had to say no. These sweet creatures had to remain in the dirt, where they come from. Later, when we where home and dry, I heard the girls talking about their worm pets again. So idea came to me and I decided to create to little worm pets that they could cary everywhere. The result is cute and the girls love their new pets. Since, they tell their friends that they have a real worm pet!

Il a beaucoup plu ici ces derniers temps et heureusement le soleil brille a nouveau. Ces jours ci j'ai essayé d'occuper les filles pour ne pas qu'elles s'ennuient trop. Aussi, j'ai appris pendant qu'il pleuvait dehors que certains enfants aiment creuser pour trouver des vers de terre!! J'ai regardé mes filles faire ça et j'ai même du les entendre me supplier de ramener leur vers de compagnie à la maison. Même si le ciel est la seule limite, on doit apprendre a dire NON et c'est ce que j'ai fait. J'ai dit non. Ces douces créatures doivent rester dans la terre, là d'oú elles viennent. Plus tard, de retour a la maison et séchées, j'ai entendu les filles parler de leurs vers. Ça m'a donné une idée et j'ai décidé de leur créer un petit vers qu'elles pourraient amener partout avec elles. Le résultat est mignon et les filles aiment leurs nouveaux companions. Depuis, elles racontent a leurs amis qu'elles ont un vrai vers de compagnie!

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