Sunday, April 6, 2014

My super not-sweet 16

Salut, tous ceux qui lisent ce blog ! C'est Sandrine. 

Oui, my birthday was December 19, and oui, this post is months late. I do have a life, though, and that life involves ballet and sadly, going to school. I'm busy.

Here's how Sabine and I celebrated our 16th birthday: NOT the way I would have liked to celebrate it. My mom let us invite one friend each, and we went out to lunch and then went to see Frozen. I wanted to invite my friend Coralie, but she is just so freaking weird sometimes. She always rejects my invitations to go out to eat and makes up dumb excuses about how busy she is when I know she isn't busy. Seriously, I wanted to go to Meert with her, but she told me that she had plans. She totally didn't, considering she Snapchatted me several pictures of her disgusting cat along with selfies depicting her boredom! If she's going to lie, she should at least get better at it. You think she'd take lessons from me, right?

Sabine invited Aurélie. Mon dieu, I swear she does things like this to spite me. I deal with her in ballet class and have no desire to deal with her in another setting. I was so desperate to invite somebody that I almost considered inviting Axelle, but I wasn't THAT desperate. Maybe I should have been more desperate because Sabine invited JULIETA when I lied to our mom and said none of my friends could make it.

I'm not sure if I made my feelings clear about Julieta, but even if I did, I will do so again. I'm sick of how she speaks "franspagnol": that is, a mixture of French and Spanish. She's so enthusiastic all the time, and I just can't take the fierce optimism. She also thinks she's "too good" for the flamenco classes in Lille. She even tried a ballet class. She's SUCH a good dancer, vous savez, even if she lacks proper technique and whatnot. Ballet would probably help with her flamenco. I will give her credit: she can balance on a cup. Flamenco isn't terrible by any means, but she loves to brag about it. Sabine insists Julieta isn't bragging but is just so enthusiastic. Yeah, well, take it down a notch.

At lunch, I had this misfortune of sitting next to Julieta and across from Aurélie. I swear I'm unlucky. I have a mom who doesn't support my desire to have a professional ballet career, a sister who chooses the most obnoxious friends, and a friend who never comes to things when I invite her. I did sit by my mom, too, and that was better than I thought it would be. She was being a decent human being for once, and I actually had a good conversation with her. We talked about ballet, shopping, and she even suggested that I style her hair. She never brought up the crappy things I've done in the past or how I'm a failure because I'm not into school. She She actually paid attention when I demonstrated how to do a fishtail braid. Great, if only she allowed me to compete in the Youth American Grand Prix or the Prix de Lausanne or something that would allow me to get a head-start in my professional ballet career...

At the movie, I sat by Julieta AGAIN. Ugh. I also sat by Maman, and since we were civil with each other for the day, it was fine. Julieta tried to talk to me about ballet before the movie began, and I gave her terse responses. She seemed taken aback, but she still kept talking. 

Frozen was definitely a fantastic movie, and I could definitely relate to Elsa. I have a secret that I don't want to be exposed, but Axelle might blow that because of her nosiness. I also have a bad habit of shutting people out, but most importantly, we are both SNOW QUEENS. I danced the part of the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker. Her ice gown was also too fabulous. Can I just be her? She's definitely my woman crush, even if she's an animated character.

Yeah, so that was my not!Sweet Sixteen. I got a lot of money, so I bought some new clothes and makeup. 


Sunday, March 30, 2014

My first trip to NYC!

Salut, tout le monde ! Devinez ce que j'ai fait pendant le week-end?

Any guesses? Well, I guess the title of this post gives it away! Let me explain...
My brother, who is studying abroad at NYU for the year, turned 20 on Saturday, and my dad was going to attend a special lecture on Friday. So what happened? I got to miss school on Friday and Saturday to fly all the way to NYC! Sandrine had ballet, plus there is no way Maman would let her miss school because of her grades. I kind-of feel bad that my mom had to stay home to be on "Sandrine duty", but it was her idea...

My dad, my brother, and I decided to go to a restaurant in Brighton Beach. For those who aren't familiar with that part of the city, it is full of Russian-speakers, shops, and restaurants. When Sébastien mentioned wanting to eat there, I immediately thought of my good online friend, Inky. I would definitely need her to translate for me, seeing as I know absolutely no Russian. Before meeting Inky, though, I enjoyed a delicious five-course meal with my family:
Course 1:

Course 2:

Course 3:

Course 4: 

Course 5: 

After enjoying one of the best meals I have ever had, it was finally time to meet Inky. Although I've never met her in person, I feel like I have known her my entire life. I was a little nervous, being 5 years older than her. I didn't want her to think I was some scary teenager, but Sébastien reminded me that kids usually think teenagers are pretty cool. I sure hoped so! I was so glad that my dad actually let me spend an hour with her while he and my brother did some snack shopping. My dad was relieved when he found out that Inky's moms and friends would be with us; he didn't want me roaming around Brighton Beach by myself. He told me that creeps like to kidnap girls my age, so he was glad that I had a lot of adult supervision. Merci, Papa. My dad is never the overprotective one, but I understood why he was relieved. After all, I was in a city in a different country. 

My dad and brother walked me to the Starbucks to meet up with Inky's moms and friends of her moms'. It was an awkward situation for my dad, especially since he doesn't exactly speak English. He knows some basic phrases, but that's it. Sébastien and I were his translators!

At long last, I finally met Inky! She was just as I had expected her to be: sweet and fun. I also liked seeing the "Inky buns" in person, and I was quite jealous of her outfit. It was adorable, especially the gorgeous peacoat. We sadly only got to spend about an hour and a half together, but I promised her that I would have to visit her again soon. We were dying to take pictures on the beach and boardwalk, but it was raining. I was bummed about the weather, but hey, being from Lille, I'm way too used to rain for my own good!

I also got to meet Inky's friend, Hanabi. She reminded me of Sandrine, but with different facial features.

I tried to beg my dad to let Inky come home with us, and I begged Inky's moms, too. It would be fun to introduce Inky to all of my friends as well as Lille. My dad said that Inky would be welcome another time, and Inky's moms said the same about me. I feel like our time was cut short...or maybe time really does fly when you're having fun?

Later that night, I hung out with Sébastien in his dorm room. I was also able to meet his roommate, Matt, who was pretty fun (and totally attractive, may I add). I also sorted through some of the goodies that I got this afternoon. 

I HAD to buy this magazine featuring my girl Miley! I was extremely pleased with this purchase. Next time I visit Inky, I'm totally going to have her translate for me. Studying the cover, I think I figured out how to spell "Miley Cyrus" using the Russian alphabet. Those are clearly important words to know, right? OK, they are important words to me...

Inky gave me these really cool boots and told me to give them to Aurélie as a gift from her. I knew for sure that Aurélie would love them. They are definitely her style!

I also snagged this Youth American Grand Prix poster for Sandrine.

Most importantly, though, Inky's family surprised me with these macarons! They even got me a rose-flavored one, which was totally awesome considering that is my favorite ice cream flavor. I was so stuffed from lunch, but I couldn't help but want to devour the whole box right on the spot. 

Overall, I had a great weekend and particularly great Saturday. Not only did I get to celebrate with my brother, I also got to meet a good friend and fellow blogging buddy. I want to thank Inky, her moms, and her moms' friends for a great day...and a great introduction to NYC.

I'll be back...hopefully sooner rather than later. What I've seen of the city is incredible, and I hope to see more. I'd love to go to Times Square!


Thursday, March 13, 2014

It's that time of year again...

...c'est l'AGPT Academy Awards!

Et alors, c'est Sandrine. To celebrate this blog's nomination, I dressed in a vintage wedding gown. I was going for old-fashioned glamour and sophistication. 

I added my own personal touch by wearing my black lace-up boots. I love mixing girly and edgy pieces together.

Sadly, Axelle wanted to celebrate. Sigh. I wanted to hit my head on the wall repeatedly.

Axelle here! Sandrine- who needs her, anyway?! Her bad attitude NEVER ruins my good time! I wanted to look crazy and creative for the celebration, and Aurélie helped me choose the perfect outfit (blog post on that coming, soon). 

Oh, and PS...Axelle and I don't get along. Pictures lie. She gets on my last nerve, to be perfectly honest. I've never met anybody as nosy as her. My personal life is private for a reason...IT IS PERSONAL. 

Sandrine is clearly being silly. I don't invade her personal life because I do get that it is private. I invade it because she is hiding something that probably explains why she has a problem with everybody.
I don't have a problem with everybody! I just have high standards! Nosy people don't meet the criteria.
Your standards MUST not be that high, considering you wouldn't even pose for this photo!

Why are we arguing about this?! We're supposed to be celebrating the blog's nomination!
Right! Thank you to all of our dear readers! You are the best!

If you want to vote for us, CLICK THIS LINK!!!!
Or, you know, you can vote for whoever you want. All of the nominations are outstanding!

Axelle et Sandrine

Friday, February 21, 2014

Roses and sparkles

Coucou ! C'est Aurélie et je suis désolée que j'écris en retard...

I made valentines for some friends, and I just haven't posted about it yet! Now is better than never, though.

My supplies were the following: sparkly pink paper, scissors, ribbon, rosettes, tape, and white paper. 

I had an idea in mind for my valentines, but I changed my mind when I started making them. Instead of making the rosettes and ribbon permanent fixtures on the card, I thought I would make them removable so that the recipients can wear them as headbands. Being a dancer, I can never have too many fun hair accessories to wear with my leotards. The first thing I did was cut the ribbon into an appropriate length.

I then chose four rosettes and sewed them on:

I wrapped the headband around the front of the card and taped it to the back to make it easily removable.

Here is the finished product!

I hope you enjoyed the cards. If you made cards this year, what do yours look like? I'd love to see them! I'll be posting about my Valentine's Day goodies soon.

Bonne Saint-Valentin!


Sunday, January 26, 2014

A "Sister" More Like Me

Coucou ! C'est Aurélie ! J'écris maintenant ce post en retard. Désolée- je suis trop occupée !

It is my turn to post about my Christmas. I know I'm about a month late, but it's better late than never, right?
This isn't something I publicize, but Julieta and I have had some rough patches. Being an only child, I am always thrilled when my family hosts exchange students. When I first heard about Julieta, I was excited. She sounded like she'd be a fun person to have around. And she first. Then, she started taking flamenco classes at a local studio, and when I asked her about them, she said they weren't as good as what she is used to back home in Spain. She also made comments on how the weather in Lille was nothing like the weather in Spain. Spain this, Spain that. I was upset. I thought she was disappointed. Of course she loves Spain; it's her home. I just thought she didn't appreciate her experience here.
We did have some arguments, but I don't want to get into those here. We talked it out, and things have been great between us. I think it made our friendship stronger, which was great since I had a Christmas gift for her that I was considering returning.

On Christmas Day, I handed her the gift.

"Oh, I love it! Muchas gracias, mon amie! Thanks for thinking of me!" Julieta exclaimed as she held up the Christmas ornament with "Feliz Navidad" written on it.

Julieta surprised me with a gift, too. She pulled it out from behind her back and apologized for not wrapping it. It was the dress I've wanted for awhile! 
"How did you know?!" I asked in disbelief.
Julieta smiled. "I talk to people."

After all of this, it turned out that Julieta is more like me than I thought. She's dedicated, headstrong, and does whatever it takes to reach her dream. We both work hard and persevere through the bad. She has definitely become my good friend, and I am happy to call her my "sister".


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Fashion Files: A Ballet-Inspired Wardrobe

Coucou ! C'est Aurélie, et aujoud'hui, je vais faire quelque chose de différent. 

I love ballet, and I love fashion. In today's post, I thought I would combine two of my passions! I still have a Christmas post to write, but I'll do that this weekend. For now, enjoy what I have planned for today:

Fashion Files #1: A Ballet-Inspired Wardrobe
by Aurélie Faubert

When you think of ballet, what do you think of? Tutus? Leotards? Glitter? Ballet is way more than these things, but those things can inspire everyday outfits. I personally like to stick to a ballet-inspired color scheme when buying items for my own wardrobe (though I do wear other colors). The colors might seem a bit stereotypical, but I enjoy pastels and lighter colors. 

So, how did I go about choosing ballet-inspired outfits? Keep on reading!

This first outfit is appropriate for a party. I would wear boots with this, but I left the boots I would wear at Sabine's house. Zut ! The faux wrap skirt is covered in sequins, which makes it perfect for a party. The style of it is what gives it a ballet flair. Because it's winter, I paired it with a 3/4 length sleeved gray shirt and pink tights (once again, a ballet staple). Like I said, I would have preferred boots, but I made do with flats that almost resemble pointe shoes. Almost.

For another party look, you can switch out the wrap skirt for a skirt that almost looks like a tutu:

This might not seem ballet-inspired, but it is. When I'm at the studio, I see many dancers warm up in sweaters like the one I'm wearing below. The sweater also completes any casual outfit. I paired it with jeans, a tank top, lace-up boots, and legwarmers (which are also inspired by ballet).

This is probably the most obvious ballet-inspired look. I paired a black tank-top with a puffy cream skirt that looks very similar to a tutu.

Of course, a wrap sweater can also complete the look!

My new pajamas are even ballet-inspired! The pants remind me of a wrap skirt while the slippers remind me of ballet slippers.

How about an actual ballet costume? This is what I'm wearing for my piece in the Conservatoire de Lille's student showcase:

I hope you enjoyed that post. If you were inspired to come up with your own ballet-inspired outfit, please let me know so I can see what you came up with! I might even feature you on the blog.

Finally, do you like the idea of Fashion Files? Would you like for me to write other similar posts?


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Merry (belated) Birthmas!

Salut! C'est Sabine et Sandrine. Aujourd'hui, nous allons parler de notre anniversaire et notre Noël. 

On Christmas Eve, Sabine and I stopped by Julien's house to exchange presents with him and Aurélie. I really didn't want to go. Julien and Aurélie aren't my favorite people in the world, but Sabine and our parents basically forced me into going. Aurélie had a gift for me, which was weird because we don't even talk to each other. I just give her dirty looks. That's typically the most communication we have. Leave it to her to be super saccharine, though. The thought of her makes me gag.

Sandrine's typical rudeness aside, I was so excited to see my two closest friends. I chose some pretty neat gifts for them (Aurélie received a stuffed swan from me, and I bought Julien some Spanish books), and I couldn't wait to see what they would surprise me with!

I was almost in shock when I saw what was behind Aurélie's Anna doll from the movie, La Reine des Neiges (better known as Frozen)!

Now, I am not a doll person at all. I stopped playing with dolls years ago. However, I am obsessed with Frozen after seeing it three times. Anna is my favorite character, and I have the perfect place for her on the shelf above my bed. Aurélie said that Anna reminds me of me not only in appearance, but in personality. I definitely agree; I'm pretty clumsy. Plus, I can relate to sister problems...

Aurélie gave me an Elsa doll. Like Sabine, I'm obsessed with Frozen, too. There's one thing we agree on. Sabine thinks I'm like Elsa because I shut people out. I mean, I guess I do, but like Elsa, I have my own little secret to hide. I'm not too happy that Little Miss Sneaky Axelle is on the path to finding it out, either. I assumed that Aurélie gave me Elsa for the reasons Sabine thinks. However, Aurélie told me that she thought Elsa was perfect for me since I danced the role of the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker. I guess that's true. Hey, Elsa is prettier, in my opinion. Not complaining. 

Sabine insisted that we take a picture of our dolls since she believes we are the Frozen sisters. Spare me. Oh well. We both looked cute, so why not?

Aurélie gave Julien an Olaf figure! Olaf is nothing like Julien, though! If anybody reminds me of Olaf, it's my favorite American friend, Lilly. 

Julien thanked Aurélie and gave her a hug that was a little too close for comfort. I groaned, but thankfully, nobody heard me.

Julien then handed me a pretty pink bag and told me that he thinks I'll like the gift. Please! I'd like anything that boy gave me! It's the thought that counts. ;)

I pulled out two awesome journals! I couldn't wait to begin filling them out!

It was my turn to give Julien a hug and say "merci". I wonder if it made Aurélie uncomfortable...

After that torturous stop, we returned home to our parents, our brother and his girlfriend, and our maternal grandparents. Later that evening, we enjoyed our delicious, traditional réveillon feast consisting of turkey, oysters, boudin blanc, and the bûche de Noël. At midnight, we opened our presents. Sabine and I had the most presents to open, but that was only because we decided to wait to open our birthday presents on Christmas. Our birthday is actually the 19th, but Christmas isn't too far off.

Our birthday gifts were clothes, which is always appreciated! Our gifts were wrapped in the cutest bags.

I first pulled out a darling white top. It would look great with a scarf that I have!

I then pulled out a floral top. I loved it!

My favorite birthday gift was definitely this cardigan. It would go with so much! Plus, you guys know how much I love sweaters! My favorite Christmas gift, however, was an iPad Air.

My birthday bag looked more Christmas-y than birthday-ish. I was excited to see what kind of clothes I got.

Oh, this skirt is so my style! It's probably my new favorite clothing piece. My favorite Christmas gift, though, was definitely the Degas leotard I got. I've always wanted a Degas, and now, I finally have one!

I also got this new dress for when the weather gets warmer:

I also love the lace tank I got. I like it because it is easy to pair with edgier things to give them a girly flair.

Needless to say, we had a great Christmas/birthday! We hope your holiday season was great, too. If you celebrate Christmas, what did you get?

Sabine et Sandrine