Friday, September 30, 2016

Bon Weekend

Hi Friday, so good to see you. What are you up to this weekend? Looks like there's rain in the forecast and then right back to sun on Monday (why does it seem like it's always like that on weekends?!) so we may be looking for some indoor entertainment. In the meantime, here are some fun things we found around the web:

Would love these.

Feeling stressed? Just watch this happy deer prance for a second.

Speaking of stress, turns out stress can override healthy eating chill out.

The Oscars may not be until February, but here are the movies that are already creating a buzz.

How beautiful is this driftwood mobile for a baby room?

A perfect menu for kids.

Oh-em-gee. Can we open up an ice-cream shop like this in Lausanne please?!

These 20 body hacks are incredible! Did you know about them?

There's something about a white button-down that makes everyone look great (and this one is on sale!).

This gorgeous photograph was taken completely by accident.

Totally agree.

Can someone makes these for us, stat? Thanks.

We've been wearing this lipstick everyday because it's just that perfect shade.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Aesop Boutique

Last year we shared the exciting news that Aesop had finally come to Lausanne by way of a corner in the Globus cosmetics department. Now you can follow your nose to their newest address on Rue Saint Laurent. The boutique may be tiny, but we’ll take it! We’ve long been fans of this Australian cosmetic brand for its luxurious products, stunning scents and—let’s be superficial for a moment—gorgeous packaging.

We’re currently using the Parsley Seed line and loving the new anti-oxidant moisturizing cream. It’s thick and nourishing – perfect for the cooler weather to come.

If you aren’t already familiar with Aesop, stop in the boutique and check it out. They’ll talk to you about your skin, make some product recommendations and send you home with a few samples to try.

Or you could just pretend to look at a serum while taking the opportunity to inhale that fabulous smell. Whatever floats your boat.

Welcome Aesop! We’re glad you’re here.

Rue Saint Laurent 6

Sunday, September 25, 2016

September 25 - October 2

Did you have a good weekend? We had such a great time in Verbier--it was so refreshing to be in the village without the crowds and chaos that ski season brings (though don't get us wrong, we are super excited to hit the slopes for après-ski). This week is pretty quiet here in Lausanne, but come Thursday there are plenty of events to choose from for the weekend. Have a great start to the week everyone!

  • For the design-geek in all of us, Design Days 2016 kicks off this Thursday where you can come see a vast selection of up & coming contemporary designers showcase their work, as well as get inspiration for your own space. Tickets are 5 CHF at the door.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Bon Weekend

Photo by Gabriel from last year's Color Run which will return for a second time this Sunday here in Lausanne!

We can't believe this workweek started on Tuesday...let's just say we are happy to see you, Friday. What are you up to this weekend? We are headed up to Verbier to celebrate a birthday and are excited to stay in the W for the first time. If you're looking for some things to do, don't forget our Monday post (there's lots going on this Saturday!).

Isn't It Ironic, circa 2016. Love, love, love!

Could you watch the movie Jaws in a swimming pool?!

Bought this painting and love it.

France just became the first country to ban all plastic cups, plates, and cutlery.

We can't believe this movie is 25 years old!

Looking for an easy road trip? Try 36 hours in Burgundy.

Violet-the-intern would love this planter.

Why aren't there more dolls for boys?

This apartment in the middle of Lavaux. Swoon.

Some of these cartoons are spot on. #motherhood

And speaking of cartoons, the funniest New Yorker ones all here.

This rustic shelf.

Would you travel on this road?!

Celebrities reading mean tweets about themselves never gets old.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

On Becoming a Mother in Switzerland

The photos in this post are by the exceedingly talented Hayley of Hayley Hay Photography. To learn more about her services and to see more delicious newborn photos, check out Tanya's recent post.

I never considered myself a maternal person. Deciding to have a baby was an intellectual decision. It’s time, I finally said.

Even if the news of our pregnancy, received in an email while commuting home one dark November night, left me dazed with happiness and suppressing an irrepressible smile, the haunting doubts crowded in almost immediately. How on earth would I manage a demanding full-time job, The Lausanne Guide AND a new baby? My American upbringing had taught me that as a woman you were either a baby person or a career person. And for those of us in the latter category who also wanted children, the only course was to have an uncomplaining pregnancy, an uncomplicated birth and to get back to work as soon as possible. Keep your head down; grin and bear.

The key was to make it look effortless; and this, I knew, was going to take a lot of effort.

For the first seven months, I managed to keep up the pace. But then finally the demands became untenable. On a third consecutive prenatal appointment, my doctor pushed for me to reduce my work percentage but when for the third consecutive time I launched into my usual reasons against her plan, she cut me off mid-sentence: “This isn’t a discussion,” she stated firmly. I shut my mouth.

I left the appointment, prescription for reduced work hours in hand, muttering and complaining to my husband. “Not a chance,” I told him. “Maybe you should consider it,” he said. My ego absorbed the blow.

A couple weeks later I capitulated. A pregnancy complication sent me to bed for two painful weeks; my body was pushing back and it was time to listen. I submitted my prescription with shame and accepted the defeat of my alpha female fantasy. But as the pressure eased up and my body mended, any disappointment I felt was replaced by a profound sense of gratitude. Gratitude for my doctor’s wisdom and also for my adopted country’s health system that honors the sacred and demanding work of growing a human baby.

I won’t say that Switzerland does everything right; I’m sure that there is plenty to improve. However, for me the experience of becoming a mother here has been extraordinary. When I finally delivered my son at the CHUV on July 29, the treatment I received was absolutely second to none. The postnatal midwife visits were a luxury beyond luxury. The childhood nurses who host daily weigh in sessions across the city and offer advice to a sometimes awkward and fumbling new mom like myself (oh, he should have a bedtime?), a reminder of solidarity and support.

And then there’s maternity leave. For context, my home country does not offer paid maternity leave, so I initially considered it like an extended staycation (finally, some time for The Lausanne Guide! Ha.).

Despite my completely unrealistic expectations, I fortunately had the forethought to arrange a photography session with Lausanne’s own Hayley Hay Photography to capture this rare a precious time. Now eight weeks into parenthood and plenty of baby equipment and investment later, I can say that these photos are without a doubt the most important thing we own. Oh, the emotion of looking through them for the first time! I even asked her to snap a few with my mom (a first-time grandmother!) who was visiting from Texas.

If you’re looking for a collective baby shower gift to give an expecting mom, suggest to your friends that you all pitch in to buy her a session with Hayley. I can assure you that it’s the best gift you could offer. When the baby clothes have been given away and the stroller sold, these pictures will remain as a reminder of these most vulnerable, tender days and the people that I shared them with.

I go back to work full-time in January, and this sweetest season will inevitably come to a close. There will be balance to find and compromises to make, but until then, I will savor. He will nap on my chest and eat on demand. My nights will be short and my mornings bleary. But these are the good days, and I’m so so immeasurably grateful for this time and the care that I have received. From the very bottom of my overflowing heart: thank you, Switzerland.

And one final caveat: can we just take a moment to raise a glass to the female body?! I mean, seriously. Talk about the REAL alpha female fantasy. We grow humans and then deliver them into the world. Mic drop.

Also, in case you’re interested, my doctor is Martine Francioli in Lutry and my independent midwife is Josée Bernard Delorme. I highly recommend both of them. Sadly, you can't request your midwife for delivery at the CHUV, but anyone who gets Véronique (I'm looking for her family name) as I did, you are so lucky!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

September 20 - 25

Hey Lausanne! Hope you had a wonderful long weekend--we certainly enjoyed the calm and catching up with family. Here are a few events happening this week in and around Lausanne...most of them on Saturday. Hope you have a wonderful week!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Bon Weekend

Hey Lausanne! What are you up to this weekend? We are heading out of town to visit family but if you're sticking around don't forget about some of the events we posted earlier this week. In the meantime, here are some links from around the web that caught our eye:

La Redoute has -25% on all coats right now. This lovely velvet trench is so affordable and on trend for this fall.

A nod (?) to Jeff Koons.

Some schools in Central Switzerland are banning cellphones during break time.

Bought these a few weeks ago, now looking for the perfect plant to put in them. Suggestions?

These comics sum up 'adulting' pretty well (ha!).

Gluten- and lactose-free, fresh products delivered to your door.

Who doesn't want their very own backyard bar?

Did you hear about the cable car incident in Chamonix? Well you can rest easy because apparently it would never happen in Switzerland...

This is relevant.

We're sorry, but what?!

If you want to be entertained, follow this conversation on Facebook.

A 16 year-old creates an incredible app.

You all know we love uber...but would you get into an uber without a driver?

This is what motherhood feels like some days (but also, WOW).

OMG this dog.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Chez Elle

Chez Elle. We couldn’t have thought of a more appropriate name for this charming new café bar perched, almost hidden, above the steep streets of downtown. Its intimate and cozy dining room is set off of an open kitchen and framed by three open windows and a long banquette of colorful pillows.

If you get the feeling that you’ve just stepped into a friend’s well-decorated and exceedingly well-located apartment, you’re right on theme. Patrons Alex, Jess and Walt wanted to open a restaurant that would resemble an apartment and give each guest a dose of good old-fashioned hospitality.

The three long-time friends play off of each other marvelously, joking and discussing the day’s affairs while preparing to serve whatever limited menu they dreamed up together, sometimes a mere day before. Walt does the shopping; Jess and Alex run the kitchen. All three welcome diners and contribute their personalities to the alchemy of what makes this place feel unique.

So what’s on the menu? Hard to say. Every day is a new day, and the friends like to keep their options open. You can count on two to three mains and a dessert inspired by the season and what’s available locally. Fridays are reserved for burgers. (As they should be, we might add…) But if all this spontaneity and whimsy is a bit much for you, just check Facebook in the morning for a picture of what they’re cooking up that day.

Chez Elle is open from morning to night, carrying us through coffee, lunch, apéro, dinner and, on the weekends, even late night drinks.

Chez Elle
Passage Saint François 2
Above the Sunrise on Rue Saint François
021 525 10 03
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