Hey there! Hope all is well and that you’ve enjoyed a lovely week! Welcome to Weekly Musings, a weekly series which I publish every Friday on The Petite Bijou that covers:
- Finds & Favorites of the week
- Weekend reading from around the world
- What I’m reading & watching this week
- Behind the scenes at TPB and what’s coming up next
I wanted to write something more personal each week in addition to my style, beauty, and lifestyle tips. This seemed like the perfect series to get my readers a sneak peak at all things Petite Bijou! So let’s jump right into it with my favorite products of the week!
I’ve been going on and on about these this month because I am literally in love! I’ve been suffering from horrible acne this winter and these are the only peels that have helped me get rid of acne and make my skin glow. This pack is for those who don’t want to spend the $88 for the 30 day supply. This one is a sample of 5 for only $16. So if you’ve been wanting to try these, get this pack.
Brrr.. it’s been very cold in Chicago with temperatures as low as 2 degrees. Even inside, our heater isn’t that great. This cardigan is super warm and you can tie it even closer to you – like a robe! This cardigan is perfect for a elevated cozy look and I was so excited to share it with you because I’ve gotten a few requests to items that are “dressy” but still super comfortable when at home and you want to feel more chic!
I’ve always said “laundry hampers don’t have to be boring”. I’ve your still stuck with your college laundry hamper that is neon and sits hiding away in the corner of the room, you’ll want to upgrade to this french country cottage-esque hamper. I just got this one and it’s so beautiful sitting in the hallway. Reminds me of french manor or english country houses because it’s elegant yet functional.
Anyone watching PBS Masterpiece’s Victoria? I’ve been religiously following it for the past year and with the airing of Season 2, I wanted to know more about the queen behind the story. This book was such a lovely and quick read and if you’re a British history fan like me, you’d love this too. I could not put this book down. Victoria was such a character! I’m so impressed.
There’s nothing like a classic beret to give you that french chic vibe. I love this beret because it suits all hair colors and is such a timeless piece to add to your winter and spring wardrobe.
Speaking of classic styles, if you want an even more french chic outfit, these striped pajamas are a perfect addition to your sleepwear collection! The stripes are so classic and the fabric keeps you warm. I love wearing these as I sit down with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book under the lamp light.
Can you believe I’ve never had a pair of designer sunnies? I saw this pair earlier in the year and decided they were the right fit for my face shape (after all, that’s very important). You don’t want sunnies that are too big or too small on you, even though that may be the trend. Well these look amazing on me, just check it out here and here for photos of me wearing them.
What I’m Watching
Every Monday night we’ve been sitting down to catch up on Murdoch, a fantastic detective series avaliable on Acorn TV. It’s set in the Victorian and Edwardian age and features an amazing cast. Played by Yannick Bisson (husband of one of my favorite bloggers, Shantelle Bisson), Detective Murdoch is one smart cookie who uses his cunning intelligence and scientific approach in solving some of the most intriguing cases in Toronto. If you’ve never heard of this series and are a mystery lover, I would sign up for Acorn and start from Season 1. You’ll definitely be binge watching this! And Acorn also offers a lot of other British and Canadian series and movies too, anglophiles rejoice!
How to Winterize Your Immunity – The Chalkboard Mag
Why Being Too Busy Turned Me Into A Crappy Person – From Roses
The Book That Colored Charles Darwin’s World – The New Yorker
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Letter From The Editor
This week has been very difficult – I started graduate school and we now have 3 major projects that I’m working 20 hrs a week on in addition to my 20 hrs of client work. I’ve not had time to respond to emails, get on phone calls, or even leave the house (if only for class). My energy is just completely depleted and I’m seriously considering those 5 hr energy drinks. I’ve had to turn away clients because I’m so busy!
Which is probably a big red flag – I’m getting too busy and I don’t have the room to scale my business where I can take a back seat. I’m also getting a lot of people who email me asking for help for little to nothing and I’m so baffled about why.
For example, someone offered to book me for $2 an hour for the whole month because that was their “budget” even after I said my consultation packages started at $400/hr due to my several years of expertise and education.
I just don’t understand….I always work hard until I can afford something because I think people should deserve to get paid their worth. $2 per hour does not pay the bills.
For a while now I’ve been toying with the idea of saying NO to client work and shifting my business to sell courses and masterclasses. Being a long time speaker and consultant, I think recording lessons and masterclasses for Bijou Social will be the best way to take back my time but keep my business going. What do you think?
In other news, Chicago has been freezing, which is probably nothing new. But I’ve been enjoying thinking about spring and all the articles I want to write for The Petite Bijou.
I’m thinking of focusing down on some gorgeous capsule collections to show you along with some very deep lifestyle posts on topics of self help and career tips. If this is of interest, do let me know! I want to focus back on my love of classic French and British style, staying in a budget, but living a simply luxurious life.
What’s coming up for The Petite Bijou in February? New posts every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in addition to weekly newsletters! I have a giveaway in the works for around Valentines Day and also kicking off some more posts that feature interviews with amazing stylish, confident, and cultured women. I don’t want you to ever miss a post or announcement so sign up for my newsletter below and receive a weekly roundup even if you don’t have time to check the blog everyday!
Until next week. xo