Exploring La Garenne Zoo

June 9, 2017 • KidsSwitzerlandTravel

i am so behind on posting around here, it’s not even funny. these photos are from one of our trips to our new favorite hangout in switzerland, LA GARENNE ZOO. it is seriously one of the most beautifully designed zoos i have ever seen – with wooden constructions, huts and walkways everywhere, and even the playground is tasteful without too many garish colors. i’m so glad people realize (some) parents appreciate these kinds of things!

but juliet is as big a fan of the place as we are. the zoo only holds animals that are native to our area in switzerland – wolves, owls, goats, wild boars, birds of prey, otters, raccoons, sheep… they all have pretty homes in the middle of a gorgeous nature park, and visitors can even enter some of their cages to get really close. i mostly think this is scary, juliet just enjoys seeking out the animals’ sometimes hidden figures, as they blend so perfectly with their surroundings.

speaking of blending in – i couldn’t help but smile when i noticed how the color of our new BUGABOO BEE5 matched so perfectly with the zoo’s setting. my husband accused me from staging the entire visit just so i could get some nice shots out of it (he should know by now that it’s like a second nature and it just can’t be switched off, amiright you other instagram addicts?)

in any case, besides looking pretty good, our bee5 has also proven to be the perfect companion for little outings like this – flexible, light and practical. after using it for a little over a month now, we’ve noticed juliet likes it even better than our cameleon, and i think it’s because the bee feels more accessible to her. now that she is getting into the habit of wanting to do everything (and i do mean everything – sigh) by herself, it’s nice that she can climb into this stroller and even fasten the seatbelt on her own. luckily she hasn’t the strength yet to click herself free – thank heavens. for now, trapping her and escorting her away from la garenne is the only way we could ever leave this place!

this was our first time out exploring with the BUGABOO BEE5 and our KAOS backpack (but certainly not our last!) • all photos taken at LA GARENNE ZOO by stephanie duval and matthias rabaey

Lake House Collective

February 21, 2017 • KidsLife

after living in geneva for a couple of years, i became convinced that despite its international allure, it really was a tiny, boring town where nothing cool ever really happened, and i’d never find a community of likeminded and creative people there like i have back at home. then i moved twenty minutes away, higher up in the hills and closer to the lake, but for a city girl like me, i could just as well have moved deep into the country side and i basically said goodbye to any kind of social life in switzerland.

then the most wonderful thing happened thanks to this crazy little app called instagram, and i met the wonderful NIENKE MULLER and MARTA VILLACAMPA. i realize how rare it is to meet people that you have an instant connection with, but it sure happened to the three of us. so much did we have in common that halfway our first coffee date we had already made plans to found a little collective for creative projects. each of us felt like we were on an island doing our own thing – marta starting her photography business and blog, nienke launching her interior design career in switzerland and me blogging away whenever i had a spare moment.

the thing is, between having juliet and starting a business, there seemed to be fewer and fewer moments to spend on blogging, and i often lacked the motivation to get behind the camera, shoot and edit photos and then share the stories behind the scenes of my life and the things i love. what i needed was friends who would encourage me to get creative again, and who i could meet up with to create together – enter nienke and marta, and so the story of the lake house collective began.

i already shared A TINY BIT of the first session we had before the holidays, and i’m so happy to finally share the rest of the photos marta took of juliet and i that day. i can’t really put into words how much fun it is to be able to play and laugh with juliet while someone is making sure you’ll have beautiful memories of that time. my husband is the sweetest, and he’s a decent photographer, but i am always directing him, worrying about whether he’ll capture a certain moment in the exact right way. i guess it’s the burden of being married to a blogger-perfectionist (if you’re reading this, i’m sorry matti!) but with marta i was able to let go of that, enjoy juliet showing off her entertaining skills and favorite toys, and just be in the moment.

needless to say, i love how these photos turned out. this is who we really are, messy bum balm accident on the carpet included. but besides lovely memories of a few mother-daughter moments, these photos are also a really nice reminder that it’s possible to find your tribe anywhere in the world, if only you look close enough.

my black shirt by LIVTHELABEL • juliet’s first outfit is CKS + veja sneakers • juliet’s second outfit is a dress from ARSENE ET LES PIPELETTES, cardigan from AYMARA and socks from TOCOTO • my green sweater and grey shirt underneath are from CKS • juliet’s final outfit is from MARMAR my glasses used as props by juliet are from DE WOLF OPTICIENS • all photos by MARTA VILLACAMPA


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