Los Angeles

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As Woody Allen once said, Los Angeles only cultural advantage may be that you can turn right on a red light (even tho for the reccord I got a ticket at THE red light where you cannot make a right turn in WeHo) this city has something unlike any other city on the planet.

Once you get rid of all the people around you whose only goals are to become famous for nothing ... it gets better. Things are not as bad as Lady Gaga thinks 'I don't like Los Angeles, the people are awful and terribly shallow' personally, I have seen those everywhere. It's just the world we live in. Of course the LA factor makes some people a little extra awful and shallow than other places but that is just the delusion kicking.

Los Angeles is what you make of it. It's a very creative city but just like everything in life it needs a balance so you have a concentration of gossip-related-businesses whose only purpose is to feed on other people's lives. The Greater Los Angeles is home of over 18 million people and since we do not live in trees and playboy-mansion-like-grottos (except for Hugh Hefner) it's a urban monster but to balance the city, mother nature had a plan, to contain us between the Ocean and the mountains.

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This weekend, we drove to the beach for lunch, we relaxed, looked at the surfers, the water was crystal clear and since it is shark's season (not only on Discovery channel) fishing was banned, allowing the waters around the pier of Manhattan Beach to be packed with fishes.

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After enjoying the beach we drove back home, because as much as I love the beach, I feel much comfortable swimming in this 'sea-life-controlled-mini-ocean' thing called swiming pool :-)

Just before arriving home we had the pleasure to be welcome by a deer family lunching in the Hollywood Hills. We never saw them that close and unfortunalty I think the drought is making wild animals searching for food in areas where it is not safe for them ...

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We did had a few showers over the weekend but far from being sufficient to end this drought. Just enough to stage once again one of the most amazing sunsets ever.

Here is a picture we took from our home. You can see more images on our instgrams accounts @alekandsteph and @bellomag.

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#Holiday #California #Love

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The first song I remember LOVING - which means being able to listen to it over and over (and over and over to the point that my parents got me my first headphones) - was Holiday by Madonna. Even tho at that time I did not speak any word of English there was something about that song. I was 10 and immediately made it my life motto.

I was listening to it every single day after school and rather than doing my homeworks (I always believed that there was something more important than school ratings and that was my own sanity and happiness, to the greatest regrets of my parents and teachers ... I spent my days at school day dreaming ... and it paid off BIG TIME) I remember thinking how nice it would be to live somewhere where I would feel like I am on holidays. 'Be careful' what you wish for ...

As a Holiday souvenir, check out this video below from Madonna performing for the French TV. It may be the coolest thing you will ever see ;-) OMG the 80's people THE best time to grow up lol. Today we have everything available to download or to stream instantly but the anticipation of watching 4mns of something on tv was one of the biggest thrilled ever ....

This video was just a validation of everything I was dreaming of. Madonna was having fun, she was happy, she was doing something she loved doing and she lounged in the pool ;-) ... If she could do it, I sure could do it too ;-P

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I don't think I have changed my life motto ever since I only polished the definition:

#LOVE + #ART + #FREEDOM = Eternal #HOLIDAY for all ...

Being able to dream of something that seems out of reach is one of the best thing you can do in life. I have learned that from a very young age to escape reality and one day those dreams became reality.

Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life! #True

Enjoy more pictures Alek and I took yesterday on a road-day-trip along the sunny beaches of Orange County, from Laguna Beach to Crystal Cove and Balboa Island! Because living a dream is one thing but living it with the man I love and married is something I could not even dream of possible.

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L.A. Dolce Vita ...

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I'll take any excuse not to do much ... hey, at least I am honest ;-P But my biggest excuse last 3 months and it's called summer - also one of the reasons why we moved to LA, the land of endless summer. The sweet taste of summer makes me miss Europe, something engraved in my soul while growing up to the slow pace of the south of France.

Even tho the mediterranean beaches from the French Riviera to the Greek islands would always feels like 'home' to me, L.A. is the place I call home today and it's just as sweet as anywhere else when the sun is shinning. Here are some photos we took over the past few days.

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David Beckham & His Underwear Are Taking Over The Sunset Strip + #Covered or #Uncovered?

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In Los Angeles we do not have much seasons, I mostly notice the changes according to the campaigns on Sunset Boulevard ... I just look up and if I see David Beckham oversized bulge, then I know it's time to snap a few pictures for you :-P Getting ready for the superbowl here are the images from the bodywear campaign ... cannot wait to see the video ...

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Also H&M released a little teaser asking people to vote for a #covered or #uncovered version of the commercial they want to see during the Super Bowl. Starting January 27, fans can make their voice heard by using #covered or #uncovered ...

+ Vote For Beckham

I mean people voting for the #covered version should not be allowed to vote in the first place if you ask me. But the all thing is just a cute marketing move because we all know that we will enjoy both versions sooner or later.

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Have a look at the full campaign here.

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People are talking about how scandalous it is to use photoshop for women, but damn, look at David ... it's like a cartoon! He is painted/hairbrushed from head to toe like a superhero comic book.

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It's November And It Feels So Good

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Life in Southern California is pretty much the best ... I mean you don't leave Paris to downgrade right? To say that Los Angeles is a never ending summer would not be accurate. It is more like a never ending spring ... it is not always as hot as you may think, it gets a lot of fog (more than you may think) it's not very often overcast with big white fluffy clouds (which is something I do miss from time to time) and we get very little rain, that part is true, but when it rains ... it's pretty much 'brace yourself' (and whatever you do on a rainny day don't take the freeway ... people here do not know how to drive safely in any weather, the rain only enhance the incapacity of LA drivers :P

Now that we have clarified a little bit of our SoCal climate urban legends let me tell you that it is NICE to be able on the first week of November to hit the beach with a 30°c (I am sorry to say that after 5 years in the US I am still not feeling the Fahrenheit, it just do not speak to me, and I think it never will) in fact the first thing I did when we bought a new car a couple of weeks ago was to change Fahrenheits in Celcius lol.

On another note the first week of november also means that Halloween is over !!! YAY. I was over pumpkins everything and the smell of cynamon even before it started ... I think that it is great that cynamon smell is often associated with halloween because I hate cynamon and it goes nicely with the spirit of the season.

So on Halloween day we just had a nice day avoiding bad traffic caused by the closure of Santa Monica boulevard and here is my favorite costume we have seen that day:

"Dog Walker on a Hot L.A. day"

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Now let's go back to the beach ... while people were in post-halloween recovery mode, I have decided to spend the day at the beach with a friend. Empty beaches with surfers and a couple of joggers is the best thing in the world.

Nature and fitness, who does not like that?

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I do not surf but watching the surfers is sooo amazing. Where I am from in the South of France we do have a lot of people surfing on the Atlantic Ocean all the way between Bordeaux and the Spain border but I never really took the time to just go and enjoy it.

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Riding the waves with a bike ... that I have never seen before but why not ;-) The weather is cooling down and I do enjoy it also very much, I had my days of pool and beach for this year and even did over time I think, we may have some rain in the near future and I am looking for that very much.

Fireplace, a hot drink, a book, some good tv ... winter is also a good time in Socal.

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Just Because - 1201 Laurel Way - Michael Palumbo's Architectural Masterpiece In Beverly Hills

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Michael Palumbo and his team of architects have just put on the market our future home ... it's always good to see the big picture ;-) Located in Beverly Hills it is perched on the top of a hill behind the Beverly Hills hotel, a perfect location.

6 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms this 'little real estate gem' takes advantage of the stunning views LA has to offer with floor to ceiling windows a rooftop terrace and infinity pool ... around the property ... and it’s on the market now for $36 million dollars, don't be scared everything is negotiable, so if you are interested just tell Mauricio Umansky [The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills] I sent you ;-P

Now whatever you are doing YOU MUST have a look at this video:

This house has its own website (it makes sense) 1201 Laurel Way

Full listing and all the photos at The Agency.

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