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I'mMaëva

French student and blogger

Welcome to Free the freckles, where I love to write about anything that comes to my mind, with no taboo. I’m 22, I’ve got freckles (you get it now) and I’m a grumpy French, sometimes, who writes in English. I love books, cats, le barbu, pizzas and Dicaprio. Besides that, there is not much that you need to know about me. Except that his blog has seen is first day back in 2017, and I'm proud that I manage to keep it that long.

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What happened lately


I've come to struggle a lot to find time for this blog, as I said it many times. I hate having to let this to the background because studies are far more important. But this blog brings me joy and comfort and I really don't want to stop it for weeks like I do now, and to only post once a month. But before posting something deep and full of my personal thoughts, I wanted to come back to the past few weeks, things that bring me joy.

   
  
First, the barbu and I took a few days off in Warsaw, Poland. It's not the first place that came to mind when I imagined holidays, but it was nice to go somewhere a bit more atypical and see new things. I loved those holidays even though I didn't fall in love with the city. It's pretty in some places, especially the town center and the old town, I really liked it. But the rest of it, except for the parks, I didn't really thing it was pretty. I know it's not the prettiest city in Poland, but I expected a bit less grey at least. Anyway, we ate very well and I, sure, want to see more of Poland someday! (Oh, and those yummy pancakes are from this place: Mr Pancake, it was SOOO good.
  

Oh and it was the first time I took the plane, and I LOVED IT (even though I was scared, of course...).

Here are some snaps of moments of my weeks in Rennes, aka student's life. My weeks are pretty busy at the moment even though they are going to be even more busy with the exams coming in the following weeks/months. I try to not be stressed for the moment about that, but I wished they didn't happen before and just after Christmas...
Oh, and I've seen the second movie of Fantastic beasts! I'm curious to know if you guys liked it?! I really enjoyed it even though I'm a bit perplex for certain part of the movies, this is why I can't wait for the next ones!


And last but not least, I'm trying to be more organized at the moment. It has been month since I didn't put much effort on my yoga practice or even my "diet". I didn't pay enough attention because I didn't put the time and effort in it, but this is going to change. I need more structure in my life at the moment, and also for studying as I said before. And my bullet journal has become indispensable to plan what I need. I don't know how I could live without it now!

Now, I'm basically waiting for December the 1st to start listening Christmas songs (any good recommandation is welcome!) and put up the (tiny) Christmas tree (and not before!). I can't wait to see the lights on in the streets, walking around doing Christmas shopping. How excited are you guys?

Brownies: how I finally managed to make them

You might not know this but baking and cooking are things that I really enjoy doing (when I don't turn into a control freak). I love when I do something good and pretty but for some reason, brownies were never something I manage to succeed. I mean, it's not the most complicate recipe to do but being a very clumsy person, it can't quick turn into something complicated. But today is the day where I finally made good brownies. I found the recipe in a "cocooning" cooking book I bought this summer (when I started to crave autumn) and there is a very quick and easy brownies recipe. Here it is:
  




For 8 persons:
- 150g of dark chocolate
- 80g of butter
- 120g of sugar
- 80g of flour
- 2 eggs
- 50g of pecan nut

- Preheat the oven to 180°C
- Butter a baking tin and put greaseproof paper inside.
- Melt the chocolate and the butter to the micro-waves (or bain-marie). Then add the sugar and flour. Stir together, than add the eggs. Stir everything again.
- Poor the preparation in you baking tin, add your pecan nuts at the top. Put in the oven of 15 to 25 minutes (it depends on how fondant you want your brownies).




Thanks to this Larousse cooking book who saved me with this recipe. As I said, it's so simple and quick (and delicious!). So now tell me what is your favorite thing to bake when it's raining outside?

PS: It's the first time I have to translate a recipe so I'm not very sure on how understandable it will be for my fellow English readers. 

A bit of a catch up


Okay, it’s been weeks since I haven’t posted anything here or on social media. Everything is fine, but you know, I spend most of my time at uni, reading (for uni), working and cuddling the barbue during the weekends so there is not much time left for anything. But I love this blog, I love writing and sharing my thoughts. I really have to make an effort about my presence online. It’s not enough sometimes, even for me, to only post when I’ve got the time. I have to make time for this blog (= stop watching friends in the evenings and star writing more here). And I miss being here. I’m used to hear and speak English all the time during my classes, but actually writing down my thoughts in English here is so much more valuable and exteriorizing. It’s the same for instagram. I haven’t posted anything in weeks and I really have to change this. It’s autumn, the following weeks are going to be extra beautiful outside with the change of weather so I really have to win back this inspiration I’ve been missing for months now. The thing is, there is so much good stuff out there that sometimes it’s hard to be content of what we produce, like it’s not good or perfect enough. I love being inspired, but it can be so tiring sometimes. As much as I wanted to come here more often, I have to say, it’s been nice to spend time without being always online and checking instagram every hour. It can be overwhelming very quickly. But uni starting again was also a good thing. I didn’t get the chance to do everything as planned (crossing fingers for next year though) but the courses I have are very interesting and the beginning of a new year always inspires me. And of course, we are now officially in the best months of the year with crispy mornings and Halloween/Christmas (OH YES) coming soon.

   



Anyway, I wanted to use this post to talk to you about some good things I’ve been listening, reading, etc. at the moment. They all worth it. First of all, let me talk about Chris’ new album. It’s been years now since I’ve discovered Christine and the Queens (back then), I have seen here in London for her first album and I absolutely fell in love with her personality, what she shows, how she talks and move and sing. She is so interesting and talented. So obviously, I had to love her new album, which is quite different, but as good as the previous one. If you get a chance, listen to it, it’s great! An other French goody is this podcast: Entre nos lèvres. Let me tell you, it’s a good one (alright, pause here : I've just discovered that one of the host had a blog which I was obsessed about, I love it even more). It’s probably my favourite podcast at the moment (or ever?). Why? Because it talks about a topic that no one really speaks about online (or nowhere): sex. Yes, it’s great, interesting and it’s easy to recognize our own experiences in the people’s story. I have already learnt new things. The other great thing about this podcast is how common and ‘normal’ those people are, it can be anyone and it’s great to talk about a subject that everyone experience but never really say anything about it (I might give a try about this subject in the future, it’s really interesting). On another note, I listen to Estée’s new podcast. I’m obsess with her and everything she does so I had to (already) love her new podcast. She knows how to inspire people, help them with a simple conversation, be real and honest and cool at the same time. You should go and give it a try.

Alright, I guess that’s all for today. It might be the first blog post of many to come. I’ve got ideas, topic I want to talk about and develop with you. I’ve got books to read and again, to talk about. I’ve got autumn to be inspired and trips to come, recipes to share even. I’m really excited to come here again and be final present with a content that I’m happy with. So I’ll see you all very soon.

PS: The photos are from last November in Paris. I had to put the one I haven't shared yet because they reflect such a lovely aspect of autumn. Now I just want to go back ...

Why books are such a part of me


The other day I talked about how writing was so important to me as I do it daily and it became a part of me now. Of course, I have to link this to my love for literature. It has to go together at they both use words to make me feel better, to make me feel lighter and less anxious. Like writing, reading has always been a part of me. Before knowing how to read, I would just invent myself the story of the book. I really was desperate to know how to read as I saw my mom reading a lot. We always had these big bookshelves (in plural, yes) where my mom put all of her books and I always liked to watch them for a long time. Yes, it might be weird, but I just couldn’t wait to read them all and have some of my own. It’s actually the only thing I want in my dream house: a gigantic bookshelf (and a fireplace, of course + a cat).

 

However, my relationship (if I can say so) with books has not always been pretty. At some point, I thought that reading and loving books was a very uncool thing (high school, you know). Nobody seemed to read as much as me back then, or at least no one was talking about it. I even felt stupid to read entirely the classic books that we had to read for school. I didn't enjoy them, but the idea of not finishing a book was out of the question (it's still is today). The thing is, everyone else always told that they never started or finished those books. So, I felt stupid, a bit weird also to like something that everybody seemed to dislike. But at the end of the day, the thing I didn't understand was why nobody liked reading or saying so. Everyone who enjoyed a book they've read in their life knows how amazing this feeling is. Reading every words of it and being almost sad when it's over. But again, nobody talked about those things, it was simply uncool. Someone who read a book during lunch time or any break was seen as a "weirdo" or someone to not be friend with.

One day I just say stop to all of that and I started to be very proud of myself for being such a book lover. Libraries and bookshop started to be my favorite place to be at and I couldn't deny any more something I loved so much. Especially something that brings so much to one's people's life. You learn new words, your imagination works all the time and you can just relax for a moment. How could I say no to that just for the sake of doing like everyone.

Now, I’m the proud owner of many books that I will never get rid of, even the ones I don’t like. They all have a sentimental values and memories. I’m not someone who has a particular love for material things, but books have definitely a sentimental value to me. I love knowing nothing about a book and just falling in love with it. It’s something powerful and I truly understand that it can be for everyone. People don’t like to read as other don’t like to play football, that’s all. I just wished that I was a bit braver in high school without hiding what I really liked. Reading is not uncool, at all. It doesn’t make you a certain way or weird. It’s just a thing that people like to do.

5 good things #1

There isn't enough positivism in this world, so another post about positive things seems to be a good idea. And I had a lot last week as it was also my birthday (yeay!). So here are five things that made me feel great lately.

1. I bake, something I wanted to do for quite some time: a lemon pie with meringue on top. I did take me a long time to do it, but I'm happy that I did everything right, without being stressed or irritated. Even if the meringue tasted like caramel, it was good!
2. The other day, we went biking in the countryside with my dad. It has been years since I did that with him and I loved it so much. Everything was so peaceful and calming, resourceful. I feel like this is where I belong, in the middle of the woods with nothing else, but the sound of the river and birds (and the sound of my brake because I'm a scaredy cat when it goes too fast).


3. As I mentioned, it was my birthday last week and I celebrated it with my family (minus the barbu, sad time) and it was lovely. I tend to forget how precious it is to have a family and how nice time with them can be.


4. I was lucky to have books as presents and I really like this one by David Foenkinos, Nos séparations. He is one of my favorite French author as I read many of his books. This one is no disappointment to his writing style and how romantic and lovely his stories are.

5. I finally have a blender which means that I finally can do smoothies and soups (fun fact: I'm a grandma). I have been looking for multiple recipes online, but if you have good recommendation for me, please share.

quotes

Don't feel stupid if you don't like what everyone else pretend to love.

Emma Watson

Actress and feminist

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.

Rebecca West

Author and Feminist

I used to think freedom was being not attached to anything. I’ve been working on redefining that, that freedom is not about being not attached to people. You can still be free when people love you.

Jemima Kirke

Actress

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