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Monthly review – November 2021

Compared to the past few months, November was more chill and quiet. I got time to unwind from the holidays in Canada, to rest a bit more during the weekends and evenings, and overall to slow down a bit, something that I was really missing.

My favourite things about this month:

  • Cosying up: I don’t really like winter months as it is always cold and dark very early. But one thing I like about them is all the cosy vibes you can create with warm and comforting drinks, earthy meals, blankets and scented candles. Even though I haven’t baked anything yet (I can’t wait to bake a cake or make cookies!), I have tried to feel “cosy” as much as possible, and I think I have managed to do so! With Christmas just around the corner I am also feeling more and more festive!
  • French Vanilla: this is a bit oddly specific, but when I came to Canada, my sister gave me this box of “French vanilla” mix from Tim Hortons (the Canadian Starbucks) to make cappuccinos: you just add a bit of warm water to a few tablespoons of that mix and that’s it! Even though I am not a big fan of coffee, this one is absolutely delicious (and you can barely taste the coffee anyways).
  • Going to the office: who would have thought, right? This month, teleworking was particularly difficult as I had a hard time focusing at home. Now we have some new restrictions but I basically went to the office 3 days a week during November, and even though getting ready in the morning is still not my favourite thing, I have to say that I have felt much more productive when working from the office! Plus, having a chat with my colleagues was also really nice!

My latest trips and adventures

  • At the beginning of the month, my boyfriend and I went to check out the Bright Brussels displays in the city: once a year, there are some light shows and light sculptures dotted all around Brussels, and you can follow a path to see all of them. I love these things because they always feel so magical, and even though there were many people around and it was freezing cold, I loved it!

Hobbies and distractions:

  • Ever since I bought a sewing machine, I have wanted to take on different sewing projects, but I was too overwhelmed by the number of things I wanted to do, so I decided that I would try to take on one project a month, so that I would have plenty of time to buy the material, set up everything and research what I wanted to do. November’s project were reusable cotton pads: something easy and always useful! Even though they are far from perfect, I am very proud of what I did and they are quite pretty too! It reminded me how rewarding making something with your own hands can be!
  • Okay, this is a bit of a random thing, but I finally watched Legally Blonde! I wanted to watch this movie for a long time because I have heard a lot about it and already knew many “iconic” scenes, and I finally did! It is obviously not a very serious movie but it’s easy and fun to watch, so perfect for a chill night in! Have you seen it?

General thoughts:

November is, with February, one of the months that I dislike the most in the year: it is cold, the days are so short, it rains and it’s just very blah. With the awful weather and lack of sunshine I know I usually get quite depressed as well, but this year it wasn’t that bad. I think that it is because I kept myself busy and felt very grateful for all the quiet and slow moments I had at home, trying to make the most of it with a nice activity!

Looking forward to:

  • Holidays! I am absolutely swamped with work at the moment so I just can’t wait for the year to be over and to enjoy some well-deserved holidays with my family!
  • Getting into the Christmas spirit: I love Christmas but I love even more the anticipation and build up to it. It might be a bit complicated this year but I want to try and get into the festive mood with Christmas markets, movies, drinks, food and everything else! If you have some tips on how to do it, please share them!

How was November for you? What are you looking forward to?


Published last year in November:

The Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo
The Rikugien Gardens in Tokyo
Join me for Green December
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Hey, I'm Juliette! I'm starting this blog to keep a record of and share my adventures. I love everything sweet, sunny days, fluffy kittens and people who smile. When I don't work I like to discover new places and try to learn languages. I hope you will find something that you like in here! ☼

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  1. Similarly, November was pretty quiet for me. Your sewing was my baking, as I got into baking sweets again (scones, pies, cookies…). I was also unwinding from my October road trip, but also feeling the winter blues settle in. Here’s hoping that December will be a bit cheerier, especially with Christmas coming up!

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    • Oh my, I just realised now that I skipped replying to your comment! I can now wish you a great new year ahah! So sorry!! Baking is an amazing hobby + makes your house smell amazing ahah! Hope you had a great Christmas holiday!

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  2. We finally got to do things here in November so I have been using our new found freedom to see friends again. That’s so funny that going to the office was a positive haha! The reusable cotton pads were such a great idea and look so cute. Hoping you’ll be showing us more of your handmade creations. Legally Blonde is such a fun movie (what? like it’s hard?). I also really love Christmas and feel this year- everything is more muted than usual. Hoping you’ll be able to find that festive mood- do you normally decorate your place?

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    • Yes I heard that the lockdown was lifted in your part of the world and felt very relieved for you! I never would have thought that going back to the office would be a positive thing but here we are 😆 I usually don’t decorate my place because I don’t have a lot of storage space, but it is definitely something I’d like to do regularly! Do you? 😊

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      • Now we’re hearing that your side of the world are going back into lockdowns 😦 I don’t either because I don’t want to own too much. I have a hand sized bell wealth that’s been hanging at the balcony door since last Christmas hahaha. And 2 Christmas gnomes I made from a DIY kit that have just been part of my bedside table all year round.

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      • Luckily there were no lockdowns where I live, but the situation is again getting a bit crazy. I hope this will get better soon!

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    • I feel you! If November was relatively quiet, December was simply crazy! Can’t wait for the holidays! Thanks for dropping by and I hope you get to rest a bit too 😊

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  3. November was good but quiet. I’m looking forward to a busy December. I always enjoy seeing all the decorations and everyone getting all excited for Christmas.

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  4. I’ve never really been able to experience different seasons, living in a tropical country and all, but it’s so cool I get to learn how things are like where you live through posts like these.

    And since it’s already January, I hope you did indeed have fun during the holidays. Anyways, thanks for sharing, Juliette!

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    • Thank you for reading, Stuart! Even though I complain about it a bit, I do love having different seasons, though I sometimes envy the warmth (and delicious fruit) of tropical countries! I’m glad you could get a glimpse of autumn through my post, and I wish you all the best for this new year! 🥳

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  6. Ouuhh that light festival looks like a lot of fun! It reminds me of Illumi over here. Also love what you created with your sewing machine! I’m so curious about your December couture project! 😀 Glad you used this month to take it easy as we enter 2022! 😀

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    • Oh yes I think I heard Caroline talk about Illumi! These things are always so nice and feel very magical! 😊 Ahaha Lashaan, I am now forced to admit that I had to skip December for my sewing projects as things got too intense 😂 I hope I can keep it up for 2022!

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