Thursday 5 March 2015


Today, I saw a great post by fellow blogger Mel from Styled Canvas. She put together a list of 40 things about herself. I thought it was such a great idea I should give it a go myself, so here goes...

1 I’m French. I never quite realised how French I was until I moved to Australia.
2 I have blue eyes.
3 I moved to Melbourne 10 years ago, for love.
4 I met my Australian partner at uni in Düsseldorf, Germany.
5 During the first year of our relationship, we spoke to each other in German.
6 My mother was born and raised in Berlin, and I spent most school holidays there growing up.
7 I’m a bit of a stickler when it comes to grammar, but all other rules are meant to be broken, right?
8 I was a marketing and fundraising professional in big NGOs before I started A Cut Above the Retsy.
9 My other job is social media manager at AURA Home.
10 I love what I do.
11 My partner is my biggest inspiration. He’s the smartest person and the best all-round designer I know.
12 I'm very sensitive. Any sad news story relating to children affects me for months and I lose sleep over them.
13 I wish I could adopt every child and animal in need in the world. Seriously.
14 I once had 10 pet rats. It was a breeding accident, but for the record, they make wonderful pets.
15 I’m not the best team player. I do my best work on my own.
16 I work from home.
17 I have an almost-three-year-old daughter called Victoria.
18 I grew up in a small town in the outer suburbs of Paris, on the edge of lower Normandy.
19 I have an BA. Hons. in International Trade & Business in German & English.
20 I was ‘obsessed’ with the idea of living in Chicago growing up.
21 I still hope to live in the US one day, even just for a few years.
22 My friends tell me I’m a bit crazy.
23 My friends are a bit crazy too. That’s how I like it.
24 I have a very sweet tooth. I do eat cake and croissants for breakfast.
25 My favourite treats are Haribo lollies.
26 I have never met anyone in Australia who can pronounce my last name properly.
27 I didn’t like people calling me ‘Mel’ when I first arrived in Australia.
28 It took me a long time to get used to people eating cheese before dinner.
29 I have an obsession with shoes and bags.
30 I'm incredibly tidy and clean. Some would call it OCD.
31 You’ll never see me without makeup.
32 I have very eclectic taste in music. I could listen to Tchaikovsky, Tool, Alt-J and Beastie Boys in the same day.
33 The band I’ve seen most live is Karnivool.
34 The movie I’ve seen most is Dirty Dancing.
35 My partner has a successful Etsy shop.
36 He came up with the name for my blog. I hadn’t heard the expression “a cut above the rest” before.
37 I'm a little bit obsessed with home decor.
38 I'm probably the least photogenic person you will ever meet.
39 I hold grudges.
40 I make up expressions all the time, mostly translating French ones into English, which never works out quite right.

Mélanie xx

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