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samedi 22 décembre 2012

Seasons's Greetings

Hello Lovelies!

I'm signing off for the time being, i will let this blog rest during the holidays. There is no internet where i'm going, but there will be lots of PEACE & JOY! I wish you all the best times with your family and loved ones!

image via pinterest

Naomi of TeaButterfly.

lundi 17 décembre 2012

Enjoying Music - Monday Mood

Hello lovelies!

In this Monday morning I found a lovely video for you to enjoy.

Have a nice Monday!

-Naomi of TeaButterfly

mardi 11 décembre 2012

Enjoy My Tumblr Blog

Hello Lovelies!

A quick note to let you know I have a tumblr blog you can look at!

Here's a screen capture, where you'll find tea scenes, dragonflies and butterflies, as well as interesting quotes.

The address is as follows:


-Naomi of TeaButterfly

jeudi 6 décembre 2012

Simplify The Holidays

Hello Lovelies!

How about more joy and less stuff this coming holiday season? The "Center for a new American dream" has written a nice booklet full of ideas to bring back simplicity and joy into your holidays. Check it out.

For an eco-friendly, Japanese inspired wrapping, check out

furoshiki, the eco-friendly gift wrap.


Naomi of TeaButterfly.

mercredi 5 décembre 2012

Beauty Secrets of A French Gal - Winter Essentials

Hello Lovelies!

The following tips are a translation of my own "beauté froide" blog post originally published in French and which you can read here. The products mentioned in this post are available in France and are the ones I use personnally (this is not a sponsored post).

Here are my essentials when the weather becomes colder:

my shea butter - photo, my own.

As it is organic and very versatile, i use a lot of shea butter (and it lasts a long time too!), especially the one called "karité soft", by Melvita (see photo above). It smells faintly of orange essential oil, has shea butter in it of course, but also argan oil which nourishes the skin and is also anti-ageing). Use this shea butter mix on your dry lips, cold feet etc... and on any other very dry area of your body,  hair or face.

tip: with a clean spatula, i also fill a small round tin box with some "karité soft", so i can carry it easily around and apply it often on lips and nails. Plese note that nails are an especially dry and delicate area you'll want to nourish frequently.

on my face i apply... well my skin is oily but still needs moisture esp in winter so i use either organic creams as follows: "soin hydratant jour de monop' bio" or "fluide hydratant jour à l'iris de weleda", which can be found woldwide (look for an Iris scented moiturizing fluid by Weleda) . its a treat! but careful not to apply too close to the eyes, it has a lot of essential oils in it which might irritate your eyes.

my essential oils. photo, my own.

as for my natural health, i rely a lot on the careful use of essential oils

here you go, now you know everything about my beauty and health winter secrets!

Naomi of TeaButterfly.

Beauty Secrets of A French Gal - Fall Essentials

Hello Lovelies!

image of fall, my own

You might remember my beauty secrets for the summertime, all with a French twist... I like to gather my Essential tips for each season on a pinterest board, and frankly my Fall Essentials board on pinterest is one of my faves! You might want to start there...

 "I love fall" - image via

Or you might want to read my new tips for fall, right here on this blog. Here goes:

After sun moisture is key in this Autumn season...
I recommend you use jojoba oil, as one or two drops are enough for your face and neck. Plus jojoba oil suits the need of most skins (both dry and oily) and can also be applied overnight on your hair as a moisturizing treatment. Just shampoo your hair in the morning and... voilà !

essential oils that work well for oily skin (use with caution) - image my own

"Back to school" also means back to basics, including in your beauty regimen. Don't forget to gently cleanse your skin then apply some moisturizing oil. I have an oily skin care regimen (using petit grain essential oil) detailed in French over at
my French blog, if you wish.

Fall is also the right time to take better care of your nails. Simply massage them with some shea butter.

To me, Fall also means buying a new bra, and some new rachel unger jewelry (check out her Etsy shop) like a dainty stone bracelet. What about you? Any tips?

My Winter tips coming soon! As always, enjoy!

Naomi of TeaButterfly

mardi 4 décembre 2012

Landscape In A Bowl - A Japanese Wonder

Hello lovelies!

Today I wanted to share a Japanese wonder with you, as I love and admire anything related to Japan. Here are "landscapes in a bowl", how wonderful is that?!

These are all hi res pictures, click on them to view them larger.

 Enjoy those small worlds...

-Naomi of TeaButterfly

dimanche 2 décembre 2012

French Beauty Tips for The Lazy Gal

Hello Lovelies,

Before I publish an e-book full of organic beauty tips with a French twist, here are my FREE beauty tips, all affordable and simple for you to enjoy.

Am I a French beauty or what?! image, my own.

French Beauty tips for the Lazy Gal -  read it here.

French Summer Beauty Tips - read it here.

French Fall Beauty Tips - read it here.

French Winter Beauty Tips - read it here.

Spring Tips read them here.

essential oils, image my own.


Naomi of TeaButterfly.



samedi 1 décembre 2012

A Small Blog Update

Hello Lovelies,

 dreams - via pinterest

I haven't published anything here in a while, wasn't feeling so well, but wanted to keep you lovelies posted.

Today, I have finally joined the google+ communtity, making it easier for you to share and like my content. Come join in the fun! All the google+ gadgets are on the far right column of this blog.

selfportrait, me smiling at last!

I also added a new profile picture of me, smiling at last! see above.

I also intend to share with you very soon my fall & winter essentials (from my French beauty tips series), the process of me drawing  and some new drawing and paintings. Stay tuned!

image by Stuart Wilson, check out his design blog!

And by the way, Hello December!

Naomi of TeaButterfly

lundi 22 octobre 2012

A Poem About The Moon

Hello Lovelies,
photo : instagram of the moon by me, @teabutterfly
I am a big lover of the autumn moon, so here's a poem (originally written in Chinese) translated by me into English and French.
Right before my bed lays the moonlight
The earth seems covered with white ice
I raise my head and watch the moon
Then i lower it and think of my homeland.
-Lee Bay



Devant mon lit est le clair de lune,
Le sol paraît plein de gelée blanche.
Je lève la tête et contemple la lune.
Puis je la baisse et songe à mon pays natal

Li Bai

Naomi of TeaButterfly

Playing Around with Webstagram

Hello lovelies,

...this is what my webstagram widget will look like... when I figure out how to set it up properly! ;-)

edit: it's done! you can find my instagram widget just above my blogroll list. Enjoy!

Naomi of TeaButterfly

vendredi 14 septembre 2012

A Thought For Fall

Hello Lovelies!

photo via

Here is a thought for fall, when things get back to (very) busy, days grow short and the air is crisp:

 A John Burroughs thought in hexiaa's handwriting, via pinterest.


-Naomi of TeaButterfly

vendredi 7 septembre 2012

Summer Is Over

Hello Lovelies!

Photography: Slim Aarons.*

It is a bittersweet feeling when summer ends. Fall is my favorite season and I love me some crisp air but summer is so full of light and love, too. It's been a great summer for me, and a very hot one.

I am back from hospital now and feel like singing the word FREEDOM out loud together with Aretha Franklin in her 1968 song, "Think". So here goes:


-Naomi of TeaButterfly.

*Note: You can take a little slice of Slim’s sun-drenched days home with you in his books, Slim Aarons: Once Upon a Time and Slim Aarons: A Place in the Sun.

jeudi 30 août 2012

It Hit Me, Again

Hello Lovelies!

I'm in a rainy mood.

The evil illness, depression, hit me again. I struggled and struggled until I could not bear it it anymore. It's not an easy subject to be talking about... Let's just say I feel constantly exhausted for no reason (other than the depression itself) and that everything seems to be dull, grey and blurred... This is what depression looks like to me:

 image via pinterest

I have to check in hospital today, and so will close my etsy shop for now. I wish you lovelies a wonderful end of summer and I hope to be returning soon.

I'm trying to remember this inspirational quote:

"But without the dark, we could never see the stars."

My best,

Naomi of TeaButterfly.

lundi 27 août 2012

Instagram Mania

Hello Lovelies, and Happy Monday to you!

 That's some matcha tea...

 And that's me, sporting a paper hat...

photos & instagrams, my own. Lipson (c) 2012.

I love photography and I just love instagram! ...and i like the fact that it's not an app for Apple products only, but for androids too !

Like instagram too? here's a list of top instagram apps you might enjoy!

-Naomi of TeaButterfly

vendredi 24 août 2012

Things I Love Friday - the Random Edition

Hello Lovelies!

A few random things I like today: a bit of photography, a bit of Japan, some insects of course, and news about my art. Enjoy!

photo, my own. more photos of my vacation in the South of France here.

Speaking of vacation, the wabi sabi blog took one in Sweden, and i love their image of "some weeds in the lake" by Nääs Castle & Crafts.

 It's Friday, it's FFF time!

This week, i'd like to share this diptych I made out of two fave photos. Do check out the original images, they're stunning!

It's Borges' birthday! check out it this beautiful poem. Bittersweet, isn't it?

I also enjoyed this instagram photo of the day:

[ @ ] photooftheday PHOTO OF THE DAY 14 aug 2012 @phantastic420 / judge @luka04

This is beginning to smell of "Back to School" time, my favorite time of the year (no wonder i'm a stationery junkie...).

Sarah has been playing with film underwater, and it's beautiful!

I love insects and botanical charts as art hung on walls! Here's my latest inspiration:

image by weekday carnival, via sfgirlbybay

Also check out my new "Botanicals Charts" board on pinterest.

...Yesterday was a productive day and I started a new series of paintings. They still need to be photographed properly, more about it soon!

Have a swell weekend everyone!

-Naomi of TeaButterfly.