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How to create a creative application letter?

1-DSC_0015Do you know those days when you want to be a bit against the grain? It’s not that I like London more than Paris today, but I just want to write something different . No bakeries, bookstores or facts about the Parisian subway, today I’ll give you a lesson in how to create a creative application letter :)

With all the choices these days, it’s hard to figure out what job you want or which direction you want to go to. Did you finally find your dream job, you have to make an application letter to get that precious job interview!

Yay, the application letter… That’s the point where most people are getting insecure. How to stand out between all the hundreds of other applicants? One word: creativity. Just think out of your comfort zone and create something different than a letter typed in Word (Ariel, font size 10) Self expression, motivation and personal touches… it’s all in your following application!

Where to start? Many companies do their application process online, what makes it even harder to create a creative application letter. It always works the same way: application letter in the mail and the curriculum vitae in the Annex. How boring?!

Have you every thought about making a whole website as an application letter? You can make a video on the homepage to show your motivation, write a blog post about the skills you have and show them with your online portfolio the experience you already have. Nothing is too crazy as you keep it in one style. Make sure you don’t make your stories too wordy and keep the website clean. Use websites as WordPress, Tumblr or Blogspot to get a free user friendly website! To make your application website even more interesting, show them why belong in their team. Let people leave a positive comment behind. Think of previous bosses or former teachers (only recommended if you’ve been a really good boy or girl!) 

If you’re not that good with websites (or computers ;), use your hands. Find some things that you find interesting and get started! Before I knew that I was going to college this year, I made ​​an application for the company My Little Paris. It was my biggest dream (and still is) to work there for a while. I’m not French, don’t live in Paris, and yet I wanted to work there and compete with those who stood 10 strokes before me. I’ve done my best to create something unique and it worked. I’ve got their attention and interest… ‘unfortunately’ I went to college and eventually the whole application ended in nothing. But it was worth it because I learned to think out-of-the-box and I now have a good example to help others ;)

Never forget to use your own imagination, you have more creativity than you think!

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥

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Temps de cuisson à E.Dehillerin, Paris

E.DehillerinI promised you on my twitter that I would write 2 different articles today, so here we go!

I was scrolling through my pictures when I remembered this lovely cook-store in the middle of Paris. It’s a well known fact that food and cooking belong to the French people, but I guess not only the French people love to cook, but maybe you as well?

If you’re looking for nice restaurants, fresh food or cookware, you have to go to the area of Les Halles. Earlier there were covered market places here, but now it’s full with cook-stores and more! (If you want to read more about the history of the covered market places, click here).

So, back to E.Dehillerin. The store has a unique look with big yellow letters on top. The windows are full with interesting stuff, but most of all I liked the variety of the products and the friendly staff. Last week someone asked me where to buy original souvenirs in Paris..well here you are! Every cook- and Paris lover would love to receive a pretty cookbook brought from Paris.

One last tip: always use your own mind. If you don’t need that copper pan of €180,-…don’t buy it! Sometimes the staff is a little too excited ;)

E.Dehillerin 1

Here is the address:
18-20 rue Coquillière
Paris

Tell me what do you think of this special place? 

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Elyxyak, digital street art in Paris

Hi everyone, I’m back on track! Well, almost. I’m one week off from school, so that means I have time to breath again ;)

This post isn’t about my own work, but that of a little guy called Elyx. Yeah I know, he couldn’t choose a more difficult name, but if you want tot learn how to say it right, just watch the first seconds of this video over and over again. I’m still learning…

Back to Elyx. I was talking with a friend of mine on Twitter and showed him the work of this little social media hero. Then I realized I had to share it with the rest of my followers, because if you love Paris, you will also love these awesome drawings and videos. The digital street art of Elyxyak is created by Yacine Ait Kaci and gets worldwide more and more fans. He is everyday very active and sometimes he organizes scavenger hunts to get the chance to find one of his original drawings. I could tell you more about him, but I think it’s better to examine it by yourself, right?!

Here are a few examples of his work and of course the link to his website, where you can find all the links to his social media. Have fun!
elyx.net 

 

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Street art in Paris by Hopare.

Unknown 3Do the people at an Art Academy have any chance of a successful career? Is art in these days still worth any money?

Uh, I won’t even try to think of more questions, because the answer is YES. Yes, artistic people still have the chance to earn there livings with their work. It’s a though business because the competition is great, but I think the strength lies in learning from each other, instead of seeing each other as competitors. Find your own direction, focus on yourself and believe in your own abilities. 

A fantastic source of inspiration for me, and maybe for you, is the French artist Hopare. His work can be found all over the world and he is only 24 years old! Hopare’s artworks are being sold for prices above the 8,500 euros. (People even try to steal his work from the public walls) When you get stuff like that done, you’re get the medal of a successful artist, haha.

I discovered his work during a street art tour in Paris and his painting was for me the icing on the cake. Look at the shiny colors he used, they fit so perfect together. You can see that Hopare has a graphic background by the shapes and lines he uses. I can stare at it for hours, it’s so detailed.

I’n not a fan of writing a whole biography about him, because he has his own website with a lifestyle part. His photo’s will show you his latest work and places he has been to. So, if you want to get some more information about him, or see his other work, you can go to his website.

If you want to see this artwork by yourself, you have to go to Rue des Maronites, located in the 20th district of Paris. It’s worth the travel, even if you have come from far.

Tell me, what do you think of his work?

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥

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Rue Crémieux, Paris

When I found Rue Crémieux in the list of ”most beautiful streets in the world”, I immediately grabbed my bags and booked a train to Paris. One of the most beautiful streets in the world and I didn’t knew about it. What a same.. Please forgive and forget, because I have been there during my last trip and here are the photo’s. Enjoy them :) 

(Hehe, I bet the people at my school are gonna tell me that no. 15 would belong to me, because I often wear black clothing.. Ok then, thanks guys!) 

Back to my post, if you want to visit this street, leave your car home, it’s a car-free street. For more information check out this video I found online. Thumbs up for Youtube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69YlP2Btsh0

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥ 

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Why Paris never gets me tired.

danielleWhat’s so special about Paris? Why do you like a city where you can easily be clamped between the doors of a metro. I like Chanel no. 5, why do you like the smell of sewerage and exhaust fumes? Why do you want to ride a bicycle between the crazy traffic people of Paris? Are you ever gonna get tired of Paris? 

Nope.

When you are going to bed on time, or give your pet a shower.. I’m just being my weird self trying to give every Paris lover a place to hang out. A place to get some information and to be entertained. Just like a live concert, but without the fireworks (I do can take of a false singing voice).

In this posts I’ll give you the 5 answers to the questions above. Here we go:

1. I can’t tell you exactly what’s so special about Paris, because it remains a personal opinion. I do can show you a lot of things on my blog that will show you that Paris is more than a big city with an Eiffel tower. Things are happening. It doesn’t matter if you don’t see that stuff automatically, I’ll teach you. Trust me, everyone has a little Parsien(ne) inside ;)

2. That about ”being clamped between the doors of a metro” isn’t true. You have plenty of time to get in! Ofcourse you can be clamped between the doors of a metro if you keep your eyes closed or if you don’t want to wait a whole minute till the next metro arrives…Yes, also a metro is full at one point, don’t push yourself in there.

3. If Chanel ever wants to create a perfume that smells like sewerage and exhaust fumes, I wouldn’t buy it. But we have to admit that those kind of smells belong to the metro stations of Paris. When I arrive at Gare-du-Nord and take the first metro to my hotel, it feels immediately like home. A priceless smell and feeling that I wouldn’t trade for anything.

4. Cycling in Paris is amazing. I’m not saying that because I’m from the Netherlands and earlier could ride a bike than could walk, but because Paris has a lot of cycling roads. You can discover a lot more on a bicycle. Always remember that the traffic on your right has right of way and don’t be afraid to ring your bell like a Christmas song. Remember those two points and everything will be fine.

5. I don’t think I ever get tired of Paris. Every time I’m there I discover new places and every time I have to leave, I wonder when I will be back again. Sticky notes with stuff about Paris are everywhere in my room. So many interesting artworks I still have to see, enough shopping stores to go wild and leave Paris with an empty wallet, important history pieces at every corner of the street (next to the corn sellers), countless sights and way too many delicious restaurants. You can not convince me that it will ever get bored!

If you got more questions about me and my obsession for Paris, go to my Twitter account. I’ll try to give you as many reasons as I can about why Paris never gets me tired! Hope to see you there!

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥

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Opéra Garnier, a must seen highlight.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t like opera music or over dramatic theater shows… Opéra Garnier is a must seen for everyone. Seriously, it was the first time I visited a sight like this, and I’m still impressed by the beauty of it. It was the plan that we stayed there for an hour, but before I knew it the whole morning had passed. Details everywhere!

Main hall
I spent some time sitting on the stairs. I tried to focus on every detail and each time I blinked my eyes, the building became more and more interesting. That’s why it’s not really surprising that this is, with an area of ​​over 11,000 m², the biggest (and prettiest) opera building in the world . I mean, there is room for 2131 spectators!

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An eye-catcher in the central room is the chandelier that weighs more than 6 tons. It’s designed by Charles Garnier himself. Okay, we all think the same thing, we all want the same thing. So don’t deny it, when I say that this chandelier would be a amazing swing! 

Chandelier

One point of attention. The toilets were a little disappointment, I had expected some golden toilet seats…

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥