Let me ask you a few questions…
Do you love white interiors, minimalist/Scandinavian design and homes that generally look effortlessly stylish?
Do you love fashion and like wearing cool, classy outfits even if you’re a mum or over 30?
Do you feel like whatever you age, you feel 10 years younger in your head and you still want to explore the world, push yourself and do lots of creative things?
Then you’ve come to the right place.
At home, I’m all about natural materials, simple lines, textures, white walls and natural light and when it comes to fashion, I share cool outfits that you can wear even if you’re 40+
I also believe in ageing gracefully, making peace with body issues and finding ways to bring together the fearless person I was at 30 with the more mature & confident one I am now. It’s still a work in progress!
So a bit of background…
I’m French born but lived in London for 19 years which is why my blog is both written in English and French.
I founded Award-winning concept store BODIE and FOU in 2005 which I ran for 10 years before selling it in January 2016 to focus on this blog of mine and my portrait. fashion photography.
I now work as a Brand Digital Consultant, Stylist and Photographer and travel regularly back to London and other places.
In 2016, we re-located to France in the Bay of Arcachon, where I spent most of my childhood holidays. It was meant to be for a year before we moved to Sydney but Life happened and we decided to stick around a bit longer.
Since then, I started surfing (age 40+) and my daughter Mila does surf & skate competitions.
I don’t know where we will be in a few years but right now, we love where we are.
My style? Minimal, effortless, simple
Favourite things to do on weekends? In winter, going surfing with friends and family and then lounging on the sofa in front of Netflix. In Summer, spend the day surfing and evening at the beach with friends
Favourite music genre? Pop and Rock & Roll
Favourite bands & singers? Vanessa Paradis, Eminem, The Stones, Maroon 5
Any pets? A beloved Australian Shepherd Lucas, a little bunny Lou & 7 happy chickens who give us fresh eggs every day
An important thing when it comes up to fashion? Looking effortlessly stylish
Best holiday ever? Comporta in Portugal, Marrakech, Croatia, New-Zealand to see my in-laws, Hossegor to be with friends, France where our holiday home is and anywhere in the world with my family.
Design Hero? First and foremost: Jacqueline Morabito then Paola Navone, Norm Architects
Favourite fashion designer? Isabel Marant
Favourite thing in my wardrobe? White linen t-shirts
Things you don’t know about you? I did sixteen years of ballet. I did years of windsurfing with my dad when I was a teen and my icon was Jenna de Rosnay (do you remember her!?)
Siblings? Tow very cool people for those who know them: Elodie, a Business Affairs Lawyer who lives in Paris (5 years younger than me) and François, an Interior & Architect Photographer who lives in Bordeaux.
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WHAT THEY SAY
“Karine Candice is a French expat living in London who shares her inspirations, life and all-around creative ingenuity with the world via this blog. Go to the My Home section and sigh at the beauty of her residences (note the plural there). Then click on other links to check out the wonders she’s worked in different rooms – the naff old kitchen cupboards that she has transformed with black paint and a stainless-steel worktop, the charcoal-grey daughter’s nursery, the old pallet turned into a chic (no, really) coffee table. THE TELEGRAPH
“A French girl with Norwegian heritage, married to a Kiwi and living in London, Karine Köng loves to fill her home with family mementoes and personal touches, proving that white, design-conscious interior can be welcoming and family friendly too.” RED MAGAZINE
“If you love European design and interiors, then you’ll like this find: a blog and an online store by the super cute sisters, Elodie & Karine Kong. BODIE and FOU is originally a business, an online store featuring some of the most stylish, contemporary European designs for the home and some of the World’s finest luxury gift ideas, but then Elodie and Karine added a blog which they call their “little black book”. The sisters’ enthusiasm for connecting people to great resources comes through and you get the feeling that their store benefits from this spirit.” APARTMENT THERAPY
“She swears by green smoothies, a good cry and quotes Galaxy Quest in the same breath as Steve Jobs. An hour in the refreshingly honest company of Karine Köng, Founder & Creative Director of online concept store BODIE and FOU is just what we need to kick off the year” NETTEMENT CHIC
“I’ve watched and admired so much your online store, blog, lifestyle, and openness with huge amounts of admiration. I hope 2016 brings you much happiness, health and exciting new adventures. “ Nicole, Reader
“Je suis très sensible à tout ce que vous écrivez et partagez. Je suis une grande “fan”, j’aime pas trop ce mot habituellement, mais vous m’avez beaucoup inspiré cette année avec le Nutribullet, le programme de Kayla, essayer d’adopter une healthy Life, et la déco évidemment!) Dans le partage de vos émotions, vous semblez très naturelle et spontanée et surtout pleine de générosité! Ça fait du bien de parcourir vos différents posts via IG quotidiennement!” Delphine, Lectrice
“Just a little email to say I absolutely adore the store, the whole vibe, the blog, the Pinterest and absolutely everything BODIE and FOU. I’m finding myself obsessed with it more than a normal person should be, I just love it so thanks for being inspiring and having an amazing online presence” Fiona, Reader
“Thank you. You are my inspiration! My family is a lot happier since I discovered your blog :-)” Ana, Reader
“Do you know that in the past week you have found me somewhere to stay for our holiday, I’ve bought a jumper you’ve suggested, and now you’ve shown me a solution to all the frames that I too have leaning against my walls. You’re like my personal assistant 😂” Caroline, Reader