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I'm Marie, and I cry every time I watch Up with my little boy.

 

(Yip. Every single time.)

 

 

I'm a self-taught designer, calligrapher and educator who likes to live in lots of different countries. I was born and raised in France's capital of gastronomy, which may explain my obsession with fine food.

I have been known to take an insane amount of photographs, I love writing lists, dancing in the kitchen and am totally obsessed with the smell of paper.

I’m mom to a toddler, a three-legged cat and a budding baby biz.

 

Keepin' it together with coffee, cuddles and killer playlists.

And wine. Definitely wine too.

 

After wandering around Europe and the Middle East, I settled in sunny South Africa because I fell in love with both the boy (now turned husband) and his beautiful home country. We've just packed our bags again and are now resting our heads in Zambia. I miss my dear Europe every single day of my life but trust me when I say there is no place like Africa. Just go re-watch the intro to The Lion King real quick and if it doesn't give you goose bumps then we can't be friends. 

I always felt like I'd enjoy life a lot more working with people I choose and who choose me (i.e. a tribe of slightly quirky and creative souls), rather than roam the roads of the corporate world.

And you know what? It turns out I was right.

All I needed to take the plunge was a positive pregnancy test and the most supportive hubby on the planet.

 

Boom.

Macaron Republic - About - Tim & Marie

Now.

Would you like an adventure,

or shall we have tea wine first?

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More often than not, you'll find me barefoot in my home office, fingers, keyboard and desk covered in ink, or snapping away with indie music in the background.

I'm a cellist who trained at the conservatoire but [ Caution: Robin Sparkles alert ] rebelled against the institution to play in a post rock indie band (yeah, not too sure what that means either BUT you can find our album on iTunes, and one of our songs has even been used in a TV show - can you say #almostfamous? Alright Barney, I'll make it easy for you and direct you here to have a listen - no judging 'k?).

When I was little, I didn't dream so much of becoming a Disney princess, my aspirations where more the James Bond girl type (the logical result of growing up with a bunch of boys). The legend says that I would have been spotted from time to time playing the ukulele on the beach, stealing some moves from Ursual Andress in Dr No

 
 

YOU CAN HAVE YOUR MACARON AND EAT IT.

BUT A GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE WILL HELP YOU WASH IT DOWN.

FO' SURE.

 
 

I am an aspiring minimalist, and believe that life is about dreaming big, creating cool stuff, and being kind to nice people. Oh, and eating pasta. Life's too short not to eat carbs.

 
 

Are we the right fit?

Well, you tell me.

 

My design style is clean, modern and genuine, with a sprinkle of quirkiness here and there. 

Think Apple. With a sense of humour à la Woody Allen. And the timeless elegance of Audrey Hepburn. And a little bit of roughness around the edges 'cause let's not forget I'm a former rock groupie.

I love and shamelessly abuse white space, which made one of my dear clients question whether the printer scaled the artwork wrong.

I want your designs to tell your unique story, and instantly set the tone about who you are as an individual, brand or artist. 

 
 

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The first ever book I read in English from start to finish was How to be Good by Nick Hornby.

I got instantly hooked.

So here's a little tribute to High Fidelity's desert-island top five lists of anything:

 

TOP FIVE PEOPLE I DREAM OF
HAVING FOR DINNER

(in D.O.B. chronological order)

 
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1. Audrey Hepburn (born 1929)

2. Woody Allen (1935)

3. David Bowie (1947)

4. Steve Jobs (1955)

5.Heston Blumenthal (1966)

 

 

TOP FIVE FAVOURITE
RECORDING ARTISTS

(in most-likely-to-sing-along-to order)

 
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1. The Bealtes

2. The Divine Comedy

3. David Bowie

4. Belle & Sebastian

5. Supergrass

TOP FIVE GIRL BOSSES
I HAVE A SERIOUS BIZ CRUSH ON

(in alphabetical order)

 
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1. Ashlyn Carter

2. Mariah Coz

3. Melyssa Griffin

4. Jenna Kutcher

5. Sara Tasker

 

Top five books, movies, mix tapes for a rainy day... I could go on for days!

How about we take this to the blog?

 

or

send me yours and let's compare notes:

marie@macaronrepublic.com

 

Be a James Bond girl

(with a French accent, obviously)

 

Speak in a perfect British accent

(no one said I can't contradict myself...)

 

Graduate from Le Cordon Bleu

(Julia, are you with me?)

 

Visit Japan

(the country responsible for both sushi & Marie Kondo
is pretty special in my book)

 

Write a Novel

(at least as good as Nick Hornby's ones)

 

Play on Stage Again

(ah! the sweet rush of adrenaline...)

Macaron Republic - About - Marie - When I grow up