bonjour everybody, it’s been a while but i’m finally back in the groove. i hope your december is in full swing!
(my dad worked with them for his entire career so it’s full circle in our family and extra fun to have been asked)!
We used our app, Keys to the Fleas to create this interactive map where you can get info on the flea markets throughout Paris including which metro to use, hours and the specialty of each.
i have to admit putting it together gave me total wanderlust for the markets. thank god it’s winter or i’d be tempted to take a quick trip for holiday gifts.
it’s one place that’s fascinating enough to go to again and again.
not sure why it’s got such an alluring power…maybe cause it’s never the same twice, or that you’re sure to find something you’ll cherish forever. it’s definitely an archaeological and anthropological exploration that’s a mix of high-highs and low-lows.
half the fun is the people who make it happen every week rain, shine, sun or snow.
lots of people think it’s just old junk but once you get past the high or low end display you can find something special at every single booth, especially in unpacked boxes if you’re into snooping like i am
small stuff has become more my focus after importing a container full of armoires, beds and mirrors needing repair upon arrival…
now sometimes a button or pillbox is enough
and a love letter can certainly do the trick…
lately the markets have been kind of a study of the renovation of paris. they’re tearing out the old doors, chandeliers, mantles and panels and this is where they end up. at least we can have them if no one else wants them!
i’ve always had a bit of a chair fetish and this is the place to indulge in it~
hot pink velvet or stripped down all the way they’re just full of personality
the deconstructed look is my personal favorite although not the most comfy. but the techniques they used to do on the inside is a lost art…
we use foam and dacron now instead of hay and horsehair. guess that’s not a bad upgrade but i still love look of the old stuff
and the patina of a well turned arm on a chaise or sofa, well, don’t get me started
mostly i’m attracted to the small boudoir chairs that once held the ladies at their vanities who started trends from inspiring dramatic furniture, showing ankles, drinking in public to voting. here’s to the showgirls, flappers, ingenues, actresses and suffragettes!
anyway it was a long time since i’d gone thru my photos. kinda like seeing old friends. they told me at mac i was a media hoarder cause i have 30k photos. but it’s ok it’s only ether. and the markets will always be an infinite source of inspiration whether in pics or in person
anyway…in celebration of the season we’re giving away two Paris Flea Market Style books that can ship out next week. if you’re interested just say so! and now, to all a great night~
bonjour guys, it’s been a long time. tonight i’m finishing up the last of the profiles on the women from the social media conference this summer in paris. so without further ado, and last (but by no means least), please meet one of the co-hosts and a true soul sister, carina okula.
i profiled carina twice on the blog before we ever got to be friends. i was a big fan when i first set eyes on her magical photos, they’re serene yet vivid and she captivated me completely once we met.
she’s one of those people who sees beauty everywhere and lucky for us she’s willing and able to document it. just her daily life provides images and content that could so easlily get passed by in the hustle of city life, especially when you’re tending to two kids and a hubby. she pulls beauty out of thin air and makes it concrete and tangible, and that takes effort.
i’d like to channel her and have the camera ready at all times, take the time to go home and edit, work with photo programs and learn new techniques. luckily we have big plans to work on projects together including a book and creating a niche for some exclusive photos on the TPA boutique. choosing from her images will be the hardest part.
of course she’s a social media whiz so check her out and follow her around just to what she’s up to.
i want to thank carina for that one way trip to the moon and a time that i’ll never forget! looking forward to the future together and glad to have you by my side on all the projects to come. have a great night everyone!