rites of spring

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good morning dear friends. it’s been such a long time since my last post and today was the day to get out of my blogging funk! i just needed time to decompress, disconnect and as timothy leary said, drop out! but with the new season comes a new attitude. not one of obligation or necessity, but one of joie de vivre, hope and dreams! it’s been a tough road the last few weeks but as of now i’m back to work on my masterpiece, life itself. not trying to finish anything but just adding brush strokes to the canvas. as always i’m looking to nature for inspiration so stopped at the very first image on pinterest that caught my eye today. instead of posting a ton of shots,  just looking and studying the one here. the composition and the colors…slowing down and truly observing. i hope your spring has started out sunny and can’t wait to share the season together. i’ve been missing you!

April 24, 2014. Flowers, Friends. 7 comments.

embrace change

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parisian ambiance by carinaokula.com

bonjour mes cheries, happy sunday! i hope you’re having a good weekend and savoring the last of the evening hours. i’ve been nesting lately, just enjoying home after moving around so much last year and definitely not thinking much about travel and changing my locale right now. but spring will soon be sprung and that means wanderlust is in the air.

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my beautiful paris, norma theison

truth is i do love to travel, there are still so many places on my bucket list to see. for you too? well, an invitation to an event in july reignighted my fire to explore the world; (or at least my favorite part of it), with a trip to gay paree.

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it’s hard to believe that paris never gets tired after all these years. it’s just a magical world i guess, why ask why? the good news is that for 3 days i’ll be with kindred spirits who share an obsession for the city. the event will be held at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée and is called ‘Embrace Paris 2014′. the hostesses who are behind the trip are two brilliant belles, norma thiessen and carina okula. they’re both magificent photographers and the city is their muse. (carina’s work will soon be featured in the paris apartment’s boutique)!

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these two have put together an incredible itinerary beginning with the hotel. they have hooked up with the french chamber of commerce, recruited sponsors and planned an intimate conference to empower women using a variety of social media channels.

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as carina’s blog says, the gathering is about:  Bringing creative international women together for an experience full of positive energy. There will be collaborating, sharing and brainstorming all things related to the wonderful and crazy world of social media. EMBRACE is about empowering each other through positive peer support and will be hosted by the city’s most beautiful hotel in July 2014.

We’ll be generating a Paris inspired frisson throughout social media platforms such as TwitterFacebookInstagramGoogle+, along with individual websites.

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just as an aside, you may remember the last episode of sex and the city? it was shot at the hotel, the night carrie has her aha! moment in that incredible dress!

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i’ll check out the other ladies over the next couple weeks to get to know them beforehand. it’s a really small group with a whole lot going on. here’s a partial roundup:

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so i bit the bullet and am booked for the month of july. if you’re going to be in paris, let me know and we can rendezvous! i’ll be giving tours, doing signings and roaming aimlessly with a van down south.

on another note, my dear friends from Paris Perfect are holding 28 days of clues for 28 entries to win a trip with all the trimmings! stop by their site each day for a new clue and to submit your entry.

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Prize:

  • 5 night accommodation in a one bedroom Paris Perfect apartment with Eiffel Tower view*
  • Two Paris Pass tickets that include free entry to over 60 museums and attractions as well as a free Seine cruise, Métro pass, wine tasting & more
  • Lunch for two at one of our favorite Paris restaurants – Café Constant
  • Two tickets for a Skip the Line Eiffel Tower tour from Easy Pass Tours
  • Chocolates and macarons from the world-famous Gregory Renard shop
  • Beautiful bouquet of flowers from one of Paris’ leading florists
  • Airport transfers for 2 people

all the details can be found here: parisperfect.com-win-a-stay-in-paristhe competition closes march 13, 2014. bonne chance!

ok well it’s getting late and time to enjoy the last few weekend hours. uh oh, just one left…sweet dreams!

March 3, 2014. Embrace Paris Trip, Giveaway, Paris, Paris Perfect Apartments, Paris Trip, Plaza Athenee, Social Media. 12 comments.

the eclectic home

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good morning! how are you doing? the days have been flying by around here. in fact i can’t believe the last time i was able to sit and write was over a week ago. what have you been up to? chez moi has been filled with work. it’s good work, tightening up the website, cleaning up finances, creating standards and practices…basic entrepreneurship! it’s all of it in an effort to be more efficient and get that free time i desperately crave  for this year. one of the areas we’re working on is the blog sidebar with ads and sponsors. with that, i wanted to welcome the latest member of the family. she’s a wonderful woman i met in paris (her husband surprised her with one of my shopping trips for a milestone birthday)! we stayed in touch and i’ve watched her store in nj blossom into a an amazing collection of curated items from local artisans as well as carrying some of the french items we saw at the maison et object. please help me welcome the one and only cindy potters of Shed, the Ecectic Home!

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100 Baker Street
Maplewood, NJ 07040
973.763.5500

she’s a force of nature and i’ve been watching her master the blog, social media, her website, online store and eye for interesting stories of inspiration.

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these are some of her instagram shots

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and this gorgeous enamel lamp is from the show france and comes in so many delicious colors. at the maison objet i couldn’t decide which was the prettiest! take a look at her site and see what you think. in the meantime, cindy is giving away the sweet handmade lavender sachet set below. if you’d like to win, just, go to shedtheeclectichome.com. and subscribe to the blog. check out the website and let Cindy know what you like with a comment here. in the meantime she’s offering a 10% discount off of everything in the webstore through march 8th. cindy, best wishes and good luck with the store. as any entrepreneur will attest: “The best way to predict your future is to create it” ― Peter F. Drucker

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ps the winners of the last giveway (the sets of books) are kat of boulderdamcottage.blogspot.com and rita of panoply.blogspot.com! if you didn’t win the author said she will sell them at a discount so please get in touch with her. the info is here: facebook.com/jan.dolphin.1. ok, off to work. hope you have a beautiful day!

February 26, 2014. Blogroll, Friends, Shopping. 4 comments.

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