why is it that even old paris never gets tired? good morning everyone! i’ve been obsessing over some shots of paris in the last century when technology was brand new. the images led me to investigate one of the many fascinating bits of paris’ history i never delved deeply into but am smitten by, the world’s fairs that were held in the last centuries.
i’ve just started skimming the surface and want to devour them all but the one i’m drawn to today is the exposition universelle of 1900.
google it and you may never come back from the mesmerizing images of past fairs. each year is an incredible capsule and an insight into the time and mindset of the people of paris and in fact, the world.
the eiffel tower had been unveiled in 1889 and by 1900 the city was already feeling the empowerment of the industrial revolution. electricity had long been discovered and many new inventions had been already been launched.
at the exposition universelle of 1900, there was one major difference that separated it from all other fairs. the ‘palais de l’electricite’ was created. it showcased new technology and served as a hub for the show. it was the place that harnessed all the energy and sent it to the other exhibits throughout the city.
it was by far the most revered pavillon and considered the absolute heart of the event.
it was sketched, photographed and immortalized. never before had such brilliance beamed from one place!
for first time in the world, the streets in the paris were lit up. thousands of lights covered every inch (including the eiffel tower)! and everyone was charged with the energy of a new era.
suddenly up one side and down the other, the city was transformed into a playground of new technology, not the least of which was being able to enjoy the city of light at night.
it must have been an enormous endeavor to set it up.
it was a new era.
and there was dancing in the streets!
liveinternet.ru The Exposition Universelle of 1900 world’s fair was held in Paris from 15 April to 12 November 1900, to celebrate the achievements of the past century and to accelerate development into the next.
The fair displayed, in view of over 50 million people, many machines, inventions, and architecture including escalators, Ferris wheels, Diesel engines, talking films, and the Telegraphone (the precursor to modern-day sound recording).
other exhibits included motors, cars and planes and moving sidewalks.
i was going to grab a string of holiday lights for my balcony but they sort of pale in comparison. well, at least when i look at them i’ll think about the path that was paved so many years before.
well, now i better get this day started. i have a lot to do and this was a fun diversion but reality is kicking in. if it turns into a tough day, i’ll just channel edison when he said: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
― Thomas A. Edison. have a great day!
one more if you’re like me and can’t get enough (this one’s in french. enjoy)!
good morning and happy sunday! we’re deep into the heart of the holiday weekend and as much as we’re thankful for the things we have, it also happens to be the biggest shopping time of the year.
just when it seemed we had everything we could ever want or need, i came across some fascinating new gadgets that make life even more convenient and fun, aka, grown-up toys.
an older friend of mine tells me how in his youth it seemed like each day people would marvel and gasp, “what will they think of next?” and comment “well, everything’s been invented now!” turns out we’re far from it and the hits just keep on coming.
in this day and age we all want to consume less, buy goods that will last and have qualities that will truly help us become more efficient. of course, some things are just for fun and beauty!
these are just some of the hundreds of items i came across in the tech world that i’d love to have or give.
of all the things that last, tech is the one area that continues to change and evolve no matter how well we plan and buy. but some trends are here to stay like solar power and wireless capablities.
some inventions take current technology and sup it up.
i like the idea of mixing old tech and using it with new products.
or streamlining for efficiency, using less desk or counter space.
anything to get the creative juices going!
personally i can’t wait for a wireless world. till then, this is an unobtrusive extension cord, at least it’s pretty!
this turntable converts records into digital recordings.
my old-fashioned streak always looks for ways to find the old and new merging together. like the gramophone for example!
this device lets you control your entire music system from one central spot.
if you’re an apple lover, check out some of these inventions that aren’t even on the market yet (above)
of course there’s the old standbys
streaming player that sends netflix and hulu straight to your tv screen
this blog was full of interesting stuff including the printer above
the model of the building above was on the same blog. i just had to throw it in!
at my parent’s house we always talk about converting old slides and movies before they disintegrate.
how much fun it would be to show all the kids our old home movies. maybe a projector like this would get dad in the mood!
this great tool takes words right off the page and onto your hard drive. perfect for those passages you want to remember and re-read without having to try to find it or earmark pages.
maybe it’s a bit of a non sequitor but i couldn’t restit the musical stairs set-up for kids.
and mom says this blog entry wouldn’t be complete without a magic wand. this one changes the channel on tvs and dvrs!
finally, if you have a great idea or know a techy kid, check out the link above on Dupont’s website. they’re looking for bright ideas and are helping young minds develop them. it looks like a pretty cool program.
ok one more, a pretty audio cluch by rebecca minkoff.
i definitely fell in deep and could go on an on with the never ceasing array of amazing new ideas and inventions. but it’s a beautiful day and time to get out and enjoy it. maybe i’ll do something radical and leave my phone home. enjoy the rest of your weekend!
happy black friday! i hope you had a good thanksgiving. i’m home with mom and dad having a peaceful cup of afternoon coffee, just about to head out to a birthday party.
it’s a good time to be home and i’m enjoying the chance of pace. in honor of black friday i thought it would be fun to feature the color (or lack thereof)…
of course i’m just getting into it and it’s already time to go so i’ll have to make it quick!
i hope you’ll forgive the non-sequitors!
darn, time’s up, i’d better dash…luckily a little black dress can still change everything drab to fab in an instant! have a great friday night!
hello everyone and happy thanksgiving!
it never ceases to amaze me that we all stop for one day each year to get away from the ‘i, me, mine’ mentality and reflect.
giving thanks and stepping outside ourselves is sentiment we’ll share regardless of age, race, religion. gratitude is a universal principal!
and it’s the start of another beautiful holiday season.
i hope yours is entertaining as well as relaxing. so many times the holdiay are full of stress.
maybe it’s because we all have such different lifestyles, beliefs, passions and opinions.
i’d like this year to change old stereotypes and roles and become the ambassadors of our familes, peacemakers, mediators, thought provokers and rational conversationalists (my family gets into heated debates).
personally, i’m just happy you came by to share a moment. have a fantastic, memorable holiday!
hi everyone! how was your manic monday? it’s that time of year when everyone’s running around with an endless ‘to do’ list. so many of us strive for a perfection that’s completely self-imposed. it got me thinking whether sometimes Good can be good enough? does it always have to be full throttle?
i ran around today, but didn’t take that romantic, picturesque stroll i’d envisioned since it was way too chilly. but in my travels i did pass a favorite store that’s still going strong, pageant, purveyors of maps, prints, and ephemera. i couldn’t resist this little plate i found outside in a bin titled, costumes parisiens. this particular style is from the genre ‘les incroyables et merveilleuses’.
the desire to learn more about the image led me down a path of discovery and i had a lovely realization. that it was ok not to wait for more stuff to gather before posting a blog, or do anything at all. that it’s not about amassing more information or matter. just this piece of paper was enough to send me off on a tangent, allowing me to get lost in something completely off the radar. so instead of all the things i did and places i went, i’d like to take time to focus on little things behind the things and delve into them more deeply.
for instance, have you ever wonderered how to tell an etching from an engraving? well, this couple parisien got me exploring just that tonight. it all starts with a metal plate. you’ll see its impression around the image.
according to wikipedia: engraving is done with a pen on metal and etching is done with acid on metal. a wax covers the acid and [then gets written or drawn into]. etching eventually came to challenge engraving as the most popular medium for artists in printmaking. Its great advantage was that, unlike engraving which requires special skill in metalworking, etching is relatively easy to learn for an artist trained in drawing. everything from great works of art to images on money began with these techniques. these were the artist tools for creating such exquisite masterpieces for centuries, since the middle ages:
depicting women has always been in style. in fact this is where the term ‘fashion plate’ comes from! the one we still use today when describing a fashionista. these were also known as ‘costume plates’ and were all the rage from london to paris to new york until the early part of the 1900s.
you can see the lines and dots that create the design in the metal. i’m still unsure how to tell completely the difference but i’m assuming the older ones are going to be engravings.
something newer like this above would be an etching. by 1906 they were getting a little looser with the design technique and engraving had probably faded out.
soon it could almost look like painting. above are new york fashions in autumn of 1872. (just had to thow that in since i’m in the city but geeze i despise the victorian era)! a great collection of plates can be found in the claremont library via the links below each image. if you love the history of fashion, spend a few minutes and check out your favorite styles.
by 1913 fashion was at a whole new level and about to change again to the modern way we’re living now…in pants! the above is one of the costume parisien plates from 120 years ago! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_French_artists#Eighteenth_century
last but not least, the book above is one i came across and thought interesting. besides being about a great topic, it’s been completly scanned, and it’s public domain. it made me realize how precious books like this are and how we all come across wonderful out of print books. wouldn’t it be nice to scan them like this to share?
so that’s it for my little diversion. this is of course an endless rabbit hole and just searching the term fashion plate opened up a brand new world with so much history and beauty! but it is getting late so i’m off to bed, sweet dreams!
i read the title of this post on pinterest and thought how true it really was. for all of us! good morning everyone and happy saturday! we’re knee deep into autumn and i was hoping for a hit of indian summer as i’m heading to nyc for a week. it’s just not going to happen so i’ll be a big girl and take on the cold without complaint and get into the spirit of the city. the good thing about cold weather is being able to justify nesting (aka watching old movies and working from home. i think i’ll have to check out ‘rolled stockings’ below).
as much as i love my florida life, new york is like an old friend; familiar, unchanging, strong, welcoming, a veritable beacon of light, and of course, always ready to have a good time together. i’d really like to enjoy every minute of it absorbing all the energy and excitement it exudes.
no matter how the years go by there’s always such a glamour about new york and it never seems to fade. living there meant a lot of drudgery, trudging the streets with the days ending in utter exhaustion. but now it doesn’t have to be that way. things are different, i’m a visitor! it would be great to get my head out of the way i used to see it and hit that reset button. maybe we could go to the theater?
or dip in and out of the chill to see some of the buildings that are usually passed by with no time to explore. hit the met and the frick…and stay awhile!
new york was home for decades, now it seems so far away but as much as it changes every year, it stays the same in so many ways. we all just come through it and leave our own mark.
when i left it was because i was having a love/hate affair with the city. love that it was a never-ending source of surprise and delight. hate because there never seeemed to be any downtime to replenish and recharge.
i admire cities like new york, san fran, paris which were built so well, so beautifully functional, big worlds in (relatively) tiny spaces. it’s time to explore and not fight it. i’m hoping to take on the city to the fullest extent of the law!
it’s not like i’ll be shoveling snow any more! (one of the reasons i left was digging out my car each winter)
i love to think of the nyc’s past and those who put that first glittering stamp on it. it’s one of the reasons i fell in love and stayed under her spell for so long. despite the difficulties of winter and the work, work, work mentality, there is still a shine i always try to find in my search for a bit of old mixed in with the new.
i’ll bring my real camera everywhere and look for those magical moments when time stands still.
well it’s time to pack. i’m channeling these timeless fashion divas for a little warm and stylish inspiration.
fashion, cities, people, we all change. yet a city like new york remains unchanged in so many ways despite the hardships she’s weathered. something to ponder and a city to treasure. and it’s nice to know some things stay the same no matter the year, time or place. have a spectacular weekend!
Good morning and happy monday everyone. i hope you had a wonderful weekend and are getting ready for a productive and fun filled week. i’ve been listening to a lot of TED talks lately and this morning’s blog comes from one i heard while taking a nice, hot shower. the speaker mentioned a fantastic invention. we often take water for granted but it’s the single most important element in life. i wanted to spread the word of this ingenius mechanism with the hope of sending it to so many who need it right now in the phillipines. it’s called LifeStraw and it purfies any water into instantly drinkable water. i’ve always wanted to visit the phillipines and hope that they will recover with help from all around the world. on top of the mess, tourism is off. i thought this was a good way to lend a hand however small and help this magical place restore their world:
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good morning everyone and happy monday with a special shout out to all the vetrans (my dad and brothers included) who have worked to protect our way of life so that we can choose to do whatever it is we want, all day every day.
i’m starting the week off for the first time in a very long while with no deadlines, targets or obligations, self imposed or otherwise. it’s a great feeling, one that i want to savor and decide which way to take my brand and in fact, my entire life.
i spent (too much) time on pinterest last night looking though the beautiful images. they never have a pattern while you’re pinning but once you look them over in the morning light there’s always a thread or two that can be loomed.
today that weave was one of openness…the idea that infinite potenital is in any place we look for it.
that there is magnificence in everyday objects we often take for granted.twogirlsonaworldtrip.blogspot.com
it’s in the hand of a fine linen
in the spines of old books
thae handiwork of our fore sisters
the fur of a kittenmordmardok.tumblr.com
the mystery of nature
or the elegance of others
today i’m starting with the phrase, ‘this is the first day of the rest of your life’. my grandmother had that plaque hanging on her kitchen wall and now i’m channeling her. what does the future hold? where can i help most and what is my purpose? these are questions we all ask, and for the first itme ever i feel like i can direct the ship. and with an open horizon, what will fill the next chapter?
i hope to create, grow, recapture my inner child! and make the world a little better each day. what will this day bring? guess we’ll see…i’m out the door now to find out. have a wonderful week!
good morning dear friends! it’s a bright brand new sunday and i hope you’re enjoying a wonderful wekend. it’s a special day over here, after months of prep (one of the reasons i’ve been MIA), we’re having a tastemaker tag sale on one king’s lane! it starts at 11 am and the link is here: https://www.onekingslane.com/sales/23884
as you may know, i’ve been in a minimilst phase for the past year or so and have been scaling back in all aspects of my life. after having ’the paris apartment’ for (gasp)! 20 years this year, i’m finally ready to say i’ve tried pretty much everything i’ve wanted to do in my career and now want to refine it to doing the things i truly enjoy.
putting this sale together reminded me of my true passion and why i got into this business to begin with. i adore the past. yes i love my technology too but i’m as obsessed as ever about the way we were able to operate before we had the help of anything but pencil and wit.
as all of you antique and vintage lovers know, there’s an energy we get just from being around old objects. my frend ellen talks about ‘wabi sabi’ when referring to how so many of us feel about (supposedly) inanimate objects. i looked it up just now and got this from wikipedia: wabi sabi connotes rustic simplicity, freshness or quietness, and can be applied to both natural and human-made objects, or understated elegance. It can also refer to quirks and anomalies arising from the process of construction, which add uniqueness and elegance to the object. Sabi is beauty or serenity that comes with age, when the life of the object and its impermanence are evidenced in its patina and wear, or in any visible repairs.
as i’m getting ready for the girls to come over, i’m quietly going through the apartment and collecting the pieces i’ve been enjoying so much on my own nightstand and on the cocktail table and photographing them in the early sunlight. each one must have had a special energy to all come together and make up the collection we’re unvelilng today. i was just going through some of the items that are going up for sale and realizing that i’m going to miss some of them! i’ll give you a preview:
my obsession has always been all things boudoir and the relationships between people. this little book is in english and one i’ve been meaning to read since the day i got it. maybe i can read it in one sitting tonight!
i picked up this university book in paris and have leafed through it almost every day for a year. it never ceases to amaze me with what’s inside. drawings of interiors, jewelry, household accessories, everything that was de rigueur for a student to know about french design…
i adore the old calalogs from au bon marche, gallerie lafayette and au louvre! thank heavens someone knew to save them, what do we save today, and what’s worth saving?
i will truly miss some of these one of a kind pieces. candy is off at school this semester taking CAD and learning how to design furniture. i found these hand drawn pencil renderings in paris and had them framed. i have studies their intricacy and delicacy and will never get over the detail, creativity and lasting design they continue to have today!
i love the notes, the stamps, the numbering, the tiny basket of flowers on the back of the chair!
ooop! that’s the first knock on the door, i could go on and on but lisa is here to make some boxes so i’m off to play hostess and start the coffee. hope you enjoy the sale!!
hello dear friends, it’s been a while! i hope you’re enjoying your autumn. i’ve been running around and haven’t had ”the time” till right now to write about a wonderful trip i took to phoenix last weekend for a book signing.
i had no idea what to expect from the ladies of Sweet Salvage. just that kim, heather and stephanie were handling everything and we’d head straight to the warehouse in the morning. robert would pick me up and make sure i was delivered safe and sound. well, these gals (and robert, along with the rest of their crew) blew my mind with what they had going on behind the closed doors. before we even walked in there was a line around the block with shoppers who wait for this particular event. in fact, this sale is legend n these parts! and it was worth the wait. walking inside it was pure magic! i had never heard of their concept: it’s an ‘occassional sale” that pops up for just four days each month and focuses on a specific theme. this one (of course) was ‘french inspired’. the 12 vendors have full reign to interpret it and they took it to the limit. they’re each master artists of display and all have a flair for curating collections with both large industrial pieces as well as accents, down to every minute detail. the quality and quantity of french goodies made me feel like i was at the marche aux puces en Paris and boy was that a wonderful surprise! it was true soul food digging around for ephemera, souvenirs, art and furniture. turns out arizona is a rich pocket full of antiques. it’s bordered by four states and these guys know where to get the goods. the entire place was set up like a dream and torn apart by the afternoon by hungry buyers. they had this gorgeous room set up for me (above and below) and i couldn’t stop taking pics all day watching it go piece by piece. (i did get the statue in the first shot)! i can’t find my camera’s memory card but luckily the talented photographer, heather gill was there to capture it all. i hoped to blog about it in real time but haven’t seemed to master my time management yet. so i hope you enjoy the tour and although this one has closed, they’re already preparing a special holiday event in the next couple weeks. check their calendar to see what’s coming up on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Sweet.Salvage
well, again i hope you had a good time even if was an armchair visit. if you get the chance to go to phoenix (i hope to get back soon myself), check out this fabulous group of loving, creative people. i want to thank everyone at sweet salvage for making the day so memorable and special. i just couldn’t resist shipping some souvenirs home and can’t wait to get the boxes! lots of love to all my friends at sweet salvage!
Sales are held at:
648 N 7th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85013
Phone: (602) 279-2996