a veritable who’s who

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hi guys, how’s every little thing? i hope your week is off to a good start.  it’s been jam packed since i got back and it’s more of the same for the forseeable future. at least till march anyway. so i thought i’d better make the time to steal if i ever wanted to get back here. i needed a couple days to recalibrate, get a dose of new inspiration and  a fresh perspective. there is but one place i can consistently find all that and more and it’s not pinterest. it’s on the pages of  my very own blog. the comments and the links from my blog friends never cease to amaze me.  tonight i had the luxury of  time to scroll through them and visit each incredible site on the last post. i know you’ll enjoy their wonderful worlds of beauty and passion!

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World Of Interiors

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afrenchfryeinparis.wordpress.com

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vintagerevival.co.nz/blog

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hemingwaysparis.blogspot.com

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curiouslookingglass.blogspot.com.au

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merillion.wordpress.com

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cheekycognoscenti.blogspot.com

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zizzi-zizzi.blogspot.se

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dwellonthese.wordpress.com

well sweet dreams, it’s late.  i hope you’re already soaring through the stars!

January 29, 2013. Friends. 9 comments.

battling the elements

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bonjour dear friends! it’s my last day in paris although i fought and lamented the bitter cold, eventually i fell under the spell of the snow that dusted the city.

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i spent the day visiting my favorite museum, musee carnavalet which is just down the street from the apartment. it draws me in every single time i’m in town.

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it’s one of those places that’s pure soul food, full of inspiration. i must have shot 600 pics!

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but what stood out in the edits today were not the interiors (i’ll share them tomorrow) but instead, the snowy shots. it seems to be a rare and disarming occurrence according to taxi drivers, locals, weather reports and airports.

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and once i got into it, saw that it did cast a magical spell on just about everyone and everything.

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looking through the paintings it’s obvious that a little snowfall never stopped this city from  celebrating grandeur even on the bleakest and most overcast and snowy days.

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painters were inspired to capture the elements and capture the moments of silent, white winter streets

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i march through the city slush and sometimes take for granted what it took to build and protect it

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before photography the painters were the historians, giving us a glimpse into a difficult but marvelous time

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somehow without heat, running water and electricity the women were still able to look chic

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and even bundled up were the essence of sophistication

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i honestly don’t know how they did it, i couldn’t have made it without my uggs

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i guess that’s why paris has always been the benchmark for elegance despite the weather

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now it’s all about the right gear; duck boots, down jackets, hoodies and hand warmers

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but the eternal beauty of the city will never fade and that’s the magic of paris i guess! well, see you on the other side, sweet dreams and stay warm!

January 22, 2013. Carnavalet, Museums, Paris, Paris Trip, Salon Hostesses of France. 25 comments.

museum quality

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brrrrrrr! it’s downright bone chilling cold in paris! today was our final day trudging though the slush and snow at the markets all weekend but i can definitely say our mission was accomplished!

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i was fully focused on shopping with the crew so didn’t get much but photo memories which is somehow ok, at least this way i’ll have them forever.. and as my guy always says, you can’t buy it all!

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going through the shots i couldn’t help but see that this trip i was attracted to art, paintings, sculpture and architectural artifacts…

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the markets are so rich and thick that it really feels like a living, breathing museum. it’s a place where you can find junk juxtaposed with truly fine art.

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and it’s not what a piece is worth but the joy it brings

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and who makes the decisions as to what’s valuable if not the beholder?

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the way the market vendors curate their booths is much more than you’d expect at a typical flea market and this year many sellers are really stepping up their game.

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all sorts of busts and statuary are displayed as if they’re uber important pieces in super simple vignettes.

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of course you can always find the funky, fun stuff

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and the french certainly have a sense of humor about their past!

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and one piece can really set a regal mood. you’d never know these were flea finds!

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i guess i do wish i could buy it all and surround myself in my own tiny museum

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but for now i’ll settle for just enjoying the pics and thinking about ways to incorporate more art in my world.

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as for the gang, we finished up our weekend with stephane who always brings the market to life and today he greeted us in the cold with champagne and oysters, using snow in an ice bucket and along a huge silver tray for the shells he shucked. we had a ball and everyone left happy and well overfed. i’ll clue you in when the time comes as to what we all did but for now it’s off to bed, a couple pounds heavier but i guess that’s what winter is for, n’est-ce pas? enjoy the rest of your weekend!

January 21, 2013. art, Fleamarkets, Paris, Paris Flea Markets, Shopping, Vanves Flea Market. 18 comments.

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