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!
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
hello and happy friday everyone! how’s your summer wrapping up? it’s still summer til sept 21st (or 22nd)? so i hope you’ll enjoy a few more bbq’s and outdoor good times. i’ve been nesting at my new place and it’s been great, in fact the sofa arrived today! but on the work front i’ve been feeling that no matter how much i do i’m spinning my wheels. i work work work and am always busy busy busy but now i’m starting to ask, why why why?
maybe it’s a midlife crisis but i’m realizing that i want to really enjoy my life, not just power through the days anymore. i’d like to refine my work and focus on the parts i truly love and am passionate about. and now that summer’s coming to an end i don’t want to watch the days just slip away without remembering something special about each one of them. since so many got away over the past couple months, it’s time to start making some memories on a daily basis. but how?
i started looking up phrases like ‘slowing down time’ and words like ‘relax’ and came across lots wonderful sites full of insights and lots pretty pics on pinterest. (btw all the photos can be found at pinterest.com/parisapartment/boards)
turns out there are tons of people devoted to relaxing and making sure that our days are cherished as opposed to tolerated. it seems like it’s just become habit to work till i’m too tired and spent to enjoy the creative parts of life and that’s what i’d like to change.
whether it’s taking a plunge,
just chiling out,
going for a ride,
communing with nature
smelling the roses,
having a conversation,
or just being alone, it seems that if those niches of time are not specifically carved out, it’s just not going to happen.
one of the first of the articles i stumbled on was by jessica stillman on the inc. website. here’s an excerpt from an overworked man she interviewed:
In Japan, Okinawans maintain a high standard of health. Researchers have traced their longevity to a Confucian practice called hara hachi bu. Roughly translated it means: ‘eat until you are 80 percent full,” he explains.
Jackson decided to apply this principle not to his diet but to his schedule.
“I decided I would start practicing a form of mental hara hachi bu at work,” he writes. “I became conscious of the amount of energy I spent at the office. I would deliberately pace myself so I that I spent only 80 percent of my mental energy throughout the day.”
Without calories to count of an internal fuel gauge, how does he determine when he’s reached 80 percent?
“It’s a state of being mindful. I try not to overstimulate my brain: I pick 2-3 big things to accomplish a day. After that, I focus on little things that don’t require as much energy.” Think of it as another way to follow Ernest Hemingway’s famous dictum on writing: “The best way is always to stop when you are going good.”
if you’re feeling the same way, check out some of these links with some great advice including these tips on what NOT to do in order to be more productive:
-Check my phone while I’m talking to someone
-Multitask during a meeting
-Say “yes” when I really mean “no.”
marie claire interviewed the author of ‘in praise of slowness‘. they say: Every day, you race against the clock-battling traffic, speed-dialing your cell phone, and grabbing takeout. Ever pause to wonder, What is the big hurry? You work fast. You eat fast. You fall in love fast. But to find real happiness, all you have to do is SLOW DOWN.
this site, evolve, reviews another book, “not so fast”, which gives good advice to counteracting the stressful lives a lot of us are living: Get to that yoga class. Squeeze in talking to your family. Hurry up and meditate. Grab a meal. Sleep fast.
when he started speed reading to his kids at night, author carl honore re-evaluated his life. here he lists some good tips for working slower and better throughout the day by adopting some of the following strategies:
- Don’t schedule in more than two meetings per day.
- Don’t schedule any meetings after 3pm. It is the most unproductive time of day and also the time of day where most misunderstandings and therefore conflicts occur
- Don’t pick up your second line (or call waiting) when you are already on a phone call
- Don’t rush your meetings or phone calls.
- Turn notifications off
- Taking renewal breaks throughout the day to stretch and breathe
- Listen more and listen actively. Absorb what the other person is saying
- Don’t take on too much work. Learn to say ‘no’
- Don’t rush your individual tasks.
- Don’t accept any last minute deadlines imposed on you.
- Take a walk at lunch
- Take at least 45 minutes for lunch, eat outside and get some Vitamin D
- Take a packed lunch to work for at least three days in the week.
- Keep a photo on your desk and look at it throughout the day.
leo babauta wrote “the power of less, do less, get more done”. he says here’s how to do it:
1. Do less. Make the conscious choice to do less. Focus on what’s really important, what really needs to be done, and let go of the rest.
2. Be present. It’s not enough to just slow down — you need to actually be mindful of whatever you’re doing at the moment.
3. Disconnect. Don’t always be connected. If you carry around an iPhone or Blackberry or other mobile device, shut it off. Better yet, learn to leave it behind when possible.
4. Focus on people. Too often we spend time with friends and family, or meet with colleagues, and we’re not really there with them. We talk to them but are distracted by devices. We are there, but our minds are on things we need to do. We listen, but we’re really thinking about ourselves and what we want to say.
6. Eat slower. Instead of cramming food down our throats as quickly as possible — leading to overeating and a lack of enjoyment of our food — learn to eat slowly. Be mindful of each bite. Appreciate the flavors and textures. Eating slowly has the double benefit of making you fuller on less food and making the food taste better.
7. Drive slower. Speedy driving is a pretty prevalent habit in our fast-paced world, but it’s also responsible for a lot of traffic accidents, stress, and wasted fuel. Instead, make it a habit to slow down when you drive. Appreciate your surroundings.
8. Find pleasure in anything. This is related to being present, but taking it a step farther. Whatever you’re doing, be fully present … and also appreciate every aspect of it, and find the enjoyable aspects. For example, when washing dishes, instead of rushing through it as a boring chore to be finished quickly, really feel the sensations of the water, the suds, the dishes. It can really be an enjoyable task if you learn to see it that way.
10. Breathe. When you find yourself speeding up and stressing out, pause, and take a deep breath. Take a couple more. Really feel the air coming into your body, and feel the stress going out. By fully focusing on each breath, you bring yourself back to the present, and slow yourself down. It’s also nice to take a deep breath or two — do it now and see what I mean. :)
finally, International Institute of Not Doing Much at slowdownnow.org has a cute and cheeky website about the joys of slow living and they offer this advice:
1. Put your feet up, and stare idly out of the window. Warning: Do not attempt this while driving.
2. Do one thing at a time. Remember multitasking is a moral weakness (except for women, who have superior brain function).
3. Ponder, take your time. Do not be pushed into answering questions. A response is not the same as an answer.
4. Slowly learn our Slow Manifesto.
5. Yawn often. Medical studies have shown lots of things, and possibly that yawning may be good for you.
6. Spend more time in bed. You have a better chance of cultivating your dreams (not your aspirations.)
7. Read the slow stories.
8. Spend more time in the bathtub. (See letter from Major Smythe-Blunder.)
9. Practice doing nothing. (Yes, this is the difficult one.)
10. Avoid too much seriousness. Laugh, because you’re only alive on Planet Earth for a limited time.
well, i hope if you were anywhere near the brink of teetering off the cliff as i was, you’ll implement one or two of the ideas above. personally i think i’ll shut off the phone, eat slower and definitely not multi task. i thought spending more time in bed was a good one!
and maybe we can learn a little from our furry friends about letting go of the stress and tension, constant rushing, and over acheiving.
it’s now just past midnight so i can officially say have a fabulous weekend! hope you take somewhere between 5 minutes and an afternoon all to yourself!
and now it’s time to hit the off switch. bon nuit!
bonjour mes amis, ça va? i hope you’re having a beautiful early morning. maybe you have a moment to yourself?
i’ve been here for about 2 minutes too long but wanted to stop by today with some sweet shots that kickstarted my morning. i’m still debating whether to get a dog or a cat. who do you have?
ok well i better get going, have a wonderful day! à bientôt!
good morning mes chers amis! it’s a gorgeous brisk day in nyc. i came in last night to spend the weekend with friends and family.
we’ve been in and out all morning getting the apartment cosy and stocked.
for the next little while i’m gonna just do what i wanna do which is chill and say hi.
(tulip fields in holland above and below)
i’m enjoying having a clean slate for a minute.
i spent some time between emails on pinterest and have been checking out the likes i’ve been saving
you know how the likes are…no real home and rarely looked over. anyway here are a few non sequitur shots from today.
apparently i’m feeling color
anyway now it’s not morning anymore and it was when i started this so it’s time to get back to reality. and so, tomorrow. till then i bid you adieu. have a glorious day!
ps thought you’d enjoy this!
good morning everyone! i hope your weekend was peaceful, restful and productive even if that meant enjoying some down time. that’s exactly what it was for me. for the first time in the past couple months it’s not about deadlines, obligations, and averting crisises.
i’m excited to start fresh with this brand new day that’s all ours. it will only happen once in all eternity. what shall we do with it?
i hope yours is magical and you get some YOU time if you need it!
PS i haven’t forgotten about your books and will start shipping them out next week.
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!
World Of Interiors
well sweet dreams, it’s late. i hope you’re already soaring through the stars!
happy sunday gang, hope you’re in the throes of a blissful weekend! i’ve sequestered myself (practically) for the past couple days in order to get some manuscript under my belt for tomorrow and also get going on okl. i was on a roll when a book called to me like a magnet and i’ve been off in another world ever since. le livre de mon ami. once in hand i couldn’t put it down. everything from the three toned leather spine with raised details and gold letters. yum! and inside was original the silk ribbon book mark.
i’ve been thinking of taking a french class lately, or even starting to try and read it more. i can only imagine what i sound like to the french! so what better time than the present? the first line is in italian, translated to french. i figured if it was a phrase in two langues i had find out what it meant.
the google translations really got me thinking and this is my cue to take a break. the translation of italian to french went from, ‘nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita’, (in the middle of the journey of your life), and in french, ’au milieu du chemin de la vie’, which translates to ‘the middle of the road of life’.
anyway i better get back to it while it’s stil nice and bright. i’m editing the last of the pics for my book and the clock’s already mocking me. i’ve already gotten lost in this book for too way long. but then again, i could keep it closed and on a shelf or just to myself. or i could open it, read the first line and realize i’m ‘in the middle of the journey of life‘. and there’s always time for that!
sending good sunday wishes to you. have a great night!
bonsoir guys, ca va? it’s one of our last nights in paris and hard to believe it’s been 6 weeks already. the days have flown by and the nights are mainly work but claudia II is our social director and if it weren’t for her we may have missed a lot of great soirees.
last night we were invited to a grande fête at the one and only clignancourt marche aux puces. the paul bert and serpette markets were the hosts and the tapis rouge was rolled out along the alleys both indoor and out. seeing the market by night is such a different experience than in the lazy afternoons. the vendors really let their hair down and put on a night to remember with trimmings to rival a ball at versailles.
it was both intimate and inviting
with furniture you wouldn’t even touch by day being enjoyed by all
the tables were beautifully dressed
and the scent of flowers was everywhere
and bien sur, the champagne was flowing
and the petit fours were plentiful
a good time was had by all, even the kids
this little one below curled up on a chair and took it all in.
so now i bid you adieu, it’s getting late and we have an early morning for our last market day. there are brocantes, fairs and shows going on and we can’t do it all, but you know we’re gonna try!
and last but certainly not least, i wanted to introduce you to claudia’s friend who we saw perform the other night. he’s a funny, charismatic homme francais. we all fell for him, maybe you will too! click the pic above for one of my favorite seductive video of his. there are more on youtube including this live performance. he plays in cosy, clubby spots (we saw him on a houseboat) and just has a real joie de vivre. ok c’est tout pour c’est soir. bon nuit mes cheries, a demain!
allo dear friends, how are you? i hope you’re into the fall weather and are getting your autumn on! we’re still running around and no matter where we turn paris is still ful of surprises. the day started with a rainy marche but it warmed up when we got to le square trousseau to meet friends/fellow bloggers, vicki, author of french essence and haleigh, blogger extraordinaire from making magique. both of these girls know how to live and they record it all with the most gorgeous photography! if you’re ever in need of eye candy or to drift off into neverland, just click your heels on over to their blogs. we shared ideas, tips and just had a great leisurely long lunch which i doubt any of us get to do very often! below is a glimpse into haleigh’s world in paris:
and vicki’s in provence
of course we couldn’t leave without lusting after the desserts…
we thought the day couldn’t get any better when on the way home claudia and i took a shortcut. we came across one of the last men working in his studio on the dying art of handmade engravings. when our friend ellen was here she was telling me all about the copperplates, hammering them backward with tiny pins to create the detail we see in so many familiar works of art.
olaf was diligently working but stopped to chat. he happened to have one of my favorite plates, le souper fin (below) which he purchased from a workshop that had recently closed. if you look you’ll see it was all done in reverse. the detail is incomprehensible and so is the idea that this is how so many important events were recorded! it takes black tar, ink, acid and god knows what else to produce a perfect engraving and it’s all done on handmade paper.
souper fin, Jean-Michel Moreau. he did admit he’s one of that last to do this painstaking craft…
not sure what this one was about but his work was stunning. i couldn’t resist getting a couple to bring back!
the day is now coming to a close and we’re nestled snug in our pied a terre, happily fed and another unforgettable day under our belts, but also aware it’s quickly coming to an end. when i get home lots of goodies will be waiting there. in the meantime, it was nice to know we got a little press in the states today! miles redd recommended one of tpa’s mirrored pieces in an article for the home section!
someone here asked me if mirrored furniture was ‘over ‘and i had to think for a minute. it will never be over, it’s a style that’s been around way too long to become passé now!i found this shot from the market last week and it re-confirmed my opinion that mirror is and always will be tres chic. it’s been worked on furniture since the 2os with details we can’t even produce now. how they manipulated mirror is yet another mystery the french started!
ok well this was a bunch of non sequiturs but isn’t that what a journal/diary/blog is for, to remember the details of life big and small? well, it’s time for bed, officially midnight yet again. have a great night!