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bonjour toute le monde, ça va? i hope you’re having a great holiday weekend. it’s been BBQ central for so many days i’ve lost track and am finally finding a few minutes to myself. of course that translates into falling down a beautiful rabbit hole known as the world wide web of wonder.  i wanted to share two divinely lovely things, the first is my dear friend and source of endless inspiration, haleigh walsworth of making magique. she has an exquisitely gorgeous life that she shares through her blog and allows us into her personal world of deliciousness. i could practically eat her photos and want to revel in every post

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of course a girl like haleigh couldn’t go unnoticed, and not just cause she’s a modern audrey heburn/brigitte bardot, (basically the toast of paris…in my mind anyway, and i love putting her on that pedestal), but rather because she’s the essence of magic herself. she’s taken her life in paris and turned it into a full blown lifestyle brand. the more i watch her grow the more i learn from her, mainly never to lose my joie de vivre and to be utterly fearless in every aspect of life. what did that attitude earn her?

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for starters, her very own blog on Lancôme where she has been charged with the glorious task of writing about everything from beauty

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to fashion,

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culture,

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travel and cuisine.

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so you can imagine how happy i was when she asked me to collaborate on a piece for her blog at Lancôme.

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ta da!

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this post got me thinking about what my blog readers might be interested in hearing about, talking about, sharing and what you’re working on. are you carving out a bit of paris in your life, are you working on your brand, interested in collaborating, connecting with and empowering other women (and men) and encouraging them to flourish? i’d like do lots of this and want this next part of my life to be filled with that. basically overflowing with beauty and inspiration. you inspire me…what are you up to and into?

May 26, 2015. Tags: . Decorating, Fashion, France, Friends. 1 comment.

she’s a legend at any age

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hi guys, happy memorial day weekend! how’s life? that’s such a simple question but one i’ve been thinking a lot about lately. i have to admit i fell into a rut over the last year, maybe it was a mid-life crisis turning 50? but that page has turned, thank god! maybe it was my dad jokingly referring to me as an aging doyenne the other day or maybe it was seeing this fantastic film last night that finally snapped me out of it…forever.

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i’m sure you know iris apfel who was recently referred to as a geriatric starlet, a term she loves and uses at the ripe ol’ age of 95. her husband is 100 but these two have more passion for life than most 20 year olds. there are hundreds of interviews and documentaries out there with accounts of her life, her travels and accomplishments, some of which i’ve included links to below. but here i just wanted to profile her and pass on a little of her pixie dust which she sprinkled on me just by watching the film about her. just knowing she’s out there was like waking up to life all over again and i thank her for that.

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age is not in any way an issue for her, life is. she’s so alive and doesn’t cease to seize every opportunity. she has an insatiable curiosity for culture, play, books, friends, experiences, ideas and travel. and her sense of humor is priceless. she’s sharp, direct and makes no apologies.

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i loved finding these old photos of her world travels, it inspired me to really document the great moments roaming around. her husband took most of these. he said he loved watching her, and that she was the first one at the markets and the last one to leave. he adores her and is as fascinated by her today as the day they were married.

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check her out selling on one king’s lane

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https://www.onekingslane.com/live-love-home/irisapfel/

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and as a spokesperson for mac cosmetics…in her 90s

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she’s a living legend who never let anything stop her or stand in her way from living every moment to the fullest…till it bursts!

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she’s been honored for her style at the met and in bergdorf’s windows

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her closet is filled with fun, inspiring colors, the finest fabrics, embroidery and exquisite weaves. and each has a story to tell.

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funny how something as simple as her glasses helped to shape her iconic look

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this woman has made a real impact on me and my life. she’s inspired me to rethink the way i live, the way i see it and the reverence i should have for it every day in every way. i adore you, iris and when i grow up want to be just like you!

May 23, 2015. Tags: . Decorating, Design, Designers, Iris Apfel. 28 comments.

when worlds collide

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good morning! it’s been a pretty busy few days around here with the maison et objet in town for the first time in miami beach. it was like having paris descend on our shores and throw a design party!IMG_0343a

of course i was thrilled that we were hosting the world renowned home show and went as both journalist and buyer, not sure what would be so much different from the show in paris…

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it was much smaller and more managable than the one in france which is about 10 times the size, but there was still a lot to process as far as the sheer amount of innovation, crossover and creativity.

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there were companies from all over the world including ‘natural curisosites’ from la, and their name sort of summed up the show for me.

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making my way through the aisles, booths, lectures and halls, it seemed that was the running theme.

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i noticed a lot of organic and modern trends being able to mix seamlessly, giving the show a fresh modern feel while still keeping its traditional roots.

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the baroque and rococo curls and swirls were co-mingling alongside natural booths,  just as in the 1700s era when designers admired and brought in shells, ornament and spirals and created what’s now classic french louis xv design. it was a time when doors were thrown open and interiors and exteriors began to merge.

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at the show there were green walls with fibonacci spirals

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planter sacks for balconies

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and the magnificent traditional importers, ‘authentic provence’, who are bringing it to us right here in west palm beach

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we were invited to factories in the south of france where pots like these have been made for centuries

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and discovered companies who are salvaging and restoring old french floors that are being discarded in paris and bringing them back to life right here in miami.

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i loved seeing the beach and le mer come together

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nature playfully mixed with convention

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vibrant colors from turkey and istanbul brought up images of the south of france

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cashmere, cottons, textures…

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metals like these below were vibrant and organic, showing how a juxtaposition between modern and organic can happen seamlessly

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when shaped into free organic fleurs

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sea shapes and impressions were cast in porcelain as lights and vases

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paper was manipulated as lights and objects of beauty

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mixes of stone, feathers, metallics and pearls were everywhere

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allowing design to flourish with nature as back splashes, additions to chandeliers, and on furniture.

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i guess i’m a bit of a tech nerd at heart but the final frontier was the beautiful modern devices that truly sync our worlds…

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as i was leaving i couldn’t resist shooting this twist on a classic…i think the design and ingenuity speaks for itself. hope you enjoyed le show!

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May 15, 2015. Decorating, Design, Florida, France, Maison et Objet, Miami. 10 comments.

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