books are a uniquely portable magic – S. King

hello friends, how are you on this wintery sunday night? i hope you’re cozy enjoying time to do the things you love. does it seems that there’s never enough time to do it all? why is it that the more efficient we get technologically, the less time we actually have? it rushes by so fast and life goes at the speed of light. what can we do to make time? i believe there is a way to slow it all down, something i neglected for awhile, what with the glamour and allure of the world on the touch screen. it’s the simple and timeless act of cracking a book.

‘Why Readers, Scientifically, Are The Best People To Fall In Love With”

“If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads.”
― Francois Mauriac

the distractions of tv and hand held devices seem to affect a lot of us in the same way. maybe it’s our curiosity for something new, that next image, article, (or potential date)! that keeps us glued to the phone. maybe our attention spans are shorter or we’ve just stopped carving out alone time to curl up in a chair to read.

“Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.”
― Louis L’Amour

over the holidays my family gifted me with books and journals. it’s long time since we exchanged books and it was a really nice feeling to hold them and fall in love again. it sparked a search pinterest for an image of a woman reading and it revealed wonderful category of art that i never really thought about: the reader. for centuries, artists and photographers have been capturing men, women and children under the spell of a good book. turns out the ways we read are as varied as what we read.

“I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.”
― Robert Louis Stevenson

i don’t want to do a lot of talking about it, i’ve got reading and writing to get to! but i wanted to share some of the images that came up and are bookmarked on my Pinterest Books Board.

it might be a fun to have some of these images together in a book and see what changes through the ages. the positions of the reader, their clothes, the decor, the hairstyles. what doesn’t change is a sort of quiet majesty we as viewers witness and we as readers understand. we read and we learn. we’re listening silently to another’s voice and are hearing a story that is so intimately shared from the page to the mind.


“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.”
― Carl Sagan

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
― Jorge Luis Borges

“A childhood without books – that would be no childhood. That would be like being shut out from the enchanted place where you can go and find the rarest kind of joy.”
― Astrid Lindgren

“Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”
― Henry David Thoreau

Franz Eybl – “Reading Girl” – 1850

Un soir d’été à Paris, Cuno Amiet, 1890

John White Alexander Repose, 1895

L. Kokamiagi.Winter.1977

Marguerite 1918 Poster by Guy Rose

Book Quotes

benefits-of-reading

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.”
― W. Somerset Maugham

Albert Samuel Anker, 1910

Woman Reading – Antoine Vincent French, b.1956

Carlton Alfred Smith, Storytime 1897

“Books: a beautifully browsable invention that needs no electricity and exists in a readable form no matter what happens.”
― Nicholson Baker

 

well it’s getting late and time to turn in. is there anything you’re reading now that you’d care to recommend? i’d love to hear anything you’re enjoying and how you make time to read in a busy world. sweet dreams!

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” 
― Toni Morrison

January 14, 2019. art, Books, Reading. 9 comments.

hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, they danced by the light of the moon

hello and happy friday! it’s that quiet time between christmas and new years when we sort of slow down stop the madness. it’s during those slow times when we can really let go, indulge and enjoy falling into the abyss that is the internet!

while at my parents’ house yesterday, i came across this little book i picked up in paris. it’s so sweet with a pencil attached by a silk ribbon and list of dances inside including the waltz and polka. i knew a little about these books but when i started really looking into it, realized that it’s more than just a novelty, it represents a way of life for mankind since time immemorial.

these ‘carnet de bal‘ were cards that a woman would use to keep track of her dance partners at a formal or organized event. today they’re just souvenirs but upon closer inspection, they tell a wonderful story.

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we could go back in time to the caveman, the etruscans, the egyptians and every other civilization in between and find that all cultures danced. a lot.

i wonder why our own day and age we sort of abandoned dancing as a society?  it seems that it’s something that brought people together in a way we might not even realize we need. of course we have clubs and salsa nights, even tango on the seine in paris. but what about balls or supper clubs where on any given night, there’s dinner and dancing?

back in the day, dancing was a simply way of life. at home, you just rolled up the rug and got down!

digging deeper i found there are many others who are fascinated by this custom that was once a part of daily life but has all but left our culture now.

anyway it was fun to delve into it and there’s an infinite amount of info from the kinds of dances like the charleston and foxtrot, to the rules that were observed at the events.

“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”
-Friedrich Nietzsche

it was probably a great way to meet people…

to get dressed up and just have a good time…

collect these pretty little keepsakes

and have a sort of diary of the evening

the carnets are a piece of history, a memoir of a night of great fun

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”
Confucius

things are never perfect in any era no matter how much we romanticize it

but the dances were a time when differences were put aside and people of all ages came together for just one thing

with an unbridled joy

“Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.”
-Sarah Dessen

today these are lovely relics of nights long ago

do you know any old dances? wouldn’t it be fun to revive a few?

anyway i love this invitation to the ‘pleasure ball’ where their tagline is “While we live, let us LIVE.”

they were really living it up. well enjoy your holiday, i hope you dance the night away on new years and beyond!

PS we’re hosting a giveaway for the little dance card book. if you’re interested, let me know in the comments and we’ll choose the winner on monday. good night!

images via pinterest and google

December 29, 2018. Life. 11 comments.

the art of the heirloom

Bonjour and happy holidays! It’s officially deep December and I’m sure we’re all in the middle of holiday preparations of baking and wrapping (or we’ll be starting any minute now…)

Over here it’s been a busy few months getting everything back in order after a small hiatus. We’ve restructured with the help of great friends and family, and are back up after a lot of hard work. truth is it’s a lot more fun to work with people and letting that happen has been the ultimate blessing. the best part is that we’ve got a sweet collection from the paris on the website and for the moment, i get to enjoy these little gems in my home. i guess the major shift has been that our focus has shifted from just buying little do-dads to honing in on the real treasure hunting that can done at the Paris flea markets. Now i’m looking for pieces that are part of history. i was asked to write an article about it for a good friend and colleague, Mimi Bleu who lives in paris and has created an online magazine, Belle Inspiration which is a beautiful venue for all things authentically french. she let me share the full article below so i’ll stop writing and you’ll see what i mean…

well… there’s a lot more to say on the subject but that will have to be another article i suppose…

thank you again, mimi for letting me share this! if you’re interested in checking out the entire magazine or subscribing, take a look at her site, www.belleinspiration.com.

and now, maybe i’ll try my hand at baking some cookies! a tout alors!

 

December 16, 2018. flea markets, Fleamarkets, France, Heirlooms, Marché aux Puces, Paris, Paris Flea Markets. 2 comments.

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