dawn to dusk

hi guys, how’s your day going? i hope there’s a lot of good in it. i wanted to say thank you to all of your sweet comments and support. you’re the best friends a girl could ask for!  we’ve been busy over here since the crack of dawn and still i only have a second to write this.  the photo above  is an outtake from the book i thought you’d enjoy.

couple things before i get to stepping!  my college roomie, mary beth, launched her new baby: realfamilyrealfood.com

and i couldn’t be more proud of her! she shows us how to shop and plan a week of meals and even sends the grocery list and recipes!

check out a sample here: realfamilyrealfood.com/sample-week/wednesday

next, the winner of the portrait yesterday is  melissa of ~red hen and honeybee~

finally, what fun would it be if we didn’t have an other giveaway? since you seem to love portraits as much as i do, we’ll do another portrait.

our jeune fille is so sweet and serene, i love her colors and the tiny details. her frame is original, with tiny brass detail.  alas, she’s just from a magazine and nothing special per se. but to me she actually is and if to you too, leave a comment and  we’ll give her away tomorrow afternoon.

uh oh, the sun is setting! till tomorrow~have a great, big bon nuit! 

November 13, 2012. Life.


  1. Rhonda replied:

    My favorite day while in France was visiting Petit Trianon, walking the grounds, taking it all in, feeling Marie’s presence, it was the best day ever.
    Your little portrait is amazing, merci for the chance.


  2. Anita replied:

    What a sweet portrait. I’m looking forward to my first trip to Paris in July and can hardly wait to see what tiny treasures I will find.


  3. Karen Albert replied:

    A wonderful little portrait Claudia!!

    A Giveaway from Scalamandre


  4. Michelle Raymond replied:

    Ah, but a nice frame can make almost anything into a picture! She is special because she was put into such a special piece!


  5. Mademoiselle Lala replied:

    This is so chic and French. Love it! X


  6. Deatra replied:

    Le portrait c’est beau, Bon Chance por moi.
    Sorry I speak broken french, but I try. Thanks


  7. Claire from French Furniture replied:

    She is very special. :-)


  8. Nikon replied:

    I love the opening shot – the photos for the book! I love vintage….
    Good luck to your friend with her new website – sounds like a great idea!
    Put me in for the prize :)


  9. chapmanhon310 replied:

    yes, please add me into the draw again:) thanks. liliana


  10. thetravelingpear replied:

    Paused from my Marie Antoinette research and look what I see in my inbox…your post and that petite frame and 18th century portrait! How fitting.


  11. Shannon Bellett replied:

    I spend four weeks in Paris, twice a year. The portrait takes me wandering through the constant beauty of Paris, her architecture and the antique markets where I love to buy small items that remind me of her when I am home.


  12. Faith Boggio replied:

    She is so sweet. I would love her so much.


  13. Lisa Thompson replied:

    Congrats on your beautiful collection of gorgeous finds auctioned on One Kings Lane!! Checked it out and found lots of “SOLD OUT” signs – Yeah!!
    This portrait is wonderful, I would love to add her to my collection but for now I will pin her to my “Boudoir” board. ; )



  14. Janine replied:

    Spent many great days loving my time in France. I have a small gallery wall in my home – this beautiful, young mademoiselle would be a fine addition, with her lovely gaze! Would love to treasure her and give her a new home! Enjoying your posts and remembering, fondly, many happy and glorious memories of days in Paris and throughout the country of France!


  15. Dee Dee Mozeleski replied:

    I think she is lovely! I travel to Paris each January to find love of life since I seem to forget it in NYC with work, etc. and part of what I fall for each time is the tiny beauty seen everywhere if you just look! :).


  16. Melissa fosberg replied:

    Eeee! I’m so super excited!!! A real bit of loveliness from Paris! Thank you so much!


  17. barbara acuff replied:

    I loooved your picks for One Kings Lane! Everything sold out in a flash!
    I have been pining for Paris lately…oh how I miss it. I probably won’t visit again until the summer….but this sweet little portrait could quiet my yearnings for a bit!

    Merci Beaucoup! I’m crossing my fingers!

    Barbara Acuff


  18. Katie Sprague replied:

    What a lovely lady! Thank you Paris Apartment for all of your wonderful inspiration!!


  19. Ms Anon replied:

    Now you’re spoiling us!


  20. debbie hoy replied:

    this is so pretty, looks like Marie Antoinette? My husband and I are moving to France in January to run a boutique Bed & Breakfast and this would look so sweet in our boudoir, x


    • Deatra replied:

      Going to France next year, please send info on Bed & Breakfast. For twenty years I’ve gone to Paris , only Paris. I think it is time to see France.


  21. Randa Talley replied:

    I can’t believe you can part with these darlin’ mini portraits! #ilovethem


  22. Angela replied:

    Second time lucky maybe! Loved the first one and love the second one even more x


  23. LISA replied:

    She is lovely indeed!


  24. Paris Rendez-vous replied:

    She is gorgeous Claudia.


  25. kathryn amoroso replied:

    Simple, elegant and beautiful………..so french!


  26. Peggy Braswell replied:

    Will trot over to your friends blog-we must support each other! xxpeggybraswelldesign.com


  27. Emma E. L. Mitchell replied:

    Cute little portrait. I always love those!


  28. Clare replied:

    J’adore this portrait! Lovely giveaway.

    ~ Clare x


  29. Geri Texeira replied:

    wish i’d win because I see a romance novel hiding there.


  30. hospitality301 replied:

    Aw, I thought I had won because my name is, Melissa-then I saw here blog title. Maybe this time…


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