the art of self care

bonjour dear friends, it’s been a while since I sat down to blog. In fact it’s been over a year which is really unbelievable since this used to be my favorite place to be. wordpress has a new format and now that i’m over the learning curve i can get back to doing what I love, being here!

so what’s changed in this past year? well, only everything. the outside world has shifted and that brought our homes more into focus. we began nesting, cleaning out closets and trimming the excess.

we created areas to work, relax and rest, inspired by our need for personal spaces, and we reignited our love for just being home.

we also found that self care would be come a priority. but with everyone home, it wasn’t always so easy to find.

i’ve always felt a vanity is the ultimate refuge; an intimately personal realm we don’t share. it’s a sacred space that is ours alone. they seem to come in and out of fashion but now more than ever, they’re an essential non negotiable. some may see it as excessive but i believe being self-ish in this way is like putting your oxygen mask on before helping someone else when on a plane. what good are we to anyone else when we haven’t replenished ourselves? i would argue that the vanity has the ability to restore, reset and revive us on many levels, from physical to mental and emotional.

vanities are nothing new, in fact they’ve been around for thousands of years, maybe more. so what is it exactly is the magic that a table, mirror and chair combo does for us? well, it’s a combination of eternal needs; a moment of me time, the ultimate luxury, full focus on you alone. it’s a timeless concept. in fact we see in early pompeii paintings like this one below (showcasing the age old dilemma of what looks to be a bad hair day) that this issue knows no time or bounds.

heck, even cleopatra had a vanity, which is no surprise really, they were already thousands of years old by her time. we tend to attribute the dressing table to the french but maybe it’s more that they just rebranded them. their innovative and lavish designs brought glamour into the 1700s.

so, if women through all of eternity have been setting up this private world all to themselves, why shouldn’t we enjoy this little indulgent tradition in the Age of Self Care? we should!

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.

Buddah

alors then, what does it take to have a vanity or dressing table in a modern world? luckily for us we’re living in a minimalistic age where it really doesn’t take much. a table, a mirror, the perfect seat, and of course all the accoutrements that make it personal. but it’s only natural (and fun) to gather inspiration from the past, and who can resist the early designs and historical illustrations of daily life?

the designs were elaborate in the 1700s but still, many have gone with simplicity throughout the years

it’s hard to imagine life in the 1500s and 1600s but rain or shine, feeling well or not, they pulled it together and put their hair and faces on.

i get such a kick out of these old plates…pinterest is full of wonderful rabbit holes to go down and discover. in fact, all images were found there on my vanity board. pinterest.com/parisapartment/vanities

what is it about a woman looking into a mirror that is so alluring?

And lest we think the vanity belongs to women alone, take a look at these old illustrations from hundreds of years ago where men were no strangers to the importance of the vanity.

so dear friends, as we take this new era, to go with the flow of changes we’re all experiencing, it seems that the most important action we can do is one of being self-ish, and that’s a far cry from selfish. have a great weekend!

Self compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.

C. Germer

May 1, 2021. Life, Vanities.

12 Comments

  1. Nancy Flemming replied:

    So glad you are back. I have missed your posts! Exquisite taste is hard to find !

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    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      Hi Nancy, thank you for your sweet note! I wasn’t sure if this was still going to be delivered via email at this point and I’m happy to know it has. I love that you said exquisite taste is hard to find…it sure is and I appreciate all the creatives out there who never cease to amaze us with their ingenuity and beauty.

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  2. Sally Leonard replied:

    Enjoyed this post and loved seeing these old drawings! Welcome back!

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    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      Hi Sally, thank you, it feels good to be back…aren’t the old images a riot? There’s a lot to learn from those little pieces of history…

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  3. Anita howard replied:

    Lovely to receive your blog and that you are ok, loved the pictures as always, never more than now do we have the need for pretty, thank you, stay safex

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    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      Hi Anita, i appreciate that, and yes I’m fine. As you said, now more than ever we need to enjoy the pretty side of life, don’t we? xx

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  4. Lydia Lopez-Astrov replied:

    You are speaking my language!!!! The Art of the sacred sanctuary….the boudoir.

    This is exactly how I want to develop my brand’s lifestyle with the “Sleep Goddess® Age-Defying Beauty Pillow.

    My website is Sleepgoddess.net And, instagram handel is “Sleepgoddessbeautypillow”

    “ I believe all women should sleep and feel like a Goddess, even if it is in their sacred sanctuary the boudoir! I think of Hollywood glamour 1920’s-30’s women lounging in luxurious silk lingerie. I will eventually do a capsule collection of silk loungewear.

    I would love to connect with you!

    Lydia

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    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      Hey Lydia, great to hear from you. I went to your instagram page and followed you. Love your pillow, what a beautiful product and your daughter is adorable. I’d love to connect with you too and hear al about what you’re doing. I’m in complete agreement that all women should feel like a goddess and pursue the art of the sacred sanctuary!

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  5. RckrBombshell replied:

    Reblogged this on The Glamour School and commented:

    I can’t help reblogging this very glamourous take on Self-Care, and it’s so full of lovely images. The Paris Aprartment is one of my favorites blogs, books, and IG accounts. Do check it out.

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    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      Hi Khrystine, lovely to hear from you and honored to be re-blogged on your beautiful site. I looked around a bit and love your concept. I’ll check out your other social media and appreciate that you’re following across platforms. There’s a lot more to see than just a skim on your site so I’m heading back to dive in!

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  6. shara replied:

    so good to hear your around and well!

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