salons of paris

Marie Antoinette at hotel soubouise
leaving for paree in 10 days. it seems like a dream and i’m so tired i’m sleepwalking! no rest for the weary till i tie up the annoying loose ends that bind me! my friend carol k’s been helping make that happen. i see how important a brilliant team is, so thank you girl! now just putting final touches on the itinerary. i appreciate but can’t go to monuments in paris. what gets me are places that were homes, apartments, salons, or Hôtels (aka mansions). i did mention i was a voyeur…


one palace i love is Hôtel Carnavalet, a little palace in the Marais and former home of Madame de Sévigné who was famous for hosting parties in her Salon. she wrote hundreds of letters to her daughter during the reign of Louis XIV. they’re like a diary of life in 1600’s paris and tell about her life’s struggles.

l’Hôtel de Soubise



Soubise is another beautiful mansion in the same neighborhood. lots of the marie antoinette film was shot there. i love the turquoise ceilings.

i’m dreaming about staying longer, forgetting ny for awhile and drifting along the french countryside in october. in my fantasy i’d rent a car and jet down to provence and explore more. a blogging friend invited me and i’d love to take her up on a cup o tea down south. But my REsPoNsIbIliTieS!!

i fell in love with the countryside as a kid travelling with my family. after graduation i went back with Volunteers for Peace for something to do between college and the real world. i just came across the ran into the link yesterday from another cool site:


maybe i want to re-live the good times i had? it really was THE best time, restoring ancient chapels and living with such fun people. you choose your country and interests. france has 45 camps going on right now that you can live/work and and have a blast for like 2 weeks, $250. i’m gonna check out what’s happening now. (it was 20 years ago)!

i just found this one:

Project: The municipality of Montendre has already played host to several
international work camps. The restoration of the town’s castle, using traditional,
old-fashioned techniques is something many of the local people keep close to heart,
but currently, their castle is in need of a hand from the younger generation! The main
objective of this year’s work camp will be to repair and refill the joints of a section of the
wall, in order to keep it in good condition. The local community, now well accustomed to
the work camp dynamic, are present on a regular basis to meet and exchange with the
volunteers. ACCOMODATION: tents. LOCATION: 75 km from the sea and to the north of
Bordeaux .

wait tents? maybe when i was in college…now i want to sleep in the castle!

August 19, 2007. Uncategorized. 10 comments.

sky high maintainence


allo! how’s your wednesday going?


i’m taking a tech break to go through some images before getting back to working on an excel sheet.

i never get tired of poring over these engravings from the past and thought i’d share them with you today. i hope you get a kick out of them.


not sure what it was about the summer of ’77…the summer of 1777 that is…


i think we romanticize 18th century life, the delicate clothing, detail and traditions…


but what never ceases to amaze me is the imagination that this generation had, how they made it up as they went along and seemed to have, in a very dark time, found a way to enjoy life by being playful with their appearance, and in today’s case, specifically, their hair.


lord knows what i would do without my curling iron, i’d be a hot mess pretty much every single day.


thank god for the patience of hairdressers.

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anyway at a point it becomes hard to tell if these women were really spending this much time on their hair or these are exaggerations.

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when i go to the salon it takes awhile even in this day and age.

18th Century Hats

how were they achieving these great heights?

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as a jersey girl maybe i’m particularly fascinated


and in jersey we laugh at ourselves.


so finding the satire engravings was the piece de resistance on this little image adventure.



even the men weren’t immune to either the trends or being targets to parody the style


young and old, they were all on the big hair bandwagon.

Caricature on French women's hairstyles of the 18th Century

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such silly fun!


well i gotta run, hope you enjoyed this little diversion. have a bonne journee!

August 3, 2016. Tags: , , , , . 1700s, Fashion, France, Marie Antoinette. 11 comments.

it’s a fine line


hi guys how’s it going?

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it’s a july monday evening,  for some kids it’s a great summer full of carefree days and not thinking of much more than fun in the sun.


i’m taking some of that energy tonight and doing the things i enjoy, one of which as you may know, is being here.


not just cause i love you, but also cause it’s a journal and a record of this life o’ mine.

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after all, it’s a web log, right?


lately it’s been fun to see posts on facebook from the past.  

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memories, events and feelings  would have been long forgotten.

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it let’s you in on where you were at any moment.


this blog is 10 years old now, hard to believe.

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funny it’s taken me this long to realize how powerful it can be to track yourself

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and what about that ol’ here and now?

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well, today i wanted to share some images that have been piling up


i’m working on the new website and coming across what must be thousands of images.

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as i was about to empty the recycle bin and realized that they are too pretty not to share. and that trash can really be treasure.


so in no particular order, and with no rhyme or reason, here are a few.


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    as i go through them i just see them as soul food. 











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and delish.


well i hope you enjoyed this trip to nowhere.


as for me, i’m about to start the night shift and get to making sense of all this fodder.


have a beautiful night and sweet, full moon dreams!


July 19, 2016. art, Art Deco, Life. 12 comments.

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