on the road again

6203241042_39307c2a11_b bonjour! coming to you today from the beautiful and now fully enjoyed and only semi explored jewel of a town, biarritz, france. this is a place i’d never been but fell madly in love with and could actually consider living in one day. magical, transformative, chic, serene, inspiring, healing, infinte in its own right and in all that surrounds it… elegance-3 it’s actually travel day and  i’m pressed for time and apologize for having to rush through yet another post. this one is a little image heavy because once again i got sucked into what what supposed to be a quick inspection of vintage photos of beach fashion in biarritz. well, opening that door led me to a magnificent (and time consuming) world of beauty with an introduction to photographers, artists and muses. fairchild-archive-biarritz-beach-suit-by-schiaparelli-february-1934 pleasurephotoroom-biarritz-beach-suit-by-schiaparelli i could talk about who’s who and what’s what but instead tried to add the links where i found the photos. they’re wonderful links and collections of  fashion,  lifestyle, creativity and the joie de vivre. they’re as interesting as some of the photos and i hope you click their links to enjoy an even deeper look into this chapter of the past. rppc-97

i’d been obsessed with an overview of the town since i heard we were coming. a history buff, i always wonder how it began, who put the first stake in the ground, how that could have happened with no real tools but pencil and paper, hard work and vision. 6202725575_821c9b56e9_b the deeper i dug today the more i learned about people, perseverance, beauty, photography and style and life. 400ddd953eacf88e2f187cff941a4c3b first of all, such a little can tell so much in a photograph

1276c361e84e03d618fc694954b2e441   4e6738b63a283afcde7cff637ab0fd15 37409155dad42a8bbb494dec15d7ee98 Chanel sports ensemble, ca. 1928 Design by Coco Chanel second of all, style is transcendent, whether city or beach, the following photos show how it’s done. i wish i could repack my bag and start over. i overpacked and have a new perspective on what i’ll bring traveling next time! tumblr_m6qxp0TgVk1qf6jy9o1_r1_500 seeberger+brothers+elegance+history+of+street+fashion   a302bbda7e3950d6081c288d899c60c7   5713210652_e512fe9bfd_o missmoss-the-seeberger-brothers 3e72408c953321ac1d76234bd937ce28 everyday-i-show.livejournal.com IMG_0817 retronaut.com 61eee14c289b3a4f76bb5654cf22180d

thirdly, there’s the master, Jacques Henri Lartigue – Casino de Biarritz 1918 i knew of him but have a new appreciaton for his attention to detail and simplicity.

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i was just eager to get them posted cause my egg timer is running out and so is the juice on my laptop. so from here i’ll just say i hope you enjoy this slice of life on the beach, my own camera was lost on the first day here so i really haven’t taken any photos. in a way i don’t mind cause these have really struck me. i’ll definitely look at shooting my own images in a new way once i get another real camera in my hands.

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Lili Damita – 1933 – Biarritz, France – Photo by the Seeberger Brothers beautifulsymmetry.wordpress.com/tag/seeberger-brothers   1934-deauville-seeberger-cape deauville-seeberger-bathrobes 1938-deauville-seeberger ritournelleblog.com-when-women-dressed-to-impress-on-the-beach-1930s Léon Gimpel - France (10) French Women, ca. 1920s (13) vintag.es-rare-and-stunning-color-portraits ARTS003629 c8ba701c6d27067ce85b762e99606416   aa0220601989179cd5a106bdc7261835 pinterest.com/haugaard012/jacques-henri-lartigue et alors, the time has come to go…our trip is on its last leg and we’re heading to london today. i hope to post from there but it’s been a whirwind and hard to sit down and fully focus on writing. i hope your summer is going well and that these photos were inspiring if you’re a photography buff. my wish is that  all of our photos with friends and family are ones to remember! bonne journée!

June 28, 2015. 1920's, 1930's, Art Deco, Artists, Biarritz, Côte d'Azur, France, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Renee Perle, South of France, Travel. 12 comments.

so much has changed since this time last year



i read the title of this post on pinterest and thought how true it really was. for all of us! good morning everyone and happy saturday! we’re knee deep into autumn and  i was hoping for a hit of indian summer as i’m heading to nyc for a week. it’s just not going to happen so i’ll be a big girl and take on the cold without complaint and get into the spirit of the city.  the good thing about cold weather is being able to justify nesting (aka watching old movies and working from home. i think i’ll have to check out ‘rolled stockings’ below).



as much as i love my florida life, new york is like an old friend; familiar, unchanging, strong, welcoming, a veritable beacon of light, and of course, always ready to have a good time together. i’d really like to enjoy every minute of it absorbing all the energy and excitement it exudes.



no matter how the years go by there’s always such a glamour about new york and it never seems to fade. living there meant a lot of drudgery, trudging the streets with the days ending in utter exhaustion. but now it doesn’t have to be that way. things are different, i’m a visitor!  it would be great to get my head out of the way i used to see it and hit that reset button. maybe we could go to the theater?



or dip in and out of the chill to see some of the buildings that are usually passed by with no time to explore.  hit the met and the frick…and stay awhile!



new york was home for decades, now it seems so far away but as much as it changes every year, it stays the same in so many ways. we all just come through it and leave our own mark.



when i left it was because i was having a love/hate affair with the city. love that it was a never-ending source of surprise and delight. hate because there never seeemed to be any downtime to replenish and recharge.



i admire cities like new york, san fran, paris which were built so well, so beautifully functional, big worlds in (relatively) tiny spaces.  it’s time to explore and not fight it.  i’m hoping to take on the city to the fullest extent of the law!c060efc867a45cac21ae1c8a2860b3ac

it’s not like i’ll be shoveling snow any more! (one of the reasons i left was digging out my car each winter)



i love to think of the nyc’s past and those who put that first glittering stamp on it. it’s one of the reasons i fell in love and stayed under her spell for so long. despite the difficulties of winter and the work, work, work mentality, there is still a shine i always try to find in my search for a bit of old mixed in with the new.



i’ll bring my real camera everywhere and look for those magical moments when time stands still.





well it’s time to pack. i’m channeling these timeless fashion divas for a little warm and stylish inspiration.









fashion, cities, people, we all change. yet a city like new york remains unchanged in so many ways despite the hardships she’s weathered. something to ponder and a city to treasure. and it’s nice to know some things stay the same no matter the year, time or place. have a spectacular weekend!

November 23, 2013. 1920's, Art Deco, Life, New York. 15 comments.

my brush with greatness

hi all! how’s your holiday weekend going? i hope you’re still playing until at tomorrow in celebration of another year’s hard work! it started as a dreary rainy day here but my clients and i braved the drizzle and hit the fleas first thing in the am. as usual we were rewarded with incroyable finds all day long. i guess my favorite was this original pen and ink drawing that was a fresh and chic as the day it was penned. (above and below). i couldn’t take my eyes off the detail and for only 20 euros it was a steal. one of my clients fell in love with it so of course, clients first! she ended up taking it home.

but first i did take a photo of it and when i got home googled the artist, rene vincent. turns out he was very active in paris in the 20s and drew ads for everything from cars to furniture that really captured slices of life at the time. i spent the past hour looking at his works and hope you enjoy them as much as i did. i’ll never have the the original (unless she wills it to me  :)  but if you click on the pics above you’ll see the remarkable and exacting detail of his work. it seems he was never really more than an ad man but to me he’s a true artiste! i guess that’s the beauty of the paris fleas, they’re a museum where you can take home priceless works of original art if you sift through papers and boxes. you just never know what you’ll find. digging is key!

i got a little obsessed with his work for a furniture store called au bucheron on rue de rivoli. his illustrations show a slice of life in a golden age. as a furniture lover it’s fun to see the many ways he depicts the pieces in everyday ways.

the artist in her studio

the happy couple shopping for the maison

an avant garde daybed

le armoire

le mirror

chic fabric

taking the dog for a promenade

is she reading madame’s diary?

the perfect place to pose

le shopping

packing for le voyage

at her husband’s office

help with the holiday meals

le foyer

the red heels, tres moderne

turns out he was best known for his car ads

and this we’ve all seen. kind of amazing he’s not more well known. at least not to me.

women were just getting their feet wet with a new independence, racing cars, changing tires…

ok yes, i romanticize the 20s but it was such a delicate and pretty time, despite all the bad times. but i guess that wasn’t till ’29 actually. well enough for tonight! the market is open again tomorrow and this time i hope to get something special for my collection. oh and i saw some things for you too and will have a fabulous giveaway tomorrow. see you then. sweet dreams and have a great day off!

September 4, 2011. 1920's, Furniture, illustration, René Vincent. 8 comments.

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