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 been a long time since we exchanged books and it was a really nice feeling to hold them and fall in love again. it sparked a pinterest search 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

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Marguerite 1918 Poster by Guy Rose

Book Quotes

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“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. 16 comments.

well read

wow, two days in a row, that’s got to be a record. hey guys, thanks for coming by yesterday. it was so nice to read your comments and hear from you. every day brings something new, doesn’t it?

i’m stopping by to jot down some notes and keep what’s happening fresh and in the forefront.

today i’m be focusing on a part of my site that anyone can implement on their site and each will be completely unique.

it’s the joy of using ‘amazon affiliates’, specifically today, the ‘astore.

have you heard of it?

you can choose products from amazon to curate your favorite products and recommendations.

when someone goes to amazon from your site you get a referral which is really nice. (especially for someone like me who is making wishlists on there anyway!)

i got kind of caught up in it last night, focusing mainly on books and that was just the tip of the iceberg since it’s the ultimate rabbit hole.

here’s the one i’m putting together: astore.amazon.com/theparisapart-20. (it just went live)

as i was going through all the fascinating and swoon worthy books i realized they’re not in the right categories so i’ll go back now and organize them.

anyway it’s one way that i’m focusing on using affiliates on the site. as we grow and design this new site i want to share with you some of the ways i’ll be monetizing and modernizing it.

my other goal and passion is to collaborate with like minded people, someone, like, say… kathie from australia who was here yesterday and said she’d like to work together!

her gorgeous website and products are here: frenchcargo.com.au

i want one of everything she has, how about you? kathie, let’s talk! Ok, that’s it for me today, off to organize those books. have a great night!

oh PS just figured since this post was about books, why not do a giveaway with my own book?

we’ll draw two random commenters in the next post. ok, a tout alors!

April 14, 2017. Books, Friends, Life. 7 comments.

l’art, l’amour et l’heure du cocktail

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bonjour, allo, santé et tchin tchin. hi all, how’s your fall unfolding? i love when the weather gets that crisp fresh feeling and the air has just the slightest chill. not to rush the season and look too far ahead but it’s that time of year when we naturally start to hibernate and nest a little. for many of us that means entertaining and although i’m not a big drinker, i’ve been thinking about putting a bar together for the impending festivities. i got inspired when i heard from my friend and colleague, doni belau. she’s the editor and brilliant mind behind a girl’s guide to paris and has just released a fantastic book titled ‘Paris Cocktails’. she’s offered to host a giveaway here today on the blog so if you’re interested, you can either purchase a copy at the link above or enter your name in the comments and we’ll announce the winner next week.

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all images on pinterest.com/parisapartment/bars

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there’s something about the history of alcohol that has a hint of glamour and mystery to it and looking into it for this post led to a laundry list of its origns in early france. from the aperitif to wines, champagnes and liqueurs, the ways to inebriate ourselves seem infinite. the french alone were responsible for absynthe, anisette, bénédictine, cognac, chambord, cointreau, coffee liqueur, pastis, triple sec, crème de menthe, chardonnay, cabernet and dubonnet.

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lots of great old books have been written on the subject of mixing, blending and inventing new concoctions over the years and some were even banned during prohibition. hard to believe that times could have been so very different and to think that it was actually illegal at one point to possess alcohol, punishable by imprisonment!

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as a lightweight, i don’t really indulge but do love the whole culture from the bottles to the barware. below are some of the ways creative people have used traditional bar carts as well as some innovative alternatives.

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using a brass shelving unit allows for overhead lighting, and glass doors showcase pretty glass and unique decanters

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using an old steamer trunk lets you pack it up when not in use

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just a simple woven tray on a glass top table wth a few accents adds instant sophistication

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who woulda thought?

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any cabinet can be mirrored on the inside for a glam look that closes up tight.

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a makeshift bar on a dresser for impromptu parties

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and even a petite half table can make a luxe statement

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the options are as endless and varied as the designers who are inspired to raise the bar

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i think i could live with this one very happily. a lot of thought has been given to the subject and just digging around a little bit was an absolutely beautiful dive into this tiny table that packs such a punch. below are a couple dissections of what it takes to put one of these bad boys together:

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so…to celebrate Doni’s new book hailing the cocktail culture, leave your name and email in the comments to be entered to win.

From the publisher: Bring the romance and elegance of Paris into your home with cocktail recipes from leading French mixologists and the signature drink recipes of Parisian hot spots. More than just a cocktail book, Paris Cocktails celebrates the art of drinking like the French, with entertaining tips for throwing a perfectly Parisian cocktail party, revelations on the latest trends in French mixology, reviews of the best bars in both America and Paris where you can find the true French cocktail experience, and musings from French and non-French alike who have mastered the art of French drinking.

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et alors, let’s wrap it up with a big French toast, a vôtre santé!

October 18, 2015. Books, Cocktails, Decorating, Doni Belau, Girls Guide to Paris, Paris. 33 comments.

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