the art of doing nothing

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bonjour mid august! hard to believe it’s here already. i got sidetracked today somewhere between research and not being able to concentrate on work, i ended up spending the last half hour in a deep but lovely rabbit hole. it started with merely wanting to say hello with a summer illustrations but it’s so easy to get lost isn’t it? well anyway this is a little collection of french fun that spans the 1920s and 30s covers and interior works of the french magazine, la vie parisienne. i hope it’s a petite distraction and a chance to remember why we love and admire the french this time of year: the women, the humor, the timeless style and joie de vie. 

La Vie Parisienne 1924 1920s France Georges Pavis magazines relaxing hammocks reading women woman erotica

not to mention ‘l’art presque perdu de ne rien faire’ (the almost lost art of doing nothing)

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contentment avec amis

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solitude

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pique-niquer et l’amour

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le vent soufflait

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le voyage

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la messagere de l’ete

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concert de coquillage

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les chiens

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le moteur

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marriage

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bonne copines

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bonheur

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et la soirée. ok it’s official. i have got to get back to work. enjoy your summer day!

August 15, 2016. Tags: . 1920's, 1930's, Fashion, illustration, Paris, Summer. 2 comments.

sky high maintainence

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allo! how’s your wednesday going?

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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how were they achieving these great heights?

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as a jersey girl maybe i’m particularly fascinated

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and in jersey we laugh at ourselves.

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

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

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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!

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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 doesn’t take much

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Ralph Lauren

bonsoir mes cheres amis,  how are you on this fine night?  it’s blissfully early at just after 12 and i’ve done about all i can do for today. i wanted to make sure to get here before i tune out since for me it’s the place to be…cause you’re here!

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my hope to check out one of the bookmarks i’ve been saving since the beginning of time as once again been fulfilled. turns out it’s the easiest part of my day. like a roulette wheel where every number’s a winner, I can’t help but get excited at the prospect of what it could be. they’ve waited so patiently to be appreciated and this one was from 2011, so it truly was now or never. anyway as the dropdown cascaded, i hovered my mouse and randomly chose this bookmark:

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it’s fitting since i’m working on the Desirant store with the team in asheville. and talk about inspiration! the epitome of restraint and elegance, every one of ’em.

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Chanel

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maybe i’m just easily  entertained but i like the simple things in life. anyway i hope you enjoyed the little trip to couture-land. i’m dropping out and tuning into a book for a change. sweet dreams!

June 8, 2016. CHANEL, Design, Designers, Fashion. 6 comments.

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