liberté, égalité, fraternité


bon soir et bon weekend. i hope you’re with the ones you love on this friday night. it’s already been a week since the paris attack and i wanted to touch base look at who was lost in the tragic events. i found photos of some of them, their names, ages and descriptions on the BBC website.  they’ll continue to add to it and invite their readers and viewers to do the same. the ages and careers of each individual are as varied as you’d expect but almost all were described in one way: kind, gentle and happy. it seems if there were any justice in this world, that the mean, angry and brutal would have been taken instead. but alas, ours is not to reason why…i certainly don’t have the answers but as i took a screenshot and was about to upload it, it occurred to me that it would be wrong to name the photo below victims.jpg and changed it to messengers.jpg. ‘kind, gentle and happy’ will be the message, and i’ll try to remember to be that each morning from now on.

i know many of us are thinking of these souls tonight, as they’re our sisters and brothers, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, cousins and children although we have never met. we feel the pain of losing any human life, especially unexpectedly, especially on a day that was bright and hopeful, just like any other we may have taken for granted. sadly this is happening on a daily basis around the world and in truth, probably always has. it will continue until we as see ourselves as a Human Race and believe that we are all created equal, and life is precious. til that day we can take solace in the unwavering unity and dedication to create a civilized world with those who pursue liberté, égalité, fraternité. oh, and happiness. 

bonne nuit mes amis. 


Charlotte & Emilie Meaud, 29

Twin sisters Charlotte and Emilie Meaud died at Le Carillon. Charlotte was in charge of investments in start-up firms at Scientipole, a venture capital firm. Emilie was an architect with Chartier Dalix.

Chloe Boissinot, 25

Chloe Boissinot was a student of land management who was dining at Le Petit Cambodge. She was originally from Château-Larcher in the Poitou-Charentes region, where 150 people held a silence in her honour. Neighbours there told France Bleu Poitou she came from a generous family.

Christophe Mutez, 48

Christophe Mutez was an employee of PROS France, a software firm. He died in the Bataclan attack. He is described as “kind and generous” in online tributes.

Christophe Lellouche, 33

Christophe Lellouche, was a fan of l’Olympique de Marseille football club and was a former online communications professional. He died at the Bataclan. A friend told La Provence newspaper how Christophe had helped him through a period of severe illness.

Christopher Neuet-Shalter, 39

Christopher Neuet-Shalter was a digital marketing consultant from Paris and father of an 11-year-old girl. “He was kind, sweet, bright, always there for those close to him,” his partner told Le Parisien newspaper. “If you mentioned his daughter’s name, his face lit up.”

David Perchirin, 41

David Perchirin, 41, was a journalist turned schoolteacher. He taught in Seine-Saint-Denis, a northern suburb of Paris. He died at the Bataclan. His contemporaries at university said he had been a “major figure in student life”.

Fanny Minot, 29

Fanny Minot was an editor at Le Petit Journal, a satirical TV news programme. Presenter Yann Barthes paid tribute to her at the start of Monday’s broadcast. She died at the Bataclan. “She was such a loving, compassionate person, with such an adventurous view on life,” a friend told the Associated Press news agency.

Franck Pitiot, 33

Franck Pitiot was an engineering graduate who studied at Nancy, in the east of France. He was at the Bataclan concert. His engineering school paid tribute to his kindness and warmth.

 Helene Muyal, 35

Helene Muyal, 35, died at the Bataclan and leaves behind a husband and son aged 17 months. She was a make-up artist who worked on fashion shoots. Her husband Antoine Leiris wrote a passionate piece on Facebook addressed to his wife’s killers after seeing her body. “I don’t know who you are and I don’t want to know. You are dead souls. I won’t give you the gift of my hatred. It’s what you sought, but answering hate with anger would be to surrender to the same ignorance that has made you what you are.”

Hugo Sarrade, 23

Hugo Sarrade, 23, was killed at the Bataclan. He was studying at a university in Montpellier and was in Paris to spend the weekend with his father and to go to the concert. “Hugo played the guitar and loved rock music. He was loving and full of kindness, and so open to other cultures and ways of life,” his father Stephane said.

Jean-Jacques Amiot, 68

Jean-Jacques Amiot was a silkscreen printer who was at the Bataclan. “A pacifist, a gentle man,” his brother told French newspaper the Telegramme.

Kheireddine Sahbi, 29

Kheireddine Sahbi was a masters student in ethnomusicology caught up in the restaurant attacks. “He was an Algerian virtuoso violinist, who came to hone his skills in Paris, and was heavily involved in traditional musical groups at the university,” said the president of the Sorbonne.

Lamia Mondeguer, 30

Lamia Mondeguer was an agent for artists and a dual French-Egyptian citizen.

Lola Ouzounian, 17

Her father said: “May my little angel rest in peace, and may her smile remain ingrained in our memories forever.”

Lola Salines, 28

Lola Salines was an editor at Grund, a publishing company. According to Liberation newspaper, she was in a roller derby team and travelled widely as a child.

Lucie Dietrich, 37

Lucie Dietrich was a graphic designer at L’Etudiant (Student) magazine.

Mathias Dymarski, 22

Mathias Dymarski was a keen BMX rider and recent civil engineering graduate who studied in Metz, in north-east France, and was a project manager at a business in Paris. He was the boyfriend of Marie Lausch who also died at the Bataclan.

Matthieu de Rorthais, 32

Matthieu de Rorthais, 32, a music lover who had recovered from cancer. “He was kind, gentle and sensitive,” his cousin said.

Olivier Vernadal, 44

Olivier Vernadal, 44, was a tax officer from Ceyrat in the Auvergne region of France. A keen footballer, his home town decided to name its stadium after him to honour his memory.

Pierre Innocenti, 40

Pierre Innocenti, 40, was a manager at Chez Livio restaurant in the Parisian suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine. He was killed alongside his cousin Stephane Albertini. They were the third generation of their family to run the famous restaurant.

Romain Dunet, 25

Romain Dunet was an English teacher. “He had a big heart, unwavering generosity, and was a fantastic teacher who helped me when I needed it most,” one pupil wrote in an online tribute.

Romain Didier, 32

Romain Didier was a former drama student and bar manager. His rugby team paid tribute on Facebook to his “unparalled joie de vivre”, adding: “It’s so hard to think that we will never again see your smile or hear your laugh.”

Thomas Ayad, 34

Thomas Ayad from Amiens, worked for Mercury Records, a division of Universal Music France, and was at the Bataclan with two colleagues. “He was the coolest guy on Earth; no enemies, everyone liked him,” a friend said.

Pierre-Antoine Henry, 36

Pierre-Antoine Henry, 36, was an engineer. His cousin said: “They killed the nicest guy in the world.”


November 21, 2015. France, Paris. 12 comments.

we’ll always have paris


allo my dear friends. i write tonight with a heavy heart after the events of yesterday. the only comfort is in knowing that we all share our sorrow, but that’s little comfort as the last thing i want you to know is any sadness in life. that said, with tragedy comes change and with change comes hope. my hope is that although we won’t ever understand the hows and whys of this senseless tragedy, that we don’t lose our joie de vivre. that we continue to believe in the best parts of life, the magic, the miracles and the mysteries that paris has given us. those who lost their lives yesterday will no doubt live on as we look into who they were and what they were doing. i often think that a life no matter how brief or long is a message to those of us who remain. and athough these lives were cut short, they will live on. over the coming weeks we’ll remember them here, pay tribute to them, and be sure in knowing their deaths will not be in vain.

please know how much i love and treasure you all.

November 14, 2015. France, Paris. 17 comments.

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 IMG_0817 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   1934-deauville-seeberger-cape deauville-seeberger-bathrobes 1938-deauville-seeberger Léon Gimpel - France (10) French Women, ca. 1920s (13) ARTS003629 c8ba701c6d27067ce85b762e99606416   aa0220601989179cd5a106bdc7261835 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.

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