allo toute le monde. i’ve had this post up and ready to go for a couple of days but never got to hit ‘publish’. i kept falling asleep and then jumping right to work in the mornings. but it’s sunday and i’m back on the grid and getting ready for a long trip starting tomorrow. i’ll be in asheville, nc at Desirant for a couple of days then it’s off to ny and nj to see my guy and family for graduations and dad’s day.
anyhoo, i’m keeping up with the bookmarks and this was a random selection from the other day: artlyriquefr.fr/Opera. not sure why i saved it then (like 4 years ago) but loved stumbling across it now.
it never ceases to amaze me how paris (and so many other places) were created out of thin air, with just an idea, paper and quill…
or pencil…no cranes or computers, just men devoted to a cause.
it’s truly worthy of awe and wonder. i love these folks just stolling by, taking it for granted over a 100 years ago
but it’s exquisite, the depth, precision and dreams that went into its creation. and who built it? they’re long forgotten…
the thousands who’ve climbed the stairs over the centuries are very fortunate to experience a piece of history.
it was probably a real marvel at the time. i bet parisians were very proud of it.
now it sits majestically as part of the landscape.
even in modern times is still grand and mysterious as ever. i ask you, could this be built today? quel feat! have a wonderful sunday~
hi, friends, how are you tonight? it’s been a long time since i’ve checked in as i’ve been off the grid for about two weeks. with a lot on my plate and my mind it’s been a little easier to get my head out of the flood in paris. thanks to google, i found that the french have weathered the storm before and although it’s not making me feel any better knowing people are struggling, it’s somehow comforting to know everything will be ok. thanks, carol…
well, i’ve had my tech fill for the night so will bid adieu. still praying for paris.
Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess. – Edna Woolman Chase
bonjour toute le monde et bon weekend. how are you? i hope you’re doing well on this wintry february friday night. i want to apologize to those who were subscribed to the blog. i cut it off thinking that i was going to do a post a day and didn’t want to bombard anyone with that much info in the inbox. my idea has changed now though, i’m going to blog when inspired, not because of any self imposed ideal but because it makes me happy. that said, if you want to re-subscribe let me know in the comments and we’ll get you back up. in the meantime, i’ve been going through my possessions little by little, enjoying the process and taking time to study some of the wonderful treasures i’d forgotten about. on my last trip to the paris flea market (vanves to be exact), i fell in love with these old fashion plates. they date from the 1800s to the 1920s, and are fascinating capsules of a bygone era, a detailed glimpse into the lifestyles and tastes of women in the last century.
each card is dated and fitted with every detail of a woman’s outfit from the feathers in her hat to the fabrics of her frock.
the tiny flowers, beautiful silks and velvets were all taken into account when it came to fashion and the feminine mystique.
some even have perfume labels attached, a possible suggestion that all 5 senses were addressed when dressing
the little black lacy fabric in the upper left is one of my favorites and so is the vibrant and colorful ribbon above
i guess i just fell in love with the spirit of these grand dames
anyway i bought them to frame but then thought that it would be a shame to put them under glass when it’s so much more fascinating to touch and feel them, ponder their exquisite weaves and exquisite design. since i haven’t done them justice myself i think it would be best to pass them on to those who would appreciate them, so what better way than a giveaway?
in the next few days we’ll draw from the names in the comments and mail them out next week. if there’s a certain one you like best, let me know.
in the meantime, have a wonderful weekend!