Thursday, August 14, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
|Kimons are the new jacket/cardigan/go-to trend. We must act now. The movement may not last.|
What more could a girl ask?
|This one is from Zara and, you will note, it echoes another hot trend: lacy, eyelet-like cutouts. Nothing like getting several of-the-moment movements in one purchase. Ne c'est pas?|
The beauty of these "jackets" is that they are normally light, floaty, comfortable and can be worn with anything from jeans to little black dresses to beach cover-ups to well, almost anything including a light, packable robe. If floaty is not your thing, they look stunning belted.
(No, of course, I'm not exaggerating. . .)
Friday, August 8, 2014
|Edward and Pamela, someone should paint this picture. Edward is in a contest and I KNOW we all want him to win.*|
I know I've told you this story before, but today it bears repeating. When Andrea and I arrived in France more than 25 years ago, we were also accompanied by three very large dogs from the SPCA in Bedford, N.Y.
When we went to the shelter, three years before we decided to move to France, it was most definitely not our intention to leave with three dogs. We wanted one perfect dog.
That's the thing with dogs though, they can see you coming and know they can melt your heart with just the right moves. First there was Chip. (We didn't name any of the dogs, but we kept their "given" names because we decided they were confused enough by being dumped at the SPCA.)
Chip was some sort of German shepherd mix, a gorgeous dog. When he saw little Andrea walk up to his cage he reached his paw out and put it on her hand. As you can imagine, that was a done deal.
Then I saw a beautiful sort of sheepdog, all white and fluffy, and I wanted her. Her name was Trouble, but I didn't believe it. Then, one of the workers pointed to another dog who resembled Trouble, "that's her sister, Precious," he said. How could we separate sisters?
That day we left with three dogs. And, Trouble was no trouble. She was adorable. All three of them attended our wedding in our garden along with My-Reason-For-Living-In-France's grouchy old cocker spaniel, Vanka, and Andrea's French cat, Mimi.
The reprise of our story is to tell you, and I'm certain many of you know and agree, there is something truly magical about finding a wonderful dog inside a cage, eyes filled with hope.
*This brings me to the point of today's visit down memory lane: Edward, Pamela Terry's strikingly handsome rescue dog. (He looks like he could have been related to Precious and Trouble.)
Edward needs our votes.
Here then is my dear friend Pamela's words of explanation:
Garden and Gun magazine is having a dog photo contest,
and Edward has entered!
Help him show the world that a rescue dog can be a winner!
Vote for him HERE and tell your friends!
(PS.... you can vote once every 24 hours!)
Edward thanks you so much!
Thursday, August 7, 2014
|Don't forget your parapluie.|
It rained off-and-on throughout the month of July and the weather people are predicting this week will continue the trend. Yesterday the downpour came in torrents. So far today we have a timid appearance from the sun with a promise of rain later in the day.
|The equestrian vibe on these boots gives them a great fashion edge although I would imagine they would take up waaaay too much room in a suitcase. Maybe they could be worn on the plane. . .|
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
|Lacet Parisien in leather and silver with the message: "Love U."|
They tend to be even more fun when wrapped 'round and 'round or worn in multiples, maybe on the same wrist as a watch.
|A pretty pink Vichy cotton ribbon with a stainless steel plate on which you may write anything. Perhaps it would be more fun for us to choose something in French.|
|Perhaps a prune satine ribbon bracelet?|
The leather and silver versions are 49 Euros: the leather and stainless steel, 39 Euros;
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
|Seriously, even if you could afford them, would you want these "sneakers" from Dior?|
The car salesman, apparently quite excited by the prospect of a sale, said to my friend, "Let's have lunch."
My reaction at the time was two-fold: The Range Rover must be very expensive and it's hilarious that he invited you for lunch.
That telephone transaction, which never did culminate in an actual transaction, has over the years become a joke/metaphor for me: "Let's have lunch means, major investment."
Often in fashion magazines one will see extraordinary pieces of jewelry, described in detail except for the price. Instead, the caption will say "price upon demand." That's my "let's have lunch" equivalent.
OK, jewelry could reach the heady heights of six to seven figures. We all know that. However, never have I seen "price upon request" next to a pair of sneakers. Never, that is until a couple of weeks ago when I saw the above pair, spangled with sequins, a teeny bow, ribbon (?), lots of rubber and who knows what else featured in the French magazines.
I'm guessing it's because they're from Dior.
Monday, August 4, 2014
|Fruit and vegetable "flashcards" for les enfants.|
To help in the effort, I sent Ella an adorable collection of mousse filled cardboard cards with pictures of fruit and vegetables on each side, with the names in French. Of course at this point she is only speaking her own language, which her mother and father are trying to decipher, but Drea tells me that she loves the cards. The corners are rounded and they are made to be held in little hands.
There are four sets of the "flashcards" which I have ordered for her. It seems to me as if this would be a fun, interactive, game for parents and children.
Drea and Will have several Francophile friends with babies and toddlers and plan to give them sets of these cards as gifts.
I pointed out, ever the clever, inventive hostess (ahem), that they can also be used as coasters. Imagine how much fun adults would have playing with French flashcards after a coupe or two of Champagne. . .
The collections are from the French publisher, Gallimard, 6.90 Euros. (The fourth collection is vehicles, but I couldn't find a good picture for you.)