Over the weekend I picked up a copy of How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are and dove right in, as it’s well known that anything Parisian-inspired bring me to my knees muttering “show me the way!” This book is very tongue in cheek, some of it making me wonder if these ladies were being sarcastic or brutally honest, but I loved the take-away’s regarding style, attitude and beauty.
These are the four women who penned the book- and just by looking at them I would sign up for any style lessons they have to offer.
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You guys have GOT to check out Paris in Four Months-I have not been this charmed by a blog in so long. Thanks to Sarah, I spent hours this weekend pouring over the imagery created by Carin Olsson, a woman who is as in love with Paris as I am. Okay, maybe more considering she moved there on a whim alone to discover what it was like to live in the magical city. Who hasn’t dreamt of that? What incredible pictures she shoots- of the city itself, nature, fashion, beauty….everything. I am certain you will be as delighted as I am.
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Last week I actually checked flights to Paris, feeling this overwhelming urge to get away and roam the gorgeous streets of my most favorite city. I saw this gorgeous video the other day that made me want to go even more. In fact, I’ve been to Paris in the winter and hope to someday spend Christmas there. Take a five minute break and check this out:
The Quiet City: Winter in Paris from Andrew Julian on Vimeo.
And here are a few things for the home that always remind me of Paris:
1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6. // 7. (I’m gonna buy these if one of you doesn’t)
First of all, thank you so much for all your amazing comments, e-mails and tweets about my little post yesterday. It’s so wonderful to know I made someone feel less alone, and can’t tell you how amazing it is for ME to realize how not alone I am! Cheers to all of you.
On another note, have you guys seen this story about an apartment in Paris that was just discovered (unopened) since WWII??? It’s AMAZING and I would give anything to have been the one to find it and go through everything. Especially since they found a $3 million painting inside by Giovanni Boldini! Turns out the grandmother of the apartment owner was Boldini’s muse and was a much adored actress during Belle Epoque. Also found amongst the cobwebs, art and antiques were stacks of love letters to her tied up with ribbon. Can you even imagine?
I can only imagine that this stuffed ostrich came from Deyrolle– one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been.
Look at the old Mickey!
The painting that was discovered. Gorgeous.
And speaking of Paris apartments, the next time I go (which I hope will be soon) I am thinking of renting one through Haven in Paris. Look at this delightful space on the Champs Elysee!!! I die. DIE.
If I could be anywhere, at any given time, it would be sitting outside of a cafe in Paris on a warm sunny day with a cappuccino (or glass of wine, let’s be real here). That is my happy place. And as of late I’ve been noticing the French cafe chair trend appearing in home this side of the Atlantic.
The Inspired Designs: I LOVE these for beach or country home kitchens or to give that feel to city dining areas.
The TK Collection is the go to for this style chair-everything is custom (color, weave pattern, etc) but you’ll have to order through a designer.
Pottery Barn has some great navy ones in chair and bar stool height:
Serena and Lilly has some outdoor lounge furniture as well as dining chairs in this style that would be adorable on a patio!