"Those who have experienced Paris have advantage over those who have not. We are the ones who have glimpsed a little bit of heaven, down here on earth." - Deirdre Kelly

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Captain, my captain.

Robin Williams
21 July 1951 - 11 August 2014

O CAPTAIN! my Captain! Our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather'd every rack, 
the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, 
the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, 
the vessel grim and daring:
But O heart! heart! 
heart O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies, fallen cold and dead
- Walt Whitman

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

French Market Baskets, a Sweet Obsession

A few from my prized collection.

"I will have find a way and I will have you.
Like a butterfly. A wild butterfly.
I will collect you and capture you.
You are an obsession." 
- Animotion

Leave it to the French to find a way to render the ubiquitous plastic shopping bag beautiful…

I first discovered French Market bags in the early 1980s. My mother took my sister and I to live on the French Riviera for a summer (I was 12 years old). And for two amazing life altering weeks we lived on a yacht, operated by a husband & wife team. He was the captain and she ran everything else (including him ;-} Every morning we woke in a different port: Elba, Corsica, Cannes, Saint-Tropez…And every morning, before the sun had finished rising, the captain's wife would grab two or three large leather handled woven baskets and head to the outdoor markets to do the days shopping and she always invited me to tag along. The filled baskets were so pretty! Baguettes, colorful fruits, packages of meat and seafood wrapped in wax paper tied with twine, and flowers bunched into a cacophony of brilliant colors.

Photo: Quel Objet

It wasn't until years later, when I was an adult, that I began to use French Market baskets for any and everything I could conceive of. Beneath my bathroom sink they hold my towels, I use them exclusively for my small market and farmer's market shopping, I use a small one as my Spring/Summer purse, there's one on the backseat floor of my car that holds my wraps and sweaters and I have a gigantic one for my clothes hamper/laundry basket.

"Baskets of Beauty," Pininterest 

French Market baskets take the mundane, the everyday, the practical and renders them beautiful. They encourage you to find the lovely in the the smallest things, in the most expected places. They are a tiny piece of Paris. They are the sweetest obsession.

Vivre! Rire! Aimer!

Debut of my newest French Market bag:
France, circa 1940s. Love!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hint Hint

"Life is the flower for which love is the honey" - Victor Hugo

It's happened again! I was minding my own business when I literally stumbled across my next Postcard to Paris. It's my most unique one yet and I can't wait to share it with you. Stay tuned…

Vivre! Rire! Aimer!

Fete de l'ete

It's a smile, it's a kiss,
It's a sip of wine, it's summertime.
- Kenny Chesney

In honor of Mr. Gorgeous' 45th birthday, along with a group of friends, we decided to celebrate with good food, wine and music...

Ravinia is the oldest outdoor music festival in the United States and it's only a few miles from my stateside home. Running from June to September, Ravinia attracts some 600,000 music and good time lovers from all over the world. It's a good thing we got there early.

Besides the music, the best thing about this festival is that attendees are invited to bring in their own food and wine. We took it one step further, pulled out all the stops...

Fruit, vegetables, fromages , charcuterie, bread, preserves, seafood, wine, beer and champagne

And we placed it all in an outdoor room we constructed:
low tables, chairs, silverware & china, candles. 
And flowers (bien sur!)

We laughed, talked, sipped, nibbled, sang happy birthday and danced. Oh how we danced! That was the best part - dancing with my Mr. Gorgeous beneath the stars. It felt like Paris. Simply perfect.

Vivre! Rire! Aimer!

Postcard to Paris: The Pleasant House

Great news - my latest Postcard to Paris is now LIVE at Belle Inspiration Magazine!

Vivre! Rire! Aimer!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Happy Birthday...

I named my firstborn after you, so I get to say your beautiful name at least one thousand times a day. And he has your effortless, gorgeous, grace. My daughter has your lovely smile and your quirky sense of humor, she gifts me with them often. My youngest son has your booming laugh and your quiet boldness and your quiet fierceness. You’ve been gone 20 years this month. I miss you so! But I am blessed because everyday, in countless small and large ways, you are…here with me.

Happy Birthday sis.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Bonne Fete Papa

"The only way I can describe [fatherhood] 
- it sounds stupid, but -
at the end of How the Grinch Stole Christmas
you know how his heart grows like five times?
Everything is full; it's just full all the time."
- Matt Damon

Vivre! Rire! Aimer!


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