Week 11 - Composition: Fill the Frame with One Color

“May love and laughter light your days and warm your heart and home. May good and faithful friends be yours wherever you may roam. May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures. May all life's passing seasons bring the best to you and yours!” - Old Irish Blessing. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ☘️

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French Friday: Fleurs fanées

« Sache que la fleur la plus belle est aussi la plus tôt fanée. Sur son parfum penche-toi vit. L’immortelle n’a pas d’odeur. »

- André Gide

It’s one of the things I love most about Paris — you never know when you’re going to stumble upon something beautiful. On the morning of my birthday, we were walking down the rue Cambon to pay our respects to  Karl  at Chanel when we witnessed the changing of the  fleurs.  Apparently these lovely white tulips (my favorites!), pale pink ranunculus, and purple and white anemones were too wilted to stand before the formidable Mademoiselle so they were replaced with fresh white hydrangeas (another favorite) and calla lilies (not a fan). Still, I couldn’t help but feel like these discarded beauties were like a birthday bouquet that are now preserved forever in my memory and on my blog.

It’s one of the things I love most about Paris — you never know when you’re going to stumble upon something beautiful. On the morning of my birthday, we were walking down the rue Cambon to pay our respects to Karl at Chanel when we witnessed the changing of the fleurs. Apparently these lovely white tulips (my favorites!), pale pink ranunculus, and purple and white anemones were too wilted to stand before the formidable Mademoiselle so they were replaced with fresh white hydrangeas (another favorite) and calla lilies (not a fan). Still, I couldn’t help but feel like these discarded beauties were like a birthday bouquet that are now preserved forever in my memory and on my blog.

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Week 10 - Storytelling: Hometown

“America is my country, and Paris is my home town.” - Gertrude Stein

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“I had spent enough time in France to know that the words 'chez moi' meant something a thousand times more profound than one's current home. 'Chez moi' was the place your parents came from, or maybe even the region of your parents' parents. The food you ate at Christmas, your favorite kind of cheese, your best childhood memories of summer vacation -- all of these derived from 'chez moi.' And even if you had never lived there, 'chez moi' was knitted into your identity; it colored the way you viewed the world and the way the world viewed you.” ― Ann Mah, The Lost Vintage

Week 9 Inspiration: Mood

“You gotta know when to be lazy. Done correctly, it's an art form that benefits everyone.” - Nicholas Sparks

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French Friday: Les Parapluies - Village Royal

« L'esprit humain est comme un parapluie : il marche mieux lorsqu'il est ouvert. » - Darry Cowl

Imagined by the artist Patricia Cunha, the exhibition Umbrella Sky is installed in Le Royal Village from February through April 2019. “Color life!” is the leitmotiv. About 800 colorful umbrellas, suspended in the air all along the passage, bring joy and vitality. Inspired by Mary Poppins, this poetic installation will not leave you indifferent. #levillageroyal #umbrellasky (Source: http://v2.villageroyal.com/2019/02/21/umbrella-sky-by-le-village-royal/)

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Le Village Royal, in collaboration with Galeries Bartoux,is pleased to present the monumental artworks of the Belgian artist Dirk De Keyzer. Discover a carousel of dreams and poetry from February 5th to April 28th, 2019. Like articulated puppets, Chevaliette, Zalangou, and Zalando seem to come to life at any time. With a recognizable style, both fantastic and universal, Dirk De Keyzer mixes cultures from all over the world with human feelings such as the quest for happiness, beauty and harmony.

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4 Years with Piper

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” - Roger Caras

Four years ago we brought this little beagle home! She is smart, stubborn, silly, and so sweet, and I couldn’t love her more 🖤 Happy Gotcha Day, Piper Marie!

Four years ago we brought this little beagle home! She is smart, stubborn, silly, and so sweet, and I couldn’t love her more 🖤 Happy Gotcha Day, Piper Marie!

Paris 2019 • Une semaine plus tard: le jeudi 28 février

Thursday, February 28th | Mon anniversaire • 57º F, 7 miles, 17,022 steps, 15 floors

Champagne, books, tea, flowers, and fashion - What a wonderful way to celebrate: Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Village Royal, Chanel, rue de Rivoli, Lunch at Angelina, Rosé at 228 in Le Meurice, Palais Royal, Galeries Vivienne, Tea at the Ritz, Cocktails at Bar Hemingway

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Paris 2019 • Une semaine plus tard: le mercredi 27 février

Wednesday, February 27th • 68º F • 8.4 miles, 19,746 steps, 13 floors

Père Lachaise Cemetery, Beaubourg, Hôtel de Ville, Bouquinistes, Village Saint-Paul

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Paris 2019 • Une semaine plus tard: le mardi 26 février

Tuesday, February 26th • 64º F • 7.7miles, 18,735 steps, 24 floors

Montmartre, Paris rooftops, Grands Magasins, Repetto, Signs of Spring

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