Archive for October, 2013

All You Want For Christmas …French!

October 21, 2013 @ 10:46 am
posted by Sandra Sheridan
hand-rolled silk scarves

A stunning collection from Anne Touraine – Paris

Come now – you aren’t surprised that I would recommend exquisite French gifts for your friends and loved ones.  Not only will they appreciate your thoughtfulness, but they will readily acknowledge your good taste and shopping acumen!

Let us begin with a timeless, elegant silk scarf.  In any color or design, Anne Touraine – Paris silk scarves transform the most basic outfit to a subtle and sophisticated statement.  My favorite is Paris Je T’aime in blue, but wait until you see all of the colors, sizes and designs at your fingertips.  And Anne’s packaging is a work of art from the linen-finish box and signature ribbon to the styling techniques booklet inside.  My number one choice – Anne Touraine – Paris!

For a touch of Joie de Vivre, choose a highly collectible CERRI ‘Art poupee doll from Paris.  Exquisite detail ranges from the hand-painted porcelain faces, hands and feet to the ornate headdresses and jewelry.  Best of all, I love the fact that these bead-filled jewels can be situated and posed to elicit a smile every time you walk through the room!  Find your special gift at LuxeEuro – with free shipping in the U.S., no less.

CERRI 'Art doll Paris

I call her Betty Bleu!

Finally for today’s French gift recommendations, take a look through the French Food Market online shop.    We love to make gifts of gourmet mustards and sweet jams, caramel sauces and sea salt – specialty gourmet items that add a very personal touch to gift shopping.

Stay tuned for more shopping recommendations with that touch of French style!

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The Best Time to Visit Paris

October 20, 2013 @ 6:00 pm
posted by Sandra Sheridan
Paris autumn

Autumn at the Jardin du Luxembourg

For those who know me, you know that’s a ‘trick’ title; because I think ANY time is the best time to visit Paris!  Mind you, I’m really not crazy about summer crowds and the lack of air conditioning in August, but nothing stops my enthusiasm for Paris.

That little disclaimer out of the way, I would encourage an autumn trip for an opportunity to dip your feet in the crisp and crunchy leaves of Jardin du Luxembourg (or Jardin de Plantes or any other plaza or garden in Paris).  Walk along the Seine to enjoy the warm autumn light that gilds the tops of the buildings lining the river.  When a chill or dreary mist settles over the city, take to your favorite museum.  New exhibits spring up constantly, and of course, the permanent exhibits at Musée D’Orsay or the Louvre or Marmottan never, never grow old.

This month an interesting exhibition opened at the Musée de L’Orangerie –  Frida Kahlo / Diego Rivera Art in Fusion.     A collaboration with the Dolores Olmedo Museum in Mexico City, the Musée de l’Orangerie  devotes this exhibit to the lives and artistic expression of the legendary Mexican couple – Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) and Diego Rivera (1886-1957).

Musee, Paris

Self-portrait of Frida

The canvases of the artists revolve around their devotion to Mexico and their love for one another, but their expression is entirely different.  Frida’s art is highly personal, often evoking the pain in her life as the result of her severe injuries in a bus crash.  Rivera’s works are more objective and reflect the political and historic life of Mexico.  Presenting the works together casts a net over the two, allowing us to see the cycles of life and death, workers, religion and peasants that are part of their expression in art.

This is not the first time Parisians have been able to view Frida’s work, as she lived in Paris for a time in 1939; when she became friends with Marcel Duchamp and Pablo Picasso.  The Art in Fusion exhibit will continue until January 13.  And, yes, I would even recommend a Paris sojourn in January, when the bitter cold will force you to duck into the Le Grand Colbert for hot chocolate.  There is always a warm side to a cold day.

“My painting carries with it the message of pain.”   – Frida Kahlo

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Paris Remembers Edith Piaf

October 17, 2013 @ 1:23 pm
posted by Sandra Sheridan
Edith Piaf, Belleville

Edith Piaf remembered along the streets of Paris

Our daughter has such a nifty sense of humor.  She once said she wanted to be one of those people about whom they say, “She would be ‘this old’ today.”  That IS aiming high, and one little bird that reached that lofty nest of fame was Edith Piaf.

Last Thursday marked the fiftieth year after her death, and the renowned Parisian songstress  was  remembered in the working-class Paris neighborhood from which she came.  A memorial mass was celebrated at St. Jean-Baptiste, the parish church in the Belleville district where Piaf was born.  Hers was a tragic life, one that ran the painful gamut from abandonment by her mother to abandonment by the church on her premature death at the age of 47.

How often is it that years after a talent has fallen silent, masses rise up to celebrate that stilled life?  This week giant screens and amplifiers allowed those outside the church to follow a mass that began a four-day festival of remembrance.  Preceding the mass, a silent march took place, leading from her final resting place in Pere Lachaise to the church.  We especially appreciated our dear friend in Paris sending the remarkable graffiti rendering of Piaf on the streets of The City of Light.

Paris France

Piaf’s final resting place in Paris

Edith Piaf enjoyed a post-war resurgence of her career and became a household name in many  corners of the globe thanks to the success of “La Vie en Rose” and “Je ne regrette rien.”  On 1963, she was the biggest international star France had ever seen and the first to conquer America with her melancholy music a seeming backdrop for the post-war generation.

…. Coming soon – fun recommendations for your holiday gifts … from France, of course!

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