Friday, April 11, 2014

Seven basic tips for looking Parisian Chic

Insider fashion tips from Ines de la Fressange, author of ‘Parisian Chic’

Seven basics you need in your wardrobe to look Parisian Chic

1. Man's Blazer
2. Trench Coat
3. Navy Sweater
4. Tank Top
5. Little Black Dress
6. Pair of jeans
7. Leather Jacket

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Night Walk in Marseille - take the journey

Marseille is the second largest city in France after Paris and the center of the third largest metropolitan area in France after Paris and Lyon. Humans have inhabited Marseille and its environs for almost 30,000 years. Marseille is a major French center for trade and industry, with excellent transportation infrastructure (roads, sea port and airport). Marseille Provence Airport, is the fourth largest in France.

Paul Cézanne: The bay of Marseille from l'Estaque
Night Walk in Marseille is a fully-immersive digital adventure where you can walk the streets of Marseille, discovering an eclectic nocturnal neighbourhood and meeting its diverse characters.

"Night Walk" takes you on an immersive journey through lively Cours Julien, a neighbourhood of Marseille famous for its unique atmosphere and street art. Listening to your guides Julie and Christophe, you can wander around the vibrant streets as if you were really there, thanks to 360-degree panoramas that we captured at night. Your walk is enriched with photos, images, videos, sounds and interesting facts, allowing you to dive into this neighbourhood and learn more about its diverse culture and history. Enjoy your night walk!

Go here to start your walk

Marseille France

Julie de Muer parcourt les rues de Marseille afin de raconter l'Histoire de la ville au travers des sons, des voix et des histoires qu'elle recueille. Partez à la rencontre de musiciens, de cuisiniers, d'anciens du quartier et d'artistes locaux, et découvrez l'histoire de chacun.

Suivez Julie dans sa promenade sur le Cours Julien, un véritable safari urbain, et partez pour une visite hors des sentiers battus à Marseille.

English Translation
Julie Muer through the streets of Marseille to tell the history of the city through sounds, voices and stories it collects. Come and meet musicians, cooks, old neighborhood and local artists, and discover the history of each. 
Follow Julie in his walk on the Cours Julien, an urban safari, and go for a tour off the beaten trails or Marseille .

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The fascinating life of Parisian photographer Vivian Maier

I love photography although I'm still not that good at it.  I especially love candid street photos.  Those photographs which capture ordinary people or objects in ordinary situations. 

Today I cam across the story of a woman who worked as a nanny in NYC. She had been taking street photos for years and no one knew about them until a young man purchased 10,000 undeveloped negatives at a local auction for $380. Little did he know of the phenomenal find he had discovered. 

photo source
Vivian Maier was an American of French and Austro-Hungarian extraction, Vivian bounced between Europe and the United States before coming back to New York City in 1951. Having picked up photography just two years earlier, she would comb the streets of the Big Apple refining her artistic craft.

Sometime in 1949, while still in France, Vivian began toying with her first photos. Her camera was a modest Kodak Brownie box camera, an amateur camera with only one shutter speed, no focus control, and no aperture dial.
Read more about the fascinating life of Vivian Maier

And of course there is a movie!  Check out the trailer below

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Rihanna at Paris Fashion Week attends Balmain show

Barbadian pop star, Rihanna cast a love spell on Balmain's creative director Oliver Rousteing. Rihanna was in Paris for Fashion Week and word has it she is thinking of starting her own label. BTW - Balmain chose Rihanna as the face of Balmain Spring/Summer 2013 campaign.

        Balmain, by Olivier Rousteing, spring 2014, in Paris

Balmain achieves an extraordinary level of workmanship in ready-to-wear: from metallic weave belts cinching the waist above full skirts to shoes that looked as if they had been handwoven from grass. Yet the tailoring is simple, curvy and, paradoxically, feminine, with short, rounded jackets and pants with a deliberate curve around the hips.
I love the the spring 2014 collection. 

Check out the video 
Looks like even une femme d'un certain âge can wear many of his fashions!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Do I really want to live in Paris? Part 2

What do people who live in Paris really think about life in Paris?

Today Part 2 

From Imported Chocolate 
I decided to do something different this time around. I am doing Hot
Chocolate with a Local from two different point of views this month. Today, it’s Paris from an African-American woman’s perspective. Yesterday, it was Paris from the point of view of a black woman, born and raised there. I hope you enjoy!
Read the interview 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Do I really want to live in Paris?

My dream is to live in Paris! I hear so many wonderful things about the city and when I am there, wow....I'm in heaven. But, when I'm there I am a visitor, a tourist, living in a fabulous rented apartment in Saint Germain for 10 days. Shopping in all the trendy boutiques, eating at the finest restaurants, sightseeing and staying out late and sleeping in. I don't speak the language that well, but good enough to get by for 10 days.

But, what do people who live in Paris really think about life in Paris?

I happened to be over on a blog I follow, called Imported Chocolate. Jennifer, the owner/blogger, travels quite a bit and I have communicated with her on a number of occasions about living in Buenos Aires. She provides really honest and informative feedback and the one BIG plus for me about talking to Jennifer, is, that she is also a black woman. Unfortunately, we do not yet live in a color blind society so if you are TWB (traveling while black) its good to understand the 411 in the places that you visit.

Anyway Jennifer recently posted 2 excellent interviews.I found them both très intéressant
"I decided to do something different this time around. I am doing Hot Chocolate with a Local from two different point of views this month. Today, it’s Paris from the point of view of a black woman, born and raised in Paris. Tomorrow, it will be Paris from an African-American woman’s perspective. I hope you enjoy!"
Read the 1st interview here


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