Monday, May 17, 2010

B'day

Ok, so today it's my B'day...

I celebrated yesterday and escaped the studio to see the AMERICAN WOMAN show at the Met. I bought a faux lipstick pen at the show.

The last room in the exhibit was the best.
You stand in the middle of a round room, bombarded by changing videos of accomplished American women plus pop music.
The video is below. Hey Met you're getting with the program! BRAVO!

Everyone makes a fuss about what to eat on your b'day.

Everyone usually has birthday cake.

I'd rather have a Paris eclair...

Instead I'll have a New York hot dog loaded with sauerkraut sold on the street corner.

 Outside the Met I saw this American Girl.
I'd rather walk in a French girl's shoes.
Thank you Cindy for sending some virtual home-made macarons yesterday!
And here's a present for you. Fauchon's top pastry chef, Christophe Adams has a delightful blog. This is Christophe's witty sketch. Do take a look!
I bought a new book for my birthday, The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake and I'm loving every page - full of delicious insight into Paris' two master designers,YSL et Karl during the wild 70's.
Who knew they were once chums?
'As adolescents, the Algerian-born Saint Laurent and the German-born Lagerfeld studied at a Paris trade school for couturiers, where, in 1954, they each won prizes in an international fashion competition. By taking both first and third place in the dress design category, the 18-year-old Saint Laurent outshone his friend Lagerfeld, who was three years his senior. Before long, Saint Laurent was designing for couture’s undisputed master, Christian Dior, while Lagerfeld toiled in obscurity at lesser houses.'


Bisous Bisous
et BONJOUR PB Readers!

85 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday, Carol! Mine is on the 19th, so happy birthday to US! :)

    Fun photos and tidbits of information as always.

    Here is to a wonderful day for you, Carol! *tchin tchin* À votre santé!!

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  2. Carol!!! The very happiest of birthdays to you today! It must be a good day, then...(even if I started it out spending almost an hour trying to find my car keys this morning)

    Hope you get that hot dog and eclair--eat 'em with gusto. Thinking of you, Cutie--xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
    sue

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  3. Happy Happy BigBirthday
    and
    thanks for being the kind
    of American Girl who brings
    lots of Paris Enchantment
    to this American Girl!

    Judith
    (in American Santa Fe)

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  4. Karen in CT10:46 AM

    wow ... joyeux anniversaire

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  5. Joyeux Anniversaire Carol !
    Je te souhaite une nouvelle année remplie de macarons et de voyages à Paris !

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  6. Rose D.10:54 AM

    Happy Happy Happy Birthday!!

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  7. Happy Birthday! No wonder I like you so much - you are a fellow Taurus. I'm May 7th - we are 10 days apart.

    Congratulations. Love the red lipstick pen!!

    Hope you have a terrific day. Have a hotdog and find a nice eclair out there.

    and I love the red bag on the French woman's shoulder.

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  8. Happy Birthday!!! :) And many happy returns of the day

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  9. Happy Birthday. What a coincidence! I had a hot dog and and eclair at Elkhorn Antique Flea Market!
    Love your lipstick pen.
    Have a super fun day!

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  10. The last picture is indescribably delicious!!!

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  11. Happy Belated Birthday Carol, looks like you had a fabulous day - street dog to macaron - what could be better?

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  12. Priscilla the NRFB Queen11:18 AM

    Happy Birthday, Carol! Have a wonderful, happy day!!

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  13. Happy Birthday! I want to wear that cake as a hat.

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  14. Happy, Happy Birthday!
    That exhibit looks very interesting! I hope you enjoy your special day (and find an eclair or two).
    Jen

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  15. Fernanda Miranda Abreu11:43 AM

    Happy birthday!!! Love your blog. I was in Paris for the first time in april and remember a lot of your paintures!! =) It´s wonderful!!

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  16. Happy birthday Carol!! Love the lipstick-pens you purchased!

    ♥ Daniëlle

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  17. William Ternay, Jr.11:58 AM

    Happy Birthday Carol,
    I share with all your many fans my wish for you to have many, many more Happy Happy B-Days, and years & years of continued creativity, sharing, and success.

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  18. Carol T.12:00 PM

    Your breakfasts just keep getting better and better....
    it makes me happy that someone seems to enjoy their 'work' as much as you do...
    And to answer your question about walking in the french vs american girls shoes, I think you are right, and for many reasons.
    I appreciate much of what we have here, but honestly, I think life was fuller and more of what I enjoy, when I lived in Paris....

    anyway, you may have the best of all worlds! hope you indulged in at least one macaron yesterday!

    Cheers,
    Carol bis

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  19. Rhonda12:01 PM

    Happy Birthday Carol

    Thank you for all the days you have made a celebration for me!

    Many red coats,
    macaroons,
    joie

    Paris Passion on your next year’s journey!

    Rhonda

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  20. Happy Birthday! Paris eclairs beats cake anyday ;)

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  21. Buon compleanno, cara. Looking forward to seeing the exhibit & have planned for the book this week. We are on same wavelength. Yay for you.

    xo

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  22. Dear Carol, I really want to wish you a very Happy Birthday, and may the best of everything in life cross your way, you deserve it!
    You always keep us laughing and smiling with every wonderful post you write. I think we readers are getting the biggest present every day, when we read your blog.
    Now, go out to celebrate with a pair of high heels, red lipstick and a mini skirt. Just for one day, pretend you are a French girl, just for fun!
    xoxo

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  23. Happy birthday!!! Sounds like an awesome day. :) xx,

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  24. Happy Birthday Carol!!! Mine is 13th and it flied so fast. Love the blog today. Definitely will go to Met for the exhibition.

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  25. Happy Birthday!! I hope that you have a great day.
    (I love that vintage shot from "Yvon's Paris.")

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  26. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAROLg!

    What a wonderful day you had celebrating doing so many wonderful things, hope you enjoyed the hot dog and eclair, loved the photo's. The books and websites look promising will do a look over.

    Have a fun week doing all the things that make you happy.

    Joanny

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  27. Happy Birthday Carol:)

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  28. Carol -- Wishing you all the best for your b-day! (And thanks for mentioning that YSL/Lagerfeld; I want some juicy reads for my upcoming beach holiday, and that book will most definitely do!)
    XO
    Michael

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  29. Anonymous1:47 PM

    Happy Birthday Carol,
    I will be in Paris for my birthday!!!!!!!

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  30. A sweet and happy birthday to you Carol! ; )

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  31. Talk about Accomplished Women, I think you are one of them. You have accomplished success with your beautiful artwork and entertaining blog. Your work brightens my day, M-Fri. Happy B.D. and can you talk about the Longchamps Pliage bags French girl obsession sometime?

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  32. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Carol! Cool lipstick pens, hot dogs and a wonderful YSL book - enjoy your day!!
    Mimi

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  33. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAROL! I hope it involves more than hotdogs!

    Thanks for the great tip about "beautiful fall". I'm afraid I'm a lapsed reader, so don't even stick my nose in the Times book reviews anymore but this one I'll be getting and taking on holiday with me. (To Paris - shhhh! noone else knows!) YSL hum-hum. ok. but Lagerfeld. He is a Genius God walking on earth if anyones' asking me! Have you seen the docu on him? Kinda cool! It was on the Sundance channel. xoxo

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  34. Joyeux anniversaire!

    Macarons all around!

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  35. Happy Birthday to you...xv

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  36. Anonymous3:47 PM

    Happy Birthday, Carol!

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  37. Best birthday wishes to you!

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  38. Happy Birthday, Carol!
    xxx

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  39. Mlle Paradis-but when you go to Paris you MUST see the YSL exhibit!!
    and the book is quite historical about both of their contributions and perspectives on Parisien couture.
    they each play a particular role and very important it is too.
    you'll love it I promise.
    To quote an interview with author Drake,
    'I have written this book as the story of two characters, two geniuses, two careers that touch the same object. This is not a scandalous book or some kind of investigative journalism.'

    THANK YOU everyone! for all the very kind thoughts..most kind :)

    xxcarolg

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  40. wow, thanks for sharing that video. I sooo wish I could be there to see it! I wonder if they'll ever bring it to my coast???

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  41. P.S. And more importantly...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope you can find one of those eclaires, they look so decadent!

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  42. Thanks for sharing with us that it is your birthday. Everyone needs the bestest of wishes on her special day.

    Hope you have more celebrations today.

    June

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  43. Happy birthday dear Carol!

    Hope your day is filled with all things sweet! Thank you for the bday wishes earlier in the month - I did not know we were both May babies!
    Have a wonderful birthday!

    XO
    Anita

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  44. Happy Birthday!

    I look forward each day to your delightful daily post. You bring so much beauty, joy and fun to my life, and I wish you the same on your birthday.
    You're posts are so down to earth, that I feel that I know you!

    With all best wishes for a happy day and year,

    Bev

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  45. Big kisses from Paris! I couldn't find a birthday window!!!!

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  46. Happy Birthday! Are French Girls perpetually 39?

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  47. Joyeux Anniversaire Carol !

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  48. Anonymous6:57 PM

    Mon dieu! If I'd have known it was your birthday I certainly would have saved a few and sent them your way. Next batch, promise! Cindy

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  49. Happy Birthday, Carol! I hope you've had a special day. I ate my first macaron the other day in your honor! I was at a "PAUL" outside of Miami and had to try one. Thanks to you educating me via PB, you had me dying to try one and it was quite good. I was thinking of you! xx

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  50. Happy Birthday! loving the post!

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  51. Maligayang kaarawan , CarolG.
    That is 'Happy Birthday' from the Philippines.

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  52. Happy birthday and many happy returns! LOVE that last purple mac and purple lipstick shot!

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  53. Dear Carol
    Happy birthday all the way from Australia! Hope your day is filled with fun and loads of macarons! Thanks for your lovely posts which are a daily joy.
    Best regards
    Susi xx

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  54. Dick M.9:35 PM

    happy birthday and thanks for the joy you bring us everyday hope you had a great happy day
    Dick

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  55. Dear Carol:
    I wish you're having a great birthday,one more of all whose will come.
    Wish you the best from this side of the world.

    Bisous&enjoy it
    ;D

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  56. Happy Birthday, Carol!
    Your readers love you.
    Hugs,
    CB

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  57. FoodWalker9:50 PM

    Hope you have a lovely day full of all that you love.
    Annie

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  58. Anonymous10:15 PM

    Happy Birthday, I wish you love and fun all through the year, and macarons everyday. Bonne Fete a toi.

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  59. Happy, Happy birthday to you!!

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  60. vanete11:20 PM

    Happy Birthday,Carol!
    Best wishes from a Brazilian reader.
    I enjoy PB's post:)
    Parabéns!

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  61. Happy Birthday! Hot dogs are lovely things (not pretty but tasty.) Hope you had a good day! American girls can dress up too - the Met is close to Central Park, now I'm sure there are athletic French girls too!

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  62. Hope you had a wonderful birthday, Carol! And I'm sure you're not a day over 30!
    Bonne Anniversaire, ma cherie!

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  63. Happy Birthday Carol!
    xoxo

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  64. Happy birthday Carol - hope you had a lovely day!

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  65. Happy, happy birthday - bonne anniversaire! And happy Syttende Mai - 17th of Mai - your birthday and Norwegian Constitution Day : ).

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  66. Many happy returns of the day! Have been reading your blog for some time, this is first comment.

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  67. Anonymous1:31 AM

    Happy Birthday, Carol!
    I thought I would take this opportunity to let you know how much fun I have everytime I come to read your blog. You have also introduced me to the macarons! which I've never tasted (shock horror) and I've never been to Paris either (please don't faint).

    From a reader in New Zealand :)
    Elizabeth.

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  68. many many Happy returns! hope you really enjoyed your special day! and you're right about the eclair instead of cake, I had a strawberry tart instead of cake last year, much much better than cake!

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  69. Happy Birthday Carol.


    Manon

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  70. Robynn2:52 AM

    Happy Birthday! It's my birthday, too! As I live in Paris, I indulged in one of my favorite desserts - moelleux au chocolat - although I realize I should have also added a macaron or two to the mix, after seeing your blog. Well, there's always today. I hope you can spend your next birthday in Paris!

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  71. Ewelina from Cracow6:42 AM

    Happy Birthday to you!!!

    I love Paris and I love your blog!!! The way you write and take pictures - a little masterpiece which makes my (and une centaine other's which I'm sure of) day!

    Hope all your Parisian and "simple life" dreams will come true!

    Here's some champagne which a woman with class deserves on such an occasion!

    Have a lovely day!

    Best regards from Cracow,
    Ewelina

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  72. Sophia6:53 AM

    Bonne anniversaire a vous
    Happy Birthday, almost French girl! Sounds like you had a good time yesterday!

    xo,


    Sophia

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  73. Misha in Paris6:54 AM

    I like the bisous bisous picture ! It's impossible to eat with this perfect make up, isn't it ?
    A+C+++++

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  74. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CAROL!

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  75. Wow - big happy birthday wishes!! hope you had a fab day. jx

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  76. Happy Birthday, Carol.

    Tchin Tchin!!!!
    The pictures .... hummhummmm..
    delicious!
    Heloisa

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  77. Happy Birthday, Carol! I hope you get all of your birthday wishes including a trip to Paris soon!

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  78. Happy Birthday and here's to another wonderful and healthy year for you!

    Laura

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  79. WHAT AN INCREDIBLE video, I thoroughly enjoyed watching that and seeing women evolve over the years! MY BFF and I always say though that we were born in the wrong era. Women were so elegant back before the 50's. They took pride in being a woman! Now, they walk out the door as if they just got out of bed, I think many of them do just that. You don't need to dress up, but at least have some pride in being a woman. That's my opinion.
    Are they still having this at the MET? Please contact me if they are, I'll be in NYC next week.
    MCB

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  80. Happy BIrthday!!!! late to the party but biggest wishes for a fabulous year. Looking good cherie!!!
    xxxooo

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  81. Meg Mitchell2:21 PM

    It's my birthday as well and every year I celebrate it in Paris.

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  82. I just love reading your emails - they are a bright spot in my day! Someday I will get to Paris, afterall, my French Canadian ancestry points straight to France!
    Merci! - Marcia

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  83. chocolate eclair over a cake ANY day...in fact, I did so much walking in Paris a couple years ago, I made it a point to eat an eclair a day...I would walk it off anyway :)

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