Saturday, September 25, 2021

Holly Golightly in Paris map, Place Vendôme


The opening shots of BAT/Breakfast  at Tiffany’s  are part of New York iconography don’t you think? You can watch the entire movie in 3 parts.  

If Holly went to Paris and why wouldn’t she for a girl who loves luxury, where would she go? With lunette de soleil/sunglasses🕶 or without/pure Audrey. Big question. The sunnies won. “There are certain shades of limelight that wreck a girl's complexion.” So many sketches✏️✏️✏️

Your letter will be hand-personalized ✍️ just like Holly’s note to Fred in the movie.

You can hear the full book read on Youtube if you’re playing catch-up. Capote’s writing is wonderful. It’s a classic.

The Cat “stays in the picture.” Also known professionally as ‘Orangey’..quite a recalcitrant cat, who ran away habitually at the end of shooting but was famous for sitting still for long hours.

Which hotel would Holly stay in Paris? I asked knowledgable Paris Diary by Laure. Do you get her newsletter? You should. Comes on Tuesdays. She said luxury 5* Hyatt Vendôme is currently very hot with celebrities.

I thought about it and put Holly in room #114, Mr. Flannagan’s chambre at the Ritz(from Love in the Afternoon). The Ritz and Audrey are joined at the hip don’t you think?

For BAT fans watch the making of…essential. Yes, we all hate the casting of Mr. Kuniyoshi. Big mistake, even back then they should have known better. 

Have you wandered around Place Vendôme looking in the shops? 

I haven’t except for specific errands to the 
The Ritz Chalet de Noël or the Salon Proust Salon preview tea.

What a treat! I had to for
 Holly’s Paris map It was lovely. A beautiful open, airy space with extraordinary shops. Why not do a trial run yourself? 😊💋🕶🥂🐻

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The Big White Shirt, Liwan


The oversized shirt/OS is a Fall must-have more or less. Today we’re in Paris!

A classic white man’s shirt has always been essential for French women. Yet I couldn’t find any pics or mention in French bible, How To Be Parisian Wherever You are!? So I sketched one on the cover.

Perfect for Design Night Out.

OS was spotted on rue Saint Sulpice

 tells where to get the big white shirt and how much to pay. 

We discovered the delectable concept store, Liwan walking further down rue Saint Sulpice at #8. Their windows had a stunner. We had to go inside.

One of the owners demonstrated how to wear it. So chic.

Accessorized to perfection.

Remember Catherine Deneuve of the extremely pointy-toes and high heels? Guess what she’s wearing when not on the tapis rouge? Lebanese-made babouches from fabric she brings in! It seems everyone who is anyone is wearing Liwan’s slippers according to Vogue.

Both Carolyn and I bought the OS in Grasse at Carmen’s. Even though the sales woman said it was a small, mine is so big, 2-3 people could wear it at once😬 Of course Carolyn’s fits fine.

If you’re wearing a white shirt you better stick to white food no? Galeries Lafayette, at the moment has a counter of almond milks from Maison Gazelle. Course the exotic flavorings could be problematic…

When in Place Vendome, I usually waltz through Hotel Ritz. They don’t mind a bit and they have a fun concept store in the back for affordable Ritzy souvenirs. Reason enough for walk through.

Plus a lovely inner courtyard. 

I was curious to know the flower’s name and asked the front desk concierge. She said they change them weekly and asked me to sit while she called their landscape artist. She said they were called 
Me,”Please write it down ✏️” 
Oh…impatients😊idiot moi
My next map is set in Place Vendome. Coming soon!You won’t want to miss it!

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Riviera Colors

By popular request more Riviera this and that for hungry travelers 🧳 I loved this huge watermelon 🍉 umbrella in the Cannes pedestrian shopping area.

Tomato red umbrellas in a Nice jolly.

Carolyn’s lunch at Le Safari in Nice. We tried the mozza with tomatoes everywhere we went but none topped those at Cafe Hoche in Cannes. Its like that when you travel isn’t it 😊 You keep trying out a particular dish over and over and its never quite as good.

The colors and patterns reminded me of these big paper cutouts in the Matisse museum on the ground floor.

Carolyn wanted a vrai salade Niçoise and it came in a bowl at Le Safari with a big leek on top! Is that allowed? I happily ate her anchovies. I am always available to help out with anchovies.

A small greeny park in Cannes.

Ladurée greens on rue Antibes in Cannes.

I would have loved to go into this Citrons of Menton shop in Cannes but Carolyn was looking for lounge dresses…

Ballerina shop, Repetto in Cannes on rue Antibes.

Tarte Tropezienne is all over the Riviera (originated in Saint Tropez) and not really a tarte but a giant, flat cream puffy thing.

The best sardines in France. Also the priciest but worth it if you’re into sardines. I am.

An essential ‘online’ map of the shuttle train coastline. No longer available in print, so save this for your next trip.

A look in Van Cleef and Arpels window. I coveted the copies in the cheapie shops. Who’s going to know?Carolyn vetoed that idea 🤔

Lovely figure painting at the Matisse museum and a photo of the same scalloped chair in his house.
An older gal sitting next to us at le Safari (not wearing polka dots). I’m off to a preview at the Paris Louvre soon. I almost said the Met. Guess where I am?If you'd like Parisbreakfast letters, maps and watercolors in your mailbox, do take a look in my shop. 
Bon Tuesday PBers🥂🍾☕️🥐Happy Riviera breakfast

Monday, September 20, 2021

What to wear in Cannes


Fashion cannot be ignored when you travel. You’d miss out on a lot of fun. local fashion reveals just as much as local museums and food in my opinion. Do you check what ppl are wearing and the windows when you travel?

I didn’t see one strong dominant color on the Riviera, but lots of oversized white shirts. So much for the after Labor Day rule..

Icall this the ‘yoga look’

Like you just walked out of class…

Minus yr mat (on the right).

Nice, cool blue cotton striped dress perfect for Riviera 🌴heat

Loved this kaki green long dress seen in Nice. Note the smidge of classic Southern France straw bag she’s carrying.

Straw is always IN. Audrey’s little basket of 50+ years ago is still on sale in the marché.

Audrey-Holly’s updo hair will always be IN…the ‘French twist’.

I LOVED ❤️ our cafe waitress’ polka-dotty red dress. So 30’s 

So reminiscent of Marcel Pagnol’s La Trilogie Marseillaise de Marcel Pagnol : Marius -Fanny - César. You can still watch the restored originals on Youtube.

Here’s the trick - if you want Fr subtitles, hit the 3 dots in upper right corner for the dropdown menu. If its Vogue’s  visit Paris apartment series they offer 2-3+ languages. Some videos offer zero. Still useful to know!

So here’s the thing. Are polka dots only for older gals? I’m leaning a lot towards going dotty lately :()

In the Cannes marché I found a good look-alike pair for my new fancy sunglasses(5€). Thinking ahead to when I lose the new Jimmy Fairlys which could be any day now😬
Sooo… AnonymousAnonymous said...Thank you for sharing your time off and sharing with us. Wondering when we can go back and explore more of Paris.
Hmmm..I still have that Riviera feeling. There are 2746 mostly Paris posts on PB. You could revisit them. What about you? Do you want more Coté Sud/Riviera/Cannes etc? Do tell ❤️ If you'd like Parisbreakfast letters, maps and watercolors in your mailbox, do take a look in my shop. Bonne Monday PBers