Thursday, May 06, 2021

A Renewed Visa + A Single Lady


By the time you read this I’ll be clutching my new carte de sejour/visa card๐Ÿคž I’ve been trying to get a rendezvous/appt since September. 

Its like playing roulette to get a time slot online.You pick from 10 numbers but keep coming up with zero.  Try, try again, in the middle of the night and still you get zero.

With Covid things aren’t the same as they ever were.


Then last week I hit it lucky ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿพ‍♀️๐Ÿ˜ƒ

The other day running round getting visa papers in the rain I spotted this Citron tarte that looks like a donut. Plus a citron meringue that looks like an eclair! Naturalement I had to get them. 

Coming home, they were slip, sliding away. Sadly they did not taste great...

No wonder in this big, silly cake box. 

The lady in the red dress reminded me of the irreplaceable Alber Elbaz we lost last weekend to complications from Covid ๐Ÿ˜ข He put bows everywhere including legs.

Every time I put up another single letter I hear Bay’s Single my head.

Not exactly single but definitely singular, Marie-Antoinette letter is available in my shop

With a personalized envelope ๐Ÿ’Œ

For those who dream of grandeur

And for those want to cut and fold faux Marie-Antoinette paper dolls. Have fun PBers ✂️๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜Š

Saturday, May 01, 2021

Fete de Muguet and more single letters


Happy Premier de Mai PBers! 

The past two days I’ve been hanging out at florist Christian Collin on 43, rue de Rivoli. They were busy as bees. 

I didn’t know the French buy their muguet ahead of the big day. When I went back yesterday to buy, all the smaller plants were gone. Whoosh 

If you buy a plant, you get that cute clip-on ladybug/coccinelle. It doesn’t come with a bunch/boite of flowers :((

 I got a little vase. No cute bug ๐ŸžI hope I get to paint this bunch ๐Ÿคž☺️

Kilo flats of strawberries ๐Ÿ“ and asperges are out in force. Lovely how the French save their berries for Spring’s arrival. You rarely see them the rest of the year.

Chocolate pots of lily of the valley. The pot on the left looks like real dirt. Did you know the hottest plant pots are covered in birch bark...or maybe I’m late to the soiree.

I was looking through old PB May Day posts I came across my 1st May Paris letter from 2014. A lot of water under the pont/bridge since then. 

I was influenced by Botticelli’s apparition of Spring/Printemps. 

Lately when the Vogue report arrives there’s this ad for a Botticelli diaphanous, flowy skirt

Thank you again for your wonderful response to the new single letters. Its been such a surprise for me๐Ÿ’‹ So I decided to put this letter up ☺️๐Ÿคž๐Ÿ“ 

It has a watercolor-decorated envelope ๐Ÿ’Œ though now full size. Muguet/lilies of the valley are my birth flower and hold a special place in my heart ❤️๐Ÿป Are you a May baby too?

Friday, April 30, 2021

What I did in Paris yesterday


These days when I leave the house, I feel like I got a free ‘get-out-of-jail card. With the best of intentions I took the bus to the pool. I was wearing my suit, had my goggles, cap etc. but last minute I decided it’s too chilly to go in (temp 51 but feels like 47). Wimp! I was planning post-pool to go look for Paris souvenirs for your envelopes ๐Ÿ’Œ Hmm..

Instead nearby at M&S I bought my fav BLT/ba-CON avec laitue et tomate sandwiche. And a can of their whipped dairy cream for testing later. I did not buy the REAL jam-filled donuts for comparative analysis . Another time.

Nearby, Monoprix has Summer ‘marinier’-style bedding? And enamel buckets with red trim perfect for storing paintbrushes.

Was it Karmic destiny? In the Metro the first thing I saw was creme de Bresse. 

Watch the French video. Those Bresse cows live a life of ‘Luxe, calm, voluptรฉ’. I live a life full of strawberries ๐Ÿ“ and cream these days.

Coming out at Place Vendรดme, another knockout poster...

Cafes may be shut but they can sell their wares on the street like this iced grapefruit and rose tea from Cafรฉ Cassette.

I got on line at the world’s best pastry chef, CEDRIC GROLET/Opera, but they’d already sold their last strawberry ๐Ÿ“ tarte. The pink  things that looks like hot dogs on a grill, are rhubarb cake.

New Spring macaron boxes are in the window at Ladurรฉe. I just browsed. With the Louvre closed you’ve got to go to pastry shops for art work.

British bookseller WH Smith has totally refurbished their rue de Rivoli shop during the Lockdown. They also have lovely new bookmarks. YUM 

Then to Mado of Paris. News alert! They now have marshmallow madeleines and gold ‘plated’ chocolate bars!

My haul of goodies, bits n bobs for your envelopes ๐Ÿ’Œ PBers. 

I tested the new M&S whipped cream. Fluffier, no Madagascan vanilla, less sugar. The verdict is still out. 
With the best of intentions I’d planned to shoot the Eiffel Tower letter at Champs de Mar. Instead, in the middle of rue de Rivoli, Concorde, I asked a French girl to please hold it up. Did I wanted to be in the picture? Hmm.. THANKS to the new single Paris letter I’m meeting so many lovely new PBers from around the world ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿพ‍♀️❤️๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿป
               ๐ŸŒธ Have a beautiful Friday/Vendredi ๐ŸŒธ

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Swimming and Strawberry Research

I’m back in the pool. So happy ☺️ You need a doc’s note, so its empty ๐ŸŠ‍♀️ I’m going daily doing just water exercises no laps to work off Lockdown pounds. The problem is you get a ferocious appetite post-swimming. 

Piscine St. Germain is 5-minutes walk ๐Ÿšถ‍♂️ from 5 of Paris’ top patisseries (Mulot, Pierre Hermรฉ, Christolphe Michalek, Arnaud Larher, Pierre Marcolini). A tad further: The Smith’s, Popolino, Maison Thevenin, Eric Kayser. Uh oh, we’re in landmine turf.

I popped into Arnaud Larher for strawberry ๐Ÿ“ letter research whilst also grabbing biz cards for your envelopes. Look Cheesecake Louise (my middle name but I resisted): streusel aux amandes, biscuit ร  la passion, creme cheesecake ร  la passion, gelรฉe de fraises, mousse cheesecake recouvert d’une nappage ร  la fraise. Pure poetry.

These massive jars of ๐Ÿ“ jam called my name, but the price did not ๐Ÿ˜ณ I bought something tiny in exchange for browsing and biz card theft ๐Ÿ˜Š

A new patisserie addition to St. Germain๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿพ‍♀️ Fou de Patisserie of the stunning pastry journal, now at 64, rue de Seine, 75006

They have new savory things with the usual melange/mixup of top pastry chefs. Hooray. Their jams are made by MOF(meilleur champion du monde du confiture), Stephan Perrotte. Price tag also €8,50 but I thought I have to try this.

Fou de Patisserie changed their brand logo to black with odd floating shapes. Why FDP? OK, its chic. Do you like it?  Don’t we wear enough black everyday. I want COLOR ๐ŸŽจin my pastry shops. Who buys the most pastry? This is man’s work in my opinion. Why do men think they know what women want.

This strawberry outfit from Isabel Marant shows she knows what women want❤️

Have you been to Maison Thevenin? A lovely family bakery since 1963. Their specialty - lush, fruity tartes. 

When I saw the Cheese-cake New-Yorkais with fromage Philadelphie (my home town) I had to get it. I don’t like eat cheesecake but the French make it trรจs lรฉger/very light. Not like a slice of Brooklyn’s Jr.’s you have to split 6 ways. 
You say, “I am not coming to Paris to eat New York cheesecake. No way”. Big mistake. Light as a feather๐Ÿชถ 

My haul.

Research break ๐Ÿ“ over. Back to mailing out your letters dear PBers ๐ŸŒธ

Ribbon is so hard to find in locked-down Paris, but the stamp store has them for your envelopes ๐Ÿ’Œ

Oh la la la la la la la ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Thank you ever so much dearest, darlings from Hungary, UK, Australia, Germany, Ireland, Greece and the US ! You bought the new singles in my Etsy shop. You’ve made every day so lovely for us☺️๐Ÿป๐ŸŒธ
Please have a lovely day yourselves. xxx ❤️๐Ÿป๐Ÿ“