Wednesday, June 30, 2021

8h45 Inauguration de la librairie des expositions, niveau 6 / Centre Pompidou

 I got a press release from the Louvre gift shop with a witty video. A series of new cool products they’ve creating repurposing well-known classics like Ingre’s Grande Odalisque, La Jaconde, La Venus de Milo, La Victoire de Samothrace etc. I wrote back these would be great at Paris Plage. In response I got an invite to the 8:45 aminauguration of the renovated exhibit bookstore in Centre Pompidou.

Some people will go to the ‘opening of a paperbag.
Me:I will, I will ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿพ‍♀️๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿพ‍♀️๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿพ‍♀️

Anthony Lebossรฉ, a designer from Studio 5-5  described as furniture surgeons explained all to us.
When you come back to Paris some things will feel different. All the department stores like BHV, Monoprix, Galeries Lafayette feel like ‘the wide open spaces’ because of Covid. Same thing in the Pompidou bookshop. 

                                    Before and after
The design team came up with mobile furniture made with repurposed materials. Bookcases can be moved around or removed altogether for special events. I wish my furniture was mobile.

The repurposed shapes, forms and 4 colors exactly reflect the famous exterior of the building.

Is it a well-kept secret you’ll find the most unique gifts ๐ŸŽ

 to take home in museum gift shops?

A photo-booth downstairs unlike any other Paris photo booth.

The poster for current show on at Pompidou -an international exhibit of women abstract artists, including Georgia O’Keeffe.

The big news: September 8th a huge Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit opens at Pompidou. You’ll want to be here for that PBers!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ 

When the new Pompidou opened in 1977, it was such a shock. Le Figaro declared, 
“Paris now has its own monster, just like the one in Loch Ness” Now its a much-loved integral part of Paris with easily accessed great views over the city.

Talking about repurposing, I went baby-rattle hunting the other day for a new bracelet at a toy store near rue Mouffetard. I ended up with a string of giant beads to make into a new summer necklace.

More repurposing of past Eiffel Towers. You can add to your collection on Etsy. Now I’m going to repurpose myself somehow or other ☺️ and go off to the Salon du Dessin preview. So happy to be out and about between working on your (very) late June letter ๐Ÿ’Œ and map๐Ÿ—บ. Bon Wednesday PBers.๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ’‹It is Wednesday right?

Sunday, June 27, 2021

What I wore & Chanel Letter

My sister sent more old family pics from Philadelphia in a manila envelope. They are a record of what I wore over the years. Here, in matching pinafores and ruffled bonnets with pom poms, Mom home-made for sure. An early choke-hold shot.

With my dad and me squinting in a flouncy sundress. My dad used to take me to Saturday morning finger painting classes at The Philadelphia Museum of Art. After class I’d wander on my own from room to historic room in wonderment till he picked me up. It was a terrific grounding in art history.

The picture on the right in our backyard. I don’t know why I remember my father scolding me to, ”Stop posing!” I posed anyway. *Note rickrack & lace ruffled hem. A mom-made creation.
This looks like the final mom-made dress before adolescent ‘rebellion’ set in. So many ribbons ๐ŸŽ€ I do not look thrilled.
As an Ado I went completely monochromatic to my mother’s dissatisfaction. I‘ve stayed that way, keeping to a range of neutrals on the dark side. Hello black.I still don’t wear prints except the occasional scarf to this day. Odd how your life-long clothing tastes are formed at 12. What do you prefer? Prints or solids?
A caftan from my Moroccan period - solid colors. Didn’t everyone go to Morocco at one time or another?
Stripes entered my life in a big way when I worked on 7th Avenue in fashion and discovered Sonia Rykiel. *Note stripped socks.
I Loved Sonia Rykiel & Agnes b. I still have 5 stripe T-shirts in my closet and several striped scarves. You can never go wrong wearing classic stripes in Paris. Is that why I moved to France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท home of stripes/rayure?
En famille on the Atlantic City boardwalk. Note our matching outfits, Mom-made. I’m sure mother made her own matching head-to-toe outfit. We were her living dolls she loved to dress up until we wouldn’t let her.
I played the ‘cover’ as my mother browsed elegant fashion boutiques in Hotel Chelfont Haddon Hall (just like La Samaritaine). Except back in the day you had to doll up to enter. Forget jeans ๐Ÿ‘–  I would quietly wait outside the dressing room, while mom tried on and examined inner seams and structure of couture dresses. Such dreams of grandeur. When she’d finished her research, we’d waft out casually, (buying nothing) as though we shopped there everyday.
Here dressed to the nines in matching black-watch plaid suits with matching beanies plus a distinctive added feather. Ready to go faux/pretend shopping. Every stitch sewn by my mother. My mom was a fashion plate.
Quelle surprise Mom. I did finally go to fashion design school as you wished. I worked in fashion 7 years on Seventh Avenue, before moving on to shoe designmedical illustrationfood artistwine art and finally sending out illustrated letters๐Ÿ’Œ around the world๐ŸŒ from Paris. Bonjour Moscow! 

I think my mom would love ❤️ the Chanel letters I just put up on etsy. I hope you do too ☺️ Is it any wonder I’m mad about Bear ๐Ÿป He’s monochromatic and wears a striped T-shirt. Well that’s enough about little ole moi
             ๐Ÿ’‹☺️๐ŸปHave a Bon Dimanche PBers๐Ÿป☺️๐Ÿ’‹

Thursday, June 24, 2021

La Samaritaine


Yesterday I went to the first day opening of newly renovated and much anticipated La Samaritaine department store near Pont Neuf. There were long lines, but the place is so big they let us hoi polloi in almost immediately. 

The best thing you can do when visiting a new building is scoot up to the top floor via the elevator. Then leisurely take in the view as you drift down by escalator. You’ll get a much better sense of the whole place - a total of 7 floors to explore, since the French insist on calling the first floor zero.

Throughout are areas of artzy decor. This is photo of the Arte Nouveau renovation not someone still restoring the famous peacock ceiling opening day.

Like this furnishing display. I dont think Samarataine even sells furniture. 

Bendy yellow Parisian lampposts display items on each floor. 600 brands are represented, most of them luxury, but plenty for the kids. Egg yolk yellow is the signature Samartaine color if you didn't already guess. I’ll bet they don’t call it that...

Another flashy display - this conglomeration of Ruinart Champagne bottles.

Veuve Clicquot fits in with a prominent boutique of yellow metro seats and new tin containers with metro names. The perfect yellow collaboration.

A great commotion and long anxious lines at the Chanel shoe boutique on the 4th floor.

I asked their blonde rep, smartly dressed in white bouclรฉ and glitter trim, “What’s up?”
“Oh we have the newest Chanel shoe styles you can’t find anywhere else.“ Word out PBers. Change your tickets fast. Tell em Parisbreakfast sent you.

I kind of stalked this stunning trench coat with enormous sleeves. It must be the house brand, Louis Vuiton?

Big voluminous sleeves are IN if you didn't know already PBers. Practicality has never been an issue in fashion.

My haul. You simply must walk out with a signature yellow shopping bag. I bought 3 rolls (4€ each and probably the cheapest thing in the place, yet very attractive I thought) of Samartaine washi tape to seal your envelopes ๐Ÿ’ŒLETTER BUYERS. I said to the sales guy “they are le plus moin cher choise?” He agreed. Staff are  mostly young and attractive, wearing striped  marinier T-shirts and navy blazers. Easy to spot and friendly. The atmosphere is jolly and lively. Unattended ice cream carts (that sadly do not sell ice cream) on each floor sell souvenir art nouveau pencils and post cards, chocolate bears/ourson guimauve ,playing cards and my washi tape in 3 designs. They gave away yellow wrist ribbons. So you’re a walking advert for Samaritaine.

There are casual small cafes and coffee bars scattered on each floor. Plus a fancy restaurant on the top floor that requires reservations. 

I was thrilled to see they have Fermob’s Luxembourg chairs in the eggy yellow. But I painted the yellow cups instead. And a bottle of Veuve. My word on Samartaine: def GO. Really a fun experience.๐Ÿ☺️๐Ÿฅ‚✏️๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿพ

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Eiffel Tower Nori


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   Yesterday I had the insane idea to take my Eiffel Tower letters up to the actual Tower to get some onsite pictures. Ha! Not so easily done. 

Metro 6 takes you in front of le Bistro de la Tour cafe.
Maison de la Culture du Japon ร  Paris is right there. Maybe, I’m thinking inside their gift shop window, I can take a shot without asking anyone to hold up the picture?

Instead of course, I started browsing. Is this the little pig ๐Ÿ– I need in my life as a friendly reminder?

Instead I bought Nori seaweed which is supposed to be extremely healthy, full of much needed minerals and iodine etc. And a packet of Furikake Ume seed stuff which David Lebovitz says is healthy and adds flavor to anything. The pig ๐Ÿ– will have to wait.

Of course they have a complicated DIY Eiffel tower paper cutout thing.

Of course they have socks that look like sushi when rolled up.

Of course I fell instantly in love with this stunning red iron tetsubin tea pot.

In the main hall an exquisite Ikebana exhibit.

I went up for a quick glance at the Arts de Beautรฉ exhibit. 

More lovely reds, a favorite color (aka) of the Japanese. Mine too.

After much dawdling, I left to do the task at hand. Asking an unknown French person in broken French is not easy. You’re invading their space, no matter how many “bonjours” you toss out.

Finally the Eiffel tower sellers took pity on me and offered to help. They were utterly charming. 

Plus giving me their opinions on my artwork etc.☺️

                   Do take a look at the Eiffel Towers ๐Ÿ’

And you can add to your Eiffel๐ŸŒธtower collection. So nice to see the Bateaux mouche on the Seine again. I saw one on Friday. A  maiden voyage? It was covered with balloons and everyone shouting and singing☺️ Parisians are so happy things are getting back to normal.
❤️๐Ÿป๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ☺️Happy Sunday dear PBers☺️๐Ÿ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿป❤️