Abracadabra!

Abracadabra! Chantal Thomass truly whipped up something magical this season with a hocus pokus theme in her Parisian boutique windows.

The lingerie didn’t disappoint either as Chantal Thomass’s name is synonymous with gorgeous, glamorous, sophisticated style. It also seemed appropriate with the fluffy white doves, not only because of their relation to magic shows but also as they symbolize peace and love.

Drama! A rather fierce and mysterious scene, who knows what it could lead to…

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Painting at the Louvre

Painting at the Louvre, can there be any better place for it? While strolling down the long corridors I found several people standing with a canvas, paintbrush, and oil paints producing their own smaller masterpieces. Ahhh, the delicious smell of oil paints and turpentine certainly brought back memories but also made the gallery space come to life. There are so many amazing paintings that would be incredible to study with a paintbrush and in it’s fabulous environment none the less. Dabbling in art myself, it would be a challenge but very rewarding and exciting one.

Personally, I’d choose to study this painting by Jacques-Louis David entitled Les Sabines, 1799. The only difficulty would be conquering the vast size as it’s h.385, l.522! I’d like to give you all a very mature and reasoned explanation as to why just this one, but I can’t as the only reason would have to be that I have the hots for the javelin thrower. Reow! Whether or not you enjoy a strong powerful nude warrior, you at least have to admit that it’s an impressive painting. A real treasure. J’adore!

The Louvre- Napoleon III’s Apartments

Welcome to the glorious Louvre! Not only is the exterior phenomenal, but I’ve also heard and now witnessed first hand that the interiors are rather impressive as well. What a wonderful day spent exploring the many long corridors of the famous museum!

Saw the iconic pyramid designed by architect I M Pei, which was opened in 1989. Fierce and truly iconic but is it really suiting against the backdrop of the gorgeous palace/museum grounds?

To start my journey through the Louvre I figured the only natural starting place would be Napoleon III’s apartments. After all the Louvre was originally a palace/castle/fortress and not a museum filled with some of the most impressive art.

Yes! Absolutely yes! Needless to say, I’m ready to move in immediately! If that turns out to be impossible, I should at least wish to have one of the chandeliers as a parting gift. Certainly something they should sell in their gift shop.

Reow…

If I had to choose a favorite room it would have to be this one, the lovely salon. I suppose that back in the day the large room was used as a meeting place for the lovely people at court where they could converse and have a cup of tea, should they fancy one. I don’t think it’s possible to get any closer to paradise than by standing right here.

Afraid of not getting invited to the dinner? Fear not as the table is long enough to fit in everyone.

And here are the lovely jewels that I would be prancing around my new living quarters wearing. Truth be told, I’d wear them all the time, everywhere as delicious jewelry like this doesn’t deserve to be left alone.

Never has it been more clear that my room needs a serious facelift. I’m in absolute awe of the infinite dazzling interiors. Here is a rather decorated make up table. As peculiar as it might seem isolated, in the right setting it could kill in its stylishness. I’m convinced I could work it into my room somehow even if it means replacing some furniture and centuries.

The Perfect View

Here is the spectacular view from the business class lounge of the hotel that I’m staying at, I have the perfect view of both the lovely Eiffel Tower and the Opéra National de Paris Garnier.

Reow, an entire lounge to one self isn’t a bad way to end the day!

Then again, I’ve yet to mention the fact that the lounge offered some delicious patisserie such as these fabulously delicious macaroons. If you’ve yet to try lemon macaroons, I strongly suggest you do as it turns out they’re very refreshing and tasty.

It all felt so surreal, sitting in Paris eating macaroons and watching the Eiffel Tower come to life and light in the evening. I can understand why it’s called the city of lights… look how lovely the gold statues of the Opéra glimmer because of the spotlights!

My life is a dream! Later in the evening, I wandered over to take a closer look and this is what I found…

Total postcard moment, right?

Bonjour from Paris!

Bonjour mes amis! How exciting is this, I’m in Paris and saying a quick hello before heading out of the hotel to explore the promising city. The best news is that it’s only a short plane ride from London, so a quick weekend trip is more than possible.

After landing at the airport, I took the Roissy bus into the city and got dropped of right outside the lovely Opéra National de Paris Garnier. Conveniently my hotel was also only a few minutes walk away. But look how gorgeous! I think I’ve found heaven.

All of the buildings look absolutely stunning and breathtaking. I’ve certainly got hundreds of new ideas for my future home :) I can also understand why Paris is known as a dazzling city… J’adore!

Weekend Drink

Take a second out of your busy lives and just enjoy a moment! Jazzed up my day with this fabulous drink that I created, granted it’s very similar to a mojito. Reow so here’s how I did it:

Ingredients: Fresh lime, cucumber, mint leaves, water (could be sparkling or flat) *if daring, water can be replaced by your choice of liqueur.

1. Slice the fresh lime in half and then press into juice in a fancy glass

2. Wash mint leaves and pluck a few (c. 8-10 leaves) and place in the fancy glass with lime juice in it

3. Finely slice a few (c. 2-4) circular pieces of cucumber and place in the fancy glass with lime and mint leaves in it

4. Add as much or as little water as you’d like, it really depends on how strong you like your drink

* If you want to jazz up your drink further you can sweeten it by adding a pinch of natural raw brown sugar or make it a bit more salty by salting the rim of your glass like a margarita! Yum! Enjoy and alter as best suits you.

All Work and No Play

Any guesses as to what the theme of my next endeavor will be? Hint, I’ve taken inspiration from some gorgeous postcards that I received with work in celebration of 150 years of Kuniyoshi. Now I know that in art, work and play should be all the same which, it often is when working without a deadline. I on the other case have a very strict deadline for this project so at the moment I feel a bit more doom and gloom than chipper and excited.

Regardless, I intend to do a fantastic job and create some really interesting work from my fabulous theme, which I picked myself. Drama, if only I could wave my magic wand and reassure myself there will be smooth sailing unlike in the postcard!