Posts tagged ‘Coco Chanel’

February 18, 2011

Friday::French Philosophy

by heatherkp

A few memorable and famous quotes by French artists, philosophers and writers.  Hope these inspire you today!

Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble — French Proverb

Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume.  — Jean de Boufflers

And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye. — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery. — Anais Nin

People don’t watch enough. They think. It’s not the same thing.–Henri Cartier-Bresson

Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity.– Coco Chanel

To enjoy life, we must touch much of it lightly.–Voltaire

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.–Anais Nin

Gratitude is the memory of the heart. — Jean Baptiste Massieu

I am not what I am.  I am what I do with my hands.–Louise Borgeoise

The pain passes, but the beauty remains. –Pierre Auguste Renoir

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.–- Marie Curie

Hope is a light diet, but very stimulating.–- Honoré de Balzac

We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us. — Marcel Proust

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.–- Vincent van Gogh

February 1, 2011

Trend Tuesday::The French are Coming!

by heatherkp

This month I’ll be featuring a lot if inspiration and some photo’s from my trip to France.  Okay, so the trip was two years ago this February, but somehow I never got around to really exploring the photo’s I took and all the inspiring places and things I saw on my trip. Before I go down memory lane and bring you along with me to the various locations I visited I wanted to share a few trends and french influence I’ve spotted recently in fashion and interiors.  Once again brought to you via Pinterest, you can click on the images to take you to the site for the direct sources.

French Trends and Influences

I’m spotting a return to more feminine influences in interiors, such as more traditional floral patterns, French Provencal style furniture, french linens and monogram embroidery.  In fashion check out the french braids influence on accessories such as scarves, belts and braided jewelry.  And with the recent release of Black Swan anything remotely influenced by ballet such as the french knot updo is a stylistic certainty!

French Films, Art, Lace, Fashion...etc!

Some French influences will never go out of style, french lavender, french lace, french soap and french perfume!  And of course nautical stripes and styling a~la Coco Chanel!  In fact this whole interest in all things French started when I watched Coco Before Chanel and then Coco Chanel a couple weeks ago.  Then last weekend I immersed myself watching the french films La Vie En Rose (about Edith Piaf ) and Seraphine (the sunflower painting above is by her) about a female french artist discovered in the naive art period (such as the well known Henri Rousseau).

So, please come along with me as I be bring you all kinds of French influence throughout the month of February, Enjoy!