samedi 7 novembre 2009

Petits Détails...

I'm feeling really inspired by these images...
C'est ce que j'aime le plus...
Des petits détails qui donnent un sens, qui racontent une histoire
ou tout simplement qui interpellent celui qui regarde.

mercredi 4 novembre 2009

Seasons Come and Seasons Go...

My photo - taken on one of my many walks last week...
When the trees their summer splendor
Change to raiment red and gold,
When the summer moon turns yellow,
And the nights are getting cold;
When the squirrels hide their acorns,
And the woodchucks disappear;
Then we know that it is Autumn,
Loveliest season of the year.
by Carol L. Riser
I'm finally back, it feels like Autumn is finally here,
and I am one happy lady...
I hope you are too !

mardi 14 juillet 2009

'tis the season...



lundi 29 juin 2009

Déco. d'éte...


Les trésors de chine s'accumulent dans la maison,
entrent en scéne tandis que d'autres
partent en coulisses,
petit à petit chaque chose trouve sa place...

mardi 23 juin 2009

Love at First Sight...

My first encounter with Suno NY, by Max Osterweis,
was when I read an *article in the New York Times,
way back in February, about him and his use of kanga and
african print...
I love, love, love his modern take on vintage prints
with stunning effects...
- lots of mixing and matching, clashing and more clashing,
and some african print thrown in for good measure...
more photos here
*"Suno is the result of more than a decade of collecting textiles
during trips to Kenya.."

the New York Times

lundi 1 juin 2009


Sometimes i love to cook,
and sometimes i love to watch

Sometimes i just want to hide under my quilt
and sometimes i want to leap out from under my quilt...

Sometimes i want to be with lots of people,
and sometimes i just want to see noone and be alone

Sometimes i think outside the box,
and sometimes i don't know how to do otherwise

Sometimes i think i can,
and sometimes i know i can...

Sometimes I want to escape for a day...
but I always want to come back!

Sometimes I forget how lucky I am.

Do you have a sometimes?

mardi 26 mai 2009

Résumé d'un long weekend de mai...

en images...
photo credits
Hope you all enjoyed your (long) weekend..!

mercredi 20 mai 2009


"The work goes on, the cause endures,
the hope still lives and
the dreams shall never die"

Dreaming is just about all I have time for at the moment, other than work,
hopefully I'll be back posting a little more regualarly and
catching with your delightful blogs soon...

jeudi 14 mai 2009

My Style...

The concept of true style is mind-boggling to one and all.
Even if we try to dissect it,
we never come anywhere close to actually attaining it.
The majority of us think it's just a matter of buying the latest,
freshest clothes on the racks and copying exactly what the mannequins
are wearing...
Of course, it isn't, and never has been, about copying others,
whoever they may be...

.All photos from the blog
Sveta Dresher

I love this definition of style by Gore Vidal
“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say,
and not giving a damn.”
What is your definition of style?

lundi 11 mai 2009

Sun, Sea and Sand...

Sable blanc, mer et ciel bleu,
déco en bois flotté...

Mes photos: Club 55, St Tropez
Que demander de plus pour des mini-vacances
"j'oublie tout"...

Thanks for all your kind words left in my absence; I'll be catching up with
all your blogs asap...

lundi 4 mai 2009

Love to Love..

the iconic Citroen 2CV
(launched in 1948 at the Paris Motor Show )
by Citroën Guy
I had a blue convertible one when I was a student in London and
travelled the length and breadth of the UK
and Europe - slowly but surely
(they're surprisingly robust)
A friend of mine calls it a "marmite car", i.e
you either it love or hate it !
See here
for a fun video which is well worth watching for a laugh...
I'd love to know what you think...

mercredi 29 avril 2009

Sailing into the Sunset...

well, not exactly, as we'll be leaving at dawn, but
I thought it sounded good...
via JJJJound
We're taking a break
- off sailing for the week -
à bientôt!

mardi 28 avril 2009

Who? Me?...


5. I have an incredible amount of patience for some things,
and absolutely none for others...
4. I love the aroma of freshly ground coffee...
3. I have a special, unshakable, deep-rooted love
for Paris...
2. I don't like people with no sense of humour,
I've no idea how to
relate to them;
I find they take themselves too seriously...
1. I’m more interested in ideas than what other people
are doing in their (private) lives...

lundi 27 avril 2009

A Happier World...

Image: Côté Sud
If every life learned to share
A happier world we would have
We could share our lives
And share our thoughts
Without any kind of recrimination
We could share our love
With all the strangers
That may come our way
Around the world
Making new friends wherever we go
If sharing was not just a dream
Paradise at our feet
Would unfold
There would be no more poverty
For every crust of bread, we’d share
We can only dream that one day
Many hearts will beat as one
Many minds will think alike
No more terrors will strike discord
And sharing will become the word
David Harris

mardi 21 avril 2009

Tell Me...

Do you blog everything you'd like to,
or do you *censor yourself?
via Remodalista
Are there times you start to write something
and then think, nah, not gonna write that?
I do, I sit down to write and I find myself
picking and choosing so carefully that I just give up.

This frustrates me.
I don't like it but I have learned the hard way
to be careful.

I won't go into it.
Let's just say once your privacy has been invaded
in an extremely unpleasant way, you learn to exercise caution.
I quite frequently come up with great blog posts
on my way to work and then of course once I'm back home,
they've either left my head or I simply think better of it.

Maybe with time this will change.

Maybe not. Only time will tell.

Definition of censor :
Verb : to ban or cut portions of
(a film, letter, or publication)

lundi 20 avril 2009

A Great Week...

was had by all...
Because we had family and friends here...
Because it's Spring and the weather is beautiful and warm
and hopefully going stay this way...
Because we spent the entire week out and about...
Because the girls were on school holidays and were
on their best behaviour all week...
Because I'm feeling particularly loved and cherished by
my "better half"
(a bit corny but it's true..!)
Because I'm well and truly back on my feet
- no more back pain....
Because I was off work all week...
all photos by Lord Snowdon
Because I love nothing more than spending quality time with
my family and friends...
I hope you had a great week, too...

mardi 7 avril 2009

Vintage Beachwear...

I know it's only April,
but I'm already dreaming of long, hot, lazy days
spent on, and by, the sea...
A trip the beach
doesn’t have to mean leaving style at home....

All photos from May 1954 Seventeen

Don't you just love these vintage bathing suits?
If anyone out there knows where I can
buy vintage (or vintage inspired)
Please let me know...

lundi 6 avril 2009

MERCI in Paris...

is a new concept store like no other that I just know
you’ll all love...
When I popped by whilst in Paris, I found the
layout more reminiscent of a house than a department store,
which I loved...
MERCI sells a variety of products both of contemporary design
and second-hand;
on offer are contempory and vintage fashions,
a hardware section with beautiful everyday objects,
a florist, a perfume corner, a Used Book Café
with new and second-hand books
and a "Cantina"...
Last, but by no means least, Merci participates in a
philanthropic project whereby
all the profits go to help deprived children in Madagascar..

.. MERCI is to be found at
111, boulevard Beaumarchais
75003 Paris
which is in the Haut Marais district in the heart of Paris
an internet site will be online soon...

mardi 31 mars 2009

Being Thankful...

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
My photos: Cuba, Sri lanka, Ghana, Mauritius, St Tropez
Be thankful when you don't know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you're tired and weary
Because it means you've made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.

A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.

~ Author Unknown ~

lundi 30 mars 2009

Yours Truly...

Photo: VintageVogue

° When I was 12, I was in a car accident that, by all laws of physics,
should have killed me.
I still don’t know how I survived.
° I seem unable to work unless I am surrounded by clutter.
If I file things away neatly, I immediately
lose them.
If I stack them up in big teetering piles, I somehow know
where everything is.
° My heart still breaks much more easily than it should.
It doesn’t take much.
I keep waiting for it to toughen up a little bit,
but it never does!
° If there is one thing I can't tolerate, it's gossip.
I have no interest whatsoever in the private details of
other people's lives, famous or not...
° I think of my blog as a hobby; a place for me to play
and share things that I like.
Its completely different from what I do
"in real life"...

vendredi 27 mars 2009

Past Perfect...

I simply had to share these adorable vintage
American car ads...


All above by Jon Williamson
.Wish I was off in one of them for a weekend by the sea!

jeudi 26 mars 2009


“Somewhere over the rainbow,
skies are blue,
and the dreams that you dare to dream
really do come true”
Lyman Frank Baum
What I'm loving in the images below from the TOAST
online catalogue:
~ the merest hint of blue on the fluffy white bath towels
~ the flooring made of tiny pebblestones
~ the pale blue near-seethrough curtains
~ the plain and simple bed linen, white bedside lamps and
stripped wooden floorboards
~ the Xtra large old rustic mirror and, last ,but not least,
all those beautiful straw hats!

~ the rustic setting of all these images in what looks
rather like an old fisherman's cottage in the Greek islands

All images: Toast

lundi 23 mars 2009

Fin de Semaine Dernière...

Au chalet, en montagne, en toute simplicité...
Mes photos
"The best life to lead is your own.
Forget about what everyone else is doing and
concentrate solely on you."

dimanche 22 mars 2009

Spring Fever...

"It's spring fever.
That is what the name of it is.
And when you've got it, you want -
oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want,
but it just fairly makes your heart ache,
you want it so!"
Mark Twain
Hope you all had a super weekend!

mercredi 18 mars 2009

Hey, You...

can you help?
* The One and Only!

Yesterday, as we lingered over lunch,
a friend of a friend, who's thinking of starting a blog, asked me:
"What advice would you give to someone new to blogging?"
Qui? Moi?
Give advice on blogging?!!
I mean, honestly, who, in their right mind, would ask moi
for advice on blogging?!

Despite my best intentions, I can honestly say
I quite often think of one thing and then something completely
different imposes itself and somehow ends up on my blog
- now, from what I've read about blogs and blogging
on other people's blogs,
this is not the way most bloggers blog...
Posts are pre-planned, thought out, perhaps even written ahead.
I, on the other hand, am still muddling
my way along somehow, pretending I know what I'm doing!
It was my nearest and dearest who jokingly suggested
I give her a list of "don't do what I do" tips!
Nevertheless, I must say, this whole conversation
got me thinking and
I wondered if any of you out there (all three of you!!!)
have better advice...
Which blogging platform do you,
or would you, use?
Any others I haven't heard of?
* I've had this photo in my collection for a very long time - I've no idea where
I initially sourced it; if anyone does know, please inform me -thanks!