11 Tips for Planning Your Bastille Day Party!

Ok my fellow francophiles, it’s time to get inspired for your Bastille Day celebrations this Sunday!

1. Pick out your favorite blue, white and red outfit.

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2. Or choose a fashion inspiration with a Revolutionary twist.

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3. Set a table full of pastries Marie Antoinette would be envious of.

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4. Why not serve a cake made of cheese wheels?

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5. Use your candelabra stands to display cupcakes.

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6. Pile the profiteroles high.

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7. Offer haute couture cupcakes.

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8. Treat your guests to a cooler of champagne.

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9. And swing from the chandelier!

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10. Remember to sip a loving cup with a special friend

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11. And, dance the day away with fellow francophiles! Enjoy and Viva La France!

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Paris Lives in Your Closet: A Frenchy 4th

Writing from Hong Kong at 1 a.m., but had to get this off to you in time for our 4th of July weekend. Why not dress for your holiday celebration as a Parisian would? We share the same national colors, after all. For both sexes, a white and blue and white horizontal striped sailor shirt paired with a red sweater tied around the neck or topped with a navy blazer keeps you festive and sophisticated.
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Score triple points by rounding out the look with red, white or blue flats or loafers.
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Have a safe and joyous independence day!

Jim Morrison’s Gravesite at Père Lachaise in Paris

Jim Morrison died in Paris on July 3, 1971. His tombstone at the famous Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris is covered in kisses, graffiti and momentos from admirers. His neighbors at the cemetery include Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf and many dearly departed.

“People fear death even more than pain. It’s strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over. Yeah, I guess it is a friend.”

Jim Morrison

 

Happy Birthday, Jean Dujardin

The handsome actor who won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival and Academy awards for his work in the “silent” film The Artist turns 41 today. Born in the suburbs of Paris, the actor is also a gifted comedian, well known in France for his Bond-inspired roles in the spy parody series, OSS 117.

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But he’s still best know in the states for his portrayal of fading silent star George Valentin in The Artist. Here’s the trailer of the film.

Paris Lives in Your Closet: Masculin et Feminin

Garçon or fille…boy or girl…androgynous fashion is all the rage on Paris streets these days. So mix and match your wardrobes for the ultimate gender mashup.

Some tips: Ladies, borrow some traditional menswear style from the guys, like this blazer, skinny pant and brimmed hat combo.

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And men, steal your gal’s leggings for an under the shorts look. Of course, both sexes can keep it refined in head-to-toe black no matter what you pull out of your closet.

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La Vie En Rose

A personal favorite of mine, this song by Edith Piaf sealed her fame and the French chanteuse an international star. Written in 1945, the song wasn’t released as a single for two years because Piaf’s peers did not consider it strong enough compared to her other music. After she finally performed it live, it immediately became a crowd favorite and soon made her a recognizable talent around the world. The lyrics of the song were written by Édith Piaf herself, and the melody was composed by Marguerite Monnot and Louis Guglielmi, known as Louiguy. The title roughly translates to “Life in Rosy Hues” or “Life Through Rose-Colored Glasses,” and literally as “Life in Pink.” 

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Here you can view Piaf singing the song in French. Every wonder what the lyrics are? See below for the English translation.

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Eyes that gaze into mine,
A smile that is lost on his lips—
That is the unretouched portrait
Of the man to whom I belong.

When he takes me in his arms
And speaks softly to me,
I see life in rosy hues.
He tells me words of love,
Words of every day,
And in them I become something.
He has entered my heart,
A part of happiness
Whereof I understand the reason.
It’s he for me and I for him, throughout life,
He has told me, he has sworn to me, for life.
And from the things that I sense,
Now I can feel within me
My heart that beats.

In endless nights of love,
A great delight that comes about,
The pains and bothers are banished,
Happy, happy to die of love.

When he takes me in his arms
And speaks softly to me,
I see life in rosy hues.
He tells me words of love,
Words of every day,
And in them I become something.
He has entered my heart,
A part of happiness
Whereof I understand the reason.
It’s he for me and I for him, throughout life,
He has told me, he has sworn to me, for life.
And from the things that I sense,
Now I can feel within me
My heart that beats.

Joyeux Heure: French 75

It’s happy hour somewhere…

The Drink: French 75

What’s in a Name?: The 75-millimeter M1897, a light, potent little gun with a vicious rate of fire, was the mainstay of the French field artillery in World War I.

The Goods:

  • 2 ounces London dry gin
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 5 ounces Brut champagne

Glass Type: Collins glass, though I’ve seen it poured in a Champagne flute

Shake well with cracked ice in a chilled cocktail shaker, then strain into a Collins glass half-full of cracked ice and top off with champagne.

Recipe courtesy of Esquire.com

 

 

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