Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Diplo-Halloween!

Just a little note to wish everyone a Happy Halloween as they emerge post storm for some tricks and treats! Diplo-tot will be venturing out as a fish this year.  In keeping with our theme of food products we like to eat - we were shooting for a sushi costume but couldn't find a winner in her size, so we're just going with the whole fish idea: you could make sushi...or grill...or roast...the possibilities are endless.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Rain, Rain, Go Away...

Come again some other day....Currently diplo-tot's favorite song.  Except she really only knows the first part, and she's been getting a lot of practice on it since Sunday.  We're all a-okay here but thinking of those who were hit significantly harder by Superstorm Sandy.

If the graphic above looks a bit spiffier than usual, that's because I learned a thing or two (or two hundred) at this weekend's BlogShop before the storm hit, and these two days at home gave me a bit of time to practice.  Obviously, I've got a long way to go and perhaps I should read a graphic design book or two (or two hundred) so that I don't sore everyone's eyes with poor combinations, but at least I have a few more tools to work with now - more on that later!

Hoping everyone on the East Coast is keeping dry and recovering as the rains go away and the clean up begins.

1//umbrella   2//rain boots 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Photography Friday: From Paris, With Love...

While I've been waxing nostalgic over here about Paris, Jamie Beck and The Glamourai have been posting beautiful photographs from their own trip.  And I after I just finished writing my Lessons for Clara essay about how Paris is best enjoyed with someone near and dear to you, Jamie Beck posted this series today of her and her husband Kevin. As a collection, the photos are little glimpses into what Paris can be like, and so many themes are so instantly recognizable to me.  The black and white and thick grain just add more to the feel that you're on the outside looking in - very Parisian if you ask me.  Now, who's inspired to pack their bags?

Check out the full collection of photos here:
Paris is for Lovers
Paris in the Fall

And from a fashion point of view:
Weekends in Paris
Weekdays in Paris
Evenings in Paris

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Living the language...

EF - Live The Language - Paris from Albin Holmqvist on Vimeo.

I thought I had shared these little clips earlier last year that EF did about living and learning a language. But apparently I only thought I did.  In any case, EF did a great campaign about little snippets of languages that happen when you really go somewhere to learn - they're all adorable videos but I'm biased to the Paris one.  Surprised? No, me neither.  The whole video is like Paris in a two minute nutshell for anyone that's ever gone...everything from the rain, to being lost, to eating wonderful food, to being inspired, to waking up to open windows, and to finding someone that makes the city all the more interesting... Please tell me I'm not the only one who remembers these things in Paris...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Paris by iphone...

Paris.  Just Paris. Is there anything more to say beyond that? That's all.




Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Diplo-style: Garance Dore...

When I said this was going to be a Paris-inspired week, I defintiely meant it.  Garance Dore - need I say more? She's the perfect blend of chic and effortless that everyone else, including me, aspires to.  I don't understand how you can be so relaxed but so put together at the same time.   I think it's because she's comfortable in her own skin, and not just in her own clothes.  She gives due time to classics like a pressed white shirt or beautifully made fedora, but at the same time, manages to incorporate the of-the-moment in a way that would be way beyond me.  I can do the classic pieces but that's about it.  But she's not coated in layers of make-up, or oodles of recognizable outfits from catalogs - she's just got her own thing going and it fits her.  Even if she's shooting, I love that there are heels and a legit handbag peeking out, and none of that takes away from her talent.  Why is it assumed that photographers have to be drab and shabby? Mais, non.

Here's the thing though, I wonder if she feels as Parisian as we make her out to be.  She's not Parisian per se, she's from Corsica, she has an American boyfriend and she's constantly on the go.  They sound like small things, at least, they do to me or to a typical American, but I've been in Paris long enough to know that these are pretty big breaks from the norm.  The city can be, um, shall we say, "rigid"? Especially when it comes to doing things a little differently.  I first used to think it's me, but I realize that it's mostly just them.  Case in point: this trip we went out for a nightcap, my French-living-in-Paris-for-5-years friend and I and a group.  She and I ordered champagne, she asks for a raspberry in hers.  The waiter looks confused.  She asks again.  The waiter says "why?".  She replies because and he deadpans "but they aren't even in season!".  Typical. Paris can get you down like that.  But one look at the Eiffel Tower and you can get past it pretty quickly.  And I bet Garance orders her champagne confidently any way that she wants it.

All photos by Scott Schumann except last, by Derek Henderson.

Monday, October 22, 2012

All aboard! Leaving Paris in style...

Is there any better way to leave Paris than by train? I don't think so - somehow leaving from Charles de Gaulle, usually after delays and exasperation at the bizarre building allocatino doesn't have quite the same romanticism as pulling out of one of the city's iconic stations, leaving you to your thoughts as the train picks up speed and memories of Paris fade into the background.  I don't know, it's kind of a Paris thing I guess.

I left this time around by train too so maybe I'm already biased - just two and a half days in Paris but a mind full of one part inspiration, one part nostalgia, and one part relief.  So I've decided that we'll have a bit of a Paris inspired week this week - and to the point above on trains, I thought that the pictures that Todd Selby did from the Louis Vuitton Express as it chugged along from Paris to Shanghai via Moscow (um, now isn't THAT the trip of a lifetime?) were in perfect order.  There are just a few photos here, and only the ones associated from Paris, but see the full set and check out the video diaries of his journey here, and on The Selby as well. Sometimes, it really is more about the journey than the destination.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A townhouse of textures...

I'm a natural light, lots of whites, mostly neutrals and a few brights kind of girl.  I don't gravitate towards big, dark stately spaces, or heavy draperies or thick fabrics.  Except in London.  Maybe it's the rainy days (though truth be told, I've always been lucky with sunshine in London), or maybe its the sense of infinite history, but I can dig a bit of cozy nooks and lots of layers when I'm here.

Which is why I was so intrigued by Kim Hersov's home that was in Elle Decor last month.  I just couldn't stop staring at her bedroom, with its dark walls and patterened duvet and layers upon layers - it's so different than what I'm naturally drawn too.  But I'll chalk it up to the change of seasons and wanting to layer on myself the way she's layered in her home, with a mix of textures and provenance, but without being overly heavy.  The only thing missing in this house is a nice mug of tea...


All photographs by Simon Upton for Elle Decor.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fall into Fall...

Fall is definitely here - at least, it's finally here for me! The warm days in the DC area made it possible to carry out the transition longer than it probably should have gone on, but I'm finally with it.  Maybe it was this weekend's visit to the pumpkin patch, complete with toasted marshmallows over the fire and cold hands and even a pumpkin spice latte that finally brought me across the line.

Although truth be told, we've been slowly getting to the fall spirit for a while - a few weekends back we visited dear friends in North Carolina.  And while the weather there was even warmer than in DC, all the gorgeous fall hues we associate with the change of seasons were already making a little peek out and about.  Autumn sunflowers...squashes and gourds...purple okra...even tobacco leaves drying.  I don't think I've seen those since leaving the South after college (which was incidentally, also the first time I had ever seen those).

Here are a few shots from Duke Gardens - definitely worth a visit if you're in the Raleigh-Durham area.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Photography Friday: Heading out on the road...

This is perfect as we settle in to the middle of October.  It's finally starting to feel like fall around here, and the cooler days are going to make me finally dig out my sweaters and start cozying up.  And of course the fall days arrive just in time for another trip - I'm off next week to London and Paris for work, but still have part of the weekend with diplo-fam for bundling up, pumpking patches and mugs of hot tea. 

Photographed by Peter Lindbergh for a spread entitled "Lost Highway", it's meant to convey the wide open American road.  But in looking at them, I couldn't help but think of the Great Gatsby (well aside from the first one below, that one is just straight Out of Africa for me - is it weird that both of these references ended up being Robert Redford movies?).  Not so much the splashy champagne parties and Daisy intrigue that it's usually associated with the story, but rather the side tragedy of Myrtle and George Wilson - almost showing what if Myrtle and George were a happier combination.  I think it's the dusty feel and the garage and cars, and the phone booth, but I can't seem to get that part of the story out of my mind when I look at these.

Now, time to make some fall weekend plans for Saturday before it's time to pack up for next week!

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