Thursday, June 30, 2011

Cherries Jubilee

I just found out that I missed a local cherry picking festival (drats!), so I just had to make a post about the delightful, juicy little fruits. I know I couldn't possibly be the only one who beams with exceptional happiness every time I have a bowl of cherries — could I? Oh wait, I just remembered that saying, "Life is just a bowl of cherries." I don't know what it is about those tart little guys, but they're what summer grins are made of!

Does this not make you want to just brush off all on your to-do list and whip up a rustic cherry tart?

These shoes were made for walking, and that's just what they'll do. One of these days these shoes are gonna walk right up to you (hopefully, right)!

Donning a not so average outfit is sure to get you a not so average number of attracted head whips!

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Show Me Those Mussels!

Try as I might to get into the summer mood, I'm suffering from June Gloom. It's been overcast and gray every morning for weeks, and it's been tough for me to realize that it's officially summer! How can I get into the spirit of camping, ball games and lazy sunny afternoons when it's chilly and dismal outside? I am trying though, and to help me out: yummy summer recipes! And since I can't get to the beach to check out all those men showing off their muscles, I'll go for the second best thing — mussels! This recipe is particularly delicious, but they're also quite yummy steamed in a curry coconut bath.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Happily EverAfter

Ooh! Look what we found!

Fairytale French Wedding Chateau

The perfect little wedding venue in South West France! Let yourself be seduced by the charms of this magnificent 15th Century Perigordian Hotel Chateau. It is set in almost 20 acres of grounds. Offers16 unique and elegant double, lounge and suite rooms. The "Chateau du Campe" is usually run as a small hotel so groups are able to take over the entire building and enjoy a few days of luxury in your very own grand chateau! All catering at the chateau is provided in the on-site restaurant. Breakfast is available each morning from 10 euros per person. 5 nights at his little gem rents for approx.13,077 - 15,625 Euros. Conversion to USD $18,800 - $22,460.00. A girl can certainly dream, can't she?

Darlings, we really could be a Cinderella 

 Wow! Have you ever seen so many sunflowers in one place?
 Hmm... must be the... mote?
 Several bedrooms are located in the round stone towers. How romantic!

 See Rapunzel anywhere? Oh, wait. That's another story.
 Quite the steed!
She's a beauty on the backside too!

And they lived ... Happily EverAfter!


Friday, June 17, 2011

22.00 USD Jeanne d' Arc Living Magazine

Wow! $22.00 Introductory Priced - Includes Shipping! The Jeanne d'Arc Living Magazine is now available through French Charmed. This stunningly beautiful French Nordic Home Design Magazine from Denmark is filled with fabulous ideas and photographs of vintage flea market decor, nostalgic European garden design and yummy seasonal recipes. This 5th Edition 2011 English Version, is packed full of visionary wonders to highlight "High Summer". And as always, most advertisements are tucked neatly into the back pages. Your senses will be pleased! Pre-Order your copy here for this special price!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Instant Classic

I’m not usually one to bounce up and down in excitement and impatiently await the arrival of much of anything in an obvious way, but for some reason, the premiere of Terrence Malick’s film, Tree of Life, had me at a near heart-attack level of anticipation for months. His films are just absolutely stunning — I’d say they’re like cinema poetry — and this one (watch trailer here) has already won the Palme d’Or award at Cannes (which is the highest prize awarded at the Cannes film festival). Plus, it stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. What’s not to love?! However, I will warn that Malick’s films aren’t for the faint of heart: they’re usually hours long epics that often don’t follow an obvious plot line (again, cinematic poetry). But if you can remind yourself that it’s art and muster through it, I promise you’ll walk away in awe and appreciate life and nature as you’ve never done before. 

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

For Him

When I think of men and I think of France, the word "dad" doesn't usually come to mind — except when June rolls around, when I try my darndest to get my father as enthusiastic about the small country as I am via a well-chosen French-themed gift. I've done the tie made by a French designer, French beers and even a gift certificate to a local fast food restaurant that's famous for their French fries (yes, that last one was a stretch, but hey, I'll try anything to get him excited about my obsession!). This year, I'm thinking I'll get him a nice bottle of French cologne. I'm not sure which I'll end up choosing, but here are a few that caught my eye... And for all those dads out there, happy early Father's Day!

Eau de Cologne 1920: Chevrefeuille Jardin de France

Molinard Eau De Cologne

Bleu de Chanel

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Fancy That

Ever wish you could just trade places with someone, if even for a short time such as a day? To see how they see, live how they live and get a sense of what it feels like to go about your daily routine in a completely different environment? Whenever I see women like this in fabulous places like this, I can't help but wish it were Freaky Friday. Can someone who knows spells do something and make it happen for me, please? A rain dance, blessing charms, anything to make it happen — I'll take it! :)

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