Smoking During the Tour de France

This image, which I originally found at the Retronaut, elicited a very genuine “honh honh honh” from me this afternoon. During a recent trip to Paris I was astounded by the number of people that smoke, but this really takes the proverbial gâteau.

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Paris in April

Okay so first of all, I think it’s critical that we all click this link and make sure that we’re all listening to this song immediately.

Ready? Lovely.

So as many pals of mine know, I was recently given the most incredible gift ever and got to go back to “the motherland,” as it were…it was absolutely phenomenal.

Well before my trip, I’d always wanted to play with a plastic toy camera. I’ve always loved the light leaks and weird ambiance that they seem to lend, and my jealousy was worsened by everyone acquiring smartphones – and thus instagram and dozens of amazing filters, and you know the story..

So on a whim, after saving maniacally for several weeks (which is a feat in this city, I promise you), I finally bought my first Holga. And I am very, very pleased with how some of the photos turned out. Please remember, I’m not a photographer by any means…but I’m happy to share my travel pics regardless.

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Baa, Baa, Brown Sheep – Four Furry Friends Coif the Capitol

This is easily the most delightful idea I’ve ever encountered, and I think I’m speechless. Via Smartplanet.

“PARIS – The sounds of gasoline-powered lawn mowers could soon be entirely replaced by the gentle bleating of hungry farm animals in the French capital. Last week, four sheep have taken up residence outside of the Paris Archives where they will spend the next few weeks trimming the grass. The project is an experiment for launching a more eco-friendly lawn care in Paris while also baiting locals to an often-ignored part of the city.”

I love how this innovative idea boasts a radical and green approach while simultaneously encouraging us to explore an otherwise ignored corner of the city. Read the rest of the article here.

Photo by Bryan Pirolli, originally published in conjunction with the article

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Minnie N’a Pas des Croissants!!

There is a MASSIVE emergency at the café – there are no more croissants!! How on Earth will our poor damsel in distress, the beloved Minnie Mouse, assuage her angry patrons?!? Only Mickey can save her now…

Please click here to see this charming cartoon. And merci to my pal Bill Kartalopolous for sharing this!

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The New Natural Healing

I am an avid fan of vintage illustration, and I just can’t get enough of these amazing retro how-tos from the early 1900s. Found in a French edition of Friedrich Eduard Bilz’s 1888 naturopathic medicine guide Das Neue Naturheilverfahren (The New Natural Healing) (public library), they approach natural forms of healing. Divine!

Thank you to Brainpickings for the post.

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Pattycake Cats

Pattycake Cats…ils dansent la Capucine. This video is downright adorable…JOYEUX VENDREDI MES AMIS!!

Cliquez sur le photo – “poom!”

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What a wonderful event this is, mes amis! Merci mille fois to Daisy (the brains behind THATLou) for her hard work and for the thoughtful invitation. If you are in Paris over Easter, I would highly encourage you to participate in this wonderful afternoon.

And if you would like to take me to Paris over Easter, I would encourage that highly, as well.

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NOUVELLE YELLE

Oh wow, so this just happened. I AM SO EXCITED RIGHT NOW SHHHHHHH LISTEN. Click here to listen to the brand new single from one of my alltime favorite pop singers, the adorable Yelle!

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Perhaps I’m not the Biggest Fan…

Perhaps I'm not the Biggest Fan

I LOVE breton shirts, and am obsessed with stripes. I would have taken on anyone that might have questioned my allegiance to this timeless pattern. But I am a lady, and I know when I’ve been bested. Kudos to Gaultier, what more can I say.

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Rare Color Photography of Early 1900s Paris

There is something so curious about seeing images of the early 20th century in color – it makes the era feel more tangible. When I initially saw these photographs of turn of the century Paris on Curious Eggs, I was struck by the fact that, somewhere in the back of my head, I seemed to think that the people of the time moved through a hazy world of sepia. I don’t think that the addition of color necessarily takes away from my romantic illusions (or delusions), but it certainly makes the era feel more “real.” It’s almost like we could hop in a zeppelin and visit, which, to be honest, is all I’ve ever really wanted.

Thank you and a huge shout out to my friend Billy Norrby for bringing this to my attention! Billy also happens to be a phenomenal painter with a spectacular sense of color, so it’s all the more fitting that this came from him.

Check out the full collection here.

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