Friday, March 24, 2017

Bonjour Spring

As spring's arrival pushes away the remnants of winter’s chill, the promise of sunshine, flowers and a warm getaway abounds. The vacation destination of choice…France. 
As poppies and sunflowers bloomed on the spring runways of and Jean Paul Gaultier couture and Dolce & Gabbana, it seemed like the French countryside was calling. So why not take a moment to imagine a French holiday? Rather than stay within the city limits of Paris, the best getaway may be hitting the road to discover smaller towns and the country's natural beauty
Such an adventure into the open French air makes a picnic basket, Madeline-style straw boater hat and floral dress pre-requisites for the full experience. 
The trip itinerary? Heading south to Provence. Though outside the Parisian city limits, the effortless chic seen on the sidewalks of the world's fashion capital can translate to the Provencal countryside with poppy-adorned chokers, belts, halter tops and shoes.   
 Who said the country can't be chic? Overalls and cowboy boots are definitely not on the packing list for this trip. Instead, off-the-shoulder blouses, breezy pants and feminine detailing. 
Cruising along the open road through Provence with the windows down and Carla Bruni playing on the stereo, you won’t even need perfume as the scent of lavender fills the air. Not only does Provence boast the beautiful red poppy as a part of its landscape, but also lavender. 

The lavender doesn’t play a solo role on this natural stage, but often finds accompaniment by bright yellow sunflowers. As the melodic voice of Carla Bruni moves across the airwaves and the sunflowers nod their heads, it's almost as if they move in time with the music and not just the warm breeze. 

Provence may or may not be on your holiday wish list this spring and summer, but it's still fun to dream of the flower-filled countryside. No matter where you're headed, why not say, "Bonjour," and step into the sunshine?   

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Love by Moonlight

The moons shines softly through the leaves as a soft a breeze dances through the trees and fireflies flicker in the darkness. The fireflies are not the only thing sparkling, but so too are the fairies that call the forest home. 
The enchanted forest of Fairyland beckons us from the runway of Dior's Spring 2017 couture show with its lush set, floral accents and sheer fabrics. The show is like the pages of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" come to life. 
“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.” 
"Scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Edwin Landseer, 1848
The classic 16th century Shakespearean play is full love, laughter and mishaps. But the problems that arise in the twists and turns of the story are nothing a healthy dose of love potion can't remedy. 
As the young couples navigate the landscape of love, we can easily imagine the leading ladies, Hermia and Helena, donning the flowing gowns from Dior's 21st century runway. 

Whimsical accessories like feather and floral headdresses would be perfect for the fairy queen, Titania. 

"The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania" by Joseph Noel Paton, 1849
“Are you sure
That we are awake? 
It seems to me
That yet we sleep, we dream” 
The magic of Shakespeare's Fairyland does not merely exist on the pages of his story or in the confines of a stage, but also exists in the world around us. As spring breaks forth this season, we can wake from our dreams to see the buds of life's next chapter blossom before us.   

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