Friday, August 6, 2010

A Little Bit Country: Decorating Like a Parisian

If you were to go by the book, Entre Nous: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl and author Debra Ollivier's classifications of the different types of French style for decorating around home, I suppose I might be "The Provincial Girl." She is a girl who prefers authentic, natural items to store-bought ones. Her down-home style is peppered with baskets, handmade pottery, and dried flowers just picked from the garden. So when I went to the beach on Wednesday, I picked up little bits of broken shells - along with smooth, tiny ocean-tumbled white stones - and when I got home, I placed them with the petals a rose that I "pinched" from a neighbor's garden.
The white roses are from my garden. It's good to cut a few blooms off a rose bush to encourage the growth of more flowers. I water my neighbor's flowers when she's away, and she waters mine.
I'm a little bit country and a little bit rock-n-roll with my blue nail polish. The color is called THE WORLD'S COOLEST by Essence, a German brand. If you think it's not a color that Paris girls would wear, wrong! I was reading a blog where the writer posted about this robin's egg blue color nail polish. "The fun, bright color will fittingly welcome the warmer temps while offering your nails a unique allure. I snapped the picture above seconds ago on the Paris metro, Beyoncé rocked the color with flair in her Why Don’t You Love Me? video, and Jessica Alba has worn the color on many the red carpet." Rock on, until Paris ...



Thanks for posting the BBC series .... it was very interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Indie.Tea said...

Those are so pretty...your petals and shells...and your very, very pretty aqua-blue nails.

Elaine Biss Designs said...

Love that combo! No drawing could ever capture how beautiful shells and rose petals look like. Thanks for sharing!!!

tish jett said...

Bonjour, Cynthia,

What a pleasure to meet you.

Happy almost birthday. I cannot think of a better place in the world to celebrate.

We'll talk more in the future.

Sara Louise said...

I'm loving your nail polish!! You are definitely rocking that color! :-)

From the BBC series on Paris, Blood and Chocolate (Part 2 of 3). Enjoy!

Streets of Paris - I shot this the day I left Paris, on a rainy September morning.

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