Monday, March 6, 2017

Joie de Vivre

Bonjour et Bienvenue `a My Little Paris

I admit that I'm not of French heritage.......I also admit that I love to imagine that I am. I have read and enjoyed countless books that embrace the delights of a French way of life,  and more specifically, that, of the French woman, and I can see no reason why I wouldn't want to call that lifestyle, that "joie de vivre" my own. 

She's a woman that wears little makeup, dresses simply, and looks breathtaking, even relaxing at home. She eats fresh food, in season, in moderation and only at meal times, but she also enjoys pastries and wines and has a refined palette that appreciates only the very best....and she never "gets fat". She walks everywhere, or rides her bicycle...... She enjoys every moment of every day. She makes time for her family, her friends, herself.....she slows things down......she lingers....her life if full, she laughs often, sleeps long and deeply, and has a "Joie de Vivre" that's second to none....because she can.......because she chooses to. 

Is it any wonder that I've chosen her, to be my muse? I want to live my own Joie de Vivre.......I want to linger and surround myself with beautiful things........I want to get in touch with my own little French girl. 

To that end, my own days often begin with a cup of tea and a warm scone in front of the fire......it's a quiet time, spent with my books and journals.......I love my pages, the solidness of the journals and knowing that the delight of my days is noted in my own hand. Sweetly scented lotions are always close at hand, and lovely soaps and perfumes.........I'm inspired by art and fashion.....by design.......and, I love vintage....furniture, china, linens.......and the soft, warm way of life that goes along with them. A way of life that appreciates pretty, feminine things.....that values friendships and manners.........a "Joie de Vivre" that teaches us to choose.......to slow things down........to linger...........

Voila! My Little Paris. Welcome, welcome to my little shop....my little world....where you can surround yourself with pretty things.........find delicious teas and scones......learn to slow things down........and linger....

I'm on my way there.............why don't you come along................


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