book: the paris wife
on tuesday I learned a tough lesson.. what was the lesson you may ask? that I should just stick to real books, you know the ones where you physically turn the pages and dog ear if for some reason you don’t have a pen in hand with which to underline.
here is how my revelation came about. on sunday evening, I decided since I have been spending so much time on the bus and walking these days, maybe I should download the audio version of a book. I have been craving to learn more about hemingway and thought the paris wife just might hit the spot. monday went well I made my way into chapter six or so, then on the way to work on tuesday is when everything fell apart. arriving to work I discovered my phone had frozen so I re-booted it only to find that all of my audio files (music +book) had vanished. what was I going to do? I had an evening bus ride (to & from BC) and now had nothing to read, not to mention the fact that I was at a really important point in the book… the story had captured me and though I knew inevitably it would go downhill (affairs + divorce tends to do that) I really wanted to get back to the story. well when you have a book emergency it can help to only work a couple of blocks away from b&n. I speed walked over there after work, picked up a new copy of the paris wife and was on my merry way. I definitely had learned my lesson.
ps- I picked this photo because it is what I picture when I think of Hemingway and Hadley in their teeny tiny apartment in Paris.
image source: noa azoulay - sclater

book: the paris wife

on tuesday I learned a tough lesson.. what was the lesson you may ask? that I should just stick to real books, you know the ones where you physically turn the pages and dog ear if for some reason you don’t have a pen in hand with which to underline.

here is how my revelation came about. on sunday evening, I decided since I have been spending so much time on the bus and walking these days, maybe I should download the audio version of a book. I have been craving to learn more about hemingway and thought the paris wife just might hit the spot. monday went well I made my way into chapter six or so, then on the way to work on tuesday is when everything fell apart. arriving to work I discovered my phone had frozen so I re-booted it only to find that all of my audio files (music +book) had vanished. what was I going to do? I had an evening bus ride (to & from BC) and now had nothing to read, not to mention the fact that I was at a really important point in the book… the story had captured me and though I knew inevitably it would go downhill (affairs + divorce tends to do that) I really wanted to get back to the story. well when you have a book emergency it can help to only work a couple of blocks away from b&n. I speed walked over there after work, picked up a new copy of the paris wife and was on my merry way. I definitely had learned my lesson.

ps- I picked this photo because it is what I picture when I think of Hemingway and Hadley in their teeny tiny apartment in Paris.

image source: noa azoulay - sclater

bonjour!

When listening one day to the lovely Frehel sing Si tu n’étais pas là I felt transported to another world and began wishing that I was in a cozy french cafe soaking up the scenery and beautiful most fascinating people as they were meandering about. Since in these economic times many of us are kept from travelling by our limited budgets, we have the grand opportunity of creative DIY. I was inspired to bring France to my own home by hosting a french theme party, it turned out to be such fun that I think I will be having more grand adventures in the near future.

Guests were invited to dress in french fashion for a dinner, movie and brunch the next morning. Below are some ideas of what I did and perhaps you will be inspired to host your own french party!

Menu

Dinner

Cheese & Baguettes – with sides of pear, apricots, and roasted almonds

Tomato & Olive Salad

Mixed Herb Salad with Vinagraitte

Roasted Bacon Chicken with a creamy mushroom sauce (Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking)

Wine Pairing: White Burgandy and Red Bordeaux

Dessert

Lemon Zest Madeleines

Dark Chocolate Madeleines

French Press Coffee (Umbria)

Breakfast

Apple Gallettes with homemade whipping cream

Fresh Strawberries (from Pike Place Market)

Mimosas with Blood Orange

A Paris Soundtrack

Mon Vieux Paris -  Maurice Chevalier

Les Amants de Paris – Edith Piaf

La Java Bleue – Frehel

A Paris – Yves Montand

The Charming Mademoiselle from Paris – Lou Busch

Douce France – Charles Trenet

La Meme Histoire – Feist

Vois Sur Ton Chemin – Les Choristes

La Festin – Camille

A la Claire Fontaine – Les Petit Minous

Petit Garcon – Agnes Chaumie

Favor Ideas: A bouquet of lavender tied off with a quote, a soundtrack of french music, french tissues and a copy of The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz.

Movies with a French Theme: The Phantom of the Opera, Chocolat, Ever After, Marie Antoinette, Coco Avant Chanel, Amelie, Les Miserables, Sabrina, Ratatouille, Julie and Julia, The Tourist.

Local Seattle stores which carry lovely french items:

Watson Kennedy Fine Home – Table Napkins, Note cards, Dishes, etc.

1022 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
206.652.8350

Le Panier – Baguettes, Custards and so much more!
1902 Pike Place
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 441-3669


Pike Place Market – fresh tulips and lavender.

**All Photos Taken By Katrina Hope Kelly** 

love love! I have returned to my love of all things french.. I took a brief break from berets and baguettes (well maybe not baguettes..)…Frehel has been playing in my car for the last several days and I have decided its time for a Paris adventure.
source: Beth Quinn Designs

love love! I have returned to my love of all things french.. I took a brief break from berets and baguettes (well maybe not baguettes..)…Frehel has been playing in my car for the last several days and I have decided its time for a Paris adventure.

source: Beth Quinn Designs

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