Saturday, June 26, 2010

Paris ... in a Drug Ad

Paris is everywhere. Even in drug ads ...
This is the top half of an ad that appeared recently in the USA Today newspaper for Crestor(R), a drug to lower high cholesterol.

I notice these things since I'm going to Paris - in less than three months now!

Monday, June 21, 2010

L'émotion continue ...

I've got a lot to be excited about ...

~ Only 93 days until my trip to Paris (3 months and one day).

~ I lost 2 lbs. last week, only 8 more to go to meet my weight loss goal before my trip. Woo-hoo!

~ The gaming on Sorority Life in Paris is magnificent!! With lots of haute couture "glam" to buy with our fake money and bonus points. My Marsha DeLite character bought a cute Can-Can costume. Check it out!
And the gaming events even "teach" a little about the Paris sights - from a Sorority Sister point of view, that is. A bit sophomoric, yes, but fun.

On the downside, I haven't been keeping up with my French movie "fest" activities. The last French-related movie I watched was ...
Have you seen this? I'm fifty ... going on five.
C'est la vie!

Until Paris ...

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Modern day Venus

An editorial I found starring Laetitia Casta, one of my favorite models, shot by Vincent Peters

More found here
It's bizarre that seeing such a voluptuous woman is a novelty in a magazine. I didn't post this with the intention of commenting on curvy vs. skinny models in fashion so I won't delve into it too deeply. The short curly hair and curvy pin-up styling are a real nod to the fifties, a much more 'innocent' and optimistic era fashion-wise where women were celebrated for their femininity and poise, and fashion predictably followed suit with female-friendly shapes and nipped-in waists to enhance that classic hourglass silhouette. Perhaps the various feminist waves, move towards equality of the sexes and androgyny into the sphere of women has effected all areas of society, including the way that female fashion models look today? Note the androgyny of (another of my favorite models) Eliza Cummings. Don't feel alarmed if you noticed a slight resemblance to 'The King' - you certainly aren't the first.

Monday, June 14, 2010

surfin' n streakin'

I found some pretty cool images as I was perusing the web. Here are some photographs of Swedish designer Fannie Schiavoni's heavy metal body chains (courtesy of Urban Outfitter's blog). I just thought that the images were pretty cool, right down to the styling and green hair streaks. Although, perhaps such edgy hair-dying should be confined purely to fashion shoots and editorials (olsen twins, I love you, but please take note).

I stumbled across model turned photographer Lina Scheynius' photography site. As we continue to mourn the loss of the classic Polaroid camera (the new one is just not the same), have a look at some of her gorgeous old polaroid pictures:

More of her photos here. Slightly holga-esque, don't you think? Compare with these holga photos of mine. However, they have been cross-processed and are far more color-saturated. Can't wait for summer!

Summer style notes:

a Yes for this awesome swimsuit line, We Are Handsome. Even if not worn poolside, teamed with a high waisted skirt and some gladiator sandals would be a good look (good lord, I really WAS born in the eighties).

And a No (from my picky wardrobe anyway) for the Hello Kitty/ Doc Marten collaboration (see here). Aren't tough-as-nails Docs and sweet little Hello Kitty pretty much mutually exclusive, stylistically, in every way? Or perhaps that is exactly why it would work, perhaps there is a certain genius in the combination of something so alternative with something so girly and mainstream? As if Lady Gaga and Britney had a love child and it happened to be a shoe? That's a very bizarre analogy isn't it? Are these unnecessary questions beginning to get annoying? Well, I was never a Doc Marten or Hello Kitty girl anyway...

For those who enjoy surfing style blogs, see my inspiration(s): The rise of the style bloggers.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Silly Games Part Deux - This just became serious!

Okay, I told you I play this silly game. Well, they've really upped the ante for me and piqued my interest - or rather, addiction - even more with this new addition to the game.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

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Getting Ready for Paris

We are going to be doing a lot of walking in Paris. No problem for me! I already do a lot of walking on this metal beast. I have a daily goal of walking at least 10,000 steps a day (I wear a pedometer), and the treadmill helps me meet my quota. 

I know, I know, French women don't exercise. They don't have to. They just walk everywhere! Unfortunately, I live in a U.S. suburb, not a city like Paris. And I work from home. My commute in the morning is out of bed, 10 steps to the bathroom, another 10 steps to the kitchen, and 10 steps to my desk. So I need a little help. 

I DO walk the dog and take walks in the neighborhood all the time. But the treadmill helps me clock in a quick 10 minutes here and there, when the weather is bad - or a quick jog before my shower. 

And I've already got my walking shoes. I'm ready to traipse through the streets of Paris and get my 10,000+ steps a day in one of the most magical and enchanting cities of the world. I can't wait! 

Until Paris ...

P.S. It's only three months and 25 days away now!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Using Credit Cards in Paris

Read this article that appeared in yesterday's USA Today newspaper ... and find out why it may be a problem to use a U.S. bank-issued credit card in a foreign country. (Click on article twice to enlarge.)

My tour guide for my upcoming trip to Paris suggests notifying the bank that issues your credit/debit/ATM cards that you will be traveling to Paris and will be using your cards during the dates of your trip. Sometimes banks require a certain minimum balance in ATM Accounts and you can make sure to fund your account before your departure date to avoid hassles. My tour guide says ATM service is the easiest and usually the cheapest way to obtain money while in Paris/France. And ATMs have limits. You may be able to increase your ATM limit during the time of your trip.

Thanks again to all of your for your birthday wishes.
Being fifty feels fine, especially with a fabulous trip on the horizon!

Until Paris ... 

Wednesday, June 2, 2010