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English Muse: January 2010

Sunday, January 31, 2010

English Muse Vintage Store

E.M. Vintage
E.M. Vintage
E.M. Vintage
E.M Vintage

My dears, I wanted to tell you that I've reopened my vintage store on eBay. At the moment, I only have eight auctions going, but it's a start! I gathered up a few extra treasures in Paris to sell in the store, so please take a look! It's called English Muse Vintage, which I know isn't terribly original...but you can find it {here}...

Let me know what you think!


PS: The winner of the macarons is Megan Maloy!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Happy Weekend + Last Paris Post

One last batch of Polaroids....

paris polaroid
paris polaroids
paris polaroid
paris polaroid

Happy Friday my dears! Today concludes my series of posts on my Paris trip. Thank you so much for coming along with me! Don't forget to enter for the macaron giveaway. Will draw a name from a hat tomorrow!! Have a wonderful weekend! What do you have planned? As usual I have a mountain of laundry!


Thursday, January 28, 2010

My Paris Apartment: The Details

Hello! As promised, here are the details on my Paris apartment. I found this beautiful place in the 16th Arrondissement last year on the vacation rental site (I've also rented apartments in Rome and in Washington D.C. through them). I friend of mine recommended the site to me several years ago and I've been very happy with the results.

Each apartment is individually owned and listed on, and while I can't vouch for all the owners, my landlords in Paris couldn't be more gracious or obliging.

If you're interested in renting the apartment, here's the link. The building is aging and has a few quirks, but the apartment is beyond charming. Here's the link to more pictures on my flickr page.

As you'd expect, the rates are lower in winter, when the airfares are also on special. I flew to Europe on Air France with a last minute deal spotted on their website.

The next place I'd like to go is Barcelona.


Paris Polaroids

Paris Carousel


paris polaroids

paris polaroids

paris polaroid

From my walk along the Seine.

(Photos were taken with my Polaroid OneStep Flash, bought on eBay.)


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Parisian Love: This Ad Made Me Teary...

oh, this google commercial is so good!

(Via the beautiful Binary Bonsai...)


Ladurée Macaron Giveaway!!

As a thank you for all your wonderful comments during my trip to Paris, I wanted to give away this special box of macarons -- purchased this week at the Ladurée Champs-Elysees store!! To enter, just leave a comment here. The winner will be chosen randomly on Friday! Merci!

Meanwhile, a few more Paris posts to follow...xoxo

UPDATE: The winner of the macarons is Megan Maloy!


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A View of the Arctic

Daylight is brief at the top of the world this time of year, but my flight home from Paris took me over the Polar Ice Cap and I managed to catch a view of moonrise and sunlight glinting off the pressure ridges in the ice. From 35,000 feet, they look like mountain ranges.

Lovely as it was, it was hard not to be shaken by the view of the broken sea ice that followed. It's a reminder that global warming challenges us all.

Home now in LA, with lots of memories of Paris and things to think about....

PS: I'm not sure if I told you this, but four years ago I wrote about this little documentary concerning this subject. I begged the producers to let me do the story while the film was still being edited. No one was really talking about global warming much back then -- except for one man who I had the honor of interviewing. The film turned into a very big deal. I'm very proud that LA Times was the first news organization to have the story. Here are the links to the old clips if you want to see them...


Monday, January 25, 2010



On this, my last night in Paris, I went to dinner at Ladurée on the Champ Elysees. I had the best Club Sandwich of my life in the bar (along with a glass of champagne). Of course, I couldn't leave without getting a little box of macarons to take home. It's past midnight here, and the cab is arriving at 7:30 a.m. I'm excited because my friend Elaine, who lives here in Paris, is flying back with me to Los Angeles. And if I can manage to rustle the money together, I would love to come back with her when she returns to Paris in March.

My vacation -- including airfare and my beautiful apartment -- cost less than $1,800 for the entire week. Economical, I think, for expensive Paris. I'll give you all the details on how to rent apartment, if you're interested, when I get settled back in LA. I also have lots of Polaroids of the city I want to scan to show you. So, will see you soon. Thank you for keeping me wonderful company on my trip. I've loved and savored all your comments!



Paris Papers & Ribbons

paris flea market treasures
paris flea market treasures
paris flea market treasures
paris flea market treasures

Most of the paper treasures -- excluding the my spent Metro tickets - were found at the Porte de Vanves Flea Market. (Thank you for suggesting it!) It made for a lovely Sunday morning. Afterwards, I had a croque-monsieur and a hot chocolate at a nearby cafe...

I only have one day left in Paris before I head back to LA. Sigh...

PS: Thank you Kevin for the mention today on LA Observed. Even after a terrible trauma, a girl must go on living her life, you know? Off to have macarons at Laduree on the Champ Elysees.


Sunday, January 24, 2010


I've counted three: One at the Eiffel Tower, one at the Louvre and one at the Hotel de Ville. Any others? I don't think the French invented them, but they certainly have perfected them -- like the amusement park equivalent of the macaron!


Friday, January 22, 2010

Louvre & the Musée D'Orsay


My dears, here are a couple more photos I took today while wandering around Paris. These were taken with my iPhone. I took even more with my Polaroid camera (6 packets!) -- which seemed to cause a lot of attention. I looked like such a tourist, apparently, that three people tried to scam me by claiming they found my "lost ring." I knew it was a scam because most of my jewelry involves rhinestones.

Anyway, the top photo is of the Louvre. The bottom photo is a picture of one of the glass canopies at the Musée D'Orsay, such a magical place...

Musée D'orsay

More tomorrow!


Paris Open-Air Market

paris market

paris market

Hello everyone!! I wanted to show you a few pictures of the open air market across the street this morning from my apartment! I bought a bunch of artichokes, which will be so delicious with butter... I'm heading out now to explore the Marais! There's a little button & ribbon store there that I especially want to see. Will post details later!
PS: I promise to give you all the details at the end of the week about how to rent the gorgeous place where I'm staying. It's very economical! xo...


Thursday, January 21, 2010

My Little Paris Apartment

Hello, I'm finally settled in my Parisian apartment. Except for taking off into a massive thunderstorm in Los Angeles, the flight was smooth as glass. Over the Arctic Circle I raised the window shade and there were the stars glowing three times as brightly as they do over the California desert. After a taxi ride to the apartment, I went out into the neighborhood to buy groceries (and other things with gorgeous French labels). The previous occupants had thoughtfully left a bottle of white wine in the fridge, and so I've settled in for a snug evening. Outside my window, there is wonderful street life. Here, even the police car sirens have a special music.

Tomorrow I will have even more to tell you -- and iPhone photos of this beautiful city.

Au revoir from the 16th Arrondissement!


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

For the love of diptych

Hello. Its Liss here from Daydream Lily filling in for Tina whilst she is on her way to beautiful Paris.

I've always loved pairing two separate images together on my blog to tell a mini story. Its alot of fun to match the images looking for color tones, composition or elements that will go together. I never knew this had an official term until Tina did a post about a diptych artist. I love learning new words!! and this one sounds so strange, don't you think?

(featured diptychs by Danske)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Catching that Polar Express

Ok, my dears I'm off! I'm taking a plane that will fly up over the top of the world and down to Europe, landing in Paris. (Winter coat, silk thermals and boots are in tow)! I'll probably be out of touch for a couple days while I'm getting settled. I'll see you back here hopefully on Thursday. Meanwhile, my dear friend Liss from Daydream Lily will be housesitting here at the English Muse! xoxox

Photo from {Here}


It's 2:05 am in LA

This is where I am: In this little lit room in an otherwise dark house. Too much to do to sleep.

What time is it where you are?


Monday, January 18, 2010

Carry-on Bag

carry on bag

for the flight

Hello loves! Thank you for all your wonderful advice on my ongoing packing efforts for Paris. I'm definitely taking silk thermals and lots of scarves!! I've put together a few items for my carry-on bag: The essential map book of Paris (even though I need a magnifying glass to read it); a well-loved pashmina; a Penguin books journal; Chantecaille rose water spray; ear plugs from the Bryant Park Hotel in NYC; a little box of candy; a Mac Euro plug and an extra 4GBs; a copy of Fight Club for the plane and a Moveable Feast for cafe reading; and all the money leftover from my last trip!


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Help!! What should I pack for Paris?


I'm trying to pack and everything seems so wrong....I've been studying all of Joanna Goddard's How to Dress Like a French Woman posts to prepare. But still I'm worried. I live in Los Angeles where people wear flip-flops all year long...My darling fashionista friends, what should I pack?

(photo via we heart it)


Saturday, January 16, 2010

Black Cat in Silhouette

My cat Coco, sunbathing in the spot where I like to take my iPhone photos...

Friday, January 15, 2010

Happy Weekend...

What are you doing this weekend? I'm having another laundry crisis, so I'm dealing with that!! Also hoping to curl up with a new book!

Photo by Ly n n ✈

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A fever of caresses

As I'm getting ready for my trip, everything Paris related catches my eye. I spotted this today in the flickr photostream of UK artist Fiona Watson, who goes by the name Wild Goose Chase on the photo sharing site. Her collages are extraordinary. In this one she includes a French postcard. She translates the inscription this way:

"How much I would like to find myself next to you this morning, to take your head in my two hands with eager tenderness and a fever of caresses."
The postmark is 1917- sent during World War I

I wonder if he made it home back to her?

Small things...

...found inside a vintage plastic purse...


...if only the fortune could be true...

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Whimsical Designs of Koto Bolofo

Koto is not only a fantastic photographer, he's also a wonderful clothing designer. Check out his store {here}. It's worth it just to see the site design!

I hope you had a lovely Wednesday. I'm busy trying to finish a few projects this week before I leave for Paris! I can't wait!!