Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Beautiful Heart









Aaaah.....Fairy Tales!









They have the power to enchant us, entertain us, teach us, and give us hope that perhaps all will be well in the end.....



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Do you love fairy tales?
Do you have a favorite?









My favorite fairy tale of all time is Beauty and the Beast...


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For those who are only familiar with the sweet Disney version....








The story of  "La Belle et la Bete" was first published in France in the year 1740 by writer Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve.
The tale was darker, and more complex than the version most of us know...and the introduction of an additional male suitor was probably borrowed from Jean Cocteau's 1946 film version.

















 





The scene where Belle admits her love for the Beast....oh, it always gets me. Recently, my daughter and I had the pleasure of seeing the musical version performed by a student theater group.
Let's just say I wasn't the only one needing a tissue as the Beast lay in agony under Belle's tears!
Of course, everyone lives happily ever after,  and the audience is hopefully left with the feeling that redemption, hope, and happiness are possible if one lives with a loving heart.










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I would like to dedicate this post to my beautiful mom....
Her favorite books were fairy tales, and like those powerful stories, she was full of wonder, magic, hope, and love.
I love you and miss you very much.... 















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Wishing everyone a beautiful, magical week!
xoxo
- Irina 


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A La Prochaine!



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I would like to extend a huge MERCI to wonderful Anita for creating and hosting the Paris Party!
It was so much fun to visit the beautiful, creative, and witty posts...
The entire week really felt like we were mingling and beginning lovely new friendships.
Thank you to all of the kind new followers and blog friends...I look forward to visiting you often!
I'm already excited for next year!












In the meantime,
please visit Anita at Castles Crowns and Cottages...
our gifted and very generous friend has created this stunning little jewel of a slipper to be given away as a thank you gift to a lucky party participant!
Bonne Chance!











For me, this Fete Parisienne has brought back so many lovely memories...the sights, smells, sounds of that magical city are calling to me even more!
For now, I am so happy to be able to visit the following gorgeous blogs for my French fix.
These talented photographers almost make me feel that I'm there each time I visit..
Merci to:

Dawne at Quiddity2

I would recommend stopping by for all Francophiles and lovers of beauty....



Wishing everyone a splendid rest of the week!

"Beauty is simply reality seen with the eyes of love."
- Evelyn Underhill

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Mon Amour...Paris Party!







Dear Anita's Paris Link Party begins today, 
and I am so excited to be a part of it!
Please visit Castles Crowns and Cottages for all of the Parisian adventures, and BE INSPIRED...








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the love affair began when I was ten years old....
not with a "someone",  but with a language


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I first studied on my own....then at school...
with the goal of making it as easy to roll off my tongue,
as it was hearing it in my head....
and in time, I was able to say....


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 along with a great love for the French language, I was enamored with the City of Light as well.....dreaming, wishing, hoping....



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that I may someday meet this great love of mine....
but for the time being, I would have to settle for this...



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and these.....


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I knew to hold tight to that dream...and five years later...

 we met for the first time.... 


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and it was love at first sight.....


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pure BLISS.....


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every little detail
was
SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE


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because the Parisians know....


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 the tea salons....


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the architecture.....


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the food....


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les parcs......


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les cafes.....


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 la musique...



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les fleurs....
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le shopping....


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l'art....


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l'amour....


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and now, when daydreams take me away to my first love...
I am quite content .....


 
 




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A bientot mes amis!





Monday, June 4, 2012





A Thank You,
A Winner,
And a Parisian Escape



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A huge MERCI  for all of your kind wishes and support on my blog's birthday! I was so touched by every message....

All of you were entered into the giveaway, and as much as I wanted to send out 20 copies (20 entries!), I could only gift one...
So, I proceeded with a very scientific method.... :)




 My daughter helped me out with this....
we both had our eyes closed as she drew out the lovely name ....
drum roll.....



 Congratulations dear Nancy!!

If you have not yet visited the kind and talented Nancy, do stop by..
Her gorgeous blog Fete et Fleur is an oasis of beauty and calm.




Just one more thing....



I am very excited to participate in Anita's Paris link party!
Next Friday we land in the City of Lights!

It's not too late to join the fun...
Just let Anita know at her fabulous blog...
A Bientot!


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Wishing everyone a beautiful week...
xoxo
- Irina



 

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