// c’est la vie

remember how i said my “paris sense” was tingling??  (this is similar to a “spidey sense”…but with less web slinging)  well, look at all these awesome paris inspired items i’ve come across since the paris pop-up shop started!  c’est la vie, indeed!

it’s hard to believe that a.) the paris shop is ending next week and b.) june is almost over…where is this summer going?  are you guys getting a chance to enjoy your summer?  i have yet to get my bike out & go for a ride…this will happen, this will happen (hoping this mantra will help)

next week i have a great wrap up of the paris shop planned – very interesting, we’ll leave it at that!  and i’ll have some teasers about where we’re “visiting” for the next pop-up shop!  until then, i thought i’d share a few things going on…

// is your internet penis too small?  very thought provoking (and come on, that’s a spit take worthy title!)

// can’t get enough of me?  well, you’re in luck!  ha!  hannah from sparrow & spark featured me in her “go be it” series and mallory from miss malaprop did an interview with me for her “girl crush” series

// this is a brilliant idea

// go on a picnic in the park  (my latest post for vianza)

[1. union jack clutch from french store upla;   2. seine saunter socks from mod cloth;  3. french clock from modamuse  4.  paris print from field trip;  5.  day in paris stamp set from ink + wit]

// the classics

i asked mariah if she would create a post on paris books…while she was researching, she found out that a crazy amount of classics are set in paris!  makes sense, right?!  the real question is…how many of these have you read??  (i can tick off 2!)  

the post & pairing are inspired by shopkeep krista from urbanite jewelry – she’s one of those people who amaze you with what they’re able to do.  besides running her jewelry business, she started a monthly craft market for artists in her area.  yep, she’s inspiring.

so off we go on a literary journey with mariah…xo piper

Paris is full of classics  - classic architecture, classic style, classic art – but did you realize it was home to so many classic novels? It’s true! Lots of the classic bestsellers are based in Paris.  

Here are my picks for the best classic novels that have ties to Paris:

  1. Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux : Far beneath the majesty and splendour of the Paris Opera House, hides the Phantom in a shadowy existence. Shamed by his physical appearance and feared by all, the love he holds for his beautiful protégée Christine Daaé is so strong that even her heart cannot resist.
  2. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo is an 1862 French novel by author Victor Hugo that is widely considered one of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century.is the story of ex-convict, Jean Valjean who becomes a force for good in the world, but cannot escape his dark past.
  3. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas:  When hot-blooded young d’Artagnan comes to Paris to seek his fortune, he finds himself challenged to a duel with not one, but three of the King’s Musketeers. But Athos, Porthos and Aramis are to become his greatest friends, and companions in dangerous adventure when he becomes embroiled in the intrigues of the Court and the beautiful, evil Lady de Winter.
  4. A Moveable Feast by Earnest Hemingway: Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway’s most enduring works as he reminisces about his life in Paris in the 1920s and the literary figures he knew
  5. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times in London and Paris, as economic and political unrest lead to the American and French Revolutions. A story of the courageous Sydney Carton, a man ready to give his life for a woman who will never be his.  With well over 200 million copies sold, it ranks among the most famous works in the history of fictional literature.

Have you read any of these?  Any favorites?   – Mariah

// what’s your favorite flavor?

so today’s post is inspired by the adorably cool ice cream spoons from sucre shop!  make sure to read about brooke and check out her other spoons – her colorful, fun designs seriously make me want to have an ice cream party every week!  (and really who says i can’t?? :)

this is also the perfect time to share some paris stories that you guys have shared with me.  it was funny to see that a lot of the stories revolved around trips to berthillon!!

cathy from fiscally chic shared one with me.  she said that one of the places she insisted on visiting in paris was berthillon – she wanted to try out this world famous ice cream!  while she & her mom enjoyed their yummy raspberry (framboise) & chocolate (chocolat) ice cream respectively, her sister was more adventurous.  and the result??

“We for sure remembered my sister’s order!  My sister ordered the black currant (cassis), and wasn’t expecting such a strong flavor. I think all of the flavors are probably good, people just need to be warned that they’re very intense, and maybe not sugary sweet like in the States!”

that’s so true, isn’t it?  marcus & i had similar experiences with food in australia – different countries, different tastes!  she wrote a great post here about her visit to paris – lots of great photos to check out!

so back to my question…what’s your favorite flavor??  (if i HAD to choose…i’d go with any ice cream that had chocolate & peanut butter!)

menu of ice cream flavors from berthillon // world famous berthillon

[photos above:  berthillon by lillian chang;  ice cream in cups from berthillon by lillian chang; berthillon by cathy derus]

// where’s the beef?

so i may not have actually been to paris…but i do have 4 years of french class under my belt!  i know, it’s impressive, isn’t it?  what’s even more impressive?  how little i’ve actually retained from french class!  and sadly one of the few things i remember clearly is how to say “where’s the beef?”  why do i even know this?  because that commercial for wendy’s happened to be popular and my teacher taught it to us the first day as a way, i’m sure, to keep everyone interested.  well, wouldn’t you know it – it stuck!  (and please tell me some of you know this commercial!!)

so the joke has become that when i do visit paris, one of the only things i’ll be asking is “ou est le boeuf?” – and i don’t even eat red meat!!

[hee hee, the first image is my interpretation of the lady from the wendy's commercial!]

// what you make matters

awesome name + cool & hilarious photos + adorable kids = very french gangster!

(it also equals…another kick a** idea i wish i thought of!)  i want to be a kid again just so i can rock these glasses!! (actually, let’s be honest…so i can rock a mug shot photo!)  i can only imagine that the people involved in this photo shoot were laughing all day – these kids crack me up!!

weekly wrap up

// artists, makers & designersthis course is for you!!  i’m joining forces with megan from designing an mba on the course “what you make matters” - it starts this monday and we’re going to be talking about the value of what you make and how to start getting rid of those self doubts!  (pretty important stuff!)

// thanks to carolyn at a beautiful ripple effect for the shout out!!

// 2 new featured artists to check out!  modern pixie & splendid willow avenue

// wherever this is…i want to go to there!!

// invites just went out for the next pop-up shop which starts 7/2!!  gah, i can’t wait for you to see where we’re “going” with this one!!  (hint:  think cotton candy!)

have a great weekend everyone!!!  any good plans?  marcus & i are doing date night this evening…we’re going to see the shins (i’ve never seen them live so pretty excited!) – xo piper

// window shopping paris

meet the pop-up shopkeep time!!  it’s blaire from the vitrine and get this…she lives in paris!  you can read all about her here.  and speaking of window shopping…you don’t even need to leave home to shop paris – her shop, the vitrine, is full of the coolest in french design (including one of my favorite tea towel designers…la cerise sur le gateau.  the polka dot red shoe tea towel is on my must-buy-now list!!  and currently featured in paris shop 1)

paris window shopping:    merci // paris’s most famous flea market – marche aux puces st-ouen de clignancourt //  image by david.nikonvscanon - list of paris bakeries via paris by mouth // image by mamave –  saint germain shopping via paris perfect  //  photo of paris “rue” by lillian chang photography

// happiness

[image above from may 2012 living etc, photography by julien fernandez]

{just plain wacko}

go ahead and be just plain wacky!!

[images above:  1/ karen walker via oyster mag  2/ i.shoot.film's photo stream]

{step away from the computer…}

i get to step away from the computer today because guess where i am??  TEDX cleveland!!  i can’t wait to share with you all how it was – i’m assuming i’ll come home ready to take on the world – or at the very least, inspired :)  i’ll fill you in next week!

if you get a chance, check out these links:

// thanks to papernstitch i have yet more typography quote prints to obsess over!!

// when life hands you a sh*t sandwich via marie forleo (i think we’ve all been there!)

// elie over at punctuation mark was sweet enough to invite me to be a part of her interview series.  you can read my interview here – and find out why i have clotheslines hanging in my office!

// i’m sharing my tips & ideas over at vianza for creative newsletters to send out to your mailing lists.  i would love to know what ideas you all have!

happy friday!!!

[image above:  la farme letterpress studio]

{open spaces}

cool loft living

i’ve always had a dream of living in a loft space.  i had a chat recently with our neighbor who happened to live in a loft – and reminded me that the grass isn’t always greener!  while i’ve dreamt of open spaces, he dreamt of walls!

i just spotted this awesome loft in the latest anthology issue – it’s the home to the couple behind something’s hiding in here – love, love the way they incorporate trinkets full of personality around their home!

cool loft livingcool loft livingcool loft living

[images above via anthology magazine issue 6]

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