Pink Saturday - Beverly, at the blog "How Sweet the Sound" hosts Pink Saturday. Let the color pink inspire you!
This Pink Saturday, I'm thinking of Paris. There are many Pink Saturday-ettes who dream of Paris, and some who have been there, and some who actually know Paris well.
I speak passable high school French when I'm not nervous, and I can read French fairly well. I've read books about France and Paris - Collette's naughty novels, MFK Fisher's exquisite books of gastronomy, even Jean Rhys's sad sagas of depressed drunken damsels of the '30s.
But I've never been there.
This small boutique on Main Street in Santa Monica is called Paris 1900. Its home is an old brick storefront with a custom bay window fitted with Arte Nouveau woodwork. When you step inside - and it's only open a few days a week - you step into another world.
Here are vintage clothes and lingerie. Antique toys and accessories. Modern French toiletries.
There is a collection of mosaic jewelry.
A black straw hat you might see Eliza Doolittle wearing, with cherries and jasmine on the crown.
A comfortable armchair with elegant French lines.
It's in Santa Monica. And it's only the start.
Because in July, [The Man I Love] is taking me to Paris!!
And I need your help.
I'd love to hear from those of you who know Paris, with tips and ideas for making our stay special. Please tell me what we should not miss. Leave your comments or email me your recommendations.