Friday, July 13, 2012

Bonne Bastille

Bastille Day is tomorrow. 
Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille and the institution of the modern French nation. Fireworks will explode over the Eiffel Tower and the French people will dress in their own version of patriotic blue, white & red. In celebration, I am posting some French & French-inspired celebrities demonstrating French fashion as well as some everyday Parisiennes. The fashion parade is followed by a simple French feast to be enjoyed outdoors (preferably on French bistro chairs). And finally, some French-inspired clothing selections on sale now to add a little flair de la France into your wardrobe!

Les Celebres

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel

Brigitte Bardot

LouLou De La Falaise

Catherine Deneuve

Marion Cotillard

Charlotte Casiraghi

Audrey Tautou

Carla Bruni Sarkozy

Les Gens de Paris

Les Personnages du Cinema

Audrey Tautou as Coco Chanel, newly returned from a seaside trip with Boy Capel

In the film, An Education, the main characters visit Paris

Audrey Hepburn explores Paris in Funny Face

Leslie Caron in Gigi

Marion Cotillard in Midnight in Paris

Audrey Hepburn in the Paris-centric film, Charade

Le Menu 

(I made this Ina Garten recipe as a treat for my parents on a weeknight once and it was a hit!)


The mother of the French family I lived with in high school used to make this for lunch. She would buy fresh bread and we would eat it for lunch in the garden.


The region in the South of France where the family I stayed with spent their summers was famous for this cake and we would get it frequently from the local bakery. I brought one home to my family from that particular bakery but it was not quite as fresh after ten hours of traveling.  I found a comparable recipe on NPR.

Red Wine because even when it's hot outside, red is better

Dreaming of French Coffee?
Try the above link to a Bodum French press 

La Table

Fresh Flowers in a Pitcher

Blue & White Banded Dinnerware


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