My name is Barb and I am the woman behind the online boutique THE FRENCH ELEMENTS. While I will always keep The French Elements blog (so many memories), I have started a new one and I hope you will visit.
CHASING THE NEXT CHAPTER is about change. The past few months I have been thinking about writing a new blog. My youngest son passed away 7/1/2015 and life will never be the same for us. He entered Heaven and we entered a new chapter in our lives. A very different chapter that is still unfolding.
We have always talked about moving back to Europe (or elsewhere). The talk continues but we are planning on making the dream our reality.
He would be pleased.
On September 12th, I did a post regarding a monthly giveaway
from The French Elements.
Well, it is not the end of the month, and a granddaughter did not pick the number but
today is the day.
My youngest son wanted to pick the number and wanted it to be posted today.
His health situation is not so good right now and I have learned over the years to listen.
The lucky number is 57.
The winner is Theresa.
He wanted to count backwards from 63 and that is what we did.
Theresa, you have won an embroidered French Holiday pillow and the most fabulous cleanser from Chanel.
Something French for your home and something French for you.
November will be here before we know it so if you are interested in winning, you know what to do.
Last week, The photographer of all photographers passed away at 92.
While most people will probably remember Irving Penn for his amazing fashion photography,
I will remember him for his work with Clinique.
In particular, the twice a day ad.
I was very fortunate to begin my career with Clinique when it was still a baby.
I was a baby back then too! So young.
It was a very exciting time.
Clinique always believed the product was the star and as a result, you didn't see a face associated with the line.
When the twice a day ad was created, the company (just about everyone back then was female)
decided there was only one photographer.
This ad really made an impact.
When the book PASSAGE came out, It was featured in his book.
In the cosmetic industry, it was beyond cutting edge.
Way back then, the company was so tiny. There were only a handful of Education Mangers to take care of the entire country.
At that time, it was only found in the U.S.
Many people had not heard of it.
Hard to imagine now.
The picture above is a window display in Paris.
Even if you don't speak French, the message is clear.
Holiday store postcard from Switzerland.
Clinique grew and all of us grew along with it.
But, the one person that really helped it grow via his fantastic photography
was Irving Penn.
On 10/10, It will be six years since Hubby and I got married.
I know six years doesn't really seem like a long time but I have to tell you that it is.
In a good way.
I never really thought I would be married a second time, especially having a disabled adult child that requires time, energy and a lot of work.
Men usually run from that (or so I've seen).
Hubby actually met my family before he met me. He was J and D's neighbor and my youngest son was over at their place often to visit.
I heard about "this guy" but was too busy to meet him.
Actually, I was pretty ill at the time and was focusing on LIFE.
This did not include dating. Who wants to date a woman that has serious health problems?
Most would be running out the door as fast as they could.
Well, Jeff thought we would be a good match and introduced us.
This man was different.
He treated my youngest son like he treated my oldest son. With respect and lots of joking.
My illness, not actually fun but not a problem.
He was there and remained there.
We have been through the good, bad, and downright ugly. Or thin, thinner, thinnest-hehe.
I am so grateful that God via Jeff, brought him into my life.
I am truly blessed.
The wedding date was determined by what would be easy to remember- 10/10.
I am so thankful for the six years we have had together and God willing, we will grow older together.
The picture above is our little wedding photo.
The picture below is what we might have looked like if 10/31 had been our wedding day.
Have a fantastic weekend and count your blessings.
Back in the day when the dollar was KING, this was my favorite hotel in Paris.
Still love it!
One of the things I most love about Hotel du Louve Concorde is a little shop that was right around the corner.
I loved to browse through the prints, cards and paintings.
It became a tradition.
For the life of me I can't remember the name of the shop.
Perhaps someone can help me out-having a "senior moment".
I always picked up little prints that caught my eye. Very easy to pack.
When we got back home, I would mat and frame them.
They always made me smile.
The first time Dorothy came over, Jeff said "my mom has this thing about France".
Lots of prints.
I thought I'd share some with you. Talk about inexpensive decorating....
This sits on the base of a little table.
I love these books! The print sits on 2 auction catalogs- The Duke and Duchess of Windsor Auction and The Duchess of Windsor jewelryAuction.
The smaller book is from The Hermitage Museum.
The crown holds old letters.
This sits on a shelf.
Along with this print.
I didn't try to get the full mats or frames in the photo's.
This is just a sampling.
You know I love my France.
I am using blogger options since this is kind of a crazy week.
Hope to see you all soon.