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Pourquoi Française? Why French?
Red Berlitz Basic French Dictionary I found at a book sale
Every year follows after a moment of reflection of the last. 2013 came and went in a blink of an eye. Ma liste de résolutions seem to be the same almost every year. It is composed of new languages (French & Hebrew), writing, reading new books, greater wisdom, godly parenting, journaling, better health, new illustrations — altogether being more intentional in everything about life from waking up earlier to not missing a birthday.
So…. Why French?
“Oh, but Paris isn’t for changing planes, it’s… it’s for changing your outlook, for… for throwing open the windows and letting in… letting in la vie en rose.”
~ Sabrina Fairchild (Audrey Hepburn)
The French language is beautiful. I’ve learned a little over the years by watching French films (La Fille du Puisatier 2011 is one of my current favorites), listening to French songs, and browsing through French magazines. Paris Vogue is one of the most visually inspiring publications that excites me in design due to its typography, design, and content. My website is inspired by Paris Vogue, particularly the April 2006 Issue, which I remember it sparking a spontaneity to consider studying abroad for fashion. It didn’t happen, but hopefully my family and I will get to travel to Europe someday.
Paris Vogue April 2006
Paris is the epicenter of haute couture, and like any other fashion student, it will always be a dream to travel to France. I imagine myself visiting all the museums, sketching architecture and street & runway fashion. As the saying goes, “the French do it better,” even in parenting (Bringing Up Bébé). I personally want to see the countryside of France, and wander through Chateau’s, run through fields of wild flowers, and visit textile shops and couture workrooms! Of course I want to speak French if I go to France. And even if we don’t ever have the opportunity to travel, at least I can finally watch a French film without sub-titles.
Back to the reality of life in California and where I left off in November:
07 January 2014 Watercolor of Russian Model/Artist Sasha Pivovarova
Since November (the last time I updated my blog), my days have been somewhat preoccupied with random projects for others and spending most of December with our families in Hawaii. I’m terrible at prioritizing and I don’t like to-do lists, so the beginning of the year can be quite overwhelming for me. So while most people are making lists, I’m trying to avoid them. My husband functions extremely well with a notepad and an on going list of things to-do, and I just wish it were the same for me too. I was just happy to start the New Year with optimism and a new love for watercolor pencils!!! My mother gave Evie a set of 8 watercolor pencils and we tried it out for the first time together. It was a magical moment when I showed Evie how we can draw with pencils, and go over it with a paintbrush and water. We went to the park and I packed her pencils, a jar of water, and paper– all I can say is that there will be more to come of illustrations made with these pencils, indeed!