La Lettre d’Amour by Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806)
Mes chers Amis, mes tres chers Amis,
At the end of April this blog reached its 18-month anniversary. A few days prior to that date I finished reading Gretchen Rubin’s “Happiness Project.” The book was a gift from my daughter. I had never heard of it. It arrived in a box filled with other books and three of my favorite long sleeved white t-shirts (newly issued in tall[!] which means the sleeves are long enough), among other things.
My first impulse was to read the novels, but I picked up “Happiness” instead — in several senses of the word as it turned out. Many, perhaps most of you know about the book. I was skeptical. My skepticism soon passed even though many things that make me happy don’t coincide with Grechen Rubin’s discoveries as she clearly reiterated throughout.
This is a prelude to tell you, because I can never tell you often enough, how happy you make me every day, over and over throughout the day. I am overwhelmed by your kindness, generosity, good sense, creativity, humor and more. Some of us have become real virtual friends. Deja Pseu and I had a tete-a-tete in Paris. Mater et moi have one planned for June. Maybe more of us will meet in the future, I hope so, and I can’t wait for Pseu to come back next year.
Thank you for being there in the beginning Carole and Marsi. Thank you for my first award Stephanie. Thank you Morgane for the latest one. Thank you dear James for being the first man to visit and then return. The list is long and I am so grateful and so happy. Without going into specifics, this blog and our interchanges have changed my life more than you will ever know and more than I could have ever imagined.
Please forgive me for not always answering your thoughtful comments or not visiting chez vous as often as I should. For those who have read the happiness book know, one makes resolutions. Those are two of mine, because I don’t want to lose any of you. You are too precious.
So this post is not a complete waste of your time, as promised: some this and that news:
1.) This is no doubt why several of you chose Tilda Swinton as one of your candidates for the world’s most elegant women. She dares and it works.
2.) Jean-Paul Gaultier has designed tennis shoes to go with your mariniere. Thrilling, non?
3.) Coral and Ultra Violet are supposedly hot pedicure colors for summer. (Turquoise is big too, but really, I can’t.) This orange-y hue is “Tangerine” from Essie.
4.) A two-fer: glycerin. Put it on the heels of your feel every night, that’s advice from a French manicure/pedicure expert. Use it to remove dried wax drippings from candlesticks. That’s advice from “Real Simple” magazine from whence this picture comes. First peel off as much wax as possible, douse a cotton ball with glycerin and rub until clean — the candlestick that is.
More on more chez Cherie on Friday. Until then I’ll hit the streets with my “business cards” and see if I can find some great photos for you. Be forewarned, the weather is cold and rainy.