It’s been a while since I’ve opened up my “blog dossier” — that’s where I keep stories from French magazines and the notes I take when listening to reportages on the radio and television that I think will interest you — here then are a few of my favorites. . .
For the usual ease of reading, headlines oblige.
Barbie Is Now An “Art” Form
From March 10 to September 18, Barbie will be the subject of an impressive exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratif in Paris.
Why one might justifiably wonder, nest-ce pas? Apparently through the presentation of some 700 poupées the guiding principle is that Barbie is/has been a reflection of a certain very American culture. Interesting proposition don’t you think?
A smattering of the collection will pay homage to Gustav Klimt, Vincent Van Gogh, and Leonardo de Vinci through the designs of the masters on the dresses.
As for cat woman Barbie, she does look like she’s into some serious S&M. She is no doubt yet another observation of modern life. What do I know?
My Current Obsession
I promise this will be the last time I talk about agendas, at least for the foreseeable future, but I think this one from Smythson is quite lovely.
How charming to give “Live, Love, Laugh” to someone in the hopes they will follow the instructions on the cover.
Fun, Funny & Functional
Really, the only reason these gel-filled eye pads are interesting is because they are fun and sort of funny. They are a simple way to avoid the time and sometimes drippy mess that goes into steeping teabags, squeezing out the liquid, and then placing them in the refrigerator to be used to decongest tired eyes.
These, like the teabags, go into the refrigerator for a couple of hours whereupon they are to be placed on the eyelids for five or ten minutes and then, voilà(!), a little less puffiness. They ring in at 4.90 Euros at Marionnaud, in case you’re in France and think they would be a teeny gift for someone, or yourself.
I’m thinking I could slip them into my gift bag of French goodies I give regularly to some of my favorite people.