Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art – A couple of weeks ago, we headed over to Hartford, Connecticut to the Wadsworth Atheneum. The oldest public art museum in America recently re-opened after a major face-lift. I had wanted to see the fashion exhibit, Gothic to Goth (open for a few more weeks, until July 10, 2016), but we also really enjoyed the permanent collection, which included a Vigée Le Brun (one of my absolute favorite painters) and some lovely Impressionists.
- Kings of Pastry – This documentary follows sixteen pastry chefs as they prepare for the three-day competition to be selected as one of the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (Best Craftsmen in France). Passion, perfection, and tears, it’s all here. I watched this on Netflix not long ago, but it seems to have vanished from the options (at least in the US). It is, however, available at Amazon.
- L’Élégance du hérisson (The Elegance of the Hedgehog) by Muriel Barbery – This is one of my favorite contemporary French novels. It follows an unusual friendship between a prickly concierge in an elegant Parisian apartment building and two of the residents, a precocious twelve year-old girl and a refined Japanese gentleman. It was also made into a film, under the title Le Hérisson, which is also quite wonderful.
- Parisian Fields – I came across this delightful blog, written by Norman Ball and Philippa Campsie, when they visited my blog and commented on various posts. This pair of Paris-loving Torontonians don’t post often, but their stories are usually rich in historical anecdotes, often inspired by old postcards that they come across in second-hand shops. I have learned so much from them.
- Nars The Multiple Blush – Frenchman François Nars is a makeup artist and photographer who created his own line of products in 1996. Since then, his blush has been known for its quality, as well as the provocative names he has given them. I first got the powder and now use the creamy stick formula with a name that begins with an O that would make my mother blush. And that’s kind of the point, blush is supposed to look like you just blushed. It’s a natural, long-lasting color that blends easily and lasts a long time.