- This summer, I enjoyed the “Anatomie d’une collection” exhibit at the Musée Galliera in Paris. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one; the exhibit was held over until the end of October and now they’ve launched a follow-up with forty new pieces in homage to French designer Sonia Rykiel, who recently passed away. The total collection of 200 pieces shows the history of fashion from the 18th century to the present, from the most important figures in history to anonymous prisoners. The exhibit will be open until February 12, 2017.
- A Fifty Year Silence: Love, War and a Ruined House in France, by Miranda Richmond Mouillot – This is a memoir of a granddaughter’s efforts to understand her grandparents’ experiences as Jewish refugees in World War II. As a child, Mouillot was mystified by her totally estranged grandparents: they met in Strasbourg, married while refugees in Switzerland, had two children, and then Anna left Armand and then they never spoke to or saw one another again . Mouillot immersed herself in refugee archives and letters from her grandparents to supplement their failing and contradictory memories. The story is enmeshed with a crumbling stone house in the south of France that her grandparents nought just prior to their separation. Mouillot moves there for her research but also finds love and a life of her own in the ashes of her grandparents’ marriage. Mouillot discovers that the secret to the demise of her grandparents’ marriage has its roots in the Nuremberg trials and the horrors Armand had to relive daily as a translator. In so doing, Mouillot is able to make peace with her past and move on to her future. It’s a well-written and sensitive memoir.
- Les Revenants (The Returned) – One of my students did a summer program in France and came back with an enthusiastic recommendation for this French series. It’s a goodie. It’s kind of a cross between The Sixth Sense and The X-Files. Seven years after they died, several people suddenly reappear in a small mountain town. While they are just as they were when they died, those they loved have changed and generally moved on. When a particularly brutal attack replicates an unsolved crime from seven years earlier, it seems that something or someone might have been better off remaining dead. It’s on Netflix and Amazon in the U.S..
- @theglitteringunknown – This Paris-based Instagrammer found love when she was on vacation and made the city her home. She has an eye for pearlescent skies and contemplative moments.
- Lancôme Bienfait Multi-Vital SPF 30 Lotion – Being fair-skinned person who is prone to freckling and who has already had one bout of basal cell skin cancer, I am careful to always have sunscreen of at least 30 SPF in my moisturizer and my foundation. Recently, however, I had come to the conclusion that my skin care was not protecting me enough. New freckles were appearing and I was concerned about ongoing skin damage. I switched to this Lancôme lotion and I’m really liking it. The formula contains a broad spectrum sunscreen for protection and antioxidants for repair. Plus, the texture is light and silky and the fragrance is pleasant without being irritating.