Author Archives: Patricia Gilbert

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.

Trimballer

Trimballer (trahm-ball-ay), also spelled trimbaler, means to lug or cart about. Everywhere you go in France, someone is lugging their groceries, school books, or existential dissertation in a Longchamp Le Pliage, the origami inspired folding bag. It comes in a … Continue reading

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En goguette

I came across a new word on the Mode Personnel(le) blog that I follow.  The context was how to incorporate a classic vintage bag, like the Hermès Kelly, into a normal wardrobe. The person writing for help lamented, “…j’ai vite … Continue reading

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Friday Finds 9

How to Ruin a Queen: Marie Antoinette and the Diamond Necklace Affair, by Jonathan Beckman – This is a detailed historical account of the scandal over a diamond necklace that may have been one of the causes that led to … Continue reading

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Friday Finds 8

MM. LaFleur – At this time of the winter, looking foward to spring – and spring clothes – is a popular coping mechanism. I need absolutely nothing, but I can’t help looking at the lovely clothes on the M.M. LaFleur … Continue reading

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Friday Finds 7

Peaches for Father Francis (original title Peaches for Monsieur le Curé), by Joanne Harris – If you liked the book or film Chocolat, you’ll enjoy the continuation of the story. All the same characters are here, but now Viane is … Continue reading

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Sans état d’âme

For years, I’d heard the expression sans état d’âme (sahnz ay-tay dam) without realizing what it really meant or how it was written. It was only when I recently saw it written that the penny dropped. Sans = without, état = state, and d’âme … Continue reading

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Friday Finds 6

Pierre Gouthière: Virtuoso Gilder at the French Court – This exhibit of stunning gilt porcelain is at New York’s Frick Collection until February 19, 2017. Gouthière (1732–1813) worked for Louis XV and Louis XVI as a master ciseleur–doreur (chaser-gilder). His works commissioned and collected … Continue reading

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