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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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Boudoir

Another great place to check out this summer in France is Marie Antoinette’s Turkish-style boudoir in the château de Fontainebleau. The château is an easy day trip from Paris (follow this link for detailed information), and it’s well worth the … Continue reading

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Remise en neuf

The House of Dior is going to restore the Queen’s House at le Hameau, the hamlet on the grounds behind le Petit Trianon, Marie Antoinette’s residence at Versailles. This is where she and her ladies-in-waiting played milkmaid, inspired by Rousseau’s … Continue reading

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Un belvédère

One of the beautiful garden features at Versailles is le Belvédère on the grounds of the Petit Trianon.  Un belvédère (uhn bell-vay-dare) refers to any small building that offers a viewpoint. It was built between 1778 and 1781 for Marie-Antoinette … Continue reading

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Encore un moment!

The last official mistress of Louis XV, Jeanne Bécu, better known as the comtesse du Barry was born on August 19, 1743. She was the illegitimate daughter of a seamstress and possibly a friar. Mother and child moved to Paris … Continue reading

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J’ai préféré une femme que j’aime et que je respecte

Empress Eugénie, the wife of Napoleon III, was born on May 5, 1826. I had no idea that she was born in Spain to a noble family. Althogh she had a whole host of titles. she was known in France … Continue reading

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Un Original

If you’ve ever imitated the fashion choices of a friend or a celebrity, you’ve had a style mentor. Mentors in business are very in, and for the same good reasons that they make sense for the important choices we make … Continue reading

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