Tag Archives: Marie Antoinette

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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Abréger une histoire

I’ve been interested in fashion since I first picked out a pair of red shoes when I was four years old. A few posts ago, I wrote about Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible. Another new book on the topic is Fashion: … Continue reading

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Une fontaine de jouvence

I’ve only visited Fontainebleau once, but it’s just gone higher on my list of places to see the next time I’m in France. Until now, only about one third of the home to 34 kings and emperors has been open … Continue reading

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Un citoyen

Louis XVI was born on August 23, 1754. I’m sure you all know that he was executed following the French Revolution, but what don’t you know about him? his real name was Louis-Auguste he was his parents’ third son, and … Continue reading

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Une bagatelle

It began as a bet.  In 1775, Marie Antoinette’s brother-in-law, the Comte d’Artois, said he could build a park in six weeks.  She said he couldn’t.  They wagered the equivalent of $200,000.  He won the bet at a cost of … Continue reading

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Chez-soi

There’s a charming little structure on the grounds of Versailles that has always captured my imagination. Tucked behind the Petit Trianon, where Marie Antoinette lived, is what appears to have been a little tea house. It’s not open to visitors; … Continue reading

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Qu’ils mangent de la brioche

Let’s get one thing straight from the outset, Marie Antoinette, born November 2, 1755, did NOT say, “Let them eat cake.” Her full name was Maria Antonia Josephina Johanna and she was born an Archduchess of Austria. She was the … Continue reading

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