Simone de Beauvoir/Holly Golightly?

These days my favourite things are rosy and Parisian.

I am a person who loves pretty things. In every room in our apartment (except Monsieur's
powder room and I try!), there are a few objects that transport me to a world where perhaps I'm a mixture of Simone de Beauvoir and Holly Golightly. Is such a mixture possible? Paris and New York? Feminist and feminine?

There is the serious, reflective me who reads and writes and ponders a lot. I fact check everything, read the New York Times and listen to BBC podcasts every day. But the other me is just so frivolous.
I change my coffee table vignette monthly and I hang seasonal (every season) decorations on my drab brown apartment entry door. I love flowers, lovely lingerie and beauty products. I play music from old Broadway musicals when I'm in the bathtub with my Kimono Rose candle burning.
I love scented candles in the bathroom and I buy themed boxes of matches to light them.

This season, I am favouring khaki and rose coloured clothing. Sort of military/ballerina? I may have been inspired by The Hostess of the Humble Bungalow who has been featuring photos of her glorious
roses. I'm not sure how I am influenced by the blogs that I read. I used to spend quite a lot of money on magazines because I am a visual person. Yes, I really love the pictures. It's my Holly reading, not my Simone reading. I still buy Victoria magazine and I often have a sense of déjà vu. Perhaps, they use the same flowers, vintage linens and crockery over and over.
I use French candy tins for earring boxes.

I have always enjoyed being a girl (Flower Drum Song). Simone, for all of her intellect, dressed well and had a fairly interesting romantic life. I wonder whether we are all a bit like a complex perfume:spicy and sweet or.....? If you were to choose a combo, who would you be? I'd kind of like to meet an Auntie Mame/Annie Oakley or is that just Ethel Merman? Are all interesting lives a little bit of theatre?
What do you think?

Pierre de RONSARD
1524 - 1585
Mignonne, allons voir si la rose

A Cassandre

Mignonne, allons voir si la rose
Qui ce matin avoit desclose
Sa robe de pourpre au Soleil,
A point perdu ceste vesprée
Les plis de sa robe pourprée,
Et son teint au vostre pareil.

Las ! voyez comme en peu d'espace,
Mignonne, elle a dessus la place
Las ! las ses beautez laissé cheoir !
Ô vrayment marastre Nature,
Puis qu'une telle fleur ne dure
Que du matin jusques au soir !

Donc, si vous me croyez, mignonne,
Tandis que vostre âge fleuronne
En sa plus verte nouveauté,
Cueillez, cueillez vostre jeunesse :
Comme à ceste fleur la vieillesse
Fera ternir vostre beauté.


  1. Thanks for this post. I've often felt like I couldn't decide who I am - like I have to be completely consistent. You are right, we are all complex and a combination of many things. If I had to choose sweet or spicy in a fragrance, and I do like a combination, I would choose spicy. I guess I like a combination which veers toward the spicy! I too am amazed by the beautiful roses the Hostess shows in her blog - oh to have just one rose that was so beautiful.

    1. Thank you for the compliment on our garden roses Jeannine!

    2. As the years go by, it seems that some people get set in their ways and others
      find that they don't always know who they are. Questions and more questions
      about life...Those roses are indeed magnificent!

  2. Such a pretty post and thought provoking...

    We are complex women with many different qualities....feminist, advocate, romantic, serious, frivilous, creative, career oriented, we wear so many HATS!

    Thank you for sharing my garden roses on your blog Madame, that is very kind of you.

    Currently I am using rose scents and lotions from Roger and Gallet and they make me feel very feminine....I am almost at the end of the tube of the body lotion so I need to go and buy some more!

    1. I looked at Roger and Gallet when you mentioned it earlier. I like a bit of scent although there are getting to be so many scent-free zones. I am working through my collection of products and I am almost out of body lotion too.

      I find that as I grow older, I find myself becoming more complex. I'm finding the
      65+ stage, you're not there yet, a bit like being a teen-ager. I am between being an older adult (anywhere over 55) and elderly (whenever the body and mind start to lose
      some functions). For a young teen-ager (although they don't know what to expect) life is waiting, for the older version, a question mark awaits.

      That is why we need to visit with friends and family to take those walks, to enjoy as many flowers as we can and to read as much as we can.

  3. I love pretty things too and have enjoyed seeing these lovely items. It makes you happy to be a girl! Hugs, Diane


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