French Lessons…Part 1

A walk down any street in Paris reveals it's beauty and pride of place. The boulevards and gardens are perfectly manicured, apartment balconies overflow with flowers and small trees,  bright and cheerful storefronts and apartment doors are painted in high gloss paint, the patisserie and chocolatier displays are enticing... and who knew that the Boucherie could make… Continue reading French Lessons…Part 1

The Ruth in Truth…

  As Gloria Steinem said, "She's the closest thing to a superhero I know." And she's right.  It doesn't matter what gender you are, what your politics are, or what religion you are, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the crusader for equal rights for all. RBG became a Supreme Court Judge in 1993 winning her US… Continue reading The Ruth in Truth…

A Blank Canvas…

  A blank canvas hasn't been drawn or painted on yet — it's clean and unmarked... dictionary definition   Everyone's blank canvas has a different connotation.   An artist sees a stretched canvas on their easel with a palette of paints, a writer sees a ream of paper with a cup of freshly sharpened pencils, a… Continue reading A Blank Canvas…

One Year…

This week's post marks the one year anniversary for the Après CC on Whyte blog.   The premise of the blog originally centred around 'beauty'.  I realize that I have (on multiple occasions)  strayed from that topic but, hopefully, there was a positive (or beautiful)  message in there somewhere. My inspiration was... There have been weeks… Continue reading One Year…

The Fashion Bible…

Vogue ... with its highly recognizable font Every August the faithful followers of fashion impatiently await the arrival of The September Vogue.    Its the highest grossing edition of the year with over 80,000 copies sold in the first couple of weeks on newsstands.  Inside are 100's of pages of fall fashion and advertising to entice readers into running… Continue reading The Fashion Bible…

Diptyque…

    The name Diptyque is from Ancient Greek (diptykhos) and refers to a painting or sculpture composed of two panels...from Wikipedia   For me, a "must go to" stop in Paris is the Diptyque Boutique at 34  Boulevard Saint Germain (the original location)...a short walking distance from where I stay on the Rue Jacob.… Continue reading Diptyque…

Here comes the bride…

This past Saturday I held a bridal shower for my niece; a tradition going back to the 1800s.  Relatives and friends of the bride would give a party for the bride-to-be if she did not have a trousseau either because her parents could not afford to give her one or if they did not approve… Continue reading Here comes the bride…

Let’s talk…

Has the art of conversation found it's way into history like the love letter, a handwritten greeting card and/or thank-you note?  How many hours are we spending behind a screen instead of being face to face or even having a long distance call or other pleasantries over the telephone?   Have we given up on… Continue reading Let’s talk…

Prejudice…

  Several days ago I witnessed an incident that left me...well, frankly dumbfounded. I was in the seasonal garden area of a  local hardware store (probably lost in never-never land)  looking for more filler bedding plants for my planters.  While contemplating what colour of lobelia would best suit the colour scheme,  I heard a disturbing conversation… Continue reading Prejudice…

Remembering Kate…

Kate Spade died this week.  Shockingly, at 55, taking her own life, she has left behind many who loved and admired her.  This is a sadness that will be unspeakably difficult for her teenage daughter to understand and a loss of years of joy they could have shared.  Although she was estranged from her husband,… Continue reading Remembering Kate…