Saluting France Bastille Day

Liberty, Fraternity, EqualitySaluting France – Bastille Day!

Vive la France! 1917 GEORGES LEPAPE

The United States and France celebrate July together…and sooo much more!! France is one of the loves of my life…much of what we all miss is traveling to see her!! Thankfully, French life is revered by many and she is with us daily, in sooo many ways. Cheers and toasts to her … and her bubbly too!!

Summer particularly takes us there in spirit if not body…to her charming bistros, fabulous shoppes, extraordinary museums, glorious architecture, beaches and gardens – mon dieu, the gardens! This year, Bastille Day is celebrated Wednesday, 14 July…throughout the U. S. – only 10 days after our own festive
red, white and blue Fêtes and Fireworks!!

New York, Beverly Hills and San Francisco…all have lively French Fêtes in her honor!! I have been fortunate to have called each one my Home. Our California temperatures, Palm Trees and pace of life are all reminicent of France. They take me back – Paris, Cannes, Nice, Monaco….love, love love!! BH is even a
“sister city” to Cannes, which of course is famous for it’s beauty on the Riviera and the much celebrated, annual Cannes Film Festival! Enjoy brunch stateside to celebrate Bastille Day with Bernardaud Limoges, French Linens and Mariage Freres or Fauchon Tea…and Baccarat Harmonie!!

Let’s help celebrate her independence! Champagne in hand!! Think of all she has given us…from Fashion to Film, Food and Wine to the Arts, Literature and of course, Music!! Can we think of France without Culture and Style of every kind?? She has given us icons from Chanel, Dior, Hermes to YSL…from BB – Bardot, Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche to Jeanne Moreau…from Alain Delon, Yves Montand
to Gérard Depardieu, from François Truffaut, Agnes Varda and Luc Bresson…to Debussy, Charles Aznavour, Edith Piaf and Serge Gainsbourg…from Monet, Renoir to Rodin…and from the Louvre, to the Pompidou and Musée D’Orsay! Of course, I could go on and on…. L’Amour tout les choses de France!!!!

opens in a new window10 French Movies Set in Paris to Transport You There – The New York Times (

opens in a new windowThe 50 Best French Actors and Actresses – IMDb

Can we think of Jewels without Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels or Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief filmed on the gorgeous Riviera with our own legendary American Grace Kelly? Monaco and the world will never be the same since her union with Prince Rainier – producing a beautiful dynasty carried on to this day. Granddaughter Charlotte is beyond an accomplished beauty and just celebrated anniversaries in June and July. She embodies the co-mingling of France and American heritage, culture, fashion, and the arts! An icon for today!

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Charlotte Casiraghi—the daughter of Caroline, Princess of Hanover and granddaughter of Princess Grace—wed film producer Dimitri Rassam in a civil ceremony at Monaco’s Prince’s Palace in June of 2019. He is the son of French Actress and Model Carol Bouquet and the late French Film Producer Jean-Pierre Rassam. The Bride chose a beautiful 3 bow brocade dress, Anthony Vaccarello for Saint Laurent and her Grandmother’s Cartier jewels for her first ceremony.

VAN CLEEF & ARPELS have been the official supplier to the Principality of Monaco, since1956. Enjoy the classic Vintage Alhambra Bracelet, 5 Motifs- truly iconic!! Malachite, tortoiseshell, and coral long Alhambra® necklaces from the 1970s are in the Private Collection.


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Ruby is the birthstone of July!! This king of gems, represents love, health, and wisdom. It is believed that wearing a fine Ruby bestows good fortune on its owner and is considered the most valuable gemstone. Its value increases based on color and quality. Enjoy David Yurman’s Ruby Cable Collection – and this Renaissance 18k Gold & Ruby Ring.

opens in a new windowBernadaud Votives

opens in a new windowKarl Lagerfeld Pillows

opens in a new windowFauchon Crepes

Hoping you enjoy celebrating Bastille Day 2021…with cheers, bubbles, and some endearing Karl Lagerfeld and Fauchon treats – till my next Saturday Guest Post. xoxo MMK

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  1. Sandra wrote:

    Absolutely beautiful post.

    Posted 7.10.21 Reply
    • Marlene Kristoff wrote:

      Hi Sandra – Delighted you enjoyed! xoxo MMK

      Posted 7.11.21 Reply
  2. Lisa wrote:

    Charlotte Casiraghi and her SIL Beatrice Borromeo are two of my most admired style icons. After you, of course!

    Posted 7.10.21 Reply
    • good choices! that family has style written all over it. and they’re pretty easy on the eyes too.

      Posted 7.11.21 Reply
  3. Linda De Miller wrote:

    Thank you! This was delightful <3

    Posted 7.10.21 Reply
    • Marlene Kristoff wrote:

      Thank you, Linda!! Happy you enjoyed with me! xoxo MMK

      Posted 7.11.21 Reply
  4. Phyllis S wrote:

    Thank you for this fabulous post! I

    Posted 7.11.21 Reply
    • Marlene Kristoff wrote:

      Hi Phyllis! Thrilled it delighted you!! xoxo MMK

      Posted 7.11.21 Reply
  5. Marlyse wrote:

    I happen to be French by birth…..but live in FL; miss going there in the summer,as it is much cooler & less humid; but mostly the sidewalk cafe’s & the outdoor markets and the fresh 🍒 & the ambiance francaise…vive la France, vive la difference!

    Posted 7.11.21 Reply
    • Marlene Kristoff wrote:

      Hi Marlyse…then maybe you should consider a visit to San Francisco!! It is 57 degrees here at noon & no humidity!! I think you would enjoy – Vive la France!! Cheers! xoxo MMK

      Posted 7.11.21 Reply
  6. gwen ewing wrote:

    We celebrate Bastille Day here in Cincinnati! One of our neighborhoods block off the streets and set up booths for music, food and drink and it’s quite a celebration! My son in law’s birthday is July 14th! When I saw Charlotte’s picture, I knew she looked like Princess Caroline, I didn’t realize it was her daughter! Princess Grace was the epitome of class and beauty, she has passed it on! Love your blog!! Also, my 2 daughters and I went to Paris a few years ago, it was a fabulous experience!!

    Posted 7.11.21 Reply
    • Marlene Kristoff wrote:

      Hi Gwen, So pleased you and your daughter have fabulous memories of you Paris trip together!!
      Hopefully, you enjoyed your Bastille Day again in Cincinnati this year as well!! Ohio is my birthplace…Columbus – will always be Home. I am happy you enjoy my guest posts on Beth’s wonderful Blog!! More to come!! xoxo MMK

      Posted 7.16.21 Reply
  7. Marilyn wrote:

    Beth, I get what you’re saying, but…Too bad “le Francaise” have not always been the wonderful people you see today. Their odious behavior towards us “Yankees” after WWII, when we basically kept them from becoming part of Germany, was unforgivable. I I know. My family was stationed in Paris in the early ‘50’s, when my dad was sent to basically re-build their war-ravaged country and get NATO secured. There was no respect, no appreciation, basically just thinly-disguised hostility and resentment. I tell you all this only to give you perspective…You seem so enamored, but please recall that all the great “stuff” that came out of France was made possible by the brave Americans and other Allies who lie buried there.

    Posted 7.11.21 Reply
    • thanks for sharing your thoughts, marilyn. first off, this post is put together by the brilliant MMK who dishes up beautiful Saturday posts every week since early April. but i will point out that the history of our country merged with the French and British from the beginning. whatever your viewpoint the French were integral in helping the upstart Americans gain their independence from King George. that alone says it all. if we were able to pay that debt back in WWII all the better. so many brave men and women from so many nationalities lost their lives defending freedom. God Bless.

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