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Liberty, Fraternity, Equality! Saluting 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!!!!
10 French Movies Set in Paris to Transport You There – The New York Times (nytimes.com)
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!
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.
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.
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