Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Eau de Virginia et Violette





Paris and perfume are as inextricably woven together as Paris and romance.  And if you're wafting along the perfume trail in le Marais, you'll happen upon this delicate parfumerie. And if your sensitive nose detects notes of violet nearby, you might be following Virginia. 

Thanks, dear Virginia, for your kind offer of your photos like this one for inspiration.  If you're a lover of Paris, you'll adore Virginia's Paris Through My Lens.  She has an artist's eye and the photographic skills to do it justice.  Not to mention, she's an all around bundle of fun and smells good!

25 comments:

  1. Virginia will love this! I know I do! You never cease to amaze me, Shell.

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  2. I don't like it a bit.......J'ADORE!!!! Merci beaucoup mille fois mon amie.
    xx
    V

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  3. Cali ~ you never cease to amaze me either, in a multitude of ways. :)

    Virginia ~ an absolute pleasure to do ~ merci beaucoup, encore! x

    Marylène ~ oooh! {blush...}

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  4. Here in the USA, Virginia & Alabama are for lovers.

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  5. I saw the real photo of this shop from the link u gave and its exactly same...

    so, i only can see paris from your painting! great sherree...I cant wait for more!

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  6. Cafe P,
    So WHERE IS MY LOVER? huh????:)
    V

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  7. There's something about your drawing that cries out to be printed on fabric. This would make the most beautiful large wall-hanging, with the softness of the fabric underlining the lightness of touch of the image. What a piece it would make for a dressing-room.

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  8. The combination of your paintings and Virginia's photos make me feel like I've actually experienced a little of Paris. It's much appreciated by this poor girl who can't afford to go for real right now.

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  9. What a lovely blog she has! Makes me want to hop a plane to paris ASAP.

    shall we meet each other there, my darling? ;)

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  10. Thank you all, dear petals. I'm glad you're enjoying our collaboration. Happy to help with the Paris daydreams, anytime!!

    Thanks again, Virginia ~ you're inspiring. :)

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  11. I am reminded of an evening when Jim and I were sipping wine at the bar at Cafe Beajolais in Eagle rock - now, Bistro de La Gare in South Pasadena - when two twenty-something-year-old French guys (waiters) rushed up to me abruply, wanting to know whether I was wearing the perfume they had guessed. They were right. These things can be SO important to the French!

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  12. OOOOOOOOOOOOOhhhh, it's wonderful! Virginia must smell fantastic! The two of you make a hell of a team, the hiker's right.

    Off into one of my fantasies: we take over a bateau mouche, all of us. It'll be commandeered by a handsome Frenchman, let's say...Thierry Lhermitte. Do you like him, V? He's for you. And we'll party up and down the Seine for as long as we want to, taking pictures (and painting) and making stops at all the best places (which is everywhere).

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  13. Now there's an idea; send a beautiful photo of Paris to Shell and she'll turn your image into one of her trademark creations! Bravo Virginia and bravo Shell for creating such a cute and pretty tribute.

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  14. Mme Benaut, that's a very enterprising idea. Don't you think so, Shell? You could charge the big bucks for that. "Turn your memoree into a Shell Sherree!"

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  15. Shanna ~ that's a lovely story!

    Petrea and MmeB ~ just the other day, Cali mentioned a similar thing to me, too ~ hmmm, you could all be onto something! I can't think of many ways I'd rather spend my days, if you take Petrea's bateau mouche and Hugh Jackman-Venice gondola fantasies and romancing in Paris {ok, romancing anywhere} out of the equation...

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  16. "Turn your memoree into a Shell Sherree!" Lol, Petrea. Some of my memorees have been turned into Shell Sherrees. Now the only problem is that instead of vacation photos I want vacation drawings!

    wv - palma!

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  17. I just like reading all of these comments. You've all had such fun chatting here.

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  18. That's it, Shell! I'm definitely sending you photos. Just hope I can come up to V's standards (and, Virginia, I am verte with envie). Oh dear, Shell, why did you have to bring up Hugh Jackman? Now I'm all aflutter. [btw, do you suppose they have my "signature scent"? It's Paris by YSL.]

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  19. Cali ~ vacation drawings are a lovely idea. Speaking of which, according to wv, either you're off to a palm reader or off to a Spanish beach. Enjoy. :)

    Margaret ~ we have, indeed...

    Alexa ~ anytime - grazie, merci! You know where to send them. ;) Actually, I have something earmarked from your blog already. {Enjoy those flutters!}

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  20. Shell -- you do? Oh, goody! You know how much I loved your versions of my NYC PTDDs. And I am on that bateau mouche, btw. Great idea, Petrea.

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Merci, grazie, thank you for joining our conversation lounge. Your smile lights up the room. Even more beautifully than our crystal chandelier. x