Saturday, July 21, 2012

Francophile Friday: In a Fainting Fashion

pigment ink pen & watercolour fashion illustration, 7" x 8.75" [18 x 22.5cm]

Hot on the heels of the wildly escalating popularity of the famed delicacy named the macaron {and not named the macaroon: one errant 'o' creates an entirely different pastry animal}, researchers are discovering the effects of a recently discovered phenomenon known in gastronomic circles as Macaron Fatigue.  In a somewhat contrary fashion, the term refers to both an overindulgence in macarons and a lack of sufficient macarons, both resulting in the risk of swooning.  While a romantic notion if one happens to have a chivalrous male with strong arms and good reflexes within a metre's perimeter, fainting in the street outside of this scenario might not lead to the most elegant of dispositions.   Clearly this damsel is in Macaron Distress, a precursor to and flashing beacon of impending Macaron Fatigue.  Following the convenient theory of homeopathic medicine whereby a small dose of something known to cause something can actually chase that very something away, might we suggest carrying a box of preventative macarons in one's purse {or inside suit pocket for the solicitous male of the species} at all times?  You're welcome.  And on that note...

Happy Fashionable Francophile Friday to you!

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28 comments:

  1. So why become scarce? Macaroon fatigue or do Australians do that month off in August like they do in Europe? Either way, I like your interpretation of the damsel's photo

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  2. I like your interpretation of this fab gown even more than the original, Shell! Alas, I am at serious risk of succumbing to a case of the macaron "vapors" (as it were), but it will be from the effort of avoiding the new calorie-laden macaron shop near my office, which I must pass each evening on my way home—when I am usually craving something caramel au fleur de sel-ish.
    Will be looking forward to your next illos—sporadic is better than nothing!

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  3. So fanciful and fancy!

    Time to hibernate, huh? Stay warm!

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  4. This is just fabulous! Have a lovely week ahead, Kellie xx

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  5. Ah, this explains, at last, the odd langour that overcomes me once in a while. I had been valiantly persisting with the useless smelling salts and, in extreme cases, a whiff of clove-encrusted orange, but thanks to your excellent medical advice my ailments will be no more.

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  6. Thanks, Ann ~ I'm glad you like it!

    Pasadena Adjacent ~ if anything, a lack of macarons rather than excess!

    Alexa ~ I shouldn't try to sway you from your good intentions, but a little part of me hopes you succumb once in a while. What if you email me the calories every time you eat a caramel au fleur de sel macaron? I'm happy to take a hit for the team.

    Thanks, dear cali! I might not hibernate after all but I just need the option at the moment.

    You too, Kellie ~ thank you.

    Mise ~ I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds smelling salts to be strangely inadequate. Your clove-encrusted orange sounds promising, though.

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  7. Ton illustration est splendide comme d'habitude, je suis allée voir la photo, belle réalisation de ta part personnellement j'aime mieux ton aquarelle !
    Quant aux macarons, je craquerais pour un, au caramel à la fleur de sel, sans coup de fatigue !
    Bisous
    Danielle

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  8. I'm all about this gown. It looks like clouds or waves. Enjoy you're time off -- looks like a lot of us are taking things easy this summer. Uh, winter.

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  9. Fatigue fashion -- love it! You've done a stunning job with this gorgeous dress, as well as the Parisian details. Having once waaaay overindulged in macarons I can attest to the fatigue factor (although I didn't look quite like this), but I like the suggestion of small doses.

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  10. Such a dreamy, romantic gown.... And good advice for any macaron affliction.
    It's nice to give yourself options -- like taking a little time off when you need it. I'll keep an eye out when the next "Shell Day" arrives :-)

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  11. Oh, shoot me now. Apparently I'm having contractions. Your. Your. Your.

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  12. I love gray. Grey. Whatever. I love it. It makes the best, prettiest clothes. I don't think it would make an appetizing macaron, however.

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  13. VenetiaMicio ~ merci, ma chère! Et caramel à la fleur de sel ~ c'est un choix populaire. Enjoy! Bisous.

    Hiker ~ or perhaps cloudy waves. {PS: I'd rather your contractions than the other kind of contractions, any day.}

    Katie ~ I'll bet if you had this dress at the time, you'd look much like this.

    Thanks, Ms M! I'll do my best to ensure you don't have to wait long.

    Petrea ~ grey suits you, as does gray, whereas I doubt either grey or gray would suit a macaron. {Unless it was straying very close to lilac territory.}

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  14. Might it be you have discovered the cure to most ailments, Shell? Thank you for passing on your sweet wisdom.

    I just adore this swooning damsel.

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  15. Thanks, Susan ~ I like to think it applies to all the things I love eating. We can hope!

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  16. Wow, that is gorgeous. I want a dress like that, and a figure like that.

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  17. I can see you wearing this at your next book reading and signing, Margaret. We'll get the tailoring pixies onto it straight away. {The Pasadena/Altadena crew can take turns holding a fan near you to replicate the above effect.}

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  18. wonderfully stylish ... as always, a pleasure to pop in x

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  19. Thanks, dkshopgirl ~ I'm glad you like it.

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  20. Was introduced to you work via Charlotte Clothier, Love everything!

    Jade

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  21. Hi, Peachy Keen ~ how lovely! I just 'met' Charlotte and she's a sweetheart. Thank you!

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  22. Trouble is - keeping a little box in my purse "just in case" would cause me to swoon regardless as I would not be able to resist partaking - leading me to replenish - and partake again - until fatigue takes over..............
    Fabulous painting

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  23. I see more than a passing resemblance to the chicken and the egg conundrum, Debs. Let us eat another macaron while we consider the possibilities.

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  24. Oh, I always swoon over macarons, even when Holly and I make them! We have no shortage of fine macarons, but one must be careful as too many would spoil the look of this fine gown!

    My favorite? It's a toss-up between caramel au beurre salé and pistache! Let's have one of each!

    Bises,
    Genie

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  25. Genie ~ you and Holly inspire me to want to have another crack at making macarons. I'll start mentally preparing myself now and perhaps I'll be ready in a month or two! Bises...

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  26. And, if you're not already aware, I've tagged you for a Liebster Award, my friend.

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  27. Thank you, le0pard13 ~ I'm chuffed! I shall respond accordingly as soon as possible.

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