Gratitude and Exhaustion

Bonjour, mes beaux amis!

wedding, banner, decor, rustic, planning, sign, announcement, lovebirds, love birds, 2014, reception, venue, dress, gown, flowers, floral, bridal, bride, partyOh how I have missed you and the blog!!! It has been quite some time since I was last here, but as you probably surmised from my previous few posts, I became unbelievably busy with a couple little projects called WEDDINGS!  I actually held two wedding receptions, one on the east and one on the west coast.  As any girl who’s planned their wedding knows, ONE wedding is enough to exhaust you – let alone two. Continue reading

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The One Festival That Cannes Inspire

Bonjour, mes beaux amis!

I have to admit that I have had a major girl-crush on Audrey Tautou for over twelve years – ever since seeing her charm the pants off everyone in Le Fabuleaux Destin d’Amélie Poulain. So you can imagine how excited I am that she is the maîtresse de cérémonie at the 2013 Festival de Cannes happening right now!

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one of mon prèfèrè actrice françes et ma muse, Mademoiselle Audrey Tautou!

I will be following the highlights everyday, and I’ll be sure keep you updated with highlights and great pics – mais bîen sur!

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Le Festival de Cannes 2013 Opening Ceremony

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Baz Lurhmann and the cast of The Great Gatsby on the red carpet

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looking just as gorgeous and dapper as possible – biên sur!!

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the brilliant Christoph Waltz!

And of course, I couldn’t resist sharing this exclusive video with Audrey about her Master of Ceremonies honor – yes, this video is in French, but her charm and delight are understandable in any language!audrey tautou, cannes festival 2013, master of ceremony, interview, amelie, cannes, france, THERESE DESQUEYROUX, french cinema, film festival, exclusive interview, canal plusLooks like I will have lots of film watching to do soon!  Here’s the full list of Cannes entries – winners announced May 26th!

Have a wonderful Thursday, mes beaux amis!!
♥ – LBH
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~ La Présente ~ A Mother’s Love

Bonjour, mes bons amis!!

The month of May conjures many thoughts and images of spring, flowers, weddings and Mother’s Day. Today I was reminded that even though there is a holiday just to show moms EXTRA love and appreciation, they should be shown appreciation everyday for all they do and did for their children.

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a delightful scene: mother caring for her new babies

 

Today’s reminder of a mother’s love came today at lunch watching this wonderful mama taking care of her sweet little babies.

My mom doesn’t live nearby, and I do miss her. But I will be sure to call her tonight and let her know that I appreciate her years of protecting, guiding and caring for me, both near and from afar.

Hope you are having a wonderful week, mes bons amis!!

♥ – LBH

I’m Back, Bon Amie!!

Bonjour, bon amie!!  I have missed you!!

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I know it has been AGES since I’ve updated my blog, and for that I apologize.  Work always finds a way to get in the way, but after spending an amazing two weeks in Europe, as happens after every overseas vacation, I realized that I have been neglecting some things and haven’t made the time to do things I enjoy like sharing experiences and stories.

Sooooo this little bloggy-blog of mine is about to heat up again – get ready!  And just to prove it to you, here are a few pictures from my recent trip through Paris and London.  I can’t wait to share the special stories, hilarious and delightful moments, and the inspiration I feel with you!


You can see more pictures from ‘Paris et Londres’ here: Paris, je t’aime… 2012, a set on Flickr.

See you very soon!! Bonjour, bon amie!!

♥ LBH

A Not-So-Hot Weekend of Music!

Bonjour, bon ami!!!

It feels like FOREVER since I’ve updated my little space of the world wide web here, because it has been a LONG time!!  I just thought I would pop in with a small update and give you a preview of what will be coming after this weekend!!

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If you’re an independent/house/rock/hip-hop/folk music fan, then you are probably aware that this year’s music festival season kicked off a few weeks ago with SXSW in Austin.  This weekend is the first of two Coachella Music Festival weekends, and like every previous year that I’ve been fortunate enough to attend, I’m packing up my bags and preparing for a fun-with-a-lot-less-sun-filled weekend of music, weirdos and all around craziness!!!!

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{typical Coachella weirdo}

Fortunately (or UNfortunately) the weather forecast  is extremely undesert-like (hence my more thoughtful packing job).

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{not-so-hot desert!}

Here’s a quick visual preview of the plethora of musical madness featured this year at the normally quiet Indio, CA polo field:

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{RADIOHEAD}

One of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE bands, Radiohead… if I could express the excitement through the screen right now, it would look something like this:

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{vanity fair}

WOOHOO!!!

Other bands I’m super-duper-excited to see and hear:

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{hip-hop legends Dr. Dre ~ Eminem ~ Warren G ~ Snoop Dogg}

Yes, the legends all on one stage – it’s going to be memorable, needless to say!

And then we round it all out with some good ol’ grimy rock.

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{the underrated Black Keys}

So get ready, bon ami!!!  My Coachella recap promises photos, stories and possibly a few amazing videos of food, fashion and the FABULOUSNESS that IS COACHELLA!!!

And just because we all love it, here is the most classic-to-date Coachella video everYou’re welcome… for the second year in a row.  See you in the desert!!!!

LBH

Tickled With Turquoise

Bonjour, bon ami!!

It has been a busy week for me, but I’m happy to say my mom is here resting with me and with the family, and we will be visiting her longtime doctor for a second opinion and hopefully some good advice on how we can keep her healthy and vital.  Thank you all again for your kind thoughts and prayers – it has definitely helped!!

In between all of the chaos, I’ve been feeling a bit blue – not a sad blue, but rather a soothing happier blue, like turquoise.  Perhaps it is because of all of the gorgeous images I’ve run across lately.  In fact, I’m already feeling the ‘bedroom makeover’ itch because of a few of these pictures.  Take a look!!

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{centsational girl}
turquoise dresses couture glamorous runway models formal fashion elie saab backstage
{this is glamorous}
tiffany's tiffany box turquoise cupcake engagement ring glamorous unique ideas proposal
(overdresstoimpress}
turquoise room decor style design details blue ideas shabby chic
{ciao bella}
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{obeedesigns}

 

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{sunshineandpearls}
turquoise kitchen design decor ideas color bright happy organized
(nana-bazaar)
DIY turquoise teacup tea cup candles shabby chic decor ideas design vintage victorian party
{everything fabulous}
npr pictures amazing nature underwater seaweed photography
{npr}
turquoise bathroom budoire bedroom design decor style ideas shabby chic glamorous
{idksry}

turquoise color decor coffee cup churros breakfast sweet ideas shabby chic
{nana-bazaar}
beautiful model makeup turquoise window photography vintage hairdo blinds
{obeedesigns}
jcrew j crew turquoise dress shirt dresshirt green clutch fashion style ideas inspiration spring
{everything fabulous}
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{dustjacket}

Well I’m off to be with the family and make sure my mom takes it easy.  Perhaps we will do a little shopping since we’re so inspired by this beautiful turquoise color this week – a little bedroom or kitchen makeover?

Here’s wishing you all a beautiful ‘turquoise’ day in your own belle vie!!

LBH

Duly Noted…

Bonjour!!

In the blink of an eye, another week has passed faster than most of us can keep up.  But it has been a great week for me, and I’m ready for a great weekend to boot.

A little (okay, a LOT) of self-realization and lists this week:

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{loveliegreenie}

1.  as much as I love a big fast paced city, I always yearn for some country

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{plush palate}

2.  just like Plush Palate, I also think the best way to bring life and vim to any space is through plants and flowers!

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{everything fab}

3.  I could always decorate my walls with some wonderful mementos as opposed to pictures – new weekend project for me!!

chocolate lavender pie recipe dessert

{sunday suppers}

4.  I MUST make this chocolate lavender pie STAT…

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{design*sponge}

5.  my bedroom needs a major facelift, like this one – another weekend project on the list!!

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{weareohsopretty}

6.  speaking of bedroom, I MUST find a new sitting/reading chair for the corner.

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{Centsational Girl}

7.  where can I find some beadboard wallpaper?

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{crushculdesac}

8.  I need to get back into a regular yoga routine.

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{kroketta}

9.  thanks in part to my better half and my dear friend at The Scarborough Faire, I really do love the French.

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{ignitelight}

10.  I can be a pain in the ass – for putting up with me, my better half deserves lots of my thanks and love.  I would be lost without him and his love.

This weekend will be a busy one: a surprise dinner for my better half because he deserves it ~ I’m continuing my 2012 Project Harmony ~ enjoying a “Thanksgiving in January” dinner party ~ hosting a small dinner party where I’ll be cooking my very first rib roast… Every day that I open the freezer and see it sitting their patiently, I start salivating like my dog!!!!

What great plans do you have for the weekend??  Be sure to do something positive for your community on Monday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  After all, we have much for which to thank him, and still much work to be done.

Have a wonderful weekend, bon ami!!

LBH

1 Down, 51 To Go

Bonjour!!

Can you believe one week has already passed in the new year?  I can’t… the week was a bit short at the 9-5 since we didn’t return to the office until Tuesday, but still – I awoke this morning thinking it was Thursday, and then smiled in delight when I realized it’s Friday!

I’m still in the process of PH (“Project Harmony”) and will have LOTS to update you over the weekend and next week.  In the meantime, 2012 has started off ‘magnifique!’ thus far and so I thought I would share some of my Fri-Delight and inspirations from week one visually.

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eiffel tower paris french essence{french essence}

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{the glamourai’s amazing story of Chicken}

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{dream and dress}
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{a well traveled woman}

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{kroketta}

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{kroketta}

dramatic lighting design interior decor lamp light fixture

{this is glamorous}

table setting romantic dinner party

{the sweet light}

couple in bathtub romantic love bath bathe

{wit and delight}

funny cat in create ready to go travel kitten kitty in box

{kroketta}

kitten in arms anxious film

{daniella marie}

handwritten letters vintage love postage mail

{tumblerose}

What do you have planned for this wonderful weekend?

Happy Friday, lovelies!!

LBH