Dressing Like Dita

I have a lovely habit of wasting time on one of my favorite websites : ShopStyle. It’s like having the world as a closet and being able to create outfits form millions and millions of articles. It’s addicting. I am warning you now.

I am also a big fan of Dita. You know who I am talking about. She inspires me and well frankly, I wish I had her waredrobe and work-out regime!

I created some looks from pictures of Dita Von Teese found off of Google. It was time-consuming but fun to browse thousands of pieces of clothing and accessories, looking for that one perfect piece to illustrate her outfits.

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Friday en Français : En attendant Chéri

Le concept : traduire un ancien billet et français, déjà pour pratiquer mon français à l’écrit mais aussi pour faire un geste envers mes lecteurs et lectrices francophones! N’hésitez pas à me corriger mon français.

The concept : translate an old post into French, first in order to practice my written French, but also to be a bit more welcoming to my francophone readers! Don’t hesitate to correct my French.

(Original post in English here)

(Originally published September 4th 2010 / Publication d’origine le 4 septembre 2010)

Quand sweetie-pie (chéri-amour) va rentrer de quelques jours à l’étranger pour le boulot, que fait toute Parisianne qui se respecte en l’anticipant?

1. Le ménage…bon d’accord, mais le repassage va attendre.
2. é-pi-la-tion… en d’autres mots, subir le rituel de la torture qui est d’arracher les petits poils fins de ses jambes. Je m’éclate. Mais, la peau toute douce après est un outil de tentation avec des pouvoirs incroyables!
3. Cette vieille bonne règle que nos grand-mères nous ont répété qui démure toujours vrai… le meilleur chemin au coeur d’un homme c’est son ventre. Alors un petit gâteau d’amour pour donner l’envie!
4. Convaincue qu’elle ne doit pas être définie seulement par ses talents dans la cuisine, la chambre ou sa capacité d’entretenir la maison, la Parisienne sort voir un exposition d’art qui n’était pas seulement intéressant et en haut de sa liste des choses à faire, mais cela varie sa conversation. On ne veut pas ennuyer chéri avec un compte des chaussette qui maintenant manque leur double. Non pas qu’elle les a compté en réalité, la Parisienne, en faisant le linge. Non mais! Vraiment!
5. Un cour de pilates… pour euh, garder sa forme… Ah ouai, et cela aide à garder un bon niveau de flexibilité! C’est bon pour ses…ses… euh bien des choses! (les adresses sont partagées par la parfaite, Dita Von Teese, dan le Vogue d’août 2010)

Et puis enfin, à 21h30 il arrive à la maison, et la Parisienne s’est tant fatiguée en se préparant qu’elle est tombée endormie en l’attendant! Heureusement c’est le week-end demain!

 

Friday en Français : Faire le pied du grue

Le concept : traduire un ancien billet et français, déjà pour pratiquer mon français à l’écrit mais aussi pour faire un geste envers mes lecteurs et lectrices francophone!

The concept : translate an old post into French, first in order to practice my written French, but also to be a bit more welcoming to my francophone readers!

(Original Post in English)

Ce billet a été posté le 16 octobre 2009 :


Je ne vais jamais au Champs Elysées, sauf si c’est absolument nécessaire. Mais quand même j’ai rencontré Dita Von Teese elle-même en Printemps dernier, et cela dans une pharmacy… peut-être je devrait y aller plus souvent. Bon bref, nous y étions l’autre soir, pour allé au cinoche pour voir The Informant (avec Matt Damon jouant très bien dans la peau d’un personnage différent de ses rôles habituels, je devrais dire). En avance d’une demi heure, nous avons décidé de se promener un peu sur l’avenue au lieu d’attendre dans la queu à regarder avec désintérêt le vendeur des popcorns. A quelques portes de là on se trouve au 136 avenue des champs Elysées. Alors ce n’est pas la première fois que je suis passée devant cette adresse, mais je l’ai toujours ignoré comme si c’était un attrape-touriste et totalement sans intérêt. Cette fois j’ai en fait regardé ce que l’on y expose.

À part les voitures Peugot, articles d’exposition complètement évident (et assez beaux), il y a plein d’autres articles à voir et à acheter qui sont eux aussi créés par Peugot. Et moi qui pensais qu’ils ne faisait que des voitures! En fait il paraît qu’ils n’ont pas commencé en fabricant des voitures.

En plus d’une petite leçon d’htoire (Peugot) avec une liste des dates, on peut examiner tous les modèles jamais fabriqués par peugot en forme de petit modèle.

Savez-vous que Peugot fabrique aussi des clés à molette? Et des salières et poivrières (avec éclairage dessus)? Ouai! Ils les font! Une bonne idée pour la chaussette de noël. En fait la boutique a plein de bonnes idées. Mais vous pouvez y aller voir comme si c’est une exposition de l’hostoire Peugot si vous ne commencez pas encore vos courses de noël, et c’est entré libre et gratuit!

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En attendant Chéri – Waiting for Chéri

When chéri-amour (sweetie-pie) is coming home from several days away on business what does any self defined parisienne, do in anticipation?

1. Clean house…okay fine but the ironing can wait.
2. é-pi-la-tion… in other words undergo the torturous ritual of tearing the small hairs off of one’s legs. Oh joy. But the smooth skin après is a temptation tool with incredible powers!
3. That old golden rule that our grandmothers told is is still true…the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. A little love-cake baking is in order.
4. Determined not to be defined only as a maid, temptress and fée de cuisine… the parisienne heads out to see an art expo that not only is quite interesting to her and at the top of her to-do list, but can add a little more to her conversation. She doesn’t want to bore chéri with a recount of the socks that have missing pairs. Not that she actually counted them herself while doing the laundry. Really! She didn’t. I promise.
5. Pilates class… to um stay in shape… Oh and it helps maintain a nice level of flexibility! Which is good for… for…, for many things. (Address shared by the always perfectly shaped, Dita Von Tease, in Vogue août 2010).

And then finally at 9:30pm he arrives and the parisienne is in an exhausted slumber on the couch, spent from too much anticipation! Good thing it’s Sunday tomorrow!

Prendre son pied – Get your kicks

 

It’s an orgasmic experience to say the least, a Louboutin shoe.
Mr. Louboutin, you are what women want, or at least you know what we want.

SHOES.

The foot is apparently the most common non-sexual-organ body part that is involved in fantasy, or podophilia. For example, in China, for centuries, womens’ feet were even bound (and deformed) to give them a more culturally desired aesthetic, small feet like that of a concubine princess. Although this practice has waned and is now considered barbaric and cruel, foot fetishism has only grown as fabulous footwear has become accessible to more and more women.

The recent popularity of the Louboutin luxury creations only goes to show that shoes are one of the hottest items used to attract some sultry attention. It also helps that he has some of Hollywood’s most sought after creatures sporting his wares.
Dita Von Teese is a Louboutin lover (of whom Mr. Louboutin once said “Dita is the ultimate showgirl and top of my list of muses”) and she even wears his creations in her burlesque shows. Madonna has also worn them during her performance, and they have been seen on the red carpet worn by the likes of Angelina Jolie and Kate Winslet among many others.

There are many websites that claim to sell Louboutins, but the only place to officially buy them is through a select few official e-commerce retailers listed on the Louboutin official website or in one of their own sumptuous boutiques scattered across the globe. http://www.christianlouboutin.com/

In my opinion, it’s better to go to a boutique. There, you are surrounded by shoes, shoes, shoes, all soled in that signature red. Louboutin has understood something that is very important, red makes the ladies look stunning. Garnier, when he designed the Paris Opera house, was the first to put plush red velvet fabric in the theater, because he said, red gives the ladies a more blushing glow. Well he was right, and so is Christian Louboutin. The eye goes directly to the foot when there is a flash of red underneath. And this is a very sensual place to look; as we have learned from all those foot fetishes. There was a time when a lady would never show any more but the toe of her shoe in public, and showing a little bit of ankle was considered outrageously sexy! And although the skirts have become more shorter, and the legs much longer, the foot, when properly primmed and packaged, can still make them all swoon.

My favorite Parisian boutique is at 19, rue Jean-Jaques Rousseau in the 1st arrondissement. It’s a fabulous place to play, a magical place where art is wearable. And despite their enormous popularity, Louboutin shoes still remain an exclusive item given the price tag. But they are worth every penny, and make you feel like a princess without ever having to disfigure your little piggies. Au contraire, you get to dress them up. Besides, why would you ever wear a pair of shoes that didn’t make your feet look sexy?

Mr. Christian Louboutin is a creative, passionate and funny man, who really doesn’t take himself too seriously, blogs, makes short films (starring his shoes of course), and calls himself “The Great Mr. L”.

I call him a genius.

Faire le pied de grue = To wait around

(Voir ce billet en français)



I never go to the Champs Elysées, unless absolutely necessary. Of course I did run into Dita Von Teese there last Spring, in a pharmacy nonetheless…maybe I should go more often. Well anyway, we ended up there the other evening, for a movie showing of The Informant (a good and quite different performance by Matt Damon, I should mention). Early, by half an hour, we decided to stroll the avenue instead of standing in line staring at the popcorn vendor. And just a few doors down was 136 avenue des Champs Elysées. Now I have beenby there before, but always scoffed it off as a tourist time killer, and totally uninteresting. But I actually looked at what was on display this time. Aside from the blantantly obvious (and pretty spiffy) Peugot voitures, there are many other fabulous items on display and for sale that are also designed and made by Peugot. And I thought they just made cars! Turns out they didn’t start out making cars in the first place. You can also get a little history lesson in the form of a time-line, and can oggle toy models of all the cars they have designed over the course of their existance.

Did you know that Peugot makes wrenches? and salt and pepper shakers (really cool ones with lights on them)? Yep, they do! A cool idea for a stocking stuffer. Infact the store is full of good ideas. But you can always enjoy it as an “expo” of Peugot history if you are not Christmas shopping yet, and it’s free to enter!