Dreaming in French…

Picture 82Yesterday I came home to the most beautiful gift in the mail.  The darling Heather Clawson of Habitually Chic had sent me the book above, Dreaming in French by Megan McAndrew.  I’ve only read the first twenty-or-so pages and find myself utterly enthralled!  The novel tells the story of a “superficially glamorous” expatriate family in late 1970s Paris.  The mother is this fantastically eccentric, stylish character from Kentucky and I’ve already grown to love her.  I can’t wait for the weekend to begin so I can curl up and read the rest!  As a petit homage to Heather’s thoughtful gift I thought I’d share some of my favorite Avedon photographs of Paris…

Thank you Heather and bon weekend my sweet Neo-Trads!

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(images — here, here, here and here)

22 comments on “Dreaming in French…

  1. Stevi

    That sounds like a fantastic book! I LOVE those pictures! I want to visit France so badly, and one day I will. For now, I will listen to French music and pretend I’m there.

  2. the NEO-traditionalist Post author

    Jenna — I hope you enjoy as much as I am! Thanks for stopping in and saying hello. XO

    Stevi — You are SO darling. Seriously, that’s how I spent my entire childhood, just dreaming of France. You’ll get there one day and the best part is, even after all the dreaming about it, it won’t disappoint. Paris never does. XO

  3. Habitually Chic

    I loved the book and thought you would too so I’m so happy to hear that you actually do! Thanks again for featuring me as one of your Plucky Pioneers. I was honored to be included in such a creative and talented group! Bon Weekend!

  4. Shannon

    I love a good book recommendation, and I can’t wait to add this to my list.

    The Richard Avedon pictures were the perfect thing to get me through this Friday! The first image so perfectly captures the feeling of being in Paris – as though your feet don’t even touch the ground.

  5. Piper

    I love reading a book that is a complete page turner…it’s the best way to spend a day :)! I haven’t heard of this one but it sounds great. You’ve inspired me to check it out of the library!! Enjoy your weekend :)

  6. the NEO-traditionalist Post author

    Shannon — I couldn’t have said it better myself “your feet don’t even touch the ground” — so true of Paris!

    Piper — How I love libraries. I need to spend more time at ours and less at Barnes and Noble! XO

  7. Rachel

    Love the pictures!!!

    You should read “Almost French” – I can’t remember who the author is, but I have it at home if you want to borrow it (email me). It’s about a young girl from Australia who meets and falls in love with a French man, and her acclimating to living in Paris. It is wonderful! Hysterical at times, and so full of imagery.

    Hope you have a great weekend too!!!

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