We are born into this world because of love and usually the last words spoken on dying lips are words of love.
We are surrounded and enveloped by this emotion.
The best stories, adventures, tales of heroism, feats of overcoming struggle, and relationships are about love.
I am dedicating this post to Venus, the Goddess of Love.
She sprang out of sea form and presented herself to the world, as legend describes, on the beaches of modern day Cyprus.
Now that Valentine's Day is around the corner (I can hear the dreaded drones all the way to France) I wanted to share with you some ideas of La Vie en Rose... So, to get you in the mood, here is Edith Piaf (mentioned in a previous post) to transport you.
And some photos of my city for a change of scenary.
In Roman Times, the month of February was one of spring cleaning and of partying.
During this time of year, people start clearing their closests and cupboards to ready themselves for planting season.
Lupercalia, the ancient Roman festival was also celebrating during the month, February 13 - 15th.
The celebration was to avert evil spirits and purify the city, releasing health and fertility.
In Roman mythology, Lupercus is a god sometimes identified with the Roman god Faunus, who is the Roman equivalent of the Greek god Pan. Lupercus is the god of shepherds.
His festival, celebrated on the anniversary of the founding of his temple on February 15, was called the Lupercalia.
It was also the setting in William Shakespeare's piece, Julius Caeser, where he refuses the crown three times.
Be Good to Yourself...
As the expression goes, When in Rome do as the Romans. I feel this statement justifies this sweet list below -- Be Good to Yourself (BGTY)
As mentioned above, February was the month for spring cleaning, so why not hit two birds with one stone!
BGTY Creative Idea: Free and Priceless!
A few days ago, I organized a Bizarre Bazaar.
The idea was to do some spring cleaning, then host a clothing exchange with your best girls at your or a friend's residence, complete with a potluck and champagne. It was a success!
You will clear out some clothing, get new clothing, catch up with your girls and above all, have a good time!
BGTY Creative Idea: Couple of bucks and Worth it!
Take yourself out on a date in your city!
There are so many charming places to visit right in your own backyard.
Do you remember those conversations with yourself where you said that you always wanted to try this place, go there, do this, read that, see that, or try that?
So, why don't you?
Make a date with yourself, get dressed up, wear perfume (you should be doing this anyway!) And yes, I can understand that life can get in the way, however make arrangements.
It's. Your. Date!
For some ideas, take my date for example...
My Date: I start early with a cafe and criossant at some bistro along the way. Next, matinee movie, preferably one with Johnny Depp.
I either carry a book or have my Ipod on me, which keeps me occupied as I decided what I want for lunch.
I usually go all out, from the aperitif - kir cassis royale, then a salad, an entree with wine, next, cheese, and finally, dessert and coffee. After lunch, I go for a walk around the city. I window shop, look at architecture and look at people. Two and a half hours later, I stop for a drink, coffee or wine or beer and look over my new small purchases. I purchase small things that I know I will use, such as soaps, a new book, or creative materials. I also take out my journal and start planning my next date and some ideas of where I would like to visit for next time.
Then, I write ideas for future blog articles of what inspired me that day and start planning either a photo shoot and research.
As I about to finish my drink and get up to pay, I then take one last look at my agenda to remind myself of my evening and week ahead, then I head home!
BGTY Creative Idea for Couples:
Couple of bucks and Worth It!
I wish you Oceans of Happiness, Joy and above all LOVE!
Without getting too cheesy, I will get to the point.
Pizza. Who doesn't love pizza? Please tell me you love pizza!
This idea is simple and sweet and easy!
Purchase you and your partner's favorite toppings and the other ingredients needed to make your pizza. Don't forget the drinks, whether it is wine or Dr Pepper, gets the goods you both enjoy!
Once home, get ingredients and drinks prepared and in order, set the table, then change out of your work clothes and either shower or take a bath.
When your partner arrives home and greets you, ask him to also change and take a shower, and for dinner you both will make a pizza.
After you are both dressed or in bath robes, start the oven and a cookin'!
I leave it to the both of you to make up the rest!
BGTY Creative Idea for Couples: Free and Priceless!
Go on a romantic nature walk! Not a nature walk, but a walk out in nature, dirty minds!
Near your home, I am sure this is a park with trees and nature paths. Dress accordingly.
Walk hand in hand, enjoy the silence and the moment, and breathe the cool winter air.
It is just a sweet way to stay close, and to keep warm.
BGTY Creative Idea for The Girls:
Couple of bucks and A Night to Remember!
Anti-Love at the moment? Get the ladies together for a Valentine's night out!
Make it a night to remember even when you are 100!!
But remember, it's GIRL'S NIGHT OUT!
Please keep me updated!
Leave a comment and let me know what you have done and some ideas of your own. I look forward to them.
Bonjour et Bienvenue!
Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
Frenchified for Life
is a fabulous little lifestyle blog about truly embracing French life!
My intent is to simply inspire you to create something unique and beautiful in your everyday life. The French have this wonderful and annoying habit of seeing the world through rose colored glasses, might as well learn something from them!
That said, I lift my glass to you!
By the way, I mention the name Cachou (or The Cash) a lot, I'm referring to her...