Well, Hello March! It is so nice to see you again and wake up to a lovely dusting of snow. Perfect weather for writing inside and daydreaming about all things Paris. Originally I had planned to showcase this delightful book in my Just Now monthly series, but I decided this morning it deserved it's very own post and flat-lay photo with my Parisian inspired bateau neckline shirt that shall makes it's grand debut when Spring has officially sprung:) * P.S. I hope you don't mind a behind the scenes snippit of my crazy creative thought process's that manifests in photo form:)
I came across Olivia de Havilland's re-released 1962 memoir last fall and couldn't stop thinking about it. Every time I would hit up my local Barnes and Noble, I would lovingly hold it and force myself not to cheat read it (it is a petit book and I could probably read it in one sitting) or buy it because I am on a strict saving plan for my own abode May 1st. But, I caved a week or so ago and am so glad I did. Each page has brought me so much happiness while also indulging my life-long Parisian obsessions. I am such a sucker for American's in Paris Memoir's (two of my other favorites if you would like to know are My Life in France By Julia Child and A Moveable Feast By Ernest Hemingway. If by chance you know of any others that I NEED to read be sure to post in the comments below).
I adored reading each little page of how Film Star Olivia de Havilland, a British born American moved to Paris after falling in love and marrying her second husband Paris Match Editor Pierre Galante (I have been familiar with Pierre for many years as he was the catalyst to orchestrating the legendary match of my Beloved Grace Kelly with Prince Rainier of Monaco. More on that love story for a future post). Monsieur Galante even was the inspiration behind the catchy title, Every Frenchman Has One. A reference to 'back in the day' Frenchmen blaming the Liver for being the culprit of ill health. I don't know if it is true to this day? *FYI: That subject will NOT make the cut for a future post here at StoryboardC. You're Welcome:)
Enough about Gallic Male livers and back to the book review:) I truly loved the wit and candor of her lost era of Mid-century Paris... Olivia did such a great job of painting that Paris portrait with her stories. The Myth of French Maids, how Frenchmen really feel about having a Mistress. Interesting discussion of French vs. American Bosoms-yes I said Bosoms:). The original House of Dior and being coiffed by the legendary Alexandre of Paris. Then Angry House Painters and decorating a Parisian home. So, much goodies packed into 147 page book and I only shared a glimpse. But, there were a few personal favorites that were even touching... finding a mutual love for my Favorite Saint (Olivia wasn't even Catholic, of course resided in one of the Catholic Cities beside Rome:) and discovering a new Style and Creative Icon. Mum's the word on that one:) A Faux Parisian never tells her secret inspirations:)
I do hope you too will check out this book. Especially also knowing that at 101 years old Olivia de Havilland still resides in Paris.
Happy March! Love, C.