Thursday, April 15, 2010

Out and About In The Country (Again. . .)














































Welcome back to the French countryside near Paris in the center of a tiny village full of chic women and adorable boutiques.

Are you picking up on the rhythm, the high notes of enthusiasm, the lilt? All masking my failure to snap hot shots in the big city? Before anyone jumps to false conclusions about my timidity and lack of initiative (which could be the explanation, I admit, but it's not) in pursuit of that most difficult of species, the Parisian woman, it's because I haven't been to Paris this week -- not yet that is, tomorrow I have a lunch date. Wish me luck with my camera and my banter.





































































































































My other plans for the week in the city resulted in a re-scheduled appointment and lunch with a friend pushed to next Wednesday. In other words, I have time to work up a clever repartee that not only compliments the subjects, but also assures them I have no intention of selling their pictures to porn sites. (As La Duchesse pointed out, there is no doubt an enormous market for women of a certain age in trench coats and tennis shoes.)

Once again the weather didn't permit. Sweaters and jackets were the rule of the day. Comme toujours you're seeing some of the usual suspects, but I found a few new faces. 

19 comments:

LPC said...

Jeans, boots, jackets, scarves, short hair. Somehow more than that. They also look like fun women.

Duchesse said...

The women in the second photo show how great jeans look when they fit! The woman in the third photo illustrates that even if jeans fit, when they bag at the knee it is time to wash them (even if perfectly clean) so they return to shape.

Marsi said...

You're right: Frenchwomen are not yet committing themselves to spring. These are all dark, bundled-up looks. For a half-second, I had to think what season it was -- and came up with fall, till I remembered it's mid-April.

Still, they look casual, groomed, and pulled together. Love some of the more relaxed and natural poses some of the women have this time.

Bonne chance in Paris tomorrow!

xoxox

Anonymous said...

Maybe one of my favorite "on the street" offerings. Mme Gamine #1 is new to us. What a beauty with the cropped hair scarf leggings and is that a leather or denim jacket? Loved seeing her purse, casually slug over her shoulder.
Love Mme Brun's joy and engaging
embrace of the moment. I'm looking at footwear. Everything from ballets with bare legs to sneakers to boots. As mixed up as I feel when choosing footwear this April. Duchesse, thank you for pointing out the jeans.
J

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

These are all very happy looking women...not shying away from the camera, casual country chic...n'est pas?

Debra said...

I loved this. The perfect reminder that sometimes just adding the right accessories can help us feel more 'pull-together'. It doesn't have to be over-the-top. These ladies all look happy, enjoying their work or whatever they have going on in their day to day lives.
And I can only imagine how much fun this was for you too.

metscan said...

I like the third last lady best of this selection. She looks confident, enough so, not to even carry a bag with her. Jeans are still most popular, at least over there ( and over here too ).

Lorrie said...

I love that first photo with the leggings. Here's a question for Cherie - can women of a certain age get away with the leggings look?

And the rolled up jeans - chic, chic, chic!

JMW said...

Love the rolled up jeans, or boyfriend jeans, I think they're called. These women rock! And, again, love the images from this village. So lovely. :)

Beatnheart said...

I love these village women!! I wish I was one of them...i could live the rest of my life in that village....Long Beach not so charming ...sigh.

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Wishing you lots of luck for tomorrow but I don't think you'll need it, you have a great way with the camera and with witty, clever banter. Oh French woman, I have so much envy there.

Enjoy your lovely day x

materfamilias said...

Not that I'm claiming to have the polish of these women, but I'm pleased to note the similarities in what we're wearing on the street -- the dark jeans, rolled or un-, the scarves, the boots or converse or sandals. Now if I could just develop some of that je ne sais quoi . . .

BigLittleWolf said...

They do all look like fun women! And as usual, French women in jeans and scarf look so chic - comfortable, but stylish.

materfamilias said...

btw, because of a recent computer failure, I've lost your e-mail address (and if it's on your blog, I'm too obtuse to find it) -- my Paris dates are June 29th arrival, July 4th departure. It would be grand if we could meet for a glass of wine, but it's a short window and I know you're busy. Could you e-mail me or leave a comment at my place?

knitpurl said...

Loving jeans forever, so these pix were fabulous. I knew they were French women from the delicious scarves and the way they were worn.

Too warm for scarves here today, temps in 80's, but tomorrow back down to 50's. Oh well, have a safe, happy, glorious time in Paris. I'll have to settle for house cleaning...
xoxo

Marieanne said...

My favorite feature! How these ladies inspire me. I, too, love Mme Brun's photo in particular. Thank you, Tish!

sharon said...

Funny when I read this post, I find myself thinking that we might pass each other in the street without even knowing. Looks like a fun day with girlfriends. Thanks for stopping by: for your giverny question, definitely May is the most spectacular, irises and peonies abound!
Sharon

aaonce said...

Nice pictures, captured personality and style. The lady (Mme. Brun?) in the last photo always inspires me. She looks both elegant and full of life.

SPLENDEROSA said...

The scarf, the scarf, it's always the scarf. I wish I had been with you on the lovely little street, shopping away, and feeling blissful. xx's Marsha

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