Friday, December 2, 2011

Weekend Romance

What would a Thanksgiving weekend be without going to the movies?  After all the wonderful food, wine, and shopping, I had a moment to enjoy the film Midnight In Paris. 

Isn't Marion Cotillard a dream?!

After the film I began thinking about my own attraction to the Golden Age of Paris in the 1920s.
 Some may say the film was indulgent; I found it to be completely satisfying, especially with characters such as Ernest Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Picasso, & Cole Porter. 

Ernest Hemingway
Cole Porter

The film challenges our romanticizing of the past inexperienced as it relates to our present. I can relate completely. Isn't it easy to find yourself drifting into another era and wishing it was yours. Which era do you escape to?

The Fitzgeralds in Midnight in Paris

Who could ever forget Mia Farrow and Robert Redford?  They epitomized the indulgence of beauty and the glamour of The 1920s.

The series Mad Man posses the same allure; beautiful women, dashing men, fashion, & cigarettes.

Films like Chocolat & Like Water for Chocolate, both featuring life  integrated with beauty in their settings, food, and romantic interactions.

The aesthetic of this supper exudes warmth and life.

 J Crew and Anthropologie have tapped into the desire to live a romanticized life in which we live and breath beauty. They have cleverly branded themselves by selling the idea of a classic femininity rooted in the beauty of the 1950s & 1960s. 

The clothing is classically designed with a respect of the past, yet allows you to live beautifully into your present. 

I suppose I am a hopeless romantic drawn towards pretty things & enjoy integrating idealism with my reality.  That is why I will continue to buy flowers that will eventually die, set a table that will soon be messy, and dress up, even though it is risky behavior with a 20 month old by my side.

So, if you're like me, you will love Midnight In Paris!




  1. I love all of those gorgeous old photos!

  2. I so want to be at that dinner table with both of you! Sigh....

  3. I think they covered the roasted chicken in chocolate, AMAZING!!!


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