vintage french chic has moved!

Bonjour, mes cheres!

Here we go again.

I have moved Vintage French Chic to a newly titled blog.  I am still part of the WordPress family but have changed my name.  You can find me now at:

chezbliss.wordpress.com

Simple, simple.  I love it.  You can read all the boring details of why over there.

Merci!

~~Heather~~

vintage french chic ~~ fall makes for simple fun

We have enjoyed a SPELL of beautiful weather…until today.  I have been taking advantage of the loveliness by getting out to enjoy it.  Fun walks, reading on a blanket in the warm sun, colorful drives–all of it free and all of it fun.

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Hope you all are soaking up the Fall.  I planning on getting drunk on it.

As soon as it stops raining.

~~Heather~~

chic ~~ time to update your chic bookshelf

A long time ago, on a blog far, far removed from here, I did a review/post of a fabulous book called, “Looking Good–A Complete Guide to Wardrobe Planning, Color & Personal Style Development” by Nancy Nix-Rice.  It is one of my all time favorite books that covers the basics every woman should know about capsule dressing, knowing your colors, how to highlight your good features and camouflage your less than perfect ones, etc, etc. (click here for more).  However, some women are put off by the book because it is fairly dated.  I thrive on things being dated so it was a non-issue with me.  Plus, the information was timeless despite the late 80s/ early 90s time stamp.

Now, I am THRILLED to report, it is updated for the 21st century!

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via Amazon

I bought the Nook version of this since I am trying VERY HARD not to add more books to my crowded bookshelves (and I really don’t know which ones to part with anymore–quandary!) but I think I would prefer it in hard copy.  It’s like a picture book for chic women…it should be hard copy.  I may cave and buy it that way but for now I am enjoying it on the Nook.

If you are looking for a no-nonsense, “let’s get it right” approach to looking good (chic!), then I believe you would thoroughly enjoy this book.

Have a great weekend!

~~Heather~~

vintage french chic ~~ my summer recap

Well!

When I say I am taking a blogging break, I guess I mean it.  Summer has come and gone and I guess I did too.  I have really good reasons for being absent–both good and bad…mostly good.  Before I share some of my summer memories with you I want to let you in on a little secret:

I haven’t missed blogging…very much.  So getting back to it is a MAJOR exercise in self-discipline (currently I am chained to the sofa –with a coffee drip!).  Being unplugged from the blogging world and my computer has been liberating.  Don’t get me wrong– I was still, at times, reading/visiting blogs.  But by unplugging so much, I lost my compelling urge to comment on everything I read.  Seriously, who cares what I think anyway?  Just another voice, another opinion, in this world of static we have created for ourselves.  I know!  Harsh.  But my opinion comes from positive feedback.  Have you noticed that there are A LOT of GREAT blogs out there?  And I swear, there is a bit of a writer in all of us.  But I ask again…have you noticed there are A LOT of blogs out there?  I find it overwhelming to keep up, to compartmentalize everything I read, to remember who said what and when, and to distinguish if what I am reading is adding value or merit to my life. And the time involved.  Oh my.

Have I ever been diagnosed with OCD, you wonder?  No.  But the question is now under advisement.

Maybe I think too much…or care too much.  I don’t know.  What I do know is that the absence of blogging/blogs in my life gave me perspective I hadn’t had in a long time.  Do I need to share so much of my life, so many of my thoughts, with the world?  Am I happier if I do or if I don’t?  Has blogging/social media had a positive or negative impact on my friendships and real human contact?  These have been some of my thoughts lately.  And because I am both introverted and vintage (old fashioned), working these conflicting thoughts out has taken a toll some time.  My conclusions?  Still in the works.  I am trying to find my balance just like everyone else.  Until then…

…enjoy some photos from my summer.  July was the most memorable month of my life thus far.  Not only did hubs and I celebrate our 20th year of marital BLISS, we also were privileged to attend a special event in Germany and from there we spent some glorious days in Europe.  Take a peek:

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FRANCE

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ITALY (VENICE)

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AUSTRIA

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WHOA.

At every turn, in every country, stunning beauty.  I wasn’t going to put so many photos up here but I am glad that I did because I had most of my photos (from my camera and iPod) developed the old-fashioned way…on 4×6 paper…and they looked horrible.  So horrible that I really questioned my ability to take a photo of anything.  However, seeing my photos on a computer screen gives me renewed appreciation of what we got to see and experience (and I am wondering how much of my photo disappointment had more to do with the developing process at the store I used verses my actual photos–grrr).  I hope you enjoyed them too!

But all was not roses while on vacation.  When we were in Venice, I got an email from the woman boarding Rockefeller that he blew out his back left knee (we had the right one done about 2 years ago).  I bawled like a baby that whole night.  And I knew, halfway through our vacation, what was waiting for us when we returned…another surgery, another couple months of recuperation, a whopper vet bill.  It was a bummer to know my dog was hurt and to know that as soon as we got home, vacation would be truly over.  So yes, he had surgery at the beginning of August.  He is doing great now…thank goodness.  It seemed that his recovery was slower this time around than last but I think he is going to be OK.

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This was the day I took him to see this:

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Reluctantly, while he was still healing, I took a three day mini-vacay at the beginning of this month to go to Chicago with my mom.  This was the first time mom and I had EVER done a girls’ getaway together…at least from what we can remember.  I mean, with no husbands or kids, you know?  We had a wonderful time!

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Chicago is always a good time!  And yes, of course (!) I went to the Art Institute of Chicago.  Love that place.  We also “discovered” the Walnut Room in the Macy’s on State Street…both gorgeous and yummy.  Another special treat?  We had dinner with the lovely Viveka and her friend Anne Lise…all the way from Sweden.  Chicago was a stop for them before heading out to Las Vegas.  Viveka was just as lovely in person as she is on her blog.  Thank you for taking the time to dine with us, gals!

Because of being gone for so long and then Rockefeller’s surgery on the heels of our trip, we didn’t get out to Lake Michigan more than a couple of times.  This is a sad admission from someone living so close to its glorious shores.  But here are a couple shots from when we did go:

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So there you have it.  The highlights of my summer in one LONG blog post.  I hope all of you enjoyed some special summer moments this year.  Now the air is getting crisper and I am waiting patiently for Fall to bestow its warm, russet beauty upon us.

To quote from a newly found favorite British sitcom, “Miranda”:

“bear with.  bear with. bear with…” as I sort out my future with this blog.

As always, thank you for reading.

~~Heather~~

photography ~~ contrasts (weekly photo challenge)

Can’t believe a week has flown by!  I didn’t intend not to post–it just happened that way.  And, sorry to say, it looks like another blogging break is on the horizon for July.  Waaaaay too much is going on and my attention and energies need to be focused elsewhere.  So, for now, please enjoy my entry for this week’s photo challenge:  contrasts.

I took this picture on a walk in our local cemetery around mid-Spring.  I like the contrast between new life and death.

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Have a wonderful July!  I hope you have made all sorts of fantastic, summery plans.

OH!  Please visit the Daily Post for more contrasts.

A bientot!

~~Heather~~