Saturday, September 8, 2012

bonjour..........and merci

Well hello old friends..........or I should say Bonjour as I am sitting in a lovely Marais apartment in Paris, France and I should also say Merci for waiting as I have been gone from this blog for far too long. Not because I didn't care to blog but because I couldn't. The explanation is long, just one of those painful medical experiences where everyone was looking in all the wrong places (including me) and then everything goes wrong before it goes right again and it took the summer for me to repair, recover, and restore.  And I did restore, feeling better than I have for some time and grateful to all the readers who stayed with me or emailed to check in on my absence. Bloggers and readers are the best when it comes to support and I had plenty of time to think about blogging and it's creative hold while I made my way through the summer months. And this is what I have decided about blogging.

I will continue to blog as long as there is something that makes me reach back into my bag at the end of a long Paris day and pull out that camera one more time. A visual treat that unexpectedly appears as we round a dark corner and realize we are across from the Louis Vuitton headquarters, the background feathers are moving ( I should have hit video), the Marc Jacobs creation has appeared out of nowhere it seems and all I can think is "I have to blog about this". This is a window advertising the exhibit about the history of Louis Vuitton and it's creative director Marc Jacobs that I had noted months ago. I would guess that means if it fascinates me, I hope it will fascinate or delight someone who is reading this blog and for now that is a good enough reason for me. Now, scroll back up to the top photo and take another look at the detail, the colours, the flowers, the crystals.........oh my. Paris perfection. 

Louis Vuitton ~ Marc Jacobs Exhibition
Paris Museum of Decorative Arts (Les Arts Decoratifs)
Exhibit information here.
Open until September 16, 2012

Photos by Sande Chase


  1. Beautiful! Glad you are doing better!

  2. It's good to hear that you are back blogging and you are much better now. These are lovely images and the detail shown in the first photo is amazing.

  3. Of course you had to take a picture of the mannikin; she is perfectly gift wrapped! Recoup can be a long arduous process which is usually followed by epiphanies for the newest chapter of your life. Enjoy Paris!

  4. Sande, Glad to have you back and especially pleased that you are feeling better. You have been missed.

    I can almost feel the texture on the image at the top. Keep clicking with the camera and enjoy Paris.


  5. You blog however you choose, I'll be reading. And very glad to hear your health is back in order.

  6. Sande! What a nice sight to see a new post up. I was a bit worried about you, and I'm so glad to hear you're healthy and back.
    Leslie (aka Gwen Moss blog)

  7. Hi Sande and welcome back. Happy you are feeling better. You and your beautiful blog have been missed.

    Lisa D.

  8. Great to see you blogging again. I hope all is well.
    I have missed your postings.
    Ooooooh La La
    Enjoy Paris.
    Love Jeanne

  9. so glad you are better AND in Paris! We arrive on Wednesday. And I hope to make it to the exhibit, but already our first few days are packed! Definitely going to Giverny next Friday and cannot wait to do that. Amusez-vous bien!

  10. Thank you ladies for your lovely is so good to be back blogging. I missed it too! XO

  11. I have definitely missed you, my friend. Good to know you're happy and ensconced in the Marais. Like Lisa said, you blog & we will read - whenever. Love to you....

  12. lovely to see you back, sande. your images are a treat, but not as wonderful as having you back. wishing you continued good health and much happiness! donna

  13. Welcome back - I'm so glad to hear that you are back to enjoying life. I think the idea of taking photographs of things that inspire absolutely perfect otherwise surely it would be considered a chore trying to find something to blog about?.....B:) x PS Have nearly finished 'Beautiful Ruins' and am enjoying it immensley - Thank you :)

  14. As a new reader of your blog, glad to see you are feeling better + Rest assure we will be here to look at your lovely writing + photos.

  15. So happy you are feeling better...missed you ;( What better way to enjoy your new-found health but in go girl...(with you in spirit, but wish it was body lol).
    lots of love D

  16. Regarding the comments it seems you have pass through health problems, hopefully you are well again and that this blog helps you as therapy to recover completely.

    Beautiful and so glamourous. Paris is always Paris. I went there in January and I don't get tired to go back, you always find something new that surprise you.

    If you are in Paris and you ever decide to come to Spain, Bilbao is a very nice spot in the North to visit.
    We owned a very nice papershop Arnaga, in the center, which you probably would like.

    Being in Paris, did you come across any nice papershops or shops you might recommend us?, because that was something I missed when I went there.

    Thank you for your time and for creating so lovely wrappings.

    Life is much nicer if we are surrounded by beautiful thing.

    Besos desde Bilbao.

    Maria M.

  17. Beautiful detailing and colours! It's good to hear you are feeling better and I hope you will continue to blog (even if I don't pop by as often as I wish) as I always enjoy all the beautiful inspiration you share... Enjoy Paris, bisous xo

  18. Sande - so sorry you were not feeling well this summer, but I'm happy you are on the mend. Please rest and enjoy yourself. Paris is a great place to heal - you lucky girl :)

  19. Sande, I am so glad you are back to yourself. Being in Paris has to be such good medicine for you. Enjoy your stay there! I am actually leaving for Paris today for my very first time. We have rented an apartment for two weeks and have lots of wonderful sites to see. I still can not believe we are going to Paris, a real dream come true!!
    Au Voir

  20. Big sigh... Can't wait to have a look close up ... xv

  21. How sorry I am to have missed this show. I'm happy you're well again to blog about it!

  22. So glad to hear you are doing better! A little break in Paris should be all you need to completely restore those creative juices! Enjoy your trip and safe travels. SO happy to see you blogging again!

  23. So good to have you back again. Heal, enjoy and we'll all be waiting for the beauty you want to share with us.


  24. Just like summer beautiful and fleeting...cheers!

  25. Sande,

    I noticed your break from blogging but noticed you on Pinterest from time to time, so I assumed you just needed a break (as I have needed). Now, I regret not checking in on you.
    I'm sorry to hear that you had such a rough summer, but I am glad to hear that you are doing better, and right now, you are probably feeling quite alive in Paris!
    I wish you a joyous trip and wonderful moments meeting up with your friends.

    I'm looking forward to seeing Paris through your lens.


  26. HI Gorgeous Sande, So glad you are back and hope you are feeling better and all is resolved. Dying to see you this week!! My favourite Kim Basinger double.. Much love Carla xx

  27. Hello dear Sande! and very happy to see you back and also to hear that all is well with you...I thought you needed a well deserved summer break so it's nice to see all is well and that you are in Paris !
    Enjoy it most fabulously ! (obviously you are since you're staying in the Marais :-)and ...Marc Jacobs...oh oui...!

  28. Wow, recovered and in Paris too! Very happy for you and also love the beautiful photo of the Marc Jacobs window. Can you imagine actually wearing that?

  29. Bonjour lovely Sande! So glad to hear you're feeling better, and we're all so happy to have you back to blogging! You always have such beautiful and inspiring posts. And can I just say, I'm extremely jealous that you're enjoying your Paris apartment. Wish I could say the same! Sigh...

  30. Good to see you back blogging. Missed see all your beatuiful pictures. Glad your feeling better. I know what it's like to be out of the loop when your not feeling well. Have a wonderful time in Paris. Look forward to your posts.

  31. Glad to see you back blogging. I know what it's like when your not feeling well and not able to do what you like. Even the day to day things. Can't wait to see all your beautiful pictures. Have a wonderful time in Paris.

  32. Oh sweet friend...hope you are well on your way to being back to 100%.


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