Friday, January 13, 2012

'Grand Traditions of French Couture'

"Isn't a fashion designer like a magician
who creates illusions--and perhaps beauty?"
                 ~Hubert de Givenchy

    I was given the most beautiful book for Christmas and I have been so excited to share it with you! The book is called Grand Traditions of French Couture: Cristobal Balenciaga, Philippe Venet, Hubert de Givenchy by Christiane de Nicolay-Mazery with photos by Luc Castel. We all know how much I love everything French and this book combines some of the most gorgeous photos of interiors, architecture, landscape, and exquisite couture fashion that I have ever seen! Every photo is lush and irresistibly elegant. The book contains historical facts, quotations from the designers and their muses, anectdotes, and so much more! It is so beautiful that it inspired me to take some photos of my own and I wanted to share them with you along with some of my favorite pages from the book. I hope you enjoy them and the little drawing I have included! This book reminds me what it means to be feminine and graceful - and to appreciate the grand history of those artists who venerated feminine beauty to such a spectacular extent.
I am joining these four blog parties today!
Inspiration Friday
Show and Tell Friday
Home Sweet Home
Feathered Nest Friday





































 Drawing by Jennelise

26 comments:

  1. Looks like the perfect book for me! I just love all those things too. Beautiful photos as always!
    Just got back from my summer holiday so I'm catching up all the lovely posts I've missed!
    Happy New Year to you & all the best for 2012!
    x
    Melissah

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  2. That's my kind of book! And it certainly brought out the beautiful inspiration in you! *winks* Vanna

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  3. Some very unique images in the book; however, your photo displays on the blog are as good, if not better. Interesting design ideas; love the lavender jewelry. And the hot pink bling. (Sometimes it's good to take a rest from my usual color faves.) Thanks for sharing.

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  4. What beautiful images you have. I have enjoyed visiting your blog so much. I am following you!
    -Kim :)

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  5. so incredibly gorgeous! the images are just dazzling! thank you so much for sharing...hugs from your newest follower!

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  6. Hi Jennelise ~ first let me say thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog post (: Second ~ what a beautiful name you have. Love your photos, and I certainly hope you have that store someday. Dream big!

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  7. Such lovely photographs & your drawing is beautiful!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  8. Hi Jennelise,
    Your drawings are amazing!!! WOW!! Just beautiful. I am looking forward to spending more time over a morning cup of coffee looking at your wonderful photographs!! Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog!! Have a wonderful Sunday!!
    xoxoxo
    Cheryl;-)

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  9. Pretty Blog Jennelise! Thank you for stopping by...
    XO Cindy

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  10. My kind of book, just gorgeous so are your pic's, such beautiful eye candy.......yummy

    Smiles~
    Mari

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  11. Love your blog and the drawings. I have the same goblet that you displayed- the one that looks like a sunburst. Funny thing is I'm using it while I'm going through the craft blogs I view each week.

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    1. Really!! How lovely! I picked mine up in a little antique store out of town. I love it! Thankyou for visiting!
      Jennelise

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  12. you have a fabulous eye for photography and couture.

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  13. Between this lovely book and your world, same elegance, same refinement, one soul. It's Beautiful Jennelise.

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    1. Thankyou Helene - as always you make me feel absolutely wonderful!
      Jennelise

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  14. Oh Jannelise, what a beautiful gift! This great book will add to more of your refinement, photography and elegance. Great! Thank you for your lovely visit.
    FABBY

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  15. I'm so happy you liked the photos!!! It really is a gorgeous book :) If only I could live the life it portrays in some beautiful old french estate with a moat and a closet full of couture clothes! ...Oh well, I am happy where I am! Thankyou for your sweet words and to my new visitors!
    Jennelise

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  16. Loving these photos, what a beautiful/inspirational post!!!

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  17. Hi Jennelise, what a lovely gift you received! I enjoy books like this, too. The photos in your book are beautiful and make me want to do a better job decorating my home. I admire your talent for drawing such pretty things. The drawing above the comment box is very very cute. If you have something you would like to show at my Cozy Your Home Party, please feel free to do so. I would love to have you join us and I'm sure others would love to see your blog. Hope to see you there.-------Shannon

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  18. Oh my what fabulous photography and what a beautiful book you received!!

    Come by and sign up for my fun giveaway!

    bee blessed
    mary

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  19. Love your blog! Im so happy I got a chance to look! Im now a follower!

    Mark @ room363

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  20. Beautiful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  21. Hi there---do you sell your artwork as clip art? Do you accept custom work? Your art is AMAZING!

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    1. Hello Desiree!
      Thankyou so much for your kind words and interest! I am in the process of opening an Etsy store where I will be selling prints of my artwork - it should be up and running within the next two weeks. I would be very willing to accept a custom order depending on what was requested and whether I thought I could do it justice :)If you have any questions my email is jenneliserose@hotmail.com. Thankyou again!
      Jennelise

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  22. What a gorgeous book Jennelise....And I love love love your artwork. I was just looking at a later post of the drawing of your dressing table and it is so wonderful. You are such a creative and talented woman with all the beautiful attributes that you so abundantly show here on your blog. You reflect such beauty and joy. So glad I found you.

    Nann

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