Pride of a Solo Bride
After showing you 2 Art exhibitions I love, “Florae” and “Water Lilies by Monet”, this week I talk again about my Solo Wedding in Santorini, to tell something very intimate that everyone experiences at least once in their life: shame and blame.
Three years already that my incredible story was revealed in the international press, still so much to say, to share with you.
An adventure that never ceases to take me on unknown and exhilarating paths ...
And recently, I was interviewed again, but this time by a bestselling American author who is currently writing a book, and the discussion we've had inspired me the text below, which I’ve chosen to share with you:
"When my fiancé left me, I was ashamed, embarrassed, I know I shouldn’t have been, but I was.
Have a fantastic week!
Next article: November 13, 2021
Love & Joy,
Water Lilies by Monet
This week, I chose to stay in the flowers theme, my last article Florae is still making me dream...
And I take you to the magnificent Orangery Museum, in the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris, to admire the latest work by one of the most important impressionist painters: Claude Monet.
He wanted it as a place of meditation, silence is requested, but in front of so much beauty one can only be moved and be silent.
There’s only one other place where I feel so peaceful, and that is on the island where took place my Solo Wedding in Santorini.
Here, the artwork depicts a garden at different times of the day from sunrise to sunset.
No horizon or frame to get lost in this scenery and it doesn't take long to be completely absorbed by this lush vegetation.
Installed on the curved walls of 2 large oval rooms. The total ensemble measures nearly 100 linear metres (328 ft) over a height of 1.97m (3.28ft), in other words not far from 200m2 (2,153 sq ft) of art on display.
The light is natural, overhead, coming from the ceiling as in the artist’s studio.
Nothing is left to chance, Monet decided the location of the 8 panels, the space between them, he planned the smallest details.
However, he has never seen the result, the Water Lilies were installed a few months after his death in 1927.
Born in Paris in 1840, Monet was a French painter and one of the founders of Impressionism.
He spent the last 30 years of his life painting water lilies, no less than 250 oil paintings, and it took him 15 years to paint those on display at the Orangery.
His ultimate work, dedicated to peace, started in the midst of the First World War, therefore he did donate it to France.
So important to him, that suffering from cataracts and almost blind, he had an operation to be able to finish them off.
He died in 1926 at the age of 86 from lung cancer.
I’m sure you are captivated by this spectacular work.
Keep this meditative and calm mind until next week.
And a great video at the end of the article, for those who want to discover more…
Have a wonderful week!
Love & Joy,
In my last article Last Quarter, I explained how to end the year serenely, well why not go see this magnificent and free exhibition “Florae”, at the Hôtel d'Evreux, Place Vendôme in Paris, until November 14, 2021.
Organised by Van Cleef & Arpels in collaboration with Japanese photographer Mika Ninagawa and architect Tsuyoshi Tane.
On the theme of flowers - and you know how important they were at my Solo Wedding in Santorini (reread my article Flowers) - the jewels on display, or should I say the artworks as they are so incredible, come from the private collection of Van Cleef & Arpels.
Obviously, we’re talking about pieces of fine jewellery encrusted with diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires and other precious stones and materials, some of which belonged to princesses ...
Mika Ninagawa, born in Tokyo in 1972, is a world-renowned Japanese photographer and director. She has worked with many famous artists and won prestigious awards around the world.
Her universe is pop, colourful, dreamlike and is inspired by nature's beauty.
A magnificent association between her photos and the jewels presented.
All this magnified by an aesthetically luminous presentation by Tsuyoshi Tane, Japanese architect and scenographer.
Here, he chooses to make us move through a plant labyrinth in an intimate atmosphere.
You quickly feel possessed by this unique garden, you lose your bearings and surprise yourself to gather nectar from flower to flower (from photography or jewellery) ...
And how not to dream in front of so much beauty, poetry and brilliance (besides, it wasn’t always easy to take pictures because it shone so bright!).
I can imagine myself perfectly with one of these necklaces around my neck ...
Don't forget to book your time slot online before your visit: LINK
And you can always count on the house's watch collection to inspire you to be on time for the rest of your life!
I’d like to thank Van Cleef & Arpels for their kindness and generosity, and for giving us once again access to their incredible talent and know-how.
A video at the end of the article to tell you even more about this magnificent exhibition.
And to come on October 21, an exciting online conference by L’ECOLE School of Jewelry Arts "The four seasons of the Jewelry Garden" broadcast live from the Florae exhibition!
Register here, it's free: LINK.
Read my previous articles:
Have a fabulous week!
Love & Joy,
Last Quarter of the Year
And here we are in October, after the start of the school year, I always find it interesting to take stock of the current year so that I can concentrate and refocus on this last quarter!
I’ve just returned from Paris where I had a wonderful stay again, I can't wait to tell you about my discoveries but in the meantime, here are my tips for happiness to end the year in style, perfectly aligned with your mood, your desires, and your energy.
And to help me for this article, I’ve chosen to use 3 of my videos.
"Sometimes to act is to do nothing" L.
1 / Everything comes in time
My experience taught me to be patient and not to envy people.
There’s no need to rush anything, appreciate what you have already.
Dreams demand time & resilience, if you really desire them, they’ll come true…
"Don’t be jealous and above all don’t compare yourself to others." L.
2 / The Red Ball
At the end of the year, we want to achieve all the goals we set for ourselves, we tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves and stress for nothing.
Not to mention the season changed, and our body must readjust as well.
There’s no point in forcing things, on the contrary, take more care of yourself, relax and stay open to opportunities.
Don't miss life because of the Red Ball...
"Each flower blooms in its own way, we are not that different." L.
3 / Let's grow together
I made this video in early 2021 and I'm so excited to continue to share my experiences with you.
Like flowers and nature, keep growing at your own pace and keep blooming!
"Celebrate every victory, big and small!" L.
Let’s keep going with the flow, let’s have an open, positive and compassionate attitude, towards others but especially towards ourselves.
And let's not forget to be grateful, for everything, big and small things, all the people in our lives, big and small victories ...
Enjoy what you have, enjoy the moment.
I am so grateful for all the love and support I had this year, both personally and professionally.
I met incredible new people and had access to amazing opportunities, not to mention some ongoing collaborations that I’ll tell you about very soon.
That’s why there’ll be no article next week, I have a few imperatives with my Solo Wedding in Santorini, regarding some exciting projects to come.
In the meantime, reread my previous articles:
Watch all my videos here: LINK
(also available on YouTube and IGTV)
Discover my new page: My Solo Wedding
"Reflect… Meditate… Dream..." L.
In this last quarter of the year, let's take some time ...
Don’t focus on what you haven’t accomplished yet, realise everything you’ve already done, including all the unexpected things that turned into amazing opportunities.
Even more than usual, I take care of myself, my body, my mind, I cherish & nourish them beautifully.
Is there something you really want to achieve this year? Yes. So, keep the faith and don't give up.
Celebrate your growth, your resilience, your patience, your self-discipline.
Fill your heart with love, compassion, hope and courage.
You are a wonderful being, capable of the very best.
Have faith, you’re going to finish this year in awe!
Have a great week!
Next article: October 16, 2021
Love & Joy,