Monday, March 28, 2011

News & Views, This & That

Le Bouledogue Français.

My life is full of missions. One of the most important on my "Missions: To-Do" list is to keep you, not up to the minute on the latest and the greatest, but rather up to the nano second.

If one doesn't get in on IN when it's in then obviously in is OUT. I admit some trends have endurance, others have a nano second expiration date (we try to avoid them, they tend to be costly, silly and have been known to cause severe bouts of post purchase guilt), and still others are eternal. 

We're not here today to discuss eternity.

Oh yes, and then of course, there are those of us who find the entire subject ridiculous. But, we're not here today to discuss that aspect of the debate either.

Let's get on with it shall we? Since it's a mixed bag, headlines oblige.

The New Hot Dog

The French Bulldog.

Everywhere I turn -- city and country -- I'm seeing French bulldogs on the other ends of red, green or blue harnesses attached to chicly color-coordinated leashes. (We're in France where accessorizing is one of the human species most highly developed instincts.)

In the winter they're clad for the cold. They're a delicate though hilarious breed I'm told. They also appreciate air conditioning in the summer. Hmmm, demanding little devils. It's a good thing they're so cute.

Le Jack Russell.

Not long ago, one couldn't walk three meters in Paris and not almost trip over a Jack Russell. They're still there of course, but for the first time they've got some major canine competition.

As I mentioned recently Edouard, "Eddie," a chubby young French bulldog is one of our newest neighbors. His owner says he's "muscular" not chubby. All I know is, he's heavy. I have often carried him home when he visits our "girls" on the other side of our fence. He is also beyond adorable. He licks my chin from lift-up to delivery chez lui.

Always Interesting

Mere et fille.

Have you ever wondered what Marion Cotillard's mother looks like? 

I suppose not. It never occurred to me to think about it either. However, when one comes across a picture of the mother and daughter together, then we're interested. Right?

In case you agree, here's Marion with her 58-year-old mother, Niseema Theillaud. 

She's "Special" As In the French Translation

Combinaison in silk serge from Céline; fur bolero from YSL; silk turban, Stephen Jones.

One tends not to be lukewarm about Tilda Swinton. She is indeed special as in "apart, different, unique" and then the imagination takes off and provides other adjectives. Unlike an American, for example, who when using the word usually means something like "wonderful!" and it is not accompanied with an expression of eye rolls implying something perhaps bizarrely off-kilter.

My-Reason-For-Living-In-France can't understand why when we Americans like something we can't come up with any other word than "wonderful!". He maintains, "It's not normal."

Back on subject: In this week's French Elle, Tilda Swinton Rejoue Madame Gres, in other words she's wearing contemporary designers' works that include lots of draping for which Madame Gres is, was and always will be remembered.

This photograph by Jean-Baptiste Mondino is entitled: "Deesse Hollywoodienne," (Hollywood Goddess).

She appears icily beautiful, but that's not why I'm showing you the page. Contrary to what you may think, she is not wearing white gloves. Her arms are painted white. In another picture where she portrays "Femme Flamme" her fingertips have been dipped in blood red paint. Sort of creepy special I think.

Swinton -- like her or not -- does have enviable aristocratic bone structure.


Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

The French Bulldog is the cutest thing I have seen in a long time!! and I do not think I would have caught the painted arms if you had not pointed it out!! Interesting...

That's Not My Age said...

Wonderful things. I like Tilda and her aristo bone structure - and Marion Cotillard's mother is gorgeous (obviously!) The French Bulldog is my dog of choice.

Spiral Style said...

I think I am more a fan of the French Bulldog than Tilda.

Deja Pseu said...

I've noticed more Bouledoges Français here too. What's really a shame is that dog breed "trends" tend to support puppy mills that start cranking out the latest "hot" breed. (And then, shelters start seeing waves of that breed. For a while it was Jack Russells, and then Chihuahuas.) But yes, they're awfully darn mignon.

I can't remember the last film I saw with Tilda Swinton, but she does have amazing bone structure and is courageous with her style.

LuxeBytes said...

Have you seen "I Am Love," starring Swinton? Watched it yesterday while ironing my weekly stack of laundry. Gorgeously shot and wardrobed movie, but oh, she's an odd duck for sure. She does her own thing. Period.

Marion and Mere are gorgeous. Good grief, talk about the acorn falling not far from the mighty oak.

No bulldogs -- French or otherwise -- for me. I'll stick to Maine Coon cats. (And considering how furry they are, believe me, they stick to me as well.)


quintessence said...

The French bulldog does not seem to an "in" thing here. But they are certainly adorable!! And they may be heavy but not compared to my 95 pound baby (a 4 year old yellow lab - he might be 100 lbs by now!). I agree with your 2nd commenter - it's obvious where Marion Cotillard gets her looks!!

Murphy said...

It is worth watching "I Am Love" just to see Tilda Swinton's wardrobe - the clothes are gorgeous!
Marion's mother is beautiful!

Ruben Rivera said...

Dear Tish
I'm too eclectic when it comes to tastes in -- well just about anything -- to allow one dog breed to rule above all others. But, dang, French Bulldogs are cute. They may yet rule the world. About Tilda Swinton: she's one of my favorite actors, man or woman. A real witch in "The Chronicles of Narnia"; brilliant in "Michael Clayton"; etc.

Thank you for your thoughtful and relevant comment on my blog post. I will respond to you on my blog so as not to distract from your post here.

Your comments and friendship are always valuable.


Belle de Ville said...

The idea that pets are trendy just drives me nuts. I love dogs, basically all breeds, but I love mutts too. Here in LA one proudly shows off their mixed breen rescue dog. Are people adopting rescue dogs in France? Do dogs even need to be rescued in France? Americans can be so careless about overbreeding.

Tish Jett said...

I'm re-thinking my approach to the adorable bulldogs.

I completely agree about animals being "In" or "Out" and I didn't intend to trivialize the subject. I know very well about animals being dumped in shelters. I've adopted many myself. As I've mentioned on a couple of occasions, I arrived in France with three LARGE dogs from the Bedford, NY, SPCA.

My intention was really an observation. And, Pseu, you're so right. The in-breeding begins, the dogs become snappy or any other weaknesses in a breed can become a dominant rather than recessive gene. I know all of these things. Money becomes the motivation. It's terrible, but true.

Please forgive me for the approach. I love dogs, full stop. Cats too, though I've had less experience with them.

Do read this like an observation, not a justification or a recommendation or anything beyond the fact I'm seeing lots of them and they're very cute and funny.

Merci par avance,

A bird in the hand said...

He maintains, "It's not normal."

Of course. It's a very French expression!!! (C'est pas normal)

I tend to overuse "c'est pas logique" -- another common French expression...

As for the bouledogue, my admiration for carrying him back chez lui.

cigalechanta said...

Did you know that Cotillards father is the mime in the French in Action videos?

Russian Chic said...

It is very sad that some people view/treat dogs as their accessories…

knitpurl said...

Marion's mother shows me where the good genes must've come from. On pets of anykind, have never owned any - yet.
Will hunt down "I am Love".Perhaps a movie to run while continuing my house cleaning/sorting.

Just received sample of Jennifer Aniston's perfume. While I'm true blue to Aromatics Elixer, JA's makes me think of Summer and flower gardens. Don't think I'd wear it, but in another version, maybe good as room spray.xoxo C.

BigLittleWolf said...

Love the picture of Marion and her mother - among other things - because her mother is a very stylish woman whose face is not pinched, squinched, inflated or Botoxed.

Quel relief.

When will American women start appreciating the lines they've earned on their faces? And why is it that French men seem so much more willing to appreciate a woman's beauty such as it is - la femme entière, and the traces and graces of a life well lived?

Beth - In My World... said...

We have pugs but here in the States I have seen a large number of French bull dogs as well. They are all slobbery and shedding bad-breath beasts, but they are the ones happy to see me when I get home, so there it is. My verdict is still out on Tilda...don't know enough about her but friend Adrienne suggested a movie I am going to watch her in this weekend to get an idea. Regardless, the painted arms are tres cool.

Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

Dear Tish, I love French bulldogs. I think all bulldogs are cute.

And I adore Tilda! Love that outfit.

Your are top of my To Do list - Sorry I'm so late. We have a party at Mrs Jones tomorrow that starts at 2pm so that writes off my day and night. I am free all weekend as The Actor's filming. I promise to do it then. I want to do it properly for you. Love, C xx

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