Monday, 21 April 2008

Ooh la la!

My best blog-friend Tanya of Lily & Agathe is hosting A WEEK OF FRENCHNESS at Meet Me at Mikes this week, and she has lots of gallic gorgeousness on show. Tanya is a Brit girl living in the South of France and she has adorable taste, so go on over to Mikes and check it out tout de suite!

I wont be at my desk much this week so I am going to share all my favourite French things here in this one post. First up are the illustrations of Lefor Openo. I first came across these groovy gals via Mod*Mom last year - in the sixties they were famous for their advertising and political posters. Aren't they fab?

Coming back to the present, there is some lovely children's design coming from France at the moment, here are a few things I have spotted recently:

Cushions by Creations Kat
Boutique La Coccigrue, 68 rue Orfila, 75020 Paris
Matilou party invitations
Vintage French children's games from Lily and Agathe
Nell doudou cushion
Fabric transfers by Nathalie Lete

Finally, back to the 1980's... France was tres cool in this decade. I went on my first school trip to Calais in 1983, and a few years later my best friend Kathy and I went off to Paris on our own. We'd just started A'Level Art and thought we were so sophisticated but we were only 16. We ran out of money after a couple of days and had to sleep rough and hang out in all-night clubs with some very dodgy characters, but it was a great trip and I wouldn't have missed it for the world. Here's me in the Tuileries gardens (I think), looking very tired!

Speaking of dodgy characters, I tried, but I couldn't resist finishing off this French post with 'Je Suis un Rock Star' by Bill Wyman. You have to play the vid, it's very, very funny, and I guarantee you'll be singing this all day! Si, si!


ingrid said...

Wow, this post is full of so much French lovliness I dont know where to start!
My favourites are the first images though, they are so fabulous.
Thanks for sharing.

AnastasiaC said...

oh im so in love with those illustrations!!! fantastique!! thanks for the link!
and that Bill Wyman song is so funny - ive always loved it!!

Lily and Agathe said...

Dear god, thanks not for that! I mean Bill Wyman of course although it's cool I shall now be singing it in my head all day, or worst out loud.. The rest is brill! you clever lady.. love the posters, love it all.. Missed you also, where are you?

modmom said...

you'e a sweet one lark ;)

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Linda said...

i do love all things French but I am especially loving those posters. they are wonderful!!

Steph @ Spices for Violet said...

Posters aside (they ARE fab1!), I LOVE the 80s pic of you in Paris!

diana said...

I love the baby popping out of 1966. Hilarious.

Polka Dot Rabbit said...

How funny, I just put a Lefor print on my blog (we are thinking of using it for our wedding invites) before opening your blog :-)

Sarah said...

Haha gotta love France... it's funny to think of Australian's celebrating Frenchiness, when I'm in France totally aching to get back to Aussie-ness...

Btw, the illustrations are totally cute!