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France has been motivating people for decades to create and live a more inspired life. La Vie Creative is a weekly podcast all about creatives in Paris and beyond, hosted by American Expat Krystal Kenney. Designed to help you enrich your inner artist and tap into your innovative gifts.
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Edith de Belleville is a licensed tour guide in Paris and an attorney at law. She wrote a book about inspirational Parisian women from the past "Belles et  Rebelles".She also teaches the Jewish heritage in Paris at university  Gustave Eiffel for the future licensed tour guides.Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/groups/694562301015164/?ref=shareWebsite:www.edithdebelleville.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
When the Impressionist artists ruled Paris, there were a few women that made their way into the exclusive club. Known as Les Trois Grandes Dames, Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, and Marie Bracquemond mixed and mingled with the likes of Manet, Degas, and Renoir. Marie Bracquemond however had a very different life than Morisot or Cassatt. Raised in a family that had very little money but with a love of painting early on, she created her own paint colors using flower petals. Without money or family support it was difficult to find a teacher until Auguste Vassor agreed to take her on. Under Vassor at just seventeen years old she finished and presented her first painting to the Paris Salon. The painting of her mother and sister was accepted and displayed for all to see including Ingres. Quite impressed with the young girl's talent, he invited her to his atelier to learn under the master. Ingres didn’t take women very seriously and only gave them images of flowers and fruit to paint. Marie grew very tired and left looking for other challenges. Empress Eugene, wife of Napoleon III and a big promoter of women in art saw her work and commissioned her to paint a few paintings for her. Marie's career was really taking off until she met her future husband Felix Bracquemond. At first, he was supportive of her art, he was an artist himself. As an engraver and porcelain painter he would share his craft with her and also become angrier with her talent. Marie today is mostly forgotten and little of her work remains. Listen to her whole story and the few things that kept her going during her unhappy marriage in this week's episodeMore info and photos: https://www.claudinehemingway.com/paris-history-avec-a-hemingway-podcast-1Support Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history, and exclusive content  https://www.patreon.com/bleublonderougeFacebook https://www.facebook.com/BleuBlondeRougeInstagram https://www.instagram.com/claudinebleublonderouge/Sign up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter  https://view.flodesk.com/pages/5e8f6d73375c490028be6a76Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
Véronique Bawol, the company founder of Cuisine Elégante, was introduced to classic French cooking at an early age in her family’s kitchen. She was especially inspired by her grandmother who worked as the personal cook for Jacques Tréfouël, head of the Pasteur Institute.  She started taking classes at Le Cordon Bleu in London, where she lived for four years. Given her background, she is well versed in classic French dishes and loves creating modern variations.  Véronique is married to an American and fluent in English. Her family life and international community provide her with a deep understanding of the culinary experiences sought after by visitors to Paris. Cuisine Elégante caters events for the American Church, American Friends of Musée d’Orsay, members of the American Embassy and teaches classes to the American Women’s Group in Paris, who honored her as “Woman of the Year” twice for her efforts.Whether it’s creating a special family dinner, catering an unforgettable cocktail party, or designing a unique market tour, Cuisine Elégante can provide unforgettable experiences that will deepen one’s love for French cuisine, culture, and Paris.https://cuisineelegantefr.com/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
Diane de Poitiers, the true love of Henri II and the number one enemy of Catherine de Medicis was born on January 9, 1500. Educated by Anne, Duchess of Bourbon, daughter of Louis XI she was close to court life from a very early age. Married at fifteen to Louis de Bréze Seigneur d’Anet, he was almost forty years older than her. They had two children and would have a happy marriage until he was sentenced to death for a plot against King Francois I. On the scaffolding about to die, he was pardoned and sent to prison.Diane remained at court as the lady in waiting to Queen Claude of France and in 1525 her path would cross with the young son of Francois I. Henri II was being sent off to Spain in a trade deal to release his father from prison and as the 7-year-old was led from court and Diane gave him a kiss on the cheek. When he returned four years later he and Diane became very close and she even approved of his marriage to Catherine. A year after their marriage the affair of Henri II and Diane de Poitiers began. Diane remained a solid element of his life and even educated the royal children. All was well until the untimely death of Henri II and Catherine could finally exile Diane from her life. Listen to her full story on this week's new episode of La Vie Creative - Paris History Avec A Hemingway. More info and photos: https://www.claudinehemingway.com/paris-history-avec-a-hemingway-podcast-1Support Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history and exclusive content  https://www.patreon.com/bleublonderougefacebook https://www.facebook.com/BleuBlondeRougeInstagram https://www.instagram.com/claudinebleublonderouge/Sign up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter  https://view.flodesk.com/pages/5e8f6d73375c490028be6a76Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
Having studied and worked in the UK, USA, Malta, Italy, Greece, and Japan; Anna gained extensive exposure to international markets and trends across a variety of multi-media fields before settling in Paris in 2010 where she consults in fashion trend forecasting and is also an Editor at menswear magazine Fucking Young along with finding her 35mm book-zine Pairs Project. When she isn't busy traveling (65 countries and counting), she’s running around with her toddler Dali and always has a shoot in production. Today she talks to us about the secret world of trend forecasting.Learn more here: fuckingyoung.es pairsproject.com Instagram: @annoula_bSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
Jane Avril, the bell of the Moulin Rouge is mainly known for the many images that Toulouse-Lautrec painted of her. However, there is always more than that to her story. Her mother Leotine Beaudon was a prostitute and her father an Italian nobleman that would never recognise her as his own. She was raised by her grandparents in Etamps until they passed away, sending the young Jeanne Beaudon as she was known to a convent. Jeanne’s childhood was in constant upheaval, just when she was in a good place her mother would find her and would try to force her into the family business. At 13 she would run away from home and would end up in the Salpetriere Hospital. Jeanne was diagnosed with St Vitus Dance disorder which resulted in jerky movements, later it would become her signature move. Jeanne would later become Jane Avril, partially to hide from her mother but every new start needed a catchy name. Jane was taking to the stage of the newly opened Moulin Rouge where she would create a lasting impression on Paris. Listen to her whole story on the newest episode of La Vie Creative - Paris History Avec A Hemingway out now. More info and photos: https://www.claudinehemingway.com/paris-history-avec-a-hemingway-podcast-1Support Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history and exclusive content  https://www.patreon.com/bleublonderougefacebook https://www.facebook.com/BleuBlondeRougeInstagram https://www.instagram.com/claudinebleublonderouge/Sign up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter  https://view.flodesk.com/pages/5e8f6d73375c490028be6a76Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
An American in Paris, my guest today arrived in Paris as a 29-year-old student who had dreamed of moving abroad since childhood. She is the quintessential creative who dabbles in 1000 forms of art from writing on her blog Presque Perfection, to painting, to language, to cooking. I admire her motivation to try many forms of creation. My guest today is Amanda VanOsdol of Presque Perfection Bloghttp://presqueperfection.com/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
Madame de Maintenon, the woman that would start as a secret babysitter and become the unofficial queen of France. Born in 1635, her father was in prison for gambling and counterfeiting and her mother was the daughter of the prison director, straight out of a Lifetime movie. Later she was looked after by her godmother that showed her the fancier side of Paris, taking her to Salons and meeting the intellectuals of the day. At a Salon, she met poet and writer Paul Scarron and began to share letters until he asked her to marry him. He was 25 years old and suffering from polio, but they had a very close relationship for the short time they were married. After his death on the verge of leaving for Portugal, Madame de Montespan who she had met at a Salon stepped in and asked her to watch over the illegitimate children of the king. The role got her closer to the king, although he was not too enamored with her at first that would change. While Montespan was swept away in the Affair of the Poisons, Maintenon became closer and closer to the king. Once the queen died, in a very quiet ceremony in front of the archbishop and the king's confessor Pere de la Chaise they were married in the king's bedroom. More info and photos: https://www.claudinehemingway.com/paris-history-avec-a-hemingway-podcast-1Support Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history, and exclusive content  https://www.patreon.com/bleublonderougeFacebook https://www.facebook.com/BleuBlondeRougeInstagram https://www.instagram.com/claudinebleublonderouge/Sign up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter  https://view.flodesk.com/pages/5e8f6d73375c490028be6a76 | ReplyForwardSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
Meredith Mullins came for a short visit to Paris 15 years ago … and decided to stay. Pourquoi pas? Dreams can come true.She is devoted to two passions—photography and writing—and all the adventures that these two ways of seeing offered. She is an internationally exhibited photographer, winner of several major photography competitions, and author of the award-winning book In A Paris Moment. Meredith has been a popular photography instructor in Paris for 13 years. She also writes and photographs for several travel and education publications, including National Geographic Education, OIC Moments, Eye Prefer Paris, Bonjour Paris, and France Today.She was an organizer of the Paris Writers Workshop and Director of the International Fine Art Photography Award—programs that were designed to celebrate the discovery of new talent in the literary and visual arts. “Life is about fleeting moments,” she says. “You must be ready, with eyes and heart open.https://meredithmullins.artspan.com/homeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
Madame de Montespan,  was born as Françoise de Rochechouart de Mortemart on October 5, 1641 in Lussac-les-Châteaux. Her family, the house of Rochechouart, was one of the oldest noble families and served the king and queen of France. As a child she was sent to the Convent of Saint Mary in Saintes alongside other noble children and at 17 years old she was working in the court of the Palais du Louvre. In 1658 as the lady-in-waiting to the sister-in-law to Louis XIV, Henriette of England, the young Francoise was now close to king Louis XIV. A role given to her by Anne of Austria who her mother served as her lady-in-waiting, it was the family business after all.  On January 28, 1663 she married Louis Henri de Pardaillan de Gondrin, Marquis de Montespan, although she was in love with Louis de la Frémoille. A lady didn’t have much of a choice back then and was forced to marry Louis Henri. Montespan became the head mistress, mother of his seven children and trusted advisor until her role in the Affair of the Poison was reviled.  Her entire story is at times pretty horrifying and could be sensitive to some. We tried not to get to into the dark stuff, but it is part of her story. More info and photos: https://www.claudinehemingway.com/paris-history-avec-a-hemingway-podcast-1Support Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history and exclusive content  https://www.patreon.com/bleublonderougefacebook https://www.facebook.com/BleuBlondeRougeInstagram https://www.instagram.com/claudinebleublonderouge/Sign up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter  https://view.flodesk.com/pages/5e8f6d73375c490028be6a76Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
Today I chat with French native and Stand up comedian Cedrik Verdure. He is also the author of Laugh your Way through the Louvre!  Cedrik became famous for his hilarious tours, making history fun again! His Airbnb tours are sold out for months and he tells us how he came up with the concept for funny Louvre tours and about his life in France.https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNGqkc__pn9l6fTMIvIxtwAthe bookthe Kickstarterthe TV showVideos: https://www.dailymotion.com/search/cedrik%20verdureAirbnb tours: https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/434Facebook: http://www.laughinmuseums.com/?fbclid=IwAR2xrNiaTZ12_RqB5rtoNq0NfYeESExFVpEOeGxPRSrlre0pULX-UAhMY74Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
American artist Mary Cassatt was considered one of “Les Trois Grandes Dames of Impressionism” alongside Berthe Morisot and Marie Bracquemond. Born in Pittsburgh on May 22, 1844, to a very wealthy family. Her father Robert Simpson Cassatt made a fortune in the stock market and with land sales. Her mother Katherine came from a banking family that was well educated and believed her own daughter should be as well. In 1866, she packed up her brushes and moved to Paris, but the city of artists wasn’t that much easier. Being a woman held her back, she couldn’t go to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and had to find her own teacher that would take an eager young lady.  Jean-Leon Gérôme who also taught a long list of artists saw something in Mary and took her under his wing.  Spending most of her days with Gérôme in the Louvre copying paintings and mingling with the other young artists of Paris. In 1868 she began to study under Thomas Couture who had also been Manet’s teacher. More info and photos: https://www.claudinehemingway.com/paris-history-avec-a-hemingway-podcast-1Support Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history, and exclusive content  https://www.patreon.com/bleublonderougeFacebook https://www.facebook.com/BleuBlondeRougeInstagram https://www.instagram.com/claudinebleublonderouge/Sign up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter  https://view.flodesk.com/pages/5e8f6d73375c490028be6a76Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
JESSIE KANELOS WEINER IS A FRANCO-AMERICAN ILLUSTRATOR, AUTHOR AND FOOD STYLIST BASED IN PARIS AND NEW YORK. BORN AND RAISED IN CHICAGO, SHE WAS A COSTUME DESIGNER IN A PREVIOUS LIFE WHEN PICKING UP WATERCOLOR FOR THE FIRST TIME, DEVELOPING HER HIGHLY DETAILED, WHIMSICAL AND INSTANTLY RECOGNIZABLE STYLE. SHE IS THE COAUTHOR OF “PARIS IN STRIDE” (RIZZOLI),  AUTHOR OF “EDIBLE PARADISE: A COLORING BOOK OF SEASONAL FRUITS AND VEGETABLES” (UNIVERSE) AND 8 COOKBOOKS PUBLISHED BY EDITIONS MARABOUT.  SHE IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON THE NEXT BOOK IN THE “IN STRIDE” SERIES.HER WORK EXPLORES GASTRONOMY, TRAVEL, LIFESTYLE, ARCHITECTURE AND POP CULTURE FOR SELECTED CLIENTS INCLUDING VOGUE, THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, TMAG, AFAR, VANITY FAIR FRANCE,   M LE MAGAZINE DU MONDE, LVMH, NESPRESSO, FREE PEOPLE, AND PENGUIN PRESS AMONG MANY OTHERS.  IDEAL FOR WORKING WITH CLIENTS WORKING WITH LUXURY BRANDS AND EDITORIAL COMMISSIONS.illustrator /  Rizzoli coauthor of New York in Stride,  Paris in Stride, and author of Edible Paradise jessiekanelosweiner.com / https://thefrancofly.com/ETSY-  INSTAGRAM - PINTEREST - FACEBOOKSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
There were many American expats filling the streets of Paris in the 1920’s but there was one that did it with an extra panash and made an immediate impression.  Josephine Baker was a woman ahead of her time and blazed her own path from the streets of St Louis to the stages of Paris.Josephine Baker grew up on the streets of St Louis dancing for spare change before at the age of 15 she head to New York and became the highest paid chorus girl in Vaudeville. Shortly after she headed to Paris and was an immediate success on the stage of the Theatre Champs Elysees making a mark with her exotic moves and costumes. She would go onto become a member of the Resistance, entertain the troops and adopt 12 children from around the world creating her own family, her “Rainbow Tribe”. Listen to her entire story in this weeks newest episode of La Vie Creative - Paris History Avec A Hemingway. More info and photos: https://www.claudinehemingway.com/paris-history-avec-a-hemingway-podcast-1Support Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history and exclusive content  https://www.patreon.com/bleublonderougefacebook https://www.facebook.com/BleuBlondeRougeInstagram https://www.instagram.com/claudinebleublonderouge/Sign up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter  https://view.flodesk.com/pages/5e8f6d73375c490028be6a76Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
Richard Nahem is a native New Yorker with a longstanding love for Paris. A trained chef, Richard ran a successful catering and event planning company for over twenty years in New York City, working with celebrities including Sarah Jessica Parker, Whitney Houston, and Joan Rivers. After a teenage trip to Paris made him an instant Francophile, he visited the city frequently until making it his home in 2005.Richard’s popular blog, eyepreferparis.com, features beautiful photos and insightful weekly posts on art, fashion, food, history, restaurants, and all things Parisian. His work has appeared in The Guardian, Passport Magazine, Luxury Travel Advisor, and the National Geographic “Walking Tours of Paris” Guidebook. With 25 years of rave reviews from friends and colleagues, Richard decided to offer private tours of “his” Paris to the public. An animated speaker and savvy insider, Richard provides tailored, adventurous, and exciting tours of Paris for the independent-spirited traveler.For more information, please email r.nahem@gmail.comhttp://www.eyepreferparistours.comhttp://www.ipreferparis.netEtsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/EyePreferParis?ref=search_shop_redirectTwitter-http://twitter.com/eyepreferparisFB- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eye-Prefer-Paris/149370348123Instagram-http://instagram.com/eyepreferparisYouTube Channel-A Bite of Paris https://bit.ly/2q3XxsgSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
You will know this week's lovely lady from the beautiful painting hanging in the Musée du Louvre by Jacques-Louis David.  Juliette Récamier was a fixture of the Paris Salon scene in the 19th century and lived a very interesting life. It all started with a rather strange story. Her mother Marie-Julie Matton came from a wealthy family and her father Jean Bernard was the notary and counsellor to the king. Growing up in Lyon, her father left for Paris to be the Postmaster General leaving Juliette and her mother in Lyon. However, there is a large question that Jean Bernard was actually her father. Her mother held Salons in Lyon and a frequent visitor was Jacques Récamier who would marry the young 15 year old girl. That’s correct, her could be father was now her husband. Listen to the entire episode for more on how her life turns out. More info and photos: https://www.claudinehemingway.com/paris-history-avec-a-hemingway-podcast-1Support Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history and exclusive content  https://www.patreon.com/bleublonderougefacebook https://www.facebook.com/BleuBlondeRougeInstagram https://www.instagram.com/claudinebleublonderouge/Sign up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter  https://view.flodesk.com/pages/5e8f6d73375c490028be6a76Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
Julia Willard moved to Paris where she found herself having to have a camera with herself at all times to capture the way the city had mastered beauty. Her bicycle added to the experience, as it increased her reach outside her little quarter.  She found herself with an immense desire to share this beauty through her photographic eye.She has been traveling and photographing all over Europe and especially Paris for over 8 years and shares her photographic eye and creativity with us on today's episode. Learn more about Julia here: http://www.fallingoffbicycles.com/about/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
The statue of Reine Berthe in the Jardin du Luxembourg is one of my favorites of the twenty illustrious ladies in French history. She may not be as well known as Marie de Medicis but you will know the name of her son and her story is pretty amazing. Born in 720 to Count Caribert de Laon and Blanche-Fleur de Prum her beauty was known far and wide. When Pepin le Bref, future king of the Franks heard of her stunning beauty he wanted her for his wife. Different histories say he may have been married before to Leutburgie and when he heard of Berthe, he asked Leutburgie to leave court. The marriage was arranged and Berthe headed to court to meet her future husband.What happens next is a pretty amazing story, tune into the podcast to see how it ends. More info and photos: https://www.claudinehemingway.com/paris-history-avec-a-hemingway-podcast-1Support Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history and exclusive content  https://www.patreon.com/bleublonderougefacebook https://www.facebook.com/BleuBlondeRougeInstagram https://www.instagram.com/claudinebleublonderouge/Sign up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter  https://view.flodesk.com/pages/5e8f6d73375c490028be6a76Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
Samantha Vérant is a travel addict, a self-professed oenophile, and a determined, if occasionally unconventional, at home French chef. She is the bestselling author of Seven Letters from Paris and How to Make a French Family and today she chats with us about her new book: The Secret French Recipes of Sophie ValrouxShe lives in southwestern France, where she's married to a sexy French rocket scientist she met in 1989 (but ignored for twenty years), a stepmom to two incredible kids, and the adoptive mother to a ridiculously adorable French cat. When she’s not trekking from Provence to the Pyrénées or embracing her inner Julia Child, Sam is making her best effort to relearn those dreaded conjugations.Links to social:WebsiteInstagramTwitterFacebookBuy links for the book: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/609441/the-secret-french-recipes-of-sophie-valroux-by-samantha-verant/And a preview for the audiobook: https://soundcloud.com/penguin-audio/the-secret-french-recipes-ofSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
There are many designers that have shaped fashion in France. However, before there were Dior and Chanel there was Jeanne Lanvin. Lanvin was a designer that paved the way for all the others to come after her. Jeanne was born on January 1, 1867 in Paris at 35 Rue Mazarine. She was the oldest of eleven children to parents Bernard Lanvin and Sophie Blanche Deshayes. Jeanne got a job working at a hat shop at the age of 13, where she was a natural fit. In just three years she served as apprentice milliner and in 1889 at 22 years old she opened her own shop in Paris on the Rue Boissy d'Anglas. Her hats were very popular with the Paris elite and she had a long waiting list for her custom hats. She would go onto create perfume, sportswear, fashion for men, women and children and designs for the home. Jeanne Lanvin’s name is not one that is as known as so many other designers and she was fine with that. Karl Lagerfeld later criticized her for her low-key persona and Coco Chanel looked at her as one of her greatest rivals. Today everyone thinks it was Coco that pioneered perfume, sportswear, hats and the color black, but just like everything else that many people know about Chanel, it is completely wrong. It is Jeanne Lanvin that we owe so much.Listen to the full episode about the life of this amazing woman. More info and photos: https://www.claudinehemingway.com/paris-history-avec-a-hemingway-podcast-1Support Claudine on Patreon and get more of Paris and all her stories and benefits like discounts on her tours, custom history and exclusive content  https://www.patreon.com/bleublonderougeFacebook https://www.facebook.com/BleuBlondeRougeInstagram https://www.instagram.com/claudinebleublonderouge/Sign up for the weekly Blue Blonde Rouge newsletter  https://view.flodesk.com/pages/5e8f6d73375c490028be6a76Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
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