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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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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)
A native of Canada, Lily Heise fell in love with Paris on a study abroad program and never looked back. This year she'll be celebrating her 20th anniversary in the City of Light, or is it the City of Love? Lily has written two humorous books on looking for romance in Paris, Je T'Aime, Me Neither and its sequel, Je T'Aime... Maybe? Her first book inspired her blog, winning of Best Blog in Paris in the 2018 Best of Paris awards, where you can find a wide variety of articles on offbeat romantic things to do in Paris, restaurants, bars, original date ideas as well as romantic destinations around the world. She is also a travel writer whose work has featured in The Huffington Post, Condé Nast Traveler, Playboy, Frommer’s, Fodor’s, among others.Learn more about Lily here: http://jetaimemeneither.com/https://www.facebook.com/JeTAimeMeNeitherhttps://www.instagram.com/jetaimemeneither/Book: amzn.to/3oqx2tHSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
Ninon de Lenclos was a woman way ahead of her time. Born in 1620, she decided at a very early age that she was not going to live the life of the rest of the 17th century women. She didn’t want to be a nun or a wife and there were few other choices left. Ninon would go on to become one of the most celebrated courtesans in Paris. Incredibly smart and witty she seduced men with her mind and drew women to her wanting to know her secrets. Ninon would give lessons to men on how to treat women, to listen to them, ask them questions and treat them as an equal. For the women she taught them how to flirt and to use their mind. Her daily salons drew everyone in Paris from Moliere to Charles Perrault. Louis XIV even counted her as a trusted friend and would seek her guidance.Ninon never gave up her lifestyle and even took lovers into her 80’sListen 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)
Susan Hutchinson is the founder and curator of @thefrancophiles, a community that promotes French culture around the globe. She is also the creative director for her French-inspired lifestyle blog of ten years, Fleurishing. After 18 years in the field of interior design and many years running her own firm, Susan decided to switch gears and focus her creative energy into her lifelong passion for French culture. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and children, twins Marie et Henry (who are already fervent Francophiles).LINKS:@thefrancophiles@fleurishingSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
The life of Marie Antoinette has been well documented. However the loveliest of  ways and the most enduring image of the fated queen was in the paintings of Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun. Vigee Le Brun began to paint as a child and by the age of 15 she already finished her first major painting. Her portraits got the attention of all of Paris and the court at Versailles. Once the Count de Provence, future Louis XVIII, saw her paintings he commissioned her to paint a portrait of him. Her style of paintings with their very feminine touches was not overlooked by Marie Antoinette and asked her to paint her as well. She would paint the queen more than 30 times including the controversial painting of the queen in a white muslin dress. Surviving the Revolution by leaving France she continued to paint in Italy and Russia before she was allowed to return to Paris. Today her paintings hang in the Musée du Louvre, Versailles and smaller museums all over France. Ahead of her time in a field dominated by men, she stood her ground and was unwavered in her vision to the end. 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)
Molly Wilkinson is a pastry chef living in Versailles. Originally from Dallas, Texas, in 2013 she changed careers to follow her passion by moving to Paris and studying pastry at Le Cordon Bleu. After working at several bakeries in both France and the US, she now teaches pastry out of her 18th century apartment just 5 minutes walk from the Versailles Chateau. Her method is all about making French pastry easy by breaking down recipes and showing you lots of tips and tricks to help any baker achieve extraordinary results.Links: To buy virtual classes: www.mollyjwilk.com/virtual-pastry-classesWebsite: www.mollyjwilk.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/MollyJWilkInstagram: @ mollyjwilkSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
Sarah Bernhardt the darling of the stage marched to her own beat. From an early age she heard the calling but at first she thought it was for a religious life. After a full mass funeral for her pet lizard she was told her talents were better used elsewhere.  Performing on just about every stage in Paris, the tough and at times angry Bernhardt constantly were at odds with theater owners, but never with her beloved audience. Even in her lowest of times she was able to bounce back even larger than life before. The Cher of the 19th century could never pull herself completely out of the public eye, even in her final days. 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)
James Pouliot di Lombardia is an American artist living in Paris, France. His photography work has been featured in international fashion publications such as a Vogue and L’Officiel. His paintings explore nature and consumer culture. His still life studies are described as “academic pop-art” and exploit traditional methods of atelier painting with contemporary and often disposable subject matter. His nature studies are based on his love of exploring the mediterrenean. Pouliot di Lombardia is a self taught artist with a bachelor's degree in psychology.Buy his art here: https://returnonart.com/artists/james-pouliotPhotos here: www.19rivoli.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
The story of Camille Claudel is one of heartbreak and sadness. A genius of an artist she never got her due and ended her life alone. At just 12 years old she began to play with clay and her talent got the attention of artist Alfred Boucher. Her father supported her pursuit and agreed to move to Paris so she would be able to study under Boucher. Her mother on the other hand did not and never would support her. Her talent would get the attention of Rodin and the two would be linked in every biography written about either one. As his muse, lover and assistant Camille would help create many of his most famous pieces while Rodin took credit for her work. Camille Claudel's story is a hard one without a happy ending. Today she has been rediscovered and given all the love and accolades she deserves, sadly all too late for her to ever know. 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/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
About Tara Vatanpour : Tara Vatanpour is an artist and a luxury fashion designer, founder of Tara Vatanpour. Persian, Azari,  French, American, and influenced by the Brazilian culture, she focuses her artistic research around immigration trauma, loss and separation, chaos of emotions as a result, and the search for healing. From a solid educational background in the study field of Fine Arts, she uses installation art and performance art to express and deeper her artistic research, but is not limited to these two disciplines. Since 2019, she has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, in London, In Paris, and has had multiple online residencies, publications, and exhibitions. Her luxury Fashion Company Tara Vatanpour, focuses on the same artistic research, using fashion, creating a bridge between fine arts and fashion. Website : http://www.taravatanpour.comIG : https://www.instagram.com/taravatanpour/Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/tara.vatanpourguevelYoutube : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbqaYt3UjYSfIzYRYiPYsYQ?view_as=subscriberSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
Edith Giovanna Gassion Piaf, born on her doorstep as the story she stuck with on December 19, 1915.  A very tough childhood after her mother abandoned her, a grandmother that gave her wine instead of water and another that raised her in a brothel.Through all of this, she became one of the most beloved French singers in the world. To this day you would be hard-pressed to find someone that hasn't heard her music or know her name.  Her life was filled with sadness and tragedy but her voice lifted up generations and still does today.  Madame Piaf took her last breath on October 19, 1963, at the young age of 47. Merci Madame for all the wonderful music and cementing your voice to our beloved Paris and France. 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)
I sat down with Emily Jackson, who is an American in Paris working in marketing to talk about the new Netflix hit "Emily in Paris". I wanted her take on the show compared to what it's really like to work in social media for French firms in the city of light. Enjoy this bonus episode and tell us how you feel about the show! Also, don't forget to check out Emily's social media work here!https://instagram.com/theglitteringunknown?igshid=8ho27bc50nefSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
Rykarda Parasol is an artist, writer and musician best known for her solo musical work depicting noir-lit melodies reminiscent of folk, Americana, and early pyche 60s pop. Ms. Parasol is from San Francisco and has made Paris her part-time home and muse. Ms. Parasol is also a writer and designer and in addition to working on new musical recordings, she is also writing and illustrating a collection of short essays.  More information about her and her endeavors can be found at: www.RykardaParasol.com including social, streaming, and shopping links. You can also stream her music on Deezer, Spotify, and Apple/iTunes. Or visit Etsy (link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5RJ0ThsSu8L2ScVyi5WW2E ) for CDs and books. Her book, “An Object of Pleasure” is sold at the WICE office in Paris and Shakespeare & Co.. Web site: http://RykardaParasol.com "Music available on iTunes/Apple, Spotify, and from Rykarda's web site" Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rykarda.parasol/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RykardaParasol/  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
Johanna Bonger van-Gogh a name you may not know, but without her, we would never know her brother-in-law, Vincent. Married to Theo van Gogh, art dealer, and brother to Vincent van Gogh for less than two very short years. When Vincent and Theo died just six months apart, she was left with an infant and an apartment filled with paintings. Told they were worthless and to toss them out, her love and devotion to the brothers wouldn't let her part with them. Over the next thirty-five years, she would take on the mission to build the legacy of Vincent. Through the letters he sent Theo, she was able to direct the narrative of his life that was all but unknown. If it wasn't for the love and dedication of Johanna we would never know the beauty of Vincent van Gogh. 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)
Paris-born, internationally acclaimed artist and author LILIANNE MILGROM grew up in Australia, lived in Israel and currently resides in Washington, DC. She exhibits her artwork around the world and is the recipient of multiple awards and residencies. Her work can be found in both private and institutional collections; her articles and essays have appeared in publications such as the Huffington Post, Bonjour Paris, Inspirelle, Ceramics Art and Perception and Daily Art Magazine. In 2011, she became the first authorized copyist of Gustave Courbet’s controversial painting L’Origine du Monde, which hangs in the Orsay Museum in Paris. Lilianne spent close to a decade researching and writing L’Origine. L’Origine: The secret life of the world's most erotic masterpiece is her first novel. Special book deal for La Vie Creative Listeners! the Kindle version for a discounted rate between September 30 and October 6  Instead of $9.99 it will be $2.99 during those dateswww.littlefrenchgirlpress.comwww.liliannemilgrom.comhttp://liliannemilgrom.wordpress.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
Sylvia Beach, the sweet woman that had a love of books and sharing them with others in her legendary store Shakespeare and Company holds the spotlight in this week's episode. Arriving in Paris during WWI to study French Literature, a flier would lead her to a book shop on Rue de l'Odeon and into the door and heart of Adrienne Monnier. Opening her first store on November 19, 1919, on Rue Dupuytren she would welcome James Joyce as an early customer and later partner in publishing Ulysees. Her shop would become the post office and gathering spot of the American ex-pats in Paris and each of them would form deep respect and love for the kind Sylvia, especially Ernest Hemingway. More info and photos: https://www.claudinehemingway.com/paris-history-avec-a-hemingway-podcast-Support 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)
Anne Stark Ditmeyer is an American creative coach and consultant based in Paris, France. Anne is a creative connector who has never been one to take the traditional path. Her work draws from anthropology, graphic design, design thinking, UX design, storytelling, and global communications, traversing in person and online worlds. She founded Prêt à Voyager (translation: ready to travel) in 2007 to explore the intersection of travel and design with the mantra "travel is not about where you go, but how you see the world." She regularly hosts creative workshops to encourage exploration. You can find Anne online at anneditmeyer.com and @pretavoyager on social media. Don't forget to checkout Anne's latest creative workshop, starting October 3rd "Write Your Own Rules"http://www.anneditmeyer.com/Biz Blog http://www.anneditmeyer.com/biz-blogWorkshops http://www.anneditmeyer.com/workshopsPrêt à Voyager http://pret-a-voyager.com/Newsletter http://bit.ly/connectthedotsarchiveTwitter http://www.twitter.com/pretavoyagerInstagram http://www.instagram.com/pretavoyager99u https://99u.adobe.com/author/anne-ditmeyerCoaching offers http://www.anneditmeyer.com/1on1Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/Laviecreative)
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