May (n.) The month of holidays, sunny picnics, rosé, florals and fun.
May is one of my favorite months, especially in Paris, since it means we have nearly one holiday from work a week and the weather has usually gotten over its winter tantrum (Sorry France, we just CANT have winter for twelve months of the year). (PS- as I am writing this, it’s raining and 50˚…so maybe I’m jumping the gun). On the first day of May, the French gift each other little white flowers called Muguet (Lily of the Valley). I love this tradition because I’ll never forget the first time I saw everyone walking around Paris with these dainty flowers on May 1- such a lovely sight.
May (usually) means springtime weather, picnics on the canal, asparagus is in season (hey, it’s the little things), and that we can finally, comfortably have apéro en terasse instead of huddled under the heaters and 12 layers of clothing. May is all about oysters and ceviche (seafood is hot in Paris right now), and juices and pop-ups. In May, my wardrobe begins to resemble something other than a mob of dark neutrals, as does my makeup bag. Most of all, May means I get to spend more time on the back of this:
And doing this:
And you can find me here:
And, here are some art exhibits to look forward to this month in Paris:
Haute Couture at l’Hôtel de Ville
Through July 6, 2013
In an exhibition sponsored by Swarovski, the Hôtel de Ville serves as the platform for one of the most exquisite exhibitions of French couture ever seen in Paris.
The Enchanted World of Jacques Demy
La Cinémathique Française
Through August 8, 2013
Dedicated to the whimsical filmmaker Jacques Demy (who often worked with the beautiful Catherine Deneuve), this exhibition will combine a series of videos, photographs, paintings, drawings and sculptures all created by the artist himself and artists who have inspired him- Jean Cocteau, David Hockney, Alexander Calder, Raoul Dufy, and Niki de Saint-Phalle.
Mannequin: le corps de la Mode
Les Docks Cité de la Mode et du Design
Through May 19, 2013
As the Musée Galliera, Paris’ fashion museum, is undergoing renovations, they are hosting a series of off-site exhibitions like this one Models: The Body of Fashion. Hosted at Les Docks, the new design and cultural center on the East side of the left-bank, the exhibit presents over 100 images of fashion models from various mediums, combined with live mannequins in an effort to explore ideas of body, personality and artistic expression.