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I heart Paris, I do.

I heart Paris, I do.

Happy Friday! How did it come around to Friday again so quickly?! No matter because here’s a lovely roundup for you to entertain you over your tea and biscuits. And this week has an unintentional Parisian theme. Everything that was catching my eye for a while there seemed to have a link with Paris. Might be time to elbow my husband in the direction of a holiday booking website, all subtle, like.

The Art & Photography

Paris Graffiti Heart by The Paris Print Shop on Etsy

Paris Graffiti Heart by The Paris Print Shop on Etsy

I love the graffiti in Paris. There’s something all extra stylish about it. Take Fafi, for example. Were I ever to be represented in the form of an illustration, I would want Fafi to knock that up for me. Nichole of The Paris Print Shop says of the stunning print above, “This bright yellow graffiti heart near the Centre Pompidou lacked the standard initials of love graffiti. A universal message?” A little communication of hope of love in a busy city. That’s always needed.

Hot Air Balloons Over Paris Street by Eye Poetry Photography

Hot Air Balloons Over Paris Street by Eye Poetry Photography

I love this picture of hot air balloons over a street in Paris from Eye Poetry Photography on Etsy. There’s something so peaceful about watching these gentle giants just amble their way across the skies. Add in the backdrop of a sophisticated Parisian street, and you’ve got a bit of a stunner.

Paris Metro Map Canvas Print by Afrocha Design

Paris Metro Map Canvas Print by Afrocha Design

This is a striking piece of art by Afrocha Design on Etsy. I love the colours. The way they pop out from the canvas is arresting. I think I would smile every time I walked past this if it were hanging on my wall. Beautiful.

Paris Dream Photograph Set by Keri Bevan

Paris Dream Photograph Set by Keri Bevan

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Paris Dream Photograph Set by Keri Bevan

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Paris Dream Photograph Set by Keri Bevan

Aren’t these lovely? So dreamlike and magical. They’re by Keri Bevan on Etsy. “What better place to dream than in Paris?” it says on the item page. I couldn’t agree more.

One of the things I love about my artist friend, Tara Leaver, is that she sees heart-shaped stones everywhere on the beach, and she shares them in her pictures. It’s like seeing a little hug every time one pops up on her Instagram feed. And the love is returned to the beach in the form of stones she’s taken home and painted with little messages of hope or kindness on them, then placed back on the beach for someone to find – guerilla kindness in Brighton. What a top thing to do. The world is suddenly a much brighter place because of acts like this.

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Sun Heart by Tara Leaver

Tara Leaver

The Instagrams

Paris Lovers by monicadart

Paris Lovers by Monica Dart

Shoes by monicadart

Shoes by Monica Dart

Paris Doorknob by monicadart

Paris Doorknob by Monica Dart

And, so, from Brighton back to Paris again with Monica Dart via her stylish Instagram feed. These pictures say something about Paris that just make me want to walk the streets all day, seeing the sights of real life and not the tourist attractions. There’s something captured in them that connotes the reality of the place and not the usual expectations.

The Weddings

I love these pictures on HuffPost Weddings in a post by Kellee Khalil of Lover.ly: Same-Sex Wedding Photos Every Marriage Equality Critic Should See. Love is love is love…

This idea is genius for save the dates!

Loving Wedspiration.

The Business

I saw two posts this week about the women behind the business that totally knocked my socks off. I love hearing how people start up and run their businesses, especially ones I already know about and like. Inspirational. Retro Birds on ReeRee Rockette of Rockalily Cuts (I’ve got a little piece on Rockalily Cuts coming up soon here), and Style Me Pretty on Holly of Avenue Lifestyle.

My New Favourite Website

I’d not heard of Creative Bloq until some Twitter travels. Now it’s a go-to resource for inspiration and tutorials. I love this post on paper art and this post on free WordPress themes.

Back to School

I love Rethink, Remake, Relove. Textile upcycling classes in Birmingham. I would love to attend these! Here’s the new timetable.

Creative Bloq again! Told you, new favourite website. This is a post about how to build an app. I would love to do a WOW app, but I think I’m a yonk off being able to do that. Still when the time comes, here’s my lesson.

The Love

No one ever listens to the news that childbearing will change your body forever. We hear the statement, but it doesn’t mean anything until you’ve had your baby: it is, until that point, an abstract. I think in a world where images of celebrities being seen out and about within days and weeks of having a child, looking even more svelte than before (thanks to the things everyday women just don’t get access to, such as stylists, graphic designers altering our holiday snaps, a team of childcare professionals, personal gym, and so on…), and like nothing really happened of any event in their lives are forced in our faces, it’s so important that we have a counterbalance in the form of photographer Jade Beall’s A Beautiful Body Project. I saw this article on Parentdish, and sort of shouted, “YES!!’ a little bit. Stretch marks and saggy, baggy, crinkly bits are beautiful: they show where your beloved baby started its journey. So, be brave and love them in the face of all this silly illusion that they don’t exist.

The end!

I would like to thank my computer (not) for crashing a lot, making me wait while it spun that ‘wheel of wait’ in my crosspatch face, closing tabs, and generally mucking about while I tried to write all this. It has resulted in a bit of a shorter post than I wanted. But, maybe it was getting all waffly, and the computer did me a favour. Who knows. All I know is that I now deserve an ice-cream for my troubles. Be seeing you! x