Lovely Parisian Eyeshadows

You can find these at your local department store that has Bourjois or on their site. It’s called the Rendez-vous à Paris Collection.

Cute retro packaging that reminds me of the 1950’s ideal of Paris.


Beatnik Tattoo Day

Yesterday was really fun. I tattooed Maiwenn another fan of the Beat Generation writers. She got a girl beatnik creating at her typewriter, while smokin’ and drinkin’, with the words: catatonic highway and near ecstasy from “Howl” by Allen Ginsberg. I dressed up for the occasion! We listened to “Beat Jazz”, Miles Davis “L’Ascenseur pour échafaud” and the great Jimmy Smith. I love the Miles Davis album which was the soundtrack to a french film, it was recorded in Paris. I love Jimmy Smith because it mixes the organ and jazz, but makes me visualize circuses and old movie theatres.









Here’s Lili the french comic book I was telling you about. Lili has a parrot named Rarahu who loves her. Lili lives in Paris with no parental surveillance. It’s not clear if she’s a teenager or a girl just out of college.


Lili’s guardian is her uncle M. Minet a philosophy professor. To me he’s very beatnik, but everyone seems to regard him as kind of a square. I’m jealous of his apartment, a rooftop artist style atelier.


Her American boyfriend Dan:


Dan’s millionaire grandfather from Texas.


Lili the comic started in 1909 and was illustrated by many different artists, my favorite being Alexandre Gérard, especially those done in the 1950’s.

Some great episodes are:”Lili au music-hall” and “Lili à St-Germain-des-Prés”

Another Musical Weekend

Yesterday we went to Vinyl Office a new record store in Bastille. It was an art opening, a friend of ours Patrice Caillet, collects modified album art. You know, when people change the record album with doodles, collage or other ways of defacing the original. Some of it was fan adoration and others complete disrespect! I think sometimes people made new covers because the first was damaged. There were children’s scribbles and druggie doodles. Amongst the record store inventory, I found a french edition box set of Gene Vincent that I have been searching for since an old roommate stole my copy (very exciting since it was very reasonably priced!). I also found a cool Screamin’ Jay Hawkins disc, “Real Life”. Afterward we went to see authentic jazz in a St-Germain-des-Prés cave. Why did I wait so long!!!??? It was like a time warp, everything beatnik and cool that I imagine Paris was in the 1950’s . Serge Gainsbourg covers by some talented american musicians, check it out. They are playing again here on monday night.

Here’s an image from “Lili” a great french teenage comic strip that I adore. I love this image because it shows what a concert in a cave looks like. Check the bored beatniks! I will show you more about Lili later.


Tonight we’re going to see Sonic Chicken 4 au Gambetta.

Paris Fashion in 1950’s American Fashion Magazines

Paris the capital of fashion! My favorite vintage period for clothes is the 1950’s and fashion magazines like Vogue and this September 1957 issue of Bazaar were chock full of fashion spread and advertisements from the city I love so much. More to come!





Parisian Beatnik Boris Vian

Boris Vian (1920-1959), jazz musician, writer, painter, sculptor, all around cool Bohemian lived and played in the Paris underground in the 1950’s. He hung around Miles Davis, Juliette Gréco, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jacques Tati and many other artist and musicians of that period. His play J’irai cracher sur vos tombes is his most well known work, he also wrote a popular song in-titled “Fais-moi mal Johnny”

He died very young of a heart attack.


Portrait of Vian by Brénot.


I especially love this photo of a typical underground nightclub:


Bison Ravi, Baron Visi or Brisavion (anagrams of his name).






The 1950’s Paris Obsession

Almost every Vogue or Bizarre magazine that I have from the ’50’s has ads or fashion spreads about Paris. I’m going to start a series to show you the Paris chic and mention some good movies to see.

Here’s a few from Vogue: