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Valentine’s Day 2021

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Vincent has been my one and only Valentine since we met in March of 1977. Yesterday we exchanged some cool gifts. 

A few weeks ago, while browsing Instagram, I saw a post about a box of cookies, hand decorated for Valentine’s Day by a company named So Bang. I went to their website to discover that they create customized, shortbread cookies for all occasions and also for companies such as Cartier, Conde Nast, Dior, Gucci, and Vogue. 

I ordered the box and they even hand wrote a note with text I sent them. Vincent opened them and he had a lovely grin on his face. The elegant, Prada blue color  box, much like you would put an expensive piece of jewelry in, had a simple logo surrounded by an oval. Inside, each cookie was individually wrapped in cellophane, and each had a unique design. The super, cute and adorable gems, each with white icing are almost too pretty to eat. 

https://www.sobangparis.com/

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Vincent gave me a beautiful and inspiring photo book, Paris by Jean Loup Sieff. First off, I love the cover: a pleasing periwinkle with bold block letters spelling out Paris, Jean Loup Sieff and a small, black and white photo of the Eiffel Tower taken on plaza of Palais de Chaillot, affixed on the cover. Inside is a series of exquisite black and white photos capturing the romance, mystery, and beauty of Paris, which is inspiring, because that’s what I strive for in my own Paris photos. There’s a special insert of a catalogue of color photos (the only ones in the book) of the Ritz Hotel. 

Jean Loup Sieff, 1933- 2000, was born in Paris to Polish immigrants. His first photo was published in Photo Revue in 1950, and after that, he became a prolific photojournalist, working freelance for major magazines and publications including Elle, Look, Glamour, Esquire, and Harpers Bazaar. He went on to receive numerous awards, including the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honnueur by the French Minister of Culture. Sieff was also a member of the prestigious Magnum photographers and had a solo exhibition at the Musee de Art Moderne in Paris in 1976. 

Paris by Jean Loup Sieff is part of a new series of books named Fashion Eye published by Louis Vuitton, which celebrates travel photography by prominent artists from around the world. 

https://eu.louisvuitton.com/eng-e1/products/fashion-eye-paris-015600

Our Valentine’s Day culminated with an extravagant dinner of spaghetti with squash, fennel, parmesan, and lentil meatballs served with a pistachio pesto prepared by Vincent, the master chef. Of course, we ate some of the special So Bang cookies for dessert.

What did you do to celebrate Valentine’s Day? 

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Save The Date- February 17- Arsene Lupin Facebook Live Tour

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Please join me for an Arsene Lupin Facebook Live Tour-February 17 @10am EST 

Click here to reserve your spot and I look forward to seeing you then.


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