IT'S A MATTER OF TASTE

NOAM'S FIRST MEAL | FOOD & DRINK

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There is a lot to catch up on here at Jenée Sais Quoi as Baby Noam is already almost 6 months old ! 

This first post after maternity leave covers a big event: Noam's first solid food! 

Over the years I have enjoyed writing about seasonal and celebratory

cocktails

,

homegrown recipes

and entertaining with

Cajun food

in NYC. So of course, for me, Noam's first meal would be monumental. 

This project meant more than just cooking food for my son. It was about setting the tone for a lifetime of healthy and adventurous eating. I even called a friend in San Francisco,

Melanie

, a foodie and

Certified Holistic Nutritionist

, for her thoughts on this big event.

As I contemplated it, bought it, and prepared it, I thought about the bigger conversation going on concerning food in this country right now such as: 

- Having a conscious about from where our food comes

- The injustice of poor neighborhoods not having access to healthy, fresh foods 

- and

treating food as medicine. 

I wanted all of this to be considered and passed on through the food.

Our pediatrician recommended that we skip over the rice cereal and go straight to complex recipes. Whatever we eat, he can eat. This new way of feeding babies in America is thought to lessen food allergies and picky eaters- I'm a big fan of that. 

I started the meal at the

Prospect Park Farmers Market

. I decided whatever was organic, local and in season would be his first vegetable. There was a small stand with carefully placed bunches of veggies in wooden crates that looked inviting. Since I was not one of the early shoppers, the pickings were slim. Yet, this bunch of White Japanese Turnips looked like a beautiful first meal and Farmer Greg posed for a picture so that Noam can see who grew his first meal. 

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Willow Wisp Organic Farm Stand 

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I considered just boiling them because it was still unfathomable that a baby could handle more than one ingredient at a time. But I decided to go all out and make this recipe from

Epicurious

. Luckily I had all the ingredients laying around. With tons of love, I prepared

Miso Japanese Turnips

. I even served it in little tea cups I acquired during a trip to Japan many years ago. Then I unwrapped a special spoon sent to him by my friend Tiffany. We shared this food on a Sunday - Mom, Dad & Noam - a perfect day for our family's first meal together. 

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baby mush on bottom

As for Noam's opinion on his seasonal, local, organic, miso Japanese turnips- he could not get enough!!!! He was even licking his tray!!! 

Hopefully the thoughtful choice for my son is the beginning of a healthy relationship to food, to his body and the world around him. 

May he always enjoy breaking bread with family and friends as it's one of life's best pleasures. 

Baby Products that helped make this a success: 

(not an endorsement - just a tip to help other moms) 

Bumbo Seat & Tray

- Great for babies that are almost ready to sit, but def ready to eat. 

BabySpoon by

Elegant ba

by

- It's cute, easy grip, just the right size, and BPA free

MATERNITY LEAVE

Even Bloggers Sometimes take a Break

Motherhood | Adventure

Don't worry - Jenée Sais Quoi is just taking a break

so mother and baby can bond. I highly recommend all new mothers take advantage of this time to slow down (though it will not feel like a break!!!). Use this time to stare at every adorable part of your quickly growing baby (do not stare at your phone!). Take the time to discover & enjoy his personality. Have dance parties for 2, dinner parties for 2 and steal as many kisses as you can.

Coming back soon with more insight on how to possess that (jenée) sais quoi.

In the meantime - follow on

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for quick updates on what is going on

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LEATHER GOES TO WORK

How to Style Leather Pants for the Office

Fashion Cliff Notes | Outfit Ideas

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Grabbing a cup of Coffee on my Way

The last time I featured these leather pants, it was styled for a very different occasion: the Gaultier exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. It was "fitting" and also only possible to wear for a few hours as the corset was -negative- skin tight.

Though, as leather pants are the de rigueur bottoms of the season, I'm trying to work them into all facets of life.

Now it's off to the day job (which has something to do with handbags;).

How to do????

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A silk, dove colored, button down top with gold buttons is incredibly sophisticated giving the leather a professional slant.

The navy cardigan adds that preppy goodie two-shoes flavor that I love to trick people with.

Then top it off with pink pearls and sparkly earrings (since it's the holidays).

Heels would be great with this outfit, but it's freezing in NYC AND the sidewalks are icy!!!

Note: sometimes comfort, like not falling on your derrière, is more fashionable than the perfect shoe. Though, I love these Chuckies Pointy brown loafers in any case.

and that's How to do: Leather Goes to Work

WENDY WILLIAMS FRONT ROW (MATERNITY LEAVE RERUN:)

Fashion Cliff Notes | Outfit Ideas

All that Glitters Really is Gold

Q:How you doin'? 

 Yes I had to go there. I'm having a case of 

Wendy

 mania right now. This morning I was awoken at 6 AM, escorted to Chelsea and found myself at the Wendy Williams show!!!! Ari said, "Surprise & Enjoy" and left me there in the VIP line with my other friend, Wendy, to spend the morning on the set of the show. 

Thankfully he advised me that for this surprise outing I needed to dress "

Fun Fun

".  Thanks to the 

seasonal closet swap

 I diligently conducted over the weekend, my sequin, camo holiday party pants were front and center. I thought, "now these are really fun". 

  (Fashion Cliff Note: Sequins are always fun. Sequins on your 

derrière

 are CRAZY FUN.)

So if you are going to the Wendy Williams show and want the chance to sit front row try this:

Sparkly Pants

Bright Top (remember small patterns do not work well on TV)

Flashy Jewelry (but tasteful)

Cool boots

& Fun Hair (like a side braid)

Oh and even Wendy noticed herself. During commercial break, my Daytime TV idol pointed at my pants and mouthed, "i love those pants" while hair and makeup attended to her. Later she walked right up to me and gave me an Insta-glam prize for the outfit. I now own something Wendy touched - as I mentioned - Wendy Mania.

FYI - The Wendy Show is the biggest motivation for getting me into the cardio room where the TVs are at the gym. So if you need some inspiration to put sequins on your 

derrière, only Wendy can make you laugh out loud while on the stair stepper. 

A: I'm doin' fabulous.

A Shot from TV

Not quite sure what we were doing here - Was star struck for the first 30 minutes

and there's Wendy

INSPIRED BY JEAN PAUL GAULTIER - I Can't Breathe

Fashion Cliff Notes | Outfit Ideas

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(MATERNITY LEAVE RERUN :)

This weekend the Brooklyn Museum was abound with the fashion crowd. As we stood in line for the 

"Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk"

 exhibit, I couldn't help but to giggle and smile at all the leather, studded sneakers and "it" bags in the que. 

I too was part of this leather clad crowd (so I guess i was giggling at myself). My new Zara leather and zipper tights made their debut along with an old corset from Dolce & Gabbana that only comes out on very special occasions - the kind when I don't have to eat or breathe. 

I suppose the giggling is because it's sort of ridiculous to get so gussied up for an event in which all eyes are on the exhibit. Yet, the smile was because 

it's so much fun to get gussied up.

 If fashion doesn't offer you just a little fun, then, that's sad. On this day I pretended to be a hot, sexy, vixen who wears tight animal hide and Madonna style undergarments. Playing dress-up doesn't have to end when you graduation from grade school. 

P.S. You have until Feb 23, 2014 to make it to the exhibit and put on your sexiest outfit !

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My bare top was kept warm with a rabbit scarf (and a leather jacket - not shown)

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Black and Brown - no longer a Faux Pas

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FRENCH FRIDAY: CATIN

La Tasse de Café | French Friday from Louisiana

(RERUN)

CATIN

Pronounced:  

ka-Tah (ka-tan/ nasal n in which it is mostly silent)

Translation:

Louisiana (Cajun): doll, darling, girlfriend

France: Prostitute, Painted Lady

Hello French Friday Followers. I am Madame M

. While Mademoiselle Love is on vacation in a much warmer climate, I decided to lend a hand and share my French from Louisiana since it is a topic I often cover on my 

blog

.

While Jenée Sais Quoi was in Cajun Country over Christmas I had her over to 

La Prairie des Femmes

, my home, for an afternoon visit and a strong La Tasse de Café. We got to talking about Cajun French words that would be useful on French 

Friday

 - you know, the kind that every fashionable girl or guy needs to have in their back pocket for just in case. So we decided on a mutual favorite word often used in this area:

 Catin.

In fact, right now I'm wrapping up some French miel de tilleul as a gift for Miss Brenda who always calls me her "catin".

(

miel de tilleul is Linden Honey)

Here in Louisiana it means doll or darling, but in France it commonly means prostitute. Imagine the shock of French and Canadian tourists when they hear Louisiana women greet each other with squeals of "Hey ma 

cation!!"

Just to make it clear let's see what Amy Lynn learns from her new Cajun friend, Evangeline. 

Amy Lynn:

 Nice to meet you Evangeline. I'm very fortunate for Simone introducing me to her long lost cousin down here in Louisiana. 

Evangeline:

 It's my pleasure catin! Now what are you hungry for? Gumbo? Ettoufee? Corn bread? Pralines? I know you must be starving after your trip.

Amy Lynn doesn't understand something Evangeline said so sends a text message to Simone, 

    "What does 

Catin

 mean? Evangeline just called me 

Catin

 and I   

     don't want to seem dumb by asking her."

Simone responds, 

    "What the %$#&!? You just arrived? How does she already know  

     you are a Catin?  I mean... How rude!!! She has no business 

     calling you a prostitute! But wait, you are in Cajun 

     country, maybe it's Mardi Gras season, you never know how

     canaille

those girls can be!"

(cannaille translates to mischievous in Cajun French)

Amy Lynn:

 So Evangeline, you want to eat?

Evangeline:

 Well, I am hungry a lot, but I wanted to see if you wanted to wait and meet my brother for dinner? He's in town and I think he's got a new little 

catin

, I want to check her out."

Amy Lynn

(appalled): Excuse me!? Your brother has a 

catin

with him?

Evangeline:

 Well, yes! He's always got some 

catin

 or another.

Amy Lynn

(very uncomfortable): Wow, you Louisiana people really ARE wild.

Evangeline:

 Mais why's that? You got something against catins?

Amy Lynn: 

Well I think it is strange to accept that your brother would bring a prostitute to dinner to meet us.

Evangeline: 

Mais What?! Catin means doll or baby, or sometimes pretty little girl! Not Prostitute!

Amy Lynn:

 Mais alright... Catin!

Merci Beaucoup,

Madame 

 M

.....................................................................................

Jenée hère: 

When you grow up in the Cajun area of Louisiana you don't realize that many of the words which are part of your everyday vocabulary are actually not English, but French. Not until I left Louisiana and was misunderstood did I even realize much of my vocabulary was French. 

I always loved the word Catin because that was my grandmother's nickname for me. When I asked her what it meant in English she told me a doll. I was thrilled that she thought I was as special as a doll!!!

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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"

is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on

KVPI-FM

My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 

Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana, with a serious interest in fashion and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, who is head over heels in love with everything French and everything coffee, it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves.

Tune in to

KVPI

every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more French lessons from Mademoiselle Love. We will discuss useful Frenchwords or expressions for the fashionable girl. To make it even more enjoyable, we will do it over a very fashionable cup of coffee.

WHAT TO WEAR ON NEW YEAR'S EVE (MATERNITY LEAVE RERUN)

When in doubt, Go with Gold
Fashion Cliff Notes | Outfit Ideas

New Year's Eve is not the occasion to play it safe with your outfit.  Even if you prefer a quiet night at home on this evening of forced gaiety, indulging in a slightly tacky amount of jewelry and sparkle will bring the party to you. 

So if you don't own a glittery sequin dress or tie, get one now. Since NYE was yesterday they will all be on sale!!!

This dress is my own creation. The fabric was actually a cast off from couturier, Rogelio Velasco. Years ago I worked at a handbag studio which shared space with Mr. Velasco. I was the lucky intern that was gifted left over fabric too small for his gowns and sample dresses. This tiny piece of gold sequins and black lace was just enough to make a short shift dress. A simple seam on both sides and a channel around the neck line for a black leather tie (from the handbag studio) is all that comprises it. I chose to accessorize with faux thigh highs from Gigi K for added hotness. 

My party partner, Robbie, was a perfect match to my gold sequins with his gold lamé tie. It was a purchase from the new H&M in New Orleans. In NOLA it will come in very handy for Saints parties and Mardi Gras balls. 
Suit from Zara

Here's to more fun and outfit ideas in two thousand fourteen !!!


FRENCH FRIDAY: Après-ski

La Tasse de Café | French Vocabulary by Mademoiselle Love

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Après-ski

Pronounced: [ä-prā-skē ]

Definition: What a surprise!

Have you ever gone skiing and then wondered what on earth 

après-ski

was? In case you didn't figure it out, it just means "after-ski" andit's sort of like a happy hour. Since I don't like skiing (it makes me cry!), 

après-ski

is

my favorite part of the whole process! However this is not a real French term. It's just something that English speakers made up to sound fancy- what's new? 

Amy Lynn:

What a fun day of crying on the mountain! Now I'm ready for a drink! Oh look! There's a happy hour!

Simone:

Remind me to never take your pathetic butt skiing ever again! And by the way, it's called 

après-ski

 in your country!

Are you by any chance going skiing this holiday season? Do you actually enjoy it, or do you go just for the hot chocolate and 

après-ski?

Merci Beaucoup,

Mademoiselle Love

............................................

Jenée here: 

I must admit I'm totally on board with Mademoiselle Love about skiing. When you grow up in the flat prairie lands of Louisiana, moving downhill at high speeds on thin slivers of epoxy covered fiber glass is no thrill at all. Seriously, no fun. Yet, joining friends at the ski lodge post slopes is very enjoyable. Warm drinks after playing in snow all day is a real treat. I'm sure it feels a bit more deserved after a hard days work but, oh well.

Also, 

après-ski is not all about the reward of cocktails, it's very much about the proper attire. It's like evening wear with an alpine twist. So think sleek black outfit with an insanely furry hat or a Beyonce style onesie with a fair isle print and killer puffer boots.

If I did ski this is what I would wear from Katherine Thomas - so 

après-ski appropriate too

 : 

At last, a performance ski jacket with a high fashion edge. This fabulously flattering Italian cashmere and wool fitted jacket offers everything you need on the slopes, including snow cuffs and skirt, ski pass pockets and Thinsulate™ insulation. But there’s also no need to sacrifice style for practicality, as the sumptuous Origin Assured mink collar and waist belt show. For more Katherine Thomas click 

here

.

Simple, yet stunning, this long-sleeved British-made Merino wool base layer offers warmth and breathability, without bulk, for on-piste performance and après-ski style. For more Katherine Thomas click 

here

.

Extremely soft and cosy, this dramatic rabbit fur snood is the perfect addition to any winter outfit. For More Katherine Thomas click 

here

.

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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"

is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on 

KVPI-FM

My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 

Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana, with a serious interest in fashion and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, who is head over heels in love with everything French and everything coffee, it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves.

Tune in to 

KVPI 

every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more French lessons from Mademoiselle Love. We will discuss useful French  words or expressions for the fashionable girl. To make it even more enjoyable, we will do it over a very fashionable cup of coffee.

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

Fashion Cliff Notes | Outfit Ideas

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(MATERNITY LEAVE RERUN:)

A Gangster Fairytale: Magical, Rich and Racy

On a recent outing with photographer 

Peter Koloff

 of 

Black Dot Creative

, we explored the park while I played dress up.

 This outfit was inspired by 20s style Boardwalk Empire and one of my favorite fairytales: Little Red Riding Hood. 

The rich, red velvet cape coat and faceted beaded hat are a stark contrast to the dead, wintery 

landscape which also served as inspiration for the chosen outfit. This ensemble conjures up a sense of magic and myth as sparkly turbans are usually reserved for the mystical while the long red coat teeters on ecclesiastical garb. Under all of this plushness a racy outfit is revealed. The suggestive outfit is symbolic of what lies beneath the cloaks of fairytales and clergy. 

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zara turban, faux thigh highs, red velvet cape coat

The velvet Cape Coat is Vintage from 

Trashy Diva

 in New Orleans. 

The Turban is from 

Zara

The black dress is from Brooklyn4Play and the Faux thigh high stocks are from 

Gigi K

FRENCH FRIDAY (RURUN): QUELLE SURPRISE

Do You Fake it???

La Tasse de Café | French Vocabulary by Mademoiselle Love

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Quelle surprise!

Pronounced: [kel syur-preez]

Definition: What a surprise!

Around this gift-giving time of year, we might not always have the right words to express how we feel about gifts we've received. A good French expression to use whether you like a gift or not is...

Quelle surprise!

The word quelle or the masculine form quel just means "what" or "which”, and it can be added to any noun. 

For example:  quelle chance! = "what luck!"

quelle horreur! = how horrible, that's terrible

quel dommage! = "what a shame!" 

and quelle coïncidence! = "what a coincidence"

You get it!?

Let's see what Simone and Amy Lynn are up to this holiday season.

Simone:

 Amy Lynn, so I, like, got you a Christmas present.

Amy Lynn:

 OMG, thanks, Simone! 

Amy Lynn opens her gift.

Amy Lynn:

Quelle surprise!

 I've always wanted a ... bottle of Chanel No.5 perfume. Thank you! I got you a little something too. 

Voilà!

Simone opens her gift. It's a gift certificate for shopping (at a mass market department store)

Simone:

Quelle horreur! OMG, did you really think I would ever be caught dead shopping at 

JaCque Pennay?!  Like, eew!

Amy Lynn:

OMG Simone! You could have at least lied. And anyway, you don't think I actually like that old lady perfume, do you? 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

You'd think they would know each other's tastes by now... What about you? Are you always honest in your reactions to gifts that don't suit you? Are you honest with certain people and not with others? 

Merci Beaucoup,

Mademoiselle Love

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Jenée here: 

What a great phrase to learn just in time for hyper gift giving season. It's important to remember that it's the thought that counts. Though, sometimes I have thought no gift would have been better than a pocket size tin filled with "MADE IN CHINA" mints. A thoughtless gift is more insulting than no gift at all. You know who you are... Nick. 

So remember your manners this holiday and employ this really cute expression from Mademoiselle Love - Quelle Surprise!

Actually, talking about China, the gift opening custom in China is my favorite because the gift is not opened in front of the giver. The receiver politely accepts the gift and then puts it away until they are in private to open it. This takes so much pressure off of everyone. So if you prefer to not have to worry about pretending to like a gift, you can just allude to how worldly you are and say "you will open it later when you are alone as the Chinese custom".

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"

is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on  KVPI-FM

My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 

Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana, with a serious interest in fashion and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, who is head over heels in love with everything French and everything coffee, it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves.

Tune in to  KVPI  every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more French lessons from Mademoiselle Love. We will discuss useful French  words or expressions for the fashionable girl. To make it even more enjoyable, we will do it over a very fashionable cup of coffee.

SAVE ROOM FOR DONUTS (MATERNITY LEAVE RERUN)

On the Last Night of Chanukkah...

Fashion Cliff Notes | Outfit Ideas

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On Chanukkah I like to wear blue.

 Perhaps it's the way some wear Red & Green on Christmas (opposing colors on the color wheel that are supposed to never look good together!)

This Chanukah I had the perfect dress from a DKNY Sample Sale. It's a dark, moody blue with a full length zipper along the front. It's also roomy with a cinched elastic waist - perfect for all the fried latkas and donuts I will consume for 8 days!!!  It's also super covered up for the faint of heart that might be at the party ;)  It's better to air on the conservative side for some of Ari's family parties. Though since my legs stay under the table, I like to get a little crazy with netted stockings and black patent leather heels. 

What do you wear to Chanukkah Parties???

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donuts, donuts with sprinkles, chanukah, hanukkah food, party food

WHAT TO LIKE NOW

A SERIES OF THINGS TO GET YOU CLOSER TO HAVING THAT JE NE SAIS QUOI 

My Favorite Five - Dec 15' 14

At our house it's officially Christmakkah Season (Christmas & Hanukkah)!!!

Here is how to mash it all together (with a little bump essentials too)

1_ 3-D MATERNITY SHIRT - for Christmas. I love playing around the bump by accentuating it with accessories. Making the ornament 3-D is pretty amusing to me.

Mamagama

2_

FIBER OPTIC TREE

- When I first moved to NYC my mom bought be a tiny fiber optic tree for my tiny NYC apt. Even tho I now have a much bigger apt, 11 years later, I still love my little fiber optic tree! The best part is that it only takes 2 steps to set up. A) Get it off the shelf in my closet B) Insert the tree into the stand and plug in! DONE!

3_

FIBER OPTIC TREE

- When I first moved to NYC my mom got me a tiny fiber optic tree for my tiny NYC apartment. 11 years later I have a much bigger apartment but still love my simple, small tree. I can set it up in minutes and the glow of the fiber optic lights is still fun to watch in the dark. I have a feeling when the bump FINALLY arrives, s/he will like it too. 

4_ 

CHIC MENORAH

 - We discovered this menorah at a candle shop in Woodstock and could not stop thinking of it. Finally Ari found one closer to home on Avenue J.  The white porcelain camels are so chic. Camels are also part of the nativity scene, so it's a perfect Christmakkah menorah

5_

PERSONALIZED POUCH

- My 

friend, Jill Broduer, makes these really hot pouches in leather. They are custom made so you can have your personal mark or initials monogrammed on it. Recently she made this one with a Star of David which would make a really cool Hanukkah gift. 

FRENCH FRIDAY: Flâneur

All the World's a Stage

La Tasse de Café | French Vocabulary by Mademoiselle Love

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Flâneur

Pronounced: (flah-ner)

Definition: one who strolls around or lounges, an urban spectator

I don't know about you, but post-Thanksgiving, I've found it a little hard to find motivation to do much of anything. I'm not sure if it was all the turkey, the fact that winter break is around the corner, or maybe a little bit of both. But my lazy attitude reminds me of a great French word...

The flâneur (or flâneuse [flah-nuz]) if you're a girl, carries many connotations. For instance, a 

flâneur could simply be a lazy idler like I've been these days. But to the poet Charles Baudelaire

, the flâneur played a key role in the art world. His or her strolling was not meaningless. He or she was an observer of modern life, who interpreted the changing world in his art. Let's see what Simone and Amy Lynn know about flâneurs.

.…………………………………

Simone:

 Amy Lynn, get up! Let's do something! You've been such a flâneuse lately!

Amy Lynn: 

You mean in the Baudelairean sense?

Simone:

First of all, no! I mean, move your lazy butt, and second of all, how do you even know who Baudelaire is?

Amy Lynn:

Like, Pierre reads sexy yet depressing French poetry to me almost every day. So, whatever!

.…………………………………

And what about you? Do you think of yourself as a flâneur or flâneuse of some sort?

Merci Beaucoup,

Mademoiselle Love

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Jenée here: 

This French term is very useful for the Fashion blogging crowd. Comme Moi (like me;) While the literal definition of flâneur is an urban spectator, the more slang definition would be people watcher. I learned this phrase on my first visit to New York over 20 years ago. I was sitting with my uncle at a sidewalk café and he said, "People watching is the best in New York." Since sidewalks in NYC are like streets in the rest of America, everyone is on display as they are on their way to work, to a party or to the grocery store. Now, put a camera in the hand of a flâneur and they are a Street Style Blogger. 

My favorite Street Style Blogger of all time is the OG SSB, long before blogs were even a thought: Bill Cunningham of the New York Times. He is many generations older than me and rides his bike all over NYC. Once Ari rode right along side him and told him, "My wife loves you!". Now there is a YouTube channel with his weekly On the Street videos. 

The other most famous flâneurs with a camera are The Satoralist and Tommy Ton. Their photography is very enjoyable if you love people watching and you don't have the luxury of sitting all day at a sidewalk café in a New York City.

Happy French Friday. Grab your Tasse de Café, click on the links above, and be a modern flâneur today.

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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"

is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on 

KVPI-FM

My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 

Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana, with a serious interest in fashion and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, who is head over heels in love with everything French and everything coffee, it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves.

Tune in to 

KVPI 

every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more French lessons from Mademoiselle Love. We will discuss useful French  words or expressions for the fashionable girl. To make it even more enjoyable, we will do it over a very fashionable cup of coffee.

WHAT TO LIKE NOW

A SERIES OF THINGS TO GET YOU CLOSER TO HAVING THAT JE NE SAIS QUOI

My Favorite Five 5 Dec 1 '14

1_

QUILTED DUVET COVER

- Not only has nesting set in, but so has winter. I foresee a lot of time spent in bed (even if not necessarily sleeping) I think West Elm has some of the most stylish bedding options. This quilted duvet cover in Grey is incredibly cozy.

2_ HEALTH ESSENTIALS - These whole food supplements have kept me incredibly healthy through out my pregnancy. I thought they were great supplements before I was pregnant but very happy to have them available during this prenatal time. I want to make sure the baby is getting all of the nutrition it is supposed to and this gives me peace of mind that I'm offering it everything I can when my diet does not. Get

Juice Plus here

3_

PRINTED SHEETS

- Some people love white beds, and I get that. It's like a big fluffy cloud. But I love getting into multiple prints and textures and colors. Hence, I love these dot sheets from West Elm in Slate to go with the light grey duvet cover. Ready for bed!!!

4_ EURO PILLOWS - I am a little late to the game with this one, but better late than never. Euro Size Pillows are my new bedding essential. They are great support when laying in bed reading or watching a move, and they look fantastic. These

shams in a grey clover

like pattern are another addition to the nesting project.

5_ WINTER BOOTS - come in many shapes and sizes. But since slipping these on, I don't know that I will take them off. They are so comfortable and look great with everything. These are definitely worth the splurge.

Fiorentini + Baker Elf boots 

HOW TO STYLE THE BUMP WITH ROCK & ROLL

OUTFIT IDEAS | FASHION CLIFF NOTES

Last month I had the opportunity to work with the founders of

WellRoundedNY

and photographer,

Jonica Moore.

  Myself and the bump were featured on a segment called Bump Envy!  - what would I wear???

I went with a sexy Rock & Roll approach.

This dress was something I picked up a few years ago when the Mullet dress made it's return.  It's funny how last year I was over it, but now it has a completely new shape with my expanding silhouette so it feels new to me. This tight number might even make a better maternity dress than non-maternity.

The black leather trim makes it edgy, especially with a bump. Paired with my new

Fiorintini + Baker

leather boots

I am ready to go to CBGBs. Oh wait - it's closed - Ill just stay home and put the Clash on instead. That way I can take naps in between dance sessions. 

Keys for Bump ala Rock & Roll - Fitted clothing, Black Leather, Boots, & Loads of Attitude. 

See Feature from

Well Rounded Here

Photos by

Jonica Moore

WHAT TO LIKE NOW

A SERIES OF THINGS TO GET YOU CLOSER TO HAVING THAT JE NE SAIS QUOI

1_ SWIMMING - At 9 months pregnant it's still very important to exercise even if you feel like you can't move. Also, it's pretty common to wake up just feeling achy. Swimming is the answer!!! I like these TYR swim caps to keep my locks dry (and it's required at my pool anyway!) 

2_ FALL FLOWERS - Chinese Lanterns. These aren't the easiest to come by but if you do - get them. They are magical flowers. It's the perfect decor for $10 to add a touch of fall to your home.

3_ HUMOROUS MATERNITY CLOTHING - I love dressing up the bump with dresses that have bows, so why not these cheeky shirts by MamaGama

4_ RECYCLED PUMPKIN - We bought a huge pumpkin for our front stoop in September. It served as a great Fall decoration through Halloween and now the Thanksgiving season. With Christmakah approaching, it's time to go. Though how to give it a proper good buy before the compost heap? Use it as a champagne bucket for Thanksgiving dinner!!!

5_ KITCHEN STORAGE - As we nest and get this entire house ready for this tiny baby, inventive storage is my new favorite thing. These over the cabinet baskets might be my favorite because they require no assembly or installation. Hang over the cabinet door. Done.