March 8- For women and men

Dear March,

19 degrees Celsius in Paris and a sunny day, isn’t this already spring time? Is this a special gift for woman’s day you are offering us?

My friends who visited for the weekend from Belgium just left, so here I am, on this Sunday afternoon, celebrating “Woman’s day” at my latest favorite café 🙂

Let’s have many days of women and men, because it feels to me that when women are not respected, men also have a hard time 🙂

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February 10- Victor Legris is back: The Montmartre Investigation

Hello February,

Victor is back, no, I am not talking about my date, but Victor Legris, the Parisian detective-librarian. At the end of the 19th century.

The friends who offered me the “Murder on the Eiffel Tower“, had also gifted me his next two adventures, but “hélas”, as we say in France, I can’t find the second one. So I start reading the third, also translated in english under the title: “The Montmartre investigation“.

Now, as I have mentioned, I decided to read the books I have been offered now and then, which, for some reason, I have neglected. As I want to put some order into my place, taking care of these books is one of the first things to do.

So, here we are again, in the Paris of the “Moulin Rouge”, at another “hot spot” of the city, Montmartre. The novel starts with a scene at a boarding school, where young ladies of a certain social standing are supposed to get some education.

But, but, outside, there are big bad wolves, such as Gaston, the 20 year-old predator, who only has sex in his mind, and a fate worse than death for them: disgrace. He is bringing Elisa, one of the students, in a very delicate situation: she abandons herself to him, after the shock of  witnessing a train accident.

And Victor in all this? Where is he? Shouldn’t he jump in and save the damsel’s honour?

Patience! This is just the first chapter, and the link with Victor for the time-being, is Iris, Elisa’s friend who is also the god-daughter of Mr. Mori, Victor’s adopted father.

Anyway, things don’t look good for Elisa for the moment, and women in general.

It is a relief to live in the 21st century somehow…

http://www.amazon.fr/The-Montmartre-Investigation-Victor-Mystery-ebook/dp/B003OUXE6A

January 31- On women’s bags and secret power

Hello January and farewell,

What is the link between a woman’s bag and her feminine power? Honestly, I was going to drop the bag-subject, because I finally found something that seems to fulfill all my desires 🙂

But then, comments of fellow blogers made me reflect and do some research on the topic.

What is this deep and dark secret hiding in our bag? Why all this bag-mania that goes beyond brands? When did it all start? All these questions, and even more…

Bags were used by men and women in different cultures all around the world. At least in the Western world, since the fourteen and fifteen centuries, and became associated to fashion, little by little.

As to their meaning, it could be related to status, the way to present ourself to society. A bag can also serve as a weapon: to handbag someone…

As to their “secret” meaning, psychology has an answer: our women’s bag represents our “womb” in a way. Our reproductive power, so, in a symbolic way, creativity. In dreams, bags are associated to feminine identity. Is it their round form, -despite designer’s effort to present more suggestions?

I wouldn’t know what to say.

In any case, it seems that in the literature, bags have something to do with our feeling of empowerment.

So, following this idea, it could be that my search for a new bag was a way to feel empowered. To bust my feminine self.

With this “magic” item 🙂

Fall/ Winter 2014-2015 Handbag Trends: Fringed Bags

http://www.fashionisers.com/trends/fall-winter-2014-2015-handbag-trends/

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/26/style/tmagazine/t_w_1037_1038_talk_freud_.html?pagewanted=all

http://www.randomhistory.com/2008/10/01_handbag.html