Parlez-vous français, dear readers? Unfortunately, two years of high school french left me with a handful of useful phrases and little more. Dreaming of planning a trip to Paris in the spring, I’ve recently had the compulsive late-night inclination to order this from tv. In the meantime I’ll be studying up on my very favorite Sofia Coppola movie and dreaming of all things pink, Parisian, and pretty! Raspberry/hot pink is such a fun, feminine color — I love how it can be girly and rock and roll all at once. Do you know the french word for raspberry? Are you fluent in a second language? If so, show off in the comments section for us this morning! A bientôt…

image sources: {row one} joytv, helmut newton, annie leibovitz for vogue {row two} “night peonies” art print by cozamia {row three} box label from sofia blanc de blanc mini champagne, jan willem van welzenis, fabric from thornback and peel {row four} katie ermilio, thundered cat flickr (original source unknown), grace edmands calligraphy, balloon textile design by by leah bartholomew and beci orpin via the design files daily, poznachowski}

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  1. 1
    Zahia November 4, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Bonjour Camille! Contente de savoir que tu viens prochainement sur Paris 🙂 raspberry se traduit “framboise” 🙂 I’m French from Paris! See you soon in Paris 🙂 I will be happy to show you my Paris and if you need to improve your French do not hesitate to contact me 🙂

    • Jennifer Rose Smith November 4, 2013 at 9:43 am

      Wonderful, Zahia! Framboise. Beautiful. We would love to run into you on the streets of Paris someday. Thank you so much for sharing a bit of your beautiful native language with us this morning!

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    Molly {Dreams in HD} November 4, 2013 at 7:58 am

    awe, so jealous of your trip! paris is my favorite city in the world. i have been contemplating ordering rosetta stone to improve my french for years…you have to let us know what you think!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith November 4, 2013 at 9:44 am

      I know! I need to pull the trigger on ordering soon. It’s not cheap, but people seem to swear by its effectiveness! Wish me luck.

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    Ali @ Inspiralized November 4, 2013 at 8:03 am

    I’m obsessed with everything Paris, so this is right up my alley! I love it. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Jennifer Rose Smith November 4, 2013 at 9:45 am

      Wonderful! We must be kindred spirits. Thanks, Ali!

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    supal {chevrons & éclairs} November 4, 2013 at 8:48 am

    oof this is exactly what I need! Such a beautiful inspiration board! I am moving to London soon and there is a train that would drop me off in Paris just two hours! I can’t wait to spend weekends there! I do speak conversational French and a grew up in a household speaking Gujarati and Hindi. Along with that I’ve learned Arabic and Farsi for my job/career. In grad school through high school I was learning Latin and Spanish. Finally, self taught Pashto! Lots of languages, but it helps to be brought up with a few (so start Baby P early)!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith November 4, 2013 at 9:49 am

      Oh my goodness! That is fantastic. I think you definitely take home the prize for our reader who speaks the most languages! I’d love to speak three or four eventually. Good idea on starting Baby P early. What a great advantage to grow up bilingual.

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    FripperyVintage November 4, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Love that inspiration board! Marie Antoinette is one of my favorite movies because it’s so beautiful to look at.

    • Jennifer Rose Smith November 4, 2013 at 9:56 am

      Yes! I never get tired of it. The soundtrack is great, the visuals are AMAZING, and I adore the modernity she chose to give the story. Such style! There’s just a timeless quality to bored, privileged youth. She makes you relate to what it could have been like then.

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    Melanie November 4, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Ah les framboises! Probably my favorite fruit 🙂 Paris is Paris, but for those who can’t afford it, I suggest you have a look at Quebec City, Canada. It is a fully French town that everybody agree to say it kept its French heritage very well. The old town is truly unique and very romantic. Yes I am biased, this is my home town and I now that I have moved to California I see its beauty and uniqueness even more 😉 oh and no, I wasn’t paid by the Tourism Bureau for that comment haha!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith November 4, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Thank you so much for this, Melanie! I’ve heard great things about Canada in general and your comment makes me even more intrigued. New Orleans is my closest city with a strong french heritage and I love love LOVE that town. So I’m definitely putting Quebec City on my list, too, now! Very cool.

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    Dervla Kelly (@TheCuratorblog) November 4, 2013 at 11:52 am

    oooh! yes, let’s get serious about raspberry, not too young girly, totally sexy and moody. Love it.

    • Jennifer Rose Smith November 4, 2013 at 4:04 pm

      Thanks, Dervla!

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    diane smith November 4, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Loved this Monday’s board. As for my french, maybe a few ballet terms…jete’ & pirouettes,
    cover most of my words. Hope one day to make it to see Paris. Lovely thought.

    • Jennifer Rose Smith November 4, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks, D! Yes, I have a pretty good vocabulary going from ballet terms as well: en cloche, en croix, pas de cheval, etc. Those are easy to remember!

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    Pauline Kiwii November 4, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    So happy to hear that some Americans love French ! I’m a French girl, and I’m not a exception, i also love the raspberry color, it is my favorite one ! That’s why I also love so much Sofia Coppola’s films ! About speaking other languages, i’m learning Chinese and hope that one day I’ll be fluent – Well, I can hope !

    • Jennifer Rose Smith November 4, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Pauline. That’s great that you’re learning Chinese. I’ve heard that it’s one of the hardest languages for English speakers to learn so good for you! I hope to visit your home country soon. We adore all things French around this office!

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    BiTi November 7, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    I love your raspberry pink collage Jennifer.. Here are a few French pink expressions for you: rose bonbon (candy pink) rose fluo (neon pink) rose framboise (I think you can guess this one :))
    I have a weekly post transcribing French style and expressions from Dailyelle A la vie A la mode episodes if you are interested in learning some French:


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    Jennifer Rose Smith November 12, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Wonderful!!! Thank you so much, BiTi. I will definitely be checking out your posts. Tres chic!