A Moveable Feast

I was intending to do something much more casual this time, but I fell in love with this month’s Tres Chic, and so here I am glammed up again.

“…There is never any ending to Paris and the memory of each person who has lived in it differs from that of any other. We always returned to it no matter who we were or how it was changed or with what difficulties, or ease, it could be reached. Paris was always worth it and you received return for whatever you brought to it ….”

— Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

“When good Americans die, they go to Paris.”

— Oscar Wilde

I’m not sure if I would enjoy living in Paris.  Despite growing up in Michigan and living today in Maine, I haven’t a stick of French in my head, aside from “Bonjour,” “Merci” and “S’il vous plaît.”  (And I had to look up the spelling of “plaît.”)  But, like most Americans, I want to visit Paris at least once in my life.  I’d love to walk along the Seine, look for “bargains” in the Marché aux Puces, dine at a far finer café than anything I’ve experienced in America, walk at least some of the galleries of the Louvre, and maybe even buy myself a couture gown like Mrs. ‘Arris.

Sadly, many a bill must be paid before I can fly or sail across the ocean.  But, until then, there’s the occasional recreation of the City of Lights in Second Life.  And, of course, there’s always virtual couture.

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”

— Hemingway

“I guess it goes to show that you just never know where life will take you. You search for answers. You wonder what it all means. You stumble, and you soar. And, if you’re lucky, you make it to Paris for a while ….”

Amy Thomas, Paris, My Sweet:  A Year In the City of Light

Speaking of Paris, most of the overall look I’m wearing is appropriate in one way to that city.  Dress, hair, jewelry and shoes were all purchased at the current round of Tres Chic — which is inspired mostly by classical Greece this month.  But it was in France, during the First Empire, that Neoclassicism was embraced strongly, in art, architecture and fashion.

“But Paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there, not even poverty, nor sudden money, nor the moonlight, nor right and wrong nor the breathing of someone who lay beside you in the moonlight ….”

— Hemingway

“Paris is a place in which we can forget ourselves, reinvent, expunge the dead weight of our past ….”

— Michael Simkins, Detour de France: An Englishman in Search of a Continental Education



I’m wearing:

  • Head: Akeruka Monika 2.5
  • Body: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Attachments: Attachments: Vista ProHands V.2; Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet Deluxe 1.2.5
  • Skin: Akeruka Tone 05
  • Eyes: IKON Sovereign eyes (Passion)
  • Hair: Vanity Hair Athina *
  • Nails: Dondi’s Doodads Pearlescent (Omega, slot 1)
  • Gown: Posie Agatha *
  • Shoes: ChicChica Serena Night *
  • Jewelry: shanghai Salina necklace, and Greg earrings *
  • Makeup:
    • Eyeshadow: SlackGirl Intenza (Akeruka, slot 3)
    • Lipstick: WILD Diva (Omega, slot 6 [slots 5 and 6 are reversed on the HUD])

Starred items purchased at current round of Tres Chic

All poses by PosESioN

Full-size PNG photos at Flickr

Teleport to Paris Je T’aime (Pont Mirabeau region)

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