Paris: A Little Bit Frou Frou


The clever and talented Anita from Castles, Crowns & Cottages is having a blog-hop to share what it is you find most irresistible about Paris. Well for me it is many things.. but my first interest in Paris was Montmartre.  Home to the Moulin Rouge and the colourful  dance, music and art that was born of this district in the late 1800 and early 1900's. 

My first introduction to Paris most likely came via the 1952 version of the film Moulin Rouge. A vivid account of the life of Toulouse-Laurtrec and the art he created during his years frequenting establishments such as the Moulin Rouge and Le Chat Noir. It is his Poster Art that I found most fascinating.. simple yet powerful depictions of the flamboyant lifestyle of this period. Images of white frilled blouses, slim black chokers and the ruffled skirts of the Can Can come to mind.. Or the Parisian elite decked out in their finery and rubbing shoulders with the local riff-raff. Bold simple art that convey the vivacious history of Montmartre.

Of course the area's architecture and landscape is just as memorable. The narrow winding alleyways and never ending staircases that climb to the highest peak, culminating in sweeping view over the rooftops, chimney pots and orderly windows of Paris.  Yes Montmartre has much to offer.. 

So to join the party today .. I thought I'd create some Poster Art of my own,  created from my own photos of Montmartre and some of the postcards I bought there on my first trip to Paris. I do hope the original artists [rest their souls] will forgive me for altering their work.. Seemed fitting to go with that ballet slipper pink that comes to mind when thinking of Paris..

Thanks Dear Anita for hosting this Parisian Adventure
If you hop over to Anita's blog you will find others who are sharing 'Irresistible Paris' with you

Have A Great Weekend Everyone


Original Vintage Poster Art
Le Frou Frou: Lucien-Henri Weiluc
Le Chat Noir: Artist Unknown
Confetti: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Divan Japonais: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
[alterations by BeingRuby©]

Original Photography & Artwork [BeingRuby©]
Rooftops of Montmartre
Parisian Windows
Sacre Coeur
The Stairs at La Foyatier

On Another Note
Seems my internet woes are not over yet - 'I must be a Dodo' [another aussie joke]. Also Blogger has once again 'bloggered me'.  Apparently some of you. like me..  are having trouble with leaving and receiving comments..  Let's hope that sorts itself out soon.


beachcomber said...

hi julie i don't know if you received my message that i've awarded you a versatile blogger award. see my post i've been tagged. lovely paris pics!
cheryl x

Victoria Sayer said...

Love your creative work on those posters.
(I'm in Brisbane, and am also a tad early with my Paris post)
...and have also been having trouble commenting on others posts. *Grrrrr!*
Many Pleasant Paris ponderings to you!

Anonymous said...

Amazing, as always.
xx's Marsha @ Splenderosa

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I am breathless....dearest, this is so what I wanted...I wanted EVERYONE to come up with something from their HEART...and look what you have here. I love every image, and Montmartre is one of my favorite stops in Paris. We simply did not have enough time in Paris during my 3 month stay in France. That place holds so many fond memories, especially Ruben's first bit of a crêpe tartinée de NUTELLA1...Oh the fun has begun for me since I just barely got up! MERCI MY DEAR FRIEND AND HAVE FUN TODAY!!!!! BISES, Anita

Life love, clutter and other beautiful things. said...

Oh gorgeous Julie.

I love this part of Paris too!!! xox

d e l i g h t said...

Just love this creative post!

mermaid gallery said...

Fabulous presentation of some wonderful images....very french, non? I loved Montmartre as well and have fond memories of being a young, penniless hippy there in 1973. So I missed all the great restaurants and watching the cancan but I met a lot of black cats and visited a few rooftops. (love your black cat!)The art from that period is also some of my favorite....ah, to be in Paris in the springtime.....

Shellbelle said...

Wonderful alterations, I always adore seeing the world through your "eyes."

Love the borders!

Yes, blogger is annoying many, I've had no problems commenting, but my follower list is missing and most html gadgets are not working.They've provided very little info, which is even more annoying.

Enjoyed my Paris visit today and now I must be off to catch the next can can performance.


Splendid Sass said...

Love, love, love Toulouse-Laurtrec! One of my favorite artist. His work has so much personality and movement. I wrote on his work in an art culture class.
I hope that you are having a wonderful winter. Lucky you!
Have a nice weekend.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hey all the Frou Frou...just irresistible...I'm sure they won't mind!!! It's going to be a great party...Dzintra

Kristie said...

The hotels in Paris, restaurants, cafes and so many sights! The architecture, art and the wine are all icing on the cake.

Ruby said...

Love! Pink is a fav color and well since I may never make it to Paris, it is always nice to escape through images.

Dawne Boynton Polis said...

A wonderful contribution to Anita's Paris Party! I feel like i'm back in Pigalle in the late 1800s!
Dawne from Quiddity2

Gypsea Nurse said...

Gorgeous my friend...especially...Chat Noir...;)

It's me said...

It is great to be with you in Paris darling....hope we meet again.....nice party from love ......bisous

Rae said...

I love your photo-art, you inspire me so! Isn't it wonderful that Anita got us all together for PARIS! Love, love.

Ann said...

I can't decide which "poster" I would like to order;]
They are all fabulous!

In order for one to do what you do with images, I imagine you are a very peaceful person inside. Your creativity oozes out!

Fete et Fleur said...

I love how you framed their works, and I loved seeing Paris through your eyes. Yes, I think the same thing when I see Paris . . . PINK!


alaine@éclectique said...

I love the allee of trees and street lights and adore the way you've 'frou-frou'd'!

Years ago I wallpapered my 'little room' with a paper, basically red, covered with Lautrec posters. Trouble was, everyone stayed in there too long!

Claudia Lane said...

Hi lovely Julie, this is another amazing all the images :)
Congrats for your award, you deserve it!

Thanks for all your blog support too, I'm very thankful for it. Enjoy your w/end

Marie Söderberg said...

Bonjour !! lovely paris post,,love this montematre a mather afact I have the first one as here in my home in a lack frame..I bought when I visit Paris couple a years ago :)) have a lovely paris party...welcome to mine : /Marie

lllabraga said...

That is just lovely!

Karena said...

Julie this is wonderful to hear what speaks to you about Paris! I am so loving our Paris Party and lovely friend and hostess Anita!

My post was late because of blogger issues, come over and see now!

Art by Karena

The House That A-M Built said...

Sigh, sigh, deep sigh and yet another sigh. Truly gorgeous posters Julie. Oh how I love everything about Paris. A-M xx

Anonymous said...

Love our post. What a wonderful dedication to Paris.

Sharon said...

Cherie Julie, I LOVE YOUR PARIS. Mais bien sur! For some of us, Paris is ART and Montmartre is a spiritual home. Walking down all those steps is a pilgrimage. History is Alive. Beautiful, Julie. Thank you. And I hope you're having a fine weekend where ever...You just proved once again that Paris is a Moveable Feast.

cathypentonatelier said...

oh I remember walking down those steps - sigh....wish I was there now :)What you do it simply c xx

Pooch Purple Reign said...

wow, ruby... these are just awesome!
something about paris is so intoxicating....
~pooch xx

Jg. for FatScribe said...

another terrific post, julie! re: blogger, yeah, it's giving me fits on comments as well.

have a great upcoming week!


simon said...

wish i was back there right now...

Vær våken said...

I LOVED this post!!!! The Montmartre photos are beautiful! So glad for this exciting Paris Party. Have a lovely week!

Kristin xx

Vær våken said...

Had to follow you :)

June said...

HI Julie,
When I saw you were on Anita's list for the party I knew I just had to get here and see your post. Such amazing images. Just like I knew there would be.
hugs from here...

michelle said...

Beautiful images Julie. I so wish I could visit Paris but seeing your photos and others from Anita's party I feel like I have been there. Thank you for sharing these.

Renée Finberg said...

take me with you!!


Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

ooh la la! fantastique!

Mise said...

Ever-talented Julie, you've captured the essence and meaning of the elusive 'frou frou' absolutely exquisitely! Now my one aim in life is to be more frou frou.

Angie Muresan said...

You are so amazingly fabulous, Julie! I want to hang your poster art on my wall. Where can I buy it?

Charlotta Ward said...

Good Heavens.. I thought I had left a comment for this one, but when I saw it again I hesitated.. Perhaps I didn't.. I remember the post - I opened it (and so many others) as part of Antia's series.. What a gorgeous one that was!
I loved jumping from one to the next and read different takes on Paris. Such a beautiful place and so close to my heart.

I loved this Julie.

Hugs from the North

x C