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la marinière, revisited

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on March 31, 2011

The new équipe de France soccer jersey : iconic style, national heritage, haute couture and nike.

If the French team has exponentially dropped in popularity since 1998 (oh wow, was that really 13 years ago?),  I think this jersey could put them back on the right track.  Especially for the occasional soccer fan like myself who clearly has more of an interest for design and style than athletic performance.

In honor of the jersey unveiled just this week, and out of 1 part excitement (stripes!), 1 part boredom (rain), and 1 part procrastination (homework), I felt compelled to put together a brief pictorial history of the marinière… why it is both classically French and iconically cool:

Coco Chanel circa 1920

Picasso (no really, he was a Parisian at heart)

Brigitte Bardot

St. James, since 1850

Petit Bateau, since 1893

Gaultier (ridiculous but really, inevitable)

L’équipe de France

Now if only they could look good AND win…

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surprise show

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on March 3, 2011

We got to see the Civil Wars play a pop-up show on the Pont des Arts today!  They’ve been in Paris all week, hanging out with their entourage and shooting music videos, and for their last day here they announced they’d be playing 1 song at 1pm overlooking the Seine River and the Ile de la Cité.

Turns out, they played about 7 and then spent a while hanging out with the handful of (mostly) americans that showed up to listen.  I was really impressed with hearing them live, and they had a friendliness and spontaneity that took me back to our Nashville days…

If you haven’t heard their debut album, here’s one of my favorites.

<p><a href=”″>The Civil Wars – Forget me not</a> from <a href=”″>Green Block</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>
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