I enter a stark, white, room. The noise of the door slamming shut causes me to glance instinctively down. Battery is at 16 percent. Panic sends my eyes darting around the bottoms of the walls, searching for that fix.
In honor of women's history month and to celebrate the paperback publication of The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R., I arranged an interview with Eugénie R. herself (heretofore known only as my fictional character) to find out how this 19th century woman feels about our 21st century world.
When I first came to Paris and my husband was working, I would walk in the parks if I had free time," said Ouida, a well-spoken middle-aged woman from Algeria. "But I never dreamed I could come in here [to the Louvre]. I didn't think I would be allowed.
I've been traveling quite a lot lately (albeit not in a hot air balloon!) and encountering all sorts of beautiful creatures myself, and that got me thinking a lot about my own journey. After New York Fashion Week, I hopped a night flight to Paris for the Première Vision Fabric Show (PV).
Each season, after showcasing Tibi's new collection at New York Fashion Week, my design team and I travel to Paris to source inspiration for the next collection. I deeply value this type of creative collaboration and consider it to be one of the keys to Tibi's success.
Here's an excerpt from Episode 157, my conversation with Ayana Mathis, author of the bestselling novel The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. It was hand-selected by Oprah Winfrey as an official pick of Oprah's Book Club 2.0.
When it comes to parental authority, we Americans could take some more lessons from the French. They work hard at being "the one who decides," and believe that kids blossom best inside limits, and that it's reassuring to know that a grown-up is steering the ship.
Watching Sky Ferreira in her video for the track "Everything is Embarrassing" conjures memories of Madonna in the '80s, a time when playful sensuality was captured in a single glance and a slight smile breathed effortless flirtation.
In 1902, a letter was delivered to Monsieur le Baron de Thénard, at Place Saint-Sulpice in Paris. It was from a mechanic, demanding payment for the work he had done on the baron's yacht. In 2012, the letter was found in a wall.
I arrived in Paris just after a rare snow storm left to find FLUO PINK clothes in all the windows, especially in the men's stores. The hot pink no button sweater coat is the must-have purchase of spring 2013, and neon furniture is also brand new in Paris!