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Qwendy
Half my life in NY now half in Los Angeles onward to Paris I wish..........
I'm a self employed shoe designer in Los Angeles with lots of outside interests...
Interests: chocolate, cooking, perfume, shoes, pastry, european culture & history, english costume dramas, contemporary cuisine, adornment & embellishment, diy everything. more is more, less is less!
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We went on a great trip to Berlin last year, and having done my homework beforehand I had two indigenous perfumeries on my list of places to track down. Here's a little report on the suprising things I found ....... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at Notes on Shoes Cake & Perfume
Qwendy is now following lorie price bischoff
Feb 7, 2014
Mandy, the pleasure is mine! I continue to learn so much from you and your work! Xxx
I got my Christmas present to myself on Thanksgiving, three minis from Aftelier, and I had to open it! Living in France, where we are not celebrating this wonderful American holiday, it took the place of a big dinner with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2013 at Notes on Shoes Cake & Perfume
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...... and by way of apology for my neglect of this nice blog, here is a post about Shoes ;-) http://qwendy.typepad.com/shoescakeperfume/2013/11/roger-vivier-shoe-god.html I really do have posts in process about life as it continues here, the Venice Biennale and Paris Secrets... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2013 at Pierre & Wendy On the Road
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The word Artist has become ubiquitous in the 21st Century. Everyone is now an Artist, from Doctors to Scrapbookers, so I try to use it sparingly! Now you know I mean it when I state here that Roger Vivier was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2013 at Notes on Shoes Cake & Perfume
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I have been sketching a Fashion Memoir on my ipad since I have been living in France, with the wonderful program Paper 53. So when I went to Paris recently and saw the stupendous show of Roger Vivier's shoes at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2013 at Notes on Shoes Cake & Perfume
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As promised, here is the transcript of my (long) conversation with Mandy Aftel ... there are lots of gems in here, grab a cup of tea and get comfortable for a good read, a sip, a sniff, and a think!... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2013 at Notes on Shoes Cake & Perfume
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I moved to the French Province of Brittany over a year ago and it which had a profound effect on my sense of smell, and I started to crave natural scents or natural smelling scents more than ever before. Perhaps... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2013 at Notes on Shoes Cake & Perfume
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We all know not to drink and drive, but drinking blogging seems a more felicitous combination! It is Saturday afternoon, we have just had lunch at a local bistro that serves Choucroute de Mer every third Saturday. Seafood Sauerkraut is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2013 at Pierre & Wendy On the Road
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Everyone asks what I am doing here, in France, to which I know I have rather unsatisfactorily yet confoundingly gleefully responded "Nothing!" I am finally ready to elucidate, to tell my story about "nothing". We arrived last July at the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2013 at Pierre & Wendy On the Road
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​I wrote this dispatch from the steps of Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA, but it was if I was already back in France, ready to start again after a month long extended whirlwind stay in LA. We landed from the... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2013 at Pierre & Wendy On the Road
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I detest food limitations, so you can imagine how I fare on the HCG Diet, but I felt it necessary and it works* so here we are. Luckily I live in France so the little food I DO eat tastes... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2013 at Notes on Shoes Cake & Perfume
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I woke up the other morning with the sun streaming into my window and felt that it was Spring all of a sudden, right on time! I swear it has been 20 or 30 years since I have had Spring... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at Pierre & Wendy On the Road
Lisa, great to see you here, thanks for coming! The great thing about my experience here is that I can constantly observe the cultural differences without feeling too impinged on by them, thus is the position of the expat I guess. For P it is so different, as he feels like he should be identifying with "his" people and doesn't always, he is so American. I am more of the Doris Day character here for sure, don't you worry! Thanks for the reminder that Living Life is a great job! Xxx
G, I remember that story, so glad you put it to paper! It's must be awfully hard to write about personal experiences of political and economic turbulence, but it is all about the point of view, isn't it? I have just begun to think about writing this way, I am such a total novice, probably don't have the focus to really work things out, but you do! I am just about to do a post about the books we have been reading, you will be interested in Pierre's choices! Xxx
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.........maybe we are feeling the same things at the same time, which only happens about 50% of the time here! In direct relation to daily life we have very similar reactions and takes on what is going on and how... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2013 at Pierre & Wendy On the Road
.........maybe we are feeling the same things at the same time, which only happens about 50% of the time here! In direct relation to daily life we have very similar reactions and takes on what is going on and how... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 18, 2013 at Notes on Shoes Cake & Perfume
Oh please ipad editor, how did you come up with "laming to you" instead of "talking to you"????? Sorry!
Gabriella, how lovely to see and hear you here, as your comment is just like laming to you, which oddly feels like recently to me too! No need to be crushed by the responsibility, don't you think people freely ignore input of this kind if it suits them? Not me not here not now, I have fantasies of writing more, which is why I have these blogs, but certainly don't do it every day, do you? I don't really know what to write ON or IN, which is silly to admit........but I will come up with a group of notebooks, manual and digital this week, I promise! Thanks for the feedback! The house is a bit cold at this moment, but winters are mild here in comparison with where you are, and much brighter too! We should talk next winter.........we might leave for a while and maybe you would like to come........... Get back to that novel, I can't wait to read it! What or who is your subject pray tell??? Xxx
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Here I am doing exactly what I said I would do, living in an ancient culture with all of its inherent strengths and weaknesses exposing all of mine, and moving from day to day thinking experiencing, eating wondering...............I said that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2013 at Pierre & Wendy On the Road
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I went through a period a number of years ago when I was so put off by new scents that only vintage perfumes smelled good to me! I am not exactly anti-synthetic, but the contemporary crop of perfume chemicals (in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2013 at Notes on Shoes Cake & Perfume
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Having been a perfume lover for most of my life and more recently a Grand Amateur (in the French sense of being a huge fan and/or student or fancier) of perfume in the past ten years, I find myself depressed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2013 at Notes on Shoes Cake & Perfume
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While I search for my blogging voice here is Pierre's fully formed one! Happy New Year to all ... we hope that you have not fallen off the cliff ... while we here are not in the process of being... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2013 at Pierre & Wendy On the Road
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I thought I was abandoning this blog, and like it often happens, by letting it go, I found my way back. I started this blog way back in 2004, after having discovered the online community concerned with the Wonderful World... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2013 at Notes on Shoes Cake & Perfume