Friday, July 7, 2017

A peak inside the pages of Parisan Charm School

 Bonjour, readers!  

I was so excited when I received the illustrations for the inside of my new book, Parisian Charm School!
And so, I thought you'd enjoy this little sneak-preview.  


It goes with the following passage: 
  


Thank you for all your support over these years.  I am so grateful.  And if you have a blog and you'd like to interview me or review the book, please let me know!  
Love, Jamie

Monday, June 26, 2017

Parisian Charm School has a book cover!

Bonjour, mes amis!
I am so thrilled to show you the beautiful cover illustration for my new book,
Parisian Charm School.

Trés chic, n'est pas?!  
The lovely and talented Kimberly Glyder is the artist.  You must take a look at her website:  http://www.kimberlyglyder.com/
You'll see all the fabulous book covers she's created.  
Oh my goodness, she is so talented and so nice!  J'adore Kimberly!
Isn't she beautiful?  And I think she looks a bit French too!
C'est parfait.
I know you'll love Parisian Charm School.  It's coming out from TarcherPerigee at Penguin/Random House on January 2, 2018.  Yes, I have my "pub date!" 

If you'd like to pre-order a copy, please talk to your local independent bookstore or visit this link on Amazon.

And finally, if you have a blog with a nice-sized following, and you'd like to review my book or interview me or arrange for me to visit your home town on book tour, please let me know and I will have my publisher send you an advanced reader copy!  
Merci beaucoup!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Parisian Charm School

Bonjour, mes amies!

I am so happy to announce that my latest book, Parisian Charm School, will be released by my new publishing home--

Penquin/Random House

Yay!  
Can you tell I'm excited!?

Parisian Charm School will come out sometime in 2018.
I am in the middle of finishing the book right now, so I'll have more news in the coming months.  

Still, since I'm getting ready to launch my new project, I wanted to share my new author photo with you.  

 This photo was taken in Paris last fall, near Palais Royal, where I had the most wonderful photo shoot with the very talented international photographer, Krystal Kenney.


Isn't she adorable?! 

Merci beaucoup for all your support over the years, mes amies.  I am so grateful for your inspiration and readership!

Please stay tuned!
Love,
Jamie

Friday, February 10, 2017

"Happy Feet" by Jessica Lee

Bonjour, friends--
I am so excited to announce that my dear friend, Jessica Lee, has just been published in The Globe and Mail.
You may remember Jessica from my books--especially "French Women Don't Sleep Alone" which details how Jessica and I traveled to France together to interview French women about love and romance.
Jessica was single back then, but since our travels, she met and married a wonderful Canadian man and moved from Boston to Ottawa.
Please take a look and enjoy her delightful story about moving to Canada and finding the right socks. 
 If you live in Canada, the essay will appear in this Sunday's paper.
Enjoy!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays, dear friends!
I hope you enjoy the season with warmth, love and lots of fun.
And with this in mind, may I humbly recommend my little writerly invention for the perfect holiday gift!   
You can get a copy (or two or three) here on The Writers Toolbox/AmazonAnd of course, you might try your local independent toy or bookstore.

Here's what you'll find inside The Writer's Toolbox:
Yes, all those little games and even a booklet are packed inside that box!
Oh, and here's a link to my demonstration on You Tube on how to use the games in The Writers Toolbox:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaO7TYQJXqc
  
I will have lots of news to share in the New Year--a new French girl book, another writerly invention and some  lovely surprises.  
Here's wishing you a creative and fun season!
And thank you for all your support, from the bottom of my heart!
Love,
Jamie

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Paris Vintage

J'adore vintage!
And so do the Parisians.
Yesterday, I visited the Salon du Vintage in the Marais.
It's an annual event and very popular among the Parisians
 
There were so many different vendors!  I found beautiful silk kimonos, dresses from the 1930's up to the the 1980's.  (I think perhaps I saw some of my old big-shouldered dresses from 1986 for sale--just kidding!)  
Everyone at the the Salon du Vintage got into the mood and dressed in style.
Fun, non?
 
You could even get made-up in vintage style!
 Ooooh...and look how much our American Converse sneakers sell for!  Yes, 70 euros!  My goodness.

 Even Marilyn made an appearance at the Salon du Vintage.  I remember a girl during my first year at Bard College in 1973 wearing one of those sweaters.  She had just spent her summer in South America and I thought she was the coolest gal in the universe.  She was so exotic and fabulous.  I really longed for one of those sweaters, but then a few years later I tried one on and you know, I didn't look good in it at all.  Sometimes, I think it's best to admire beauty and style from afar, and just appreciate the woman and her sense of chic.

Oh, and there was a tango dancing demonstration at the Salon du Vintage.  I adored this!!!!  I am going to try to convince Dr. Thompson to take tango lessons with me when I return home.  Wouldn't that be fun!?
 Do you like vintage?  How do you wear it?  Oh, and I'm curious--is there a style that you admire on other women, but know it doesn't suit you, yet it still sparks your imagination?  And finally, do you think partner dancing leads to romance?

That's all for now, mes amies!  xoxo






Friday, October 14, 2016

Christian Louboutin at Le Rive Gauche Bon Marché!

Bonjour, Paris!
It's a rainy day in Paris yesterday, but this didn't stop me from venturing out.  I actually love rainy, gray days--as long as it's not too cold, bien sur.  

Anyway, I was on a mission to find Duvelleroy fans at Bon Marché.  There was a special exhibition, but I was so sad when I found out that I had missed it while I was in the south of France at my artists residency.  (I am going to return to their attelier on rue Amelie--more on that in a few days).

Still, Bon Marché was very festive!  

 I found all these adorable cardboard cutouts floating about the main level, dancing and twirling by invisible strings.
I soon found out that all this frivolity was to celebrate Christian Louboutin!
The famous French shoe designer has collaborated with Bon Marché to create a fabulous pop-up store/exhibit, including special shoes designed just for the occasion.  Louboutin is a Paris native, so he loves to play with iconic images from the City of Light.  J'adore these boots!
If you look closer, you can see that the print is a map of Paris.

Oh, and of course, Louboutin included is iconic red souled pumps!


I loved how the pop-up was about so much more than just promoting shoes, but rather it was a bit of a museum exhibition--giving you some history on Louboutin's designs and how he approaches his work.  Louboutin is a true artiste!


If you'd like like to learn more about the exhibit at Bon Marché, just click here.

Signing off, for now, mes amies!