All posts for the month October, 2011

Le Musée: Musée d’Orsay

Published Tuesday, 25 October 2011 by Sydney Sunny

On the 8th of October, I went with a friend, Vasilisa, to the Musée d’Orsay. In my opinon, the museum is the second most important museum , behind the Musée du Louvre, in Paris, France.  Unlike the Louvre, the works of art are mostly impressionism or post impressionism. Impressionism was not highly regarded during its time period and was never recieved when displaied at “le Grand Salon”. The bold paint strokes, bright colors, playful light, and different angles was fresh and exciting at the time.  We may look at is as old fashion and quite conservative in or age of contemporary pop art.  But at the time, it was very ‘off the wall’.  The critics described the works to be unfinished sketches, an impression. The artist took the name “impressionist”.

Musee d'Orsay in BtSSB skirt

Some of my favorite famous artist of the impressionism movement were: Manet, Monet, Degas, Roden, and Van Gogh (there are so many!). Each were in Paris, France at one point in their artist careers. I not only have a passion for the art these men’s and women’s art work but for their courage. They went against the grain and took their critics with a straight face. They continued their studies and works. These people created wonderful pieces of art which were not fully appreciated till later -not later in their lives, but later in the next century.

Édouard Manet's "The Luncheon on the Grass"


Van Gogh's "L'église d'Auvers-sur-Oise"

Vincent Van Gogh's "L'église d'Auvers-sur-Oise"

Thus, ironicly, the Louvre sits with more classical arts on one side of the river, and the Musée d’Orsay sits on the opposite bank. When I went to the Musée Orsay (M ‘O), parts were closed off for reconstructions. I was not upset because I can always come again (free), but the grand paintings I wanted to see were not in public viewing area, and most of the paintings were impressionism. However, a large number of post-impressionism and art nouveau (another favorite) were avalable for viewing. It was a small disappointing.

Beauté, Morale et Volupté

I was quite happy to see a wonderful exhibition called “Beauté, Morale et Volupté” (“Beauty, Morals and Voluptuousness”) was a great find in the M ‘O! The exhibit is from the Victorian And Albert Museum in London, England which was called “The Cult of Beauty”. The exhitition is about the Aesthetes Movement (1860-1900). There was paintings, pottery, furniture, clothing, photo, and, even, iron gates.
The exhibit would be a wonderful place for a lolita meet-up before tea!



Dressed up in Paris

Published Friday, 21 October 2011 by Sydney Sunny

In the beginning of October:
Since I am studying abroad in France for a year and I live 1 hour from Paris, I am taking opportunity of the local Lolita market and dressing up in Paris.

Skirt: Baby the Stars Shine Bright -Bunny Milk and Snow Strawberry Skirt - Sax

My first time to Paris during my stay (been there before), I wore a skirt I bought from a local French Lolita in Amiens! I got to have tea with her too! It was very nice. It was quite hot for this time of year. I am also in short supply of clothes. With a limited amount of space in my suitcases, I could only bring very little.

We walked along the center of Paris- the Louvre Palace is in the background in the picture above. I love walking along the streets of Paris. It is an old friend.

Above: Store Front //Below: Trying on AatP Pink Sundress and BtSSB Blouse with Ma Cherie Skirt in Pink

And of course, since I was in Paris. I went to Paris Baby the Stars Shine Bright. I couldn’t help it! I had a friend with me who kindly took pictures and let me stay for an hour!  The shop keeper must be use to grown girls squealing and smiling like an idiot. I touched and misplaced about every thing they had on display. They allowed me to take pictures and try outfits on. I loved everything in the store! I just couldn’t leave without something and socks were not going to do! I fell for the Ma Cherie Pink skirt. It is my favorite type of skirt made of eyelet and cotton lace. Plus it was on sale – a rare thing for France! The shopkeepers took my Visa in a very formal manner. They were wonderful to me, and I wish to go back. No, I really wish it was my walk in closet.

With my firsthand purchase from Paris Baby the Stars Shine Bright

There is and will be more trips to Paris and other local areas!

Bonjour de France!

Published Thursday, 20 October 2011 by Sydney Sunny

Bonjour tout le monde!

A peek at what is to come.

After moving to France to study abroad for 10 months, I have finally settled. Life is still more unpredictable then before being in France, but I survived and will continue to survive! I hope to post things about not only my adventures in France but much more:

  • My photos of well everything.
  • Drawings and comics ( I have no scanner and my tablet is in America)
  • Friends I meet
  • My classes  and art projects
  • Knitting and Craft Stores
  • Videos
  • French comics and movies
  • Downton Abbey
  • Lolita things I buy and Lolita-able items.
  • Paris Shops – BtSSB and Angelic Pretty
  • My views of the French people
  • Tips when traveling
  • Craft ideas
  • Online blogs, crafts and etc.
  • And a full review of the city Amiens!

I hope to achieve these goals for my blog