Note: This is a special post for me and it’s wordier than usual.
I hope you’ll have time to read it all the way through.
La belle vie. The good life. It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. What does it mean? I think luxury is one of the first things that comes to mind for most people and I’m certainly not one to argue! But beyond that, I think the truly good life happens when we appreciate the everyday, when we celebrate the ordinary and when we put care and thought into our daily routine. I’ve been conscious of this concept for some time. (Long before this blog, I kept a daily photoblog with the purpose of documenting the beauty in everyday life. These days I share daily snapshots on Twitter, Instagram and Flickr. You’ll also note that my Flickr name is “ode to everyday.”)
Anyway, while this notion wasn’t new, it really crystallized for me while living in Paris and witnessing how the French live. What I saw was that it all comes down to the little things: lingering over and savoring even a very simple meal, one perfect accessory, soaking up the arts in all its forms….. While the French have definitely perfected the art of living, the good life is not limited to France. Whenever I travel nowadays, I take note of how other cultures elevate everyday rituals into something special and in turn, how they live the good life.
I’d now like to start sharing what I’ve learned from my time in France as well as my travels around the world because I’m really passionate about living la belle vie and would love to help you do the same. Naturally I’ll be bringing you a lot of ideas for your home but because the good life encompasses so much more, I’ll cover other aspects of life such as how and what we eat, how we nourish our minds, how we present ourselves and more. So FTRB will be stretching into some new territory but it’ll all be in this context. I’ll also share with you how I try to incorporate these ideas in my own life.
I’m so, so excited about this new series and hope you’ll get a lot out of it. I’m thinking it’ll be on Fridays – something to leave you with on weekends – but don’t hold me to it just yet. In the meantime, tell me, what does the good life mean to you? I’d love to know!
(Photos: FROM THE RIGHT BANK)