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Vive la France!

Happy Bastille Day! We celebrated this morning by meeting some friends up at Versailles for a giant picnic where everyone wore white! It was so fun.We were laughing that the French were so elegant in their patriotism wearing all white with a discreet little red, white , and blue ribbon pinned on their shirt. A big contrast to what everyone in the US wears on the Fourth! Ha!  Next we’re off to watch the fireworks in front of the Eiffel Tower.

  1. rebekkah

    July 14, 2011

    this looks so dreamy!! how lovely and fun!

    x x x x

  2. Molly Covert

    July 14, 2011

    One of the things I loved when I visited Versailles was that you can rent bikes to ride around the grounds. This all looks so lovely! The sky looks like a painting.

  3. Brigette

    July 14, 2011

    Looks like a perfect summer day, the food looks great too!

  4. Susan

    July 14, 2011

    Bonne Féte Nationale!!

  5. Hannah J. Holmes

    July 14, 2011

    You celebrated Bastille Day at Versailles? How very French of you! :)

  6. Phuong

    July 14, 2011

    How fun! I love Versailles esp. Marie Antoinette’s private estate. It’s so magical there. Fireworks in front of the Eiffel sound amazing! :)

  7. Sarah

    July 14, 2011

    Looks lovely, I adore how people are leisurely laying in the grass and having beautiful picnics! Much different from our 4th!

  8. Risamay

    July 14, 2011

    Looks so lovely. It’s awesome that the gardens at Versailles are public. Love it that people actually go there to just hang out and such, but the all-white Bastille Day picnic looks particularly chic. In an accessible way to those of us {Americans} who aren’t ever so … chic 😀

  9. victoria

    July 14, 2011

    love your images! looks like fun. happy bastille day!

  10. Shay Quigley

    July 14, 2011

    How gorgeous! The photos look like they’re straight out of a movie. Tres magnifique! (My lame attempt at seeming somewhat cultured.)

  11. Will

    July 14, 2011

    Happy Bastille Day!

  12. Michelle A

    July 14, 2011

    Happy Bastille Day! I always would eat lunch at Cafe Claude or Tiramisu on Belden Alley when I worked downtown – maybe instead I’ll settle for a baguette?

    Loving all the white – or all of any color really. Monochromatic makes such a bigger punch visually.

    Miss you!

  13. Catherine

    July 14, 2011

    All white…how elegant!

  14. Sarah Mae

    July 14, 2011

    Man, the food looks divine!! Makes me wish I was still over there! If you get the chance I recommend a weekend trip to Annecy! Beautiful!

  15. Abbey

    July 14, 2011

    Goodness, I love this place! Very jealous!

  16. kasey at girl in the gray house

    July 14, 2011

    oh so beautiful – i love everything about the French!

  17. caroline armelle

    July 14, 2011

    what i would give to be picnicking at versailles today!

    happy 14 juillet!

  18. Martinna

    July 14, 2011

    These are gorgeous events I`ve heard about them. perhaps one also attend :) get a happy day

  19. Carina

    July 14, 2011

    How funny, we were there too!

  20. dani leigh

    July 14, 2011

    so fun! i was in paris a couple days before Bastille Day last year. I was so bummed to miss out on the festivities.

  21. Jos

    July 14, 2011

    OMG – these pics are hysterical – bet there is not a drop of food or wine splotch on any of those whiter than white clothes We just experienced 4th of July in Maui – and yep – v v different. Then again Australia Day is pent in your bathers at the beach – and that can be a v un-pretty sight! Enjoy Jordan – seems as if you are having the best time! xxxx

  22. Rebecca

    July 14, 2011

    I love the bales of hay! Maybe next 4th of July I’ll wear mostly white :)

  23. Shasta

    July 14, 2011

    Oh this is great! What fun! I especially like the one where someone is bending over in the foreground – whoops! not very french 😉

  24. Khali

    July 14, 2011


  25. bettijo @

    July 14, 2011

    Good thing I just read this history newsletter ( because I now know what Bastille Day is! I just love the cute wooden forks, wish I could find those here!

  26. Kelleyn

    July 14, 2011

    A perfect day!

  27. Stacy

    July 14, 2011

    Oh how I love this. The French are so understated compared to Americans. Somehow just seems “better” to me. The food looks great and I want to eat the chunk of brie right off that plate!!! Lovely.

  28. katie [the bright life]

    July 14, 2011

    Love this, how classy that they wear all white. I think I could root for France with a lunch at Versailles…sounds wonderful. Xo, Katie

  29. Andrea

    July 14, 2011

    loving the picnic scene!

  30. Jordana @ White Cabana

    July 14, 2011

    This is my kind of event – and day! I’m sure the fireworks were spectacular!

  31. Carolyn

    July 14, 2011

    Hi Jordan! I just got back from Paris and I am such a dummy. I wrote down all these ideas you’ve mentioned on oh happy day and didn’t get to do any of them! I am especially kicking myself for not trying the delicious eclairs you raved about. I was only there a few days…but still! Thanks for all your tips to such an amazing city…even if they were wasted on me 😉

    I’m sure you don’t care to read more about Paris, but just incase, I blogged about my trip (and mentioned your stylish insight) here and here :)

  32. Cammie

    July 14, 2011

    Gorgeous! I love the utensils, where did you find them?

  33. Annie

    July 14, 2011

    Quite envious of your celebration in Paris! Looks like a dream come true. I celebrated today by writing about my favorite patisserie in the U.S.:

  34. Jodie @ LukaMish

    July 15, 2011

    this is so delightful – brightened up my dreary day xx

  35. r8chel

    July 15, 2011

    All white with a touch of red and blue? So classy.

  36. sara

    July 15, 2011

    Seriously, could the French be any more elegant? All white? Picnics in Versailles? We Americans got to step our our game :)

  37. Andrew

    July 15, 2011

    The scenery is perfect for picnic.. nice to see they’re wearing white.

  38. Marae

    July 15, 2011

    gorgeous! and i think 99 per cent of the men i know wouldn’t even know where to buy white trousers. i love the all white look!

  39. teresa

    July 15, 2011

    Happy Day- the food does look divine- where did you get the wooden flatware?
    Thanks for sharing

  40. Kacie

    July 16, 2011

    I love the all white but that wouldn’t really work with the US BBQ program! Looks like lovely weather for a lovely Bastille Day!


  41. Johanna

    July 18, 2011

    This looks so lovely, exactly how I’d imagine a French picnic.

  42. Cheap Oakley Sunglasses

    July 18, 2011


    This looks so lovely, exactly how I’d imagine a French picnic.

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