To be honest I was a little preoccupied with the French elections in April and engaged in much reading and TV viewing to better understand the system. Relief was palpable as Macron saw off Le Pen in the second round, although he has a hard road ahead. In his favour though is that buzz of disruption and maybe he will be the one to really shake things up here. Thankfully he doesn’t seem to have as many narcissistic qualities as you know who. Of course in my town Le Pen gained the most votes and is seen as the saviour of France in these parts. The Front Nationale has always been strong in the Riviera. Anyway with all of the clowns on the world stage at the moment, it’s nice that France has someone at the head who is incredibly able with a firm handshake.
Film : Nothing new here but the best film I saw last month was Room (spoiler alert), the story of a mother and son trapped in a confined space by a Josef Fritzl type. The mother tries to offer her son the best life she possibly can in very constrained circumstances but when they finally escape life is not that easy to adjust to after all of those years of abuse. Other films I saw were the Steve Jobs biopic (the Fassbender version) that was interesting rather than amazing, revealing not only his genius but also his lacklustre abilities as a father. Kate Winslet as always was excellent. The Margaret Thatcher film, The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep was pretty awful actually and it did seem that more time was spent on her dementia than her time as Prime Minister. I also watched the far sillier How To Be Single and This is 40 that both feature Leslie Mann, married to director Judd Apatow and discovered that I find her highly annoying and in the future will make sure to avoid films she appears in.
Television : A Catastrophe binge was in order. This is a British comedy about a couple who meet, fall in love and rather quickly bring on the kids. Sharon and Rob are absolutely hilarious and there are plenty of rather potty situations that made me laugh out loud. Mad Men finally arrived on Netflix and finally Season 5 could be viewed. Can I just say that I adored the finale. Don Draper has escaped to a spiritual retreat, then the classic Coke ad with I’d like to teach the world to sing closes out the series. Interpret this how you will but in my mind Don goes back to New York and does his best work for Coke.
Books : The Case Against Fragrance by writer Kate Grenville was gifted from a friend in Australia and I was rather enjoying this book that details the problems fragrance is causing e.g. headaches, migraines etc, plus the fact that the industry is unregulated and on the occasions where it is, oh guess what it’s by themselves. Testing of materials is also very limited as there isn’t enough funding. It’s good to be armed with information on this topic and it’s a great read, however I haven’t finished it as the book mysteriously disappeared. It must have fallen out of my handbag, so another one will be ordered. All a little ghostly.
Music : The new album from Benjamin Biolay, Volver is a good Frenchie listen. Think of him as a Gainsbourg / Waits mix. Other than that mostly a lot of old tunes and am loving this a lot right now – Terry Callier, the jazz, soul and folk guitarist with You Goin’ Miss Your Candyman.
Perfume : The highlight was without a doubt the trip to Art et Parfum / Accords et Parfum / Edmond Roudnitska home. This was actually my second trip there but my laptop died and all photos were lost after the first so I was absolutely thrilled to return. The gardens are beautiful but I think it’s more the vibe that emanates from the grounds that makes it feel like it’s the spiritual home of perfumery (or at least one of them).
Plus let’s not forget the first instalment of Mood Scent 4 where I Scent You A Day, A Bottled Rose, Esperessence et moi suggest perfumes around a topic we’ve chosen. Next up will be Wedding Guest perfumes.
Fashion : Can I just talk about frills for a moment. Is there anything for sale that doesn’t have frills on it? I bought one dress with a frill (subtle) but do not need more than one of these in my wardrobe. Loved this piece by Brit beauty journalist Sali Hughes on shopping for those over 35 (and I’m well over that BTW). Admittedly this is from May but if I don’t include it now I’ll forget.
Travel : More weekend walks were in order and the sun started to stream through in Sainte Maxime.
The Lows : Nothing really apart from sinus issues as per usual.
Let me know if you came across anything interesting this month – TV, film, books, music, perfume, food or if you went anywhere uplifting, bizarre or odd or if things were completely crappy as well … And have a great rest of the month. PS Are there any actors that you struggle with?
Notes : Images : All by Megan In Sainte Maxime apart from Film photos