Grey Skies ~

         Rain, Rain go away… on second thought, come back!  We’re having terrible storms this week.  However, I don’t mind.  I’m one of those people that love thunderstorms.  I love the look of the sky, the sound of thunder and the rainbow that appears once the clouds have cleared..

Another reason I love rain ~ umbrellas!  I look for any reason to bring out a Chantal Thomass umbrella. She makes striking umbrellas that will make you wish for grey skies!
My favourite umbrella to carry ~ Noeud Drape
A chic umbrella is an essential in every wardrobe.  Unfortunately, the tote umbrella has destroyed the romance of carrying a fabulous umbrella.
I’m always puzzled by the number of people that spend much thought on their ensemble only to carry a revolting umbrella.
I feel it’s the final touch to chic silhouette.  Not only is it a beautiful item to carry in your hand, it gives instant allure.

                                                                   My top umbrella picks ~

Guy de Jean “Cancan” ~ she’s on my Mother’s Day wishlist
Bella Umbrella Signature Pagoda ~ I just purchased this one in ravishing red but have yet to receive it.  This fabulous umbrella comes in an array of colours!


Chantal Thomass ~ Tulle Fronce.  This doesn’t seem practical but yet, I’m not a practical girl either
Pasotti Pink Dahlia
Of course, I’m smitten with anything from Ladurée
Lulu Guinness’ whimsical Birdcage umbrella 
No rain?  No problem!  Parasols are great to shield the sun.
In Paris, be sure to stop by Madeleine Gély’s on avenue Saint-Germain ~ A charming shop with a large selection, also accepts special orders.
Have a beautiful weekend!  xoxo, B


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  • Reply Rosie May 1, 2010 at 12:10 am

    singing in the rain…what a beautiful post. It makes me want to go umbrella shopping…they really are adorable as is your site…wishing you an enjoyable weekend…smile on Rosie

  • Reply Paris Pastry May 1, 2010 at 2:29 am

    Wow! Who knew umbrellas could be so fashionable? I love the birdcage & the “cancan”! With umbrellas like these, it should rain more often!

  • Reply VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier May 1, 2010 at 4:25 am

    Such a very stylishand lovely weekend post,my dear Friend!!!-)*

    These umbrellas are just heavenly nice…
    And you are right,''no rain,no problems'':-)))*

    Wish you ''no rain''weekend!-))))

    Love and hugs,

  • Reply Castles Crowns and Cottages May 1, 2010 at 4:40 am

    Ahhhhhh… about dreamy, sublime and gorgeous; dearest, your world is mine. Thank you for coming to share my visions and for stepping into my love for MA and her Hameau, and for taking a peek at Rabbit Hill, my beloved cottage. How wonderful as well, for you to share a snapshot of your life with your sweet children and loves. Thank you for always being a kind and encouraging friend. YOUR PHOTOS and thoughtful posts are most admired and that first pink parasol, OH CHÈRIE, I hope you get it for Mum's Day!!!!! LET US KNOW IF YOU DO!!!!

    Have a magnificent weekend and do stop by anytime for tea. With much love and admiration, Anita

  • Reply High Heeled Life May 1, 2010 at 6:06 am

    Such a lovely post. Thank you for the inspiration – I really like the Bella Umbrella Signature Pagoda and the Pasotti Pink Dahlia. I'm going to look them up. I agree umbrellas are an over-looked accessory – that give a little ohh la la to an outfit! Have a great week-end!

  • Reply Ijeoma May 1, 2010 at 6:32 am

    My word! What beautiful umbrellas! My favourites are the Noeud Drape, and the Guy de Jean Cancan. We are having an amazing springtime here in Venice Italy, but now am secretly looking forward to winter! Any reason to carry those gorgeous things, and you are absolutely right, they do bring a touch of feminine glamour. Cheers my dear for bringing them to our attention!

  • Reply Lily Lemontree May 1, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    What a beautiful selection! I could not pick out a favourite, they are all divine!
    Hope you have a great weekend!

  • Reply shari @ little blue deer May 1, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Gorgeous umbrellas! Love the birdcage. We have a Lexus golf umbrella (and we don't even own a Lexus!). Blah!

  • Reply Couture Carrie May 1, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Gorgeous post, darling!
    Loving all those frilly umbrellas!
    Hope you are having a fab weekend too!


  • Reply Diana Mieczan May 1, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    What a beautiful selection:) I am in love with your blog! Great post and have a great weekend:)

  • Reply M.A.the2nd May 1, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    I love thunderstorms as well… they are so exciting and the sound of the thunder and the lightning streaking across the sky is nature at its very best! I love the Lulu Guiness birdcage umbrella … gorgeous! Lovely post… come and visit anytime!
    Have a great Sunday

  • Reply Castles Crowns and Cottages May 2, 2010 at 5:05 am

    Bonjour ma belle! Just popping over again to say thank you AGAIN for such a loving comment yesterday. Oh how I wish you could visit with me and go to Rose Mille, Victory and other fabulous shops in my area, but most of all, tea time at my Rabbit Hill. Hope the weather is better for you today….Bisous, Anita

  • Reply Laura May 2, 2010 at 7:53 am

    I love this post!! I think my favorite is the top umbrella with the big bow. Fabulous!! I don't give much thought here in Southern California to umbrellas and it appears I am missing out on some beautiful ones! Oh wait…perhaps I can order one to shield myself from the sun! 🙂
    A wonderful day to you,

  • Reply Couture Millinery Atelier. May 3, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Oh, I love your selection of fabulous umbrellas!I bought one amazing umbrella in London last Fall and it is absolutely beautiful. :-)Thank you for the wonderful tip in the umbrella store in Paris.:-)))I am wishing you wonderful week. It is rainy here in New York too.
    P.S. I can not wait to try pink martini.:-)

  • Reply Hope Ava May 4, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Oh these are so fabulous it hurts!! I love the pink ruffled one…it is just so me. And that pink and black tulle one is so perfect that it's impracticality is irrelevant. I wish I'd had that one for my wedding photos! But I think my favorite one might be the sweet surprise of that pink bloom underneath the sensible black top. I must have that!!

    Thanks for such a fun post! Have a wonderful week!
    Hope Ava

  • Reply Rosie May 4, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Wishing you a Joyful Tuesday. It is pouring BUCKETS here today, thought of you and smiled…
    still smiling…Rosie

  • Reply Fashion, Art and other fancies May 5, 2010 at 1:13 am

    Such an elegant selection. I love umbrellas because they protect us in such an intimate way from the rain.

  • Reply Couture Millinery Atelier. May 5, 2010 at 5:35 am

    I am so sorry to hear that you were sick with bronchites! I know it can take a while to recover and I wish you to get well very fast! My daughter Anastasia is recovering from her bronchites as well. I am wishing you wonderful the rest of the week. I think you should take it easy and just try to take care of yourself. Sending you millinions of “get well” sun bunnies.:-)

  • Reply From the Kitchen May 5, 2010 at 11:44 am

    One enchanting blog just leads me to another. How lovely are your umbrellas. They make a grey day sunny. I shall return!


  • Reply myletterstoemily May 5, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    i'm a thunderstorm girl, too. what a lovely
    display of umbrellas to add to the enjoyment!

  • Reply Rosie May 6, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    The sun was out…again I thought of you…wonder if you had a parasol I could borrow…smile on Rosie

  • Reply ParisBreakfasts May 16, 2010 at 4:32 am

    Oh I love that shop but have never gone in…
    Quelle triste
    I must go in next time in juin!!!

  • Reply ams009 September 7, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Great post! Makes me want to watch Umbrellas of Cherbourg again! -Astrid

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