For this final week of Paris Month, my Swoon-Worthy Sundays post is a double feature. While there are just so many things abut Paris that certainly makes me swoon I couldn’t let this whole month of Paris go by without sharing both of these.
This first swoon-worthy item is Taylor Swift’s Begin Again video. Prior to seeing this, I had only really known about Taylor from her damn catchy song that I couldn’t get out of my head. It was Chandra (@sakuralovestea) that linked me to this video figuring I would like it, and boy did I LOVE it! Out of all the SwS items I’ve had for Paris Month so far, the video for Begin Again was the first thing I had thought of to showcase when I was scheduling out this month.
But you throw your head back laughing like a little kid
I think it’s strange that you think I’m funny ’cause he never did
Opening with Taylor standing on one of the bridges that are covered in locks, looking out to the city and the Seine. The locks, so the tradition goes I’m told, are put there by lovers who write their initials/names on them, lock it onto the bridge and throw the key into the river. What an appropriate place to be for such a lovely song.
Everything about the video is just gorgeous. She looks beautiful, the city looks beautiful… it’s as much a love song to the city as it is of a developing new relationship.
I’ve been spending the last eight months
Thinking all love ever does is break and burn and end
But on a Wednesday in a cafe I watched it begin again
The second swoon-worthy item this week is Janelle McCulloch’s book Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City’s Creative Heart. This gorgeous coffee table-worthy book is a travel guide of sorts though each of Paris’ arrondissements (neighbourhoods). McCulloch is a journalist and photographer who specializes in style, design and architecture – three things that I always look out for and take photos of as well (as can be seen by my 900+ photos I took last year when I was in Paris!)
The book is filled with beautiful photographs accompanying write-ups of what to see and where to go in each of the arrondissements. Jump to a particular arrondissement that you want to see, or go through the entire book in order. McCulloch shares some great items of interest and historical tidbits on countless items. Can’t get through it all in one sitting? There’s a handy ribbon bookmark for you too! The cover alone is swoon-worthy enough, with a semi-gloss finish and gold foil stamped accents.
I honestly must have had either the biggest grin on my face or my jaw dropped open as I perused through this book. Everything about it is just like Paris – beautiful and expertly put together. If you love photography and Paris, this is certainly a must-have!