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Swedish Royal Wedding: Princess Madeleine and ordinary American banker


June 8th was a both a special and a spectacular day for the Swedish Royal Family.

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden, 30, and NYC banker Christopher O’Neill, 38, held a wedding ceremony in Stockholm Saturday that drew about 500 European royals and wealthy jet-setters. It was prepared exquisitely for a princess with a kiss on the balcony, a carriage of course, and many little activities to commemorate this marriage.
Oh, and her Dad, King Carl XVI Gustaf, is said to be paying for the expenses.

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Which princess is she? She’s the fourth in line. She hasn’t had the best reputation among her people since in her early 20s, she would be found partying in the nightclubs and always presented herself in extravagant clothes. Her sister Victoria, has a better reputation with the crowd since she married a commoner. Victoria is first in line for the throne who married her fitness trainer about three years ago, and now they have a pretty daughter by the name of Estelle. SHE’S ADORABLE!!

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However, Princess Madeleine heartbroken after her previous fiancé had an affair with a Norwegian handball player, she fled to a new life in New York, started working at her mother’s non-profit World Childhood Foundation, and found Mr. Rich O’Neill. Isn’t this a fairy tale?

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Christopher and Princess will make their home in New York: He passed up the offer for a royal title, which would have required he become a Swedish citizen since he’s already both American and British.

Guests at the wedding included the U.K.’s Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and Sophie; Princess Takamado of Japan and princes and princesses from Norway, Denmark, Greece, Luxembourg and Monaco.

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O’Neill had also invited many of his super-rich friends, such as Opel heir Georg von Opel, Cadbury chocolate heir Joel Cadbury, Colombian billionaire Alejandro Santo Domingo, and Aidan and Fizzy Barclay. Other well-known invitees were Duran Duran band member John Taylor, the CEO of fashion retailer H&M, Karl-Johan Persson, and golfer Jesper Parnevik.

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AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER.

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/guests-arrive-to-wedding-between-swedens-princess-madeleine-and-new-york-banker/2013/06/08/0a92630a-d03c-11e2-9772-6fcf660e8c49_story.html


Updated** Response to Background Photo


What’s the story behind that photo?

Stockholm’s Danderyd Gymnasium organized a Gatsby party where all the invitees dressed up as if they were guests at Gatsby’s…hence, the style of clothes and the joyful expressions.

Here’s more from the fiesta! Enjoyyy!

I like this picture(background pic) a lot because everyone seems so carefree and after all! The Great Gatsby was recently released in the theatres!

And it represents the ‘young’ culture…relative to my age (:

Thank you to all the commenters on the previous post: ” new background photo”

Photo creds: Klara B.

Odile!

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New Background Photo


Salut WordPress!!

I guess..I got tired of the background image that had been on my blog for abut 5 months now..

I will tell you about my new background photo as my next post/article and that depends on my free time.

But for now, I’d like to know your opinions on it.

What are your thoughts of the picture?

Peace and Love,

Odile!


**Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence- 3 Movies Together!


Hello WordPress!

It all started with this :

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Then, I decided to search “Jennifer Lawrence” through the Google search engine.

Focused on this, and thinking to myself- What are the upcoming movies and projects?

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hmm..2013- American Hustle. Alright, something to look forward to. Interesting plot.  Actors…

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Wait. BRADLEY COOPER? (Silver Lining Playbook Costar…again?)

I say to myself, they must be really compatible with each other due to all the high demands of Hollywood.

hmm..what else? Serena? Why haven’t I heard of that?

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Oh…it WILL come out.

Susanne Bier is the director, love her. Her movies are so real, touching and down-to-earth.

Talks about a couple….Jennifer and.. BRADLEY??

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Wow! I am amazed at how many films they are doing together!!

All I know is that when Titanic was made, there was a huge rave about the couple -Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet..and their second movie together was about 10 years later. o.O

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Whereas, in just 2-3 years, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence will/have co-acted together.

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Fascinating , huh? Who’s excited about what they have more to offer on-screen!?

Odile!


Follow me on Instagram!


Hello WordPress!

I haven’t been keeping up with this blog for awhile now…I will begin again over the Summer.

For now, if you’d like to follow me on Instagram on a more regular basis, I suggest visiting my page

http://www.instagram.com/odilefrenchconnection

or simply just searching for my username: odilefrenchconnection

And of course! I’d love to be in contact with my fellow WordPress writers and readers (:

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Thank you!

Odile


French Word of the Night : La Gueule de Bois

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Salut WordPress!!

Don’t we all want to know a useful French word besides… Bonjour? :)

Well, that was a sarcastic comment, but I think knowing the French translation of ‘Hangover’ would perk your interest, and it wouldn’t be too much of a hassle to learn and memorize :)

What is pretty interesting about this translation is that, Gueule means long face, and Bois means Wood…

So .. Hangover= Wooden Face= LA GUEULE DE BOIS

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Party safely!

Odile

 


2012 in review

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Hey Hey!

Hopefully, I’m not too late for this…Just discovered it today.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 15,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Something to be proud of and absolutely thankful for the WordPress family!

Odile


A Chic Look with One Item

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Good Evening WordPress Readers!

I have never been a fashionista; I’m not the person that would be able to create a fashion blog about all the clothes I wear, as an example.

In other words, I’m a neophyte and an amateur when it comes to fashion, but there’s one thing I’m absolutely certain of.

In the States, this item hasn’t really reached its popularity, and since Europe has already introduced this item in trend, I know that it will eventually spread to the States. (American fashion is always behind, in my opinion)

The secret is FUR ! Yes! Having Fur is the secret ingredient! *I’m not supporting killing animals for fur, I mean FAKE FUR!*

This little accessory helps bring out the trendy, elegance, and chic style! It really works wonders! I’ve gotten compliments that I look like a celebrity :) haha

FUR IS THE MUST HAVE FOR THE WINTER/EARLY SPRING! 

This is moi with fur. Do you see the difference? Imagine me without the fur.

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Well…I only wear my fur coat during the weekends.

Happy Shopping,

Odile


Boozt Winter Fashion Items of the End of January 2013

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http://www.boozt.com is a European online fashion site and within 15 minutes, I had found all these stunning items! It’s a fabulous shopping website!

These are a mix of boots, jackets, sweaters and coats for the cold!

If you do like them as well, you may click the links at the bottom of each image to get more information. (I got a majority of them in the sale section so hurry!!) Tell me which numbers you liked!

1. Raw Pu Jacket

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http://www.boozt.com/eu/en/only/raw-pu-jacket-bb-otw_1847586/1847587?navId=47990

2. Dallas Gold Short Pu Jacket

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http://www.boozt.com/eu/en/vero-moda/wp-dallas-gold-short-pu-jacket-km_1746677/1747687?navId=47990

3. Spring Knit Top

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http://www.boozt.com/eu/en/vila/springly-knit-top_1824301/1824116?navId=47990

4. Eboni Short Leather Jacket

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http://www.boozt.com/eu/en/vero-moda/eboni-short-leather-jacket-km_1848086/1848092?navId=50821

5. Vera Moda Denim Jacket

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http://www.boozt.com/eu/en/vero-moda/new-soya-ls-denim-jacket-mix-wall_1881286/1881287?navId=50821

6. Cashott Boots
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http://www.boozt.com/eu/en/cashott/boots_1561748/1561749?navId=5249&page=1&limit=80&order=arrival_date&subcategory=4245267%2C4245251%2C4245247

7. Leather Jacket by Minus
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8. Prismo Knit Pullover (I like the special cowboy detail)
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9. Black Tina Shoe
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10. Vero Moda Leather Jacket
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11. Outdoor Jackets (I don’t know which color to pick !)
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12. Esprit Casual Sweater
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13. Gestuz Vest (Unlike those other leather jackets (above), this one is a sleeveless one! )
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Thanks for reading, and tell me which number items you loved!

Odile


Several Useful Sites for Editing Photos

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Hello WordPress Readers!

Today’s post will be about recommending a few reliable, and efficient photo-editing sites for all of you. I personally love editing pictures because a photo becomes spectacular after being embellished, right?

I am not a fan of downloading apps that take huge amounts of space on the computer’s disk hardware, and no one is sure if the app carries a virus… Which is why, I’m pro for websites.

*Feel free to check out my other edited pictures on the Background Photos*

1. http://www.pixlr.com/express

I do adore pixlr! It has got to be my favorite editing site for all my photos. It offers a bunch of tools to edit the photos.The EXPRESS part of it is absolutely easy to use and it produces amazing, great, and professional photos.

I have not explored more than the Express part because the other two, I feel are too advanced for my neophyte computer skills.

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2. IPHOTO EDITING

This only applies to those who own APPLE products like a mac. Once I import all my camera photos into IPHOTO, I then edit them using this Iphoto Editing button. It is useful, and helps give the original photo a cleaner, and sharper overall presentation.

After editing through IPHOTO, I usually then continue onto pixlr.

 Simple editing through IPHOTO- (The basics)

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3. http://www.picmonkey.com

Just discovered this today! I’m very glad I did!

It is not as complete as pixlr, but it is still the second-best, so I have got to add this to this list.

Very easy to use, but it’s obvious that the site is trying to earn money by putting a bunch of restrictions on tools that pixlr has for free, and the ads at the bottom page.

Still, don’t hesitate to try this site too, you might prefer this than Pixlr.

Just about the level of Pixlr. Love it too!

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Rafael Nadal and Tennis


Ever since I was a child, my parents influenced me by having tennis channel on for many hours a day. Watching tennis being played on the terre battu (clay court) would probably have to be my favorite. Therefore, my preferred

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grand slam would also be Roland Garros held in Paris, France, every May. umm..As yo

u may infer, that opinion is super biased. I enjoy watching tennis and playing the sport. I played it for about 4 years and previous to that, I played badminton and won several awards for the primary school team. Thanks to my parents, they have pushed me to always remember to follow an active lifestyle.

I have ‘followed’ Rafael Nadal since the start of his early professional tennis career. I have seen him grow from an amateur to the King of Clay, and to the #1 player in the world, which means I saw him through the ups and downs.

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What has always impressed me about Nadal is his surrounding of a lovely and supportive family. I know that his Dad and Mom divorced, but no matter what happened between the couple, both parents know that Nadal is ‘their’ son, which is why both try to attend their son’s tennis matches. Also, his Uncle Tony has been coaching him from the ripe age of 6, and Nadal has never changed coaches. *loyal student*

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Nadal says his family and support team cocoons him from distracting mud that comes with money and fame. According to Nadal’s mother, Nadal is a very sensitive boy who has full of fears. As an example, he dislikes the dark, and he prefers to sleep with the light turned on. He also isn’t safe around lightnings; when he was a child, he’d hide under the cushions.

As for food preferences, he hates cheese tomato, and ham- which is the national dish of Spain…

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Nadal’s girlfriend is very down-to-earth and hides in the limelight. She believes that traveling everywhere with her boyfriend would not be healthy for either party. She has a degree in business administration and a full time job with an insurance company in Mallorca. If she were to follow him, she imagines that there would be a risk that they might stop

Maria Francesca Perello, aka Xisca, girlfriend of tennis champ Rafael Nadal, takes pics during the 2010 US Open

getting along. She isn’t looking to be on headlines and seen around with her beau. She chooses to remain the ‘earthly’ girl that she has always been.

She says, “Even if my family asks me about Rafael, I prefer not to say much. The fact is that I don’t feel comfortable talking about these things in private. It’s what works for me, and what works for Rafael and me as a couple.”

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Merry Christmas WordPress!

Odile


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HEI,HELLO,HI,HEJ from Las Vegas!


HEI,HELLO,HI,HEJ from Las Vegas!

well…I’m on vacation!
and I didn’t forget about posting something!

Love,

Odile


La France: Truth or Myth?


Hey WordPress Readers!

I’m hoping that this post will hopefully enlighten those who are inspired to visit or..to re-visit France for a longer period.

1. French toilets are erroneous

…TRUTH! Public restrooms are usually unsanitary, however, there are quite a few which are decent.

If you are in Paris and are in need of a toilet badly, try to find the nearest shopping mall or hotel that will accept you to use their service. Nowadays Paris has become pretty money-minded due to all the tourism; it charges for public toilets. I swear, there is such a thing as ‘French tourism toilet income’, and it’s no guarantee that the priced ones are ‘clean’.

Good luck! SIT AT YOUR OWN RISK :D

2. The French are absolutely rude

MYTH! This has got to be the biggest/most common stereotype about the French (at least from my conversations with Americans). They are not rude. Sure, they may come off slightly reserved at first, but it’s just a matter of you making the first ‘leap of faith’.

It will most certainly take courage but it will be worth the 10 seconds you’ll spend introducing yourself and starting the journey of a new friendship.

In my opinion, the French are not like a majority of Californians who will suddenly jump at you trying to get to know you, and then that will be the first and last time you’ll ever see them.

The French are strong in the area of Friendship Bonding. It takes time and patience, but definitely rewarding.

3. Be fluent in French before visiting the country

MYTH! You don’t need to have spent 5 years of your life learning French..to only let yourself travel there. Wouldn’t that be too strict with yourself? I suggest people who go there to buy a petit livre of conversational French on your trip.

In order to avoid making a bad impression to the French, begin the conversation with a few French words. Don’t worry about your mistakes. Show that you are putting an effort in speaking the foreign language instead of ‘Hello. I come from *name of country*’

See my point?

4. They hate Americans

MYTH! haha, you may breathe now!

French don’t hate Americans, however, they do have a ‘low view’ on them ..in general..and I agree with the French.

I’ll be talking about my personal point of view on this one, so don’t get angry if you think differently. As an example, my classmate has asked me : “Which countries is Chinese or whatever Chinese language is, is spoken?” I just stared at him.

Also, there were quite a few of my friends who had no idea, whatsoever, of whom Andrea Bocelli is.

I don’t listen to Opera music…but at least I know who he is; It’s like someone who does not have a clue of whom Mozart is because he doesn’t play the piano.

For many Californians (I think), their nation is a superpower and that is all that counts. IGNORANCE.

5. La Gastronomie Francaise!

TRUTH! French food is definitely varied.

it is superrr delicious that I can’t even explain using words. French cuisine is extremely authentic and exotic- it varies from chicken to intestines. (Not only do the Latin Americans and Chinese eat those stuff…)

One of my favorite dishes is called ‘Steak Tartare’. In short words for this exquisite dish- it is just raw meat. Unfortunately, I’ve never  prepared it in the States due to the use of unknown amounts of hormones in the meat…

6. The culture is sophisticated and perfect!

TRUTH! but..with an exception.

I know this is sooo general but they are really chic from the areas of fashion to culinary arts. If you’ve heard of so many praises of France throughout your life, it’s not false, and neither is it an exaggeration! It is true!

People who visit France for the first time are completely blown away by the French aspects of the rich culture.

There is an exception to this statement though… In my opinion, there are not many talented French singers; French music is pretty weak. In vocals, they are in need of improvement.

AND THAT’S MARION COTILLARD! <3

7. They Stink

MYTH! What is with this stereotype??

The French are not stinky and therefore don’t smell bad. I’ve met and kissed lots of them but I’ve never had an instance where I thought to myself : “When was the last time he took a shower?”

Also, French perfumes are extraordinary! Most people use those expensive, good-smelling products. THEY SMELL FRESH.

8. Women don’t shave

TRU-MYTH! I’m not too sure about this one…

I can’t say that all women don’t shave..but I did meet this French madame who showed her underarms…and it was bushy (period)

9. Nude French Beaches!

TRUTH! Yesss! There are nude beaches!

Don’t be mislead though- Not all French beaches allow nudity; Only a few beaches do…so tourists, don’t be disappointed if you happen to make a spontaneous drop by a French beach during your vacation and not find a topless woman…:)

10. SMOKING!

TRUTH!

So many smoke….a lot! It’s a habit of the French people. They know it’s bad, but they’ve become addicted.

Many begin smoking at 16…It’s part of the culture…

When visiting Paris, you’ll be exposed to all the Tobacco smoke, so be ready :)

I believe that when the French smoke, it’s more a fashion statement than a liking for it.

He’s Jean Baptiste Maunier :) 

Merci!

Odile


Photo of the Day 6: Comfortable Carpet


Hey WordPress Readers!

This is a photo of myself :) I really love how the light shines through the darkness.

Thanks for visiting!


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