La Tasse de Cafe

FRENCH FRIDAY: CATIN

La Tasse de Café | French Friday from Louisiana

(RERUN)

CATIN

Pronounced:  

ka-Tah (ka-tan/ nasal n in which it is mostly silent)

Translation:

Louisiana (Cajun): doll, darling, girlfriend

France: Prostitute, Painted Lady

Hello French Friday Followers. I am Madame M

. While Mademoiselle Love is on vacation in a much warmer climate, I decided to lend a hand and share my French from Louisiana since it is a topic I often cover on my 

blog

.

While Jenée Sais Quoi was in Cajun Country over Christmas I had her over to 

La Prairie des Femmes

, my home, for an afternoon visit and a strong La Tasse de Café. We got to talking about Cajun French words that would be useful on French 

Friday

 - you know, the kind that every fashionable girl or guy needs to have in their back pocket for just in case. So we decided on a mutual favorite word often used in this area:

 Catin.

In fact, right now I'm wrapping up some French miel de tilleul as a gift for Miss Brenda who always calls me her "catin".

(

miel de tilleul is Linden Honey)

Here in Louisiana it means doll or darling, but in France it commonly means prostitute. Imagine the shock of French and Canadian tourists when they hear Louisiana women greet each other with squeals of "Hey ma 

cation!!"

Just to make it clear let's see what Amy Lynn learns from her new Cajun friend, Evangeline. 

Amy Lynn:

 Nice to meet you Evangeline. I'm very fortunate for Simone introducing me to her long lost cousin down here in Louisiana. 

Evangeline:

 It's my pleasure catin! Now what are you hungry for? Gumbo? Ettoufee? Corn bread? Pralines? I know you must be starving after your trip.

Amy Lynn doesn't understand something Evangeline said so sends a text message to Simone, 

    "What does 

Catin

 mean? Evangeline just called me 

Catin

 and I   

     don't want to seem dumb by asking her."

Simone responds, 

    "What the %$#&!? You just arrived? How does she already know  

     you are a Catin?  I mean... How rude!!! She has no business 

     calling you a prostitute! But wait, you are in Cajun 

     country, maybe it's Mardi Gras season, you never know how

     canaille

those girls can be!"

(cannaille translates to mischievous in Cajun French)

Amy Lynn:

 So Evangeline, you want to eat?

Evangeline:

 Well, I am hungry a lot, but I wanted to see if you wanted to wait and meet my brother for dinner? He's in town and I think he's got a new little 

catin

, I want to check her out."

Amy Lynn

(appalled): Excuse me!? Your brother has a 

catin

with him?

Evangeline:

 Well, yes! He's always got some 

catin

 or another.

Amy Lynn

(very uncomfortable): Wow, you Louisiana people really ARE wild.

Evangeline:

 Mais why's that? You got something against catins?

Amy Lynn: 

Well I think it is strange to accept that your brother would bring a prostitute to dinner to meet us.

Evangeline: 

Mais What?! Catin means doll or baby, or sometimes pretty little girl! Not Prostitute!

Amy Lynn:

 Mais alright... Catin!

Merci Beaucoup,

Madame 

 M

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Jenée hère: 

When you grow up in the Cajun area of Louisiana you don't realize that many of the words which are part of your everyday vocabulary are actually not English, but French. Not until I left Louisiana and was misunderstood did I even realize much of my vocabulary was French. 

I always loved the word Catin because that was my grandmother's nickname for me. When I asked her what it meant in English she told me a doll. I was thrilled that she thought I was as special as a doll!!!

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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"

is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on

KVPI-FM

My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 

Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana, with a serious interest in fashion and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, who is head over heels in love with everything French and everything coffee, it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves.

Tune in to

KVPI

every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more French lessons from Mademoiselle Love. We will discuss useful Frenchwords or expressions for the fashionable girl. To make it even more enjoyable, we will do it over a very fashionable cup of coffee.

FRENCH FRIDAY #55: BON ANNIVERSAIRE

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Bon anniversaire! 

or 

Joyeux anniversaire!

French Pronounciation:

[bon ahn ee ver sair] / [jwa yeuz ahn ee ver sair]

Definition

 : 

Happy Birthday

On Friday, I was busy getting ready for Miss Jenée Sais Quoi's 3-in-1 Halloween Birthday Baby Shower, which is definitely going to be the most original baby shower in the history of baby showers! Nothing's going to be pink or blue at this shower! And it's all happening today! So, I was thinking about how to tie this fun party into today's 

Tasse de café

, but then I realized that pretty much nothing is French about this day. In France, baby showers don't really exist. If they do, they might be called something like 

une

fête

 pour le bébé

 (party for the baby), which sounds kind of lame, or they just use the English term, since it's pretty much an American invention. Another thing that doesn't really exist in France is Halloween. While it is starting to catch on around the world, including in France, it's another one of those brilliant ;) American inventions. Birthdays, however, do of course exist in France! So, let's all say...

Bon anniversaire

, Miss Jenée Sais Quoi! I hope your birthday is as good as 

this French barbie girl

's was!

Guess what! It just so happens to be Amy Lynn's birthday too...

Amy Lynn:

OMG, Simone, don't you think you're forgetting something?

Simone:

Like, no. What are you, like, talking about?

Amy Lynn:

OMG it's my birthday! I can't believe you forgot!!!!!!!

(starts crying)

Simone:

OMG, take a chill pill. Bon anniversaire, Amy Lynn. Like, here's your 

cadeau.

Amy Lynn:

cadeau

?!?!? 

Pour moi

?

Simone:

Like, duh!

I wonder who's going to be getting more 

cadeaux

 today- Jenée Sais Quoi or her adorable bump? :)

See you on Friday for the next 

tasse de café

!

Mademoiselle Love

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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"

is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on 

KVPI-FM

My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 

Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana - with a serious interest in fashion - and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, - is in love with everything French and everything coffee - it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves with a weekly Fashion French lesson.

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Tune in to 

KVPI 

every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun  French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more Fashionable French lessons. 

FRENCH FRIDAY #54: AU NATUREL

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Au Naturel   
French Pronounciation:  | oh nah-tyu-rel |

Definition : 
in the natural state, plain, naked!


So, Miss Jenée sais quoi and I spent the most amazing relaxing weekend together in the Catskills last weekend, and I learned that because of her current state (eh hem), she really prefers to do things, like brush her teeth and hang out in the kitchen, au naturel. 

What's au naturel you ask? Well, in English, it has come to mean pretty much one thing - naked! In French, however, it doesn't just refer to the nakedness of someone's body, but also the "nakedness" of one's face, for example, if they wear no make-up. It can also describe food that is served simply, without all kinds of sauce. In fact, the word for "plain" in French is "nature" [nah-tyur]. So, for example, in my favorite aisle in French grocery stores - the yogurt aisle!!! - you'll see "yaourt nature" and "yaourt à la fraise", for example. I don't discriminate. I love them ALL. I also love Jenée sais quoi both "au naturel" and flavored with strawberries-  uh, I meant clothes! ;) Ha ha!

Might Amy Lynn and Simone understand the "subtle" differences the expression au naturel takes on in French and English?

Amy Lynn: I'm going to the gym now. Like, bye!

Simone: OMG, are you going au naturel?

Amy Lynn: OMG, like, no! Does it look like it? I'm decked out in 100% Lulu lemon gear.

Simone: Uh, no. Although, of all people, you WOULD go to the gym naked, I meant sans make-up!

Amy Lynn: OMG, can I really go naked?

Simone:Mon dieu.


This reminds me of a very interesting story Jenée said quoi told me last weekend about a Cajun's definition of au naturel when it comes to cooking... Take it away, Miss Jenée sais quoi!

Bonne week-end, y'all!
Mademoiselle Love

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Jenée Sais Quoi here: 

Yes, it's true. Mademoiselle Love knows me very well and there are few secrets between us. During out weekend together she got to experience my full pregnant state. Little disclosure here: As a big pregnant lady - the au naturel state is ideal when your body starts to take on this new shape which is slightly uncomfortable to say the least. Modesty sort of goes out the window and comfort rules. 

But about the Cajun au naturel food... Oh yes, as you know I was recently in Louisiana for a baby shower. My father's friend, a fisherman, caught and cooked red fish for me all on the same day (these are the kinds of things I miss most about home). Before cooking it, he told me how he was going to prepare it. He said it was going to be VERY SIMPLE. The first thing that popped into my head was, "olive oil, lemon, salt & pepper and maybe some garlic".  As he went on to describe the process and this is what was involved: Black Pepper, Red Pepper, Tony Chacherie's Seasoning, Garlic, Butter, Lemon, Onions, Red Peppers, Green Peppers and Yellow Peppers. I had to laugh to myself as I forgot what a SIMPLE dish means to a Cajun. That is how Cajuns cook au naturel.  

RECIPE ON THE BLOG NEXT WEEK! 

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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana - with a serious interest in fashion - and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, - is in love with everything French and everything coffee - it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves with a weekly Fashion French lesson.
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Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun  French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more Fashionable French lessons. 

FRENCH FRIDAY #53: LE PORFIRIO


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girls drinking coffee, cafe, coffee, talking, carré, coffee talk, la tasse de cafeLe Porfirio
French Pronounciation:  |le porh-fee-ree-oh|

Definition : Pepper Mill

Salut! Have you noticed that pepper mills are getting bigger and bigger these days? Check out Guy Fieri's in this picture! Ridiculous, right? So, the other night, while at a French restaurant, I almost died laughing when the waiter asked me if I wanted fresh pepper on my salade niçoise and he whipped out this massive pepper mill. I had to see this thing in action and say "Oui"! Well, there were some French ladies nearby who were laughing even harder than I was. When I found out why, I realized I just had to share...

It all has to do with this guy Porfirio Rubirosa, an international playboy from the Dominican Republic, who became known in Paris as "toujours prêt, or "always ready". In restaurants, the moulin à poivre, or pepper mill, started to become known as "le porfirio" or "le rubirosa", and I'm sure you can use your imagination to figure out why! But something tells me Simone doesn't know this one...

Simone: Mamie, could you pass the moulin à poivre?

Mamie Louise: Do you mean le porfirio? Ha ha ha ha ha!!!

Simone: What's that? What's so funny, mamie?

Mamie Louise: You wouldn't understand, Simone.

Amy Lynn: You're right! She wouldn't! She's such a prude! Ha ha ha ha!

I guess Simone is a bit of a prude! Anyway, I know I will never be able to look at a pepper mill again without thinking of Monsieur toujours prêt!

Bon week-end, y'all!
Mademoiselle Love

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jenee here:  this is why I love Mlle Love so much. She speaks the true "language of love". As you know, when you say it in French it always sounds nicer. This is how one gets away with lewd comments still sounding like a lady. 

So to ladies who lunch and brunch and...  Spice up your dish and experience the "Le Porfirio".


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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana - with a serious interest in fashion - and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, - is in love with everything French and everything coffee - it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves with a weekly Fashion French lesson.
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Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun  French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more Fashionable French lessons. 



FRENCH FRIDAY #52: RIVE GAUCHE

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Rive Gauche   
French Pronounciation:  | rheev goʃ |

Definition : 
left bank (of the Seine in Paris)


Have you ever been to Paris and heard people talk about the rive gauche vs the rive droite and wondered what the difference was? Well, if you've ever been to New Orleans and heard people talk about the East Bank and the West Bank, both of which are sometimes called the "best bank", then you should probably get the idea!

Rive gauche

The river Seine cuts across Paris, and the south side is called the "rive gauche" or "left bank" while the north side is called the "rive droite" or right bank. The rive gauche is known for its rich intellectual and bohemian history, so it pretty much carries the connotation of "cool". Nowadays neighborhoods like the Quartier latin and the Saint-Germain-Des-Prés are so overrun with tourists that the term rive gauche pretty much refers to a bygone era. As for New Orleans, the east bank will always be the best bank! ;)


Simone: OMG I so love that handbag! 

Amy Lynn: No way! You love MY handbag? Has hell frozen over?

Simone: Uh, no... It's just so rive gauche!

Amy Lynn: I know, and you're a rive droite kinda girl, right, aka uppity and boring?

Simone: OMG noooo!!! Just not weird like you! I'm never giving you a compliment ever again!


Yikes Amy Lynn!

I'm going to New Orleans next week, so if I make it to the West Bank, also known as the Wank, I'll post some comparison photos so you get the idea! ;)

Bonne journée, y'all!
Mademoiselle Love

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Jenée Sais Quoi here: 
Last week I was reading my favorite section of the Wall Street Journal - The Personal Journal. There was a great article on Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent about his new aesthetic and his focus on Los Angeles. Of course minutes later I see on Instagram, Justin Bieber making a shout to to Saint Laurent. So the new Rock-Star style seems to be catching on with the right crowd. 

More importantly a French term stood out to me, and I wondered if everyone knew what it meant exactly, which is why we have La Tasse de Café on the blog. French pops up in Fashion talk all the time and you are just expected to know.

Here we go - It's Fashion week in New York and then London, and then Milan and finally Paris. Do start studying your La Tasse de Café !!

Newspaper scan below - and online article here.


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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana - with a serious interest in fashion - and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, - is in love with everything French and everything coffee - it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves with a weekly Fashion French lesson.
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Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun  French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more Fashionable French lessons. 

FRENCH FRIDAY #51: Garçonne

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Garçonne   
French Pronounciation:  | gar sunn|

Definition :  flapper


When I heard Miss Jenée Sais Quoi was going to Atlantic City, all I could think about was... Steve Buschemi! If you must ask why, then I assume you haven't started watching Boardwalk Empire yet! Steve Buscemi, normally quite possibly one of the most unattractive dudes, is so completely and utterly HOT as the corrupt treasurer of none other than Prohibition-era Atlantic City. And while I'm sure the AC of today rocks some interesting fashion, I kinda think the 20s, with it's bootleggers and garçonnes, was its heyday. What's a garçonne, you ask?

It's the French word for boy - garçon - feminized. Flappers, or garçonnes, like these girls, played a big role in the women's lib
movement, and part of that meant wearing looser, more masculine clothing - not exactly what one can expect to see in the AC of today! See Wednesday's Outfit post for more up to date AC wear. 

Well, what do you know, Simone and Amy Lynn are going to Atlantic City. 


Simone: I can't believe we're going to Atlantic City. I'm totally gonna wear my flapper dress! 

Amy Lynn: WTF?! Which century do you live in?

Simone: Well, on Boardwalk Empire, I love the whole garçonne look...

Amy Lynn: Woah! Hold up? That was, like, a thousand years ago or something! And wait a second! Garçon? Doesn't that mean "waiter"?

Simone: Um, no! Garçon means boy, and it's totally rude to call a waiter that! Garçonne is French for flapper girl or for tomboy.

Amy Lynn: Whatever! I don't see the difference!

(Simone rolls her eyes)


So what about you? Are you totally in love with Steve Buscemi, and do you wish Atlantic City was still the land of garçonnes?!


Merci Beaucoup,
Mademoiselle Love

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Jenée Sais Quoi here: 
So it would seem that Atlantic City has always been host to some outlandish fashion. Today's fashion may not seem as romantic as the days of flapper fashion - though perhaps in another century, another blogger will be yearning for the nostalgic days of tight spandex dresses, animal print everything and overly tanned skin.

What has remained constant is the sparkle! I saw more than one glittery platform stiletto and I was adding to the sparkle with my sequin tank top

If you have not watched Boardwalk Empire the fashion really is phenomenal. My personal favorite is the lingerie, imported directly from Paris. Here are a few shots to start your weekend. 






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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana - with a serious interest in fashion - and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, - is in love with everything French and everything coffee - it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves with a weekly Fashion French lesson.
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Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun  French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more Fashionable French lessons. 

Photography by Peter Koloff 
Wardrobe on Mlle Love and JSQ provided by: KATYBELLE.COM



FRENCH FRIDAY #50: Boîte de nuit


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2 girls drinking coffee, spring fashion, black and white photography

Boîte de nuit
French Pronounciation:|bwaht duh nwee|
Definition :  night club

Even though I'm not exactly a Spring chicken, every now and then, it's nice to go out dancing! Am I right, or am I right? But just because we're getting older doesn't mean we have to use old-fashioned words- in English or in French! So, next time you're in Paris, you're not going to a discothèque! You're going to a boîte de nuit or simply a boîte.

I'm positive that Amy Lynn and Simone know what I'm talking about...

Amy Lynn:    OMG, Simone, I'm so in the mood to go dancing! Shall we go to a discothèque?

Simone: OMG, are you, like, 50? No one says that anymore! I'll only go out with you if you never say that word ever again. 

Amy Lynn:    Sorry Simone! I was just trying to impress you! How do you say it then?

Simone: It's called a boîte de nuit. Get it straight, and Allons-y!

I guess Simone got over it because Allons-y [ah-lohn zee] means "Let's go!" So, what about you guys? Do you still like to go to les boîtes every now and then? Or do you mainly stick to bars or perhaps even have dance parties in your living room? 

À la semaine prochaine!
Mademoiselle Love
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Jenée Here:
Mlle Love's lesson came right in time!!! We are headed to Atlantic City this weekend (AC for those in the know!) Going to check out the Jersey shore --- don't worry I'll take pictures. Make sure you are following me on instagram @jeneesaisquoidotcom. Perhaps I'll even put on a tight dress over this bump and check out a Boîte ???

Come back next week for the full report.
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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana - with a serious interest in fashion - and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, - is in love with everything French and everything coffee - it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves with a weekly Fashion French lesson.
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Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun  French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more Fashionable French lessons. 

Dresses worn by Mlle Love and Jenée Sais Quoi are compliments of Katybelle Boutique 

FRENCH FRIDAY: RE-RUN


What kind of Catin are you?
La Tasse de Café | French Friday from Louisiana

CATIN
Pronounced:  ka-Tah (ka-tan/ nasal n in which it is mostly silent)
Translation: 
Louisiana (Cajun): doll, darling, girlfriend
France: Prostitute, Painted Lady

Hello French Friday Followers. I am Madame M. While Mademoiselle Love is on vacation in a much warmer climate, I decided to lend a hand and share my French from Louisiana since it is a topic I often cover on my blog.

While Jenée Sais Quoi was in Cajun Country over Christmas I had her over to La Prairie des Femmes, my home, for an afternoon visit and a strong La Tasse de Café. We got to talking about Cajun French words that would be useful on French Friday - you know, the kind that every fashionable girl or guy needs to have in their back pocket for just in case. So we decided on a mutual favorite word often used in this area: Catin.

In fact, right now I'm wrapping up some French miel de tilleul as a gift for Miss Brenda who always calls me her "catin".

(miel de tilleul is Linden Honey)


Here in Louisiana it means doll or darling, but in France it commonly means prostitute. Imagine the shock of French and Canadian tourists when they hear Louisiana women greet each other with squeals of "Hey ma cation!!"

Just to make it clear let's see what Amy Lynn learns from her new Cajun friend, Evangeline. 


Amy Lynn: Nice to meet you Evangeline. I'm very fortunate for Simone introducing me to her long lost cousin down here in Louisiana. 

Evangeline: It's my pleasure catin! Now what are you hungry for? Gumbo? Ettoufee? Corn bread? Pralines? I know you must be starving after your trip.

Amy Lynn doesn't understand something Evangeline said so sends a text message to Simone, 
    "What does Catin mean? Evangeline just called me Catin and I  
     don't want to seem dumb by asking her."

Simone responds, 
    "What the %$#&!? You just arrived? How does she already know 
     you are a Catin?  I mean... How rude!!! She has no business 
     calling you a prostitute! But wait, you are in Cajun 
     country, maybe it's Mardi Gras season, you never know how 
     canaille those girls can be!"

(cannaille translates to mischievous in Cajun French)

Amy Lynn: So Evangeline, you want to eat?

Evangeline: Well, I am hungry a lot, but I wanted to see if you wanted to wait and meet my brother for dinner? He's in town and I think he's got a new little catin, I want to check her out."

Amy Lynn (appalled): Excuse me!? Your brother has a catin with him?

Evangeline: Well, yes! He's always got some catin or another.

Amy Lynn (very uncomfortable): Wow, you Louisiana people really ARE wild.

Evangeline: Mais why's that? You got something against catins?

Amy Lynn: Well I think it is strange to accept that your brother would bring a prostitute to dinner to meet us.

Evangeline: Mais What?! Catin means doll or baby, or sometimes pretty little girl! Not Prostitute!

Amy Lynn: Mais alright... Catin!

Merci Beaucoup,
Madame  M
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Jenée hère: 
I thought with the temperature so hot out here - we would revisit the Cajun French use of Catin.  Happy Summer all you Hotties !!!

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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana, with a serious interest in fashion and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, who is head over heels in love with everything French and everything coffee, it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves.
Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more French lessons from Mademoiselle Love. We will discuss useful French  words or expressions for the fashionable girl. To make it even more enjoyable, we will do it over a very fashionable cup of coffee.

FRENCH FRIDAY #48: COUPE DU MONDE

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2 girls drinking coffee, spring fashion, black and white photography

Coup du Monde
French Pronounciation:  |koop dyu mɔ̃d|

Definition :  The World Cup


Salut! Have you been following the coupe du monde? I sure have! 


I don't know about you, but I was particularly torn when France played Germany last week. On the one hand, I wanted to root for France since I'm a francophile and all, but on the other hand, I'm married to a German dude (Yes that's right. I'm married, but don't worry! I'll always be mademoiselle to you!) So, don't tell anyone, but, like a good wifey, I've been rooting for Germany, and how excited are you to see them kick booty in the finale on Sunday?! :)

Anyway, I wonder if Amy Lynn and Simone have been following the Coupe du monde...


Simone: OMG, Amy Lynn, I can't wait to watch the finale of the coupe du monde on Sunday. Germany is so gonna beat the crap out of Argentina. Will you watch with me?

Amy Lynn:  Like, what's the coupe du monde? 

Simone: OMG, duh! It's the soccer world cup! 

Amy Lynn:  Eew! Soccer is so totally boring! 

Simone:Whatever! Have you not noticed that soccer players are ultra hot, and they totally like to show off their six packs by wearing skin-tight jerseys. Come on! I'll make jello shots! 

Amy Lynn:Well, ok, since there will be jello shots involved! But I think Argentina's team is way hotter, so I'm rooting for them!

Simone:OMG you're so totally superficial, Amy Lynn.

May the best (and hottest?) team win on Sunday! Who are you rooting for?

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Jenée Sais Quoi here: 
Well, in this household soccer is on year round, year after year. According to Ari it's always a "big game".  So when Coup du Monde comes around every 4 years, it's even more reason to make all of our plans revolve around Futball. While I do find soccer exciting to watch and think it's an exemplary show of team work, the hot abs and cool hair styles are a major bonus.  

One game left this Sunday (but don't worry it's on year round if you really need more). 

Would love to see what your World Cup fashion is - Ill show you mind if you show me yours :)



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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana - with a serious interest in fashion - and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, - is in love with everything French and everything coffee - it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves with a weekly Fashion French lesson.
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Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun  French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more Fashionable French lessons. 

FRENCH FRIDAY #46: Petit Top

LA TASSE DE CAFE | FASHIONABLE FRENCH VOCABULARY sponsored by KatyBelle Boutique

Petit Top   
French Pronounciation:  | p(ə)ti tɔp |

Definition :  
crop top 

Are you ready for crop tops, mini skirts and sandals? Oh, and ICED COFFEE? I sure am! But the weather is still not really cooperating- in New York at least! Soon enough though we'll all be breaking out our favorite petit top because they are oh so à la mode right now. Yes, in French, the English word top is used. Amy Lynn is on top (haha!) of this one...


Simone: OMG aren't you freezing in that petit top?

Amy Lynn:  No, I'm not! I feel awesome. Really! 
(shivering)

Simone: Well, you look so totally awesome!

Amy Lynn: That's all that matters. Damn, why are you being so nice? You must want something?

Simone: Well, uh, yeah. Can I borrow that awesome petit top next week?

Amy Lynn: OMG I should've known. Yes, you can borrow it!


Of course Simone wanted something. She never throws compliments around like that. Are you on top (haha!) of the petit top like these girls?

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Jenée Sais Quoi here: 
Well, you don't have to be nice to anyone if you don't want to because you can just get your own petit top from Katybelle!!! Forget borrowing.

Crop tops were super hot last summer and this year they are in full force along with dresses that have strategic sexy cut-outs. This trend is definitely a throwback to 90's fashion but don't make the mistake of going totally Brittany. To wear a crop top in 2014, it must be paired with bottoms that fit at the natural waist - no belly buttons and definitely no belly button rings!!!

This is how to do the Petit Top:

Euro Moto Crop Top (L) and Exaggerated Houndstooth Blouse (R) 
Euro Moto Crop Top styled with Royal Blue Mullet Skirt, Rachel Comey Sandals and Kustawi Handbag 

Exaggerated Houndstooth Blouse  styled with Antique Gold Sequin Mini Skirt and Vintage Whiting & Davis Necklace

Euro Moto Crop Top (L) and Exaggerated Houndstooth Blouse (R)


Euro Moto Crop Top (L) and Exaggerated Houndstooth Blouse (R)





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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana - with a serious interest in fashion - and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, - is in love with everything French and everything coffee - it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves with a weekly Fashion French lesson.
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Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun  French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more Fashionable French lessons. 

FRENCH FRIDAY #45: Tête-à-Tête

LA TASSE DE CAFE | FASHIONABLE FRENCH VOCABULARY sponsored by KatyBelle Boutique

Tête-à-Tête   
French Pronounciation:  |tet ah tet|

Definition :  
a face to face private conversation, a "heart to heart" 

As I'm having my morning tasse de cold brew, I'm wishing I was enjoying it with my mom because Sunday is Mother's Day. Well, if she were here, she'd be having iced tea with lots of ice, lemon and Sweet-n-low, but that's another story. Are you by any chance lucky enough to have a tête-à-tête scheduled with your mom this Mother's Day? What's a tête-à-tête, you ask?



tête-à-tête is French for a face to face private conversation or a "heart to heart". Literally, it translates to "head to head", but, as usual, it sounds so much better in French! I wonder if Simone and Any Lynn have had any tête-à-têtes lately...

Simone: Amy Lynn, lately I've been feeling bad about how I'm always so mean to you. I'm sorry I can be such a b*^ch sometimes.

Amy Lynn:  It's ooo...kayyy... 

Simone: Well, that sure was a great tête-à-tête

Amy Lynn: That's it? Aren't you gonna beg for my forgiveness?

Simone: Hells no! What do you expect me to do- change overnight?

Too bad Simone doesn't know what a real tête-à-tête is. Well, in any case, I hope you get to have a tête-à-tête with your mom this weekend, and if you do, I hope it's not a b*^chfest like that one was and that you tell your mom you love her!

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Jenée Sais Quoi here: 
Once my friend, Ophelia, gave me these tiny baby vases and said, "these will be perfect for a tête-à-tête. In this way the flower arrangement will not get in the way of this very sentimental chat. They are just enough of a conversation piece, without intruding on the conversation.
You know what else is perfect for a tête-à-tête - a tasse de café. Recently Mlle Love and I went to Café Couleur in Park Slope in our outfits from Katybelle Boutique. These outfits would be very sweet for a tête-à-tête with your mom on Mother's day or any occasion that you want to look like a sweet treat.

J'adore top $35 on Mlle Love and Bold Colorblock sheath $55 on JSQ







Bold Color Block Sheath styled with black and white scarf & Mignon Faget Heir Cuff
A little glitter heel for flair



J'adore shirt - this is how you open Sugar in the Raw





J'adore shirt styled with Black Pencil skirt and cinched with Gucci Logo belt

JSQ in Bold Colorblock Sheath and Mlle Love in J'adore shirt
Time to pay the bill - Bag designed my JSQ 


Photography by Peter Koloff 

SPONSORED BY



KATYBELLE.COM

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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana - with a serious interest in fashion - and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, - is in love with everything French and everything coffee - it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves with a weekly Fashion French lesson.
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Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun  French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more Fashionable French lessons. 





FRENCH FRIDAY #44: Chapeau

LA TASSE DE CAFE | FASHIONABLE FRENCH VOCABULARY sponsored by KatyBelle Boutique
2 girls drinking coffee, spring fashion, black and white photography

Chapeau
French Pronounciation:  |sha-ˈpō|

Definition :  hat, hat's off!


This weekend, if you're wondering why women (or men) will be walking around wearing crazy ornate chapeaux like this or this, it's because, yep you guessed it, it's Kentucky Derby time!
I'm wondering if, in honor of the races, I should switch out my tasse de café for a tasse de mint julep...
If you haven't already guessed it, chapeau is French for hat.
(chapeaux is plural for chapeau)

Besides simply being the word for hat, the word chapeau can be used in place of "Hats off to you!" if you want to give someone kudos for something. 

Let's see if Simone and Amy Lynn will be getting into some derby festivities...

Amy Lynn: OMG, I'm so totally excited about the Kentucky Derby! Simone, do you have a hat picked out? I'm wearing this fabulous one. Like it?

(shows off monstrous hat)

Simone: Um, can we say "EEW!"? That is hideous! I'm not going anywhere with you as long as you're wearing that disgusting chapeau!

Amy Lynn: Come on, Simone! It's fun! Last year I won a contest for "most ridiculous derby hat"!

Simone: I can see why! Chapeau, I guess!... Fine, I'll come with you, but I'm wearing this more subdued one.

(models her chilled out hat)

Amy Lynn: Well, you won't be winning any awards for that one!

Simone: Whatever! My chapeau and I are cool with that.

What's your opinion of derby hats? All I'm gonna say is that I will definitely be wearing a chapeau this weekend, but it will be of the straw variety because... I'll be in New Orleans at Jazz Fest!! Yeah you right!

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Jenée Sais Quoi here: 
This week Mademoiselle Love & I met up for a tasse de café in our new outfits from KatyBelle Boutique in New Orleans. Katy definitely knows what ladies like: cute clothes at good prices so that you don't have to limit yourself to just one thing! Her online boutique is tastefully merchandised so most of the work is done for you. These outfits would be perfect for a weekend Derby party or anytime you want to look great.

See more of how we styled these dresses with scarves, red heels and jewelry.
riess necklace, john hardy bracelet, katybelle dress, spring fashion, corporate dress
Color Me Beautiful Colorblock dress with Reiss Mesh Necklace and John Hardy dragon bracelet

riess necklace, john hardy bracelet, katybelle dress, spring fashion, corporate dress
Color Me Beautiful Colorblock dress

riess necklace, john hardy bracelet, katybelle dress, spring fashion, corporate dress, white dress, head scarf
Color Me Beautiful Colorblock left & Cream Mod Bejeweled Dress right 
riess necklace, john hardy bracelet, katybelle dress, spring fashion, corporate dress, white dress, head scarf

White dress with Red Accents

blue sting ray bag, white dress, spring fashion, head scarf, kustawii earings, mignon faget cuff bracelet
Cream Mod Bejeweled Dress with Graphic head scarf, Kustawi earrings and Mignon Faget cuff

Color Me Beautiful Colorblock left & Cream Mod Bejeweled Dress right 


blue sting ray bag, white dress, spring fashion, head scarf, kustawii earings
Cream Mod Bejeweled Dress with accessorized in primary colors: Blue Sting Ray clutch and graphic head scarf

Photography by Peter Koloff

SPONSORED BY


KATYBELLE.COM



.....................................................................................
The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana - with a serious interest in fashion - and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, - is in love with everything French and everything coffee - it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves with a weekly Fashion French lesson.
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Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun  French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more Fashionable French lessons. 

FRENCH FRIDAY #42: Savoir-Faire


LA TASSE DE CAFE | FASHIONABLE FRENCH VOCABULARY
girls drinking coffee, cafe, coffee, talking, carré, coffee talk, la tasse de cafeSavoir-faire
French Pronounciation:  |savwaʁ fɛʁ]|

Definition : know-how, adaptability

I think it's finally safe to say that Spring is here to stay (until summer! :)) in New York. So, I finally broke out my Toddy cold brew coffee system (it's the best!!) and made my own delicious, non watered-down iced coffee! When I first moved to New York, I was disgusted by the iced coffee in this city. Imagine coffee-flavored water mixed with milk! But now, you can find great cold brewed iced coffee in places like Sweetleaf and Blue Bottle. But, one tiny, albeit highly concentrated, iced coffee will cost you around $5. With just a little savoir-faire, you can make it yourself! 

Did someone say savoir-faire? That's French for "know-how," "adaptability," or "knowing how to respond appropriately to any given situation". I wonder if Amy Lynn knows this one...


...

Simone:  Mmmmmm... this iced coffee is delicious! Mmmmm! 

Amy Lynn:  Where'd you get it?

Simone:  I made it of course! 

Amy Lynn: Wow! I can't believe you made it! How'd you do it?


Simone:  Let's just say I have savoir-faire. And no, you can't have any!

Amy Lynn:  Well, it's too bad you don't have savoir-vivre!

Damn! Amy Lynn really isn't taking Simone's crap anymore! Might we say she has savoir-faire when it comes to comebacks? Savoir-vivre = manners!

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Jenée Sais Quoi here: 

Today's French Friday is extra special because not only did Amy Lynn let Simone have it, but it's Mademoiselle Love's Birthday !!!!!  
Joyeux Anniversaire!!!!

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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana - with a serious interest in fashion - and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, - is in love with everything French and everything coffee - it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves with a weekly Fashion French lesson.
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Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun  French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more Fashionable French lessons. 

FRENCH FRIDAY #41: Carré

LA TASSE DE CAFE | FASHIONABLE FRENCH VOCABULARY
girls drinking coffee, cafe, coffee, talking, carré, coffee talk, la tasse de cafeCarré
French Pronounciation:  |ka rhay|

Definition : square / square shaped neck scarf

On this dreary, still too cold for me day, I'm wishing Spring would actually get here. I'm ready for iced coffees, ballet flats and carrés. I'm sick of bundling up in my poofy coat, my écharpe and my hot nespresso coffee.

In French, there are three kinds of scarves, the écharpe, for cold weather, the foulard, for warmer weather and the carré, which, let's admit it, is just decorative. Carré simply means "square," and the word is also used to refer to those typically French square-shaped neck scarves, such as the ones made famous by Hermès.

I bet Simone knows a thing or two about the carré!

...

Amy Lynn: Simone, what are you doing? You can't wear that today!


Simone:  Yes, I can! I can, like, do what I want...with my bod-day!


Amy Lynn: OMG! You're going to be freezing in that flimsy little scarf!


Simone: What do I care?! At least I'll look awesome! And by the way, it's called a carré! OMG, get with the program!


Amy Lynn: Whatever! I'm wearing my poofy coat today, and anyone who doesn't like it can talk to the hand!

And what about you? Are you ready to dress for Spring, even though it's still not quite warm enough?

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Jenée Sais Quoi here: 

Today's French lesson was inspired by a conversation I had last week with my very fashionable friend, Ophelia. She was talking about a certain kind of woman in Europe and describing the way that type of woman dresses. Among the descriptive words such as pearls, Burberry trench coats and heels was the word Carré. She said it as if no translation was necessary, and that's when I realized it needed to be added to our list of French vocab to have in your back pocket!!! While a Carré can be any iteration of a square scarf, in a situation like mine with Ophelia, it most definitely referred to an Hermès Carré.  Now you know!

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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana - with a serious interest in fashion - and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, - is in love with everything French and everything coffee - it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves with a weekly Fashion French lesson.
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Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun  French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more Fashionable French lessons. 

FRENCH FRIDAY #40 : Fête

La Tasse de Café | French Vocabulary by Mademoiselle Love
girls drinking coffee, cafe, coffee, talking, quelle surprise, coffee talk, la tasse de cafe

Fête
French Pronounciation:  |fet|

Definition : celebration, festival, party


In French, if you are going to party it up, you might say that you're going to faire la fête. Also, most French holidays have the word fête in them, such as la Fête de Pâques (Easter), which is coming up soon, la Fête du Travail, (Labor Day) and la Fete National Française (French National Holiday, or Bastille Day if you insist...). I have a feeling Amy Lynn and Simone know a thing or two about this one...

Amy Lynn:Woah, Simone, why do you look like total crap?


Simone:  Oh, because I was at this crazy fête last night!

 
Amy Lynn:  Like, what's a fête?


Simone: OMG, I can't believe you of all people don't know that word! It's a party! 


Amy Lynn:You're right! I should know that one because if anyone knows how to faire la fête, it's me, not your lame ass. I'm sure I didn't miss out!

Simone:You, like, totally did, but, like, whatever.

Well, it seems nothing has changed with those crazy gals! I hope you have a great weekend and find a reason to faire la fête!

Until Next time, Merci Beaucoup,
Mademoiselle Love

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Jenée here: This weeks word could not better describe what I'm going through this week: Fashion Week New Orleans !!! Every evening is full of events from Launch Parties, to Style Lounges, Fashion Shows and Award Galas. There is always a Fête in New Orleans but this week it's doubled. Stay tuned next week for more from FWNO14. 

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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana - with a serious interest in fashion - and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, - is in love with everything French and everything coffee - it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves with a weekly Fashion French lesson.

Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun  French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more French lessons from Mademoiselle Love. We will discuss useful French  words or expressions for the fashionable girl. To make it even more enjoyable, we will do it over a very fashionable cup of coffee.

FRENCH FRIDAY #39 : FLEUR DE LYS (re-run)

La Tasse de Café | French Vocabulary by Mademoiselle Love
girls drinking coffee, cafe, coffee, talking, quelle surprise, coffee talk, la tasse de cafe

Fleur de Lys
French Pronounciation:  |flœʀ de leese|
English Pronounciation: |flœʀ de lee|

Translation: Lily

(this is a French Friday re-run from 6.21.13)

I landed in New Orleans today for a trip to the homeland, and as I write, I am inhaling my first Café du Monde café au lait of the trip. My, does home taste delicious!

Being in New Orleans, pretty much everywhere I turn, I see a very special symbol, the fleur de lysand it seemed fitting to discuss it with you fine folks since it is a standard part of New Orleans fashion

It's an ancient symbol that has most famously been used to represent French royalty, and it recalls Louisiana's rich heritage. 
Mignon Faget Fleur de Lys
Mignon Faget Earring


...was derived from the lily or the iris flower (it's still debated). Even though it has been used in Louisiana for a couple hundred years, it did not become the state's official symbol until 2008. 
Back in the day, before I realized how cool New Orleans and Louisiana were, I rejected this symbol. It might have to do with The Saints, whose black and gold fleur de lys uniforms I found so cheesy. Now I embrace it all, and you should too!

Let's see how Simone and Amy Lynn handle this fashion statement as they get ready to attend a New Orleans Saints Game:

Simone:   OMG, Amy Lynn, are you really going to wear that hideous black and gold boa and those fleur de lys earrings?

Amy Lynn: Well, yeah! I gotta support my team and my totally radical home state!

Simone: Well, it's making me want to vomit!

Amy Lynn: Why you gotta be such a hater, Simone? Pierre and I are gonna wear our fleur de lys all we want, and you're just gonna be all alone hating!  In fact, Pierre just gave me these Mignon Faget earrings. All the ladies in New Orleans have them.

Simone:OMG, like, just, OMG!




Don't be a hater!

Until Next time, Merci Beaucoup,
Mademoiselle Love

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Jenée Here - For the past several weeks, as you may have noticed, Mademoiselle Love and I have been on a break from blogging. Our very hectic New York lives sometimes prevent us from even having a simple tasse de cafe to discuss fashionable French words! But, we have some great tasse surprises coming this spring and summer. Stay tuned!

I decided to re-run this Lesson in particular because I am planning a trip to NOLA next week for Fashion Week New Orleans!!! I've purchased a few new key spring essentials, but will of course have a few of my favorite vintage pieces. My Mignon Faget jewelry is also a must for New Orleans. Stay tuned on Outfit Ideas to see how it all comes together.

and now for more fashionable Fleur de Lys
Mignon Faget Fleur de Lys
Mignon Faget Fleur de Lys Pendant Necklace
Mignon Faget Fleur de Lys
Mignon Faget Fleur de Lys Ring

and since you know how much I love Vintage - here is a little Fleur de Lys throw back. As we all know, fashion is cyclical and what's old is new again. This chic is sporting Fleur de Lys all over - so GO ON AMY LYNN! 
Marie de Medici 



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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana - with a serious interest in fashion - and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, - is in love with everything French and everything coffee - it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves with a weekly Fashion French lesson.

Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun  French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more French lessons from Mademoiselle Love. We will discuss useful French  words or expressions for the fashionable girl. To make it even more enjoyable, we will do it over a very fashionable cup of coffee.

FRENCH FRIDAY #39: PRIX FIXE

La Tasse de Café | French Vocabulary by Mademoiselle Love
girls drinking coffee, cafe, coffee, talking, quelle surprise, coffee talk, la tasse de cafe

Prix Fixe
Pronounced:  [pree feex]
Definition:  a set meal of a number of courses at one fixed price

Bonne fête de la Saint-Valentin, y'all! Or, in other words, Happy Valentine's Day, y'all! How will you be celebrating tonight? Something a bit out of the ordinary? Or perhaps a fancy prix fixe dinner? My man thinks going out to dinner on Valentine's Day is super cheesy, so he's going to cook for me. Fine with me, but I don't see anything wrong with the occasional prix fixe dinner on Valentine's Day!

You've probably seen the words prix fixe on countless blackboards outside of restaurants, but have you ever wondered what it really meant? When you order a prix fixe meal, as opposed to choosing your appetizer, main dish and dessert à la carte, or from the main menu, you choose from a separate menu offering 2-3 or even more dishes at a fixed price, like here. In France, most restaurants offer a prix fixe menu all of the time, not just on holidays, whereas in the US, you usually see it only on certain holidays, in French restaurants ... or during Restaurant Week NYC which starts next week! 

It looks like Amy Lynn is going out with Pierre tonight...
 
Pierre:   Amy Lynn, I'm so happee to see you. Eet has been so long. I thought I was goeeng to die.

Amy Lynn:OMG, whatever. Lame. 



Pierre: But, my darleeng, deedn't you mees me?


Amy Lynn: I guess so!... But, really I'm just super excited for this special Valentine's Day prix fixe menu at Maison Premiere. OMG this place is the coolest!


Pierre:Whatever I have to do to geet you to kees me again...


Poor Pierre! I hope you have an excellent fête de Saint-Valentin and that you get to kiss that special someone...


À vendredi prochain! (Until next Friday!)
Mlle Love
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Jenée Here - I love this big cheesy day of love. I love getting valentines and giving valentines. I love wearing pink and eating bon bons. It's a great day to tell everyone you love how special they are. Apparently I have always loved Valentines. My best friend from First Grade sent me a picture of a baby Valentine balloon I gave to her when we were 6 years old!!!  She still has it!


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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana - with a serious interest in fashion - and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, - is in love with everything French and everything coffee - it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves with a weekly Fashion French lesson.

Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more French lessons from Mademoiselle Love. We will discuss useful French  words or expressions for the fashionable girl. To make it even more enjoyable, we will do it over a very fashionable cup of coffee.

FRENCH FRIDAY #38 : C'est La Vie

La Tasse de Café | French Vocabulary by Mademoiselle Love
girls drinking coffee, cafe, coffee, talking, quelle surprise, coffee talk, la tasse de cafe

C'est La Vie
Pronounced:  [say lah vee]
Definition: That is life/ That's life

If you were rooting for the Broncos during Superbowl XLVIII, then you'd better learn the French phrase c'est la vie!


If you've already heard this one, then you probably know that it means "that's life" or perhaps "shit happens" and that you say it whenever something unfortunate happens. Let's see if Simone and Amy Lynn know this one...

Amy Lynn:  OMG I'm so sad that the Broncos lost. I hate the Seahawks! They're, like, total assholes!
(crying a little)

Simone:  Get over it, Amy Lynn. C'est la vie! ... Well, I was rooting for Seattle, so I'm pretty happy.

Amy Lynn:Why were you rooting for those bastard Seahawks?


Simone:Because I think their purple and green uniforms look totally rad.

Amy Lynn:OMG you are so not a real football fan. I can't believe you just said that... 
(crying more)

Simone:C'est la vie, Amy Lynn. C'est... la... vie.


How did you feel about the Super Bowl this year? Are you totally bummed like Amy Lynn and I are?

Bisous,
Mademoiselle Love
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Jenée Here:  It was no secret we were rooting for the Broncos since Ari is from Colorado. Well, to say the least, our party was ....deflated. BUT some of the blog followers actually were inspired by last weeks Outfit Ideas and shared them with me right before the game!!!


  • The first is a look a JSQ fan from Boulder who lives in Brooklyn.  She wore Bronco colors topped with an uber trendy denim button down.
  • In the middle is Moi.  Forever Who Dat Nation. (<3 Louisiana)
  • The last look is from a Nebraska girl living in Denver. She really nailed the Casual Chic look.

Nice job ladies. Your fashion skills far exceeded the Denver Broncos game.

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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana - with a serious interest in fashion - and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, - is in love with everything French and everything coffee - it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves with a weekly Fashion French lesson.

Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more French lessons from Mademoiselle Love. We will discuss useful French  words or expressions for the fashionable girl. To make it even more enjoyable, we will do it over a very fashionable cup of coffee.

FRENCH FRIDAY #37: Cliché

La Tasse de Café | French Vocabulary by Mademoiselle Love
girls drinking coffee, cafe, coffee, talking, quelle surprise, coffee talk, la tasse de cafe

Cliché
Pronounced:  [klee shay]
Definition: an expression or idea that is overused or predictable and may appear unoriginal

Back in frigid New York, I’m drinking my Nespresso and I’m wishing it was a Thai iced coffee like the one I had from Somnuek Kopee in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I could get over it and tell myself that “All good things must come to an end” but that would be so cliché, don’t you think? Speaking of which…


Have you used the French word cliché but wondered what it really means? A cliché is an expression such as “All good things must come to an end” which is overused to the point that we don’t even know why we say it anymore. I mean why must all good things necessarily come to an end?? A cliché can also refer to anything that is highly predictable and therefore seems unoriginal. Let’s see if Simone knows what I’m talking about…

Amy Lynn: OMG did you watch the Grammys?

Simone:  Like, duh! I’m guessing you did too?

Amy Lynn:Yeah, totally! I had a Grammy party - sorry I, like, forgot to invite you. We all got really dressed up, and we had champagne, and I gave out awards to everyone. I gave myself the award for “Best Dressed”! OMG it was so much fun! Too bad you missed it!
Simone:Whatever. That is so cliché. I’ve been to a thousand parties like that.

Amy Lynn:You’re just jealous. It was fabulous- even if it was cliché!

Maybe Amy Lynn has a point… Ideas become cliché because they are overused, but perhaps they are overused because they work? Then again, we all need some originality in our lives. 

What do you think? Are clichés sometimes ok?

Merci Beaucoup,
Mademoiselle Love
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Jenée Here:  The older you get, the more you understand clichés. I suppose that's part of the whole "older and wiser". It's one trade off for another.

Mlle Love was kind enough to share some photos from her Thailand vacation. Now look and feel warm.  
Thai Iced Coffee and Butter Sweetened Milk Toast @ Somnuek Kopee

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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana - with a serious interest in fashion - and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, - is in love with everything French and everything coffee - it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves with a weekly Fashion French lesson.

Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more French lessons from Mademoiselle Love. We will discuss useful French  words or expressions for the fashionable girl. To make it even more enjoyable, we will do it over a very fashionable cup of coffee.