French Connections

French Connections

French Connections 

French Spirit 


"I love the engrained perspective, sense and appreciation of culture, quality, and beauty that France has brought me; I love the hopeful, go-getter, dreamer attitude the U.S. has implanted in me. It’s the best of both worlds..."

L.A FÊTE

This week we mark the holidays with Franco-American (and long-time friend of Sézane) Alex Noiret. From her home in LA, she shares the nuances of celebrating the festive season, split between two cultures...

LES TRADITIONS 

Oddly enough, I’ve never really felt entirely connected to Thanksgiving, perhaps because most of my childhood was spent in France and my family is quite spread out. However, as an adult, I’ve loved the idea of creating my own traditions and making memories. I like to keep the holidays relatively simple and have family or friends over, decorate festively for fun, maybe bake a chicken, and enjoy a nice meal together. At the end of the day, there are no rules! 

LES SEASONS 

Each season feels like a renewal of sorts. I often find myself starting fresh in a multitude of ways — grounding my roots in my home, cleaning, a change of wardrobe, pulling out sweaters and longer hemlines... I also often feel a hint of melancholy — I find the passing of time both beautiful and heartbreaking, and a change of seasons is an apparent evolving of time. So much change happening so quickly!

L'IDENTITY 

My French and American identities live together.  It can be hard sometimes to feel like I belong to either country, because I’m not entirely American, and I’m not entirely French. France does pull harder at my heartstrings, primarily because it’s my birthplace and childhood home, but even if the divide between these two identities can sometimes feel alienating, I’ve learned to embrace and love my differences. I love the engrained perspective, sense and appreciation of culture, quality, and beauty that France has brought me; I love the hopeful, go-getter, dreamer attitude the U.S. has implanted in me. It’s the best of both worlds!

LE REFLECTION

2018 has been about finding and maintaining my sense of self-worth. Being attentive to, and taking care of my mental health. Really listening to my heart and mind and reconnecting with what brings me joy. I’ve also been reminded that striving to live a life of gratitude and positivity, does not mean it will all be lived without pain and sadness. Along the way this year, I forgot that these hard things are a part of life. The truth is that they just are! Like flowers — blooming and wilting, only to bloom again. Spring is around the corner, and if we can remember that, perhaps it can help get us through the unavoidable hard winters (metaphorically speaking...)