La Marseillaise

Vive la France 1

Allons enfants de la Patrie,
Le jour de gloire est arrivé!
Contre nous de la tyrannie,
L’étendard sanglant est levé, (bis)
Entendez-vous dans les campagnes
Mugir ces féroces soldats?
Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras
Égorger vos fils, vos compagnes!

Aux armes, citoyens,
Formez vos bataillons,
Marchons, marchons!
Qu’un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons!

“La Marseillaise,” first verse


We seem to be marking national holidays this month, so I figure I’d better do something for the home of great fashion, great food, great bicycling, and a whole lot of other greats.  There was a lot of struggle before all that, though.

Prise de la Bastille.jpg
By Jean-Pierre HouëlBibliothèque nationale de France, Public Domain,

July 14 is known in France as Bastille Day, and is considered their “Independence Day.”  In short, in 1789, the people of Paris got sick of King Louis XVI’s rule of them, and began trying to take matters into their own hands.  The whole history is a lot more complex than just that one-line piece of glibness, and I’d suggest you read it if you don’t remember your world-history classes.  But, as part of it, afraid that Louis would send in the army against them, the Parisians stormed the Bastille, the huge fortress-prison in the city, and took the arms and gunpowder held there.  It was their Lexington and Concord, and essentially sparked the beginning of the French Revolution.  That led in the long run to freedom, the right to vote, regicide, and eventually Napoleon.  France has actually gone through five republics since then, but this fifth one seems to be holding.

Vive la France 2

The national colors are blue, white and red (Thank you, Captain Picard), and so I’ve tried to use those colors in my outfit and makeup.  The sundress is from, fittingly, Petit Chat.  I did manage to pull of all three colors in my shoes from KC Couture, since they came with a left and right shoe; I put both on and selected blue metal, then took one off and selected red metal, and put the off one back on.  Voilà.

Vive la France 3


I’m wearing:

  • Skin: Amacci Tyne (Cream – 01 Natural)
  • Eyes: Poetic Colors classic (cosmic dawn (l) bright)
  • Hair: rezology Butterfly 069
  • Attachments: SLink Avatar Enhancement Feet Deluxe and Casual Hands
  • Dress: Petit Chat Gleam (blue)
  • Shoes: KC Couture Stefy wedges
  • Jewelry: Kunglers Elizabeta necklace (Silver / blue topaz) and Shani earrings (Blue Opal)
  • Makeup: SlackGirl Naja (01); MONS Showy lipstick (rose); Arte Glamorous Eyebrows (ash blonde)

Photographed in Costa Nero region

(Harper will get the links added later when she has a chance; I have to scoot for work — a different deadline! Check back tomorrow, if not tonight.)

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