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France has been motivating people for decades to create and live a more inspired life. La Vie Creative is a weekly podcast all about creatives in Paris and beyond, hosted by American Expat Krystal Kenney. Designed to help you enrich your inner artist and tap into your innovative gifts.

La Vie Creative Krystal Kenney

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France has been motivating people for decades to create and live a more inspired life. La Vie Creative is a weekly podcast all about creatives in Paris and beyond, hosted by American Expat Krystal Kenney. Designed to help you enrich your inner artist and tap into your innovative gifts.

    EP 132: Erin Colston and her Children's Musical Theatre in Paris!

    EP 132: Erin Colston and her Children's Musical Theatre in Paris!

    Erin Colston is a Texan who followed her dreams to New York to attend American Musical and Dramatic Academy and pursue a career in theater and singing at the young age of 18.

     After 9 years in the Big Apple and some small successes, she then followed a second dream to Paris. There, she started a musical theater class with 9 students in her first small day camp and it has grown to a full program with 3 locations, a staff of 12 Teachers and assistants, and more than 500 students that pass through the classes, camps, and workshops annually.

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    • 32 min
    EP 131: Paris History Avec A Hemingway (Rose Bertin)

    EP 131: Paris History Avec A Hemingway (Rose Bertin)

    Marie Antoinette is known for her style, love of fashion and jewelry and in the end what led to her demise. One woman is behind her look more than anyone else including those amazing hair styles. Rose Bertin had a knack for style that drew the attention of a very devoted following that went back to her early days. 
    Born July 2, 1747 in Abbeville, she moved to Paris and started working at the Trait Galant boutique at just 16 years old. Owner Mademoiselle Pagalle dressed the ladies in the court of Louis XV, and the young assistant was much in demand. It was more about the adornings on the dress then the dress itself. Lace, feathers, jewels and ribbons creating a one of a kind dress that allowed the ladies to stand out at court. 
    On May 11, 1774 the day after Louis XV died and Marie Antoinette became queen of France, Rose was introduced to the young queen by her customer, the Duchess of Chartres. In no time at all, Rose was meeting with the queen twice a week to talk about what she wanted and even designing the very tall hairstyles. 
    Rose refused to follow trends, instead, she actually set them. When Marie wanted a casual dress to wear at the Trianon and the Hamlet, Rose designed a loose white muslin dress that Vigee Le Brun captured on the canvas. While it shocked many that the queen was depicted in such a casual way it became the must-have look in Paris. 
    Working with the queen until her final moments she created the simple dress she wore to the guillotine and then promptly left France. As the very public image of the queen’s excess, her destiny would end much like her famed client if she hadn’t. Spending those years in Belgium and London before returning to Paris in 1795.
    In 1770 she opened La Grand Mogol, eventually moving it to 26 Rue de Richelieu where it remained until she returned to Paris.  In the early 1800’s she finally closed it after her customers weren’t returning to her like they had before. On September 21, 1813 she died in Epinay-sur-Seine at 66 years old. 
    Rose was the first celebrity fashion designer, created the first fashion magazine thanks to the urging of the Queen and created the mystique of Marie Antoinette that remains today. 
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    • 23 min
    Ep 130: Sunny Buick chats Paris Tattoos and Female Creative Group Power

    Ep 130: Sunny Buick chats Paris Tattoos and Female Creative Group Power

    Sunny Buick was born in British Columbia, Canada, and grew up all over Northern California, finally ending up in the Bay Area in her teenage years. In 1986 while attending a high school especially for artists, she started to hang out in the milieu of San Francisco tattooing; and began to tattoo professionally in 1992. She served a formal apprenticeship with Henry Goldfield for 6 years.

    In 2003 she organized a gigantic art show and catalog called SCI Fi Western, with over 100 artists; which won an award with the Bay Guardian magazine. Shortly thereafter she left San Francisco to realize her adolescent dream to speak French and live in Paris. She has shown in galleries in many parts of the world and in some museums including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Foster Museum, Wisconsin, and MIAM (Museum of Modest Arts), Sete, France.

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    • 44 min
    EP 129: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Marie Louise Ja Ja)

    EP 129: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Marie Louise Ja Ja)

    One of the newest sensations in Paris this summer has been the very long awaited reopening of Samaritaine. It started as a tiny store on the corner of Rue du Pont Neuf by a couple that spent their entire life in retail. 
    Marie Louise Ja Ja, born on July 1, 1838 came from a large family and was forced to start working at a very early age to help support the family. In 1853 she moved to Paris with her aunt and got a job at La Nouveau Heloise selling lingerie. It was at her next job working at the candy counter of the Bon Marche that she met Ernest Cognaq. 
    The two married on January 17, 1872 and opened their own store just off the Pont Neuf. It was located just steps away from the pump house that stood on stilts in the Seine next to the bridge. Built under Henri IV to provide water to the district around the Louvre, the building was topped with a sculpture by Bernard & René Fremin. It depicted Jesus in front of the well of Jacob with a woman known as La Samaritaine. It would stand through the 17th C until Louis XVI had it decommissioned and eventually torn down in 1813. As a young man Ernest set up a small stall under a red umbrella on the bridge selling items. So the name was close to his heart. 
    Marie and Ernest’s store became so popular that they quickly expanded, eventually taking over the entire block all the way to Rue de Rivoli. It was the height of the Parisian department store and to stand out they created practices that are still used today. Letting customers try on clothes, credit accounts, allowing returns, catalog and mail orders. Closer to Marie’s heart was the nursery and hospital for employees and a fund to assist them and to cover medical expenses.
    The couple created a vast art collection that you can visit today in Paris at the Musée Cognacq Jay, including one of the largest collections of British art in Paris. Marie died in 1925 and Ernest shortly after in 1928. Their beloved store passed through the hands of family until the 1970’s when the days of the large department store shopping waned. In 2001 LVMH bought it and 20 years later it has reopened beautifully. 
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    • 25 min
    Ep 128: Nicole Smith inspired by her Paris vacation to create Flytographer!

    Ep 128: Nicole Smith inspired by her Paris vacation to create Flytographer!

    Flytographer connects travelers with local photographers in over 350 cities around the globe for fun, hassle-free photo shoots.
    Inspired by a 2011 trip to Paris, from the desire to capture vacation memories that weren’t awkward selfies or blurry photos from strangers, Nicole Smith set out to solve the gap in the market for vacation photography. Two years later, Flytographer was born.
    Today, our community of 500+ hand-picked professional photographers has captured over 3 million memories across six continents. We believe that memories are the best souvenirs and connecting with a local artist is one of the best ways to experience a new city.

    We chat about what it's like to run a company of photographers and how Paris changed her life!

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    • 31 min
    EP 127: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Manet's Ladies)

    EP 127: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Manet's Ladies)

    Manet, like most painters, had many models they worked with. Manet found women that not only sat for him but also inspired him. Berthe Morisot was a young art student that had the looks of the dark haired Spanish beauties he was obsessed with. Morisot became an accomplished artist herself and married Manet’s brother, creating a devoted family of artists. 
    Victorine Meuret sat for him in his most scandalous and famous paintings. Naked and looking at the viewer pulling them into the world of a courtesan and a picnic by a river. In one of his very last paintings, he depicted the real life waitress at a popular Paris music hall. 
    The paintings of these three ladies are linked to Manet’s history and live on for generations hanging on the walls of the museums of Paris. In this week's podcast we explore these beloved images and the women behind them. 
    Berthe Morisot met Manet in the Louvre where she was learning how to paint as a copyist and he was captivated by her and wanted to paint her immediately. Le Balcon painted in 1868 showcases Morisot sitting behind the iron railing holding a fan, but my favorite is her portrait. Berthe is shown in black mourning clothes with a very small bouquet of violets, painted in 1872. 
    Victorine Meuret, was called many names including La Crevette for her red hair. Her hair is the last thing you notice in the two paintings she is so widely known for, Olympia and Dejeuner sur l’herbe. When these two paintings appeared at the Salons of 1863 & 1865 he shocked Paris. The naked woman in a contemporary setting caused a backlash that followed him for years, yet today there are just a few of his beloved pieces and always garner a crowd in the Musée d’Orsay. 


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    • 28 min

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Morning commute

Listening to my favorite podcast on my way to work every morning has become my routine, very interesting and informative..... keep up the awesome inspiration

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I can’t believe I haven’t written a review! This has become my favorite podcast this fall! Very inspiring! Not just about all the interesting people and places, but as an artist and aspiring art business owner, I love her perspective on keeping it real! Krystal’s questions are very intuitive, and she is able to get so much intriguing information from her guests. Take a listen!

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Excellent!!

Inspiring and entertaining discussions with creatives about creativity and French culture. This has become my favorite podcast to listen to. Krystal’s guest are interesting and her interviews are great, informative and easy to listen to. I especially enjoy the Paris History avec a Hemingway podcasts with Claudine Hemingway. All around a great podcast!!

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