Tongue in Cheek-ing en Provence

Tongue in Cheek-ing en Provence

I’ve spent the afternoon doing the incredible.

It was so fun – I simply cannot stop smiling.

Do you have a favorite blog?

A blog that you just love love love?

Do you just jump at the keyboard to open it up when it pops into your inbox?

Well I have one.

Truth be told – many a one…but I digress.

Imagine waking up each day, in Chicago, fresh from a perfectly pretty
French dream.

You bound out of bed – and there, ready and waiting, right on your laptop
screen is Tongue in Cheek, written by the enchanting and intoxicating Corey
Amaro.

My mother first got me hooked – I must give credit.

Corey’s daily tales are woven from her experiences of living and loving
France.

Her beautiful posts are insightful on so many levels – as a designer, a
hostess, a francophile, a blogger, a photographer, a writer, a mother, a
wife, a sister, a friend, a hunter and gatherer every brocante she can find
– and perhaps one of my favorites – a historian – sharing the meanings and
stories behind treasure troves of vintage collections.

Her tales of are of linens, of letters, of vintage scraps, and moments of
these worn true objects whispering in her ear.

She writes:

“…life is too short to say no…

I left a beautiful country on a yes for love…

love has lessons that nothing better can give.”

As we headed to France in July, my darling mother graciously, generously
sent Corey a copy of my book, “A Perfect Event”. She emailed her, said I
would be in Provence…so on, and so on.

I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be oh so amazing to meet her – to share
with her how her daily posts bring so much inspiration and love to my life
in Chicago, my mother’s in Connecticut, and so many women everywhere across
the globe.

I emailed her.

Trying not to sound too big a super-fan.

She of course, being the caring soul that she is, emailed right back, and
we setup a date to meet.

I warned her I was traveling with two small children.

Who can be quite loud, young Americans that they are.

Ever so brave, Corey invited us in, welcomed us with opened arms into her
home in Provence, up in the mountains above Cassis.

Even though on a strict diet, she walked to the Boulongerie, bought the
loveliest pastel cakes you have ever seen…chilled French Champagne…set
antique trays with porcelain, silver, crystal, moroccan tea cups for the
children.

(Ahem – could you imagine how I squealed when I saw those??)

Walking through her gorgeous home, lounging outside in her magazine spread
of a jardin, we chatted and chatted and chatted some more – for many hours.

As you can see – the kids loved every minute of it, just as much as I did.

She spun tale after tale of life in the south…raising her children,
writing, brocante-ing, enterpreneur-ing…each more mesmerizing than the
last.
She’s a Northern California girl, who fell in love in San Francisco.

WIth a frenchman.

Their eyes first locked at the club I-BEAM.

I love that.

H spoke a few words in English and she spoke three words in French.

1. moi
2. beaucoup-buckets
3. oh-la-la

L’amour followed, bien sur, and lucky ducky Corey moved to south of France.

When she first arrived, her new French husband had a tiny apartment.

Without any “feather-fluff!”

And so her flea market passion began, by transforming their tiny apartment
into a love nest.

And now – guess what?

You won’t believe this DREAM come TRUE.

You can read about her daily adventures at the brocante and elsewhere, by
following her as one of our tastemakers in our new eMagazine, “A Perfect
Event” – launching next weekend.

In our first premiere September Issue, out (online!) next Saturday, we
feature her fully feathered and coifed love nest, in the south of France.

I am at a loss for mere words to describe…

AND – we are opening a brocante together in the eMagazine.

(insert all of Corey’s original three comments en francais here.)

And of course you can also follow the darling Corey Amaro daily here:
Tongue in Cheek: http://www.willows95988.typepad.com

A bientot!

7 Comments on Tongue in Cheek-ing en Provence

  1. mary
    August 24, 2012 at 12:24 pm (5 years ago)

    I too can hardly wait to open my Tongue in Cheek emails every morning.

    You are so lucky to meet Corey and open up a store with her. Corey is an amazing woman from what I read…..enjoyed your article as well.

    Good Luck to you both on your new adventure

    Thanks for sharing

    Mary :o)

    Reply
    • Debi
      August 29, 2012 at 5:48 pm (5 years ago)

      merci beaucoup Mary.

      lucky indeed.

      so much more to share from both of us – thank you so much for joining in and reading along.

      -Debi

      Reply
  2. le petit cabinet de curiosites
    August 30, 2012 at 4:21 am (5 years ago)

    I’m so happy to read we are going to read more adventures with Corey . I’m very lucky we live very close and she always tells me new adventures, and new stories. She introduced me to “blogging” , she is a treasure

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  3. Lene
    September 6, 2012 at 4:51 am (5 years ago)

    Hi Debi

    It is a fantastic magazine you’ve released, I love it! I read about it at Vicky and really want to purchase a copy. I live in Norway, and does not believe that it can be bought here.
    Is it possible to buy it through you?

    Reply
  4. Marie-Noëlle
    September 6, 2012 at 9:26 am (5 years ago)

    Corey is universal !!!

    I love to pop daily to TICA !!!
    And I love to discover my own country and country fellows through her eyes !

    A nice post !
    Marie-Noëlle

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  5. g
    September 10, 2012 at 6:30 pm (5 years ago)

    this was a very beautiful tribute to corey-i have never met her but feel as if i know her from her daily postings…i pray i meet her one day… and now i must be off to look for moroccan tea cups..i was in morocco in feb and didn’t buy any(still kicking myself)- i wish you every success with the magazine and all you undertake!

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  6. Sharon Penney-Morrison
    October 12, 2012 at 10:18 am (5 years ago)

    Mary I am so glad you got to meet Corey. She is wonderful!! She and her French husband took us to the Brocante in Avignon 2 years ago. We spent the day together, eating, touching beautiful things and of course buying.
    I was with a group of 4 other women, and we stayed at Corey’s friends place in Apt France. BEAUTIFUL place.

    I am glad I found your blog and will place you in my favorites, so I can read about your ventures as well.

    Happy life,
    Sharon

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