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Day 316: How to Make a French Person Smile...

...in two seconds or less.

You guys, I've cracked the code that is guaranteed to be effective about 98% of the time. This is a little something that I found in the caverns of my apartment during my big clean out. It's one of my favorite things that I own because of it's kitch factor and also because it gives me such a cheap thrill.

Are you ready? 

Are you sure?

I'm being so dramatic...

...voilà!


I found this shirt (that translates to: "Smile if you speak French!) in a vintage shop in Los Feliz about ten years ago and fell in love with it the minute I saw it. When I would wear it, I was always able to detect the Francophones in L.A by whomever reacted to the t-shirt. I'm not kidding when I say that people really do crack a smile after reading this. It's corny but it works. Sometimes it really is life's little things that do the trick...

I just had to share this. And yes, I'm totally smiling right now. I hope you are too on this lovely Monday evening.

17 comments:

  1. My sister-in-law lives in Los Feliz, I love that area of L.A.! The real question is, does the shirt make even the Parisians smile???

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    1. How great is this area?! I used to live in Silver Lake and would walk up to Los Feliz village to go to that French restaurant on the corner. Have you been to that restaurant?

      The shirt has made some Parisians smile...not all but some. It's worth it every time. : )

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  2. How can you not smile (or guffaw!;)) at the sight of something so utterly ridiculous?;) Love it!:)

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    1. It's totally campy but it gets a good smile every time. : ) Seb loves this shirt.

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  3. I'm with Chickster in wondering if your shirt works with Parisians. The ultimate test would be wearing it on the metro early in the morning! ;)

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    1. I wouldn't dare wearing this during the morning commute! I get chills just thinking about it. I've worn it to the laundry mat and supermarket and have gotten nothing but pleasant responses from the people who took the time to read it. : )

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  4. I LOVE THIS!! Very cute post, Ella. : )

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  5. Hi Ella!

    This is really funny. Please tell me you wear this around Paris? I'm sure you do, you're just that kind of sassy girl!

    Allison from San Francisco

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    1. You bet I've worn this around Paris!! You know me...

      It's more fun here than in the States because everyone understands it.

      Thanks for commenting..and welcome! : )

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  6. It is a pretty cute little weapon :)

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    1. Awww, it IS a cute little weapon. You're so clever. : )

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  7. Cute shirt!!! I love those great finds from years ago that still make you happy :) Can I still smile even thought I don't speak French!??! xxx

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    1. I may have to disagree with you, Miss! I've heard you speak French and you speak quite well! We WERE ordering wine which means that you can survive here with your French. : )

      You're going to be bilingz by this summer. Je te jure!

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  8. That is crazy, I have the same shirt but slightly different! Same character on it though :)

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    1. How funny! I would love to see a photo of your tee! Where did you get it?

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  9. That is crazy, I have the same shirt but slightly different! Same character on it though :)

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