What is artsdevivre? You may or may not be familiar with the value the French place on art (singular) de vivre. This all-encompassing term recognizes cultivating an art of living, and loosely translates to lifestyle. Yet lifestyle can reference any way of living (positive or not-so-positive) while art de vivre is decidedly positive and refined.
I created arts (plural) de vivre when I found myself living in rural Maryland after leaving a marketing job in Paris. I had decided to pursue education over business, but sorely missed the French appreciation of aesthetic, cuisine and simple beauty that I had come to love over several years in my adopted home.
Instead of being sad and missing Paris daily, I decided to chronicle the things and experiences I create or stumble upon that infuse my daily life with beauty. Some are simple moments like airy milk on top of a café crème, a crunchy-on-the-outside-chewy-on-the-inside baguette or a poignant song lyric. Others are more purposeful – gardening, DIY, cooking or style. All of it adds up to what makes my life an intentionally grateful and aesthetic experience. A lot of it (but not all :)) is decidedly Francophile.