La Vie Creative

La Vie Creative
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 a…

52: American born Painter, James Pouliot, talks about how Paris and learning to paint changed his life
Oct 21 • 42 min
James Pouliot di Lombardia is an American artist living in Paris, France. His photography work has been featured in international fashion publications such as a Vogue and L’Officiel. His paintings explore nature and consumer culture. His still life…
51: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Camille Claudel)
Oct 19 • 28 min
The story of Camille Claudel is one of heartbreak and sadness. A genius of an artist she never got her due and ended her life alone. At just 12 years old she began to play with clay and her talent got the attention of artist Alfred Boucher. Her father…
50: Parisian installation artist, Tara Vatanpour, chats about how there are no mistakes in creativity
Oct 14 • 28 min
About Tara Vatanpour : Tara Vatanpour is an artist and a luxury fashion designer, founder of Tara Vatanpour. Persian, Azari, French, American, and influenced by the Brazilian culture, she focuses her artistic research around immigration trauma, loss…
49: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Edith Piaf)
Oct 12 • 33 min
Edith Giovanna Gassion Piaf, born on her doorstep as the story she stuck with on December 19, 1915. A very tough childhood after her mother abandoned her, a grandmother that gave her wine instead of water and another that raised her in a…
48: Emily in Paris Chat with the real Emily in Paris working in marketing in the city of Light!
Oct 10 • 30 min
I sat down with Emily Jackson, who is an American in Paris working in marketing to talk about the new Netflix hit “Emily in Paris”. I wanted her take on the show compared to what it’s really like to work in social media for French firms in the city of…
47: Music and Paris Life with Singer and Songwriter Rykarda Parasol
Oct 7 • 36 min
Rykarda Parasol is an artist, writer and musician best known for her solo musical work depicting noir-lit melodies reminiscent of folk, Americana, and early pyche 60s pop. Ms. Parasol is from San Francisco and has made Paris her part-time home and muse….
46: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Johanna van Gogh-Bonger)
Oct 5 • 28 min
Johanna Bonger van-Gogh a name you may not know, but without her, we would never know her brother-in-law, Vincent. Married to Theo van Gogh, art dealer, and brother to Vincent van Gogh for less than two very short years. When Vincent and Theo died just…
45: Lilianne Milgrom chats about her new book “L’Origine” and the world of Gustave Courbet
Sep 30 • 49 min
Paris-born, internationally acclaimed artist and author LILIANNE MILGROM grew up in Australia, lived in Israel and currently resides in Washington, DC. She exhibits her artwork around the world and is the recipient of multiple awards and residencies….
44: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Sylvia Beach)
Sep 28 • 33 min
Sylvia Beach, the sweet woman that had a love of books and sharing them with others in her legendary store Shakespeare and Company holds the spotlight in this week’s episode. Arriving in Paris during WWI to study French Literature, a flier would lead…
43: Creative Workshop Coach, Anne Ditmeyer, chats about gratitude, social media breaks, and asking for help
Sep 23 • 31 min
Anne Stark Ditmeyer is an American creative coach and consultant based in Paris, France. Anne is a creative connector who has never been one to take the traditional path. Her work draws from anthropology, graphic design, design thinking, UX design,…
42: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Veuve Clicquot)
Sep 21 • 27 min
Barb-Nicol Ponsardin, shaped by Champagne, would become the woman and label we know as Veuve Clicquot.Born before the French Revolution to wealthy parents, she would marry the son of her father’s business partner, Francois Clicquot in 1798. It would be…
41: Paris Handbag Designer and writer Kasia Dietz talks about how Paris influenced her popular handbag designs
Sep 16 • 29 min
A New Yorker who fell hard for an Italian in Paris. She would later launch her handbags made locally in France. The hand-printed canvas bags were inspired by her world travels. She also provides fashion tours in the city of light introducing travelers…
40: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Gertrude Stein)
Sep 14 • 36 min
Gertrude Stein was the woman behind many of the greatest writers and artists in Paris of the 1920’s and the famous catch phrase, the “Lost Generation”. Growing up in a wealthy family, the incredible intelligent woman was well educated, appreciated art…
Episode 39: New York Times best selling author Craig Carlson chats about how creativity goes into restaurant design and his best selling books
Sep 9 • 47 min
New York Times bestselling author Craig Carlson first came to France as an exchange student in 1985 and instantly fell in love with the country. He never could have imagined that some thirty-five years later he’d be the owner of two American diners in…
38: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Catherine de’ Medicis)
Sep 7 • 31 min
Catherine de’ Medicis was the other Florentine queen that would also leave her mark on France. Catherine and Marie de’ Medicis are often mixed up and we hope we can help you tell the two apart like a pro in no time.The mother of three kings and two…
37: Lindsey Tramuta talks about her creative process in writing Parisian themed books
Sep 2 • 52 min
Lindsey Tramuta, an American who has lived in Paris for a decade, writes the award-winning blog Lost in Cheeseland, and contributes to the New York Times, Afar Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, and Bon Appétit, where she writes extensively on Paris and…
36: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Berthe Morisot)
Aug 31 • 28 min
Berthe Morisot, one of the few women of the Impressionist Movement, with her dark locks and stunning gaze, was the perfect model for Édouard Manet. However, she would become an artist in her own right stepping behind the canvas to create paintings that…
35: Sharon Santoni Shares her French Country Life Creative Adventures
Aug 26 • 33 min
Sharon Santoni has gained millions of readers through her blog where she shares with people what it means to live a French country life. Her blog has grown into tours, a podcast, books, magazine, delivered gifts and much more! We chat about how France…
34: Paris History avec a Hemingway (Marie de Médicis)
Aug 24 • 27 min
Once upon a time there were two Florentine queens that left their mark on Paris. In the newest La Vie Creative - Paris History Avec A Hemingway episode we talk all about one of them, Marie de Medicis from her childhood in Florence to her life in…
33: Professional violinist in Paris: Camilla Radford-Furman
Aug 19 • 39 min
Suzuki Violin with Camilla started playing the violin at age three with Elizabeth Mills, one of the very first Suzuki teachers in the United States, and was chosen to help demonstrate the Suzuki method to other interested teachers, with the help of Dr….
32: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Zelda Fitzgerald)
Aug 17 • 29 min
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, the woman that is known by only her first name and her reputation as the life of the party. Like many of the ladies we talk about each week on La Vie Creative - Paris History Avec A Hemingway there was much more to her than just…
31: Champagne Expert, Cynthia Coutu, chats about creativity in wine making and her specialty in educating women on wine
Aug 12 • 30 min
Cynthia is the owner of the company Delectabulles, which specializes in supporting women in the male-dominated wine industry by:only using champagnes made by women telling the stories about the women behind the bottles giving more women the tools and…
30: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Julia Child)
Aug 10 • 54 min
Julia McWIlliams Child, the woman who brought French cooking to America, fell in love with France as generations have fallen in love with her. Born on August 15, 1912 in Pasadena into a wealthy family that had very very tall children. Julia would attend…
29: French inspired Illustrator Elaine Biss, chats about how creating has always been healing and inspiring
Aug 5 • 63 min
Elaine Biss is a professional fashion event illustrator. She specializes in live fashion illustrations, sketching for the fashion, beauty and accessories industry in the New York, Washington D.C. and New Jersey. Elaine has been commissioned to create…
28: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Colette)
Aug 3 • 38 min
New podcast out today! French author Colette has been a household name in France for more than a hundred years. Her father’s old friend Henri Gauther-Villars “Willy” would stop by their home in Burgundy and return many times to visit the young Colette….
27: Painting in Paris with Dreama Tolle Perry
Jul 29 • 41 min
Dreama is a self-taught artist and writer who started an online art business (a little to her own surprise!) a decade ago. With a collective following of over 60,000 painters, thousands of students have taken her online courses and participate in her…
26: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Hadley Hemingway)
Jul 27 • 37 min
Long before she was a Hemingway, Hadley Richardson was a smart, quiet and talented young lady. The youngest of five children, her mother had been a singer and musician and would pass the gift onto Hadley as a pianist. Due to financial difficulties her…
25: “Paris Letters” New York Times Best Selling Author Janice MacLeod talks writing and painting
Jul 22 • 30 min
Janice MacLeod is best known as a Paris artist and writer. She is the artist behind the Paris Letters subscription service and author of a memoir, also called Paris Letters. Before her life in Paris, she was a copywriter and creative director for top…
24: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Rose Valland)
Jul 20 • 29 min
If there is one woman that deserves a monument, parade and her face on a euro it is Rose Valland. She isn’t a name that is widely known and if I can do just one little thing in this life it is for others to know her story. Rose Valland was born in 1898…
23: Inside the creative life of the Director of the American Library in Paris, Audrey Chapuis.
Jul 15 • 31 min
Audrey Chapuis is a Harvard graduate and has worked in libraries for close to twenty years. As a Texas native she had an obsession with books and all things French from a very early age. She is now the Director of the American Library in Paris and also…
22: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Coco Chanel)
Jul 13 • 31 min
Her love life after Boy was one horrible decision after another. In 1922 she met the Duke of Westminster Hugh Richard Grosenor or Bender. He was a huge anti-semite that gave her jewels and even a home in London. Their relationship lasted ten years. Then…
21: A traumatic life experience pushed this French sculptor to discover her creative gifts (VeroDalla)
Jul 8 • 22 min
Sculptor and painter Véronique Anne Chabrolle, a.k.a VeroDalla, was born in Burgundy, France. Her life centered around success in the world of gastronomy until an encounter with a poppy flower changed her existence forever. The poppy called VeroDalla to…
20: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Victorine Meurent)
Jul 6 • 22 min
Out today, another story of one of the amazing women in French history. Victorine Meurent was born in Paris on February 18. 1844 and from an early age she was drawn to art. In 1862 Edouard Manet walked into Thomas Couture’s studio and met a young girl….
19: Living the French Dream with Author Janine Marsh
Jul 1 • 32 min
Formally living in London, Janine Marsh decided to take a weekend trip to France to buy some wine, which turned into her buying a farm instead. She started a website to share her adventures called, The Good Life France which has now grown to be one of…
18: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Dalida)
Jun 29 • 29 min
Welcome back to this week’s episode of Paris History Avec a Hemingway. I chat once more with Claudine Hemingway about a Female French Creative from history. Today we learn all about Dalida. I like to compare Dalida to Cher in America.Lolanda “Dalida” …
17: Author and Chef David Lebovitz speaks on why so many creatives are attracted to France
Jun 24 • 49 min
Today I spoke with famed professional cook and author David Lebovitz on how he uses creativity in his cooking and writing. He has written 9 books to date and most recently he has been going LIVE on social media to connect with others and share his…
16: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Marie Antoinette Part 4)
Jun 22 • 30 min
In episode four in our series of Marie Antoinette we are in the final moments of her life. Convicted and sentenced to death they didn’t give her much time. In the early hours of the morning she wrote a long letter to her sister in law Madame Elisabeth…
15: Ajiri Aki, Founder of “Madame de la Maison” which is a Paris based company specializing in bringing people together around the table in France and abroad
Jun 17 • 28 min
Born in Nigeria and raised in Texas, Ajiri, spent 10 years working in New York City in the fashion industry for companies including W Magazine. In 2015 she became a New York Times Bestselling author with a book revolving around the fashion world and…
14: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Marie Antoinette Part 3)
Jun 15 • 27 min
On June 4th upon the death of their son, they were not able to be with him when he died or attend his funeral at the Basilique Saint Denis due to the optics of spending more of the state’s money. On October 1 and 3, two large parties were held for the…
EP13: A near death experience pushes Laura Bradbury to finally pursue her creative dreams
Jun 10 • 31 min
In 2012 Laura Bradbury was diagnosed with a rare disease that almost took her life. Feeling that she had little time left on the planet to get her words out she sprung into action and finished her first book “My Grape Escape” which would become the…
12: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Marie Antoinette Part 2)
Jun 8 • 28 min
The marriage bed to a necklace that brought down a queen When we left off in last week’s podcast episode, part une of Marie Antoinette she had just married Louis XVI and became the Dauphine of France. Just 14 years old, embarking on a life and the…
11: Tips from Parisian Makeup Artist Joleen Emory
Jun 3 • 25 min
Joleen Emory is a Franco-American make-up artist who splits her time between Paris and LA. Certified through L’Institut Technique du Maquillage (or ITM) in Paris and having worked in television, theatre, and fashion for over 10 years, she is passionate…
10: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Marie Antoinette Part 1)
Jun 1 • 26 min
New Podcast Episode Out Today! It’s hard to put Marie Antoinette into just one episode, for the 1st episode of @Laviecreative Paris History Avec A Hemingway, we focus on her life from Archiduchesse to Dauphine. Born in Vienna in 1755, she was the 15th…
09: Instagram Star Emily Jackson’s inspiring photography
May 27 • 30 min
American Expat in Paris, Emily Jackson, has found success as a writer and Instagram influencer by picking up a camera on her arrival to the city of light. Discover how Instagram can influence your life in positive ways.
08: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Suzanne Valadon)
May 20 • 29 min
Suzanne Valadon at a very young age would work as a model for some of the biggest French painters of the 19th C. Meeting them on the streets of Montmartre she would sit for Henner, Steinlen and Toulouse-Lautrec. Although her most famous collaboration…
07: How the former daughter in law of Johnny Cash became a full time painter and creator
May 13 • 30 min
From an early age, Mary Joska started using art as a form of therapy and soon found painting to be her true medium. Go inside her world as she takes us inside her creative journey including her time spent married to Johnny Cash and June Carter’s son.
06: Inside the world of a professional dancer in Paris
May 6 • 32 min
Swiss-born Nicolas Vaucher, moved to Paris at the age of 19 where his dancing career soon took off, even making it all the way to the famed stage of the Paris Opera. Go inside the life of a Parisian dancer, composer, and actor.
05: Award winning florist and event planner Debi Lilly
Apr 29 • 31 min
Voted one of America’s top wedding planners by Martha Stewart weddings, her client list includes Oprah, Bentley, and Cartier! Debi Lilly chats with me about how France inspires her famous designs.
04: World famous travel photographer Mary Quincy
Apr 22 • 33 min
Travel photographer and Instagram star, Mary Quincy, chats with me about what it’s like to be paid to travel the world and take photos for big corporations like Conde Nast Traveling, Marriott, and Viking Cruises. Born in Normandy, she now calls Paris…
EP03: Learn what it’s like to to be a jazz singer in Paris
Apr 15 • 27 min
From costume designer in Dublin to jazz singer in Paris - meet singer-songwriter Liv Monaghan on my podcast. She speaks to me about her journey as a jazz singer in Paris and how she comes up with material for her beautiful music
EP02: Interview with a real life Hemingway, inspired by her creative family
Apr 8 • 31 min
Hemingway descendent, writer, tour guide, Francophile, and self-proclaimed bleu blonde and rouge. Claudine takes us inside her writing process which is greatly inspired by her family history.
EP01: Interview with Part-Time Parisian and Full-Time Author and Coach Lisa Anselmo
Apr 1 • 28 min
Lisa Anselmo, author, coach, and branding guru spent most of her professional career in magazine publishing, working on such iconic brands as Allure, InStyle, and People. She’s been everything from a creative director to an opera singer, but ultimately,…
0: Intro to La Vie Creative
Mar 27 • 2 min
Born out of the Corona Virus, this podcast consists of interviews with artists in Paris, France. This podcast was built to help and bring attention to all the wonderful artists in Paris as well as inspire others to discover their creative gifts.