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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 and tap into your innovative gifts.


EP 358: Parisian Author Whitney Cubbison
Whitney Cubbison is a dual American & French citizen living in Paris since 2009. She grew up in Texas and California and graduated from UCLA with a degree in French. She started her career in Communications working for high-tech PR agencies in San Francisco and eventually joined Microsoft where she worked for sixteen years, thirteen of which from the Paris office. During that time, she held various international roles that encompassed public relations, employee communications, executive speechwriting, and social media.She earned her French citizenship in early 2022 and left Microsoft in the summer of that year to focus on completing her first novel, Will There Be Wine? The story, while fiction, is deeply inspired by Whitney’s own experiences as an ex-pat divorcée living in Paris and trying to navigate the cultural minefield of dating in a foreign country. It was released on January 16, 2023.When she’s not writing, Whitney can be found sitting in Parisian cafés and restaurants with her friends, drinking wine. The book is available here.whitneycubbisonwrites (book)whitcubby (personal) Support the show
31:45 9/27/23
EP 357: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Hemingway Books)
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23:43 9/25/23
EP 356: French Musician Lisarmony
     ♪ Instagram : lisarmony_ytb     ♪ Facebook : lisarmony.musique     ♪ Tik Tok : lisarmony     ♪ Mail : lisarmony.covers@gmail.comHi my name is Lisa, I’m 21 and I study speech therapy. I’m passionate about music. I took my first piano and singing lessons when I was 8, then learnt the guitar at 16. Soon after I did several singing contests, opened my YouTube Channel where I post covers and started writing my own songs. Books : I really like fantasy/romantic books. I really love Sarah J Maas and everything she writes. Movies : the greatest showman is my favourite of all time. Photographers : I love taking pictures but I don’t follow any photographers. People in you industry : I’m really inspired j’y Taylor Swift. She’s such a great artist.Support the show
27:56 9/20/23
EP 355: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Exhibitions in Paris)
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22:39 9/18/23
EP 354: French Artist Marcus McAllister
Born in 1968, Marcus McAllister is an American artist. He lives and works in Paris.Marcus McAllister spent part of his childhood in Germany and in several other countries, with his family, since his father was a military. On his return to the United States, he studied visual arts at the University of Louisiana. He then moved to New York, where he participated in several group exhibitions.Later on Marcus McAllister moved to Paris, where he joined the artistic community of Belleville. Always accompanied by his notebook, whenever Marcus McAllister goes for a walk in the capital he succumbs for everything that inspires him. He paints his canvases based on his drawings, he makes sketches at first before adding acrylic paint.Support the show
34:16 9/13/23
EP 353: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Paris Mint & Institute de France)
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29:15 9/11/23
EP 352: The Inspiring World of France with Vero
Véronique (Véro) is a  dual French-American national who grew up in France and has spent many years of her adult life navigating between two cultures, France and the United States. A lifelong learner (and quick study!) she's acquired valuable skills in the corporate world and as an entrepreneur, skills she uses every day while managing France with Vero her online business launched in 2020. Throughout the year, at home or on French roads, Véro wears many hats, from tour guide to virtual tour guide, French language instructor and content creator. All these activities are inter-connected. Véro loves sharing France and French life with her followers, students and clients. If you ask her, she'll tell you she's always been a teacher -- who happens to lead tours and write. To join Véro's world and explore France through the eyes of a native: Website/blog: (replays of over 250 virtual tours in Paris and beyond) newsletter: Véro's fun community on Patreon: and Instagram: France with Vero Support the show
30:59 9/6/23
EP 351: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Favorite Books take 2)
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21:19 9/4/23
EP 350: Parisian Egyptologist and Author Dr. Angela Stienne
I am a creative and practice-based museum researcher exploring the intersection of museums, bodies and ethics. My background is as a historian of Egyptology and for a decade I explored academic and public engagement around the display of ancient Egyptian mummified bodies. What did that look like? Well I wrote a lot of dissertations on it! A bachelor's degree, then a master's and a PhD on Egyptian mummies in museums, which I did in the UK. I then did a postdoc on the topic, and did a whole lot of public talks and conferences, I once even gave a talk in a pub! I am really passionate about finding ways to engage the public with big ethical questions such as the collecting, retention, study and display of human remains in museums. I wrote a book about this, it came out last year and it's called Mummified, The stories behind Egyptian mummies in museums. I also work on creative health, storytelling and art-based projects in museums around questions of narratives and representations: I curated two exhibitions with refugees and asylum seekers in Leicester (UK) where I lived, and I run two digital projects: Mummy Stories ( ) is a participative project on human remains in museums; The Lyme Museum ( ) is the first virtual museum with touring exhibitions exploring the lived experience of invisible illnesses and disabilities through visual storytelling and materiality.In short, I spend a lot of time in front of my phone and laptop building communities, and then I run creative workshops, curate exhibitions, and consult for museums, all to make sure that museums and heritage sites have more expansive narratives, and give a voice to more people. I'm starting my second book, but this one will take longer, because I am juggling so many projects, but also because it's a lot more personal.Link to my work: I can be found online in many places; a testament to the many hours I spend on a screen!Mummy Stories: / @mummystories on FacebookThe Lyme Museum: / @thelymemuseum on InstagramMy work: / @angela_stienne on TwitterMy life: @museemporium on InstagramMy book: or order it for your library / bookstore!A podcast I recorded with the BBC History programme: Support the show
35:51 8/30/23
EP 349: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Coffee Table Art Books)
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17:35 8/28/23
EP 348: French TV Streaming Creator Mimi Bleu
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31:48 8/23/23
EP 347: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Liberation of Paris)
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27:02 8/21/23
EP 346: Parisian Abstract Painter Andrea Mongenie
Andrea Mongenie Born in 1989 in Paris, Andrea ventured to London in 2007, to pursue studies in fine art, and printed textiles at the University of the Arts. Over the course of 15 years in London, Andrea's creative path flourished as she excelled as an Art Director and set designer, leaving a lasting impact on diverse projects spanning cinema, design, and interiors. However, the birth of her first child rekindled her deep passion for painting, drawing her back to her artistic roots. Now based in Montreuil, Paris, Andrea embraces her dual british and french identity infusing her artwork with a unique perspective. Andrea’s compositions play with light, texture and movement drawing inspiration from her personal experiences and nature. Vibrant colors and abstract forms are the hallmark of her paintings, conveying emotions and inviting viewers into warm and tranquil worlds. Andrea Mongenie's artistic process is marked by gestural and instinctive techniques, seeking balance through the interplay of colors and forms. Multiple layers, continuous color mixing, and the inclusion of materials like sand or cement add depth and texture to her works. The result is a visually calming and emotionally charged body of work. Her art serves as a tribute to the complexities of human nature, skillfully bringing together contradiction, chaos, and imperfection to create the show
32:35 8/16/23
EP 345: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (opening of the Louvre)
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32:08 8/14/23
EP 344: Emerging Parisian sketch artist and entrepreneurial storyteller: Calico
Calico is an emerging artist and entrepreneurial storyteller based in Paris, France with 12 years’ experience using digital and visual arts to create immersive and appealing content in collaboration with varying businesses, charities, and other artists.His passion for working with marginalized communities, like the Maasai of Kenya and the Hopi of Nevada, has given him a depth of experience operating in multi-cultural and multi-lingual environments while successfully developing community-informed projects that immerse viewers in messages that matter. Brian’s work focuses on the intersection of old and new using digital tools to create interactive layers that engage viewers and plunge them into new stories at the intersection of imagination and reality.. the show
31:39 8/9/23
EP 343: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Vel d’Hiv Internment Camp Paris)
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20:06 8/7/23
EP 342: Danielle Duncan founder of Food Typography
Marmalade Bleue is the innovative studio of Danielle Duncan (she/her), a multi-hyphenate American artist based in Paris making the future palatable.Danielle founded Food Typography, a sub-genre of design, in 2013 when she discovered food and objects speak their own languages within our everyday lives. She combined everyday items with thoughtful lettering to create photographic commentary on society, consumerism and the human existence. This work was soulful, ephemeral, and shockingly a huge hit with global brands such as Target, Disney, Cadillac, Wix, Tesco, Pepsi, and Kansas City Chiefs.When augmented reality emerged, Danielle saw the potential to bridge the physical and digital worlds. The shelf life of her work is preserved and enhanced through a technology, available to anyone with a device. The familiar textures and shadows blend into the existing environment, making the future more human. Her work currently spans advertising, activism, fine arts and events.marmaladebleue.comfoodtypography.comDesign & US (substack)Support the show
31:06 8/2/23
EP 341: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Three Glorious Days Bastille)
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34:28 7/31/23
340: Valeria Jaramillo shares how Paris changed her life forever
Born in Cali, Colombia, in 1991, artist and film director Valeria Jaramillo builds an eclectic and anachronistic universe through the exploration of different means of expression which study the Aristotelian dilemma of human passions. She graduated with honors in 2012 from Javeriana University, where she studied visual arts. Then, in 2016, she moved to Paris, France, where she obtained her master's degree in film directing at the School of cinema of Luc Besson. In 2018 she continued her studies in History at Paris 8 University. She practices cinema, photography, painting, mural painting, drawing, sculpture, etching and writing.- Links to my work :https://www.valeriajaramillo.com the show
30:45 7/26/23
EP 339: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Art Books)
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16:50 7/24/23
EP 338: Parisan Chef, Florence of My Parisian Kitchen shares her creative journey
I grew up in French Alps and moved to Japan at 17yo with my family.After a childhood focused on outdoor activities and nature, living inTokyo opened my mind and my curiosity.After 2 years, I came back to France and continued studying Japanesewith a bachelor's degree, combined with a master's degree inInternational trade. During those years, I had the chance to get manyjobs as a guide, a translator, a teacher or simply helping Japanese. Asmany of my clients kept asking me about French food and recipes, Iorganized cooking lessons taught by my mother who is a fantastic homecook.After 10 years working in international trade or organizing study toursfor businessmen abroad and when my second daughter arrived, I stoppedworking for 6 years to take care of them (congé parental in French).Just after I had my third daughter, I met a Japanese mother at a park,who again asked me questions about French food. This time it was me whogave cooking lessons to Japanese expats. Cooking was one of my hobbies.At that time there were few cooking schools in France. On top of justlearning a recipe, my students wanted to know more about Frenchgastronomy and lifestyle, enjoying sharing the meal we preparedtogether.Back to work, I became an executive assistant in an internationalenvironment and project officer, with in mind dreams of food.2014 was a tough year with a house construction that turned into adisaster, a boring job, and some health issues. It is then that Irealized that the only moments I was in peace (except time with myfamily) were when I was in my kitchen.I started my blog My Parisian Kitchen as a way to escape and focus on mypassion, keeping my full-time job, with in mind my cooking lessons. Iwanted to share recipes with whenever possible the stories behind,focusing on French gastronomy and traditions, both in English andFrench.I soon got invited to many amazing food events, wine tasting inMichelin-star restaurants, recipe contests… I met amazing people,discovered products, and learned cooking techniques. On top of this as achallenge to prove myself I was legitimate, I passed the French CAPcuisine cooking degree without any lessons and passed with very goodresults.I now combine two jobs, my day job with nice projects to handle andmyparisiankitchen's food blog.Blog  & &  &  & the show
30:48 7/19/23
EP 337: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Bastille part 1)
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28:58 7/17/23
EP 336: Podcast Comedy Duo Share their Story
LINKTR.EE about Retreat PodcastKNOCKNAHAY, IRELAND— SEASON ONEShannon, an Irish-American textile artist of dubious talent, arrives in Ireland,  trapped in a fruitless mindset for self-improvement and positive thinking.  She arrives at an Irish arts residency to meet her cousin Brigit, a Druidic healer and unpublished poet for an artistic collaboration. Their poetry quilt project starts at the fairy fort. It is meant to celebrate their shared DNA and rekindle any of Shannon's latent Celtic fire. Their arts residency, a creative paradise, is buzzing with egocentric and renown artists, writers, poets, celebrities, and staff from Ireland, Germany, Russia, England, and France.  The big house is in dire need of repairs and the director is desperate for funding. When a thwarted heiress arrives with offers of corporate sponsorship and a world-class exhibition-- in exchange for the residents' recorded audio diaries detailing artistic creative processes, Shannon makes some unwise choices. Andi Watson IpaktchiCo-Creator, Actor, ProducerAndi is a multi-disciplinary American artist who lives in Paris. She holds a fine arts degree from the Parsons School of Design. In December 2022,  a staged, spin-off of Retreat Comedy was shortlisted for the 2023 Hammond House Publishing Prize for Comedy (UK). In 2015, her illustration work made the Undiscovered Voices (UK) anthology shortlist. Her artwork has been shown  in the US and France. In 2019 and 2020, she was a Tyrone Guthrie Artist Arts Center resident in the printmaking studio where she and met her writing met. She continues working in the printmaking studio and writes.Aoibheann McCannCo-Creator, Actor, ProducerAoibheann is originally from Donegal. She now lives in Galway where she writes fiction, non-fiction and the occasional poem. Her work has been published in literary journals in Ireland, UK, Italy and USA. Her work has been anthologised by Pankhurst Press (UK), New Binary Press, Arlen House, Doire and Prospero (Italy). Her short stories have been longlisted for Colm Toibin 2019, shortlisted for Words on Waves 2015, Sunday Business Post/ Penguin Ireland 2018, Cúirt New Writing 2019 and second in the Maria Edgeworth and Dalkey Creates 2019. She was awarded the Tyrone Guthrie Residency by Galway City Council for 2018. In December 2022, she learned that a staged, spin-off of Retreat was shortlisted for the 2023 Hammond House Publishing Prize for comedy in the (UK). Aoibheann is currently working on her first collection of short fiction and a comedy series.Andi Ipaktchi (France)Support the show
38:17 7/12/23
EP 335: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Top French History Books)
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15:48 7/10/23
EP 334: Parisian Author Gia de Cadenet
Gia de Cadenet is the author of Getting His Game Back and Not the Plan. A Maggie Award finalist, BCALA Literary Award nominee, and lifelong romance reader, she is also a business school professor and former translator and editor for UNESCO. A native Floridian, she currently lives in France with her children.Getting His Game Back: the Plan: the show
30:21 7/5/23
EP 333: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Hemingway and the Miro Painting)
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19:32 7/3/23
EP 332: Laura Leach teaches us the intersections of art, finance, and sustainability
Laura Leach is a California-born, Parisian-transplant working at the intersection of art and finance. She became a full-on Francophile while studying in Dijon and during a post-grad year teaching English in central France. After that, she knew she wanted to spend the foreseeable future exploring France’s cultural and artistic richness and Europe more broadly. Working in the corporate sector in various industries between Paris and the Silicon Valley ultimately lead her to change course and she recently completed a masters in arts management. “Learning more about an artist’s practice – whether procedural or organic, linear or seemingly disordered – makes the logistics involved in exhibition mounting driven by a common narrative. For me, this guiding thread, working in service of the careers of artists and increasing public access to the arts so that knowledge and culture are democratized, is the purpose I have been seeking for the past few years. Fascinating to me is the way these different artists and stakeholders join in pursuit of birthing something that is original and that sheds light on matters that are often deeply personal and intimate to the artist’s experience of humanity, society, or themselves.” - Laura LeachShe currently produces exhibitions at Espace Canopy, an associative art gallery in the 18e. Check out their links below! the show
40:17 6/28/23
EP 331: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (The Escape of Marie Antoinette)
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28:37 6/26/23
EP 330: Parisian Producer, Director, Actor Charlotte Pleasants with Alchemy Theatre
Charlotte Pleasants is an Australian born, New Zealand raised director, producer and actor. She is one of the founding members of Alchemy Theatre, an international Paris based theatre company with whom she is co-directing and co-producing The Taming of the Shrew this July. Charlotte previously produced and performed with Cygnet Theatre, notably: Benvolio (Romeo and Juliet, 2021), Goneril (Lear, 2020), Sir Toby Belch (Twelfth Night, 2019) and Hermia (A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2018). Charlotte is the artistic director of Tapis Théâtre, a bi-annual Paris based scratch night, she was also a part of the team producing the Paris Fringe. Whilst studying in New Zealand Charlotte trained with the theatre company The Bacchanals. Charlotte is a graduate of the theatre studies program at Victoria University of Wellington. The Taming of the Shrew is Charlotte’s debut as a director. @alchemytheatre_ Support the show
25:57 6/21/23
EP 329: Paris History Avec a Hemingway (Solo Travel in Paris)
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23:36 6/19/23