Spirito straw hat

GANG DE GRAND-MÈRES
Logo Gang De Grand-Mères (GDGM) brand

ACCESSORIES

“Toulousain Tricot’lore” wollen cap for winter or Spirito straw hat for summer?! A difficult choice!!! I Eventually I bought a straw hat, with a crocheted ribbon and a leather logo, all made in France (Tarn and Vaucluse). Perfect to face the summer heat! My summer was not very hot but I used it every single sunny day. In this pic, during a great day in the Cotswold lavender fields.
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Paulette dungarees

QUINTESSENCE

logo Quintessence, French brand

CLOTHING

Quintessence is my favourite of this Autumn. A short chat with my sister about new French brands, a picture on Instagram…And suddenly I want to wear Paulette dungarees, as if I was 20 years old again. In white cord, you can wear it with boots or trainers. It’s a very confortable clothing item. The perfect outfit for a sunny autumn day. Continue reading

Perfume La fille Cool

LE PARFUM CITOYEN

Logo Le Parfum Citoyen, French brand

COSMETICS

Le Parfum Citoyen is a new young brand, launched in 2017 by Adrien, grandson of a perfumer from Grasse. To choose my fragrance, I received 15 samples this summer. What a difficult choice! After a fortnight of hesitation and trial, I chose “La Fille cool”. With lemon, mandarin, persimmon, orchid and amber notes, it’s definitely me! Continue reading

Feather Tights

BERTHE AUX GRANDS PIEDSlogo de la marque Berthe aux Grands Pieds (depuis 1999, fabriqué en France)

Socks and tights

Berthe was none other than the mother of King Charlemagne and the wife of Pepin the Short. Queen Berthe had one foot bigger than the other, as the story relates. My Berthe has no big foot, she isn’t called Berthe either, but she wears her Christmas gift tights with a lot of french elegance. They are soft and original, like her. And as they are very hard-wearing she will be able to wear them a long time to inspire us.

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Sketchbook of paper placemats

ALEXANDRE TURPAULTlogo de la marque Alexandre Turpault (France 1847)

Home and kitchen

One day, my friend Valerie visited me with a big folder. Sketchbook? Big comic book? I was surprised to discover some paper placemats from Alexandre Turpault brand.
Sketchbook of 28 paper placemats with 4 different patterns, size 42*29.7cm. Small flying birds and leaves on a green, grey, blue or pink background, in recycled paper and vegetable dyes.
The motifs are finely drawn. You can use them for family lunch and allow the children to draw on some new birds but I prefer to use them for french « chic dinners ». I don’t know if everybody would appreciate fashionable paper placemats made in the North of France, but I’m definitely won over by the idea. And it’s very trendy. The Dutch company Pepin Press offers a range of paper placemats with artistic designs (1970’s, Art déco, India, William Morris, Modernism, Japanese patterns…).

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Coffee cup

NIKO LE PIRATE logo de la marque BlaBla

Home and kitchen

Joséphine, knowing that we like French products, chickens and cats, offered us two sweet coffee cups for Christmas. Amongst the design available, I would naturally prefer the little hen and it friend the cat. But what is terrible, and you shouldn’t tell her, it’s that I hardly dare to use them because I don’t want to break them ! Nevertheless,  they are perfect for 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM Espressos. It’s an exciting discovery which I recommend to anyone who visits the South East.  Continue reading

Pot holder

LARTIGUE 1910logo de la marque Lartigue 1910 (tissage de linge Basque)

HOME AND KITCHEN

I had lot of French presents this Christmas. I’m really touched that you think of the “Petite Rousse” and help her to find new “pride and joy” !  My cousin Cécile gave me two pot holders  from Lartigue 1910, a French company near Biarritz. They are beautiful with red and camel stripes and I like that they are sewn on the diagonal which make them bend as a clip to catch the hot serving dish. I present them to you with a serving dish from the new collection Toulouse of Pilluvyt, a favourite of the Berry region.
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Black fig reed diffuser

ESTEBANlogo de la marque ESTEBAN (Paris Parfums)

DECORATION

Because the young generation have fallen in love with Yankee candles, it would be good to remind them it that in France we have artisans perfumers who create fragrances for several years. Esteban fragrances are subtle and I like to smell them in my house, lying on the sofa with a book. My favourite fragrances are black fig, orchid, “esprit de thé” and cedar. An invitation to escape.

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Vintage 70s Carafe

LA CARAFELa Carafe brand logo

Home and kitchen

It’s the vintage carafe from our French school canteen in the 1970s! I prefer the orange one but it comes in several modern colours. With a maximum capacity of 1.3 litres, it’s light, unbreakable, easily washable and Bisphenol A free. It was under the Christmas Tree; not for me but for my sister in law. This carafe is perfect for dining on her terrace or in her garden, during summer in the Landes.

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