Spirito straw hat

Logo Gang De Grand-Mères (GDGM) brand


“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


logo Quintessence, French brand


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


Logo Le Parfum Citoyen, French brand


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

Sleeveless Dress

LA FÉE MARABOUTÉELogo de la marque la Fee Maraboutée


I love La Fée Maraboutée dresses, firstly because it reminds me of my childhood friends from Roanne and then because La Fée Maraboutée dresses are easy to wear and original. They are  most popular pieces of La Fée’s collection. The dress takes numerous forms throughout the seasons. I have four La Fée dresses in my wardrobe and the best compliment when I wear one is “You are very elegant, really french style”.

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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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Pot holder

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


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)


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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Megeve handbag

GRUNENBERGERGrunenBerger 1854 Paris brand logo


I don’t know what I ever did without it for so long! When I met Lina Grunenberger to talk about her products, I was very interested in the relocation to France of the manufacturing of this bag, but I didn’t need one at the time. A few months later, I began a new job and took the subway every day, and I needed a zipped handbag. I ordered the MEGEVE handbag, made in France. It’s the perfect handbag. You can put a laptop inside, you can zip it and the handles are just the right size for all coats or jackets. I love the simple design and the soft brown leather.

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Chamois knife

FONTENILLE PATAUDFontenille-Pataud Gilles, Thiers-France, brand logo

Home and kitchen

Le Chamois is the legendary companion of French mountain folk.
With it’s juniper burl handle, it was the perfect gift for both of our fathers. Mine has it in his pocket almost all the time whereas my father-in-law never uses his! It is now our knife and it is the perfect knife to go on a hike with or in a Parisian kitchen.

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