Eau de toilette Belle Chérie

FRAGONARD

Fragonard Logo

COSMETICS

In 2016, Fragonard celebrated its 90th anniversary, and I discovered its eau de toilette Belle Chérie, a gift from a sweet friend. Belle Chérie its “a bouquet of flowers, fruits, and wood to celebrate this carefree fragrance. A top note of tangerine and star fruit, a middle note of jasmine, heliotrope and lily-of-the-valley and a back note of sandalwood, tonka bean and vanilla”. I have always preferred bergamot, cedar wood and ginger fragrances, seem to suit the summer. eau de toilette BelIe Chérie is warming on a cold morning, so it seems to suit me in the winter. I don’t know if I’m carefree but this Eau de Toilette helps me to be less speedy!
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Bistro chair

FERMOB

Fermob logo

FURNITURE

When you live in Paris with a so cute but so small balcony, if you want to be able to drink a coffee or a glass of wine outside, enjoying the view of the Eiffel Towel, you need Fermob chairs and table! It was a difficult choice to find the right colours, but Formob is an invitation to “Joie de Vivre”. So I chose a purple table, a red chair and an orange chair. For 7 years now, my Fermob furniture withstands pollution, bad weather and pigeons and magpies !
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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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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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Knitting yarn

FILATURE DU VALGAUDEMARFilature du Valgaudemar brand logo

Home and kitchen

It would seem that knitting is fashionable again. I know a person who brought back knitting yarn from Peru recently. In January 2016, I wrote an article about the company “Bergers Cathares”, which offers an original option to adopt a goat. This is another factory recommended by the same friend. This factory doesn’t breed its animals, but remains vigileant on the origin of fibres and animal shearing.

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First name bowl

FAÏENCERIE DE PORNICFaïencerie de Pornic brand logo

Home and kitchen

I’m sure that this bowl reminds you of your childhood! Somewhere you most likely have a bowl with “ears” with your first name on it. Do you know the difference between the small Breton at the bottom of the bowl of the earthenware factory of Pornic and the small Breton of the earthenware factory of Quimper? The first one stands behind his wife and the second one is in front of his wife. My friend Claire used this question every morning with her son: “Where is the small Breton?!? You need to finish your milk to see him”. If you want to make your own bowl, visit the workshop at the factory: you can paint your own plate and collect it 4 days later (the time needed for enamelling and firing).

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Stuffed toy Smarty

SMARTY LE RATSmarty le Rat brand logo

TOYS

The Petite Rousse met Smarty in 2015, at the “Made In France” show. And she fell in love with this little rat and Nadia, his mother. Nadia puts all of her passion and heart (and it’s a big one) into her creation. Nadia told us about their story, and took time to listen to ours. Nadia and Smarty were the “ray of sunshine” on this grey Parisian November day. Today Smarty protects Titouan with the dedication of his mummy “Thank you Smarty! Your big eyes hypnotize Titouan and calm him, it is impressive”.

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Rectangular terrine

PILLIVUYTPillivuytn® brand logo

HOME AND KITCHEN

I grew up with Pillivuyt china. My mother went every year to the “sales by weight” at the factory outlet. And we ordered! Shapes are sober and beautiful. I use this terrine to cook  everything: a fish cake, a savoury loaf or chicken drumsticks in the oven. And it goes directly from the oven to the table, it’s so elegant!

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“Choupinette” doll

PETITCOLLINPetitcollin® brand logo

TOYS

Do you know Etain? It’s a very small city in the East of France. Nobody knows Etain but everybody knows PetitCollin dolls. French girls have PetitCollin dolls for generations! I spent two years in Etain and I made some lovely friends. We visited the factory and since then, I have given a PetitCollin doll to all the young girls in my family, and among friends (many thanks to Marguerite who lent me her baby for the picture).

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