Dress without sleeve

LA FÉE MARABOUTÉELogo de la marque la Fee Maraboutée

CLOTHING

I love La Fée Maraboutée dresses. Firstly because it remembers me my childhood friends from Roanne and then because La Fée Maraboutée dresses are easy to wear and original. It’s the iconic piece of the DNA of La Fée. The dress takes numerous forms throughout the seasons. I have four dresses La Fée in my wardrobe and the best compliment when I wear one is “You are very elegant, really french style”.

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Tights Plume

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 feff, she doesn’t name Berthe as well but she dress with lot of french elegance her tights found under the Christmas Tree. There are soft and original, like her. And as they are very hard-wearing she will be able to dress 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 utensil

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. Smalls birds outside their cages and leaf on a green, grey, blue or pink background, in recycled paper and vegetal inks.
The motifs are finely drawn. You can use it for family lunch and allow the childrens to draw on some new birds but I prefer to use them for french « chic diners ». I don’t know if everybody could appreciate fashionable paper placemats made in the North of France, but I’m définitively 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 utensil

Joséphine knowing that we like French products, chickens and cats, offered us two sweet coffee cups for Christmas. In the Blabla family, I would like the “Petote poule rousse” and it cat friend. But what it’s terrible, and you shouldn’t tell to her, it’s that I hardly dare to use them because I don’t want to break them ! Nevertheless they are perfected for 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM Espressos. It’s an attractive discovery which I recommend to Isabelle who recently moved near Aubagne and who is not far to discover the big family of the Blabla.
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Kitchen glove

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

HOME AND KITCHEN UTENSIL

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 kitchen glove from Lartigue 1910, a french company near Biarritz. They are beautiful with the red and camel stripes and I appreciate their sewing in diagonal which make themselves bend as a clip to catch the hot serving dish. I present them to you with a serving dish of the new collection Toulouse of Pilluvyt, a safe bet of Berry.
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Scented bouquet black fig

ESTEBANlogo de la marque ESTEBAN (Paris Parfums)

DECORATION

Because new generation fall in love with Yankee candles, it would be good to remind it that in France we have artisans perfumers who create franquances for several years. Esteban frangances are subtles and I like to smell them in my house, lying in the sofa with a book. My favorite frangances are black fig, orchid, tea spirit and cedar. An invitation to escape.

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Carafe vintage 70s

LA CARAFELa Carafe brand logo

Home and kitchen utensil

It’s the carafe vintage of our french school canteen in the 1970s. I prefer the orange one but you can find it in several modern colors. With a maximum capacity of 1.3 litres, it’s light, unbreakable, easily washable and without bisphenol A. It was under the Christmas Tree, not for me, but for my sister in law. This carafe is perfect for dinning on her terrace or in her garden, during summer in the Landes.

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Handbag Megeve

GRUNENBERGERGrunenBerger 1854 Paris brand logo

Leatherwork

I don’t know how I ever do without it for so long! When I met Lina Grunenberger to talk about her products, I was very interessed by the french relocation, but I didn’t have an immediate need. 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 zipped it and the handles have just the right size for all coats or jackets. I love the simple design and the brown soft leather.

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Knife Chamois

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

Home and kitchen utensil

Le Chamois is the legendary companion of French mountains.
With its handle in juniper burl, 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 used it! It is now our knife and it is a perfect knife to go on a hike with or in a Parisian kitchen.

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