French Summer Essentials


Nothing screams French style more than the traditional handmade French Straw Market basket or panier de paille which is used all year long in France especially for shopping at the market or faire les courses au marché and which makes the perfect summer beach bag.

Our selection is the Moroccan Basket Straw Bag Style from ArtOuarzazate,  French Market Basket shopping woven wicker beach basket with short tan leather handles and tassel handwoven in a Moroccan workshop located in Marrakech, Morocco.

The artisans selected carefully the best bio palm leaves to create this luxurious handbag. Handles were meticulously sewn from the finest leather to provide you a great comfort when you carry it.  A practical and stylish design perfect for everyday use and effortlessly adds a French touch to your summer wardrobe.

Complete the look with an extra large floppy straw sunhat!

 

This summer straw hat  is from Furtalkt made of premium paper straw. Breathable and comfortable, it is tightly woven for quality and durability with Sun UV Protection UPF 50+ along with  floppy wide brim providing a perfect shade to your face, help protecting from the sun’s harmful rays. It is also  foldable and crushable, easy to take and pack up. Great for beach, boating, vacation, park or pool, hiking, camping, gardening, vacation, tourism, weekend getaway, honeymoon and comes in many colors. 

Protect you eyes and give your look a French style with Be One Polarized Sunglasses Cat Eye Vintage Classic Retro Fashion Design UV Protection Lens

 
 
And don’t forget to lather the suncreen with La Roche-Posay Anthelios Cooling Water Lotion Broad Spectrum, Body & Face Sunscreen, Fast Absorbing, Water Resistant, 5.0 Fl. Oz
 
A unique sunscreen texture that transforms like water on the skin, while providing a cooling effect and advanced sunscreen protection. Formulated with Cell-Ox Shield antioxidant technology. Suitable for sensitive skin.
 
So now go enjoy your summer  with a chilled glass of  French Rosé !
 
 
 

With 15 estates with exemplary terroirs, Gérard Bertrand is the ambassador of fine wines of Languedoc-Roussillon around the world. He has defended the wealth of his land with passion and enthusiasm for over 30 years. Producing great wines requires patience, maturity and rigor, but the same vision must be shared with one’s team. It also takes a healthy dose of intuition to bring out the soul of the terroir. And understanding the different steps – harvest, bottling, vinification and aging – and not being afraid of “the thousand and one details” that lead to Excellence.

So wherever you are you can always add a touch of French flair to your hot summer days! 

 

 

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Yves Rocher Botanical Beauty Products


Yves Rocher was born of the vision of a man who believed in cosmetics based on plants and in the democratization of beauty. Yves Rocher is an innovative and committed beauty brand with the utmost respect for the planet and your skin which  was founded over 60 years ago in the French village of La Gacilly by a visionary who believed in plant-based cosmetics and in the accessibility of botanical beauty for all women.

Cleansing products, now buy 1 & 2nd at $1 sitewide at Yvesrocherusa.com!

Harvesting, manufacturing and retailing since 1959, Yves Rocher offers an impressive selection of botanical beauty products. From skin care, sunscreen, bath time, cosmetics, perfumes and more these are some of my favorite products that I love to use everyday. 

This is one of my favorite natural brands and it is always so much fun to look through the catalog online and discover all the novelties, FREE gifts with every order, and specials. 

My favorite lipstick “Le Grand Rouge!”

Not only are these quality products 100% natural they are also very affordable!

Yves Rocher has a wide range of quality products at the best prices: anti-aging care, face care, body care, hair care and shower gels as well as a line of perfumes created from the most exquisite natural raw materials and makeup with colors influenced by nature itself.

Discover Yves Rocher Fragrances inspired by the botanical world for a natural seduction. From  scented freshness to  fine perfumery, eau de parfum for women, eau de toilette for women, eau de toilette for men and eau fraiche.  

Make your perfumed moment last longer with  perfumed body care or with the shower gel of your favorite fragrance.

More to come in detail with my ultimate favorite Yves Rocher products! In the meantime, go discover these awesome products, exceptional offers as well as gift ideas for every special occasion for yourself and browse through the catalog!  

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French Press Coffee, anyone?


A French Coffee Press, also known as a cafetière, cafetière à piston, caffettiera a stantuffo, press pot, coffee press, or coffee plunger, is a coffee brewing device. Did you know that two French inventors (Mayer and Delforge) patented in 1852 a forerunner of the French press? A patent was filed by a Frenchman, Marcel-Pierre Paquet dit Jolbert, officially published on August 5, 1924.

We especially like the elegant, durable, and authentic Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee 

  • Made with a Recyclable SAN Beaker that is shatterproof and provides a cleaner and greener cup of French Press Coffee.
  • The frame and lid, made of stainless steel, undergo several chrome plating processes to obtain a durable shiny surface that will last for many years of intense use.
  • The black CHAMBORD Polypropylene handle comes in a matte finish that not only gives a comfortable grip while serving but adds to the classic quality of the design.
  • This classic design makes coffee in just 4 minute

How to brew French Press Coffee the Bodum Way.

Here is a selection of  French Coffee Press

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Best French Learning Programs


Now is a good time to learn something new, whether you want to communicate with friends or colleagues, reconnect with family, or just understand more of what’s going on in the world around you, learning French will expand your horizons and immeasurably enrich your life.  Take advantage of “lost” time in your car, at the gym, or just around the house to speed the learning process.  

We selected the Best French Learning Programs for all ages available for independent learning with the use of online software all ready to go in a box, audio CDs, or audio-books! These programs are also available in other languages.

Learn French: Rosetta Stone Bonus Pack Bundle (Lifetime Online Access + Grammar Guide and Dictionary Book Set) Software

 

 
  • Everything you need to learn French in one box!
  • Rosetta Stone lifetime subscription- access award-winning program from the cloud. It syncs across desktop, mobile, and tablet for convenient learning
  • Barron’s grammar Guide- learn essential grammar tips, such as verb agreements and sentence structure
  • Barron’s Dictionary important definitions from this trusted source
  •  This “Lifetime” product will be supported for its life, meaning as long as Rosetta Stone makes the product available.

 

  • With Transparent Complete Edition, you get a comprehensive language-learning solution – five learning products – in one affordable package. 
  • Start by rapidly building your vocabulary base with our acclaimed Byki Deluxe 4.0. Byki’s memory algorithm technology will tailor your learning based on your own strengths and weaknesses.
  • Record your voice and compare it alongside native speaker audio. 
  • Take your learning on the road with Everywhere audio lessons on CD. 
  • Develop your written and verbal skills with the Transparent Premium Edition, a full course with lesson plans to develop your conversational skills.
  • Native language texts, videos, and stories immerse you in the language and condition you to communicate without having to think about it – just like you do in English.
  • Explore 30 virtual reality scenarios in LinguaMatch. Learn the words of common every-day objects, and click on the characters you meet to learn more conversational phrases.

Pimsleur French Learning Programs – Audio CD Format

 

 

  • Dr. Paul Pimsleur devoted his life to language teaching and testing and was one of the world’s leading experts in applied linguistics.
  • After years of experience and research, Dr. Pimsleur developed The Pimsleur Method based on two key principles:  the Principle of Anticipation and a scientific principle of memory training that he called “Graduated Interval Recall.” 
  • This method has been applied to the many levels and languages of the Pimsleur Programs.
 
  • OUINO French is the all-in-one complete solution to learn French fast. Compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Android, and Chrome OS.
  • The program now includes over 400 lessons, 60 short stories, several pronunciation exercises
  • Over 1000 engaging games and challenges.
  • The most customizable French learning program. Each lesson has useful and easy to use options that allow you to take control of your learning.
  • Options include setting the amount of time between examples and controlling the pronunciation playback speed.
  • LIFETIME ACCESS. The program comes to about $3.99 per month when used for 2 years (but you own it forever).
 
 

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The Best Natural French Soaps: Savon de Marseille


The best natural French soaps have been made for centuries in Marseille. The Genuine Savon de Marseille soap cube is 100% natural, made only with vegetable oils (72% olive oil), with no added fragrance, coloring, and additives. It is free of petroleum-based products and animal fats, unlike most of the other soaps and shower gels on the market.

Savon de Marseille is an entirely natural soap made either from saponified olive oil or saponified vegetable oil (coconut oil) The nourishing properties of olive oil, helps the skin to keep a more natural moisture balance. The soap is gentle on all types of skin, even the most sensitive ones (babies, people with allergies, etc.). The soap is cooked in cauldrons for about 10 days using a traditional Marseille soap-making method.

In the old days, this soap was a staple in every French household, and women had multipurpose use for Savon de Marseille from handwashing laundry, dishes to personal care.

These are my top Amazon Picks for the Best Natural French Soaps:

 This Savon de Marseille cube by Marius Fabre artisanal soap maker since 1900, is huge weighing over a pound at 600 grams it will surely last a very long time.

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Each one of Marius Fabre bars of Marseille olive oil soap is traditionally made, cooked in a cauldron. Cut and stamped by hand, it is living heritage, produced by the traditional Savon de Marseille crafts secrets kept in the family for four generations. It is also the emblematic representative of the Marius Fabre soap factory beyond home frontiers. Japanese customers adopted it over 20 years ago for its gentleness and very delicate skin.

 

 

This Marius Fabre Marseille Soap  – To Cut comes with an old-fashioned butter slicing wire to easily and conveniently cut your bar soap into slices or cubes like our grandparents did before us:  thin slices of soap for cleansing face and body or just hand washing, larger cubes for the laundry.

Nowadays you can find a variety of excellent quality soap from Marseille made from pure olive oil and natural fragrances.  Others are made with French-milled soap and organic oils like coconut oil and crushed provencal flowers like rose, lavender. The soaps come in all sizes, some in the cube (as the original) and others even come in convenient modern refillable pumps. 

Renowned French brands include La Compagnie de Provence – This authentic liquid Marseille soap is saponified in a cauldron, in the purest tradition of master soap makers. Elaborated with organic olive oil, it gently cleanses the skin and can be used for hands and body wash.  The fragrance is created in Provence where the woody Lavender notes are magnified by the ambery scent of Incense.   It is  97,7%  pure ingredients, organic olive oil. Coconut oil. No parabens, no phenoxyethanol, no coloring agents, no animal fats. It comes in an elegant keepsake refillable frosted glass bottle.


La Maison du Savon- Enriched with shea butter, 100% vegetable base that nourishes, moisturizes, soothes and protects the skin thanks to its composition exceptionally rich in vitamins A, D, E, F. Shea butter has regenerative and repairing properties and helps to fight against skin dryness. It cleans, softens, nourishes, refreshes and moisturizes the skin. This perfumed soap is suitable for all skin types. The perfume used is of high quality, it comes from the city of Grasse in Monaco. Its fragrance in the heart of honey and Orange blossom melts in notes of Vanilla and Tonka bean.

La Savonnerie Le Sérail – La Savonnerie Le Sérail is the last remaining artisanal soapmaker located in the heart of Marseilles, France. Established in 1949, the factory is dedicated to the production of traditional Marseilles soap (or as the locals call it, Savon de Marseille) following methods established in the 17th century by the edict of Colbert.

This authentic French soap in the shape of a 300-gram traditional Marseilles cube is handmade from coconut oil and quadruple milled with the addition of rose petal aromatic oil and crushed pieces of Provençal roses for gentle skin exfoliation. Free of sodium Laureth/lauryl sulfate, phthalates, parabens, tallow, synthetic fragrance or artificial coloring, it gently cleanses the skin and rinses off completely without stripping skin’s natural oils. Like all wonderful good things from the good old days, the Savon de Marseille has been glamorized and everybody loves it. They even have been marketed for children called Le Petit Marseillais  #1 body wash brand in France with a full line of soap, body wash, shampoos, and body cream. 

An authentic French bath soap that brings the artisanal quality of Marseille to you and features a unique olive oil formula that is suitable for everyday use. This is a small 7-ounce bar of Le Petit Marseillais  72% Extra Pur Bath Soap enriched with olive oil, a natural skin-nourishing ingredient, designed to gently cleanse and nourish the skin. This iconic body soap is tenderly crafted through traditional, French-inspired techniques to transport yourself to France through the sweet, timeless fragrance of this nourishing bath soap and enjoy gentle olive oil skincare that helps moisturize the skin. 

 

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5 Items to Bring out Your Inner French Chef


Made in France since 1925, Le Creuset has been making joy in the kitchen for over 90 years with its signature range of iconic cast iron cookware, tableware, kitchen tools and more.  

Now with your very own Le Creuset French Cast-Iron Dutch Oven, you’ll be better equipped to make your famous Coq au Vin or Boeuf Bourguignon in no time! You can find simple to follow recipes in my favorite Julia Child’s  Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

I picked only 5 items to bring out your inner French Chef. So, get inspired and start by choosing your color, I think the traditional Le Creuset signature color is Orange Flame,  but Caribbean Blue is an original color and would fit right in our kitchen. 😉 😉 😉

Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 7-1/4-Quart

These cast-irons Dutch Oven come in different quart sizes, this size is the perfect standard for family meals with leftovers.

Round French (Dutch) Oven, Caribbean

Also known as a Dutch oven, this updated kitchen classic enhances the cooking process by evenly distributing heat and locking in the optimal amount of moisture. With ergonomic handles and an advanced interior enamel that resists chipping and cleans easily, Le Creuset’s French ovens blend the best of the past with the latest innovations in comfort and functionality.

Le Creuset Unisex French Trivet

This silicone Trivet is pretty enough to put on your dinner table to protect the surface from heat.

Le Creuset Spatula Spoon

So put on your apron and pour yourself a nice glass of wine and let’s get cooking! Your inner French Chef is ready!

Don’t forget the Le Creuset Screwdriver!

 This Le Creuset Set comes with 23 pieces

or even 16 pieces!

These are the types of items that will last a lifetime so it’s a good investment especially if you enjoy the French art of cooking. The sets are good deals actually and averages out much less per item than buying each one separately.

Take a peek at all the other BESTSELLERS from Le Creuset 

More to come from this authentic French brand and in the meantime happy cooking and Bon appétit!

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14 juillet 2020


 

14 juillet 2020
Credit: Christian Hartmann

French President Emmanuel Macron hosted a symbolic Bastille Day parade in Paris, France today Tuesday July 14, 2020 highlighted by jets from the French Air Force Patrouille de France flying past the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel to celebrate the heroes of the fight against Covid-19, including medical workers, cashiers and postal workers.

 

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2020 Times


These are the times we live in 2020

 

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Monoi de Tahiti is an Endless Summer


Nothing says Summer like the sweet fragrant Monoi Oil of Tahiti also known simply as “Fleur de Tahiti”. Monoi de Tahiti is a precious and exotic cosmetic oil manufactured in Polynesia following traditional methods. The oil is created by soaking and macerating 10 Tiare flowers from French Polynesia in one liter of refined coconut oil for a minimum of 10 days.

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The authentic Monoi de Tahiti Oil carries an “Appellation of Origin” guarantee and is produced under very controlled manufacturing methods to ensure the highest quality oil. Thanks to its moisturizing proprieties, MONOI makes skin softer and naturally protects it from the harmful effects of the sun and the sea salt. It’s also the miracle product Polynesian women use to care for their legendary hair. 100% Monoi oil from Tahiti is available online.

 

Yves Rocher USA  has a  Bestselling fragrant line of Monoi de Tahiti  in luscious Monoi oil,  dry glitter oil, fragrance spray with the new Eau de Toilette called Wave of Summer or Vague d’ été in French as well as a complete line of body creams and scrubs, body wash, and hair care.

The items selected below have been my favorites for years and are always BESTSELLERS! 

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Monoi de Tahiti is a sensual fragrant oil and for me, it truly is Summer in a bottle all year long! Feel the caress of the sun on your skin, the enveloping warmth of summer, the sensation of hot sand mixed with the freshness of water beneath your feet.

So many summer memories revived by this sun-drenched fragrance that will have you dive into an endless summer.

 

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