Johnny Hallyday – Son Rêve Américain


Johnny Hallyday’s American Dream or “Son rêve américain” album is out three short years after his passing. This is really the iconic French rocker’s second posthumous album . Mon pays c’est l’amour was the 51st and the last album released a few months after his death. Johnny’s widow Laeticia explains how this album saw the light: “This is not my project, it’s his”, says Laeticia, ” He loved to call America his Promised Land , this America that nourrished him since the beginning of his career. This is where he gave himself an American name. It was the America of his heroes, where he was a free man, a man in peace.”

Johnny Hallyday – Son rêve américain 3 CD / 2 DVD Films includes an unreleased film by François Goetghebeur – A nos promesses: le dernier road trip à moto de Johnny et ses potes aux USA- To our Promises: Johnny’s last motorcyle US road trip with his pals.

The album also includes another unreleased film by Pascal Duchène – Johnny USA : les coulisses de sa tournée US de 2014 – Johnny USA Behind the Scenes of his 2014 US Tour

This is a LIVE unreleased double album recorded in New-York – The original road trip soundtrack , including the unreleased song: ” Deux sortes d’hommes” – “Two Kinds of Men”

Discover or rediscover all of Johnny Hallyday’s albums.

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Emily in Paris on Netflix (2020)


This lighthearted à l’eau de rose  American comedy is a series you might  love to hate.  Brimming over with  heavy  clichés and  the most obnoxious French stereotypes Emily in Paris  is  more of a parody and  fantasy.    Emily Cooper is suddenly catapulted from Chicago to Paris to act as a young marketing executive in an established French marketing agency.   Oblivious to the French culture and the language,  Emily will forge her way in designer pumps  or talons à aiguilles and fashion style ( in some scenes a bit à la Audrey Hepburn) and quickly create a social media buzz. Portraying  an  ambitious, overzealous, independent American  young woman with an endearing side , we casually follow her adventures in her new life in the city of light. The episodes are short and a nostalgic way to spend a few hours in a make-believe Paris with likeable characters especially the very French work colleagues, Sylvie the boss, as well as Emily’s love interests as we get caught up in the predictable storyline.

Emily in Paris (2020), the new series from the creator of Sex and the City, Darren Star, premiered October 2 on Netflix Starring: Lily Collins, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, Ashley Park, Lucas Bravo, CAmille Razat,

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French Shabby chic basics


French Shabby Chic style adds an elegant lived- in feel with distressed antique white and imperfectly perfect French vintage pieces. Big pieces of furniture like armoires, farm dining tables, and even old barn doors with distressed paint that make it look aged and vintage in hues of white and blue. Adding smaller accent items can also enhance the shabby chic look. Check out our selection of French Shabby Chic Products to mix and match that will add a touch of that romantic charming French shabbiness to your decor.

Creative Co-op Green Antiqued Pewter 
Mantel Clock

Evoke rustic farmhouses and cozy country cottages with this weathered clock. This mantle clock is elaborately decorated with aqua pewter and stunning detail. Your guests will assume it is an heirloom passed down through the generations. Set candle lanterns, blooming faux florals, and artful trays atop a console to create a charming vignette, then add a vintage-inspired touch with handmade pillows, weathered wall signs, antiqued mirrors, and more.


Yoillione Tall Galvanized Vase Farmhouse Pitcher 
This shabby chic flower vase will be exquisite as a centerpiece in your home or garden. Perfect for artificial flowers, a plant with soil, or fresh flowers.
Shabby Chic Throw Pillow

Antcreptson French Shabby Chic Square Decorative Throw Pillow Case Cushion Cover, Shabby Chic Pink Rose Floral,Soft Pillowcase 18x18 inch

Kira Home Astoria 21" French Country | Shabby Chic 5-Light Chandelier, Leaf Design + Hanging Crystals, Lightly Distressed Antique White Finish

Kira Home's Astoria 21" French Country 5-light chandelier adds the perfect touch of old world charm and elegance to your home. With its sweeping arms and beautiful faceted crystals, this chandelier is quite the conversation piece. Designed with attention to even the smallest detail, this chandelier is stunning from every angle. Hang it above your dining table, in the foyer, or as a centerpiece in your bedroom.
Modern 5th Vintage Aqua Blue Ottoman Wooden Serving Trays with Handles Set of 3 Decorative Tray

Decorative vintage aqua blue color trays will be an elegant accent in your home
Multifunctional: Trays are perfect for farmhouse decor, coastal living room decor, Vintage kitchen, dining, coffee, tea, food serving, breakfast in bed, ottomans, or drinks.
HyFanStr Shabby Chic Rustic Style Metal Jug Pitcher Flower Vase Can
Rustic Style Bluish Gray Metal Vase Display home decor in a charming way.
Bring the trendy French country flair vase to decorate your home, balcony, or garden.

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Faire trempette or the art of dunking


To dunk or not to dunk ? That is the question. In French we say “faire trempette” to take a little dip. The French are elegant especially the ladies but I’m not sure there’s an elegant way to dunk your croissant unless you’re dunking a petit biscuit. Yet. there’s nothing more delicious for breakfast than a buttery croissant dunked in a big bowl of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. The art of “ faire trempette” dans son café or “dunking” is too dunk lightly and not to make your baguette or croissant too soggy but just enough. Even Marcel Proust in A la recherche du temps perdu,  used a spoon to delicately dunk his Madeleines but it’s not quite the same.

“… je portai à mes lèvres une cuillerée du thé où j’avais laissé s’amollir un morceau de madeleine…”

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To indulge in this French habit, for starters you’ll need a big French bowl for your Café au lait to dunk your favorite tartines, baguette, croissant, brioches, biscottes , Madeleine , or viennoiseries etc… There is no limit to what can be dunked. I love the traditional French bowls reminiscent of childhood, you know the personalized bowls made in Bretagne or “bol breton” with your name on it, and I also like this one. Of course, you can also use your oversized American coffee mug but you won’t look too French.

  • Pillivuyt Cafe Au Lait Coffee Bowl, 1.15lb
  • White Porcelain Traditional European Coffee Bowl, 13-ounce – Dishwasher Safe
  • Guaranteed to be free from defects in materials and workmanship
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I have a confession to make… not only do I love to dunk my croissants or tartines beurrées in my coffee, I also like to slurp my café au lait but that’s another topic! 😉

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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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