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Monoi Oil or “Fleur de Tahiti” is Summer in a Bottle!


To me, nothing says Summer like the sweet fragrant Monoi oil of Tahiti or “Huile de tiar ” 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,  as well as a complete line of body creams, 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!

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French Women Prefer Beauty “au naturel” !


French Actress Brigitte Bardot. in St Tropez in the movie And God Created Woman Photo Credit: Ghislain Dussart

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FROGS! First certified ORGANIC French Bakery in the US!


There’s a new bakery in town! It’s called FROGS!  by Chef Jean-Luc Labat, the first certified ORGANIC French Bakery in Greater Los Angeles! So now you can eat delicious French baked goods from a 5-star pastry chef from the Fouquets on the Champs Elysées in Paris right here in Los Angeles and not feel too guilty about it…cause it’s all organic and good for you!

Chef Jean-Luc Labat FROGS

Check out the beautiful hearty 100% Certified organic selection of organic bread, pastries, and savory Quiche!

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FROGS also makes organic “Fronut”, (not to be confused with Cronut) the croissant-doughnut hybrid now available in four flavors online among their other organic goodies! They do look darn good!

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 I am a traditional  French-American girl and my favorites are still almond croissants

FROGS almond croissant

or a good tarte aux pommes!

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Cronut™ from Beauvais to New York and when in LA!?


Cronut™ from Beauvais to New York and when in LA!?

Yes, I admit it, I resisted posting about Cronut™  Because to me a donut is a donut and a croissant is a croissant but then, I found out that the creator and inventor of the Cronut™ Dominique Ansel is originally from my hometown in Beauvais, France.  And that made me feel very happy and a bit proud too. Bravo Chef for your pioneer and entrepreneurial spirit!  I promise I will taste one. What is a Cronut you may ask? Well quite simply it is a hybrid between a donut and a croissant.

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Dominique Ansel ‘s Cronut™ created in 2013  from Beauvais to New York. Check out also Dominique Ansel Bakery in Soho, NY  and his latest cookbook in the works!  open in Los Angeles too as of 2017 at the Grove.

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West Forever: Voyages en Harley Davidson


West Forever: Voyages en Harley Davidson

West Forever fabrique des rêves depuis 19 ans. La devise et le métier de West Forever: ” C’est de vous offrir les plus beaux voyages à moto, les plus belles routes du monde, les plus beaux virages, les plus douces vallées. C’est de vous faire aimer l’odeur du sable, la couleur du désert, de réveiller en vous l’homme ou la femme nomade…”

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“L’histoire de West Forever c’est avant tout une histoire de copains. Celle de Frank Bruynbroek et Dominique Dillenbourg tout d’abord. Ces deux-là, copains d’enfance et motards depuis leurs 16 ans, sont devenus accros aux grands voyages en motos suite à un ride de 6 mois aux USA en 1981. Une expérience suffisamment marquante pour qu’elle scelle leur amitié et imprime le voyage dans leur ADN de façon durable. Aussi, lorsque 14 ans plus tard, des clients de la concession Harley-Davidson de Dominique, demandent si on peut les aider à organiser un voyage aux Etats Unis, nos deux amis se mobilisent et organisent le tout premier tour de la future société West Forever. 1996, avec l’aide de Claudine Walter,  la machine à rêves est lancée et West Forever deviendra en quelques années le numéro 1 des voyages à moto.”

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“Depuis 2011, l’histoire de West Forever est aussi celle d’Eric et Fabien. Eux, se sont rencontrés à moto sur les pistes de l’Amérique du Sud. Eric organisait le rallye raid Gringo 2008 auquel Fabien participait. Le premier appliquait des recettes éprouvées sur des rallyes en Citroën traction (l’une de ses passions) au monde de la moto pour la première fois, et le second renouait avec son goût pour la moto et l’évasion, profitant de l’isolement des grands espaces pour faire le point sur une carrière consacrée aux grandes entreprises qui lui correspondait de moins en moins.”

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“L’entente a été immédiate et savamment entretenue par de redoutables parties de tennis où victoire était synonyme d’invitation et de choix du restaurant. Mais c’est leur complémentarité professionnelle et leur conception commune du voyage qui les a réunis dans l’aventure West Forever. A la recherche d’horizons nouveaux et d’espaces qui font grandir, leur quête ultime reste l’expérience humaine qui naît de rencontres fraternelles partagées sur la route.”

WF 5Désormais, Eric sillonne le monde à la recherche des plus beaux tracés (sur bitume) pour nos Harley et Fabien œuvre depuis Strasbourg et Paris au bon déroulement des voyages et au développement de West Forever!”

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France is in the air!


Air France new campaign launched early this month in April, “France is in the air”, brings back the fun and excitement in airline travel advertising with a fresh social media outreach created  by French agency BETC with a series of  elegant posters featuring the amazing photography of Sofia & Mauro.

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 “France is in the air” in the making video

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