Happy Friday! I recorded a quick video last night since a few of you were asking about my Oui Please subscription! To learn more about Oui Please, or order your own subscription check out their website: www.ouiplease.com! And this isn’t a sponsored post — I just love this service and I know that some of you were curious about what was in it. Have a great weekend!!
Early in December I decided to give myself a little luxury gift for 2015. I subscribed to Oui Please, a bi-monthly parcel service “delivering the finest full sized French apparel, accessories, beauty, home, jewelry & epicure products straight to your doorstep.”
Anyone who knows me knows that this is right up my alley. A box of (full-sized!) luxury French products delivered right to my door? I am almost mad that I didn’t come up with this idea first! Their first box shipped in mid-December and it definitely did not disappoint. Titled “Paris, I Miss You”, it was filled with products from Paris-based designers including perfumes, bath products, jewelry, leather goods, and more. February’s box is titled “Dreaming of Normandie” and I just cannot wait to find out whats inside.
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When packing for my France trip I knew that I wanted to bring items that I could mix and match, but that would also wear and travel well. And most of all, I wanted to “fit in” with the French crowd and not look like a typical tourist. For this I enlisted the help of Jessica from BeFrnch.
BeFrnch is a consulting company in Dallas that will help you with all things French in the areas of style, food, and travel. When I told Jessica I was traveling to France with a small carryon she helped narrow down the list of my must-haves and curated a perfect color palette for me to use. Some of her must-have items included: dark jeans, a black skirt, a satchel bag, ballet flats, a fedora, my favorite sunglasses, and a versatile scarf. Here, in Strasbourg, I’m wearing several of her recommended items:
One of the main accent colors Jessica chose for me was olive green. I packed my AliKat Military Jacket and World Scarf with the intention of building several outfits around them. It was light enough to wear at times during the day, and provided just enough warmth at night while walking around Strasbourg and again several times in Paris. I also wore it while en route to our next destination… Champagne!
Tomorrow my husband and I are going to the French Film Festival at the Museum of Fine Arts! We will be watching, You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet, which I heard was similar to a Love Actually or Valentine’s Day type of movie — you know the movies that have a ton of great actors in them with many story lines that all seem to tie together? Apparently the movie we’re viewing tomorrow is the French version!
My French is a little rusty — I hope they have subtitles!
Ever since I was a little girl I have been enamored with all things French. In elementary school I bought French picture-book dictionaries with my allowance money and wore berets to school until my classmates made fun of me (kids can be SO cruel!). I took French language classes from the 6th grade through high school, and I even sat for the dreaded AP French exam, even though we all knew we were going to bomb it.
Then in college I took five French language courses, even though a minor only required four. The classes ranged from French Literature to Business French and everything in between. For my fellow accounting nerds out there, did you know that in France their balance sheet is flip-flopped? (Assets are listed on the right!) I have always dreamed of visiting Paris, and eventually was able to take a trip of a lifetime to France last summer for our honeymoon, which I’ve traced below for you on the map below.
I dream about returning to France, for more than just a vacation. Paris & Bordeaux would be great cities to live in, but I loved Brittany and Cannes. too! But because I can’t move to France, I try to picture myself there by reading as many French books and travel memoirs that I can get my hands on. You can see some of them listed here.
One of my favorites style books is Ines de la Fressange’s Parisian Chic. Not only does her gorgeous daughter model in the pictures, but she gives so many tips and tricks to achieve your own inner French style from clothing and makeup suggestions to teeth cleaning tips. A smile is your greatest accessory, after all! But she’s not just about personal style and fashion; she has a section in the book about home decor, restaurants, hotels, cafes, hair salons, museums, bookstores and more!
Sadly, I have no current plans to return to France anytime soon. So until I do make some plans, I will just have to channel my inner French girl here in the States with my Breton stripes, red lipstick, and all my beloved French books.