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What I love this week: French edition

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December is one of my favorite times of year to visit Paris. It’s less crowded, and the holiday window and street decorations are delightful.

Christmas decorations in Paris, rue des canettes
Christmas display(2018) at Chatelles shoe store rue de bac, Paris. Mannequins with dresses, skirts made of fir boughs.

A visit isn’t in the cards for us this year, so I’m always looking for little ways to get a “French fix” at home.

Those little extra details…

Sézane is one of my favorite stops for French style inspiration: simple and classic but with those little details that take it up a notch from generic. I ordered this camel pullover with little metallic dots and just received it yesterday. It’s one of those pieces that works perfectly for a “festive, not fussy” holiday look. (You’ll be seeing it in an outfit soon.) The fit is relaxed; the XS was roomy but not too oversized.

I also like this navy striped version of their classic “Gaspard” cardigan, which can be worn with the buttons in front or back. (A versatile cardigan is great for travel…)

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Christmas decorations at Le Bon Marché, Paris.

Le Bon Marché is my favorite department store in Paris, but did you know you can shop LBM from home at 24S (for 24 Sèvres, the Paris street address)? They carry a lot of designers and brands that you can’t usually find here. Shipping to the US is fast, and returns are pretty hassle-free. (You just have to use the paperwork provided and schedule a pick up, c’est tout!)

Unique gifts from My French Country Home

But one of my favorite sources for truly unique and special French items is the My French Country Home Box, by Sharon Santoni. Four times per year, Sharon hand selects gifts for the home and to wear from French artisans and brocantes to include in these subscription boxes.

The contents are kept a secret, so opening the box and discovering what’s inside is always a lovely surprise. The theme of the November box (gifted) is “Midnight in Paris,” and it’s a fabulous mix!

There’s always a beautiful catalog that describes all of the items and the uniquely French brands/artisans. The first item I opened from the November box were these antique napkin rings, and I was so delighted with them!

Sharon included three items to wear in this box, a lovely woven scarf from La Fabrique d’Écharpe, a beautiful gold modern pendant necklace from Lovely Day, and sheer socks from Atelier St. Eustache.

In addition to the antique silver napkin rings, the “for the home” items included a lovely porcelain night light (uses a small tea light) from La Commanerie. To keep everything smelling sweet, perfumed sachets from Mathilde M and a room fragrance diffuser by Mademoiselle Lulubelle.

The theme of the next box (coming in February) is “An American in Provence.” You can reserve your box here. These boxes make beautiful gifts, and you can also shop individual items from past boxes at Sharon’s My French Country Home Boutique!

And even though we’re not heading to Paris this year, we have planned a small “staycation” nearby with pretty lights and other holiday decorations, so stay tuned…

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