Provence Bastide Aix Flagship store Luxury Beauty Brand
Lifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Bastide Luxury Beauty Brand Explores the Savoir Faire of Provence

Returning to Provence’s Art de Vivre Frédéric Fekkai and Shirin von Wulffen are a power couple with great hair! They are also breathing new life into a beauty and lifestyle brand that epitomises the best of Provence – Bastide. Born in Provence, Fekkai’s career took him to the United States. …

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Côte d'Azur Shopping Fragonard Store Eze Village
Lifestyle: Art & CultureMary Kay SealesShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Côte d’Azur Shopping to Get Me Through The Winter Blues Back Home

I have the incredible luxury of spending time in France every summer. Starting in 2000, when my daughter was still in junior high, my husband and I made it our priority to travel to France every year (rather than remodel the kitchen or build a new deck). We loved Paris, …

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Jolie Vintage Atelier Crafting Workshops Goult
Lifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Crafting Workshops in Goult at Jolie Vintage Atelier

Charming Provence Jolie vintage might be a good description for Goult. This village is one of a few in the Luberon that is not teeming with tourists, during the high season. In September 2015, Mimi and Michael Pillsbury purchased an old village house, as their new home and the base …

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Naturellement Paysan Farmers Cooperative Shop
Ashley TinkerLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

A Visit to Naturellement Paysan Farmers Cooperative Shop in Coustellet

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: I recently participated in a cooking class held by Jean Marc Villard of French Cuisine cooking classes in Maubec. Jean Marc, passionate about local produce, started the class by taking us to Naturellement Paysan, the local farmers cooperative in Coustellet. …Continue reading here for details …

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Villeneuve-Lès-Avignon Brocante Silver Provence
Julie WhitmarshLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Exploring the Villeneuve-Lès-Avignon Brocante for Silver and an antique Musket

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: Last weekend we decided to potter off to enjoy a couple of brocante markets and vide grenier events being held in the area. The last time we’d gone to one we’d found a wonderful French Military History chart for our youngest, Tom, who’s passionate …

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French Shopping
Girl Gone GallicLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Found: French Shopping Paradise in Provence

Contributor blog post by Girl Gone Gallic: All Across France – C’est les SOLDES ! This year I discovered the sales at the Factory Outlet Malls (“magasins d’usine”) – and that was a revelation. Everything is already discounted at outlet pricing which is typically around 20% to 30% off the …

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Visit Aubagne ARGILLA 2017
Lifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Visit Aubagne for ARGILLA 2017 to Explore the Ceramics Artists

In early August, Aubagne will once again host ARGILLA the biennial marketplace for ceramics artists. Each year a country is selected as the thematic focus of the event, this year it is Spain. The 14th edition of this international pottery market and festival opens to the public on August 5th and …

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Flower Farm Ferme Fleurie
French Decor & GardensLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of FranceThe Provence Post

Provence Blooms: Fresh From the Flower Farm Near You

Contributor blog post by Julie Mautner: There’s no shortage of beautiful flowers in Provence…or places to buy them. Just about every outdoor market has a vendor selling brilliant blooms at reasonable prices. But there’s something very special about buying them at the farm where they were grown  …Continue reading here for …

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French Fashion Stripes Marine Shirts French Sailor's shirts
Girl Gone GallicLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

French Fashion What’s Up with Those Blue and White Stripes

Contributor blog post by Girl Gone Gallic: Friday Fun Facts – La Marinière Did you know? Those blue and white stripes found on the iconic French Sailor’s shirts known as “la Marinière” follow very strict laws. The French Sailor’s shirt composition MUST follow these exacting rules: “The body is to …

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Visit Isle sur la Sorgue Brocante
Ginger and NutmegLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Visit Isle sur la Sorgue for a Touch of Venice in Provence

Contributor blog post by Nutmeg: Most people (read tourists) go to l’Isle sur la Sorgue for one of two reasons: The Sunday market – one of the largest in the region The 300+ antique stores and dealers Very few would go because they were expecting Venice in Provence. Ginger and …

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