My Stylish French Box
Ashley TinkerLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

My Stylish French Box a Gift to Give or Receive

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: My Stylish French Box I have been following on social media for some time My Stylish French Box and basically coveting their gorgeous boxes full of hand-picked French items. The concept, created by the writer of My French Country Home Sharon Santoni (see her beautiful Instagram and stunning …

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Lifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of FranceVicki Archer

The French Pharmacy: What Not To Miss

Contributor blog post by Vicki Archer: The French pharmacy is different, it is not like others. Visiting the French pharmacy is more about browsing and shopping than it is about the medicinal. There is a behind the counter section that is jam-packed with medications that could cure a myriad of ailments. …

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Lumières des Alpilles JF Galeron
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & CulturePhotographers in Provence

Capturing Provencal Beauty in Photos Lumières des Alpilles

Local photographer Jean François Galeron shared that taking photos for his book Lumières des Alpilles was not difficult. Completing a photo journal dedicated to his corner of Provence was a project he had contemplated for over 30 years. The hard part was culling thousands of images into a stunning 212-page collection. …

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Francophile Holiday Gifts Provence 2018
Lifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Francophile Holiday Gifts from Provence for the Cooks on Your List

The retail stores and  shopping malls are decked with holiday decor signaling that it’s time to start thinking about gifts for everyone on your list. Fortunately, if there are cooks and food-lovers on your list, there are lots of options in price points that range from a few dollars to …

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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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Les Alpilles Vues du Ciel Photo Book
Books on ProvenceLifestyle: Art & Culture

Provence Photo Book the Alpilles From the Air – Les Alpilles Vues du Ciel

Many of us love the Alpilles, the “little Alps” that rise between the famous Provencal towns of St-Rémy-de-Provence and Les Baux. Their craggy beauty dominates the surrounding landscape. But outside of taking an airplane ride, it is impossible to appreciate them from the air. Until now. Gilles Lagnel’s new book, …

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Prints of Provence cotton fabric Markets
Lifestyle: Art & CultureMargo LestzShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Discover the History of the Prints of Provence: “Les Indiennes”

Contributor blog post by Margo Lestz: How could a fabric that originated in India, was copied by Armenians, and outlawed in France become a symbol of Provence? The kaleidoscope of cotton fabrics that punctuate the Provençal markets today, just seem to shout “southern France.” They are decorated with cicadas, olives, …

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Lifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

A Provence Package Gift ~ from us to you

Lovely connections develop in Provence and ours is one. My friend, author Patricia Sands is a lady with a fabulous re-invention story (please read her full back story here). Following her popular “Love in Provence” trilogy (Lake Union Publishing), she is currently working on her fifth novel. This story is …

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Savon de Marseille Soap Provence
Ginger and NutmegLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Squeaky Clean Savon de Marseille

Contributor blog post by Nutmeg: A mixture of seawater, alkaline solution and fat Documented use as far back as 2800 BC in Ancient Babylon A carved “recipe” found on a stone slab from 2200 BC The Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all used it Cooked for 8 days in a cauldron, …

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