Felt Bags

My favorite bags  just came in and are already selling like hot cakes !!
Very well made in LA out of heavy felt and leather ...

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Exclusive import from Paris

This exclusive line created by Jean Christophe Miquel is inspired by his passion for the 17th and 18th centuries . It is a tribute to all the crowned Louis who bequeathed to us a precious and inexhaustible legacy. Products are entirely manually created, then built with noble and authentic materials by craftsmen who have preserved the indispensable know-how . MERCI LOUIS creations appeal to devotees of Today’s objects inspired by heritage, reflecting the French timeless charm and elegance.

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DSC_5578 (Large).JPGUnique and whimsical lanterns with a glass bulb cover makes great accent light

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Fall inspirations 2015

It finally feels like Fall in San Diego and we have the touches to bring fall into your home !  

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What's new this fall ?

We've been busy shopping and some exciting new things have already made it into our shop! Things like these cheese platters made from the cover of vintage wine barrels from France . They have the stamp from the winery they come from and the purple stain from the wine in the back . Perfect for parties and a great piece to hang in a kitchen to decorate too .

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Earthy colors for these glasses and decanters made from old recycled bottles

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Beautiful hand made and hand painted pottery from Provence back in stock !

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DSC_3866 (Large).JPGLots of new kitchen towels perfect for fall .

DSC_3873 (Large).JPGRomantic and very decorative dishes in a sheer white wash glaze 

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DSC_3897 - Copy (Large).JPGMade in Northern California , we could not resist this line of linen sprays, room sprays , perfumes and bubble baths for many reasons: really pure lavender or true tuberose scent in a cool packaging at a local price ! Everything to fall in love with ...


DSC_3874 (Large).JPGFrom Grasse on the French Riviera , a new Fragonnard fragrance in soft Amber /Rose

Eau de Parfum $52 and a gift set of embossed soap with assorted dish $29

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Back to Provence

Late April is a bit too early but this year I had some pretty nice weather and could enjoy my mum's amazing wisteria , Lilac , iris and lily of the valley .   DSCN0930 (Large).JPG

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First trial run with the walker ...we are off to the marche !  My mum is still very skinny but I plan to put some fat on her body this time and do some cooking as always !DSCN0981 (Large).JPG

These were the cutest pet pigs !DSCN0986 (Large).JPG

The white wisteria on the "place de la mairie" main square .DSCN0987 (Large).JPG

I am making Pascal's grand mother's baby goat stew recipe ...a family tradition in the spring . I know my brother in law will appreciate as he too grew up with this .DSCN0970 (Large).JPG

I gave the recipe in a blog post in Provence a couple of years ago ...you can make this recipe with veal as it has a mild flavor as well . Now it has to simmer for an hour or more before I can finish the sauce with an egg yolk and cream just before to serve ....DSCN0977 (Large).JPG


My County in the Cote du Rhone area use to be just vine fields and wineries everywhere but the big wine crisis changed the landscape . When the price of French wines dropped drastically a lot of small wine makers saw their income slashed again and again .... a lot of them had to find a way to make ends meet . This one decided to change career . He and his wife removed all the vines and planted grass to feed some cheeps ,  trained for a year and are now making cheep's milk cheeses  and "yogurts"  my ultimate favorites. They are called "caille" and they do not use the same starter as a culture . It makes the yogurt very mild with zero acidity and extremely light like a fluffy milk . I could not find it anywhere but in Biarritz near Spain but now I can buy these at the market or at the farm for 0.60E each . Top with some crunchy sugar and a bit of whipping cream !DSCN0989 (Large).JPG

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Le "Chateau de Rochegude" a Relais and Chateaux hotel and restaurant just a few miles from my home town is a great place to stay in Provence , hidden in a quaint little village , quiet and close to everything at the same time . Perfect to explore the northern part of Provence , the Drome Provencale that I love so much . Less tourists and beautiful landscapes ! DSCN0998 (Large).JPG

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They are hosting a vintage car gathering today , the occasion for me to see some friends who have come from all over the south .DSCN1024 (Large).JPG

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Today we are celebrating my mum's cousin  100th Birthday ! She is still living in her home with the help of her daughters . I get to see my entire family this time and enjoy some fabulous Choux a la creme ! DSCN1035 (Large).JPG

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Mum making my favorites : Vietnamese fried rolls ....nobody makes them better than her ! Eat with lettuce , mint , fish sauce and rice.DSCN0931 (Large).JPG

Bringing back some very special souvenirs ; 3 vases in raku that my mum made DSCN1068 (Large).JPG

Now back in San Diego , I get to practice my Ikebana and make some flowers arrangements in those special vases  ! 1610932_10200333027605185_868294500195871707_n.jpg


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Le 14 juillet a San Diego

This year the entire neighborhood joined us in a big Bastille Day Celebration !

Every business decorated and had some French offerings : from a French menu to a special on French manicure , cheeses , wines ... It was a great success and we plan on growing the event even more next year with some French Movies at the outdoor theater " Cinema under the Stars" and more artists along the streets .

We hope you will be able to join us again and " Be French for a Day "

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Our little Photo "booth" was fun and people really play with it and dress the part !

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Liz showing her paintings ! ElizabethWFineArt.com

DSC_3506 (Large).JPGYvonne selling her photography  www.yaphotos.net

DSC_3510 (Large).JPGLisa and her stained glass www.VerreDesigns.com

DSC_3511 (Large).JPGDana and her silk scarves, pillows  www.danamosser.com

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DSCN1143 (Large).JPGButtons made specially for us by Alice .

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DSCN1164 (Large).JPGPetit "Cadeau surprise" ...little gift bags with purchase :)

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DSC_3522 (Large).JPGPeople were following the French flags from business to business .

DSC_3523 (Large).JPGFrench menu at Brooklyn Girl : The sweat breads and Duck a l'orange my favorites!

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The celebration even spread all the way to the West Lewis street !


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DSC_3514 - Copy (Large).JPGSomebody told us " You look so French" I guess it is easy when you are !

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