New finds for the summer

Made by my friend Yukari in Tokyo...we still carry her beautiful obi purses and just recieved a delivery of summery colors , but I could not resist her flower corsages made with silk lining from vintage kimonos . These will accent any outfit ... even a simple t-shirt !DSCN9397 (Large).JPG

I've known Claude for some years and have decided to sell her hand made jewelry this year . I love the organic look of the linen mixed the pearls ...very unique and perfect with linen clothes . You can dress these up or play it casual as well .DSCN9591 [1280x768].JPG

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I bought these very chic hemp purses on our last trip to Provence . They are made from vintage grain sacks and recycled military leather belts. One of a kind and only in our shop !IMG_2339 (Large).JPG

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Soft washed linen bags . I use the small pouch all the time !DSCN9520 (Large).JPG

Lemongrass-geranium-citronella scented outdoor candles in a vintage clay pot ...keeps bugs away with a delicious light smell !DSCN9598 [1280x768].JPG

New scents for our best selling hand soap from Marseille ...mint or cotton flower . The most gentle way to wash your hands . Marseille soap is an all natural olive oil base soap, made the same way for hundred of years ..."green" before things were "green"....DSCN9466 (Large).JPG

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We just started to carry shower gels from "Le petit Marseillais" DSCN9510 (Large).JPG

All doormats are back in stock now !DSCN9508 (Large).JPG

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More pottery from Sylvie came in as well.DSCN9516 (Large).JPG

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Pour les enfants

Any little girl would look so cute in a linen dress ! We have those in size 6 months to 4 toddler


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DSCN9576 [1280x768].JPGTraditional Provencal print dresses come in 2years and 4 years only

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This must be the softest of all baby comforter from Kaloo .We have some fun colorful ones as well .With the cute box it makes a perfect baby shower gift !DSCN9593 [1280x768].JPG

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Our Hydrangeas

They are our pride and the enjoyment of the whole neighborhood !

People stop and take photos every days when they are in bloom ...peak season to see them is mid June to end of July

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Celebrating Bastille Day !

It's been a fun "14 Juillet " our " Fete Nationale"  !

We plan on having an even bigger celebration next year in Mission Hills

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Lou Fanucchi playing the  accordion....it felt just like being in France ! We loved his arrangement ( a mix of Edith Piaf and "Amelie Poulain" sound track ) so much we are now selling his CDs !

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Alice looking very very French today !DSCN9928 (Large).JPG

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Happy to bring a little bit of our country to California !DSCN9914 (Large).JPG

Taking our  girls to a Bastille Day diner at Brooklyn Girl after work ! We are going to try everything on that special menu ....crispy sweet breads, roasted bone marrows, steak tartare , pissaladiere, whole Loup de Mer , canard a l'orange ...DSCN9932 (Large).JPG

And French fries of course !DSCN9937 (Large).JPG

dinner.jpgSome ideas for next year ....A parade of French cars like in NY ....

The video is on Facebook...looks so much fun !


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And a waiter's race or as we say : "course de garcons de cafe "



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Gearing up for Bastille Day !

Mission Hills will be the neighborhood to be for Bastille Day this year and we are thrilled about it ! All the restaurants will offer a special French menu all week end until Monday July 14th .

Getting excited about a fun week end all red-white -blue !

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DSCN9854 (Large).JPGPlanning a French Party ? We got you set up with flags , toothpicks . Alice made some banners with our own french fabric as well as paper rosettes and cards !

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Saturday from 12 -3  . Live accordion Music with Lou Fanucchi

French Market and Side walk sale all day !

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The Patio on Goldfinch will host a Bastille Dinner on Monday and Tuesday nights with Host chef Olivier Bioteau from Farm House Cafe )

Their "Vive la France " cheese platter is going on all week !!!

DSC_9452 (Large).JPGI've collaborate with Brooklyn Girl eatery on their Bastille Day special menu starting on Friday night ....so this will be our place to hang out after we close the shop Monday night . We LOVE everything on that menu !!!


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The Red Door is putting together a Farm to Table Garden inspired French Bastille Day menu as well !

Bastille Day.jpgLast but not least : Cafe Bleu , THE French restaurant in the area is having a prix fixe menu for the occasion

cafe bleu.jpgAnd to finish Croce's Park West will show the movie "Amelie Poulain" in the restaurant at 7pm . Go for dessert as they serve my recipe of a hot chocolate fondant with fresh raspberries . Best dessert in town !

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See you Then !

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Back home in Provence ( last part )

"Les Carrieres de Lumieres" is the one thing you don't want to miss when in Provence. It runs pretty much all year , every day except for january and february when they work on setting up the new show for the year . It is set inside the old quarries in between Les Baux and Saint Remy both main tourists attractions but not everybody knows about this amazing show . Famous paintings are projected on the quarry's walls and floor as you walk through them ...it moves , changes and surround you with moving amazing art . This year the represented painters are Monet , Renoir and Chagall .

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It's stays at a cool 15- 17C even in summer ...so make sure to bundle up before to get in .DSCN6595 [1280x768].JPG

The village of Les Baux . Parking is at the bottom of the village and all streets are cobblestones ...no handicap access so I cannot take my mum there ...but it is a beautiful view for our picnic !IMG_3869 [1280x768].JPG

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One stop in Saint Remy for a well deserved desert ...my all time favorite classic: Chocolat liegeois and coffee liegeois : cold chocolate milk with chocolate and vanilla  ice cream or cold coffee with coffee and vanilla ice cream ...all topped with whipped cream of course !  Not complicated but so delicious !!DSCN6618 [1280x768].JPG

The typical roads lined with planes trees .

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The popes palace in AvignonDSCN6538 [1280x768].JPG

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I am coming to see the exhibition of some of Louise Bourgeois massive master pieces shown inside the palace .Louise Joséphine Bourgeois, was a renowned French-American artist and sculptor, one of the most important artists in modern and contemporary art, and known for her spider structures which resulted in her being nicknamed the Spiderwoman.DSCN6516 [1280x768].JPG

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The Cathedral " Notre Dame des Doms ". The cathedral is going through some major renovations that started in september 2013 and are not yet finished so check before to plan a visit .DSCN6511 [1280x768].JPG

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Hiking up to the top of the "Rocher des Doms" that gave the name to   the cathedral. On top you have the best view of the famous           "Pont d'Avignon " DSCN6505 [1280x768].JPG

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One last meal before to leave ...has to be sweet breads " a la creme" with shaved summer truffles !! Summer truffles are very mild in flavor but the sweet breads sure were so sweet ! DSCN6814 [1280x768].JPG

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And some "choux a la creme" . We cannot finish dinner without a pastry !! We've had pastries every single meal...eat cheese , bread, meat ...so much food  . Not only we didn't gain a pound but we digest it all like a charm ...here a single slice of bread can give us a serious stomach ache :(  We know for sure now that it is not the gluten or the lactose the problem but something else , probably the grain itself and GMO products . DSCN7039 [1280x768].JPG

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