While we still can't travel: 10 easy ways to Frenchify your life a little
I don't know about you, but I binged Emily in Paris in just one weekend.
And sure look, I know, it was chock-a-block with clicheés, and the dialogue was major cringe at times and honestly, how could a 22-year-old not only hold a Masters in Marketing but also afford a Paris apartment with a view that – but still.
I think right now, with very little travel on the horizon for God knows how long, and with all sorts of doom and gloom elsewhere in the media and on the news, Emily in Paris, with its fabulous fashion and gorgeous Parisian streetscapes and just it's general joie de vivre, came just at the right time.
And so we dove in headfirst – and gorged on all the French-ness of it all.
But if you, like me, is finished with the entire season (hurry up, Netflix), and now have a giant Paris-shaped void in your life, here are 10 easy ways to bring a little French-ness into your everyday life right now:
1. Caudalie Beauty Elixir
Inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary’s elixir of youth, this powerful plant-based anti-dull complexion treatment smooths away fine lines, tightens pores and gives the complexion an instant boost of radiance. A cult product favoured by make-up artists, beauty addicts and celebrities, this elixir also works wonderfully to help set make-up.
€31.50, Life Pharmacy
2. Colette Marinière Breton Jumper
Colette is French for Iconic. And in every Parisian wardrobe exists a marinière. This timeless cotton boater top from über-French brand Sezane adds
a touch of gallic charm to every look.
3. Diptyque Baies Scented Candle
As French as it gets. With an inviting, distinctive aroma, the luxurious handmade Diptyque Baies Scented Candle has a fruity and floral fragrance that creates a fresh, elegant ambience in your home.
€50, Space NK
4. My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz
A collection of stories and 100 sweet and savoury French-inspired recipes from popular food blogger David Lebovitz, reflecting the way Parisians eat today and featuring lush photography taken around Paris and in David's Parisian kitchen.
€22, Book Depository
5. Longchamp Le Pliage Original Shoulder Bag
Possibly the most French bag there is, Longchamp's Le Pliage can easily hold all of your bits, and will even fit a laptop. Its long handles allow you to wear it
6. Bourjois Little Round Blush Pot
The original baked blush, six million of these purse-friendly pots are sold worldwide each year. They’re a French girl favourite thanks to the velvety finish, rose scent and nifty built-in brush.
7. Le Creuset Round Casserole Dish
This enamelled cast-iron casserole dish is made in France, using traditional hand-crafted techniques, plus the original process of forging and casting, which make its outstanding performance second-to-none. Suitable for use on all hob types – and in the oven – this dish is perfect for cooking an array of one-pot recipes, from curries and pasta dishes to stews, tender roast meats and even breads or cakes.
€312, The White Company
8. Compagnie de Provence Liquid Marseille Soap
The Compagnie de Provence Liquid Marseille Soap is a gently perfumed hand and body wash infused with a delicate fragrance created in Grasse; a town on the French Riviera known as the perfume capital of the world.
Made in a cauldron to maintain traditional practices, the naturally glycerined liquid soap uses Vegetable Oils and naturally foaming Coconut to gently yet effectively cleanse the skin of dirt and impurities. Can be used as a hand soap or bath and shower gel.
9. Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
Another French girl cult beauty buy. Klorane Dry Shampoo extends the life of blow drys and helps decrease the frequency of washing hair. It restores freshness and lightness thanks to a combination of Oat Milk, with softening and protective properties, and highly absorbent micronised powders.
10. Kusmi Tea AquaFrutti (Organic herbal tea)
Originally founded in St. Petersburg, Russia, Kusmi Tea moved to Paris in 1917 at the onset of the Russian revolution. Its first shop in France was opened at 75 Avenue Niel, and it still stands to this day.
€14.90, Kusmi Tea