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Travel & Fashion
Rothy’s flats are made from recycled water bottles but you’d never know it by looking at them! These stylish shoes come in fun colors and patterns and are a must for traveling, commuting and just living life.
This versatile piece from the ethical brand Encircled is one of my favorite things in my closet. Choose from one of the gorgeous jewel tones and wear it as a dress, shawl, top, and more and know you’re making an eco-friendly purchase. I did a comprehensive review here.
|All Outta Phoques|
This is one of my designs in the Oui In France shop. A phoque is a seal in French but it sounds like something else… and is the perfect sentiment for 2020.
It’s easy to forget an adapter when you travel abroad, so grab this one I’ve used for years. Plug it into the wall or use the USB ports to keep your devices charged in France and all over the world.
|Organic Basics t-shirt|
Another eco-friendly company that has fab basics including my favorite t-shirt for travel. High-quality items that last and last is what you can expect from Organic Basics. I reviewed it here.
These compression socks come in fun patterns and colors and are sustainably made in the USA. If you’re on your feet all day or are flying long haul, they are a must and your calves and ankles will thank you later!
Everlane is an eco-friendly company that makes minimalist clothing and accessories for men and women. I love them for their solid-colored basics like tanks and tees.
My first TravelPro suitcase lasted me 20 years and I just replaced it last fall. Flight attendants and pilots swear by TravelPro luggage for a reason, so invest in a quality suitcase for your next trip and you’ll have it for years.
Pacsafe products have cutting-edge technology that helps keep your gear safe and secure no matter where you travel. This backpack, that I have in gray, has slash-proof straps, extra locking mechanisms, RFIDSafe pockets and more.
Plastic single-use bottles are old school, so grab one of these eco-friendly insulated bottles instead. Perfect for travel, the gym, or wherever life takes you. Stay hydrated in style!
|Send My Bag|
Send luggage and other packages easily and affordably from one country to another with this service. Great for traveling light so your bags arrive at your destination or for expats who need to ship their things to or from their home. I reviewed it here. Get $5 off with my link:
For sustainable footwear, look no place other than Nisolo for stylish, well-made boots and shoes. I have the Chelsea Boots pictured above and feel good about supporting companies that treat their people and the environment right.
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Home & Lifestyle
These eco-friendly laundry detergent strips are my favorite way to do a load of laundry. They clean your clothes just as good as any liquid detergent and there’s no plastic packaging. Doesn’t get easier than this!
|France Cutting Board|
Bring France into your kitchen with this handmade wooden cutting board. It’s butcher block architectural plywood made from 100% rapidly renewable bamboo.
These popular French-made knives are a must for any kitchen and that goes double if you’re a Francophile. I love the colorful wooden handles.
The popular meal kit delivery service is now in France. They have a variety of meal kit choices and are fun and simple to whip up for a change. I did a review of the service here.
Healthy, convenient, and made of quality ingredients, Seazon is a meal delivery company in France that’s perfect for when you want to eat well but just don’t have time to cook. I reviewed the service here.
There’s something about writing down your thoughts on paper with a pen that wins over digital notetaking any day. These French notebooks come in fun colors and sizes and are a must for any Francophile.
|Eiffel Tower Spatula|
Add some more French flair to your kitchen with this Eiffel Tower Spatula from Sur la Table.
Treat yourself or a very special someone to a luxury candle from Paris. This iconic brand’s candles are expensive but worth it for their quality. You can’t go wrong with any scent.
Poured into recycled wine bottles, these soy wax candles made in the USA come in popular wine scents and are a great alternative to the pricey Diptyques.
Beauty & Health
Organic, cruelty-free, and vegan, this luxury French brand of toothpaste has delicious flavors that will transport you back to France every time you brush your teeth.
This French brand of facial cleansing water is a French pharmacy staple and comes in versions for dehydrated and oily skin too. Applied on a cotton round to remove makeup and cleanse, you’ll soon see why this product is so popular.
This Italian brand of toothpaste is high-end for a reason — bold, interesting flavors that leave your mouth feeling clean and refreshed.
Perfect for training at home or on the go, these easy-to-pack resistance bands are a must for any workout routine.
Books about France
|Pancakes in Paris|
Pancakes in Paris tells the story of Craig Carlson, the creator of Breakfast in America, the popular American style breakfast restaurants in Paris. It’s is an easy, engaging read that will keep you turning the pages into the wee hours of the morning. Inspiring and funny, the book tells the story of courage, determination, and the importance of never giving up on a dream.
|The New Parisienne|
From Amazon, “The New Parisienne focuses on one of the city’s most prominent features, its women. Lifting the veil on the mythologized Parisian woman—white, lithe, ever fashionable—Lindsey Tramuta demystifies this oversimplified archetype and recasts the women of Paris as they truly are, in all their complexity.”
From Amazon, “Join award-winning podcaster Oliver Gee on this laugh-out-loud journey through the streets of Paris.
He tells of how five years in France have taught him how to order cheese, make a Parisian person smile, and convince anyone you can fake French.”
|How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are|
From Amazon, “From four stunning and accomplished French women — at last — a fresh and spirited take on what it really means to be a Parisienne: how they dress, entertain, have fun and attempt to behave themselves.”
|Drinking French: The Iconic Cocktails, Apéritifs, & Café Traditions of France|
From Amazon, “Bestselling cookbook author, memoirist, and popular blogger David Lebovitz delves into the drinking culture of France in Drinking French. This beautifully photographed collection features 160 recipes for everything from coffee, hot chocolate, and tea to Kir and regional apéritifs…” and more.
|Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking|
From Amazon, “A hilariously self-deprecating, highly obsessive account of the author’s adventures, in the world of French haute cuisine, for anyone whose ever found joy in cooking and eating food with their family–from the author of the best-selling, widely acclaimed Heat.”
|A Paris Year: My Day-to-Day Adventures in the Most Romantic City in the World|
From Amazon, “Part memoir and part visual journey through the streets of modern-day Paris, France, A Paris Year chronicles, day by day, one woman’s French sojourn in the world’s most beautiful city. Beginning on her first day in Paris, Janice MacLeod, the author of the best-selling book, Paris Letters, began a journal recording in illustrations and words, nearly every sight, smell, taste, and thought she experienced in the City of Light.”
|The Seine: The River that Made Paris|
From Amazon, “Elaine Sciolino came to Paris as a young foreign correspondent and was seduced by a river. In The Seine, she tells the story of that river from its source on a remote plateau of Burgundy to the wide estuary where its waters meet the sea, and the cities, tributaries, islands, ports, and bridges in between.”
|All the Light We Cannot See|
From Amazon, “From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.”
Tech & Online
If you have a blog or are thinking of starting one, reliable hosting needs to be a priority. I use SiteGround and their customer service is amazing, not to mention they are perfect for non-techy bloggers.
|Jackery Power Bank|
Make sure your devices are charged and ready to go at all times, even when an electrical outlet isn’t available. Charge your devices with this Jackery power bank in minutes. It’s easy to throw in your bag just in case.
One of my favorite toys is my DJI drone. While they don’t make the Spark anymore, which is what I have, a Mavic Mini is never a bad choice for your first drone. It will take your videos to the next level.
|LaCie Hard drive|
Backing up your work, especially if you shoot photo or video, is essential and LaCie makes some of the best external hard drives in the business. This rugged model is my favorite and works across Macs and PCs with ease.
|Joby Mobile Tripod|
Get your phone in exactly the right position with this tripod I always have with me. Use it for time lapses, front-facing video, or attach it to whatever you need to film or photograph your subject with ease.
I’ve had the best experience with SanDisk memory cards and they’re all I use in my devices. Make sure you have a backup on hand as well.
This online bank is free and even has a handy app to manage your money on mobile.
If you live abroad and need to transfer currencies, Transferwise is the most cost-effective way to do it.
Fellow bloggers, Tailwind will help make all your pinning a breeze. It’s a must-have for growing your Pinterest traffic and saving you time in the process.
Up your SEO game with Keysearch, a tool that no blogger should go without. It makes keyword research a breeze and has features that will take your blog’s SEO to the next level.
|Neewer Ring Light Kit|
Make sure your face isn’t in the shadows when you film videos of yourself with this ring light kit. It’s a must-have for any YouTuber!
|Rode VideoMic GO|
This mic is affordable and easy to mount to your dSLR for crisp, clear sound. It has a tight pickup area that focuses directly in front of the mic. Perfect for YouTubers!
For visually stunning emails you send to your list, look no further than Flodesk for your email marketing provider. With a flat fee and gorgeous templates, sending emails to your subscribers is hassle free.