Is it really September 1 already? Yikes. I think we had about two weeks of summer in these parts back in July, and since then, temps have been hovering in the 60s and the mornings are cool. Will September bring a heat wave? Guess we’ll find out soon enough… And if not, that’s fine by me. Winter is and always will be my favorite season.
OK, so for today’s post: I love finding out about new brands and products on the internet from other bloggers so I’m doing my first “What I’m loving lately” post. Hope you’re all having a relaxing Labor Day!
Back in the day, flaxseed was all the rage but the new kid in town is the chia seed. They’re not widely available in France yet (haven’t seen ’em anywhere and Biocoop employees didn’t know what I was talking about) but I’m sure they’ll be here soon. And that will be a good thing since these omega-3 and fiber-packed superseeds are must-haves for your morning oatmeal, smoothies, yogurt and whatever else you have on the menu. Oh, and let’s not forget chia pudding which is all over Pinterest and Instagram.
Stephen Clarke books
For any Francophile, British writer Stephen Clarke’s books are a must-read. With just the right amount of cliches and playful observations about life in France, Clark expertly captures all the nuances of French life in a startlingly accurate way while managing to draw the reader in until the very last page. Anyone who has spent some time in France will be able to relate and laugh along with the characters. I’m currently reading The Merde Factor which chronicles main character Paul West’s hilarious day-to-day life in Paris. I wholeheartedly recommend Clarke’s work.
This company prides itself on radical transparency and brings you quality pieces without the markups. With all types of apparel for men and women including shoes and accessories, Everlane is one site that’s at the top of my browser bookmarks right now. The last thing I bought was the Twill Tote shown above which makes a great day bag when a little purse just won’t cut it. Or a gym bag. Or carry-on.
I first heard about Cory Vines last year and this online activewear company out of Montreal has become one of my faves. Why? They make THE softest shirts ever, and there are no scratchy tags to annoy you. They also have essentials like leggings and tanks and other pieces, but their boatneck long-sleeve shirts are great for layering and even sleeping in. Best part? Prices are reasonable. (and they have a Labor Day promo code that’ll save you even more money today)
Wine is plentiful in the Loire Valley and we’re so fortunate to have as many local options as we do. One winery that we always go back to (after discovering them on an awesome wine tour with Le Tasting Room a couple of years ago) is Domaine des Rochelles outside of Angers. They have a bunch of excellent wines but my “old faithful” is their Crémant de Loire Rosé. At just 7.50 euros/bottle, this bubbly boisson is a steal and we always have at least one in the fridge.
I’m a huge fan of Etsy and one shop that caught my eye was Wind & Willow Home. The hand-dipped wooden bowls are gorgeous and there are enough color options to work for every decor style and color scheme. They’re almost too pretty to use!
I’ve been on a hair kick lately and although my finished looks don’t look anywhere near as polished as hers, LilitheDarkMoon is a hair YouTube channel you need to check out. She shares beautiful tutorials for braids and buns and twists and more that you can wear out and about, to the gym or just for fun. She is originally from Ukraine but impressively has channels in several languages.
Would love to hear what you’re loving in the comments. Happy Labor Day!
Sara @ Simply Sara Travel says
Love this post! Proof that you would do great at creating a lifestyle blog 🙂 I have been looking for a tote bag for some time now, and love the one you posted. I just may have to buy it (just signed up on Everlane – seems like a cool company)! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Thanks for your words of encouragement, Sara. And I stand by Everlane 100%. Customer service is good, shipping is fast and I like that they’re upfront about costs, factories, etc. You’ll love the bag — a nice, versatile basic. I tie a decorative scarf on mine for a little flair. 😉
Oh I LOVE everlane. I haven’t bought anything from their site yet but I go on it all the time!
Something I’m loving right now: http://www.rome2rio.com — I recently found this site and it is SO helpful for planning trips!
Oh awesome, checking out Rome2rio now. Love travel sites that are actually useful and don’t bait and switch you with price and all that. This one looks really cool!
Molly @ Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips in Paris! says
What do you think of the quality of Everlane? I’ve definitely been wanting to purchase something!
Hi Molly! I’ve only ordered cotton basics and a tote bag (have my eye on some of their cashmere though) and am happy with the quality! Their prices are reasonable and I’ve been impressed with what I’ve received. I’ve bought more expensive tees from other stores before that have been terrible quality — too thin or just get worn out really quickly. And my Everlane tees were only $15. Love them for basics. 😉 Also, I’ve read that if you do have any issues, their customer service is on top of things.
Molly @ Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips in Paris! says
Nice! I’m totally ordering some things 😀 Everything looks so great, it will be hard to decide!