I felt pretty good about this week on Monday. By mid-week, I started experiencing my first wave of anxiety related to the COVID-19 confinement. I suppose it’s normal, but the uncertainty is starting to become a bit more difficult. With this week’s Five Friday Finds from France, I want to share things that are all making me very happy, including a year-round favorite Cire Trudon candle, the best French pharmacy moisturizer, lots of carbs, and more!
My Favorite Cire Trudon Candle
Since we’re all spending a lot of time at home, why not make the house smell nice? I have zero self-control any time I step into the Cire Trudon boutique in Paris. I’m obsessed with all of their vintage candelabras, colorful candlesticks, and fun matchboxes. My last Cire Trudon purchase was this divine candle. It’s technically a holiday scent, but it’s not at all overpowering…and it makes me happy!
A Gustave Eiffel Designed Beach House
I haven’t been able to officially confirm anything, but rumor has it that Gustave Eiffel designed this house right on the beach. They’re working on a complete renovation right now. I think it’s charming and the perfect Normandy beach house. I’d love to see the view from the ‘Eiffel Tower’ room!
The Best French Pharmacy Moisturizer
Romain’s mom asked me what my family asks for from France. I think the most common request is from my mom and my sister for this French pharmacy moisturizer. I don’t blame them, I use it every day too. It’s so hydrating but also light and it isn’t expensive at all. And, if you buy it in France it’s even less expensive. I think I’d put this Embryolisse moisturizer on an ultimate Five Finds from France list!
David Lebovitz’s Drinking French
With the confinement, I find myself really looking forward to Happy Hour every day. David Lebovitz’s new book Drinking French is a great solution for mixing up cocktail hour in a French fashion. He also has quite a few non-alcoholic recipes in the book, like a hot chocolate that looks absolutely heavenly. As a bonus, David is doing Instagram lives every day where he shows exactly how to make the cocktails.
A Major Baguette Habit
The only time I ever buy baguettes in Paris is for special meals. I didn’t grow up eating bread at every meal, so it never felt necessary for me. After spending almost three weeks of having every lunch and dinner with Romain’s family, I’ve changed my tune. Baguettes are now 100% a requirement. Luckily we have three awesome boulangeries close to us in Normandy. My favorite baguette is the tradition, “pas trop cuit.”
I hope this week’s Five Friday Finds from France makes you happy, continue to ‘Restez Chez Vous!’
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