Tuesday, July 17, 2012

French Favorites

I figured since the Paris in July challenge is open to all things Parisian, I would post about some of my favorite French items.  Here goes:
LONGCHAMP!  These tote bags are my staple.  Seriously, they are.  I must have at least 6 or 7 of these bags in a variety of colors and sizes.  They are great for carrying my makeup or for toting around my kindle, notebooks, wallet and water bottle.  Lightweight with a nice long handle that sits perfectly on my shoulder - what more could I ask for in a great bag?   I'm actually thinking of getting another one for my birthday next month. 
Okay, so he's not French, but he is the head designer for Louis Vuitton's fashion house.  Plus, he's Marc Jacobs!  Tres handsome!
And I'm a huge fan of his work for Louis Vuitton!
PAIN AU CHOCOLAT!  Who doesn't love this yummy treat?  It was a favorite of mine when I lived in England.  I have to admit I indulged in it quite often - almost as often as I had tea and scones (which was weekly!).  Its basically a chocolate croissant - DELICIOUS!!
SCARVES! I've always found that when I wear a scarf I'm reminded of the French and their passion for wearing scarves.  Seriously!  It just seems to me that they know how to throw one on and head out the door and always wind up looking sophisticated.  I just love it!
And last but not least, here is one of my favorite books - Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys.  I know Jean Rhys isn't French, but she lived there for quite some time and this novel of hers takes place in Paris.  Its a book that deals with depression, loneliness and sadness - this story will stay with you for days after. 
There you have it - some of my French favorites.  And now that I've shared with you, I'm wondering what some of your French favorites are. 


Ti said...

Love those bags. Love Marc Jacobs!

I don't think I have anything French to share. I like Guerlain perfumes!

Nadia said...

Ti, I know! MJ is awesome! And I have to admit I have yet to smell any Guerlain perfumes. Hmmm. Will need to fix that.

bermudaonion said...

Oh, how I love pain au chocolat! French women can wear scarves like no one else can.

Wallace said...

Pain au Chocolat... YUM! I want it. Now.

I haven't read that book - adding it to my list. I love everything French, so it sounds wonderful!

Nadia said...

Wallace, me too! LOL! And, it is an excellent book - check it out! I think you'll like it.

Lisa said...

Well, I don't know which eye candy I like better in this post!

Nadia said...

Lisa, LOL!

Bellezza said...

I love all the things that you included in this post! I have a Longchamps 'backpack' which I bought at Galleries Lafayette in 2001; it's since had the zipper broken, but only because I wore the heck out of it.

Chocolat croissants, for sure! Have you tried the frozen ones from Trader Joe's? They're almost as good.

Didn't know that about Mark Jacobs designing for Vuitton...

Love scarves; they can extend the wear of so many dresses/shirts just by adding one simple adornment. My first Hermes cost $110.00, a shocking amount to me in 1985 on a beginning teacher's salary. Now I couldn't begin to buy one for myself!

I haven't tried the novel you mentioned, haven't, in fact read anything by Rhys so thanks for that incentive.

What a great post!

Nadia said...

Bellezza, so happy you read this post and enjoyed it! Do check out Jean Rhys - you will love her writing - it is heartbreaking. And thanks for that tip about the frozen pain au chocolat from Trader Joe's! Yum!

Vintage Reading said...

Lovely totes! So glad you are posting about Jean Rhys. Wide Sargasso Sea was a fabulous novel and I'd like to read more of her work.

Nadia said...

Vintage Reading, they are, aren't they ;) Jean Rhys is one of my favorite writers - I just love her work. I find it to be rather haunting. So glad you enjoyed WSS - its one of my favorites!