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Love French Style is a French home and interiors blog by content writer Katie Anderson. Discover inspiring French homewares, recipes and design ideas plus lots of Breton stripes.

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Mimosa Memos – Episode 1 New Beginnings

Well hello there! Just for a bit of fun I have created a short audio book for your perusal! Mimosa Memos is a 5 part podcast about everything French with a little oh la la chucked in for good measure! I hope you enjoy listening X You can listen through this page or download Episode Read the full article... The post Mimosa Memos – Episode 1 New Beginnings appeared first on Love French...

Well being podcast, French lifestyle podcast

Well hello there! Just for a bit of fun I have created a short audio book for your perusal! Mimosa Memos is a 5 part podcast about everything French with a little oh la la chucked in for good measure! I hope you enjoy listening X

You can listen through this page or download Episode 1 to your device X

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A New Year, A New You?

Well hello everybody! Happy New Year to you! Did you have a lovely time? We are feeling the cold and like we need to hibernate, save money and eat less pork and pastry goods. Did you make any NY resolutions? I’m not a fan, why lie to yourself? However, I do think that the new Read the full article... The post A New Year, A New You? appeared first on Love French...

Love French Style BlogWell hello everybody! Happy New Year to you! Did you have a lovely time? We are feeling the cold and like we need to hibernate, save money and eat less pork and pastry goods.

Did you make any NY resolutions? I’m not a fan, why lie to yourself? However, I do think that the new year is a fresh start and so a few promises to self can never do any harm. isn’t it time to shine? Whatever you’re up to, I hope this year is your year. Here are 5 little wishes from myself for myself x

Ditch The Procrastination

I am terrible for this, I truly am.  I promise to myself in 2019 just to go for it. That means applying for all the partnerships, collaborations and opportunities that arise and giving back the same opportunities to other people.

Wave Goodbye to Worry

Easier than it sounds, but I intend to stop worrying about everything all the time. It’s pointless and makes me feel crap.

Stop Dieting

I was SO ill after Christmas with some kind of gastric flu that I am just appreciating feeling well to be honest. Then, there were two funerals when we got back to France. So, no dieting, not at all I’m afraid this year. Just healthy, happy, wholesome living.

Save

As everyone does, I think I would really like to try to save money this year. So, that means reusing things we already have more and buying less new stuff. It has to be possible doesn’t it?

Take Time

Whether that is to look at the game, book or toy that my six year old is desperately trying to get me involved with or taking time to complete things properly, take care of house, home and health – I am ON IT!

Wishing you a happy and healthy year one and all, be your best self in 2019 X

 

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5 Trusted Skincare Tips for Winter Skin

Wow, it’s getting cold, isn’t it?! As soon as the winter rolls around I make sure I start my cold-weather skincare regime – after all, prevention is better than cure, right? It’s not just the freezing temperatures outside but also the drying effects of heating inside that can play havoc with skin. Here are some Read the full article... The post 5 Trusted Skincare Tips for Winter Skin appeared first on Love French...

winter skincare tips VaselineWow, it’s getting cold, isn’t it?! As soon as the winter rolls around I make sure I start my cold-weather skincare regime – after all, prevention is better than cure, right? It’s not just the freezing temperatures outside but also the drying effects of heating inside that can play havoc with skin.

Here are some trusted skincare tips to keep you glowing all season long.

How to Protect Against Cold Winds

Harsh winds can leave me with chapped, cracked lips and even windburn if I don’t prep my skin before I leave home. There’s no need to panic on blustery days, though, as a slick of petroleum jelly will do the trick.

You might have questions about this, like how should I apply it, and is petroleum jelly safe? Firstly, be generous with it on your lips, and don’t be afraid to reapply. As for the question is petroleum jelly safe, you can rest easy – there are no known common petroleum jelly side effects. It’s unlikely to cause a reaction, and more than likely to protect your lips.

Make Moisturising a Priority

winter skincare tips Vaseline

The dual effect of dry heat indoors and cold temperatures outdoors combine to strip skin of moisture. Keep yours hydrated by committing to a twice-daily moisturising routine. Slather on your moisturiser of choice in the morning, and then again at bedtime.

Keep an eye on how your skin is faring during the day too, and top up when necessary. Your parched skin will definitely thank you for it.

Follow a Simpler Skincare Regime

Following a focused skincare routine is important whatever the time of year, but in cold weather it’s even more crucial. Start off by using a gentle cleanser to remove oil, dirt and makeup, then apply moisturiser and allow it to settle in.

The final and crucial step, winter, spring summer or Autumn is to apply a broad spectrum suncreen and allow it to sink in properly before applying makeup.

You might also want to consider an overnight skin perfecting treatment of your choice, and regular chemical exfoliation to clear blocked pores and remove dead skin cells.

Stay Away from the Heat

There’s nothing more comforting than a hot bath in the cold winter months, but that can actually create more problems for your skin, particularly your scalp. Very hot water is a no-no at any time of year, but in the winter it’s even more of a shock to the system.

Go for a warm shower or bath, and keep it on the short side. Cool showers actually help reduce the chance of a flaky scalp, so if you can bear it, try to do that now and again too.

Keep Fit and Hydrated

winter skincare tips Vaseline

As tempting as it is to hunker down under a blanket until spring comes, it’s important to keep up with your exercise regime. Working out will help flush out those toxins, which plays a big part in keeping your skin clear and healthy.

The same goes for staying well hydrated, as water will keep your skin – and the rest of your body – on top form. If a glass of water is too cold for you in wintertime, try fruit teas or a cup of warm water. That can help aid digestion too.

Follow these 5 winter skincare tips and your skin will be well prepared to face everything winter has to throw at it. x

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5 Winter Interior Style Hacks to Try

Well, winter is finally upon us isn’t it? Brrr. Time to cosy up your home space with warmth, texture and some beautiful scents. Here are 5 Winter Interior Style Hacks to Try this month – 1.Eucalyptus  Strangely enough, I almost always ask for perfume at Christmas time, because, for me, scent in the colder months Read the full article... The post 5 Winter Interior Style Hacks to Try appeared first on Love French...

Well, winter is finally upon us isn’t it? Brrr. Time to cosy up your home space with warmth, texture and some beautiful scents.

Here are 5 Winter Interior Style Hacks to Try this month –

1.Eucalyptus 

Eucalyptus winter decor

Strangely enough, I almost always ask for perfume at Christmas time, because, for me, scent in the colder months of the year is so important when there are so many less lovely smells around in nature. In my Whatsapp group with my besties we have been discussing perfumes and we all seem to like different things and associate memories with particular bottles of scent over the years. I love the way that a certain smell can cast your mind back to a moment in time in such detail.

Which brings me to one of my favourite smells of this season, Eucalyptus. When I am styling shoots, I often get Eucalyptus involved because not only do I love the blue green tinge to the leaves but the smell is just glorious aswell. Fresh, crisp and so very clean and green. My favourite way to display sprigs is in a tall glass jar with fairylights- I have two really lovely old sweet jars I got from an antique dealer a few years ago and they are just perfect for a few leggy stems of Eucalyptus. If cut flowers are not your thing, my new favourite way to enjoy the scent is with essential oils, although much stronger of course. These are so cheap to buy and can easily be turned into a fantastic room spray to add that rich warmth of Eucalyptus to your interior. Simply add about 10 drops to a small amount of some neutral alcohol like vodka and spray away ( being careful of the dog’s eyes! ). My current favourite combination is eucalyptus and lemon. So relaxing!

2. A Darker Palette

Dark Fireplaces

As you may have gathered from the many shots of my house on the blog, I don’t have lots of colour in our home. The reason for this is quite simply that I find too much colour a bit tiring to live with. While I absolutely love and appreciate it, I just prefer to limit colour in my home surroundings. So, in summer our house, which is painted mostly in white and grey is flooded with natural light. In the winter, when the sun is that much lower in the sky and the days are short, I do prefer to bring out a few of my darker toned accessories. This year, I took it a whole step further and actually painted the fireplace charcoal. Good lord we love it. This, a roaring fire in the woodburner and my copper wired fairylights on and I’m in 7th heaven on a Sunday afternoon! Try for yourself and see how much cosier your living room feels with some darker shades for winter.

3.BLING

Metallic candles

By bling, I am talking of course about table bling. We always bring out the candles for Sunday lunch and my favourites are second hand ones in gold. Here is a photo shoot I did for Pheasant Plucker and Son a couple of years ago and I just love the elegance a bit of metallic brings to a winter table.

4.Natural Wool

fabulous Fleece Company

Image : The Fabulous Fleece Company

So, right up there on my wishlist this season are some sheepskins! I know…but not your 70s type. What could be more belle than a rarebreed sheepskin from The Fabulous Fleece Company on your kitchen chair while tucking into your eggs benedict? These beauties start from £65 – WANTED!

While you have to be a tad careful of spillages and muddy paws on natural wool, I do love a pure wool rug for winter. Remember this piece on Sukhi Moroccan rugs I did? This beautiful rug has pride of place in front of my fire in winter, when I can get Wilbur off it!

Sukhi Moroccan Rugs

5.Lamps, the larger the better!

cosy lighting

Finally, a word on lighting. Every winter I have to add a few more lamps to our living room to account for the lack of light in the evenings. Either that or I need verifocals! The hands down simplest way to add lashings of cosiness is always in my humble view, with lamps. Opting for just ceiling spots is just way to cold and pendant lighting I always just find a bit too in your face. So, if you are going to add light, add lamps, go for natural hues on the shades and of course, the bigger they are, the better the diffusion of light. I love this French style lampshade in white or neutral from the wonderful people at John Lewis.French style linen lamp

Bisous X

OOh, PS, my very first Mimosa Memos Podcast will be live on the blog next Wednesday so keep an ear out and please let me know what you think of it! X

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It’s #leweekend : French Writing, Stylish Rucksacks & Sublime Santa Maria de Novella

How has your week been? You may have seen that I painted the fireplace a very very dark charcoal colour! It was an itch I just had to scratch! Time will tell if it stays that colour come springtime, we will see! Loving the cosy vibe of it for now though. Aren’t people strange? Today Read the full article... The post It’s #leweekend : French Writing, Stylish Rucksacks & Sublime Santa Maria de Novella appeared first on Love French...

Rustic French style homeHow has your week been? You may have seen that I painted the fireplace a very very dark charcoal colour! It was an itch I just had to scratch! Time will tell if it stays that colour come springtime, we will see! Loving the cosy vibe of it for now though. Aren’t people strange? Today I was driving on a fast moving dual carriageway where I saw a man casually walking along the side of the road with traffic speeding past him at over 70 mph. Bizarrely, whilst he didn’t seem to be concerned for his own life, he was wearing a fetching waterproof cape to keep his clothes dry.

In other news, I turn 42 tomorrow, yikes, how did that happen! Although my dear friend yesterday said ” you don’t look a day over 27 ” I’m holding onto that for dear life! Merci ma belle!

Here are a few cheeky bits and bobs for your perusal this weekend, whatever you’re up to have a great one X

French Handwriting

So, I have spent a lot of this week teaching Woody how to write in cursive French writing, which, as I am sure any foreign parent in France would concur, is pretty but also pretty hard! One thing I have noticed since living in France is that most people have the same handwriting, apart from the Drs who obviously go to a whole new planet to learn to write, no matter what nationality they are.

Woody is 6 and the teaching technique is so different from how our friend’s kids learn in the UK – they seem to start the reading and writing much later but then it’s boom, all learnt in a flash. At what age did yours learn the joined up writing? We have a way to go in this household before we master it French styly!

A Stylish Rucksack

stylish rucksack on Amazon

I have the absolute joy of meeting up with my troupe of ladies next week for our annual general meeting. Well, it’s more of a liver destruction programme to be fair…anyway, for my travels avec enfant on the eurostar I wanted some luggage that was a bit easier to manage. You know, like not having a suitcase that keeps falling over, getting shut in the metro doors etc etc.

I found this lovely stylish rucksack on Amazon and I am SO pleased with it. It even has a candy striped red and white inside….parfait.

The Midlife Kitchen

Rustic French style home

So, three weeks ago, yes three weeks ago a couple of friends and I started out on The Blood Sugar Diet by Dr Michael Mosley. I won’t lie to you, the first week was hell after a summer of rosé wine and croissants dropping down to 800 cals a day – I could have eaten the actual fridge itself. Alas, a few weeks in and I am now actually feeling good at long last – and a couple of kilos lighter.

Just before I started the low calorie regime, a lovely friend of mine got me The Midlife Kitchen by Sam Rice and Mimi Spencer, the lady who co-wrote the cookbooks for the Fast Diet. I love this book, I tend to skip over the Matcha tea recipes – that’s just not my bag, but there are plenty of fabulous healthy recipes here to enjoy. I really love their Thai Midlife Mussels and there’s a gorgeous French inspired recipe for a whole chicken cooked in the oven with lentils plus a great recipe for raw jam yum yum.

What I love about both of these books is the absolute lack of low fat products, I HATE them. I have tried and failed on other commercial diets for this very reason. I just can’t see the justice in eating a sugary 0 calorie sloppy yoghurt when you could have two heaped tablespoons of thick and creamy artisan Greek stuff. So, if you’re in a dieting rut, I would thoroughly recommend checking these books out, I’m very happy with them. One word of caution, go easy on the wine – on a very low calorie regime, it’s not good the next morning!

Santa Maria de Novella

Santa Maria de Novella Pot Pourri

A year or so ago I saw lovely Trinny Woodhall talking about natural room fragrances and how she loved a pot pourri made by Monks in Florence. Santa Maria de Novella is the best thing I have discovered from live Instagrams by far, in years! Obviously, the tease of the Tuscan blend of herbs and olives was too much for me to resist – by crikey it is fabulous.

Try to block from your mind images of the rancid artificial pink stuff or even worse the orangy one from the 80s you used to find in loos as a child. This stuff is brown, and wet when you open the packet but fills your home with the most incredible aroma that lasts months, I am a total addict. They also sell beautiful candles, lotions and potions for men and women and traditional remedies. I just LOVE it!

I buy all my treasures from them at La Pharmacie de l’Ecusson in Montpellier which they deliver swiftly with a beautiful hand written note. Orders over the phone are possible.

Quick Tipple

Seedlip Herbal Gin

Looking for a new apero to try? I am loving these two drinks – delicious pea and hay are the main flavours of Seedlip Herbal alcohol free gin for the booze free days. I love this with ice and a slice served with thinly sliced radishes with seasalt and toasted almonds, or  for party time, this very pretty Tsarine French Champagne – of course with smoked salmon, and cream cheese roll ups. Santé!

Bon weekend x

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La Rentrée Pour Les Mamans

We’re having an unusually hot week here in France, but the light has changed and the mornings are dark so Autumn is not far off. I really like this time of year; hot enough for a t shirt during the day but cool enough for a warm blanket in the evening. Time to pack away Read the full article... The post La Rentrée Pour Les Mamans appeared first on Love French...

We’re having an unusually hot week here in France, but the light has changed and the mornings are dark so Autumn is not far off. I really like this time of year; hot enough for a t shirt during the day but cool enough for a warm blanket in the evening. Time to pack away the summer stuff soon and bring out the long sleeves for Autumn!

I love H&M France, it’s one of my go-to stores when I need some seasonal staples or accessories. Here are a few lovely items to mix and match from their current collection to see you through September and October. X

Grey v neck jumper Autumn 2018

Grey V Neck 20e99 H&M France

A lovely snuggly looking sweater with a nice deep V neck for day or evening

Chemise en coton - Blanc - FEMME | H&M FR 5

White Cotton Shirt 14e99 H&M France

An obligatory and so versatile CWS

Boucles d'oreilles à strass - Magenta - FEMME | H&M FR 2

Earrings 7e99 H&M France

Some autumnal blingage…

Jupe plissée - Beige/motif léopard - FEMME | H&M FR 5

Leopard print skirt 49e99 H&M France

I just love this. Full stop!

Jupe-culotte en crêpe - Noir - FEMME | H&M FR 5

Black Culottes 14e99 H&M France

I have a pair of these in black and a striped version and I have worn them so much this summer, lovely with a t shirt tucked in or a silky shirt.

Sandales façon mules en suède - Noir - | H&M FR 2

Mules 49e99 currently on sale at time of publishing at 17e99! H&M France

Love these mules for switching any of these looks from day to night…

T-shirt en coton - Écru/fleuri - FEMME | H&M FR 4

Floral T Shirt 4e99

I just really like this T shirt and it’s a bargain at under a fiver – sort of harvesty isn’t it?

Manteau droit - Gris clair chiné - FEMME | H&M FR 5

Masculine Coat 49e99 H&M France

I am lusting after a pale grey coat for this winter, I think it would look so nice with all the animal print around.

Tennis à plateau - Blanc - FEMME | H&M FR 1

Platform Pumps 24e99 H&M France

I really like the way these platform pumps add height while being casual.

 

Sac à main - Noir - | H&M FR 1

Black Handbag 39e99 H&M France

( This bag is gorgeous and has a lovely blue contrast lining, swoon )

Happy Shopping and happy rentrée to all you Mamans x

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