whenever i’m lucky enough to visit france, i come well-prepared with a list of must-have french beauty products to pick up at one of their incredible pharmacies. sometimes these beauty secrets are so sought after i have to visit a few before i find the goods! i thought it would be fun to share those ‘trade beauty secrets’ with you (shhhhh!) as well as a few other francophile-inspired ensembles and a few ‘get the look’ decor items for faking france at home. oh, another helpful hint — i’m studying french on duolingo and love it! j’espère que tu apprécies!

  1. buck mason mariner jersey breton tee. i love this french stripe tee because it’s thick enough to keep you warm when out at sea. i’ve test driven it!

  2. filt french market net bag in red, white and blue, made in france. this market bag is perfect for the farmer’s market and yet petite enough to stash in your handbag.

  3. french straw farmer’s market basket. these are a must-have for those larger hauls at the farmer’s markets or the vintage brocantes. a classic french staple.

  4. french wicker rolling flea and farmer’s market cart from chairish. you’ll be hauling your treasures around in style with this cute market cart.

  5. bandana navy blue cotton bucket hat. i swear by these lightweight but chic bucket hats on bad hair days (or rainy days!).

  6. converse and comme des garçons play’s chuck taylor hi-top sneakers. i’ve been eyeing these for a while now. and they’re on sale at almost 1/2 off, so it may be time to grab ‘em.

  7. merci paris cotton tote bag. i have several of these because i grab one every time i’m in paris to carry all my shopping in — and all in different colors. perfect for grocery shopping at home, too.

  8. sézane penelope sunglasses. these specs are très chic and will have you looking very parisian.

  9. drôle de monsieur’s iconic motto ‘not from paris madame’ sweatshirt. i love this shop in le marais and their motto makes me smile. put it on everything!

  10. frank & eileen belfast double-breasted peacoat. this is my go-to coat. it’s light enough to wear all year long, either over a sweater in winter or a tee in summer.

  11. bensimon women’s low-top white sneakers. the tried and true french sneaker. they come in a ton of colors, are so easy to pack, and very comfy!

  12. frank & eileen relaxed blue checked button-up shirt. i have these shirts in a few colors, but i’m in love with this blue gingham check. so french!

  1. panier des sens lavender hand cream for dry and cracked hands and skin — just one of the many beauty products i pick up at the french pharmacies, which are amazing. lucky for us, many products are now available online.

  2. marius fabre cube of savon de marseille, in natural olive oil. this one lasts forever and smells so good. reminds me of marseille and the sea.

  3. l’occitane almond delicious hand and nail cream infused with almond oil. another really emollient lotion i love when my hands feel dry from excessive travel or weather.

  4. creative co-op white enameled metal soap dish. these sweet soap dishes are all over france and look great in any bathroom or kitchen.

  5. pre de provence artisanal soap bar. these french soaps come in a variety of scents and also last so long. i highly recommend, and they’re nice for gifts, too.

  6. le labo santal 33 eau de parfum. this is the only scent i wear now. and it’s long-lasting and not overly perfumey — it’s subtle and lovely.

  7. nuxe rêve de miel lipstick, 100% natural organic moisturizer for cracked and dry lips with shea butter and vitamin e. this will whip your chapped lips right back into shape.

  8. figuier (fig-scented) mini candle by diptyque. my favorite scented candle from diptyque, but they come in plenty of scents — they’re one for everyone.

  9. caudalíe vinosource overnight recovery facial oil. this is one i always hunt down and bring home from paris. so glad it’s online now, too.

  10. baudelaire sea sponge caribbean wool. i love the feeling of lathering up in the bath with a soft sea sponge, and this french one is great.

  11. nars sheer lipstick in barbarella. i’m a huge fan of françois nars’ lipsticks because they come in some truly flattering shades, and they stay put on my lips!

  12. embryolisse lait-crème concentré face cream and makeup primer with shea moisture cream for daily skincare. i went to four pharmacies in paris to track this highly recommended face cream down, and it was so worth it. it feels dreamy on your skin and is my daily and evening moisturizer.

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  1. vintage ceramic parisian cafe match striker from chairish. just one of many french accessories to have at home to remind you of your trips to france.

  2. lotus atelier orange mushroom lamp. i see these all over france — in living rooms and chic home offices. it’s whimsical and fun and oh-so stylish.

  3. the socialite family tasca vide-poche rose ceramic petit modèle stacking dishes. once just a blog, the socialite family now has a wonderful french homewares collection. do have a look!

  4. le monde sauvage small cosmic bed quilt in lead color. i love this little parisian boutique (just next door to merci paris); their bed linens are gorgeous. lucky for us, they’re online, too.

  5. astier de villatte grand chalet incense from jayson home. astier de villatte is another favorite parisian shop of mine, and their incense is my go-to. it’s not too heavy and smells divine.

  6. drôle de monsieur le poster slogan art print. here’s that shop motto again, this time in a print, which i have hanging proudly in my own home.

  7. how to be parisian wherever you are: love, style, and bad habits by anne berest. a fun and wonderful book to help you get your francophile on!

  8. indoor/outdoor french ticking striped cushion from pillow my fancy. french ticking is another favorite of mine, and i love that this orange colorway is a little unexpected.

  9. black otis task lamp from jayson home. every chic home in france has tons of great lighting. in fact, it’s almost a given that every room has a few unique lamps. this one gives me all those french vibes.

  10. paris by design: an inspired guide to the city’s creative side by eva jorgensen. eva’s book is always one i take out a review before heading back to france. it’s got a truly creative and unique local’s point of view on their favorite parisian spots.

  11. say something in french – magique framed art print from hotel magique. i love everything milou from hotel magique creates, and this print is no different. just the right amount of cheeky and chic.

  12. francois halard: a visual diary by francois halard. the ultimate french photographer, this book will give you all the guidance you need to live a francophile lifestyle.

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