Free-Range Friday: Fabulously French

My Stylish French Box subscription box for May. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

French Charm For The Home…

Receiving one of Sharon Santoni’s “My Stylish French Box” subscription boxes is like having a little bit of France land right on your doorstep. Sharon searches out unique and delightful items with French charm and flair, and packages them in a lovely, reusable box with a detailed description of each item and the stories behind them.

Detail: lavender candle from My Stylish French Box. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

This scented candle, from last August’s “Provence” box, is still my favorite bougie. You can read my reviews of prior My Stylish French Boxes HERE and HERE.

Subscriptions for the May My Stylish French Box are still available. It will be shipped in mid-May. Share the delight: these boxes make lovely gifts for someone special. You can also save by subscribing for the entire year (4 boxes, 1 per quarter). I can’t wait to see what Sharon has selected for us for May!

And be sure to check out Sharon’s gorgeous book “My French Country Home: Entertaining Through The Seasons” for ideas for food, decorating and creating memorable events.

French Chic, Affordable Prices…

Sezane navy silk blouse with lace sleeves. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I was delighted to read earlier this week that popular online French brand Sézane is now available at Nordstrom. They actually have pop-up shops in a few Nordstrom stores so you can see the pieces in person. This brand has been on my radar for a while, both for the basics-with-interest clothing pieces as well as the shoes and bags. While some of their styles are a little frou-frou for my taste, there are some gems in this collection. Above, a navy silk blouse with lace sleeves, a perfect throw-on-and-go top.

Sezane stripe shirt jacket. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I love the ease of a shirt jacket for spring and summer, especially one with stripes.

Sezane leather crossbody bag. Details at une femme d'un certain age.Hard to go wrong with a classic, un-fussy crossbody bag like this one.

Sezane leather espadrille sneaker. Details at une femme d'un certain age.The striped ties on these leather espadrille sneakers are such a nice touch. Again, it’s those little details that take it up a notch from basic.

tuxedo-style blazer in nude pink from Sezane. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

A tuxedo style blazer is a wardrobe perennial, and this one in soft pink is a pretty alternative to black.

You can see the whole collection here.

Found In Paris, Made In The USA…

French Kande mid-length necklace with Fleur de Lis medallion. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

French Kande has launched their Summer “Luxembourg” collection. This collection features a lot of light stones and silver-toned medallions, perfect for wearing with breezy summer styles. Above, this mid-length necklace in a Lily Agate mix with a fleur-de-lis medallion (garnished with Swarovski crystals) is a perfect piece to wear on its own or layer with other necklaces.

French Kande pearl necklace with vintage French medallion. Details at une femme d'un certain age.Pearls are always a stylish choice, and this non-traditional design adds a bit of the unexpected. This shorter necklace would look great peeking out at the neckline of a crisp white shirt.
French Bee medallion bracelet from French Kande. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

The bee has often been an important symbol of immortality and continuity in France. I adore bee jewelry! Double stranded bracelets like this one can be layered or worn alone.

French Kande jewelry was inspired by and made from vintage French medallions that Kande discovered at the marché aux puces in Paris. All of the jewelry pieces are handmade to order in the US, and many offer the option to customize by switching medallions.

We’ve been watching Marseille on Netflix. It’s not great, but it is entertaining. Fairly soapy and heavy-handed, my hot-take was that it’s Dallas without the glamour. But there are some interesting and very French details (including the female characters’ wardrobes) that make it fun to watch, and we’ll probably give Season 2 a shot.

Bon weekend!

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10 Comments

  1. April 13, 2018 / 3:56 am

    Those shoes are adorable! I bet they’re comfortable, too.

  2. susie
    April 13, 2018 / 5:22 am

    According to my old folks from (originally) Catalan, the upside down fleur de lis is a distress signal!!!!Wear with caution.

    • Joanna
      April 13, 2018 / 6:07 pm

      If that is indeed true, it should be passed along to FG. I’m sure they want their jewellery to be a true symbol of French design.

  3. Stephanie J
    April 13, 2018 / 8:10 am

    Love everything in this post!! Just in time to request items for Mother’s Day. 🙂 Thank you!

  4. Mary A.
    April 13, 2018 / 8:12 am

    I was excited about that navy top until I checked it out on Nordstrom…it has an open back..sigh.

  5. April 13, 2018 / 9:16 am

    I felt exactly the same away about the open back on that one and the other with the open cutwork. Double sigh.

    • Susan B
      April 13, 2018 / 2:50 pm

      That’s fascinating, thank you Duchesse!

  6. lagatta à Montréal
    April 14, 2018 / 1:28 pm

    The Caisses populaires (Federation of credit unions, an important financial – and social – institution in Québec, has recently removed the stylized bee from its symbol, and there has been quite an outcry. Bees symbolize not just work but also cooperation.

    I like the jacket ith the capacious pockets, but it is too pastel for me – different climate – and while not at all overpriced for the quality, too expensive to risk re-dyeing it a darker hue (would be green for me).

  7. KJ
    April 16, 2018 / 12:52 pm

    Will have to try Marseille. I just binged through the first season of “Call My Agent!” (aka Dix Pour Cent) on Netflix and loved it. Film agents in Paris try to manage their temperamental actor clients (a different one or two real-life actors featured each episode) along with their personal and love lives. Also a bit soapy, but sexy and fun.

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