Long before I’d ever heard the French expression la rentrée, I’ve always thought of September as a time of fresh starts. It’s probably a holdover from school days, but I still embrace it. (In France, à la rentrée means not only “back to school,” but a return to routines and work after the traditional August vacation month.)
This time of year, I often experience a sense of renewed energy and focus. I’ve felt restless lately, and spent a good deal of last week tidying, organizing, and freshening up around the house. Clearing out the cobwebs both literally and figuratively.
I’ve been making a point to buy some fresh flowers on my weekly Trader Joe’s run, and they really give me a lift!
A little Provence for my kitchen
The cooler weather over the weekend has put me in the mood to do a little cooking again. So was really delighted with the August box from My French Country Home (c/o). The kitchen-themed boxes are always my favorite, and I love every single thing in this one!
My French Country Home Box is a subscription gift box, featuring items selected by Sharon Santoni. Sharon seeks out uniquely French artisans and brands for her selections, and it’s always such a treat to open the box and discover the surprises inside.
As I mentioned, I was absolutely thrilled with everything in this collection!
- gorgeous copper ladle from Atelier du Cuivre
- fun gingham apron by Linvosges (I love aprons and use them daily)
- cheese knife set from Jean Dubost
- an olive wood scoop from Berard
- bee-embossed glass butter dish from La Rochère
- antique escargot pots with horn spoons (to use as salt & pepper servers)
- olive-scented soap in a pretty soap dish (this one went right into use)
- Herbes de Provence (my favorite and most often-used seasoning!)
- a beautiful photo print by Jamie Beck
Sharon is now taking orders for the November box. With the theme of Soirée Elegant, it promises to be a lovely treat just in time for the holidays. These boxes almost always sell out, so be sure to reserve yours today. And they make fabulous gifts, too…
Fall outfit idea
Here’s an outfit idea for early fall, if your climate swings between warm and cool temperatures. I like a darker wash jean for fall and winter, though I will alternate with ecru. While leopard print is perennial, it does seem to be another micro-trend this fall, so I’m seeing more of it popping up here and there. The 90’s seem to be a big style influence at the moment, so if you love bold, sculptural jewelry, you’ll have a nice selection this season.
You can still catch these sales…
J.Crew – extra 60% off sale styles, 40% off select full-price styles, code SHOPNOW
Talbot’s – 25% off new arrivals, 70% off all markdowns
Madewell – 30% off select pre-fall styles, extra 40% off sale styles, code COOLDOWN
By Brian – 20% off sitewide with code susanlabors . Save on skincare, makeup and classes!
Jenni Kayne – 20% off sitewide with code LDWEVENT20
Everlane – Labor Day weekend event, up to 60% off markdowns
Stay in touch
Sign up to be notified of new posts and updates from une femme d’un certain âge.