From The French Drugstore…
Some of the best shopping in France can be found at the corner pharmacie. The pharmacists are knowledgeable and helpful, even when it comes to non-medical needs such as skincare.
I’d packed sunscreen for my face, but when I realized I’d need for my arms and feet as well, a pharmacist in Beaune recommended this one. (The packaging is slightly different in France, but it’s the same formula). It’s water-resistant, paraben-free, and doesn’t leave a whitish cast or streaks. It does use chemical ingredients, but does not contain oxybenzone. I found it very soothing on the skin, and give two thumbs up.
I’d forgotten to replace my travel-sized deodorant before we left, and discovered it had pretty well dried out. I grabbed this one based on “0% Aluminum Chlorohydrate” on the label (gives me a rash) and am quite pleased with it. No marks on clothing, no irritation, and no odor, even after a full day of trudging around Paris in the heat and humidity.
Un peu de Provence
Sharon is now taking orders for My Stylish French Box for August. (You can read about the May box HERE.) The theme of this box will be Summer Living in Provence, and as always will be a fabulous assortment of uniquely French items, hand-selected by Sharon. These beautiful subscription boxes are offered four times per year, and always sell out. They make lovely gifts too. I can’t wait to see the Provence-themed goodies Sharon has chosen!
Getting Back On Track…
After pretty much eating our way through France, 😉 le Monsieur and I were both feeling a bit bloated upon our return home. We’re back to our fresh-fruit-for-breakfast routine, and trying to stick to lighter meals overall. Usually on vacation we do enough walking to compensate for more and richer food, but this time with the heat we didn’t walk as much or as vigorously. I was relieved to find that I’d only gained a pound, was expecting more.
Tuscan melons, nectarines, and berries are all very good this time of year!
It’s Almost That Time…
Those of you with a Nordstrom credit card will be able to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale beginning tomorrow. I’ll be posting some of my top picks as soon as the sale goes “live.”
Look, I’ll be the first to admit this sale gets over-hyped. But because the merchandise is new-for-fall, it can still yield some good buys if you approach it with the right attitude and some simple strategies.
- First, keep your expectations grounded. You probably won’t be able to refresh your entire fall wardrobe in this one sale. Be targeted, be discriminating.
- Start by perusing the catalog to identify any pieces or brands that catch your eye. Make a note of the item number, and search by that first. But be aware that not everything in the sale is included in the catalog, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t see a favorite brand included. (I had a chance to peruse some of the Anniversary Sale items at our local store yesterday, and there’s a LOT that isn’t reflected in the catalog.)
- Make a list of the brands you usually do well with, and search by brand next. Some of mine are:
- Then, search by an item type you may be looking for, example “women’s coats and jackets“
Again, I’ll be sharing my “first round draft picks” tomorrow, so do check back.