With a mere eight days until my departure to France, I've been wasting away in Michigan, itching to say à bientôt to the United States. But with all of this excitement comes a
bit lot of anxiety. Yes, I've spent months at a time without seeing my parents, but the next visit home was always certain. I no longer have this luxury of certainty. I may come home in as little as eight months or in as long as three years, and my family doesn't envision a trip to France in the foreseeable future. Not knowing when I'll see everyone makes me way more anxious than leaving them for a long time.
However, the exciting things in store for me are just as (if not more) certain as the random bouts of tears that will definitely take place at the airport. Mood boards have been really inspiring me lately, so I thought I'd make one of--you guessed it--France.
Atop one of Pierre-Joseph Redouté's famed botanical illustrations, I've included Caudalie products, pain au chocolat, Reblochon cheese, diptyque, Petit Bateau, and le Petit Nicolas.
I've expressed my interest in Caudalie products many times before, and I'll say it again--I just want to buy and try the entire skin-care line!
No time in France is complete without a visit to the boulangerie for a pain au chocolat (or two...or five...). Literally translating to "chocolate bread," a pain au chocolat is simply a croissant with chocolate rolled up inside. However good you imagine it to be, it's better.
Reblochon is one of the things I miss the most about France. Like most of the best French cheeses, Reblochon is unpasteurized, meaning it's illegal to import into the United States. As soon as I arrive, I plan on buying a hunk of Reblochon to slather onto baguette. (Hint: it tastes even better with preservatives on top!)
diptyque is my favorite home goods company, plain and simple. The candles cost a pretty penny, but they're so worth it. You only need to burn a diptyque candle for 20 minutes in order to fill the entire room with its potent scent. I currently have a small Baies candle, but I also love Feu de Bois, Mimosa, Jonquille, and Roses. You bet I'm visiting the flagship store in Paris!
Petit Bateau (translation: "little boat") is my favorite French clothing line. Again, it's expensive, but the items are classic and well made. During the semi-annual soldes (sales), though, the clothing is much more affordable! As of now, I only have a striped t-shirt and a t-shirt with the same boat pattern as above, but I plan to expand my Petit Bateau as soon as the January sales begin.
And last--but certainly not least--we have Le Petit Nicolas. Every time I go to France, I buy a ton of Petit Nicolas books. As of now, I own close to 750 pages worth of Petit Nicolas stories. If you can read elementary-level French, you need to read this series ASAP. While its target age is elementary school, reading the stories leads to side-splitting laughter. Nicolas is a little boy who gets into all sorts of bêtises (trouble) with his friends, from trying a cigarette to running away from home to playing pranks on the school principal. Try to read it in French, if you're able, as the translation takes something away. And if your French is intermediate or above, you can watch the movie!
Have you tried any of these products or brands? In the comments, let me know what YOUR favorite country is and what inspires you from it!