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Every now and again, a really great new product pops up that’s hard not to admire. Vivaia are one of those brands that has really impressed me. Vivaia are an eco friendly women’s shoe brand changing the way that we shop for shoes and I was lucky enough to receive a beautiful pair of shoes Read the full article... The post Eco Friendly Vivaia Recycled Shoes appeared first on Love French...
Every now and again, a really great new product pops up that’s hard not to admire. Vivaia are one of those brands that has really impressed me. Vivaia are an eco friendly women’s shoe brand changing the way that we shop for shoes and I was lucky enough to receive a beautiful pair of shoes made from recycled bottles from their collection.
You’ve probably already seen in many of your sweaters and other high street clothing that a lot of fabric comes from recycled sources nowadays. This is so good to know that even some of our biggest, favourite brands are trying to make clothes in a more responsible way. I was the same, I’d read “recycled polyester” in some of my clothes but I had never seen recycled shoes before, especially not ones that are made from recycled plastic bottles – 6 to be precise.
It’s a fascinating thought to think that the future of shoes could also help keep our oceans free from plastic bottles at the same time. It takes 6 plastic bottles to make one pair of Vivaia Eco Friendly Shoes, that’s not a lot of plastic for rather a lot of shoe. The plastic is first made into chips and then the chips are extruded into threads. If you’re wondering what on earth a pair of shoes that’s made from recycled bottles feels like, well, they’re surprisingly soft, like wool. Vivaia recycled shoes come in loads of different styles and colours from loafers and chelsea boots to heels and pumps to walk you through all the seasons.
The thick cut insoles are made from soft natural latex foam that’s derived from rubber resin and the outsoles are highly elastic and flexible to help reduce carbon emissions.
Each beautiful pair is delivered in recycled packaging to complete the planet friendly journey of these eco shoes.
What I love about the style of Vivaia eco friendly shoes is the lovely vintage shape and colours that look so cute with a midi skirt and sweater or paired simply with skinny jeans and a nice shirt. I chose the Jade Green Vivaia Pumps and they really do go with everything.
I absolutely LOVE them and honestly they are the most comfortable ballet style shoe I have ever worn, from the first wear. No toe pinching or ankle rubbing here! I can even run in mine – good job as I’m forever late.
Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be any more positives, Vivaia shoes are fully machine washable too! You simply remove the insole and pop them in the washing machine. With such a flexible, practical product, I for one will find it hard to buy a regular pair of shoes off the shelf again in the future. I find the products to be really elegant and practical from this brand – they even have a smart Chanel inspired badge on the heel – but most of all I’m inspired by their forward thinking practices for shoe manufacturing in a sensitive, sustainable way.
What better way to tread lightly on the earth than starting with the shoes on your feet?
If you would like to see more from Vivaia, they have the most gorgeous Instagram account that you can follow here. These delightful little ballet pumps come in loads of fabulous colours and variations to suit your mood and wardrobe – I hope like me you find your perfect pair.
Happy ( conscious ) Shoe Shopping X
What would be your all time favourite Rustic French Dish? A warming Cassoulet? A rich Boeuf Bourgignon? There are so many delicious ones to choose from! I asked Claire Jones of Jox Food Blog what hers would be and it turns out that top of her list is a creamy French Tartiflette. If you’ve never Read the full article... The post My Favourite Rustic French Dish, Tartiflette with Claire Jones of Jox Food Blog appeared first on Love French...
What would be your all time favourite Rustic French Dish? A warming Cassoulet? A rich Boeuf Bourgignon? There are so many delicious ones to choose from! I asked Claire Jones of Jox Food Blog what hers would be and it turns out that top of her list is a creamy French Tartiflette.
If you’ve never tried this delicious dish before, Claire shares her passion and recipe for all things Tartiflette here.
One of the reasons that Charlotte Cox and I started our food blog Jox Food was to share recipes like this with our followers. As working mothers, we wanted to provide wholesome, inexpensive meal ideas that are easily accessible with simple ingredients. The difference is, we also provide some background and a tale to go with each of our recipes. In the same way that music evokes memories, so does food and we want to convey that in what we do. My memories of this particular dish, Tartiflette go way back, so it’s a joy to be able to share that memory and my recipe with you.
We used to come to France as a family, many times a year, for several years from being very little. When I was a teenager, I used to spend all my summers up in Paris with friends of my parents, Nicole and Maurice and I can remember Tartiflette being on the table one evening and absolutely loving it. This was one of those occasions that remained a food memory for me for a very long time, right up until I moved back to France in 2006 – and that was it, I was in full Tartiflette mode once again!
A classic Tartiflette is absolutely the best winter warmer right through from Autumn to early Spring and is one of those really versatile dishes, you can even serve in Summer. Whatever time of year you savour this rich dish, it always delivers on the flavour and is so delicious with just a few basic ingredients; potatoes, smoked bacon lardons, onions and a little bit of garlic, it’s just heaven. I have to say when I mention to the children that I will be making Tartiflette for supper, they are all salivating in anticipation! It’s one of those suppers that while I’m making it, they keep popping down to the kitchen to see what’s going on. They say the cooking smells are amazing. It’s a really great family dish, even for picky eaters, there’s nothing not to like about it.
For me, even though Tartiflette is a very rustic and traditional French dish, made from cheap ingredients like potatoes and pork, it can totally be switched up to make something really quite amazing as a dish for when entertaining friends. If I was making Tartiflette for a supper with friends, I would perhaps serve it in individual dishes to make it a real showstopper with a lovely salad or some crisp green beans on the side. I honestly think that Tartiflette is one of the best recipes I’vestumbled across in France because of it’s versatility. You could even switch out the lardons for a vegetarian option with some delicious wild mushrooms fried off first in butter and olive oil until they’re nice and crispy.
So, here is my version of the classic Tartiflette, you’ll see that I add cream which isn’t the traditional way but I feel it adds a touch of glamour to this peasant dish and we all need a bit of that here in the French countryside don’t we?
This recipe costs 9e20 to feed a very hungry family of 5, so I’d say around 5e for a family of 4 and there’s always plenty left over for lunch the next day.
200g Smoked Lardons
500g Reblochon Cheese
2 Good Sized Onions
2 Cloves of Garlic
1 tsp dried Thyme
Butter to Grease
Coeur de Laitue salade to serve.
1.Pre-heat the oven to 180c or 175 for fan assisted oven
2.Slice the potatoes – about 2-3mm thick and put to one side.
3.Slice the onions and crush or grate the garlic cloves
4.Mix the thyme with the raw lardons in a dish
5.Scrape the off waxy outer layer the rind of your cheese and then slice. I find that it is far easier to slice it into long finger shapes than attempt to halve it through its middle.
6.Fill a large pan with salted water and once at a rolling boil drop in the separated potato slices to par cook – around 5-8 minutes, depending on how floury the potatoes are. If in doubt prod with the end of a sharp knife and if the flesh yields a little you’re there. Drain the potatoes and set aside to cool.
7.Whilst your potatoes are bubbling in hot water heat a tablespoon of oil in a frying pan and gently cook the lardons until just done, it honestly doesn’t take long at all. Once cooked remove them from the pan with a slotted spoon leaving the bacon juices where they are.
8.Now add the sliced onions and garlic to the pan and gently sauté in the bacony goodness being sure to cook them slowly, so as not to burn them. They should be soft and translucent.
9.Grab a baking dish and butter the inside well, this will stop the potatoes from gluing themselves too tightly to the bottom and sides during cooking.
10.Once your potatoes are cooled and easier to handle layer half into the bottom of the buttered dish.
11.Sprinkle the lardons and cooked onion and garlic mix over the potato layer.
12.Add a drizzle of cream nonchalantly across the top. There is absolutely no need to be overly perfectionist about this – reserving the other half for later.
13.Season with salt and pepper
14.Next, layer the remaining potatoes on top and drizzle over the last of the cream. Season again – remember though that Reblochon adds a certain saltiness to the dish so don’t go wild.
15. Finally, cover the entire dish with the cheese slices. Don’t hold back from using the entire roule of gooey cheese. More is most definitely better. Accept and embrace that we are now heading into the slow calorific slide towards Christmas so we might as well start the season off in style
16.A quick twist of freshly ground pepper is the very last step before sliding it into the oven for 40-45 minutes uncovered.
Your finished tartiflette should be gently browned with the odd bubble of cream exploding across the top. I highly advise letting this sit for 5 minutes before diving in as this little bit of cooling time will help when it comes to serving
Serve with crisp salad or green beans. Bon appétit
Follow Claire Jones and Charlotte Cox on their fabulous food adventures at www.instagram.com/joxfood
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It’s hard not to love a classic French Style Interior with it’s soft muted colours and charming details. I find this rustic look so stylish and relaxing in one and I’ve always admired the naturally elegant appeal of French Style. So how can you easily add these French Style touches using furnishings in your home? Read the full article... The post 5 Key French Furniture Styles appeared first on Love French...
It’s hard not to love a classic French Style Interior with it’s soft muted colours and charming details. I find this rustic look so stylish and relaxing in one and I’ve always admired the naturally elegant appeal of French Style.
So how can you easily add these French Style touches using furnishings in your home? Well, it’s all in the curves! From side tables to armoires, it’s the rounded shapes and ornate carvings to look out for.
Taking inspiration from the classic French Country Style farmhouse bench, these curvy settees are thankfully very much in fashion at the moment. The modern designs are very much more like a settee than a bench and are ten times more comfortable.
If you enjoy the challenge of mixing up classic and contemporary in a French Style Home then you might want to try one of these in a nice bright hue. I rather like the classic greys and beiges personally, just be sure to choose a style that boasts some natural wood carved details to echo back to the original banquette of days gone by. You’ll love the gentle shape of this in your home, feminine but sturdy – the perfect backdrop to your ticking striped and grain sack cushions.
I absolutely love a classic French enamel table with the curved cross over trestle style legs. These look so good in a simple hallway with a terracotta pot filled with wildflower pickings. Alas, I have found that these orgainal metal tables have become so much harder to come by since becoming so popular with antique hunters. Of course, not everyone also has access to the quirky little brocantes we have here in France either so sometimes it really is better to avoid paying through the nose for an original and try something a little different in the same style.
There are a few different takes and options on these lovely tables you could look at on the high street that give the same effect, some with added glam like this fabulous mirrored version.
I really like the combination of the curved rustic table legs with the shiny drawers, I think it works so well at combining old and new, perfect for a modern take on the classic French style.
Above a fireplace or as a centrepiece on a wood panelled wall, an oversized ornate mirror really does make a big statement. I really love a bit of carved detailing on the top of a vertical mirror like this one, it’s not overly fussy, just a gentle nod to the French antique look that you’d find in a maison bourgeoise over a stone fireplace.
I personally think that adding carved ornate pieces of furniture works best when they are limited to one or two per room and perhaps combined with other simpler styles like a natural wood dining table or in a small bathroom as a real focal point or perhaps to add glamour to an otherwise practical room like a utility or boot-room.
Its important not to overdo the curves or it can all just look a bit faux and girly.
With curves in all the right places, an elegant chair in classic rattan is a fabulous addition to your French Antique Interior Style. Look for a chair with a rounded back as the originals would have been, with sturdy arms and nicely turned out feet. I prefer this style of chair to be in natural or lime-washed wood for a more rustic look rather than the painted varieties.
Try putting two in front of your fireplace with some stylish cushions or around an otherwise modern kitchen table for a bit of bygone charm.
Finally, the armoire! One of my favourite pieces of French furniture. French homes by nature, with their tall ceilings have plenty of head height for some extremely large pieces of furniture. Often when I am inspecting for the holiday homes guide I work for I am taken aback by just how large some of these pieces of furniture are. Usually they become family heirlooms quite simply because they can’t usually be moved or rehoused due to their size, and they are often stuck on a landing or hallway on the first or second floor at the top of a very narrow stairwell!
These days, many reproduction furniture makers offer a more standard size with all the right curves and details and natural wood finishes so that even a very modern home can accommodate a French style armoire. Traditionally armoires were used to store belongings and treasures so don’t stop at just using them in the bedroom to store clothes. Many have shelves instead of a hanging rail inside so you can use them to house your favourite crockery or linens too. Look out for hinges with a natural finish, a nicely curved top and feet that turn out to the sides for an authentic looking piece.
Hopefully these simple tips will help you when putting together your French Style House. The key is to not overdo the ornate pieces but mix them up with other styles for a more rustic take on the French look.
Remember, where French chic is concerned, less is almost always more X
*Collaborative Post It’s easier than ever to find sustainable fashion because there are so many great brands out there, but there are still details that people forget about. Glasses are one of the most common things that people don’t consider, which is a big problem because they’re made of plastic. A lot of plastic waste Read the full article... The post The Complete Guide to Ethical Eyewear appeared first on Love French...
It’s easier than ever to find sustainable fashion because there are so many great brands out there, but there are still details that people forget about. Glasses are one of the most common things that people don’t consider, which is a big problem because they’re made of plastic. A lot of plastic waste from glasses ends up in the ocean, so if you’re a glasses wearer, you need to find more sustainable options. The good news is, this guide will tell you everything that you need to know.
If you go into an optician, you might find one or two options for sustainable eyewear if you are lucky, but you will get far more options online. There are some great eyewear sites online that have a huge range of glasses so you can still search for the best new brand while also making sure that you’re making a sustainable choice. In most cases, you can get a much better price online as well so you’re saving money and saving the planet at the same time.
Finding the right materials is vital if you want to buy ethical eyewear, but most glasses are made entirely from plastic. However, there are some great alternatives out there, like wooden glasses, which look stylish and they’re completely biodegradable. In fact, they’re actually a better alternative to plastic because they are very durable and they are less sensitive to changing temperatures than plastic is.
There are also some companies out there that are using damaging waste materials, like plastics, to create new glasses. You should check out Sea2See, a company that takes plastic waste from the ocean and uses it to make recycled glasses. They stock a range of different fashionable styles and with every purchase, you’re helping to remove more plastic from the ocean.
You can also find recycled glasses made from a range of materials, like metals, old vinyl, fishing nets, wheat and all sorts of other things. As long as you check the source of the material that your glasses are made from, you can make sure that you aren’t doing any damage to the environment.
Upcycling instead of buying new is one of the best ways to live a waste-free lifestyle and reduce your impact on the environment. A lot of people don’t consider upcycling glasses but it’s a great way to find new styles and make more ethical choices with your eyewear. If you search around in vintage stores, you should be able to find some great frames that you like. You can then get them fitted with new lenses according to your prescription. You will save a lot of money because you can pick up frames for next to nothing and you are not contributing to waste. Upcycling old glasses is also a great way to find more interesting accessories that you won’t see anywhere else.
A lot of people never consider the impact that their eyewear has on the environment, which is a big issue because they generate a lot of plastic waste. But if you follow this guide, you can make ethical eyewear choices.
Well hello one and all, how are you doing? So sorry for the radio silence on here for the past few weeks. As you may have been following I have embarked on a new French lifestyle podcast series: Made in Charente which has taken up a lot of my time. It’s so nice to feel Read the full article... The post It’s Le Weekend!: Butt Lifting Jeans, Being True to Yourself & A Cracking Red Lipstick to Boot appeared first on Love French...
Well hello one and all, how are you doing? So sorry for the radio silence on here for the past few weeks. As you may have been following I have embarked on a new French lifestyle podcast series: Made in Charente which has taken up a lot of my time. It’s so nice to feel able to offer a voice in a small rural community and thank you to all 400 of you who have tuned in and downloaded so far, there’s lots more exciting stuff to come.
So here are a few things I am thinking about and loving this week. Hope you have a restful weekend X
1.The Best Butt Lifting Jeans 2020
Catchy headline eh? Do you know, I do find that jeans can be mega unflattering and as I don’t actually have that shapely a derriere – sometimes it’s an idea to invest in a good pair of trousers that help you out a little! I mean, a flat arse isn’t all that attractive is it? Haha. So, I’ve done a little research for you and before I reveal the best pair of butt lifting jeans 2020, here are three points to remember when shopping for a pair.
So, here they are! Mango Kim Skinny Push Up Jeans come in several different colours but actually I find this grey to be the most flattering. Great pricepoint too at £29.99 and the perfect partner to a crisp white shirt. Enjoy your new swagger in them!
2.Being True to Yourself
Now, more than ever I think it’s so important to follow your heart and stay true to what you know. We are living through such confusing times aren’t we? A few of my friends have lost their jobs in the UK after the pandemic and it’s provoked a real moment of reflection in so many of us. As I was saying, I have returned via my podcasting to one of my true passions in life, storytelling. I have been all around the houses with different jobs and at times I’ve felt lost about what I should be doing. But life has a funny way of leading you back to where you should be doesn’t it?
So I just wanted to share that with you, in case you are feeling the same way. Surround yourself with the right people and always listen to your inner voice. You probably don’t need to look so hard and deep at yourself and where you want to be, the answers are often right in front of you already. Big hugs x
3.The Duronic Air Fryer
So…this may sound a bit like an item you might find in the back of the Reader’s Digest but I kid you not it has been hands down one of the best kitchen gadgets I’ve ever purchased. Rewind to June, my brother bought my Mum one of these compact little ovens and since then I also got one and my sister has too. Hilariously I have a huge range oven that I adore for roasts and slow cooking etc but Monday to Friday when people are in and out and eating on the hoof, this little Duronic Air Fryer £69.99 is all I seem to use – it’s a god send. I first got mine in the summer because it was so hot here that every time I turned the big oven on our kitchen became lie a sauna! So what can you use it for? Everything from cakes to roasting. Salmon filets with perfectly crisp skin in 10 minutes, handcut chips perfectly crisp with only a light brushing of olive oil are ready in 20 mins, butternut squash crisps etc etc it really is the most useful thing and takes up no more room than a coffee machine. Get one!
4.A Fabulous Classic French Red Lipstick
I’m a huge Chanel fan when it comes to makeup but actually I’ve found a cheap and lovely red that you’ll adore. It’s just the right blend of bright and vintage red that I love and has great staying power! Introducing L’Oréal Color Riche Matte in shade Scarlet Silhouette, at £7.99 you’ll love it too.
5.Your Weekly Stripe!
My my I am loving this week’s stripe for you! A Breton with added bling, what could be better than that? Boden have really scored highly with this gorgeous blue Breton with copper foils, LOVE it! I am also liking the fact it is slightly more fitted too. All this glamour for just £32.00 and they wash so well too. On my lust list!
Have a great weekend
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Bonjour Bonjour! Have you had a good week? My 101 year old neighbour has made a fighting comeback after falling into the chicken’s water trough a few weeks ago, poor old love. She was only found because on this particular afternoon we caused a hold up in the lane and a passenger in a waiting Read the full article... The post It’s #leweekend: Does Your Home Tell Your Story? Handsome Hare Lamps & Quartz Rollers appeared first on Love French...
Bonjour Bonjour! Have you had a good week? My 101 year old neighbour has made a fighting comeback after falling into the chicken’s water trough a few weeks ago, poor old love. She was only found because on this particular afternoon we caused a hold up in the lane and a passenger in a waiting car saw her little legs in the air as he waited for the road to clear. The poor thing had been sitting in cold water for a couple of hours before being pulled out, she took it all in her stride though and was just annoyed that her dress got wet.
This week, she’s back delivering eggs through my kitchen window again so all is well. I wonder who I will be badgering about mowing the lawn and getting to run my errands when I’m 100, if I make it that far? It got me thinking about how important communities are and I feel lucky to be a part of one. Do you have a friend in need this weekend? Could you show them love by lending a helping hand?
Here’s a few things that I’m loving this week, bisous X
1 Quartz Rollers
Have you noticed that post 40 if you happen to wake up with a crease from the pillow on your face, there’s every chance that said crease will still be there well into the afternoon? It’s a shocker isn’t it how your skin plumpness changes with age? This could be down to some excessive water retention, I definitely notice it more after a few glasses of wine with dinner. You may remember some time ago my dear friend Claire Jones the facial therapist did a fab Q&A on how to get rid of a puffy face? Her advice is still as gold as ever but I have a great new tool to add to your kit if you’re also having the same trouble.
Instagram is literally inundated at the moment with Quartz Rollers isn’t it? I was drawn to the idea of a Quartz Roller because it’s a natural product, an ancient therapy and it seemed perfectly logical to me that if you combined all of that with lymphatic massage on your face then surely the water retention should subside. So, I’ve got a kit, less than 20e from Amazon and in it is a small shaped piece of quartz and also a roller. I use the piece in the evening and the roller in the morning. You just need to apply your serum first, I am loving Caudelie Anti Tache at the moment. Not only is the stone cooling which immediately helps with any puffiness but the action of draining the excess fluid from your face down toward your collarbone definitely makes a difference. Have you tried one?
2 Does Your Home Tell Your Story?
I was reading a lovely article the other day about how the French as a nation like to apply the same natural approach to their decorating style as they do their hair and makeup. I’m not sure in truth I’ve actually seen evidence of that but I do agree with it! I don’t like our home to look too done, thankfully because most of the time in reality I am hoovering dog hair off the settee.
This got me thinking about our own home and how if I had more available wall space I would start to curate collections of things with meaning to us as a family. In the meantime, glancing around, we definitely do have a few items that are a reminder of a holiday, a time, a place and I love the way that through your home styling and decor you can use these things as a tool to tell your own story.
You don’t have to have travelled the world to try this, hiked up mountains or have found your own Egyptian treasures! Hell no! I have a lovely fish painted on driftwood in my kitchen that reminds me of cycling around Cap Ferret, a handful of shells from Holkham Beach after a windy walk in the winter and glass display boxes with scented rose petals from a beautiful bouquet many moons ago. I love all of these things and all of their meaning. It means so much more than just having any old stuff doesn’t it?
3 French Vintage Linens
When I first started writing Love French Style Blog I was obsessed with collecting Vintage French Linens and used to sell them on Etsy. I’ve not done so for a really long time because the postage was just astronomical. However this has left me with quite a few beautiful old pieces of linen that I’ve recently been bringing out of the closet and repurposing!
I did have a nice Hare fabric for the kitchen window curtain but then I remembered that I had a nice old monogrammed sheet upstairs that was the perfect width so its been transformed into a kitchen curtain instead. I think I might make a few into cushion covers too, the fab thing about these old fabrics is they are so hardwearing you can wash them mega hot so there’s no concerns about having white upholstery in a busy and sometimes grubby family environment! So, if you have some heavy old sheets kicking about at the back of the airing cupboard, have a think about transforming them into something new. A throw? Armcovers? You might be surprised with how much you like the tranquil white look.
4 A Handsome Hare Lamp
Talking of selling online, I have put together some of my favourite items from different retailers to help you put together your French Style Look at Home. You can find the current favourites in my Love French Style Blog Editor’s Picks here. One of them is this gorgeous Hare Lamp from Graham & Green, I love it!
Don’t you think there’s something so nicely eclectic about it? I think it’s a winner to add something smart to a rustic setting to give it a little polish and pizzazz.
5 A Stunning Striped Top
This week’s stripe comes in the form of a really stylish and good-enough-to-eat Caramel Striped Top from The White Company. I think this is the perfect top for making the transition from hot summer to cooler September, and, because it’s from TWC you can bet your bottom dollar it’s as soft as a peach. I think this would look fab with one of the chunky chain necklaces around at the moment don’t you? I saw some great paperclip chain necklaces in Zara this week, swoon swoon. I’d tuck this one in, roll up your jeans a touch, pair with your fave white trainers or pumps and sling on a blazer to chic it right up.
Mais oui oui oui!
Have a super weekend X
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