Links I Love Week 16

Links I Love Week 16

Jet lag is finally passed, but I miss sleeping a solid 9-6 am. I knew it was over when I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t go back to sleep. I am back to work and had a busy week writing blog posts. The first post was the most important, as so many have asked what life is like in Paris right now amongst the strikes and protests; you can read this post here. 

My family is visiting for the next two weekends, and I am so excited! We have been working on a few minor house updates prepping for their visit. It will be my niece and nephew’s first visit since I moved a few years ago. Fingers crossed for decent spring weather so we can enjoy the city outdoors. 

Grab your coffee and croissants and join me for jam-packed fun links I love. 

Why are flights so expensive right now 

The underrated pleasures of eating dinner early. My husband and I go back and forth from early to late, depending on what country or city we are in. Via The New Yorker 

10 Years Later. How Sézane is still the go to label for Parisian style (you all know how much I love Sézane) It has been fascinating to watch the brand grow over the years. Some of the pieces I bought years ago are still in my closet. 

An American in Paris unlocks the Secret to Joie de Vivre also via Vogue What Living in Paris for a Decade has Taught Me About Health and Wellness 

Her book is now available here. I have been a customer of her online shop for a few years, and it’s a must for antique lovers. 

The death of the matching bridesmaid dress via Vogue 

For Earth Day, Klorane is offering 25% off, including my favorite eye patches. Pop these in the fridge for an extra cool down on a hot day. This is the shampoo I have been using from them for years; it smells so good. 

Boll and Branch released pajamas in their same dreamy knit fabric. They run large, I am ordering a size extra small in these and will report back. 

Another favorite pajama brand is currently on sale; this was the first gift from my now husband. Use the code BELLA25 for 25% off. He did so well, and I won’t part with the pajamas he got me four years ago. 

The All the Light We Cannot See trailer and release date is here. This is one of my favorite WWII books that I have read. The trailer gave me goosebumps. I can’t wait for November. You still have time to read the book. 

I had a facial at Biologique Recherche in Paris and loved it. I brought home a few products I am testing out before sharing more details. Here is a review that I found while researching if you are looking for more information on the brand. 

Anything I do well in the kitchen is because of Ina Garten. From Jennifer Garner. A fun read if you are a fan of either. 

ChatGPT Is Integrating With Expedia, Helping Users Find and Book Hotels

Neulash, my favorite lash serum that made a drastic difference in my lashes, is on sale 

The Art of the Window Seat Exit Strategy via CN Traveler 

This week’s best sellers include my favorite Madewell leather jacket and two great pairs of denim

Once I was home from Paris, I did a much-needed Target run picking up a few frames for home and a new red polish from Essie, which I used for a polish change this week and love.

For coffee beans, we are enjoying Trade coffee, which is from small roasters around the US, and Lavazza as a backup so we always have enough. 

I forgot my favorite Sisley lipstick at home and had this lipstick from Merit in my bag, which I wore on repeat. This was a popular question from readers. I love the color. 

The Best Ways to Clean Your Luggage After a Trip, According to Experts

This is the perfect a-line dress. I ordered it in a 6 and wore it on my birthday in Paris. (size up one size I am normally a 4)

How I Changed My Self-Perception With Self Portraits

I am here to tell you Birkenstocks are all over Europe. I spotted them for sale in Italy last summer. Still, I didn’t expect them to hit Paris as trendy I saw them offered at various retailers for men and women, including Sézane (similar) and here for men

20 Beautiful Places to Visit in France — From Normandy to the French Riviera

For French skincare, I love Avène and always pick up a few things at a pharmacy in Paris. It is currently 20% off. Using the code SAVE20 You can buy it in the US directly through their website. This cream is a must-have for burns and cuts. Their sheet masks are a great self-care item, I used one of these and scared my husband. It’s a look for sure but also very effective. We also used them the night before the wedding with my mom, niece, and sister. They also just launched their new hydrance serum, which I have been using twice daily.

Le Select in Chicago has gotten some great press, but this article offers a different perspective. I was there again on Friday night, and some parts fell short. 

I bought some of these hair tie scarves in Paris and cannot wait to wear them this summer. I didn’t expect to love them so much and need to buy more. This one too! Buying for Italy 

What did you spend on your solo vacation? I loved this NYT article that covered different ages and destinations and the cost of traveling solo. 

I ordered this end of bed bench this week for our bedroom. I wanted something for the bedroom and stumbled upon it while looking for outdoor furniture. It should come in the next couple of weeks! 

This was the most popular print in The Print Shop this week. I love seeing different prints trend based on the season. I am adding new notecards this week, so stay tuned! The current notecards are just about sold out. 

21 of the best cafés and coffee shops, according to CN Traveler. I feel like they missed a few favorites on my own list

Verjus Paris is officially open again starting May 9th; grab your reservation for this unique tasting menu outside Palais Royal. They have a farm an hour outside of Paris that they use for their ingredients. 

Henri and I popped into Madewell to warm up from a hail storm over the weekend, and I spotted some super cute spring/summer items, including this dress and this jumper on sale. 30% off using code FULLBLOOM

This French Wine Country Region Has Idyllic Vineyards, Stunning Speakeasies, and Luxury Hotels hint, I was here last fall and loved it. I want to go back. 

City candles are here at Diptyque. I have the Paris candle. There are so many great candles from different cities around the world. These are limited editions and won’t be sold after April 26th. 

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  1. Hi-so glad you had an awesome trip! Can you remind me which Merit products you have tried/liked? I use the mascara but am looking for additional items. Thank you!

  2. Another great list of links. After Le Select arrived, we couldn’t wait to go. Perhaps that’s why I was so disappointed. Beautiful decor and we couldn’t wait for a virtual trip to Paris. But it didn’t happen. It was too expensive to call itself a “brasserie” and the food was disappointing considering the price tag.
    I know I’m dating myself as we were regulars at Le Perroquet, and Les Nomades when it was a club. Also lesser places like Kiki’s delivered what they promised. Le Select has a way to go. A real brasserie would be wonderful.