Links I Love Week 24

Luxembourg summer garden

This weekend is the Wells Street Art Festival. It is the only art show I do yearly to sell my photography in person. The setup started at 4 am on Saturday, and it was a busy start to the day. The rain and wind moved in towards the evening and slowed things down a bit. I am ready to regroup, restock, and head out for a sunny Sunday. You can find me at 1311 N. Wells in booth 333 all day. A special thank you to all those who stopped by on Saturday. I love meeting you in person and hearing about your Paris adventures.

Grab your coffee and croissants, and join me for links I love.

The cost of living in France vs The US. This may surprise you in so many categories! 

Here it comes, another hot summer in Europe. 

How often should you wash your face for a healthy glow according to the experts. “It also could play a role in the rate at which your skin ages because, as Dr. Turner notes, all of these factors can also trigger the skin’s inflammatory processes, which can, over time, accelerate aging. “ 

9 ways to style empty corners in your home

Laundress relaunched their home products, and I am excited to use them. I love their cleaning products, and they smell incredible. My husband knows the way to my heart is a clean kitchen. 

This week’s best sellers include a flattering swimsuit under $100 and one of my favorite styles of denim from Madewell.

This Week’s Best Sellers

How to store sweet potatoes to avoid getting sprouts. This is helpful since sweet potatoes are a household staple food for us! 

Mastering the art of French dining. Etiquette tips for your next trip

A campaign to make Paris greener  

Breville coffee maker

I rave about our Breville coffee machine all the time on Instagram. Just about every morning when I make a coffee. I am often asked, is it worth it!? The answer is yes! We have saved so much money on having coffee at home, and aside from latte art, they are even better than some of the coffees I have had out. I often buy local fresh beans or bring them home from our travels. Buy this machine on sale, as sales happen occasionally throughout the year. It is on sale now. I am linking a few different options at retailers that all offer the same price. 

Messy Nessy Chic opens up an antique and collectibles shop on the Left Bank. 

cafe de flore peonies

This summer in Paris: more ‘open signs’  thanks to the Olympics 

A terrace with postcard views of the Seine 

The best time to visit Paris 

How French winemakers outwitted the Nazis is a long but interesting read.

Save the Date Chicago, Jane Bertch of “The French Ingredient” will be at POSH for a book chat. Sip some bubbly, meet other Francophiles, and shop at one of my favorite places in the city.

Mayor Anne Hidalgo has a very big summer via Vogue 

Chicago smells like Linden Blossoms on my walk, a scent that brings me back to a vacation in Nice with my family. My brother-in-law loved the scent so much I bought him this candle. I am reminded every year about our family trip with the scent of Linden blossoms. 

5 times it is okay not to tip. Anyone else feel the pressure now on just about every transaction?

Where to stay in Paris according to savvy locals via Elle Decor 

Mel Robbins podcast with the #1 Menopause Doctor. Since I am in my early 40s, this is on my mind and becoming more mainstream to talk about. As you navigate this chapter, I hope these conversations spark something with your friends or family.  Always talk to your doctor and see what suits your body before taking supplements or making changes. 

Quince has a look for less on the Silk pillowcase I recently bought. This one is half the price! 

A 323-square-foot Paris Studio Is Transformed Into a Minimalist Duplex

How to eat your way through 24 hours in Paris 

I bought this bag from Away to replace mine with a broken zipper. This weekender bag is an updated version of the bag I owned for four years. It fits perfectly on my laptop and holds so much. 

Brooke Shields is changing the script on middle age 

On the blog, 20 travel essentials for long-haul flights.

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  1. Hello Rebecca,
    I just wanted to say that I have been subscribing to your blog for many, many years (almost from the beginning) and enjoy reading all your posts. They are interesting, personal and always hearfelt. I learn something everytime without fail. Thank you for bringing joy to my inbox.
    I also wanted to suggest a book for your book club: “Bitter Sweet: A Wartime Journal and Heirloom Recipes from Occupied France” by Kitty Morse. This memoir has all the things you love….France, WWII history, food and recipes, family and an incredible story of faith and legacy. I think you and the EDP readers will love it!

    • Hi Jo-Anne,

      Thank you so much for the sweet words and book recommendation. I always love a WWII book set in France and I haven’t heard of this one. It sounds right up my alley.

      I hope you are having a great start to summer.


  2. OMG! All I did was add the smile punctuation to my comment and ended up with a GIANT smiley face that takes up the whole comments section! I have no idea how that happened but wanted you to know it wasn’t on purpose. Hope it gives you a laugh!

  3. Happy Sunday and thank you for another great list of links, as usual! The French winemakers article reminded me of the book “The Winemaker’s Wife”, oui? Also, I know you are a TJ’s fan and wanted to say that they have been hitting home runs with all of their French rose’ this season. I haven’t had one yet that hasn’t been superb! Just curious, too, if you have tried any products from the brand “Buly 1803”? I purchased both their water based perfume and body oil (both in rose) and they are outstanding. The packaging is exquisite and they hand calligraphy your name, and write you a thank you note. Shipping was expensive but overall the purchase was worth it as I can’t find somewhere in the US to purchase their products. Have a wonderful time at the Wells Street Art festival, if I was local I would definitely pop by 🙂

  4. Rebecca, I’ve been enjoying your blog for almost a year now. Thank you for your work! I’m planning a trip to Paris in early December and planning to travel with just a carry-on. I’m looking for a new personal item bag and considering the Away weekender bag you have linked in your recent post. Is this too large for a personal item? I’ll be flying British Air. Thanks, again!