Summer: Never Without My French Vanity!
There was a time when my holidays seemed like the vacations of the Royal Family of England, minus the staff. I can still remember myself at the Air France counter going to Korea. “You have 12 kilos of extra luggage ma’am, that will be 120 euros.” “What ??? But I don’t know what to remove, I need everything! (Come to think of it, I’m not so sure that my plaid is necessary, nor the bible “L’enfant de 0 à 3 ans”, which alone weighs 1.5 kilos).
This summer we decided to travel around France by car and we had to face the facts: we only had 1 trunk for the luggage of 2 adults, 2 children and 1 inflatable canoe … Can you see it sinking? So I made up a list of possible solutions to calm my anxiety :
- Remove the little ones’ beach toys bag (Ahahah … Really?)
- Install a roof trunk (Me alive ? Never !)
- Cut down to the basics! I gotta say that this, this was in my plan…
So I made some good decisions, and I sure hoped to find a washing machine there, but it all ended up okay.
There were of course some essentials that made their way as part of the trip. So here are my French essentials for the summer.
Erès bath towel. I had bought it to go on my honeymoon. Seven years later and it’s still following me everywhere! It’s chic and so thin it doesn’t even take place in the suitcases.
Lise Charmel swimsuit. We all know the French brand for its lingerie but their swimsuit collection is stunning also! Find out more on www.lisecharmelle.com
Then the oil and chocolate tan, make your way! Since my visit to Chanel, you know how much I care about a beautiful skin tone, and I believe that it can be reached with a sunscreen giving maximum protection. These are very fluid and leave no trace.
Perfect skin cream, sun capital, Vichy. For the face, I look for 50 protection wherever the destination. Its smell is divine !
Anthelios dermo-pediatric spray, La Roche Posay SPF 50+. Everywhere and for the whole family, especially the children !
Lait Anthelios SPF 30. On the legs once the first week. Just so I don’t feel like an extremist…
Facial sunscreen, Mimitika SPF 50. This year I’m also testing a small one unraveled the day before my visit to Monop ‘beauty. This young entrepreneur has just launched her cream 100% made in France. Packaging, texture, smell … I must say that everything is successful! And putting it in small pot makes all the difference … Adopted!
Sézane, see-through clutch. Not long ago, I discovered l’appartement Sézane. A place in Paris where you can find everything that the designer sells online at www.sezane.com. I just couldn’t resist this printed ice cream pattern.
Roger & Gallet Hand Cream & Nail Cream. If like me, you’re a fan of the manicure-nail polish duo all year long, it’s time to put your nails at rest and offer them a cure of vitamins.
Compact solar protective powder Sublime Sun, L’Oreal. This powder has a two-in-one effect to unify its tone at the beach in a very light way and also protects from the sun. (SPF30) Not bad?
Children’s Bracelet “Si je me perds” (LOST), A qui S You certainly know this website which offers kits to mark the clothes of your children. Shoes, strollers, backpack … I’m addicted! But did you know that there’s also a summer kit. I loved the idea of this little bracelet which I can attach to the wrist of my daughter at the beach. On top there’s her name, a little princess crown (of course!) And a person to contact. Nan not her doudou, ME !!!!
And finally, the must-have Brumisateur d’Eau Thermal, Avène.
So, I think you have everything! And you, do you travel light? What are your favorite products this summer? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment just below! And happy holiday !!!