Keyweek #dreamdwellings

When we had this idea to become expats, we scoured Airbnb and VRBO looking for the perfect set up for our fam. So many options!  Separate toilets from bathrooms, sofa beds as the second beds, IKEA sized apartments for days. Their were some pretty places, don’t get me wrong. But, there is something to be said for set up and great photography. 
After feeling a bit “spaghetti brained” we googled  “vacation rentals Biarritz” and there we found exactly what we were looking for... 

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Beach House / One of My Faves

When we first arrived, I got invited out to dinner with some fellow expat moms. We all met at this dreamy beach restaurant. 

Enter: Beach House.
Seriously, if I had a dream about a cool restaurant I’d love to open, it’d be this. 
From the entrance with the cool metal box letters that spell out it’s name, to the white washed exterior and sandy store front with a boat sunken in the middle. That’s a bar...
Beer taps and tiny herb garden ( yes, on the boat) sea glass colored glass bottles that dangle in the sun. A sign above this vessel boasting all of its offerings. Beautiful hand crafted cocktails and tapas garnished with herbs from said tiny garden. It’s hand painted sign, just above this vessel, is roughed up enough by the elements to carry the billowy shipwrecked theme. 

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Christmas in France

I would love to tell you how different Christmas time is over here, but it’s not a big departure. 

They have no Thanksgiving (duh!) but they do kick off the buying frenzy with Black Friday. I was surprised about that one. They do recognize it as an American thing, almost like a holiday? So strange to see over here! 
 

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Le Scrunchie

In the 90’s a girl couldn’t live without her scrunchie. Well, guess what? That trend from my childhood is emerging. I pinky promised with girlfriends that I would never go down that road again. After that trend died, we mainly used them for a while to pull our hair back to wash our face or put on makeup or a workout. It was totally a hair accessory that we scoffed at if worn out in real life.

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Yet another reinvention.

One of the things we hear most at the shop is “ Wow! You’ve moved things around again!”  It’s so true. We are constantly changing things up. Anyone who has been around us long enough knows that we are constantly changing. Why? Well isn’t that fashion? Style? Design?  To constantly change and evolve?  I love all of our adaptations. 
 

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Behind The Scenes at Davines

Behind The Scenes at Davines:

I had the privilege of visiting Davines main headquarters in Parma, while me and the fam were traveling around Italy last week. 

I met the lovely Laura Luciani, who is one of there chemist.  We had an expresso ( so Italian!) and exchanged pleasantries before donning funny paper suits and rubber croc like shoes to tour the manufacturing plant and distribution area.  
All of the chemist are women with the exception of one man, and I had the chance to meet them all. 

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L'Abbye

On the way down from Paris, we spent the night in an abbey that was built in the 1400's. Kinda incredible! (The hallway where our room was looked like we were in Beauty and The Beast.) 
The next morning we went downstairs for breakfast and saw this unbelievable spread! The breads, jams and yogurts were all made by the monks and nuns that live nearby in the Loire Valley. 

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Panic Packing

Every time we travel I always try to be smart about packing. I think about weather first, then if something is multi-purpose to help stretch out its use.  I pride myself on organization. Packing cubes, pockets, zip locks, mainly just things to put things in. Then I read the weight restrictions for Norwegian Airlines and it sent me straight into panic packing...

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