lapetitecalfornienne.com blog: La Petite Californienne is a former L.A. girl turned (somewhat) Parisian. She writes about her interesting cultural exchanges/clashes in the City of Light. In this blog, you'll discover adventures in Paris and L.A., French recipes, French beauty tips, philosophical thoughts on the weather, and je ne sais quoi. If you really want to be Parisian, the first step is to master the look of death on the metro. The next step is to learn how to enjoy an entire bottle of red wine by the Seine. Read on for more...
When I discovered Amahlé, I found two important things that are extremely important to me: beautiful, delicate, and easy-to-wear jewelry AND it’s ethically made. Amahlé is based in Paris, but celebrates and promotes the traditional craft of South African jewelry. Moreover, Amahlé supports associations in Africa that are trying to improve the lives of villagers in impoverished areas. That’s pretty cool, right?
After spending some relaxing time in the South of France and doing a lot of nothing the past week or two, I’m coming out of my cave to wish you all a Happy New Year! I’m also writing to finally write about the process of trying to have a wedding in France, not as a destination wedding, but as part of my life, love, and immigration to France.
I have the ultimate pleasure as well as the ultimate terror of being able to visit City Pharma, the most famous pharmacy discount store in Paris, on a regular basis. No matter what season, time of day, or day of week, City Pharma is ALWAYS BUSY. Women trample over each other and block aisles just to try to decipher and then pillage celebrated French skin care products.
Happy that I finally got my dose of sun (as well as a nice tan), I'd like to share with you the products I've been using to keep my skin nice as it transitions from ghastly Parisian pale to a nice Californian bronze. It's very important to keep your skin protected from the sun, no matter how much you want to keep laying outside. It doesn't mean you have to tame your desire for nicely golden skin. But you've got to be smart when it comes to shielding yourself from the damaging effects of sun burns, dry skin, and worst of all-- potential skin cancer.
Even though I’ve been living here a while, I’m often caught up in French stereotypes. I’m always daydreaming of striped shirts, Chanel, and the je ne sais quoi air of legendary French girls. Nevertheless, I’ve realized something about that effortless French sense of fashion and beauty. French girls keep it simple. From the quick tousle of their hair and the barely there makeup, French girls have a knack for highlighting their best features without overdoing it.