Happy Holiday Week! I just love a holiday week. There’s a certain je ne sais quois if you will that leaves me feeling relaxed and at ease. Both of which are much-welcomed feelings as the official countdown to baby has begun and time seems to be both crawling and flying all at once. I know I should treasure these final weeks of quiet and reflection but I’ve never wanted to meet anyone more than this little bébé and I’m filled with so much anticipation. This week I’ve collected some French articles all about taking care of yourself and indulging in life.
I’m trying to stay cool, calm and collected but it’s a bit of a struggle! I’ve always wanted to be this laid back, zen gal but the reality is that I overanalyze and obsess as a default. Needless to say, baby watch 2017 is definitely forcing me to reckon with this side of my personality and I’m reaching deep into my reserves to channel a more patient version of myself. Never one to go it alone, I’m using this salt lamp to cultivate a calming presence and diffusing Young Living essential oils. So far lavender is my favorite, is anyone the least bit surprised?
Speaking of so-called “self-care,” I was intrigued by this article about What Parisians Do Instead of Self Care. While incorporating rituals designed to bolster your health and mood are an important aspect of taking care of oneself, the French approach is more of a lifelong commitment that permeates throughout their lives. Rather than designating a single night to take a bath with candles (which I love!), they focus on cultivating habits that feel more all encompassing and permanent. Definitely worth a read!
As Americans, we seem to be endlessly fascinated with French women and their diets. How do they eat macarons and croissants and drink all the wine? Well, it turns out they don’t. At least not every day. However, they do take immense pleasure in feeding and nourishing themselves making sure each meal is one to be savored. I’ve been taking a page out of the French book for a while now, even if it’s something as simple as using grass fed butter, real maple syrup and fresh blueberries atop my frozen waffles!
One of my biggest takeaways from my time in France is the emphasis on skincare as a key ingredient to an overall approach to beauty. I’ve spent a lot of time and money trying to achieve skin that can go bare so I can leave the house with just a swipe of red lipstick and mascara. And you know what? It’s actually worked. It turns out that really caring for your skin will enable you to achieve that glowy, laid back French girl look.
Lastly, I just loved reading these French idioms that all take root in food. Summer has me cooking up a storm and reconnecting with my love of Provençal cuisine so this felt quite fitting!