My professional life at the moment runs to several rhythms, that of the tours several times a year, the magazine which is published every two months and of course our box which we create and ship every three months.
Before the box actually leaves Normandy, we spend several months curating the contents, choosing them by theme, by colour, by size. We always try to include a young artisan brand, alongside more well known and iconic French labels.
We experiment with the best ways to pack the items so they fit snugly inside the box, and so that the unboxing is a real moment of pleasure for our clients.
Today I am very happy to share with you the contents of the August box which has just been delivered world wide. My theme was Summer Living in Provence, and I tried to combine items to please all the senses. Beautiful of course, sweet smelling and for this box even delicious!
Take a look through the contents below, and if you would like to receive our next box in November which will be on a Holiday theme, then just click HERE and choose between a one off purchase or a subscription.
A leather sunglass case from Les Pavés Sonores:
If there’s one accessory we can’t live without in the summer, it’s our sunglasses- that Provençal sun is strong! It’s far too easy to toss them carelessly into a market basket or pool bag, so we much prefer to protect them with this gorgeously chic sunglass case from Les Pavés Sonores, a brand created by two Parisian sisters. The leather is top quality and we love the tie closure detail.
A solid perfume from Rose et Marius:
As convenient as small bottles and roll-on perfumes can be, this solid one is even more practical. No risk of leaking in your handbag, and one liquid fewer for traveling on a plane. Plus, who could resist its gorgeous refillable box, inspired by the floor tiles of brand creator Magali’s grandmother’s house?
Printed cushion covers from Charvet Editions:
For the first time in the history of the box, we neglected to include an item in our box brochure! And what a shame, because these printed cushion covers were a team favorite when choosing items for this box. Made of a gorgeous linen, our friends at Charvet Editions (who you may remember from our recent Artisans of France box offer or from the Marie Antoinette box in February 2018) created them with a custom botanical print, exclusively for My Stylish French Box.
A slate chalkboard from Un Esprit En Plus:
A whiteboard in your kitchen may be perfectly useful, but this slate chalkboard is SO much chic-er and more French! The linen tag adds the perfect rustic Provençal touch. Where would you hang this in your home?
A lavender wand from La Maison Franc:
At long last we were able to include a lavender item in the box, as many of you have asked, and I was so happy that it was these beautiful lavender wands. Philippe at La Maison Franc specializes in them, using lavender grown in the Luberon region near his shop in the village of Lourmarin, and ribbon sourced from a French producer in Saint Étienne. He himself received a lavender wand as a gift from his neighbor upon relocating to Provence, and I’d love for you to think of yours the same way- a gift from us to you.
This month’s watercolor print:
Jean-Jacques Sempé always imagines his characters in the loveliest of settings, and the one he created for our Provence box is no exception. I think we’d all like to be that lady on the roof of a beautiful house, overlooking the Mediterranean sea, don’t you?
An antique botanical print:
Last September, I met a very specialised dealer at my favorite antiques fair and discovered his beautiful collection of antique botanical prints, and ever since I have been waiting for the perfect box to include them. They are in keeping with the natural themes and tones of our Summer Living in Provence box, and each is from an 18th century botanical encyclopedia, certainly worth being framed.
A bottle of olive oil from Nicolas Alziari:
In Provence, people buy their olive oil by the litre, and it’s important when cooking to have top quality oil to ensure the best flavor in your dishes. I will always have a special fondness for Nice and its artisan producers, including Nicolas Alziari, who makes delicious olive oils that I was excited to share with you in the box.
EXTRA: A set of mini notebooks from Les Éditions du Paon
Those who are quarterly or yearly subscribers may have noticed that there is always an extra item in your box that is not in the brochure. For this box, we chose this adorable set of mini notebooks, perfect for popping into your handbag to jot down anything you want to remember later- even if that’s just what you need to get at the supermarket!
Tell me in the comments below- what was your favorite item in the August Summer Living in Provence box?