Coups de Cœur: Spring Edition

This weekend we "spring ahead" one hour. And by "we" I mean in Europe, because for some reason this doesn't happen at the same time here as it does in the U.S. A daylight savings mystery. Anyway, how lovely is it when the days start getting longer? Totally worth the lost hour of sleep...almost.

Speaking of spring, below is a little roundup of springy things:

Clockwise from left: 1. Opinel no. 7 in plum // 2. Korres Bellflower Tangerine Pink Pepper eau de toilette // 3. Carte postale 'Bisous' from l'Instant Poétique // 4. Distillerie des Alpes Crème de framboise // 5. Nivea Baume Riche Réparateur & Soin

Clockwise from left: 1. Opinel no. 7 in plum // 2. Korres Bellflower Tangerine Pink Pepper eau de toilette // 3. Carte postale 'Bisous' from l'Instant Poétique // 4. Distillerie des Alpes Crème de framboise // 5. Nivea Baume Riche Réparateur & Soin

1. Pocket knife: because what else am I going to use to slice the HALF KILO of Beaufort cheese I bought last weekend? Plus, they're made right in the Savoie region of France, which is where I picked this one up. Just the perfect shade of eggplant, no? For more on Opinels, see my post on French souvenirs. Now I almost always keep one in my bag for impromptu picnic situations. Just don't forget you're carrying it around and then expect to get let into the public pool without some serious side-eye from the security guy.

2. KORRES perfume: ah the story of another hard-earned 40 euros spent at Monoprix, or French Target, as I so fondly think of it. Having popped in for one or two things (doesn't every Target run start that way?), the pretty packaging and floral scent of this perfume drew me in right away. Still, having spent all of 10 euros on my last bottle of perfume (how does Zara do it?) this seemed like a splurge. Then I realized it's still less than half the price of the designer scents I used to buy. I like the fact that this smaller brand uses natural ingredients, with an interesting Greek heritage.

3. Bisous postcard: total impulse buy from one of my favorite Croix Roussien boutiques but how cute! It was between this one and another that said 'Lyon is always a good idea.' I can't decide if I want to frame it or send it, because who doesn't love getting snail mail these days?

4. Crème de framboise: liqueur made from raspberries. Top it with white wine for a kir or champagne for a kir royale. The original French cocktail is made with crème cassis (blackcurrant) but other fruit liqueurs work just as well. Surprisingly enough, I picked up this bottle from the same little Casino shop in the Alps where I found the Opinel. 

5. Nivea cream: a little softer than the original blue tin, this rich balm is a lifesaver for dry winter skin. Bonus: you can actually use every last bit of product, unlike the bottles with a pump. 

And that's it! A few petits plaisirs, just because it's Spring.

Happy Friday, friends.

x Stephanie