francophiles and bibliophiles

francophiles and bibliophiles, letters from the studio,
francophile {lover of all things french}
bibliophile {lover of all things bookish}

Hello September! I am ready for some cooler weather, leaves falling, and all things pumpkin. Autumn truly is my favorite season. School is back in, work has begun, and we are returning to normal life {la rentrée}. I have been working on some fun things in the studio. New products and personalization will be added to the shop, throughout the month.

library tote bag can be personalized available on Etsy
what would your bag say?

I grew up in a house of bibliophiles {everyone loves to read and collect books}. My parent’s home is lined with bookshelves full of books. Books have had a major impact in my life, beginning with illustrated story books and the Little Golden Books to Little House on the Prairie, Nancy Drew, and The Babysitters Club books. I still recall stories, books and plays that I read in high school and college. When I had children the one thing that we did everyday {usually multiple times a day} was read. Even when they were babies, I made it part of our daily routine to read before naps and bedtime. Now that my kids are older, they are avid readers and visiting our local library is essential.

francophile {à la bibliothèque} library bag
à la bibliothèque {to the library}

These bags are so simple yet can be used for a multitude of things. I love that I have a bag for library books that can be thrown in the car in case I need something to read. The bags featured here can be used to hold many other things as well {art supplies, small toys for littles, snacks for a walk, or even a small laptop for working at the coffee shop}. Some fabrics are new and some are vintage. They can be personalized to reflect you and your interests, a 1 to 3 letter monogram or a french phrase. Details can be found in the gingham studio shop.

les livres {books} tote bag available on Etsy
francophile book bag

I like to read actual books, I have several books on my kindle app but I find it hard to read because it gives me the feeling that I am always on a device, although it is still reading. When I open up the pages of a {hold in your hand} book, it causes my brain to work differently than if I were looking at a screen. Library books are free, returnable, and you have a deadline to finish them. But there are some books that are worth buying so you can read and reread them. I’ve shared some of my favorite francophile books below.

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Longing For Paris

by Sarah Mae

This book is for anyone who has a dream and it isn’t represented by your reality. I wish I had this book years ago when I was happy with my life but longed to be in Paris. I will share that story another time. This book is a Christian book, and it is a good reminder of where our dreams come from.

Lessons from Madame Chic

by Jennifer L. Scott

The author gives a detailed portrayal of living with a Parisian family while studying in Paris. This is a great book for francophiles or people who want to learn the ins and outs of how the french live daily. Its a fun but practical book. If you enjoy it then I would suggest reading the two additional books by the same author, At Home with Madame Chic and Polish your Poise with Madame Chic.

The Paris Key

by Juliet Blackwell

This novel situated in Paris during modern times. Its got a little mystery and a little love story, but lots of french {Paris} culture. This is a fun and engaging book. The author wrote another book Letters from Paris, but I haven’t had the chance to read it yet.

French Women Don’t Get Fat

by Mireille Guillano

I read this one a few years ago, as well as the second book, French Women for all Seasons. I loved them both. If you consider yourself a francophile and you haven’t read these, I would highly recommend them both. She has a few more that I haven’t read yet, but they look interesting. I still refer to this book as I aim for creating the life I want to live.

Come to the shop to see the new products. I will be adding new items every week in September. If you are a francophile or bibliophile I would love to hear about your stories and what you love the most! Leave me a comment.


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