Happy Memorial Day!

We’ve been unpacking new shipments all month, and are putting new items online every day! Visitez I Dream of France online or in our Tustin (Orange County), California, boutique and see what’s new.

We have new lower shipping rates. As always, orders of $75 or more ship free! No coupon code required for the shipping special. (Alaska and Hawaii pay $10 extra.) Also, we now ship to Canada!

Below are some examples of what’s new…more info on our website!

New French Kitchenware

Provence Handpainted Ceramic Stackable Pots. As a decorative piece, this is a showstopper — and it’s practical storage as well. We’ve been using these pots to style dining rooms for local home tours, and everyone’s eyes go straight to them.

Provence Handpainted Ceramic Stackable Pots with Olives Decor

Provencal Scenery Art Tile Trivet. Another stunning piece for kitchen or dining room, our art tile trivet makes a splendid gift (if you can bear to part with it!).

Provencal Scenery Art Tile Trivet - Terrace View

Couleur Nature Olive Tree Towel. We have added several new kitchen towel designs from Couleur Nature, all block-printed by hand and Provençal in style.

Couleur Nature Olive Tree Yellow Towel

New French Table Linens

Provencale Sunflower Green Cotton Tablecloth. Available in round or rectangular sizes.The printing on both the round and rectangular is what is referred to as “placé”, or centered in the middle of the cloth.

Provencale Sunflower Green Cotton Tablecloth

New French Decorative Hardware

Paris Antique Style Dressing Room Hook. Perfect grace note to add to your powder room.

Paris Antique Style Dressing Room Hook

New French Baby Accessories

The latest fashion accessory for babies: pewter pacifier keepers featuring a French fleur de lys! We also have rose and giraffe motifs available. These are made in the USA by a company in New Orleans. Too cute to pass up!

Baby Pacifier Holder with Fleur de Lys

New Sale Items

Summer is around the corner. Do you know a little girl who could use a new dress? Here’s a good buy: Alphabet Safari Girl’s Sun Dress, 33% off.

Alphabet Safari Girl's Sun Dress

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Alphabet Girls Silver & White Dress and Cardigan from I Dream of France

Alphabet Girls Silver & White Dress and Cardigan from I Dream of France

On the day of the Parenting OC Kids Expo, Jean-Michel staffed the boutique and I attended the Expo! It was terrific fun. I met the model who walked our ensemble down the runway (and her mother as well, who gave me permission to snap this photo). Look how adorable she is in the sunshine!

I also browsed the exhibitor booths, visited with Ana Brandt Photography, had ice cream from Johnny Rockets, admired the District’s pretty fountains, and enjoyed a SoCal summer day.

–Brett

This Saturday, August 7, Parenting OC Magazine is hosting The Parenting and Kids Expo at The District in Tustin, where you can watch a back-to-school fashion show featuring an ensemble from I Dream of France! The magazine did a preview photo shoot with Ana Brandt Photography (an Old Town Tustin neighbor of ours).

Alphabet White Dress from I Dream of France

Alphabet White Dress from I Dream of France - Photo by Ana Brandt

See the white dress in the center? That’s our Alphabet Silver and White Dress! We offer it in sizes 2 through 5, and a matching white cardigan with crocheted roses is available. (Both dress and cardigan are made in France of fine cotton.) You can see both pieces go down the runway together at the Expo fashion show. We’re told the model LOVES her outfit!

–Brett

This morning I went shopping at Forever 21 in Anaheim, CA, which is two full stories and rumored to be their largest store in Southern California. (Apparently San Francisco has a tri-level!)  I was charmed by the many t-shirts they offered with French text and French-inpired graphics, like this:

Forever 21 Oui T-shirt

Forever 21 Oui T-shirt

Many of the shirts had Eiffel towers and proclaimed love for Paris. A few had racier slogans, such as “Qui est-ce qui t’excite?”

Just goes to show that France is IN, and Francophiles are everywhere!

–Brett

Live in Tustin or the western portion of Irvine? Check your mail this week for a coupon book called Savings in Tustin or Savings in Irvine (West Irvine edition). I Dream of France is in it! The offers are different from the other ads we’ve had in local papers (Foothills Sentry, Tustin News – Orange County Register). This is our first time buying ad space in a coupon mailer so we can’t wait to see what the response will be! The company that makes the coupon books sent a photographer to our boutique and designed the ad for us with a collage of different photos, including our coated tablecloths and French children’s clothes. We think it turned out very pretty and eye-catching.

Breaking news! ALL of our children’s clothes for girls and boys are 40% off their original prices! Shop French brands Berlingot, Alphabet, and Sophie Catalou, in size ranges 3 months – 24 months, and 2 years – 8 years.

Alphabet Princesse d'un Jour Dress

Alphabet Princesse d'un Jour Dress

Sophie Catalou Kartoons Airplane Romper

Sophie Catalou Kartoons Airplane Romper

The Pantone Color Institute announced this month that their Color of The Year for 2010 is Turquoise (specifically, their color Pantone 15-5519). From their press release, “It is believed to be a protective talisman, a color of deep compassion and healing, and a color of faith and truth, inspired by water and sky. Through years of color word-association studies, we also find that Turquoise represents an escape to many – taking them to a tropical paradise that is pleasant and inviting, even if only a fantasy.”

Here is a selection of I Dream of France products that contain turquoise…

Garnier-Thiebaut Spa Wash Mit Washcloth - Curacao and Mint

Garnier-Thiebaut Spa Wash Mit Washcloth - Curacao and Mint

Alphabet "Car Collection" t-shirt

Alphabet "Car Collection" t-shirt

Sophie Catalou "Grasshopper" dress

Sophie Catalou "Grasshopper" dress

Beauville "Ocean Blue" cotton-linen towel

Beauville "Ocean Blue" cotton-linen towel

Garnier Thiebaut "A La Mer" jacquard towel

Garnier Thiebaut "A La Mer" jacquard towel

Garnier Thiebaut coated apron "Mille Couleurs Paris"

Garnier Thiebaut coated apron "Mille Couleurs Paris"

Roger & Gallet Bleu Lotus soap

Roger & Gallet Bleu Lotus soap