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score some serious french beauty secrets

Let's be real: We would love to be the kind of girls who can casually take a trip to Paris every time we get a craving for chic little French accoutrements. But that's just not what (most of?) our lives look like. Cue the tiny violins.

So, what's a French-obsessed shopaholic to do? Enter: OuiPlease, a new monthly subscription box of luxury French goodies. Curated by lifestyle expert Jessica Barouche, the box features treasures from her native country like beauty products, accessories, jewelry, home goods, and even edible finds. We could barely contain our oohs and aahs as we opened our "Paris, I Miss You" parcel, unwrapping luxury vanilla perfume, a brown leather clutch, and potentially the fanciest olive oil our paws have ever touched. There's also an eyeliner, a scented candle that apparently contains a diamond, a dainty gold bracelet, and more. 

The box includes under-the-radar and up-and-coming brands that can't be found outside of France, making it the perfect gift for your chicest friend—you know, the one who was wearing wide-brim fall hats before they were available at fast-fashion chains and knows things about obscure wine and organic coffee. In fact, within the box is a small zine that gives the history of each product in the box, actually telling the story behind each of these curated products.

It's $175 for a single parcel, $150 for a month-to-month subscription, and $650 for the whole year. Considering each box of over ten products is valued at around $400, this is a pretty good, albeit fancy, deal. We even like the idea of splitting a subscription between roommates, letting the box be a monthly bonding time (unless you end up fighting over what's inside, in which case, we apologize). 

"Paris, I Miss You" ships on December 11. Let us know if you'll be signing up to get yours. 

 

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.

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