Style

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Wardrobe Essentials

Style Lessons – My Top Six Wardrobe Essentials

When I was younger, I didn’t really understand wardrobe essentials. At all. Not even a little bit. I’d buy anything and everything (as long as it fit into one specific category – cheap) and wonder why I never had anything to wear. Despite having more clothes than my (relatively small) wardrobe could realistically hold. My […]

Effortless packing Travelling Light In France With Toiletries And Cosmetics

Effortless Packing – Travel In Style

  With snow falling recently on the normally balmy shores of the French Riviera, it is difficult to believe that spring is knocking loudly upon northern hemisphere doors. Spring is a magical time for travelling. The days are getting longer, the crowds aren’t the bother that they can be in summer and the parks and […]

Style Strategies For Bad Days

Style Strategies For Bad Days (Or Weeks)

As much as it pains me to admit it, I’ve not had a great week. Thankfully, these sort of weeks don’t come up for me too often.  I might have an off day here or there. But I rarely string together a bad week. However, things have refused to flow for me during the past […]

French Style Jewellery

French Style – More Jewellery Tips

Since writing my mini-review of the book Mon guide de style, every now and then I’ve continued to flick through its pages for French style inspiration. A couple of images keep catching my eye. These particular pages feature the sparkliest of accessories – jewellery. Author Noriko’s work reminded me of the French woman’s love for […]

Parisian Style and French Footwear

Reflections On Parisian Style And French Footwear

Let’s wrap up what turned into a series of reviews with a couple of ‘mini reflections’, highlighting two of my favourite things – Parisian style and French footwear. First up, why don’t we take a look at my new favourite French Footwear brand – Arche? French Footwear – Arche In this post on The Essentials […]

Signature style Stylish Travel Essentials

How To Travel Stylishly – The Essentials – Part Three

So far in this ‘Stylish Travel Essentials’ series we’ve explored two of my ‘must pack’ items – comfortable shoes and the cross-body bag. This week, I’m keen to examine a group of items that can take your travel wardrobe to a whole new level – accessories. Now, many definitions of accessories include both shoes and […]

Cross-body bag

How To Travel Stylishly – The Essentials – Part Two

I won’t go so far as to say that that travelling stylishly takes work. In fact, I’d argue that it can be incredibly easy. But elegant, graceful travel does require a strategy or two. Last week we took a look at my first stylish travel essential – comfortable shoes. This week, it’s time to explore […]

Travel Stylishly

How To Travel Stylishly – The Essentials – Part One

If you are reading Distant Francophile regularly, there is a better than good chance that: a) You love to travel (especially to France); and b) You’d prefer to travel stylishly. So with those two points in mind, I thought we should start this year with a little series on the essentials that make it easier […]

French inspiration

My Year Of Transformation

  I’ll come right out and say it. From my perspective, 2017 has been an amazing year. I know not everyone will be nodding in agreement (and my heart goes out to you), but I honestly knew before it began that 2017 would be a transformational one for me. My excitement started building a couple […]

New York - Classy Casual

New York Style – Classy Casual

Scott and I have not long returned from our very first visit to the United States, where we spent two weeks in New York. We had an absolutely wonderful time. We did all the things you are supposed to do when exploring a new city. You know, things like walking for miles, eating more than […]

Quality

A Return To Quality

For me, their dedication to quality in everyday life is one of the things I love most about the French. In their world, food has to be spot on, regardless of whether they are dishing up a simple meal of ham, cheese and bread or indulging in a celebration dinner. A lacklustre wine won’t be […]

Louis Vuitton

Lessons On Signature Styles From Louis Vuitton

Recently, I’ve been spoilt for choice when it comes to exhibitions from the big name French designers. First, there was the delightful Dior display in Melbourne. And then there was an absolute treat in the form of New York’s Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton exhibition. The extensive collection charts the evolution of the brand […]

Travel in style

Travel In Style

I love travelling. From the moment we leave the house until the cab drops us back home, I’m in high energy mode. Right now, we are exploring New York for the first time (one word description of our trip so far – sensational). And we’re in full planning mode for our next visit to France. […]

style comfort zone

Packing For A Trip Outside Your Style Comfort Zone

A friend of mine is facing a packing dilemma. You see, he has agreed to go on a holiday with a large group of friends to celebrate a 40th birthday. He is very close to the ‘birthday girl’ and doesn’t want to miss her special day. But he is struggling a little. Because the holiday […]

Perfect Dior

Reminders From Dior

Well, I finally made it to The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture exhibition here in Melbourne. A girlfriend and I had been keen to go as soon as the show opened back in August, but as happens, life had managed to get in the way of us attending. All that said, if […]

Choosing an outfit

Three Reasons I Love Choosing An Outfit Every Morning

Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the past five years, you’ll know that morning routines having been big news in recent times. It seems that people from all walks of life are embedding healthy habits of some description into the early part of their day – and that these practices set the […]

Go-to stores

A Style Secret Weapon – Go-To Stores

  Ok. So I promise this will be the last post on shopping – for a while at least!! The thing is, I realised that in the last couple of posts I hadn’t actually addressed one of the most common shopping related questions I receive from Distant Francophile readers. The question goes something like this. […]

Clothes shopping

Seven Questions To Ask Yourself While You Are Clothes Shopping

Clothes shopping. Like politics and ‘The Bachelor’ it is a topic that is guaranteed to polarise. We either seem to love it or hate it. And regardless of your position on the topic – whether you shop regularly or rarely, ‘in person’ or on-line – there is still a good chance that you won’t end […]

Loving Right Now

What I’m Loving Right Now

I’ve managed to create a bit more space in my world recently, which has been exciting to say the least. It always feels incredible to have the time to just research and read what ever takes your fancy. And with that little bit of luxury to follow my curiosity, I’ve been able to find a […]

Is your style stopping you?

Is Your Style Stopping You?

An opportunity to visit New York in a few months means I’m not heading back to Paris until April next year. But the long lead time doesn’t mean I’m not in full on Paris planning mode. I love how there is always something to do in Paris, no matter how many times you have visited. […]