Three Of My Favourite Stores In Paris   Recently updated !

Shopping was our theme last week, and it certainly had a few readers wondering about my own shopping habits. And in particular, the shopping I do when I’m in Paris. Interestingly, while I do whole stack of window shopping during my travels, I don’t actually buy too much of anything. The reasons for this outcome […]

Favourite stores in Paris

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 […]


Five Actions To Help Build Confidence

One of the things I’ve become increasingly passionate about in recent years is the topic of women’s confidence. All too often in both my professional and personal worlds I see women suffering due to a lack of confidence. This lack of self assurance might see them holding themselves back from going for new jobs because […]

Build confidence

Questions Require Answers

Questions Require Answers

Time for a change of pace today. As I’ve shared so many times before, I love, love, love it when Distant Francophile readers reach out to me with questions. I’m always happy to answer these queries. After all, questions require answers. Regardless of the topic – style, confidence, packing for France, potential itineraries, French culture […]


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 […]

Loving Right Now

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. […]


Are You Managing Your Message?

Have you stopped to consider what your clothes say about you? Do you ever think about the messages you are sending to others simply by how you choose to dress? Are you broadcasting to everyone you encounter that you a confident woman, happy with what is going on her life? Or is your look transmitting […]

Managing your message

Statement Piece

The Power Of The Statement Piece

Recently, I shared the story of my friend who cleared out her wardrobe and started again. Yes, you read that right. She created a brand new wardrobe from scratch – one that absolutely represents the woman she is today. While I know scores of women who would love to follow her lead and make that […]


Paris – Through Gail’s Eyes

There are lots of things I love in this world. My family, friends and France are absolute givens, as well as being kind of obvious. Any regular reader would have guessed those things with relative ease. My slippers, red wine and getting dressed every morning would probably be a little harder for many of you […]

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Fashion Magazines - A Parisian Shoot

Four Ways I Take Inspiration From Fashion Magazines

One of the things that I love about Paris is that there is always something going on, something that you might not see at home. Perhaps an art installation, or a demonstration or some sort of parade or pageant. During out last visit, Scott and I were entertained by a full on magazine fashion shoot […]


Finding French Style Inspiration

Long-time Distant Francophile readers will know that it has been ages since I shared one of my ‘Finding French Inspiration’ posts. My reasons for moving away from creating this form of content were many and varied. And they ranged from wanting to provide relevant pieces for newcomers to Distant Francophile through to overthinking what type […]

Finding French Style Inspiration

Style and Confidence

An Investment In Style And Confidence

Have you ever dreamed of trashing your entire wardrobe and starting again? You know, tossing all the clothing that makes you feel less than great and replacing it with pieces that reflect either the woman you are. Or, alternatively, the one you are evolving into. I know I have. And a friend of mine did […]


Parisian Chic Look Book – A Book Review

How connected are you to your passions? Do you even know what they are? Interestingly, many, many women struggle to get clarity on the things they are passionate about. But there is a relatively simple way for women to start to explore their passions. And it comes via an easy to access source. In her […]

Parisian Chic Look Book

Parisian Sewer Museum

Sorry Paris – Not This Time

One of my favourite things about visiting Paris is the opportunity to check out some of the smaller museums. These bite sized gems often give you a focussed insight into Paris and her history. They are small enough so as not to overwhelm your mind, your feet or your budget. And as a general rule, […]


Reporting In – Parisian Make-Up

I don’t think I mentioned it anywhere, but while I was in Paris recently  I was ‘on assignment’. You see, I’d been asked by one of my very favourite Distant Francophile readers to check out what was currently happening in the world of French women’s make-up. As with most of the endeavours in my life, […]

Parisian make-up