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I absolutely love this time of year. Everything has a fresh feel to it, and the Australian summer days are tailor made for slowing down. For me, it is the perfect time of the year to make plans. And this year, I’ve been having a lovely time planning for September and October – the two […]

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Gougères

Master A French Classic – Gougères

Well, it’s been a long time since I pulled together a ‘French Classics’ post.To tell you the truth, I often find them a bit difficult to position – especially the food related ones. You see, it all has to do the with opposing seasons. Often times, the French recipes that might work well in the […]


Paris Packing Tips – One Thing I Never Leave Home Without

‘If you could recommend just one thing to pack for a trip to Paris, what would it be?’ This was the tricky question that was casually tossed my way recently by a friend. And it sent my brain into a tailspin.  Seriously, did she really want me to narrow the focus to just one thing?  […]

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France and the Internet

France And The Internet – Tech Troubleshooting

This week, an email from a Distant Francophile reader prompted two things: A smile from me; and This blog post. So what was so compelling about this particular email? Well, it reminded me of the challenges travellers face when they try to book almost anything for their visit to France online.   Now, don’t get me […]


Wanting To Learn French? Here Are My Top Three Tips

Scotty and I have recently returned from a fabulous trip to Canada. We loved the people, the food and, of course, the gorgeous scenery.  And I loved the opportunity to test how far my French language skills had come since our last visit to France, earlier this year.  If I’m being candid, most of the […]

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Buy it again

Should You Buy It Again?

Back in 2014 I purchased my very favourite cropped black leather jacket. It’s travelled the world with me. I wear it to work and for play. And it was the jacket I wore in our Parisian photo shoot with Carla Coulson – which means it has featured regularly on Distant Francophile. Simply put, I love […]


Ten Years Later – Ten French Destinations We Still Must See

Ten years ago this week my family and I were getting ready to return home following our first visit to France. On our last day in Paris, as we prepared to brave the 24 hour flight to Australia, Scott and I splurged by ordering two glasses of champagne. We sipped them, gazing out toward the […]

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Planning A Trip To France

Someone asked me the other day about the things that light me up. Once upon a time I might have struggled to respond to that question. But these days the answer flows easily.  And while the list of the things I’m passionate gets longer all of the time, two items are consistently at the top […]


Time For Growth And Change

Do you ever look back on a period in your life and get a little shock at how far you’ve come? Perhaps a thought like ’Wow. I would never have imagined that I would end up here’ runs through your mind. Or maybe you just wake up one day and realise you’ve been on a […]

Growth and change

Wardrobe Cleanse

My Quick And Easy Wardrobe Cleanse

Well, spring has almost sprung in Melbourne town. And the somewhat warmer weather has inspired me to conduct a wardrobe cleanse. Personally, I love cleaning and organising my wardrobe. However, from working with women I know that so many of you cannot think of anything worse. You see, clothes can build emotional ties. Which, in turn, […]


French Girl Hair….A Christophe Robin Update

If I could use just two words to describe French girl hair, they would be chic and healthy. Whether the hair is long or short, dark or light, it always looks shiny and well cared for. And – when it comes to this well cared for result – I’ve come to the conclusion that while […]

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French girl dress

How To Wear French Girl Dresses

French girl dresses are definitely a thing. Sit for just two seconds on any Parisian terrace when the weather is just a touch warmer and you will see examples of them everywhere. And you don’t have to take my word for it. Who What Wear recently featured The Cool Dresses French Girls Always Wear.  So […]


The Widow Clicquot – A Book Review

    Megan Dalla-Camina, the fabulous Australian author, coach and speaker, regularly references the concept of ‘following breadcrumbs’.  The idea is that you pay attention to the things that spike your curiosity and simply see where they lead you. Megan suggests that utilising this strategy is one way to find your life’s purpose. I’ve found […]

The Widow Clicquot

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It’s Been A While – Time For Some French Inspiration

It has been such a long time since I’ve pulled together a French inspiration post like this one. I used to write them quite regularly and can’t quite remember why I stopped. I’m thinking that it probably had something to do with the amount of time I kept losing in the name of ‘internet research’… […]


It’s Ok To Like What You Like

  I was chatting with a colleague at work the other day about the pressure on her 14 year old daughter to not only fit in, but also to own what is currently considered ‘the best’. Being a teenager has always been kind of tough. And I vaguely remember this kind of peer pressure from […]

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