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Despite the fact that it shows up at the same time every year, the holiday season seems to have snuck up on me this time round. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that we’ve been travelling (although I can’t say that New York wasn’t full of reminders) but I was quite shocked yesterday when someone […]

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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 […]


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 […]

Louis Vuitton

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. […]


Parisian Dining – Five Tips For Stretching Your Travel Dollar Further

  Our son is travelling with a friend to Paris very soon. Both of these young gentlemen have been working hard to squirrel away funds for their trip. But given our son has just completed the fourth and final year of his university degree and his friend will be continuing his studies next year, the […]

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French snippets

French Snippets

We are in true countdown mode here at Distant Francophile headquarters – it is less than two weeks now until we head to New York. To say we are looking forward to our first ever trip to the States really is a massive understatement. With a trip to a new destination on the horizon, we’ve […]


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 […]

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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 […]


Winter in Paris – The Essentials

A Distant Francophile reader got in touch with me recently. She is in the enviable position of heading to Paris during December and January and was looking for some advice on what to wear while experiencing the magic of winter in Paris. It’s no secret that I’ll happily travel to Paris at any time of […]

Winter in Paris

Don't Be A Tourist In Paris

Don’t Be A Tourist In Paris – A Book Review

How many Parisian travel guides does one household need? That’s the question I asked myself recently as I unwrapped our autographed copy of Don’t Be A Tourist In Paris – The Messy Nessy Chic Guide.  Given the fact that our home already contains plenty of guide books, my intuition tells me that the answer to […]


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 […]

Choosing an outfit

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. […]


Three Of My Favourite Stores In Paris

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 […]

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