Frenchify Your Friday Favourites

I simply adore French markets. Whether I’m in Paris, or a long way off the beaten track, checking out the local market is an absolute must for me. The first French market we ever experienced was at Anvers in Paris. The apartment we were staying in overlooked the market square and we were fascinated as […]

Marché Anvers is one of my top 10 people watching spots in Paris. Check out the other nine at

Paris Opera Garnier

Time For A Change 13   Recently updated !

For a little while now, I’ve been getting a feeling that it is time for me to make some changes in my life. I’ve become quite fascinated by the idea of increased simplicity, and the associated concept of ‘quality over quantity’. My longing for less but better has manifested itself in all sorts of changes […]

Frenchify Your Friday Favourites

  Frenchify Your Friday this week by throwing your favourite scarf around your neck. Regardless of the season, by adding a scarf you are also adding a big dose of French style to both your outfit and your day. And this week’s Frenchify Your Friday idea couldn’t be any more simple – scarves are super […]

Tying scarves

Anticipating France

Anticipating France 8

I’m one of those lucky people who enjoys the lead up to a big event almost as much as the event itself. I’ve been like it since I was a child. I adored the lead up to Christmas, and literally could not sleep on Christmas Eve because I was so excited. And you’ve got no […]

Frenchify Your Friday Favourites 4

Super busy is the best description of the Distant Francophile team at the moment. New jobs, stacks of work travel and fresh projects are the order of the day. Given this, for the next few weeks, we’ll be dipping into the archives for ideas on how to bring a splash of French fun to your […]


Lessons from Paris

More Lessons From Paris 8

I’ve mentioned before that I love hearing about fellow traveller’s experiences of France. I’m intrigued by it all. Where they went. What they ate. How they travelled. And, most of all, what they learned. Which is why I’ve been so excited to have Distant Francophile reader Claire posting lately about her recent trip to France. […]

French Grooming Essentials – Part Four 4

Lately, we’ve been extending a conversation that a good friend and I started about the importance of grooming. And it turns out that French women have bucketloads of tips to help you look your best. We’ve already covered the big names – hair, eyebrows and skincare – so today I thought we should discuss all the little things. […]

French Perfume

Beautiful skin

Frenchify Your Friday – Number 63 4

Recently on Distant Francophile we discussed French grooming tips for your skin. In case you missed it, the key advice included always removing your make-up and to moisturise, moisturise, moisturise! No one could argue that French people don’t have beautiful skin, so to Frenchify your Friday this week, I’m suggesting we should all do something […]

Finding French Inspiration – In August 9

I’ve got to tell you, I’m pretty excited about the word August popping up on my calendar. You see, it means I can start saying that I’ll be back in France next month! It’s so exciting. Of course, I’m blithely overlooking the truth of the matter – we don’t actually fly until the last week […]


French skincare essentials

French Grooming Essentials – Part Three 5

Ok. So if you have been playing along at home, you’ll know that details on how French women groom their eyebrows were a little light on. But there is no way in the world that you can say the same for skin. It is extremely clear from everything you read or watch for on the […]

Frenchify Your Friday – Number 62 3

The French are lucky enough to be blessed with a truckload of what we in Australia call ‘Public Holidays’. In some parts of the world they are known as Bank Holidays or National Days. But regardless of what they are named, what they equate to is a State sanctioned day off. And an opportunity for a […]

Day off

Excellent eyebrows

French Grooming Essentials – Part Two

I’m a little bit embarrassed to admit that, when it comes to eyebrows, I’ve been guilty of neglect. For more years than I’m happy to admit, I didn’t pay any attention to them at all. No shaping, no enhancing, no nothing. Eventually, maybe about ten years ago or a little more, my eyebrows finally made […]

Frenchify Your Friday – Number 61 6

When it comes to French inspiration, the Melbourne suburb we live in is really rather lacking. We have the usual discount stores offering French styled ‘tat’, (as my dear friend Suz would say) and a bakery or two that offer a croissant. But, disappointingly for me, not much else. One place that I can find […]

French Liqueur


Packing Toiletries – For Your Trip And Your Flight 10

Last week’s guest post from Claire – the Multiples Of Two Packing Plan – really resonated with the Distant Francophile community. And why wouldn’t it? Who doesn’t love picking up advice from fellow travellers. Well, luckily for all of us, Claire has generously agreed to share another of her packing lessons – thank you so much […]

French Grooming Essentials – Part One 8

The other day, one of my closest friends and I got to talking about the importance of grooming. We both agreed that while there are a few blessed souls out there who can look spectacular with assistance only from a hair tie and a little lip gloss, the rest of us have to work somewhat […]

French grooming