Finding French Inspiration – In May


French inspiration

Hello May! I’m so glad you are here!

April saw me flat out at work, delivering what may yet turn out to be the biggest project of my career. So for me, May means a little bit of downtime, which starts tomorrow with a short break in Hong Kong. Safe to say I can’t wait to jump on that plane.

But despite the fact that I’ve been super busy, I have managed to find the time to track down some French inspiration for all of you. I really hope you enjoy it.

On Paris

As always, let’s start by checking out what’s happening in Paris during May. This month I’ve looked to Paris Perfect to point us in the right direction. If we were in Paris this month, I’d be keen to experience the European Museums Night and I’m pretty sure Scotty would be checking the dates for the Retro Train Festival!

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is one of my favourite museums in Paris, particularly if I’m in the mood for the iconic or the fashionable. This month they are featuring an exhibition that covers both. It stars Barbie (of all things) and Out and About in Paris introduces it so beautifully here.

On French Culture And Language

I’ve decided recently that I needed to brush up on the French philosophers. Given my work schedule, I didn’t have much time, but thankfully Judy and team at My French Life™ had me covered. Their pocket-sized guides are very handy when you need to expand your knowledge in a hurry.

I’m back at French lessons – again! And while my French is slowly improving every week, I’m always on the lookout for hints and tricks to help me progress more quickly.  So I was quite excited whenTalk in French recently shared 20 Fun Ways to Insert Learning French Into Your Day. Still not sure that my French has improved all that much, but at least I’m trying some different ideas.

On French Beauty And Style

One of the things I love about the French culture is the way that women seem to age so gracefully. There doesn’t seem to be the same focus on surgery or injectables and yet women remain both stylish and confident as they age. Here, the team at mindbodygreen share some secrets on how to age like a French woman – but in many ways these tips are just good advice on how to live well.

Regardless of the weather, men always look so smart in scarves. So this month, I thought I’d round out our French inspiration by sharing some scarf tying tips for our gentlemen friends, thanks to The Art of Manliness.

Wishing you a fabulous May.

Until next time – au revoir.


About Janelle

I believe that everyone can bring French elegance and inspiration to their life, no matter where they happen to live in the world. They only need to learn a secret or two to be on their way. When you join the Distant Francophile community, you’ll have access to the secrets that allow you to bring the best of the French lifestyle into your everyday life. I’m talking about things like style advice, recipes and book reviews. And you’ll also receive regular doses of French inspiration, as well as travel and packing tips galore.

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