Janelle


About Janelle

I believe that every woman can bring French style and joie de vivre to her life, no matter where she happens to live in the world. She only needs to know a secret or two to be on her way. When you join the Distant Francophile community, you’ll learn the style and grooming secrets that will help you to dress with the confidence so many French women seem to have.


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 […]

Planning a trip to France

Growth and change

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 […]


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, […]

Wardrobe Cleanse

Christophe Robin

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 […]


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 […]

French girl dress

The Widow Clicquot

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 […]


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’… […]

French snippets French Inspiration

Like What You Like

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 […]


Have You Given Up On Style?

“Ha. Style. It’s just too hard. I gave up on all that a long time ago.” I was chatting with someone the other day who shared exactly these words.  She went on to express the fact that in her mind, style is frivolous and inconsequential. As a Style CoachTM, I obviously take a different view, […]

Given up on style

Style Is Never About The Clothes

Style Is Never About The Clothes

  Want to know the biggest lesson I’ve learned since becoming a Style CoachTM? I have to tell you that I’ve learned so much since deciding to dive into all things style related. I’ve learned about shapes and colours, accessories and style personalities.  But the biggest lesson? It can be condensed down to just six words. […]


Ten Must Follow Instagram Accounts For Stylish Francophiles

One of the many and varied reasons that I originally established Distant Francophile was to share some of the many beautiful photos of France that Scott had taken on our travels. I promise I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that we already had thousands of shots when I started DF. I thought that they […]

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Style and confidence Packing for France

Successfully Packing For France

  As I promised I would be, I’m continuing to ponder the stack of questions I’ve received recently from Distant Francophile readers. One query that I realised I’d better answer in a hurry was around the success – or otherwise – of my most recent vacation packing efforts. I was also asked to share the […]


The Most Important Style Principle – Clothing Fit

  I’m just going to come right out and say it. When it comes to foundational style principles, I feel like the importance of clothing fit has become more than a little under-rated. Discussions around trends and designers seem to dominate the style landscape. (And to my mind, these factors fall more into the category […]

Statement Piece Clothing Fit

Favourite Fragrances

My Favourite Fragrances – And My Observations About Them

I know. I must have written it a gazillion times. But I really do get super excited when I receive questions from Distant Francophile readers. I can’t tell you how important it is to me to create content here that is, first and foremost, useful, If I can also provide a little bit of entertainment […]


Ritz And Escoffier – A Book Review

Thanks to a brilliant recommendation from frugal first class.travel, not so long ago we enjoyed High Tea at the Ritz Paris Hotel. Visiting the Ritz Paris has long been on my must do list, and the experience was well worth the wait. Of course, the elegant afternoon tea was everything you’d expect it to be. […]

Ritz and Escoffier