Janelle


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.


Paris, Part Time – A Book Review

Well, the Melbourne Covid lockdown looks set to continue for longer than we might have hoped. I guess that means I’ll just have to keep reading about France rather than travelling there! And that’s where memoirs have a certain appeal. If I can’t see France through my own eyes, I can at least enjoy French […]

Paris, Part Time

French Inspired Online Shopping

French Inspired Online Shopping

Well, I don’t know if it made news in your part of the world. But our home base of Melbourne, Australia went into stage four lockdown last week. After a few short weeks of freedom, we landed back in stage three isolation about three weeks ago. Unfortunately, Covid-19 case numbers continued to rise, and we […]


Do Not Go Gentle. Go To Paris – A Book Review

Ever since I was a kid, the thought of travel has inspired me. And in the last few years, the countdown to trips has kept me engaged with both my day-job and my side passions. So what does a human with permanent wanderlust do when Melbourne’s ‘return to lockdown’ takes travel off the table? (I […]

Do Not Go Gentle. Go To Paris

Provençal Palette

Time For A Change – The Provençal Palette

It dawned on me the other day that I’d been feeling a little bit out of sorts. Not unwell. But certainly not my sparkly best. It didn’t take too long for me to work out what was going on.  I was bored.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, given the isolated situations we’ve all found […]


My Beautiful French Collection Box – And A Discount

Is it just me, or does anyone else love the idea of perfectly curated box of French goodness arriving on your doorstep at regular intervals? I’ve been fascinated by the concept of subscription boxes for some time. I love the thought of a nice surprise landing on the doorstep. Like when you receive a gift […]

My Beautiful French Collection Box

Alisa Bearov Landrum

Remembering Alisa Bearov Landrum

I was heart-broken earlier this week when I learned of the passing of my dear friend and mentor, Alisa Bearov Landrum. Alisa hadn’t been well for many months. But that did nothing to reduce my shock and immediate grief when I picked up the sad message from her husband Charles. A devoted wife, mother and […]


French Travel Planning – 3 Destinations To Revisit

Is it just me, or is anyone else allowing themselves to do a little French travel planning? I have the feeling that it will be a long time before Australians are able to travel anywhere. Let alone as far as the northern hemisphere. But that isn’t stopping me from having a little think about where […]

French Travel Planning Nice France

Post-Covid Style

French Inspiration For Your Post-Covid Style

Thankfully, there are parts of the world coming to the chapter of this Covid story where things are starting to open up. Some of us are can leave home for more than an hour a day. Others are able to visit with a limited number of family and friends. There are even some parts of […]


My Top Five Ways To Create Stylish Necklines

I’ve been writing on my two websites – Distant Francophile and Janelle Wehsack Coaching – for a long time now. Yet this week is the first very first time where one blog post suits both audiences. To be honest, it’s not often that French style and career confidence cross over. And oddly, we have Covid-19 […]

Stylish Necklines Thirty Chic Days Francophiles

Dinner in French

Dinner In French – A Book Review

From my perspective, the fact that more of us are cooking at home is one positive that’s come from this rather nasty situation. All around the world, the Covid -19 crisis is changing the way we live our lives. But cooking at home always requires some level of inspiration. And often that inspiration is difficult […]


Bring France Into Your Home

So, I’m probably understating it when I say we are living in unprecedented times. The devastating impact Covid-19 has been having on families the world over is almost too horrific to be believed. Some of us are in lockdown at home, others are choosing to self-isolate and so many of us are grieving. For loved […]

Bring France Into Your Home

First visit to Paris Distant Francophile

Distant Francophile: 6 Years Of Creativity, Joy & Friendship

It’s almost impossible for me to believe, but Distant Francophile turns six this month.  Six! Six years of creativity, joy and sharing one of our favourite things – France and our experiences of French culture – with people all over the world. Why Did You Start A Blog? I’m often asked why I started Distant […]


Episode 6 Of The Franco-Files – How To Pack Lightly

The latest Franco-Files episode is a bit different. Why? Because I don’t I have a guest. Nope, it’s just me sharing my tips on how to pack lightly. I’ve been travelling a lot for work lately. And Scotty and I are about to head back to Canada which means that the need to pack lightly […]

Pack Lightly

Parisian Chic encore

Parisian Chic Encore! A Book Review

Before I share my thoughts on Parisian Chic encore, I have to tell the story about how I came to buy the book in the first place. You see, I was feeling sorry for myself. I was at the airport. It was stupidly early in the morning. I was in the early stages of a […]


How To Find A Perfect French Short Stay Apartment

Choosing accommodation in France can be tricky. Like really tricky. In fact, tricky might not be the right word – especially for first time travellers. Downright challenging might be better. Or perhaps even outright difficult. You see, there are so many choices. Do you opt for a hotel or a short stay apartment? Which part […]

French Short Stay Apartment