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.


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 […]

Favourite Fragrances

Ritz and Escoffier

Ritz And Escoffier – A Book Review   Recently updated !

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. […]


Chic And Corporate – My Top Five Tips

Earlier this year, I clocked up 27 years in a corporate environment. My day job is not something that I write about regularly here on Distant Francophile. It’s just not all that relevant. But, deep down, I’m actually quite proud to have spent almost three decades with one organisation. An organisation that, until quite recently, […]

Chic and corporate

Nancy

The Very Best Of Nancy, France

When it comes to visiting France, do you consider yourself an independent traveller? If you happen to be reading this, there’s a strong chance you do. It’s also likely that you enjoy making your own bookings and plans, as well as doing your own trip research. And I’m almost certain your research often involves scouring […]


We’ve Updated Our Privacy Policy

Thank you so much for being a part of the Distant Francophile community. I just wanted to let you know that I’ve updated the Distant Francophile Privacy Policy in line with the EU’s Data Protection Regulation. You can find the updated Privacy Policy here. I adore sharing my love of all things related to style […]


Style Game

Three Tips To Lift Your Style Game That Won’t Break The Bank

It happens every single time I visit France. I am absolutely inspired to lift my style game. It is as simple as that. It starts as a little niggle soon after I arrive. And by the time I head for home it is a full blown commitment. I return to Melbourne just wanting to look […]


I Was So Surprised By What They Are Wearing In Paris

I honestly didn’t expect to be writing this post. Following our last few visits, I’ve reported back on what they are wearing in Paris. This time around, I’d already decided that such a post would most likely be a little boring. I was genuinely thinking that it was very unlikely that anything would have changed […]

What they are wearing in Paris

Guerlain

Parisian Perfume – A New Experience With Guerlain

I love perfume. No, I’m going to go a step further. I adore perfume. So much so that I’ve often thought that if I wasn’t committed to blogging about all things French and style related, I could easily have a site dedicated to beautiful fragrances and the sparkling bottles that house them. That said, you […]


Travelling Solo In Paris

More than a few years ago now, I made my first solo visit to Paris. I learned a lot, about travelling alone and about myself. Later, I shared that initial experience over at My French Life™, along with my thoughts on why Paris is an excellent destination for solo female travellers. Nobody will be surprised to […]

Travelling soloing Paris

Travelling Stylishly

More Tips For Travelling Stylishly

Well, our countdown is finally over and I’m writing this post as we travel to Europe, and our first stop, Prague. I promised regular readers that I would let you know the outcomes of my packing decisions, which I’m pleased to report were super easy after I’d sat with my Step Four questions for a […]


Packing For Paris – My Four Step Packing Process

Packing for Paris. Once upon a time, those words made me feel more than a little apprehensive. It’s such a stylish city, and it is easy to feel like you might muck it up. Thankfully, visiting Paris at least once a year for the past decade has removed my packing nerves. But I won’t pretend […]

Packing process

Paris dreaming

Paris Dreaming – A Book Review

  Now that I’m down to counting sleeps until our next trip to France, it seems very appropriate to be reviewing Katrina’s Lawrence’s Paris Dreaming. After all, I’m dreaming of Paris almost constantly at the moment. Interestingly enough though, I really resisted reading this book, which was released back in November 2017. I have no […]


What To Do When You Feel Like You Have Nothing To Wear

Dressing ourselves. It’s something that we do every day of our lives. And yet – unlike many things in life – practice doesn’t automatically make perfect. It can happen all of a sudden. One day, you simply wake up and utterly detest everything in your wardrobe. Alternatively, it can sneak up on you. Fleeting feelings […]

Nothing to wear - update your wardrobe

Wardrobe Essentials

Style Lessons – My Top Six Wardrobe Essentials

When I was younger, I didn’t really understand wardrobe essentials. At all. Not even a little bit. I’d buy anything and everything (as long as it fit into one specific category – cheap) and wonder why I never had anything to wear. Despite having more clothes than my (relatively small) wardrobe could realistically hold. My […]


Parisian Perfumeries – My Favourites And Top Tips

Not that long ago, I spent a very lovely amount of time dabbling around in my fragrance collection. We’re travelling again soon, and although I’m not in full packing mode yet, I’m certainly starting to think about the bits and pieces that will be joining me in France. (Side note: If packing is a chore […]

Parisian Perfumeries