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.


A Letter From Paris – A Book Review

If you’ve been hanging around here for a while, you’ve probably guessed that I like to read. When I was a kid, I always had my nose in a book. And it turns out that, when I have the luxury of time, things aren’t that different today. I’ve actually surprised myself with how much I’ve […]

A Letter from Paris

Nice France

Our Essential Guide To Nice France

There was only one question on our minds as Scotty and I left the fabulous city of Nice. Why on earth had it taken us over a decade of French visits to get to this part of France? It’s safe to say we were smitten with Nice. It had such a relaxed vibe, and felt […]


Four Easy And Excellent Day Trips From Nice

One of the best things about travelling is that you are constantly in discovery mode. It’s highly likely that you’ll be meeting new people and exploring different places and flavours. And more often than not, the change in routine will give you the opportunity to learn something about yourself.  As it happens, I discovered something […]

Day Trips From Nice

Wearing white pants

Wearing White Pants – South Of France Style

What’s the first thing you notice when you arrive in a new-to-you part of the world? For me, it’s always what people are wearing. For whatever reason, I almost immediately get a feel for the local style, whether that be dressy or laid back or something in between. And more often than not a single […]


Ze French Do It Better – A Book Review

We’ve had a lot on lately. Who knew that getting ready to spend nine weeks in France would take up some serious time? Truth be told, things have felt pretty hectic. What does that look like? Well, for us it’s looked like long days at work ensuring our teams were set up for success before […]

Ze French Do It Better

France

An Update On Our Upcoming Visit To France

It’s only a couple of weeks now until Scotty and I head off on our two month adventure in France. It has been one very long countdown. It’s over 15 months since we were last in France – and to say we’re excited for our trip to arrive is a massive understatement. We simply can’t […]


Beauty Products And Travelling Light

When it comes to packing, there’s one area that challenges even those most committed to travelling light. I can almost hear some of you yelling out the word ‘shoes’. But I promise that packing shoes isn’t that much of a problem. Not when you compare shoes to beauty products! Beauty products and travelling light. These […]

Travelling Light Beauty Products French Pharmacy Finds

Carcassonne at night Taste of France The Franco-Files

Episode 5 Of The Franco-Files – Catherine From Taste Of France

The south of France.  The words alone conjure up visions of long, warm days, olive trees and glasses of chilled rosé. But the joys of travelling to picturesque towns like Saint-Rémy-de-Provence or Aix-en-Provence can be replicated – without the crowds and potentially with a lower price tag.  How?  Easily, via a visit to what Catherine, […]


Paris For Dreamers – A Book Review

I have a confession to make. I read way more books related to France than I share with you here on Distant Francophile.  Actually, scratch that. What I should have said was… I start way more books related to France than I ever finish. Some come highly recommended, but fail to grab my attention. Others […]

Paris for Dreamers

Stylish packing

Stylish Packing Takes Planning

I haven’t really talked about it that much here on the blog, but it’s not that long now before we head to France for two whole months. (Over on Instagram it’s another story – I’ve been subjecting my fellow francophiles to the longest countdown of all time. But I digress.) We’ve been lucky enough to […]


Master A French Classic – Canelés

I can’t tell you how much I love discovering new sources of French inspiration. A little while back, I came across a lovely blog – {French} Countryside Companion. The creator, Shannon, and her family share their time between the United States and – you guessed it – the French countryside. Shannon strikes me as an […]

Canelé

Graham Welch The Franco-Files

Episode 4 Of The Franco-Files – Graham Welch

If you’ve ever dreamed of running away to France, buying some property and perhaps starting a business, then you must listen to the latest episode of The Franco-Files. Why? Because journalist, author, blogger and fabulous francophile Graham Welch is sharing his story of chasing that exact dream. Together with his partner Damon, Graham moved from […]


Need It Now: French Haircare Advice

A friend of mine, who I met on a Canadian train (of all places) and who we’ll call B for the purposes of this post, wrote to me recently. B was keen to understand how it is that French women always look so stylish. And she was particularly interested in learning more about their hair.  […]

French Haircare Advice

First visit to Paris Distant Francophile

Tips For Your First Visit To Paris

I’ll never forget our first visit to Paris. Although we’d travelled extensively within Australia, Scott and I had never left our home country together. And our joint international travel experience amounted to me visiting Singapore with my parents when I was 16 years old. We honestly had no idea what we doing. We didn’t understand […]


Episode 3 Of The Franco-Files – Annette Charlton

It’s time for another episode of The Franco-Files and let me tell you, this time around I have an absolute treat for you. My latest guest is Annette Charlton from the beautiful website, A French Collection. Annette and her family share their time between Brittany and Australia. And Annette has one of the most interesting […]

Annette Charlton A French Collection