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 Year Of Transformation

  I’ll come right out and say it. From my perspective, 2017 has been an amazing year. I know not everyone will be nodding in agreement (and my heart goes out to you), but I honestly knew before it began that 2017 would be a transformational one for me. My excitement started building a couple […]

French inspiration

Seasons Greetings From The Distant Francophile Team

Wishing you, our style loving, francophile friend, all the very best for the holiday season. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing we hope your days are chock full of fun, laughter and dreams come true. And may your year ahead be filled with life’s true gifts – love, health and happiness. Thank you […]


New York Style – Classy Casual

Scott and I have not long returned from our very first visit to the United States, where we spent two weeks in New York. We had an absolutely wonderful time. We did all the things you are supposed to do when exploring a new city. You know, things like walking for miles, eating more than […]

New York - Classy Casual

Gift suggestions for francophiles

Great Gift Ideas For Francophiles

Despite the fact that it shows up at the same time every year, the holiday season seems to have snuck up on me this time round. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that we’ve been travelling (although I can’t say that New York wasn’t full of reminders) but I was quite shocked yesterday when someone […]


A Return To Quality

For me, their dedication to quality in everyday life is one of the things I love most about the French. In their world, food has to be spot on, regardless of whether they are dishing up a simple meal of ham, cheese and bread or indulging in a celebration dinner. A lacklustre wine won’t be […]

Quality

Louis Vuitton

Lessons On Signature Styles From Louis Vuitton

Recently, I’ve been spoilt for choice when it comes to exhibitions from the big name French designers. First, there was the delightful Dior display in Melbourne. And then there was an absolute treat in the form of New York’s Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton exhibition. The extensive collection charts the evolution of the brand […]


Travel In Style

I love travelling. From the moment we leave the house until the cab drops us back home, I’m in high energy mode. Right now, we are exploring New York for the first time (one word description of our trip so far – sensational). And we’re in full planning mode for our next visit to France. […]

Travel in style

Parisian dining

Parisian Dining – Five Tips For Stretching Your Travel Dollar Further

  Our son is travelling with a friend to Paris very soon. Both of these young gentlemen have been working hard to squirrel away funds for their trip. But given our son has just completed the fourth and final year of his university degree and his friend will be continuing his studies next year, the […]


French Snippets

We are in true countdown mode here at Distant Francophile headquarters – it is less than two weeks now until we head to New York. To say we are looking forward to our first ever trip to the States really is a massive understatement. With a trip to a new destination on the horizon, we’ve […]

French snippets

style comfort zone

Packing For A Trip Outside Your Style Comfort Zone

  A friend of mine is facing a packing dilemma. You see, he has agreed to go on a holiday with a large group of friends to celebrate a 40th birthday. He is very close to the ‘birthday girl’ and doesn’t want to miss her special day. But he is struggling a little. Because the […]


Reminders From Dior

Well, I finally made it to The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture exhibition here in Melbourne. A girlfriend and I had been keen to go as soon as the show opened back in August, but as happens, life had managed to get in the way of us attending. All that said, if […]

Perfect Dior

Winter in Paris

Winter in Paris – The Essentials

A Distant Francophile reader got in touch with me recently. She is in the enviable position of heading to Paris during December and January and was looking for some advice on what to wear while experiencing the magic of winter in Paris. It’s no secret that I’ll happily travel to Paris at any time of […]


Don’t Be A Tourist In Paris – A Book Review

How many Parisian travel guides does one household need? That’s the question I asked myself recently as I unwrapped our autographed copy of Don’t Be A Tourist In Paris – The Messy Nessy Chic Guide.  Given the fact that our home already contains plenty of guide books, my intuition tells me that the answer to […]

Don't Be A Tourist In Paris

Choosing an outfit

Three Reasons I Love Choosing An Outfit Every Morning

Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the past five years, you’ll know that morning routines having been big news in recent times. It seems that people from all walks of life are embedding healthy habits of some description into the early part of their day – and that these practices set the […]


A Style Secret Weapon – Go-To Stores

  Ok. So I promise this will be the last post on shopping – for a while at least!! The thing is, I realised that in the last couple of posts I hadn’t actually addressed one of the most common shopping related questions I receive from Distant Francophile readers. The question goes something like this. […]

Go-to stores