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.


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 […]

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Travelling soloing Paris

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 […]


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 […]

Travelling Stylishly

Packing process

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 […]


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 […]

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Nothing to wear - update your wardrobe

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 […]


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 […]

Wardrobe Essentials

Parisian Perfumeries

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 […]


Effortless Packing – Travel In Style

  With snow falling recently on the normally balmy shores of the French Riviera, it is difficult to believe that spring is knocking loudly upon northern hemisphere doors. Spring is a magical time for travelling. The days are getting longer, the crowds aren’t the bother that they can be in summer and the parks and […]

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Style Strategies For Bad Days

Style Strategies For Bad Days (Or Weeks)

As much as it pains me to admit it, I’ve not had a great week. Thankfully, these sort of weeks don’t come up for me too often.  I might have an off day here or there. But I rarely string together a bad week. However, things have refused to flow for me during the past […]


French Style – More Jewellery Tips

Since writing my mini-review of the book Mon guide de style, every now and then I’ve continued to flick through its pages for French style inspiration. A couple of images keep catching my eye. These particular pages feature the sparkliest of accessories – jewellery. Author Noriko’s work reminded me of the French woman’s love for […]

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Parisian Style and French Footwear

Reflections On Parisian Style And French Footwear

Let’s wrap up what turned into a series of reviews with a couple of ‘mini reflections’, highlighting two of my favourite things – Parisian style and French footwear. First up, why don’t we take a look at my new favourite French Footwear brand – Arche? French Footwear – Arche In this post on The Essentials […]


Christophe Robin Hair Care – A Product Review

  It seems that February has turned into ‘Review Month’ here on Distant Francophile. I’ve been promising to share my thoughts on a few different bits and pieces for a while now, and I’ve finally found the space to gather – and articulate – my views. Way back in November I mentioned that, after using […]

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Parisian Charm School

Parisian Charm School – A Book Review

It’s the height of summer here in Melbourne. The weather has been hot (and oddly steamy) and the days are luxuriously long. It is the perfect time of the year for a little rest and relaxation. And what are lazy days without a good book – or two – to dip into? Jamie Cat Callan’s […]


How To Travel Stylishly – The Essentials – Part Three

So far in this ‘Stylish Travel Essentials’ series we’ve explored two of my ‘must pack’ items – comfortable shoes and the cross-body bag. This week, I’m keen to examine a group of items that can take your travel wardrobe to a whole new level – accessories. Now, many definitions of accessories include both shoes and […]

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