French Style


How To Achieve Both Style And Comfort

I feel like it is time to tackle a serious issue that I’ve seen coming up way too often recently. It’s this idea that you can be stylish or comfortable. One or the other. But never both stylish and comfortable at the same time. And it’s driving me mad because I see it eroding women’s […]

Style and comfort

Style Reminders

Recent Style Reminders

A little while back, I was invited to attend a personal style and branding course. Despite the fact that I finished my styling course earlier this year, I still jump at every chance I get to understand more about style. And, as so often happens when you decide to simply show up, I was reminded […]


David Mallett Hair Care – A Product Review

As much as it pains me to admit it, I don’t have fabulous hair. I know what fabulous hair looks like – thanks to my sister and one of my closest friends – but unfortunately, while I was blessed with many other excellent attributes, I missed out in the hair department. My hair is super […]

David Mallett

A Curated Wardrobe

The Curated Wardrobe – An Alternative To Outfit Planning

For such a long time I wished I was one of those women who was organised enough to plan her outfits for the week. I imagined stress free mornings – ones where I never ran late again. I pictured myself reaching into my wardrobe and pulling out the perfect ensemble – accessories and all. I […]


My Quick Start Guide To Travelling In Style

It’s around seven weeks now until we head back to Europe and it is safe to say that I’m very excited. I’m absolutely in planning mode, especially when it comes to the clothes I want to take with me. In fact, I think I could just about pack, if it wasn’t for the fact that […]

travelling in style

Update Your Style

Is It Time To Update Your Style?

I’m always so pleased when I receive emails from Distant Francophile readers. It’s always fascinating to learn about the style challenges that women face day-to-day. (And for the record, I’ll always love receiving emails about France too.) When it comes to style though, one of the most common concerns facing women seems to be getting […]


Five Style Lessons I Wish I’d Learned Sooner

I was reflecting on my personal style journey recently. Safe to say that it’s been a pretty wild ride. I was always interested in style. As a child I wanted to be a fashion designer ‘when I grew up’. I remember going through reams of paper while I was attempting to come up with spectacular […]

Style Lessons

It's all about the shoes. Wear your ballet flats and bring a little French style to your day

Shoes – A Style Superhero

You all knew that, one day, I’d return to the topic of shoes. It simply had to happen. In fact, it honestly surprises me that it has taken me so long to get around to writing about footwear again. Why? Because shoes are hands down my style superhero. The right shoes have saved me from […]


The Link Between Style And Confidence

The topic of women’s confidence has been popping up everywhere in my life lately. Blog posts and book reviews landing in my inbox. Conversations with women, both at work and in social situations. And the clincher, the example that really grabbed my attention. The interview I did less than a fortnight ago with a big […]

Style and confidence

Body Shape and the Perfect Fit

We’re Going There. Body Shape And The Perfect Fit.

Recently, I’ve been delving deep into all things style related here on Distant Francophile. These pieces have been inspired by the emails I receive each and every day from readers keen share their style triumphs and challenges.  Naturally – me being me – I’ve tried to include a touch of French flavour to the posts […]


French Style Icons And How We Can Learn From Them

Do you have a style icon? Someone whose way of dressing informs and inspires your own style? Someone you wish you could be when you (finally) grow up? Identifying style icons can really help you to develop your own style. Taking inspiration from looks you admire can assist you to build a wardrobe you love. […]

French Style Icons

Update your wardrobe

Four Reasons It Can Be Hard To Update Your Wardrobe

  “Our clothes truly do more than just clothe us”. This was the final line in an email I received from a Distant Francophile reader. And it stopped me in my tracks. In just nine words, this lovely reader perfectly articulated the thoughts that had been swirling around in my head for ages. You see, […]


Five Key Elements Of The Perfect Handbag

I guess it’s no surprise how much women love handbags (or purses as our friends in the U.S. sometimes call them). We tend to carry one almost everywhere. And they often contain not only our daily essentials but our precious memories too. It is not lost on me that France has produced some of the […]

The Perfect Handbag

Creating a wardrobe you love

French Inspired Tips For Creating A Wardrobe You Love

One thing French women appear to have the ability to do time and time again is create a wardrobe that makes chic dressing look effortless.  From skinny jeans, via perfect little black dresses to nonchalantly tied trench coats, their wardrobes seem filled with items that communicate two of my very favourite ‘E” words – elegance […]


Style Made Easy – The Parisian Palette

    One of the many things I love about Paris is her colour scheme. Wherever you look, whether from street level or above, you’ll see consistent colours. Beautiful hues. The neutral sort. There is no doubt about it – charcoals, mid-greys, slate blues, russets, taupes and sands dominate your view. These colours are everywhere […]

Style Made Easy - The Parisian Palette