French Fridays


Frenchify Your Friday – Number 54

Winter has hit Melbourne in a big way over the last couple of weeks. We’ve had rain, fog and some decidedly chilly temperatures. The minute this sort of weather arrives, my mind immediately turns to things like cashmere scarves, open fires and that most Parisian of treats, hot chocolate. Now judging by the sheer number […]

Chocolat chaud

Frenchify your Friday By Reading Something French

Frenchify Your Friday – Number 53

Last week’s Frenchify Your Friday anniversary was an excellent opportunity for me reacquaint myself with the French Friday topics I’d written about over the year. That also meant that I had a chance to consider the topics that I’ve missed – and I’ve got to tell you that there were a few surprises on that […]


Frenchify Your Friday – Number 52

I’m writing this week’s Frenchify Your Friday post with a big smile on my face. Once I hit publish on this piece, we will have shared a years worth of French Friday ideas! And that makes me smile because I remember discussing the whole Frenchify Your Friday concept with Scott twelve months ago. At the […]

French inspiration

Joel Robuchon Petit Fours

Frenchify Your Friday – Number 51

Welcome to the latest instalment of Frenchify Your Friday. And, if you are a regular reader, you may not be surprised to learn that this week’s idea involves sugar. It seems that you can bring a whole lot of French inspiration to your day with just a touch of the sweet stuff. If you are […]


Frenchify Your Friday – Number 50

If you’ve ever travelled to Paris, one thing you would have almost certainly have noticed noticed is the absolute abundance of florists. There seems to be one on almost every corner. I just adore the displays at the French florists. Bucket brimming with the freshest blooms spill out onto the footpaths, delighting passers-by with a […]

Fresh flowers

French lessons

Frenchify Your Friday – Number 49

I’ve started back at French lessons again. Hmmm – right now, I’m imagining all of you rolling your eyes and wondering if I am actually the slowest learner on the planet… It turns out that although I appear to be eternally inept, I really enjoy the process of learning the French language. I don’t even […]


Frenchify Your Friday – Number 48

Welcome to this week’s Frenchify Your Friday! If you happen to have had a week as crazy as mine, you might be looking for a sweet treat. A ‘goldilocks’ sort of treat. Nothing too big, but something small and comforting. Something just right. Even if you haven’t had a crazy week, you might still be […]

Frenchify your Friday with Madeleines

Frenchify Your Friday – Number 47

Looking for an easy and classy way to Frenchify Your Friday this week? An idea that is unlikely to require any thought, effort or time? Something that will suit both ladies and gentlemen alike? If you answered ‘yes’ to those questions, then why not Frenchify Your Friday this week by dressing in black? Yep. Black. […]


Frenchify Your Friday – Number 46

If you follow Distant Francophile on Instagram or Facebook you might be aware that our darling son Cal turned 20 earlier this week. As should always be the case with birthdays, the celebrations went for days. There were dinners out, gifts and cakes. Yep, more than one cake. One of Cal’s thoughtful friends was clever […]


Frenchify Your Friday – Number 45

I don’t about you, but I like to start my weekend the way I plan for it to continue – with something yummy. And let’s face it, the French do yummy so well. For me, Friday nights are all about the French bistro classics – French Onion Soup, Steak Frites and my all time favourite […]


Frenchify Your Friday – Number 44

Given that it is Good Friday tomorrow, I thought that a perfect way to Frenchify Your Friday this week might be to deepen your understanding of French Easter traditions. Rather than simply regurgitating my research, I thought it would be better to point you in the direction of sites that have already done an excellent […]

French Easter traditions

From Distant Francophile's Personal Branding Shoot with Carla Coulson

Frenchify Your Friday – Number 43

One of the best experiences we’ve ever had in Paris was the morning we spent with Carla Coulson on a ‘Personal Branding Shoot’. Not only did we have a whole stack of fun with Carla and her gorgeous team, but we also encountered Paris from an entirely different perspective. You can read all about our […]


Frenchify Your Friday – Number 42

I’ve wanted to suggest Frenchifying your Friday with a glass or two of French rosé for quite a long time now. But, I’ve struggled with the timing of this recommendation. You see, the Distant Francophile community has been growing steadily in recent times, and our gorgeous readers now come from all corners of the globe. […]

French rosé

Provence is one of the homes of French soap

Frenchify Your Friday – Number 41

One item that I never fail to bring home from France is French soap.  And it’s not just because they make excellent gifts and souvenirs. Every time I use French soap with its creamy lather, I am immediately transported to the French countryside. Often made in the south of France around Provence and Marseille, French […]


Frenchify Your Friday – Number 40

One of the things I love to do while I’m in Paris is to get a manicure. Let’s face it – nobody wants to be in one of the style capitals of the world with tatty nails. Depending on where we are staying, I’ll head with the Parisians to either Le Bon Marché or BHV […]

Frenchify your Friday with a manicure