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Great Gift Ideas For Francophiles   Recently updated !

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 […]

Gift suggestions for francophiles

Quality

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 […]


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

Favourite stores in Paris

Three Of My Favourite Stores In Paris

Shopping was our theme last week, and it certainly had a few readers wondering about my own shopping habits. And in particular, the shopping I do when I’m in Paris. Interestingly, while I do whole stack of window shopping during my travels, I don’t actually buy too much of anything. The reasons for this outcome […]


Seven Questions To Ask Yourself While You Are Clothes Shopping

Clothes shopping. Like politics and ‘The Bachelor’ it is a topic that is guaranteed to polarise. We either seem to love it or hate it. And regardless of your position on the topic – whether you shop regularly or rarely, ‘in person’ or on-line – there is still a good chance that you won’t end […]

Clothes shopping

David Mallett

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 […]


My Latest French Pharmacy Finds

Forget the Louvre. Ditch Notre Dame. And scrap the Eiffel Tower. If there is only one destination you visit while you are in Paris, it should be a pharmacy. French pharmacies are renowned the world over for the wealth of skincare lotions and potions that can be found just below a flashing green cross. On […]

French Pharmacy Finds

French skincare essentials

French Grooming Essentials – Part Three

Ok. So if you have been playing along at home, you’ll know that details on how French women groom their eyebrows were a little light on. But there is no way in the world that you can say the same for skin. It is extremely clear from everything you read or watch for on the […]


My Favourite French Beauty Products

  I’ve been very busy at work recently, delivering a big project that has been equal parts exhilarating and exhausting. Unfortunately, I’m not getting any comments about looking exhilarated. I am however getting stacks of feedback about how tired I appear. Which, I guess, is fair enough. I’ve been working long hours and can’t say […]

Go-to stores

More Gift Ideas For Francophiles

p Christmas is almost upon us (yay!) and if you are anything like me, one of the joys of Christmas is tracking down just the right gifts for my loved ones. One of the reasons I’m so excited to be visiting Europe right now is the fact that I will get to do much of […]


My Must Have French Pharmacy Products

  I’ve been thinking about last week’s Four Days In Paris piece… While I think I covered a host of Parisian shopping opportunities, I omitted one vital stop. The French pharmacy. Now, while you are unlikely to spend an entire day hanging out in a French pharmacy, you do need to make sure you fit […]


Go-to stores

Four Days In Paris – It’s Time To Go Shopping In Paris

Here’s the third instalment in our Four Days In Paris series and I will admit right up front that four days of shopping in Paris is not going to appeal to every traveller. In fact, I’m guessing that some of Distant Francophile’s most loyal readers have just stopped reading. And I’ll also admit that it […]


Our Parisian Address Book

Close friends of ours are heading back for their third visit to Paris. It’s been a little while since they’ve travelled to the gorgeous city, so they are keen to find out about our favourite spots to shop and to eat. Given they fly next week, I decided that I’d better get my act together […]

Beautiful skin

French pâtisserie treat

Birthday Gifts For Francophiles

Happy Birthday Distant Francophile. Yes today, Distant Francophile is celebrating its first birthday. And to be honest, while I love our website to bits and pieces and happily work on it for creative expression, I’ve been both surprised and delighted by the amount of interest from others. It really is our great pleasure to add […]


A French Classic

A miracle occurred this week. In the scheme of miracles, I guess you’d have to say it was a (very) minor miracle, but I’m definitely calling it a miracle.