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 […]

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

Style and confidence

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 […]


French Lessons

I find other cultures completely fascinating. I’m quite sure this is the reason that I’ve always been compelled to travel. Actually being in a place gives you insights that you will never find in a book or on-line. But no matter how many times you visit a destination, you never quite develop the same understanding […]

French lessons

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

Dedication to quality

The French Dedication To Quality

I love the fact that the French are completely committed to the very best of everything. I find their dedication to quality both fascinating and inspirational. As a result, I continually try to upgrade the quality of every area of my own life. With those words as background, I’m sure you’ll understand why I was so […]


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, […]

Update your wardrobe

Do It Yourself Tour Of Saint-Émilion

Our Do It Yourself Tour Of Saint-Émilion

People say there are no guarantees in life. But they are wrong. If you’re going anywhere near Bordeaux on your next trip to France, it’s a given that someone will point you in the direction of Saint-Émilion. In fact, it is an absolute sure thing. I know that every time I breathed the word Bordeaux, […]


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 […]


French Holiday Traditions

Today’s post is from Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge and it delivers another dose of French culture. As the title suggests, here we are delving into the world of French holiday traditions. When I first read Sherry’s piece, it got me thinking about our own holiday traditions – or rather, the lack of them. The festive season […]

French Holiday Traditions

Style Made Easy - The Parisian Palette

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 […]


Finding French Style Inspiration In December

    Happy December to you! Yep, that’s right. It is December already. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll be super excited. Dressing up for parties, fun with family and friends, twinkling lights, presents and all that yummy food. Seriously, what’s not to love about December? With the festive season firmly in the front […]

French style inspiration

Lunch - French Style

Lunch – French Style

Before we get into today’s post, I just want to take a moment to recognise the Thanksgiving holiday and to send all of our U.S. readers some love. I hope you are enjoying a time of peace and togetherness. When you stop to think about it, there really is so much to be grateful for […]


How To Choose Your Jewellery Like A French Woman

There are days when I feel like I’m a bit of a stalker. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not following people home or setting myself up outside their workplaces, binoculars in hand. But I do engage in an awful lot of people watching. On our most recent trip to France, I set myself the assignment […]

Choose Your Jewellery Like A French Woman