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

French lessons

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 […]


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 […]

Body Shape and the Perfect Fit

French Style Icons

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. […]


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 […]

Dedication to quality

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, […]


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, […]

Do It Yourself Tour Of Saint-Émilion

The Perfect Handbag

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 […]


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 […]

Creating a wardrobe you love

French Holiday Traditions

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 […]


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

French style inspiration

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 […]


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 […]

Lunch - French Style