Is Your Style Stopping You?

An opportunity to visit New York in a few months means I’m not heading back to Paris until April next year. But the long lead time doesn’t mean I’m not in full on Paris planning mode. I love how there is always something to do in Paris, no matter how many times you have visited. […]

Is your style stopping you?

Managing your message

Are You Managing Your Message?

Have you stopped to consider what your clothes say about you? Do you ever think about the messages you are sending to others simply by how you choose to dress? Are you broadcasting to everyone you encounter that you a confident woman, happy with what is going on her life? Or is your look transmitting […]

The Power Of The Statement Piece

Recently, I shared the story of my friend who cleared out her wardrobe and started again. Yes, you read that right. She created a brand new wardrobe from scratch – one that absolutely represents the woman she is today. While I know scores of women who would love to follow her lead and make that […]

Statement Piece


Paris – Through Gail’s Eyes

There are lots of things I love in this world. My family, friends and France are absolute givens, as well as being kind of obvious. Any regular reader would have guessed those things with relative ease. My slippers, red wine and getting dressed every morning would probably be a little harder for many of you […]

Four Ways I Take Inspiration From Fashion Magazines

One of the things that I love about Paris is that there is always something going on, something that you might not see at home. Perhaps an art installation, or a demonstration or some sort of parade or pageant. During out last visit, Scott and I were entertained by a full on magazine fashion shoot […]

Fashion Magazines - A Parisian Shoot

Finding French Style Inspiration

Finding French Style Inspiration

Long-time Distant Francophile readers will know that it has been ages since I shared one of my ‘Finding French Inspiration’ posts. My reasons for moving away from creating this form of content were many and varied. And they ranged from wanting to provide relevant pieces for newcomers to Distant Francophile through to overthinking what type […]

An Investment In Style And Confidence

Have you ever dreamed of trashing your entire wardrobe and starting again? You know, tossing all the clothing that makes you feel less than great and replacing it with pieces that reflect either the woman you are. Or, alternatively, the one you are evolving into. I know I have. And a friend of mine did […]

Style and Confidence

Parisian Chic Look Book

Parisian Chic Look Book – A Book Review

How connected are you to your passions? Do you even know what they are? Interestingly, many, many women struggle to get clarity on the things they are passionate about. But there is a relatively simple way for women to start to explore their passions. And it comes via an easy to access source. In her […]

Sorry Paris – Not This Time

One of my favourite things about visiting Paris is the opportunity to check out some of the smaller museums. These bite sized gems often give you a focussed insight into Paris and her history. They are small enough so as not to overwhelm your mind, your feet or your budget. And as a general rule, […]

Parisian Sewer Museum

Parisian make-up

Reporting In – Parisian Make-Up

I don’t think I mentioned it anywhere, but while I was in Paris recently  I was ‘on assignment’. You see, I’d been asked by one of my very favourite Distant Francophile readers to check out what was currently happening in the world of French women’s make-up. As with most of the endeavours in my life, […]

Packing For Paris – What I Wore

While I, like just about everybody on the planet, adore travelling to Paris in late spring and early summer, it is a notoriously difficult time of the year to pack for. The rather fickle weather can – and does – throw just about everything at you. You feel like you need to be prepared for […]

Packing for Paris

What They Are Wearing In Paris And London

What They Are Wearing In Paris And London

Long time readers will know that people-watching is one of my very favourite pastimes. And I especially love watching the world go by when I’m travelling. While I’m always on the lookout for all sorts of human behaviour, no one reading this will be surprised to learn that I pay special attention to the street […]

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