Is it just me or is anyone else surprised by the fact that it is November already? I really can’t believe how quickly this year has flashed by. But I’m also thrilled that November is here, because we head back to Europe for a little mini-break at the end of the month – yes, it’s safe to say that I’m counting the days.
With our trip so close, France is almost continually on my mind and, as a result, I’ve got all sorts of French inspiration to share with you this month.
What’s On In Paris In November
As always, let’s have a little look at what’s on in Paris during November – just in case you are lucky enough to be headed to the City of Light. This month, I’ve turned to the team at Paris Made Perfect who have a compiled a list that covers all the bases. Whether you are into sport, photography, crafting or film there is something here for everyone.
New Music That Channels Paris (in case you are not lucky enough to be headed there)
During October, I suggested that you might like to Frenchify one of your Friday’s by listening to French music. Just seconds after I hit publish (well it felt like seconds, it might have actually been a few minutes) my friendly Instagram feed informed me that Lou Doillon’s new album Lay Low had just been released.
Now, this timing was kind of funny as I’d also referenced the upcoming So Frenchy, So Chic festival in that post and I’m rather excited by the fact that Doillon is one of the headline acts at the festival. Fast forward a few more minutes and I’d purchased the album on iTunes and was enjoying Doillon’s sultry folk music (and it’s been on high rotation ever since).
Paris based Lou Doillon is the daughter of Jane Birkin and half-sister of Charlotte Gainsborough and she just exudes French chic. Interestingly though, this album is entirely in English…but it still manages to whisk your imagination away to Paris, even if it does nothing to improve your French.
One For The Ladies
I recently stumbled across French Lessons | 6 Tips for Living Like a French Woman. Despite a clear understanding that reading these sort of articles does absolutely nothing to make me more French, I’m eternally drawn to them – and I thought this one had some tips worth sharing. You can read more here.
A Little Book Review
For the first time in a long time I’ve found myself reading books. And lots of them. Real books with glossy covers and silky pages. One even has a dust jacket!
I adore reading but seem to regularly convince myself that I don’t have the time or that travelling for work has rendered me far too tired to even consider diving into a single book, let alone a number of them. So I am absolutely delighted when I allow myself to luxuriate in a stack of new books. Rather than sucking up time or energy, I find that reading leaves me feeling inspired, creative and full of energy.
One book that I found particularly engaging over the past week was Garance Doré’s newly released Love. Style. Life. French born Garance Doré is a 40 year old fashion blogger, photographer and illustrator who can now add ‘author’ to her list of achievements. I have followed her work for years mainly because I love the way she writes – she is so honest, yet amusing at the same time. And her book delivers the same flavours as it delves into her experiences in (rather obviously) love, style and life. If you happen to like an eclectic mix of France, New York, beauty and style you’ll probably enjoy this book. You can check it out here.
A Little Reminder
Only 3 weeks now until the Paris to Provence French Festival which is held in the stately grounds of Melbourne’s Como House. You can pre-purchase your tickets here. If you are going this year, keep an eye out for three of Scott’s photos which we’ve entered in the festival’s photographic exhibition.
Finally, we were very honoured to have been featured on the blog of photographer and writer, Katische Haberfield. Scott met the very talented Katische on a photography course and it was our pleasure to share our champagne story with her community. Click here to read more.
Wishing you all a wonderful November. And if you’ve come across any French inspiration recently, feel free to share it in the comments below.
Until next time – au revoir.