Royal Ascot: High Stakes and Style

Royal Ascot: High Stakes and Style

(photo source) Tomorrow begins Royal Ascot - the 5-day British spectacle, known as much for its top racehorses as it is for its sophisticated, and sometimes over-the-top, fashion. A mainstay in the British Royal calendar, Royal Ascot represents one of the most well-known sporting events in the Continue reading

In the Words of Coco Chanel…

In the Words of Coco Chanel…

(photo source) On August 19, French fashion icon Coco Chanel would have celebrated her 130th birthday.  Born in 1883 in Saumur, France, Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel - later known as "Coco" - grew up in an orphanage where she first learned to sew. At age 18, Chanel left the orphanage and had a brief Continue reading

Beyond Fashion Week: A Guide to Parisian Style

Beyond Fashion Week: A Guide to Parisian Style

(photo source) Paris Fashion Week may be over, but that doesn't mean your love of Parisian style has to end. To help you get by until next year's fashion week, check out the recently released book Paris Street Style: A Guide to Effortless Chic, where co-authors Isabella Thomas and Frédérique Continue reading

Black-Tie Optional

Black-Tie Optional

(photo source) Bonjour Everyone! I am headed to beautiful Baltimore in just a few days where I will be attending a black-tie optional Gala (ooh la la!). I would love to report that the Gala event is in celebration of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee, but alas, it is not. Nonetheless, it is a Continue reading

Guide to a Travel Chic Wardrobe

Guide to a Travel Chic Wardrobe

(photo source) In just two days, I'll be headed to Hawaii for a two-week business trip/anniversary trip. When packing for a trip, it's just as important to consider what you will wear on the plane as is it to decide what to wear on the ground. Like any aspiring chic French woman, comfort is Continue reading

5 Eurochic Fashion Finds for Fall

5 Eurochic Fashion Finds for Fall

(photo source) For the last few months, I have anticipated each issue of the new monthly online magazine - Matchbook. I am enamored with the editors' beautiful photos, remarkable fashion sense, quirky writing style, and plenty of Eurochic finds for my Franchophile/Europhile personality. Continue reading

British Styles at the Gap

British Styles at the Gap

 (Gap's Portobello Road Collection) This weekend, I headed to an outdoor mall for a little back-to-school shopping. No, I'm not personally headed back to school, however, this time of year always makes me want to buy new clothes. I passed by several shop windows before seeing a truly lovely Continue reading

Traveling Coach

Traveling Coach

Last year when I was traveling around the US and Canada for work, I hesitated taking a purse. At the time, the purses I had were not huge by today's standards, but large enough to take up room in my carryon luggage, which meant I may be faced with paying for a bag. Let's face it, when you're trying Continue reading

Morning Dress at the Royal Wedding

Morning Dress at the Royal Wedding

(Photo sources: left, right) I was one of the many millions of people who watched - celebrated  - the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton last Friday. I absolutely loved Kate's dress - simple, understated, elegance, quite like how she dresses normally. But I also loved seeing all Continue reading

Casually Chic Fridays in France

Casually Chic Fridays in France

In the US, where business casual work environments and "casual Fridays" prevail, it's easy to forget that a place of business is still, well..a place of business. Even if you don't have meetings on Fridays or if your CEO never shows her face after 3 PM on Thursday, it could still be considered a Continue reading

French Lessons: One Scarf, Four Ways

French Lessons: One Scarf, Four Ways

French women collect scarves like American women collect handbags. Mireille Guiliano, author of French Women Don't Get Fat It seems that when most American children are just learning to tie their own shoes, children in France are learning to tie their own scarves. This goes for girls and boys. Continue reading

For a French Woman, Less is More

For a French Woman, Less is More

(Photo source) When it comes to clothes, American women tend to think that more is better, or that more expensive is better. But that is not the case with a French woman. For her, less is more, and even inexpensive items can be, in her view, priceless. For instance, an American woman may have a Continue reading