HM Queen Elizabeth II Celebrates 90th Birthday 

HM Queen Elizabeth II Celebrates 90th Birthday 

What an amazing life ....to have lived 90 years, with most as the Queen of England. God bless HM. 8 Little Known Facts About HM Queen Elizabeth II Source: Queen's 90th birthday: Her Majesty 'terribly happy' as well-wishers give her a day to remember at celebrations for her historic milestone Continue reading

25 New Year’s Good Luck Traditions Around the World

However you celebrate, there are plenty of ways to say "Happy New Year!" from Australia to Wales, and many of them involve traditions that promise luck and prosperity. Source: 25 New Year's Good Luck Traditions Around the World Continue reading

Holiday Memories with Macy’s and Charlie Brown

Holiday Memories with Macy’s and Charlie Brown

When I was growing up, there were two annual events that signaled the start of the holiday season…. Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving special on television and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. After many years, I still feel nostalgic about Good ol' Charlie Brown -- from watching the Great Pumpkin on Continue reading

Happy Bastille Day

Happy Bastille Day

  Bonjour and Happy Bastille Day! In honor of the French Fete, I'm indulging in a creme cafe and a lovely, buttery croissant. I'll be savoring my a French breakfast and dreaming of my next Oui Please surprise! Ciao! Continue reading

Experience France All Year Long – Oui Please!

Experience France All Year Long – Oui Please!

My goodness – has it really been 3 months since I returned from Paris? Reality check – yes, it has been that long. It seems like just yesterday I was sipping café crème in Avignon, musing at the melody of French accents from local patrons. Now, I’ve fallen back into the routine of drinking my Continue reading

Raising the Barre in the New Year

Raising the Barre in the New Year

(photo source) Happy New Year everyone! For many Americans, the New Year is a time to set resolutions – to create a goal for the year and then do your best to try to stick with it. However, like most French girls, I’ve never really been the type to make or stick with New Year’s resolutions. After Continue reading

Diner en Blanc: Paris Enchantment in Chicago

Diner en Blanc: Paris Enchantment in Chicago

Over 25 years ago, a tradition was born in Paris - a tradition that pays tribute to the elegance, glamour, and rich history of the city. But what started as a quaint dinner for an elite guest list in the bustling city of lights, has now become one of the most sought-after dining events in more than Continue reading

A French Summer Wedding

A French Summer Wedding

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending a friend's wedding in downtown Chicago. The ceremony took place in a gorgeous, restored church in the heart of the city, followed by a reception in a lighted, outdoor tent. Two days later the bride and groom headed off to France for two weeks in the Continue reading

3 Ways to Shake the Winter Blues

3 Ways to Shake the Winter Blues

(photo source) Feeling a little down today? You may not be alone. A few years ago, British researchers identified the third Monday in January as "Blue Monday", the most depressing day of the year. But why is January 21 so depressing? It's really a combination of anxiety and gloominess brought on Continue reading

Channel Your Inner French Girl

Channel Your Inner French Girl

(photo source) Spring is two months away...which means January is the perfect time to dream of Paris in the Springtime! To give your fantasy a boost, check out the latest issue of Matchbookmag.com which features a full spread on how to channel (or dare we say chanel?) your inner French Continue reading

Joie de Vivre in the New Year

Joie de Vivre in the New Year

(Photo source) It's time to ring in the New Year - and what better way to do so than with family, friends, and a bit of French joie de vivre! To get you started on the celebration, check out these French/Euro-themed New Year's articles: New Year's Traditions from Around the World New Year's Continue reading

Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas

Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas

(Photo source) Growing up, one of my favorite Christmas songs was the 12 Days of Christmas (who could forget the classic version by John Denver and the Muppets). I used to imagine what it would be like to receive 12 days worth of gifts - all themed after the old English song. Today, I still enjoy Continue reading