A Very Nespresso Birthday

A Very Nespresso Birthday

Last weekend, my husband treated me to an overnight in city for my birthday. After checking into the Hotel Palomar (a fantastic boutique hotel in Chicago), we headed to Bloomingdale's Home Store to view its Nespresso products. As I walked through the doors, I was completely surprised and nearly Continue reading

I Love Paris in the Springtime….

I Love Paris in the Springtime….

(photo source) ....and you will too when you read these 21 Things to Do Outside in Paris in the Spring! Enjoy!   Continue reading

The ABC’s of French Art

The ABC’s of French Art

It may come to no surprise that I love...no adore ....decor with French sayings on them. Whether it's bistro style art framed for a restaurant wall or little soaps that say bonjour, I'm a pushover for just about anything with scripted French writing. So, as you can imagine, I was completely Continue reading

A Bistro Chic Valentine’s Day

A Bistro Chic Valentine’s Day

(photo source) Bonjour everyone! Just returned from sunny and not so warm Florida and am completely worn out. However, I am not too tired to offer some last minute Valentine's Day tips for all of you Bistro Chic readers. If you're looking to celebrate the day of love with a European flair, be Continue reading

New Year’s With a French Twist

New Year’s With a French Twist

(photo source) Bonjour everyone! The end of 2011 is just days away which means planning for New Year’s celebrations is in full swing. If you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve Party or a New Year’s Day brunch, why not give your soirée a French twist? And before you roll your eyes at this Francophile Continue reading

Dreaming in French

Dreaming in French

Need a little ooh la la in your life? Stop by Pinterest - your very own muse for Champagne wishes and French dreams. I must say, that pup in the striped tee is tres chic....   Continue reading

Pinterest: Daily Inspiration from France

Pinterest: Daily Inspiration from France

If you're ever in need of some quick inspiration or just something to make you smile, check out Pinterest, a virtual pinboard where people "pin up" amazing photos of any from gourmet food, fashion, pets, and kids. You can search for just about anything too - and when you do, expect to see a Continue reading

Paris on a Post-it Note

Paris on a Post-it Note

(photo source) The French may be a bit proper, even aloof, at times; however, for Parisians, it only takes a little competition - and a few thousand Post-it notes - to bring out their humor and creativity. This summer, companies in Paris have started a war - a friendly competition really - of Continue reading

Spain and the Second Breakfast

Spain and the Second Breakfast

While in Barcelona a few years back, I remember ordering breakfast from a quaint but bustling cafe on one of the city's main streets. It was full of business professionals and young adults grabbing un cafe and a quick breakfast, which was, amazingly, churros dipped in chocolate. Up to this point, Continue reading

My European Staycation: French Market Days

My European Staycation: French Market Days

Paris, Provence, Marseilles...ahhh...France. Destination #2 on my European staycation was a trip to France via Chicago's Cantigny Park (north of Chicago actually) French Market Days. And what says European staycation better than a stroll around a French open air market? Although nothing can Continue reading

My European Staycation: Tea at the Drake Hotel

My European Staycation: Tea at the Drake Hotel

In keeping with my new goal of having a European staycation in August, I made my way to "England" this weekend via afternoon tea at the Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago. As many of you know in reading my posts, I love to take afternoon tea, whether it is in my own house or in another country. In Continue reading

A French-Themed Birthday

A French-Themed Birthday

(photo source) Joyeux anniversaire to me! Although today was my actual birthday, in our family we celebrate birthdays over an entire weekend so I've had 3 days full of birthday surprises and wishes. While most people would celebrate a birthday in a typical American fashion - with a birthday cake Continue reading