A Royal Father’s Day Tradition

A Royal Father’s Day Tradition

(Photo source) This weekend marks one of our biggest family traditions of the year - Father's Day Weekend at Arlington Park Racecourse. It just so happens that each year around this time is also one of the biggest horse racing events in the world - Royal Ascot. Steeped in pagentry and Continue reading

Germany Voted Most Popular Country

Germany Voted Most Popular Country

(photo source) In a survey of over 26,000 people around the world, Germany was seen as the most popular country. When asked to rank 16 countries (excluding their own country), 59% of respondents ranked Germany positively. Some analysts believe the positive rating is due to Germany's strong Continue reading

Chelsea Flower Show Celebrates Centennial Year

Chelsea Flower Show Celebrates Centennial Year

(photo source) Chelsea Flower Show, May 21-25, 2013 This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of the most prestigious flower shows in the world - the Chelsea Flower Show. First known as the Royal Horticulture Society Great Spring Show from 1862 through 1912, the Chelsea Flower Show has been Continue reading

Italian Bellinis and French Macarons: Sampling “The World” in Chicago

Italian Bellinis and French Macarons: Sampling “The World” in Chicago

(photo source) Happy Birthday to me! And how did this Bistro Chic celebrate her extra special day? Not only was I spending two luxurious days in an awesome Millennium Park hotel, but I was also off sampling the world in downtown Chicago. Take a peek at my itinerary: Spain - Strolled among Continue reading

Happy Anniversary, Mr. Darcy:           Pride and Prejudice Turns 200

Happy Anniversary, Mr. Darcy: Pride and Prejudice Turns 200

  (photo source) “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice This week marks the 200th anniversary of one of the most beloved novels by British author Jane Austen - Pride and Continue reading

Bring Paris Home for the Holidays

Bring Paris Home for the Holidays

(photo source) Dreaming of a trip to France for the holidays? Me too :-) But, if you really are like me, waiting for your dream to come true can take longer than I have patience for. Instead of waiting, why not bring Paris (or any of your favorite destinations) home for holidays? 3 Ways to Continue reading

12 Months of Teapots

12 Months of Teapots

(photo source) After nearly four years of sharing my quaint musings, most of you know how much I adore teacups and teapots. Over the years, I have learned that many of my readers and friends also share this interest. So for all of you tea totalers and collectors, here's something to add to your Continue reading

Fair Isle Memories

Fair Isle Memories

(photo source) Years ago when I traveled to Scotland, I stopped into a small, boutique clothing store, full of hand-made sweaters and other knitwear. The shop, with its hardwood floors and table displays, had the ultimate warm and cozy feeling - like Christmas morning in front of a fireplace. Continue reading

Falling for Apples

Falling for Apples

From pumpkins to corn to the big grape harvest, Fall is a wonderful time to experience the many pleasures of food and drink. And, just as the French take to the ground in the Fall to forage for mushrooms, the Americans take to the trees in search of apples. Every year for the last 7 years (at Continue reading

Fall is in the Air

Fall is in the Air

Bonjour! Fall is my favorite time of year. How I love the color orange! Ciao Continue reading

The French Secret to Parenting

The French Secret to Parenting

Like any parent with two small children, I struggle with how to be a better parent and, more importantly, how I can raise two wonderful children without losing my sanity. So, I often read parenting books or articles to what's new and improved in the parenting world. By now, you may have seen the Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth II and Her Diamond Jubilee

  (Photo source) This weekend, Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her Diamond Jubilee with 60 years as Queen and Head of State of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealths. At 86 years old, the Queen has celebrated numerous accomplishments and reached significant milestones, Continue reading