Yes, I Absolutely Do Need 5 Black Pants

Yes, I Absolutely Do Need 5 Black Pants

A recent survey found that the average British woman has over 100 items of clothing in her wardrobe. But alas, our British cousins will actually wear less than 30% of these clothes on a regular basis. What a waste! Why not keep the 30% and ditch the rest? Well, apparently British women are Continue reading

New Year's Resolution – The Wardrobe Diet

New Year's Resolution – The Wardrobe Diet

American and British women are more similar than you may think. Both spend loads of money on clothes and shoes, spend hours trying them on, and then agonize over how they look in their new purchases. It's really no secret that most women in America and Britain will have issues with weight and body Continue reading

How to Make a Perfect Cup of British Tea

How to Make a Perfect Cup of British Tea

Like coffee in the United States, tea in Britain is a staple in nearly every household. According to the United Kingdom Tea Council, the British drink 165 million cups of tea per day or 60.2 billion cups of tea per year. Although most of these people will drink a cuppa (tea) out of habit or because Continue reading

Recessionista Diaries: Affordable Luxuries

Recessionista Diaries: Affordable Luxuries

British women buy more make-up than anyone. In fact, a new survey shows British women would spend their last £10 (about $14) on a tube of lipstick, ahead of food, clothing, and other daily essentials, suggesting that this type of purchase gives women a cheap shopping fix, especially in a tough Continue reading

10 Reasons You Need A New Hairstyle

10 Reasons You Need A New Hairstyle

Natural. Effortless. Chic. These three elements can easily describe a French woman's overall style, including her hairstyle. Our French cousins may wear their hair in a twist or leave it flowing freely across their shoulders. But no matter how a French woman styles her hair for the day, her hair Continue reading

Your Wardrobe, Italian Style

Your Wardrobe, Italian Style

My first encounter with a true Italian girl was over 20 years ago. I was working for an Italian family who owned their own restaurant and catering service. Their daughter, who was only a few years older than me, had striking Italian features, including a large nose, and major attitude. Attitude Continue reading

The French Woman’s Diet: A Love Affair With Food

The French Woman’s Diet: A Love Affair With Food

(photo source) To understand the French is to understand their love affair with food. The French are known for their taste in high quality fashion, entertainment, and travel. And this quality taste is reflected in their culinary habits. Just as a French woman would choose one perfect silver charm Continue reading

British Women or "Bag Ladies"

British Women or "Bag Ladies"

British women mean business when it comes to their handbags. A recent  survey (as reported in the Daily Mail) revealed that the average 30-year old women in Britain has an average of 21 handbags/purses, and buys a new one every three months. That's an average of 111 handbags owned in one Continue reading

Mini-Break on a (Company) Dime

Mini-Break on a (Company) Dime

At this time each year, I find myself daydreaming about taking a vacation. Maybe it's due to the sub-zero temperatures we've been faced with or it could be the pile of work that seems to be growing on my desk, so much that my pile has been divided into several other piles. Either way, vacationing Continue reading

For Good Sleep, Count Cheese Instead of Sheep

For Good Sleep, Count Cheese Instead of Sheep

Whenever I travel to Britain, I am amazed an how many types of cheese I see in stores, restaurants, and on hotel menus. Britain actually produces more than 700 varieties of cheese - no telling how many kinds I've sampled. For a cheese lover like me, traveling to Britain is truly cheese heaven. I can Continue reading

The French Woman’s Diet: Eat Bread. Eat Cheese. Eat Chocolate. Repeat.

The French Woman’s Diet: Eat Bread. Eat Cheese. Eat Chocolate. Repeat.

In my previous post about the French Paradox, I introduced the concept that people in France, particularly French women, seem to be able to eat whatever they want while still staying in great shape. Many books and magazine articles have focused on the phenomenon of the French Paradox and even assert Continue reading

10 Ways to Experience Britain Without Leaving Home

10 Ways to Experience Britain Without Leaving Home

Great Britain is such a charming place to visit. From the narrow streets and churches of England, to the countrysides and castles of Scotland and Wales, you can find a bit of history, not to mention a pub, on just about every corner. For me, a large part of what makes Britain so appealing is the Continue reading