The Classic Trench Coat: Not Just for French Women and Secret Agents

The Classic Trench Coat: Not Just for French Women and Secret Agents

For years, style editors have pointed out that French women, with their very distinct and classic style, have elevated the trench coat to its never-ending chic status. And for years, I wondered, how can millions of French women - and secret agents - be wrong?  A WARDROBE ICON Trench coats have Continue reading

Put a French Spring in Your Step

Put a French Spring in Your Step

With Spring just two days away, you can practically hear the French singing, I love Paris in the Springtime, I love Paris in the Fall. Yes, Spring has arrived in Paris and most of France for that matter. And, while the French are busy picking daisies and chatting over cafe au lait, you may be Continue reading

Tea Tastes Better in Your Favorite Cup

Tea Tastes Better in Your Favorite Cup

I have collected tea cups and tea pots for years. Now, I adore all of my tea china, but there are one or two tea cups and pots that really stand out as favorites. Each time I make tea in my favorite pot - a simple 4-cup cedar green pot - or sip from my favorite cup - a bright pink cup with gold Continue reading

The British Curry Experience

The British Curry Experience

Like the British, I love a good curry. And, while in London, I witnessed and even experienced first-hand, the British curry craze. This left me with a respect for and curiosity about this saucy cuisine.  Like a Starbucks on Every Corner In London, Indian restaurants touting their "famous curries" Continue reading

Shopaholic Confessions: Affordable European Fashions in the US

Shopaholic Confessions: Affordable European Fashions in the US

Just like American women who are feeling the credit crunch, British and European women have been forced to curb their spending habits. Yet, the difference is, British and European women will go to great lengths to avoid looking like they are on a spending diet. For them, it is still possible to have Continue reading

12 Superfoods for Great Looking Skin

12 Superfoods for Great Looking Skin

If you've ever met a French woman and tried to guess her age, it is quite likely that your guess would be years off. French women are known for taking exceptionally good care of themselves. And, if it's one thing they never overlook, it is their skin. The classic French woman has flawless, radiant Continue reading

British Flirt Their Way Up the Corporate Ladder

British Flirt Their Way Up the Corporate Ladder

Leave it to Bridget Jones to do something drastic to get the boss' attention...and I don't mean keeping a diary. Like the fictitious character, many British women sleep with their bosses, but several new studies reveal that British workers will do this to actually get ahead at the office. In tough Continue reading

French Officials Say "Don't Drink Wine"

French Officials Say "Don't Drink Wine"

French Authorities Advise Citizens to Put a Cork in It France without wine? Mon Dieu - that's blasphemy. Who would have thought that a country full of vineyards and wineries would recommend against drinking their own product? Well, France has done just that! Last week, France's Ministry of Health Continue reading

It's Mardi Gras…Bring on the Pancake Races!

It's Mardi Gras…Bring on the Pancake Races!

Ahh, Mardi Gras...a time of extravagance, gluttony, and pancakes? Yes, pancakes. You may think that pancakes seem a little bland for Mardi Gras, compared with the Polish Paczki or New Orleans King Cake, but for our British neighbors across the pond, pancakes and even pancake races are major elements Continue reading

Confessions of a British Shopaholic

Confessions of a British Shopaholic

Confessions of a Shopaholic May Reflect British Women Spending Habits If you've ever read the book, Confessions of a Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella, you will know that it doesn't quite follow the recently released movie by the same title, mostly because the main character Rebecca or Becky, is not Continue reading

I said Tapas Bar, Not Topless Bar.

I said Tapas Bar, Not Topless Bar.

Tapas or Topless? Tapas have been around for centuries in Spain and for many years in the US - so it always amazes me when people don't know what they are or have never heard of them. I remember when my mother, who lives out of state, first learned about tapas. I called her as I usually did on Continue reading

An Incredibly French Valentine's Day

An Incredibly French Valentine's Day

Mon dieu! Valentine's Day is nearly here and you haven't planned a thing? Well, fear not. There is still time to plan a truly fabulous Valentine's Day for you and your special someone. If you're looking for something extraordinary for your significant other this Valentine's Day, why not surprise him Continue reading