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

The French Paradox

The French Paradox

(photo source) There are many aspects of  French women that fascinate me, from the way they walk with confidence and poise to the way they can tie a scarf in 10 different ways. But, nothing perplexes me more than how French women (and men) can regularly eat such rich foods as buttery loaves of Continue reading

Bonjour Bistro Chic!

Bonjour Bistro Chic!

Have you ever had an obsession with wanting to visit or learn more about a particular country or cultural lifestyle? For the last few years, I have become increasingly enamored with European cultures, primarily the French culture, but Spain and Britain have also charmed me. I first became interested Continue reading