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

Black-Tie Optional

Black-Tie Optional

(photo source) Bonjour Everyone! I am headed to beautiful Baltimore in just a few days where I will be attending a black-tie optional Gala (ooh la la!). I would love to report that the Gala event is in celebration of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee, but alas, it is not. Nonetheless, it is a Continue reading

Decorating with French Toile

Decorating with French Toile

(Photo source) I've written about French decorating and French country style in the past. However, one element I've neglected to mention was how much I adore toile - a trés classic French country design. About French Toile Most often scene on cloth or fabric, toile actually means cloth in Continue reading

Guide to a Travel Chic Wardrobe

Guide to a Travel Chic Wardrobe

(photo source) In just two days, I'll be headed to Hawaii for a two-week business trip/anniversary trip. When packing for a trip, it's just as important to consider what you will wear on the plane as is it to decide what to wear on the ground. Like any aspiring chic French woman, comfort is Continue reading

Why the French Grocery Shop Every Day

Why the French Grocery Shop Every Day

(photo source) One thing I admire about French women (and there are many things) is their ability to shop for their meals every day. No stocking up for a month, or even a few weeks, for these girls. They don't want to be tied down to food they have in the house, but rather eat whatever they fancy Continue reading

5 Eurochic Fashion Finds for Fall

5 Eurochic Fashion Finds for Fall

(photo source) For the last few months, I have anticipated each issue of the new monthly online magazine - Matchbook. I am enamored with the editors' beautiful photos, remarkable fashion sense, quirky writing style, and plenty of Eurochic finds for my Franchophile/Europhile personality. 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

Finding Europe in My Own Backyard

Finding Europe in My Own Backyard

(photo source) In my previous post, I shared with you several ways that you could have your very own European-themed staycation, no matter where you live. While writing that post, I realized that there are still several experiences I wanted to add to my summer to-do list. And, it just so Continue reading

Finding France Wherever You Go

Finding France Wherever You Go

Whenever I travel, I make it a point to eat in quaint bistros, cafes, and coffee shops - really anything reminiscent of the lovely restaurants in Spain, France, and Italy. This weekend, I happened to be in Las Vegas for all of 24 hours, which was both very exciting and exhausting at the same time. Continue reading

Traveling Coach

Traveling Coach

Last year when I was traveling around the US and Canada for work, I hesitated taking a purse. At the time, the purses I had were not huge by today's standards, but large enough to take up room in my carryon luggage, which meant I may be faced with paying for a bag. Let's face it, when you're trying 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

The Joys of Having a Blog

The Joys of Having a Blog

The joy of having your own blog #1....taking a night off because you are sick!! Here's to getting a full night's sleep, dreaming about Paris, and drinking my Nespresso in one of my favorite Anthropologie cups in the morning. Ciao and see you on Monday! Continue reading