Royal Ascot: High Stakes and Style

Royal Ascot: High Stakes and Style

(photo source) Tomorrow begins Royal Ascot - the 5-day British spectacle, known as much for its top racehorses as it is for its sophisticated, and sometimes over-the-top, fashion. A mainstay in the British Royal calendar, Royal Ascot represents one of the most well-known sporting events in the Continue reading

In the Words of Coco Chanel…

In the Words of Coco Chanel…

(photo source) On August 19, French fashion icon Coco Chanel would have celebrated her 130th birthday.  Born in 1883 in Saumur, France, Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel - later known as "Coco" - grew up in an orphanage where she first learned to sew. At age 18, Chanel left the orphanage and had a brief Continue reading

Beyond Fashion Week: A Guide to Parisian Style

Beyond Fashion Week: A Guide to Parisian Style

(photo source) Paris Fashion Week may be over, but that doesn't mean your love of Parisian style has to end. To help you get by until next year's fashion week, check out the recently released book Paris Street Style: A Guide to Effortless Chic, where co-authors Isabella Thomas and Frédérique 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

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

Pinterest: Daily Inspiration from France

Pinterest: Daily Inspiration from France

If you're ever in need of some quick inspiration or just something to make you smile, check out Pinterest, a virtual pinboard where people "pin up" amazing photos of any from gourmet food, fashion, pets, and kids. You can search for just about anything too - and when you do, expect to see a Continue reading

British Styles at the Gap

British Styles at the Gap

 (Gap's Portobello Road Collection) This weekend, I headed to an outdoor mall for a little back-to-school shopping. No, I'm not personally headed back to school, however, this time of year always makes me want to buy new clothes. I passed by several shop windows before seeing a truly lovely Continue reading

Royal Ascot Celebrates 300th Year

Royal Ascot Celebrates 300th Year

This weekend marked the 300th year of a major sporting event in England - Royal Ascot. Founded by Queen Anne in 1711, Royal Ascot is the most popular flat horse racing event in England. As you may know, I've written about my fascination with Britain's Royal Ascot in previous posts - the glamour, the 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

Morning Dress at the Royal Wedding

Morning Dress at the Royal Wedding

(Photo sources: left, right) I was one of the many millions of people who watched - celebrated  - the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton last Friday. I absolutely loved Kate's dress - simple, understated, elegance, quite like how she dresses normally. But I also loved seeing all Continue reading