Farm to Table from Your Own Backyard

Farm to Table from Your Own Backyard

One of great things about living in a large European city like London or Paris is the plentiful access to stores and markets within walking distance. It's no wonder that Parisians buy groceries on a daily basis, instead of weekly or even monthly like many Americans. Although living 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

A Taste of Italy: Summer Caprese Salad

A Taste of Italy: Summer Caprese Salad

Numerous studies have shown that the Mediterranean diet - one that is rich in fresh, plant-based foods, olive oil, herbs/species, and more - has significant benefits for the heart. But the use of high quality, fresh ingredients may also provide you with a more enjoyable eating experience. According Continue reading

A French Summer Wedding

A French Summer Wedding

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending a friend's wedding in downtown Chicago. The ceremony took place in a gorgeous, restored church in the heart of the city, followed by a reception in a lighted, outdoor tent. Two days later the bride and groom headed off to France for two weeks in the Continue reading

3 Ways Parisians Stay Thin

3 Ways Parisians Stay Thin

(photo source) The craze to be "Paris thin" has been around for years and for good reason.  Not only do the French have lower rates of cardiovascular disease, but obesity rates are 3 times higher in the US than they are in France. A new book, The Parisian Diet: How to Reach Your Right Weight 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

Channel Your Inner French Girl

Channel Your Inner French Girl

(photo source) Spring is two months away...which means January is the perfect time to dream of Paris in the Springtime! To give your fantasy a boost, check out the latest issue of Matchbookmag.com which features a full spread on how to channel (or dare we say chanel?) your inner French Continue reading

Anti-Aging Secrets of French Women

Anti-Aging Secrets of French Women

(Photo source) French women are known to age gracefully; some may say they never seem to age at all. But how do they manage to remain beautiful and ageless despite the stressors of life, not to mention Father Time? Books and magazines have chronicled this mystery of the never-aging French woman, Continue reading

Seasonal Cooking With Seasons 52

Seasonal Cooking With Seasons 52

One of the hallmark traits of a French girl is her love of cooking with the seasons. In Winter, she will savor her potatoes and parsnips in casseroles; Spring, she prepares lovely soups with peas or asparagus; the Summer, she may focus on tomatoes, peppers, and juicy fruits; and in the Fall, she Continue reading

The French Secret to Parenting

The French Secret to Parenting

Like any parent with two small children, I struggle with how to be a better parent and, more importantly, how I can raise two wonderful children without losing my sanity. So, I often read parenting books or articles to what's new and improved in the parenting world. By now, you may have seen the Continue reading

92 Days of Summer

(photo source) A French girl knows how important it is to have something to look forward to - especially in the summer. So, each year as Memorial Day approaches, I buy a calendar and start filling in all of the plans I have for the next 92 days (Memorial Day to Labor Day). And, in true French Continue reading

Le Chocolat

Le Chocolat

Although the Lenten season may be over, it's never too late to watch the movie Chocolat. The movie is set in a small fictional and very Catholic town in France during Lent in what appears to be the late 1950's. Staying true to its title, the movie centers around chocolate, its mysterious and magical Continue reading