Pucker Up! How to Find The Best Lipstick for You

Pucker Up! How to Find The Best Lipstick for You

In honor National Lipstick Day (July 29), take the quiz below to find the ride shade of lip color for you. Source: Lipstick Quiz - YouBeauty Want to find your best "French Girl" color? Be sure to check out the lip color favorites from these Paris beauties.   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

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

French Guest Soaps for the Holidays

French Guest Soaps for the Holidays

(Pottery Barn Photo) Attending a holiday party this year? Keep in mind that, more often than not, it is polite to bring a small hostess gift. Although a nice bottle of chardonnay is always classy, it is not always the ideal gift for someone who is very particular about his/her wines; someone who 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

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

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

French-Inspired Living: Chic Hiding Places for Small Things

French-Inspired Living: Chic Hiding Places for Small Things

(Photo source) Whether filled with antiques or modern decor, a French woman's home will rarely look cluttered. For her, there's a place, a purpose, and a story for everything. This doesn't mean that she is not sentimental - she most certainly keeps mementos that are precious to her and displays Continue reading

Casually Chic Fridays in France

Casually Chic Fridays in France

In the US, where business casual work environments and "casual Fridays" prevail, it's easy to forget that a place of business is still, well..a place of business. Even if you don't have meetings on Fridays or if your CEO never shows her face after 3 PM on Thursday, it could still be considered a Continue reading

Are You A Matchbook Girl?

Are You A Matchbook Girl?

(photo source) What do you get when you mix clever writing, with sassy lifestyle ideas, and chic fashion sense? You get the brand new, online lifestyle publication - Matchbook! Matchbook, which launched January 2011, is a monthly magazine covering past and present fashion, decor, the arts, Continue reading

5 Essentials for Bistro Chic Travels

5 Essentials for Bistro Chic Travels

(Photo source) This year has been the busiest travel year for me by far. By the end of the year, I will have traveled 14 times, visiting such cities as Vancouver, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. During this year's travels, I have observed many, many other flyers traveling from one destination Continue reading