Back from the Islands

Back from the Islands

I've just returned from nearly two weeks in Hawaii. Although I'd love to share details with you about my stay, especially my experience at the Four Seasons Wailea, I am completely exhausted. Instead, join me on Thursday for a recap and photo tour, plus a special segment about why the little 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

Bistro Chic, Hawaii Bound

Bistro Chic, Hawaii Bound

(photo source) Ten years ago this week, I was in Maui, Hawaii, enjoying every minute of my honeymoon at the Four Seasons Wailea. It's hard to explain how it feels to stay at a Four Seasons, especially one that is thought to be the best in Hawaii. Let's just put it this way, once you've stayed at Continue reading

My European Staycation: Tea at the Drake Hotel

My European Staycation: Tea at the Drake Hotel

In keeping with my new goal of having a European staycation in August, I made my way to "England" this weekend via afternoon tea at the Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago. As many of you know in reading my posts, I love to take afternoon tea, whether it is in my own house or in another country. In 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

12 Ideas for a European Staycation

12 Ideas for a European Staycation

(photo source) Have you ever wished you could experience Europe or even a different country, without the excessive expense or time away from work? With one month to go until the unofficial end of summer, why not plan a few European-like experiences right in your own area  - a European Staycation Continue reading

A Beach in the Heart of Paris

A Beach in the Heart of Paris

(photo source) The French Riviera may be known for its beaches, but what many people don't know is that Paris sports its own beachfront property, right in the heart of the city. Each summer, from July 21 to August 21, at least one well-known waterfront along the Seine River is transformed into Continue reading

5 Packing Tips for Traveling Light

5 Packing Tips for Traveling Light

(photo source) I often take quick, 1-3 night trips for business. On these trips, as with most trips, I try to pack in the most efficient way that I can, taking the smallest suitcase that I can. This prevents me from overpacking and possibly saving money by not having to check a bag. However, this Continue reading

Travel Photos Make Lasting Memories

Travel Photos Make Lasting Memories

When I travel for business, I try to pick up small things to bring home that will remind me of all of the great cities or places that I visited. For instance, in the last few years, I've brought home: Pure maple syrup - Montreal A maple leaf pin - Vancouver A tiny liberty bell - Continue reading

A Snow Day For Adults

A Snow Day For Adults

(photo source) When I was in elementary school, I remember waiting up for hours on any given winter's night, praying for a snow day. I would dream about sledding, hot chocolate, and, of course, no tests or homework. Now that I'm an adult, snow days have taken on a whole new meaning. I no longer Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from Bistro Chic! Continue reading

The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing…

The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing…

(Photo Source) A few years ago when Scott and I were traveling around Europe, we had the extreme delight of spending a week in and around Barcelona, an area known as Catalunya. On our last evening in the city, just before dusk, Scott and I were wandering the streets. We were taking in the last few Continue reading