Happy New Year from French Essence…A Year Looking Back

January 9, 2013

 The year that was..

Wishing you the best and the brightest in 2013… Have a fabulous New Year… May all your dreams come true…xv

If you feel like a little more French Essence in my absence… please click on the links below

A Parisian Christmas… Looking Back

Provence, A Lunch… and Finding Beauty

Country Life and Country Dress Ups


Scented Fragrances… What I am Burning..

What Makes A Home A Home

Mothers and Daughters


Beauty Therapy.. It’s Not Called Therapy for Nothing

Paris and yet Another Reason to love this City

Fashion Trends… Fashion Cycles


Beauty Routines

Ines de la Fressange… Yes she is as Pretty as you Imagine

The Provencal Kitchen.. A Re- Edit


Things I wish My Mother Had Told Me

My Provencal Table

What is the Right Amount of Cosmetic Surgery


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  • Mystica says:

    A very happy new year to you as well.

  • Have a wonderful New Year & best wishes for a fabulous 2013! xxx

  • Anita Rivera says:

    There you are …..most lovely and fabulous Vicki! YOu have the same chair as I do!

    Well my dear, you have put together a montage of memories of a splendid year of beauty. I am so looking forward to more of your vision and dream come true and your kindness has been a sweet aroma of French Essence to me.

    Wishing you une bonne année, remplie de bonheur et d’amour! BISOUS, Anita

  • Vicki, these pictures are amazing!! I am so happy to have been there with you this past year, thanks for taking me to so many wonderful French places (even if it was virtually) its the next best thing, and your lively story telling and drool worthy images, were indeed very alive in my mind!
    Wishing you all great things for 2013, may it be a year filled with much love, happiness and good health. Cheers!

  • Happy New Year Vicki!! Looking forward to sharing 2013 with you!! xxx

  • Kathy says:

    Hi Vicki
    Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful new year, good health and lots of joy.
    Cheers Kathy

  • Cynthia says:

    Beautiful post. Happy and Healthy New Year!!


  • Jacqueline says:

    Beautiful images of your year Vicki and I wish you another wonderful year in 2013.
    Thank you so much for your blogging friendship and here’s to another year of the same. Much love. XXXX

  • Happy New Year, Vicki! I’m so glad I’ve gotten to know you this past year and just being able to read your blog has been such an inspiration to me! I’m looking very forward to 2013 and can’t wait to read even more of your wonderful posts! Thank you for your friendship and for always being so encouraging!

  • quintessence says:

    What a fabulously beautiful and inspirational year chez French Essence!! Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2013 Vicki – cheers!!

  • Have a wonderful New Year VA….xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  • Karena says:

    Vicki I love your year of images; you have enlightened & infused my life with The French Essence!

    Wishing you all the best in the Year ahead!

    Art by Karena

  • Nice collection of photos. What do you mean in your absence?

  • Leslie says:

    Wonderful photos and recap of 2012!

    I’m feeling a little partied out and my pants are a bit snug;) My company is here until the 2nd and that will be my first day back at the office.. The house is a mess and I’m looking forward to getting back to a regular schedule. We will enjoy a quiet New Years Eve and look forward to the start of a new year. I hope you have some fun plans for this evening!!

    All the best in the coming year! Happy New Year!


  • Angela Ridge says:

    Dear Vicki,

    Wishing you and your family all the very best wishes for 2013, thank you for always being there with your wonderful images and inspirational words.

    Angela x

  • Hi Vicki,

    What a beautiful collage. It’s great to look back on what we do and accomplish in a year, isn’t it?

    My all time favorite photo on your blog is still the Roman Ruins in Provence…it literally took my breath away when I saw it. I hope to visit in person one day.

    Thanks so much for sharing your home and life with us, it really is a (French) treat.

    Happy New Year!

    Emily @ UpstateCountryHouse.com

  • Slim Paley says:

    Happy New Year to you and your family Vicki!!!!
    Sending love & snowflakes from Sun Valley, Idaho this chilly last day of 2012!

  • La Contessa says:

    ADORE YOUR PHOTOS and YOUR BLOG!THANK~YOU!I look forward to what you have in store for all of us in 2013!Your a treasure………..my guess is your husband knows that!
    Hope you received my card.Santa brought Carla’s two other books PARIS IN TANGO and CHASING A DREAM came directly from AUSTRALIA as my girlfriend divine in Melbourne knew I couldnot find here in the States!Plus, I got FRENCH ESSENCE again from another friend!One copy for the SALON and one copy for the bedroom!Just in case I need to be INSPIRED!

  • Hallie says:

    Happy New Year Vicki, You look so so pretty in your picture and you fit with all the beauty offered on your blog, the everyday delights and the special images.
    Wishing you only the best for you and your family in 2013. xo and to my fellow commentors on the site!

  • Hi Vicki,
    I’ve been meaning to stop by to tell you how much I’ve been loving your gorgeous holiday posts.
    You’re pics are beyond beautiful! xc

  • Sheila says:

    Have so much enjoyed a year of your wonderful blog. All the best in 2013.

    Sheila in SF

  • Que cette nouvelle année nous donne la joie de vous recevoir. Recevex tous nos bons voeux et une très bonne santé a chacun. Bisous de Australie

  • Happy New Year, Vicki. Thanks for always bringing an e-smile my way with your beautiful blog!

  • Andi says:

    Happy New Year – some amazing shots and amazing memories!

  • I agree, it was a pretty amazing year for your blog! Thank you for the adventures you take us on, Vicki…you are my French connection. Happy New Year!!

  • Thanks for the great review of your year Vicki – your photos always tell so much. I am looking forward to owning your book My French Life, which will arrive soon… I am also looking forward to reading your blog throughout this year to keep me excited our our trip back to Paris and Provence in 2014.

  • Sharon says:

    Would love to come and live with you for, it’s looks so lovely.

  • Rena says:

    What an imaginative review. Your photos are so expressive and full of charm. I enjoyed every story and every picture in your 2012 blog and hope 2013 will bring a lot of inspirations. Good luck for all your intentions especially for your little town house. How is it going?

  • Gorgeous images, wonderful links … you are leading me astray.
    Have just booked a return to Paris – have seen so much beauty via all these wonderful blogs I can’t resist going back in April.
    Thank you for all you do …
    Happy New Year xx

  • Anita Rivera says:

    Lovely friend,

    It was such a delight to see your comment this morning! I thought of you and many other European pals at 6:00pm my time as we ate our dinner, knowing that you were already ringing in the new year.

    I thank you kindly for your BEAUTIFUL words….an artist needs the support and I somehow feel you SEE the vision too. That dress took me the entire month of December to make, at least 14 hours a day. It will be displayed in the shop window of a very prominent shop in town. It will be interesting what will come of this…but that is what a new year is for – to look ahead, behind the sun.

    MUCH LOVE TO YOU and enjoy a quiet Provençal day, Anita

  • Jane says:

    Bonne annee, my gorgeous faraway friend. Wishing you and yours sparkling health, peace of mind and abundant prosperity. J x

  • pve says:

    bonne annee!

  • Pamela RG says:

    Happy New Year! All the best to you in the New Year!

  • Cathy says:

    As I look back at 2012 and of all the happy highlights, discovering your blog is certainly one of them! Merci beaucoup!

  • déjà pseu says:

    Gorgeous photos, Vicki, so evocative! Wishing you a very Bonne année!

  • Marilyn says:

    Happy New Year. Looking forward to more of your lovely photographs in 2013.

  • Bonne Annee to you dear Vicki! these pictures are so incredibly evocative of Provence throughout the year, and your gorgeous home and life too..

    all the best to you in 2013!

    bisous cherie!


  • Always lovely! Wishing you a wonderful start to the New Year!

    All the best,

  • Corrina Tough says:

    Dear Vicki, I love these images- what a stunning year. So nice to have followed you all year and look forward to more inspiration. Happy 2013 xxCorrina.

  • A beautiful year indeed. I wish you the very best for 2013 and looking forward to keep reading your wonderful stories. francine

  • Pamela says:

    Dear Vicki
    Wonderful vignettes! A very Happy New Year, filled with happiness and good things for you and your loved ones.
    Best wishes, Pamela

  • Trish Murphy says:

    Happy New Year Vicki! Wishing you a wonderful 2013. I just love the images for the past year it is a beautiful
    montage of a beautiful year. I look forward to another wonderful year following your French Essence.Trish

  • Ah, such beauty in these photos from near (I spy one from the day of our lunch here) and far–but the loveliest being your gorgeous smile–love it!

    Happy New Year, Miss. Here is to health and adventures all through 2013…

  • Gina says:

    all the best for 2013! I look forward to normal which means time to read all my favs!

  • Manon says:

    Belle année 2013 Vicki.



  • Nikon says:

    Happy New Year Vicki!
    Thanks for so many great photos & your writing, too!

  • Michelle says:

    Happy new year o you too x. Thanks for sharing so many beautiful images on your blog. Looking forward to seeing what you have for 2013. M

  • A very happy new year to you too Vicki, and all the best for 2013. May the year ahead be a good one for us all!

  • Amy Kortuem says:

    Happy New Year to you too, Vicki! What a year full of beauty you have shared with me.

    One of my favorite moments of the year: opening the package that contained the antique French chemise I’d won from your blog giveaway!

  • Slim Paley says:

    Gorgeous, as always. Happiest of New Year’s Wishes to you and your family Vicki!

  • classiq says:

    Happy New Year, Vicki! My best wishes for 2013!

  • Marie Agneau says:

    My dear Vicki, stunning this post as always! Love so much your space and everything you share with us. You’re so lovely, dear! I wish you and all of yours a so Happy New Year, full of joy, health, loveliness and love! Lots of kisses, Marie

  • A beautiful and really interesting re-view of 2012, Vicky!

    And for 2013 mes meilleurs voeux pour une tres heureuse et BONNE ANNEE!
    May it be inspiring, creative and healthy!

    Greetings from the Périgord,

  • Paris Hotel Boutique says:

    Happy New Year Vicki! Hoping 2013 is full of joy!

    I enjoy following you on Pinterest!

    take care,


  • Pamela Terry says:

    Vicki, you provide us with such loveliness, day after day.
    Thank you!

  • I am back again…knowing that you are having fun wandering and exploring. Just had to say how much I love the photo collection and especially the last one of you. Thank you for your lovely comment today Vicki…xxx

  • yvonne says:

    Dear Vicky,
    Wishing all your dreams come true for 2013.
    I have enjoyed your posts so much and comments too.

  • Vicki-
    I enjoy your blog so much, and I remember these images. I look so forward to your posts in 2013.
    Happy New Year!

  • Dear Vicki,
    A lovely post as always. I enjoy seeing all great photos of last year. Wishing you a great 2013.
    Have a wonderful week.

  • Dianne says:

    A year with so many diverse and wonderful facets Vicki. … Trusting 2013 will bring with it much joy and fulfillment to you and your Family

    “All Things French”

  • Sweet Freak says:

    Wow. What a gorgeous collection of photos. Bon année à toi, Vicki!

  • Rena says:

    What a review….looking at these pictures it must have been a wonderful, exciting and multifarious year. I wish You run never out of your creativity .

  • miss b says:

    A very happy and healthy New Year to you and your family. Lovely to look back at your year of photos – I have a number of favourites ….the Repetto window display, the 2CV and the wonderful Café de la Butte.

  • LiveCharmed says:

    What a lovely way to review the year Vicki ! Thank you for reminding me why I love your blog so very much.


  • Jess Flett says:

    Happy New Year Vicki – this is a terrific collection of photos. What a wonderful year 2012 was and 2013 is going to be very exciting. Sorry I have been absent from comments but I promise I have been reading. Jx

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