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Merry, Merry Christmas… From Provence…

Merry Christmas - Vicki Archer

2013 nearly done… Can you believe it?

French Essence turned five, Le Petit Bijou welcomed it’s first guests and together we walked the streets of Paris and London… with a whole lot of chat in between…

I often wonder how it is that “we” can keep on talking… How can there be so much to speak of? There are never enough days in the week to say all that I would like to say… It would seem that our shared love of fashion and our quest for beauty in all walks of life make for engaging conversations…

I hope that our dialogue continues to grow in the New Year… and I thank you sincerely for your loyalty, generosity and the time you spend with me… I think we work beautifully together…

Have a wonderfully festive and joyous holiday season…

 i‘ll be playing around on Instagram over the holidays… come and join me in Provence

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60 Responses to Merry, Merry Christmas… From Provence…

  1. Catherine says:

    You look wonderful in this photo.
    Merry Christmas to you!

  2. Congratulations on French Essence’s 5th anniversary. Enjoy your guests and I look forward to another fabulous year of French Essence.

    Joyeux Noel to you and your family.

  3. Irene says:

    Thank you for sharing all the beauty and for your meaningful words.Wishing you a very merry Christmas.

  4. Alison Sturgess says:

    Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!
    It has been fabulous following your year and I am looking forward to your adventures in 2014!

  5. Dear Vicki…thank you for all your wonderful posts. So looking forward to the great adventure of 2014. I have a feeling that it will be a year with great strides in countries making peace as well as individuals finding peace and prosperity. I love sharing beauty through your eyes.

  6. une femme says:

    Vicki, wishing you and your family the merriest of Christmases! I so enjoyed meeting you and hope we can meet again. May 2014 be a wonderful year for you and your family!

  7. Robyn Mastandrea says:

    Merry Christmas Vicki. Thanks for all of the wonderful advice, suggestions, pictures and words. You are always a treat in my day (and I have the perfect cosmetics and skin care because of you;)

  8. Linda Hanselman says:

    Joyeux Noel to you too Vicki. I have been a faithful reader of your blog although don’t often comment. You and French Essenceare a daily inspiration and joy for me. You just keep getting better and better!

  9. Joyeux Noël et bonne année!

  10. Lissy Parker says:

    Have a very Merry Christmas!
    xo, lissy

  11. Anita Rivera says:

    My dear and beautiful friend, you look fabulous! And I send you greetings from hot and sunny California! Oh how your home is so wonderful, and YOU! Your booties, your lovely hair…Bless you! Anita

  12. So beautiful! And very “bien dans sa peau” :)

    Mery, merry Christmas Vicki. I am so happy for you that you have everyone home at the mas…will raise a glass in the direction of St Remy tonight…

    Many Bisous,

    PS. Red lips and nails? Me too…

  13. La Contessa says:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU!I love the banister this year!Well, I love it every year but WOW…..not one leaf on the ground!You look GORGEOUS.I have your notecard sitting here of that exact same spot!LUCKY ME!
    MERRY MERRY……….and yes, there is still lots to cover as far as chit chat!I like the sound of 2014.I will be there listening and reading.

  14. Rose says:

    Mery Christmas and Happy New Year!

  15. I wish you and your family a very Blessed and Merry Christmas. Hugs, Marty

  16. Dear Vicky,
    All my best and good wishes for a very MERRY CHRISTMAS
    and a healthy, prosperous and HAPPY NEW YEAR!


    Warmest greetings from the Périgord to Provence,

  17. miss b says:

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas in Provence. Happy New Year too! I have certainly enjoyed my visits over here this year. Merci!

  18. Beautiful Vicki, Love your posts every day & always look forward to them. Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to you!

  19. Mary says:

    Thanks Vicki……..for another fabulous year of fashion, beauty, home decor, and of course everything French – with a little English thrown in too!

    Happiest Christmas ever to you and the family.

    Hugs – Mary

  20. Paul says:

    Oh stop it, that is such a gorgeous Christmas card! You, looking utterly chic and that divine dressed bannister. My ten Christmas House Points go to French Essence! May you continue to bring decadent flair and Provencal fayre to my screen for another fabulous year
    Happy Christmas Vicki.
    Paul xo

  21. lisa thomson says:

    Merry Christmas, Vicki! You look beautiful! Love the boots with the dress, so chic! Looking forward to more French Essence in 2014. :)

  22. Sherrill says:

    What a lovely photo/Christmas card of you and your lovely home! Those leaves are perfect! And, may I say you look particularly “French” there in your cute LBD, booties and red lips/nails! I agree with Heather, bien dans sa peau!

    I am another faithful reader (but seldom comment), who would like to thank you for all you do to bring us such lovely posts, great information and glimpses into your corners of the world. I wish you the Merriest of Christmases and an especially bright and Happy New Year! I look forward to another year of inspiration! :)

  23. Sarah says:

    A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family Vicki!! xoxo

  24. Dear Vicki,
    Thank you for sharing so generously all your secrets with us. Many women would keep these treasures to themselves. Your inspiring posts and girly chats are always entertaining and help to lift the bar of glamour in our lives. I know you have have also commented on how you do not like showing photos of yourself and i wish you would do so more often. You have such style! A joyous Noel to you and your family.
    Sally-Ann xx

    • Wendy Wainwright says:

      Hi Vicki,
      I agree wholeheartedly with Sally-Ann … my sentiments exactly! I love reading both your posts every morning, digesting it with my cup of coffee and breakfast. And I love the photo of you and your bannister this Christmas. Wishing you and your family all the best for Christmas and the New Year.
      Wendy xo

  25. Kate says:

    Dear Vicki. Wishing you and your family much happiness for Christmas and the New Year. Thank you for the joy your blog brings to my life.
    Love Kate

  26. Merryn says:

    Wishing you aand your family a merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Congratulations on five years of French Essence and looking forward to your inspirational posts in 2014!

  27. Sally Leonard says:


    Thank YOU so much for all the time you spend writing your blog. It gives me such joy. I’m always excited to open your posts. I’ve especially enjoyed your pics from London. London is my “Paris” ; always the city I want to return to.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Texas..

  28. Happy Christmas, Vicki ! Enjoy the time with your family.

    Thank you for your sharing of wonderful photos, conversation & inspiration. Congratulations on the 5th anniversary !!
    I look forward to the 2014 editions!

    Love from ‘Down Under’

  29. merry merry christmas to you,

  30. Pamela Terry says:

    Wishing you a blissful holiday, Vicki.
    The photographs looks just like you… gorgeous.
    Happy Christmas,

  31. Leslie in Oregon says:

    Looking very merry and bright (as well as all out beautiful), Vicki! Merry Christmas from San Francisco and the Oakland/Berkeley Hills

  32. Nancy Carr says:

    Love the photo of you. Merry Christmas!

  33. Deborah McKenzie says:

    Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday and the best in 2014. Thank you for all you share. I look forward to meeting everyone here again next year.

  34. what a gorgeous photo, vicki!

    wishing you a healthy and prosperous new year.


  35. Dianna says:

    Joyeux Noel…and Best Wishes for a Healthy Happy New Year.
    Merci for my vintage card…it arrived all the way from you to me.

    Paris was fabulous all dolled up for Christmas-until I can go again I will visit France happily thru your eyes.

    Congratulations on 5 years of blogging. I hope you continue as for me the exchange of ideas,especially between kindred souls, will never go out of style (& speaking of style-beautiful picture of you!)

  36. A very joyeux noël to you and yours. Thanks for sharing your love for France and all the beautiful things you come across. You look fabulous!

  37. Anne Grethe says:

    Merry christmas!
    How nice to see a photo of you!
    Gorgeous lipstick, btw…

  38. Flo says:

    Wowww. Now THAT is a Christmas garland I can REALLY get excited about! And thank you for the growing-out-my-white/gray-hair inspiration! Happiest of everything to you, with much admiration…

    Amelia Island FL

  39. Ana says:

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Vicki! Your blog is one of my favorite daily reads! :)

  40. Cat says:

    Merry Christmas Vicki! I hope you have had a lovely one! Thank you for the postcard – I LOVE it! :)

  41. suzanna says:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS VICKI ~ STILL CHRISTMAS DAY IN THE USA ~ there is no way I could not come here to say hello to you Vicki ~ loving your pic and thank you for all you share these years I have followed you ~ I have such fun dreaming… day a dream of coming to France shall happen ~
    XOXO for YOU !!!

  42. Faux Fuchsia says:

    happy Christmas to you Vicki x

  43. A very Happy Christmas season to you Vicki and your family.

    It is lovely to see you.


  44. Silvia F says:

    I’m a bit late to wish you Marry Christmas but it’s the right time to wish you all the best for New Year!

  45. D. A. Wolf says:

    It’s always lovely stopping by here and visiting, and reading, and looking, and imagining…

    Wishing you a fabulous 2014!

  46. Loree says:

    Merry Christmas (belated). Hope to continue to read your beautiful posts in 2014.

  47. Missi says:

    Thanks for a wonderful year of writing and photos. Merry Christmas and happy new year! I will be reading your blog in 2014.

  48. olivia shamilova says:

    I wish I looked as “wonderful” as you do ……..wish……….ing

  49. Great picture Vicki! Hope you had the merriest Christmas and may 2014 bring you much joy, happiness and laughter!!

  50. Shane says:

    Hello dearest Vicki

    YOU look so elegant and adorable – love the boots!!!
    And the bannister is dressed beautifully.

    Thank you for another year of inspiring posts!

    I feel your excitement when you plan your trips up to Paris, as you did in October.
    You so kindly asked us what we would like to see……
    For a long time I had been trying to remember the name of an ‘old school’ children’s shop and through your COMMENTS section “Jane” suggested La Chatelaine on Avenue Victor Hugo – immediately I knew she was right – at last the puzzle is solved thanks to your blog!
    Now it is at the top of my list for my annual trip to Paris trip in 2014!

    I love to follow your links on good reads, fashion and beauty products.
    Now I’m 70, I am careful about the amount of makeup I use – less is more at my age – the Shiseido Fall 2013 eye shadow trio is perfect for me. I’m looking for an illuminator to give a glow to my face – blusher is too flat – I NEED SPARKLE IN MY LIFE!!!
    Vicki dear, an you tell me what lipstick brand and colour you are wearing for your Christmas post photo – our colouring is very similar.

    Thank you dear Vicki for your inspiration this year.
    You have made me both laugh and cry as well as ooh and ahh and Oh la la!!!
    I’ve learnt more about make up from you this year than any store attendant…..
    You’ve brought me such joie de vivre when I open your blog each morning!

    Thank you for being YOU – the inspiring, kind and generous person that you are!

    LOVE and hugs

    Shane XOX
    PS I treasure the Lavande candle you sent me – merci!

    • Barb Vanderspek says:

      Dearest Vicki,

      Thank you for all the joy you bring with your books[which I have]and love but also your blog. Like many of the comments your inspiration on life in Provence.. brings so much happiness to ones day. Fashion and France are my loves.
      Your Christmas picture to us is beautiful. It is nice now to picture the beautiful lady behind this wonderful blog. Thank you.
      Have a very blessed Christmas season and new year.

  51. karen in va says:

    … just visiting all my blogs, have been MIA, deep in Christmas …

    1. You’ve been such an inspiration, it’s we readers that give thanks to you.

    2. Your hair looks fantastic

    3. Happy New Year .. best wishes for a great 2014

    Karen in VA

  52. Clare says:

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Vicki. Gorgeous picture.

    Clare x

  53. The most artistic and original post you’ve done all year. It’s wonderful, it’s beautiful, it’s awesome, it’s YOU /!!!

  54. Anita Rivera says:

    Gorgeous Vicki! Just had to come by once again to see you in your home. I am now back from California where we had the best time of laughing, dancing and singing and great Mexican food.

    Wishing you again a beautiful new year as French Essence continues to inspire us all! LOVE Anita

  55. You look fabulous, Vicki!
    I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas. Happy New Year.

  56. Patty says:

    …. grazie !!!
    thank you for your inspiration and your pictures !!!!
    I wish you HAPPY NEW YEAR !!

  57. Suzanne Ellis says:

    Merci Merci Merci …I enjoy so much ‘everything ‘….bloglovin , your daily email , facebook & pinterest ….love love love everything love Suzanne xxx