28 Sep 2014
Two Fragrances Not To Miss

Two Fragrances Not To Miss

I am always cheered by fragrance, whether on top of the world or down in the dumps, for every day is not always as glorious as we would like. The thought of scent and how it makes me feel is a tonic… an uplifter… Fragrance is one of the great priviledges we enjoy as women. I believe, it’s

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17 Sep 2014
The Art Of The Thank You

The Art Of The Thank You

I have been meaning to write about the art of the thank you for some time. I am worried that, “thank you” is loosing puff… being forgotten or relegated to one of those meaning-to-do jobs. This upsets me. I am a great believer in the power of those two small words. They won’t change the

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5 Sep 2014
Somewhere New To Discover… Buly In Paris

Somewhere New To Discover… Buly In Paris

I love a new discovery…especially one as heavenly as Buly. Buly in rue Bonaparte in Paris is an old parfumerie and skin care house re-invented. Buly opened in April… imagine a French version of Italy’s Santa Maria Novella. Husband-and-wife team Ramdane Touhami (the former co-owner of Cire Trudon) and Victoire de Taillac-Touhami (the former head of communications for Colette) are the

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31 Aug 2014
A Gypsy Life

A Gypsy Life

For the next little while in London I am going to be living life out of a suitcase… a gypsy life. It’s a question of timing… moving out… finding a new home… waiting for a renovation to be complete… moving in. This kind of thing takes synchronisation and somehow the cogs are crunching ever so slightly.

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29 Aug 2014
The Old Fashioned Way… Les Crayeres, Reims

The Old Fashioned Way… Les Crayeres, Reims

Driving back to London from France is quite a journey. It’s easy in that the autoroutes are beautifully maintained, but it’s long… 1000 kilometres near enough. This time we stopped over in Reims at Les Crayeres. A total indulgence and so, so welcome after 9 hours in the car. Reims is Champagne territory so the bubbles, the

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24 Aug 2014
Paris Turns Blue And White

Paris Turns Blue And White

I don’t often see Paris in a blue light… mostly rose. Not only because I see through rose coloured glasses, but also because Paris, for much of her days, casts grey and the buildings take on a rosy glow. This week Paris surprised me with her quietness and her colour. The dramatic skys alerted my eyes to shades of

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22 Aug 2014
Jardin Du Luxembourg… Where The Parisians Hide Out

Jardin Du Luxembourg… Where The Parisians Hide Out

August in Paris… The Parisians are hiding out. In the Jardin du Luxembourg. Reading, sunning, chatting… playing with their children… the park was in holiday mode. Few runners enjoying their daily workout or workers speedily cutting through the grounds to their offices. Just a relaxed bunch who appeared not to have a care in the world. Jardin

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20 Aug 2014
Hotel Costes and French Ambience

Hotel Costes and French Ambience

 People watching in Hotel Costes is a pretty fun pastime. I think it is still one of the best places to relax and gaze on the scene. Hotel Costes is usually over crowded with beautiful people. It will be again, next month, when the fashion crowd decend on Paris for the shows. Last night, like the rest

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19 Aug 2014
Paris in August

Paris in August

I can’t remember the last time I was in Paris in August. It’s quiet… so much quieter than in other months. It feels deserted, not by the loyal Francophiles of the world who flock to Paris in all seasons, but by the Parisians.  It is August and France is on holiday. I am here to

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25 Jul 2014
How To Lose Weight? Walk In Paris

How To Lose Weight? Walk In Paris

How to lose weight? That age old question. I have a solution for you… but it involves. It is almost impossible to resist the wining and dining when in Paris… and it does play havoc with the diet. I try and stay on a reduced carbohydrate and sugar regime… (it’s still going on) and it’s

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21 Jul 2014
Living in France: Feeling French?

Living in France: Feeling French?

Living in France… What makes you feel “French”? What changes you? Living away from your birthplace does re-align your thinking… it’s impossible not too… but I believe the revisions are positive… it’s important to adapt, to be open to new ways of doing things… otherwise we may as well stay put. It’s not about loosing who

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17 Jul 2014
Paris: The Insider’s List

Paris: The Insider’s List

What is the latest and coolest place to eat and have a cocktail in Paris? Where are the Parisians eating? Where are they headed to after work? I always want to know. The best way to find out is to ask someone who is local and loves food and wine as much as I do…

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16 Jul 2014
Paris… All In White

Paris… All In White

I can’t help but notice how the women in Paris dress. Their street style is my most favourite and I am so often inspired by the way they manage to put it all together. Of course, I want to find the same look for myself. There is nothing better than seeing first hand what is elegant and stylish… and

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