Linda Rodin: Manhattan Magpie

October 9, 2014

Linda Rodin, Monica Rich Kossan, Vicki Archer, French Essence

image monica rich kosann


We have talked about Linda Rodin before.

I admire her sense of style and the way she defies convention with her fabulous fashion sense.

Her approach to ageing is so refreshing and she has never been more in demand as a model.


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The Art Of The Compliment

October 7, 2014

The Art Of The Compliment, Vicki Archer, French Essence


The art of the compliment, along with the thank you, is something I believe in.

For the compliment is an art… in the giving and in the receiving.


The giving of a compliment is one of the greatest gifts… there is nothing more potent than making someone feel happy.

A compliment is what nurtures our self-confidence.

There is nothing that makes you feel brighter and stronger than an unsolicited compliment.

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The French Cadeau

October 6, 2014

Provence, The French Cadeau, Vicki Archer, French Essence


“Would you like some parsley?”

A strange sentence to start off the week… but a common enough one in Provence.

There is a custom in Provence that when you buy your fruit and vegetables, either at the market or in the village shop,  you will be offered a bunch of parsley at the checkout.

It’s given with a generous smile and the suggestion that it’s the ultimate prize.

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Ballet Blush

October 5, 2014

Blush Pink Beauty, French Essence, Vicki Archer

Blush Pink Beauty, French Essence, Vicki Archer

day burger & mikkelsen night lace tangle  top  //  mason by michelle mason lace paneled silk crepe de chine blouse

band of outsiders silk – satin twill shirt  //  tory burch sienna silk and cashmere peplum sweater



Ballet blush pink, like winter white must be one of the prettiest neutrals.

It works beautifully with black, with grey and with the winter whites.

The idea of this ballet blush feminine with the more tailored signature pieces is a favoured look of mine.


Ballet Blush

vince are doing some beautiful sweaters in blush … the v neck and the dolman sleeve are on my list

as is the mixed media blush and the silk tee … they would be gorgeous with the winter whites

ramy brook’s paris split peasant blouse is the prettiest shade of blush and a shape i love to wear


Wear a bright red lip with this ballet blush and feel totally fabulous.

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for your lovely company this week… xv


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Can We Talk About Dinosaurs And The Jardin des Plantes?

October 3, 2014

Can we talk about dinosaurs here?

Well not exactly dinosaurs… but if you love Paris… and all things French like me… you will see where I am going

Let me explain.


National History Museum, Jardin des Plantes, Paris, Vicki Archer, French Essence


For the longest, longest time I have been wanting to go to the Natural History Museum in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris.

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Signature Style And The Essentials

October 1, 2014

Theory, Fashion Week, Signature Style, Nordstrom, Vicki Archer


Runway action these last few weeks has got me thinking about signature style.

My own in particular.

My style has changed very little in the last thirty years.

I know what I like and I think I understand what works for me.

I could be more adventurous but then I like to feel comfortable in my own skin.

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The Definition Of True Fashion Style?

September 30, 2014

Coco Chanel, Chanel, Paris, Vicki Archer, French Essence


What is the definition of true fashion style?

Style is a quality that we all would like to possess and yet style is not instictive or intrinsic to all.

I have been reading quotes from the fashionable famous… one liners on the definition of style.

Let’s see if we agree.

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Love All Things French? Two Fragrances Not To Miss

September 28, 2014

Houbigant, Molinard, France, Fragrance, Vicki archer, French Essence

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 not quite the same for men.


Perfume and I have always had a love affair… a particular bouquet can evoke memories of the happiest and oftentimes saddest days.

That’s the miracle of perfume…For every moment is worthy of remembering.

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Walking In Winter White Feet

September 26, 2014

Paris, Winter White, French Essence, Vicki Archer


What do you think of winter white feet?


I admit I kind of like them.

Everywhere I look, along with the winter white sweatersI am seeing white sneakers.

I could almost imagine the Parisian damsel above with a pair of white sneakers popping out from the folds of her gown.


How liberating it is to spend the day in trainers?

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Winter White Chequerboard

September 24, 2014

The days have been bright and beautiful in London… spoiling for this time of year when I would expect to feel the first shivers and sight the overcast greys.

Wandering the streets of South Kensington in London has inspired me towards winter white… that delicious off-white that sits so well against black.

There is something very beautiful about the grandeur of this scheme, the elegance of light against dark.

London, Winter White, Vicki Archer, French Essence

This season there is an abundance of winter white, especially in sweaters. Chunky, fine, cabled or plain… winter white is being worn.

I like the contrast particularly with black.

The soft creamy shades are flattering to the face and like the “winter white” of London, they brighten and liven.

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