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Anita Rivera

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

The Enchanted Home

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!


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


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

Carolyn Bradford

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!


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


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

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

emily @ UpstateCountryHouse

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 @

La Contessa

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……… 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!


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!

Shelley Evans

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.


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?

Vicki Lee Johnston

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

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


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


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

Kit @ Chic Provence

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!


Corrina Tough

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.


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

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

Heather in Arles

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…


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

Amy Kortuem

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!

Marie Agneau

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

La Pouyette - Karin

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

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

I enjoy following you on Pinterest!

take care,


Jeanne @ Collage of LIfe

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


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


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”


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

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.

Jess Flett

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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