Born and raised in Australia, my first overseas trip to Paris at the age of ten sparked a passion for travel and adventure that has never ceased. In the last twenty years I have travelled extensively throughout France and become enamoured with the French way of life. My first book, MY FRENCH LIFE, was published in 2006 and FRENCH ESSENCE, the second, in 2009. I see these books as a celebration of my love for France and as my personal thank you to the country that has given me so much happiness.
vickiarcher.com has changed many times since a debut 8 years ago and I could never have foreseen the wonderful adventure it has been. Writing has enabled me to connect with like-minded individuals all over the world; I have made wonderful friendships and communicate with fascinating people on a daily basis.
Since a very young age fashion has been a temptation of mine, long before I became misty-eyed over Paris, Provence and olive trees. Our self-confidence and our way of facing the world are often wrapped up in what we wear. I want to explore the latest fashion trends and adapt them to suit our lives. Planning a wardrobe, whether it is for work, for travel, a special occasion or for the weekends is a pleasure for me, never a chore.
Beauty is another subject that we often discuss. There is so much to learn and to discover, so many advancements with treatments, skin care and make-up. Sometimes our liveliest talks are to do with beauty secrets, tips and tricks or the never–ending subject of diet and lifestyle. These are some of my very favourite conversations.
Paris, I know we share a love of Paris. There are never enough days to experience all that Paris has to offer. Capturing those incomparable moments, chancing upon new corners and falling in love with the city over and over again… that’s my plan for Paris.
Provence is about the senses. Indulging in them is the way to discover the beauty of Provence. Basking in the sunshine, wondering at the history, exploring the villages, shopping in the markets, relaxing with a glass of wine and dining in the brasseries. Sometimes I feel as if life stands still in Provence.
And London, I want to talk more of London.
It may be only a hop skip and a train ride under the English Channel but London is a whole other bright and vibrant world. London feels so much like home to me now that when I am asked whether I prefer London or Provence… I can only answer that my heart is divided. Provence had me at bonjour: London crept up with stealth and understatement.
I am so happy you are here and I hope you will return often… Please email me with any questions or ideas that are of interest to you. That’s what makes for great conversation. xv