4 May 2012
Parisian Shabby Chic

Parisian Shabby Chic

‘Behind closed doors’ is the best description for much of Paris because it is the secrets… the surprising finds… that are the most entrancing. Last week as Jeanne and I walked with Australian author John Baxter through his Parisian neighbourhood I was delighted to find this hidden courtyard. We passed through the most non de-script

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3 May 2012
Pretty Painted And Parisian

Pretty Painted And Parisian

One of the most charming features of Parisian brasseries and cafés are the painted windows… This pane on one of the windows at Chez Julien is one of my very favourites… light with a delicate touch, pretty and romantic… just like the dining room inside. When you are in Paris take a walk through the

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27 Apr 2012
Paris, This Is Where I Am Right Now

Paris, This Is Where I Am Right Now

Le Bourg Tibourg is a favourite Parisian hotel of mine in the Marais… I love the over the top Jacques Garcia decor. The hotel is small, it’s intimate and it feels like the kind of home I would adore to have but would never be brave enough to live in. The interiors are busy, they

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24 Apr 2012
paris… i will be seeing you in the morning…

paris… i will be seeing you in the morning…

image – vicki archer What a difference a day makes… Tomorrow I am off to Paris… to say I can’t wait would be an understatement… that city always excites me…. and the thought of a couple of days and nights immersed in Parisian life is my idea of heaven… I am going to blog and

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23 Apr 2012
What’s On My French Bedside Table

What’s On My French Bedside Table

  What’s on my bedside table changes constantly… maybe because it’s not very large and it has to hold all my reading and watching material. The beauty bits are left on my dressing table… otherwise there would be no space at all.   I am a bit of a lounger in bed… and if I

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20 Apr 2012
La Collection Privée

La Collection Privée

Have you tried any of the scents from the Dior La Collection Privée? They are exclusive fragrances for men and women created for the house of Dior by it’s perfume creator, Francois Demarchy. Dior describes them ‘A collection of rare, authentic, refined fragrances for both men and women, composed with noble and rigorously selected ingredients.

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19 Apr 2012
Chanel Your Hair

Chanel Your Hair

I have always thought decorative pins a very pretty way to adorn long hair… Have you seen this spring season’s pearl set from Chanel? Gorgeous in every way… Three different sizes of pearls, embellished subtly with a golden ‘cc’, that you can slide into your chignon for that added glamour. If you are feeling artistic

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17 Apr 2012
A Make-Up Shake Up

A Make-Up Shake Up

illustration – madame lolina I have always liked Bobbi Brown products… the make-up in particular… it seems to embody a natural look, which is what I try and achieve… I have some new favourites for you to try if you would like… I needed a make-up shake up. The Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow… Amazing… doesn’t crease,

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15 Apr 2012
Talking Tea

Talking Tea

  I have loved talking tea (and coffee) with you these last couple of days… and thank you for all the delicious recommendations… I had forgotten ginger and lemon… one of my favourites… and pomegranate… it’s so good served as an ice tea in the summer with loads of lemon and fresh mint… and what

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12 Apr 2012
Tea Or Coffee?

Tea Or Coffee?

Are you a tea or a coffee person? I was a coffee drinker… in the way that coffee drove my day… I wasn’t great without it but I was super charged with it. My mornings, wherever they were spent, revolved around my double shots of espresso… My first thoughts on waking were always the same

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8 Apr 2012
Easter Wishes From Provence

Easter Wishes From Provence

  It is the Easter weekend… the sun is trying to shine… and I am about to set the table for lunch and bring the cushions back out to cosy up the terrace in the hope of a sunny afternoon. This weekend I am thinking about the garden… This past winter was very harsh and

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6 Apr 2012
A Little More Easter

A Little More Easter

After watching the very gorgeous Noel Solomon create her beautiful paper roses on the Martha Stewart program it got me thinking that a few paper decorations could make my Easter table extra pretty. browsing around i found these Pom Poms… which I love… imagine hanging over the table… that would feel very ‘Easter bunny like’

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3 Apr 2012
Walk With Me In The Garden

Walk With Me In The Garden

The entrance to our farmhouse… you can just see the rose beds in the distance… rich and fuzzy with new shoots.   Looking towards the mountains… The irises are sprouting either side of the chemin d’eau and promise to be bold and beautiful by May… When they flower their white petals will break the expanse

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2 Apr 2012
I Spy With My Little Eye

I Spy With My Little Eye

I collect old photograph frames… and arrange them together on a large table at the top of our stairs. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with photo frames… I don’t like them everywhere… I have no idea why… but it is that way. I like them jumbled up… faces peeping out, destinations revealed…

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30 Mar 2012
To A Lazy Friday… Blossoming In Provence

To A Lazy Friday… Blossoming In Provence

Do you have ever those weeks where you feel as if all you do is run, run run? I always have loads on the boil… I am a bit like that… never happier than with a full calendar and a busy brain… but sometimes I take it a little too far… This week was such

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