The First Tuesday of The Month
7 November 2012 | VA Notes Uncategorized

The First Tuesday of The Month

The first Tuesday of ever month is the day that a group of women from all over the world write about a set topic… How that subject is interpreted is up to the individual… and that is the part that interests me… reading what others think, learning their takes on a common theme. We view

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The Best of the British
3 June 2012 | VA Notes Uncategorized

The Best of the British

Did you know that The Queen has never owned a passport… HM issues them, not carries one 12 Prime Ministers have served under her The Queen was four years of age when she was given her first Shetland pony, called Peggy The Royals were on Twitter in 2009 and Facebook 2010… Must remember to follow

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The Diamond Jubilee
2 June 2012 | VA Notes Uncategorized

The Diamond Jubilee

I wanted to be in London for the Diamond Jubilee weekend… I couldn’t resist. I do have a very large soft spot for London… it has taken some years because my heart and my home reside in France but as a city, London is a winner. I love it for many reasons but most of

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The Winners Of The French Essence Giveaway
15 May 2012 | VA Notes Uncategorized

The Winners Of The French Essence Giveaway

Thank you all so much for being a part of the new French Essence giveaway. I am so happy to announce that I will be sending embroidered linen sheets to Virginia from Paris Through My Lens… to Katrina from Feathers and Cupcakes and to Kate Gumbley. My favourite Annick Goutal fragrances are on their way

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Being A Mother
6 May 2012 | VA Notes Uncategorized

Being A Mother

My mother often says to me, ‘every day is Mother’s day’. I tend to agree… when you are a mother, the joy and the happy can strike at any time… it’s not a one day party.  Being a mother is a life time journey of learning and celebration. I wasn’t one of those girls who

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Parisian Shabby Chic
4 May 2012 | VA Notes Uncategorized

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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Pretty Painted And Parisian
3 May 2012 | VA Notes Uncategorized

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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Paris, This Is Where I Am Right Now
27 April 2012 | VA Notes Uncategorized

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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What’s On My French Bedside Table
23 April 2012 | VA Notes Uncategorized

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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La Collection Privée
20 April 2012 | VA Notes Uncategorized

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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Chanel Your Hair
19 April 2012 | VA Notes Uncategorized

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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A Make-Up Shake Up
17 April 2012 | VA Notes Uncategorized

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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Talking Tea
15 April 2012 | VA Notes Uncategorized

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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