The Top Ten Essentials For An Inner Joie De Vivre
31 August 2011 | VA Notes Fashion

The Top Ten Essentials For An Inner Joie De Vivre

Last week I wrote about the top ten beauty essentials from a practical point of view. These physical treatments and routines are useless without a level of inner well-being. Nothing makes us look and feel more beautiful, more womanly and more desirable than a positive and happy outlook on life. True beauty is never exclusively about

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with just a touch of the violet…
29 August 2011 | VA Notes Uncategorized

with just a touch of the violet…

Figs, just picked from the tree and ready to eat….not too ripe…not too green… or Served bruschetta style, slightly caramelised with a dab of soft goat cheese and a dribble of lavender honey…with a salad or as an apero…. Figs… another  luscious taste and heavenly scent of the Provencal summer….. xv image – vicki archer

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and pomegranates too….
28 August 2011 | VA Notes Uncategorized

and pomegranates too….

Not ready, not ripe but pretty all the same…. Have a wonderful weekend and please stay safe all those in the path of Hurricane Irene…. xv image – vicki archer

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geraniums in full bloom….
26 August 2011 | VA Notes Uncategorized

geraniums in full bloom….

Summer is still flowering in southern France….. It’s a long weekend in the UK so I am expecting my three darlings home to soak up the sun (any wind or clouds just go away…..) Happy Days xv image  – vicki archer

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The Top Ten Beauty Essentials
25 August 2011 | VA Notes Beauty

The Top Ten Beauty Essentials

My top ten beauty essentials…not counting make-up or products…..This list is made up of my must do treatments and routines… those that I can’t live without… those I do on a regular basis….those that make me feel and look better…. Beauty essentials…not skin deep…not always about the pretty and nothing to do with age…. My

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The Top Ten Wardrobe Essentials: The Extras
18 August 2011 | VA Notes Fashion

The Top Ten Wardrobe Essentials: The Extras

What are the other top ten essential items that make up a working wardrobe?

If we have ruthlessly edited our closets (that is the really tough part) and are starting out with the top ten, then what are those other accessories or pieces of clothing that make life easy and stylish?

I believe that what we women want, is style on our terms.

Fads come and go, high fashion swings and twirls but elegance, with a dash of personal flair, lives on.

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when apples are for the looking and not for the eating…
12 August 2011 | VA Notes Uncategorized

when apples are for the looking and not for the eating…

  It’s apple time at the farm and although the fruit aren’t ripe enough for eating I have been picking branches to use as decoration throughout our home…..We don’t treat our apples so even though they aren’t perfect in size and colour they are delicious once they mature….After the decorating comes the eating off the

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when apples are for the looking and not for the eating…
12 August 2011 | VA Notes Uncategorized

when apples are for the looking and not for the eating…

It’s apple time at the farm and although the fruit aren’t ripe enough for eating I have been picking branches to use as decoration throughout our home…..We don’t treat our apples so even though they aren’t perfect in size and colour they are delicious once they mature….After the decorating comes the eating off the tree

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les etoiles…..
11 August 2011 | VA Notes Uncategorized

les etoiles…..

Anita from the beautiful blog, Castles Crowns and Cottages is the winner of the Moonshined Design etoile earrings. Thank you all for your comments and emails…you are all stars in my eyes….they were so appreciated and I know that Cate would want me to tell you how thrilled she was at your response to her story

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the grown-up girl’s play room….
10 August 2011 | VA Notes Uncategorized

the grown-up girl’s play room….

Sometimes the ‘girly girl-ness’ of a space is what we need to warm and cosy up our day. This dressing room, designed as if it were a personal boudoir, just seemed to me to be the perfect space to take five…. There are a couple of days left to comment, follow or subscribe to French Essence (that

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