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Give Your Makeup Routine a Makeover – 5 Things You Need Right Now

Give Your Makeup Routine a Makeover – 5 Things You Need Right Now

French women rely on good skincare and only a modicum of makeup to enhance their own unique and god given beauty. And I think that’s a pretty good way to go. Still, regardless of whether you’re a makeup queen or a French minimalist, the goal is to look your best, and...

Fashion

Show up Right – Dressing for Any Occasion

Show up Right – Dressing for Any Occasion

There’s about 20,000 genes in the human body, but I believe French women have 20,0001 – they’re born with the style gene. They’re the Goldilocks of fashion –not overdressed, not under-dressed, just right.

Your Fashion, Your Rules

Your Fashion, Your Rules

Epiphanies come from all sorts of significant and spiritually moving events – births, deaths, stuff like that. Mine comes from The Devil Wears Prada. Well, at least my fashion epiphany.

La Maison

Keep Calm and Get Organized

Keep Calm and Get Organized

Life gets busy, cabinets and drawers get cluttered and homeless objects take up residence, and I become a whirligig of “get organized” until order, and my sense of French-ness, is restored.

Putting the Chic in Shabby

Putting the Chic in Shabby

I love change – in fact the only things in my life not subject to change are my husband and kids. And my dear husband lets me get away with changing up just about anything in the house because he knows if I get bored, it’s time to move.

A Kept House

A Kept House

I grew up in a very un-kept house. If relatives were coming for the holidays, it was a total freak-out to get the house cleaned up.

Lifestyle

21 Ideas for Your Holiday Shopping

21 Ideas for Your Holiday Shopping

Holy cow it’s almost here! I love the holidays … it’s a time for friends, family, fireplaces, Père Noël, cookies, extra cooking, extra cleaning, shopping for groceries, shopping for presents – wow, I just made myself tired.

Aspire to Inspire – An Elevated Life

Aspire to Inspire – An Elevated Life

Do we have a moral obligation to live well, and to present our best selves? Yep, I think we do. I think we have a duty to choose grown-up words, to communicate responsibly, and to think about the optics of our actions. I think telling somebody how wrong they are is...

Recipes

A Well-Stocked Pantry

A Well-Stocked Pantry

We all have our superpowers. Mine, is being able to throw a meal together when there’s “nothing in the house,” even if guests show up unexpectedly.

Wine Braised Spare Ribs

Wine Braised Spare Ribs

Here’s the recipe for Wine Braised Short Ribs. I’ll be making a video on bread soon – I’m still perfecting my technique.

Travel

The Necessities of Life – Food, Shelter, and Travel

The Necessities of Life – Food, Shelter, and Travel

Recently I was at a meeting of women entrepreneurs, listening to a woman tell her story of going from losing her job and the difficulty of scraping by while raising her son as a single mom, to building a successful business that supports her comfortably and even saving enough money to take her son to France for a vacation.

French Bread the French Way

French Bread the French Way

My recent trip to Paris was cut short due to circumstances beyond my control – c’est la vie. But the one thing I was unwilling to eliminate from my planned Paris activities was my French baking class. I’ll admit it – bread baking has become a bit of an obsession for...

Living in the Escargot Which is Paris

Living in the Escargot Which is Paris

I just like to spend a couple of weeks living in Paris. You can be a tourist in Paris, or you can immerse yourself in the ambience of Paris. I choose the latter.

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