My passion for all things French seeps into my everyday living.
It's a curious perseveration...
being so enamored with France.
I do not truly understand it's origin all I know is it's one that I savour and embrace...
and dream about....
This gem of a book is never far from my bedside
I love to re-read the French Fashion Style Guide as it inspires me.
I love this book!
I read it again this afternoon and then spent some time online looking at scenes of Paris.
This comment speaks volumes to me.
"Less Is more"
and one should not overlook the simplest accessory.
They are the humble workhorses in our wardrobes.
expensive and luxe
unusual and thrifted
a gift or inherited!
It's up to you how you add flair
go shopping with an eye for detail
open up to your passionate side and find something that thrills you.
Dare to be different and carry yourself with good posture and confidence.
Keep your skin in tip top condition
and wear a minimum of make up for that French girl "no make up look."
Take time to incorporate some relaxation
channel a sense of calm
soak in the tub with some scented salts
it's so much more chic than a quick shower.
Don't you feel more feminine just thinking about this?
I bought this French Market Basket several years ago.
I love the idea of walking to the Market and taking this along.
It sounds so romantic and chic...
I've yet to put this into practice!
I'd also love to be able to wear a beret with French cache
but no matter which way I put it on it looks silly.
It's a pity I know but hats generally do not suit me...
Scarves on the other hand
are multiplying like rabbits here in The Humble Bungalow!
There's something so sensuous about draping a silk scarf around ones neck....
they are so easy to wear
and they always fit!
Hermes booklets illustrate how to wear their scarves
with images of pretty French Femmes on each page.
I keep them with my scarf collection so I can try a new tie when I am in the mood.
There is no shortage of great books on French Style.
Reading about Paris and Fashion is definitely a guilty pleasure.
Ines de la Fressange is a fashion icon
she has the look that embodies French Chic Style.
Pearls are the perfect accessory...
Coco Chanel loved to wear hers en masse
I have watched several films about her life
and have read every Chanel book that I could get my hands on.
Wearing a French scent is part of the equation.
Voyage d' Hermes
(my sister wears it too)
are the penultimate shoe for The Hostess.
It's been boot weather this winter and I am looking forward to the Spring
I will be able to wear flats again.
I have Converse sneakers on my list for Spring
and I am looking for some red ballet flats
so far they have eluded me.
French cuisine is all about using the freshest food available
that one buys locally and in season.
The French love their food and wine.
They take time to set the table and eat slowly savouring the tastes.
My French friend Cheryl who lives in the South of France part of the year
is a perfect example of a woman who supports the small farmer and the local market.
It is a pleasure to share a meal in her company as she speaks so fondly about the food...
where it came from
who she purchased it from
how it was grown.
Food preparation, the serving and the dining seen through the eyes of a talented artist like Cheryl
is an enriching and illuminating experience.
Channeling my Inner French Girl is such fun.
My wardrobe has been pared down to a few basics in grey and black bottoms
with white tank tops and shirts.
I am very prudent with my spending and shop carefully.
No impulse buying any more!
There are numerous LBD's some casual and some dressy.
Finding that French wardrobe continues to be a work in progress.
I have learned many lessons and am still attending to that Parisian voice
in hopes that one day I will find myself in France..
or caught between the pages of a new and fabulous French Style book.
Last but not least...
Donna kindly sent me the link to her
French Apple Cake.
French Apple Cake.
Do you have a passion for fashion?
Who are your fashion icons and muses?
I got a comment from the Fashion Police that went into my spam box
I tried to get it to publish and sadly Blogger deleted it
I am shattered....
please try sending it again.