La Rentrée, meaning "at the return", however understood in France to mean the return to school and work as we knew it before the summer holiday. In 2012, I shared 12 ways to celebrate La Rentrée, and today I'd like to share with you 11 tasks to do now to gradually ease you into the shift... Read More
Wednesday August 16, 2017
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Since Lauren Elkin's book Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London was released in February, I have added the French term for aimlessly strolling the streets of society (flânerie; flâneur (male), flâneuse (female)) to my memory. Such a beautiful way to take in a new destination or a destination you... Read More
Thursday August 10, 2017
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Books —Cooking for Picasso: A Novel by Camille Aubray After reading this post of my favorite 10 French books earlier this week, a reader shared a few of her own and one which I had not heard of, so I wanted to share. Cooking for Picasso was released this past June and involves French cooking, a bit of... Read More
Friday August 11, 2017
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      I don't know about you, but I love streamlining my inbox.  Making sure I only receive emails I look forward to reading is a simple way to design our daily lives in such a way to eliminate the unnecessary that takes small pieces of our precious time that eventually add up. Keeping this in mind,... Read More
Wednesday August 09, 2017
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Nestled into the Old Bend neighborhood amongst the many cottage bungalows and historic estate grand mansions of their time, originally owned by the mill owners who founded this young, now booming tourist town is a new dining destination for lovers of French and western European cuisine. The French Market opened its doors this past June, and... Read More
Saturday August 12, 2017
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Weekly Finds

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TSLL Semaine Française has concluded, but not without announcing the winners of the two giveaways and one more extra piece of inspiration and remembrance. I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by as often as you did, sharing your thoughts, ideas and experiences as well as expressing your enthusiasm for what has... Read More
Sunday August 13, 2017
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Tarts are one of my favorite desserts, and as it is nearing the end of summer, one of my favorite fruits is coming into season: the pear. Last year I shared this pear dessert recipe and my affection became even more heightened for this lovely fruit. The subtle sweet meat of the pear is comforting... Read More
Friday August 11, 2017
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When French style enters my mind, I cannot leave out the essential item of stripes. From the classic Breton or Marinière with the stylish boatneck to modern twists on the classic - the Mélange Paréo from La Ligne ideal for the beach (seen above) to the sleeveless v-neck handkerchief top from Banana Republic, stripes are... Read More
Thursday August 10, 2017
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When the Ritz Paris reopened after nearly four years of renovations in the summer of 2016, one of the carefully attended to improvements was a third custom-built kitchen in which the Escoffier Ritz Cookery School would expand their cooking classes options which were offered to the public. And here is the most exciting new: The prices... Read More
Thursday August 10, 2017
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“...no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.” —Julia Child Keeping it simple and still being able to cook just about anything your tastebuds and curiosity call for may seem impossible, but actual is very doable.  Recently, a reader of TSLL's book asked the question, what is a simple list of supplies I... Read More
Wednesday August 09, 2017
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The scents of Provence were brought into my home today as My Stylish French Box arrived from France. You too can bring the sensual scents and delectable flavors as well as carefully curated French style into your home each season with a subscription to blogger and author Sharon Santoni's My Stylish French Box. Upon visiting her blog... Read More
Tuesday August 08, 2017
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The options of where to stay in France during your vacation can seem endless, but at the same time hard to find. Since this summer I have been making my own reservations for next summer's holiday, I have learned a lot and I wanted to share. Below you will find options for luxurious stays (chateaus -... Read More
Tuesday August 08, 2017
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While effortless does indeed take time to conceptualize for each individual, once you understand what works well together on your body and for your life, the decisions are fairly simple. As seen in the outfits compiled in today's Style Inspiration post, there are no overt labels, no excessive accessorizing, but rather beautiful individuals exhibiting ease... Read More
Tuesday August 08, 2017
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Iconic, classic, effortless, and of course sophisticated. Add a drop of signature intrigue and unabashed femininity and you have described the nine must-visit French fashion brands to visit online or find in stores. Of course I could mention the classic brands: Yves Saint Laurent, Isabel Marant, Chanel, Dior, and the list goes on, but how do... Read More
Monday August 07, 2017
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