Top 10 French-Inspired Posts of 2018

Much of living simply luxuriously is inspired by my adoration of the French culture. As one reader on Instagram pointed out recently, it is the attention to cultivating contentment over pursuing happiness that initially unconsciously, and then consciously drew me to the Gallic land of culinary delights and appreciation for the everyday pleasures. The above […]

Outfit of the Week: A French-Inspired Weekend Getaway

~Saint James Breton Stripe Sweater with Button Shoulder with pure merino wool (navy and ecru)~ ~Frame Le High Skinny jeans~ ~Mark & Graham Brooklyn Carry-All~ ~M. Gemi The Stretto (more colors) $50 off EVERY pair of shoes you buy for a limited time.~ ~The RealReal Tibi double-breasted trench coat (size M), retail price estimate $750, […]

Escape to France: TSLL’s New French-Inspired Playlist

“I had come to the conclusion that I must really be French, only no one had ever informed me of this fact. I loved the people, the food, the lay of the land, the civilized atmosphere, and the generous pace of life.” ― Julia Child, My Life in France Music which reminds us of beautiful […]

Top 5 French-Inspired Posts in 2017

“À vaillant coeur rien d’impossible.” -Jacques Cœur “For a valiant heart nothing is impossible.” The French culture continues to inspire new and trusted ways of going about life, style, cooking and well, simply enjoying the everydays here on TSLL blog as we focus on living a life of quality over quantity. This year, the 2nd […]

A French-Inspired Culinary Comfort Cafe: Coquine

“Sincere Cuisine, Humbly Ambitious”  The name, Coquine, French for a mischievous little girl, and the woman behind the name turned her curiosities into an award-winning neighborhood restaurant that is a dream for your tastebuds. Described as new American fare, the menu is inspired significantly by Katy Millard’s time in France, cooking under the well-known chef Guy […]

Top French-Inspired Posts of 2016

Twenty sixteen introduced the first TSLL French Week which took place in mid-August of this past year with great success. For an entire week, two posts went live each day that were inspired by or focused on something related to the French culture. Due to the positive response from readers, the annual event will be […]

French-Inspired California Cottage

The home I dream of living in until the day I die is a simple, petite abode. A home that is welcoming and grand in attention to detail, but cozy and intimate with charm so as to allow me to both enjoy my home and the world outside my door without a long list of […]

10 Fantastique French-Inspired Blogs

For French food inspiration, French style inspiration, French dining inspiration and French-living inspiration, the internet is bursting with blogs to explore. Today I would like to share with you 10 French-inspired blogs that I have been visiting regularly for years or have just released been introduced to and think you too might enjoy. Rest-assured, there […]

Decor Inspiration: French-Inspired Bathroom Remodel

The beautiful co-mingling of French, country, and clean white aesthetics that invite breath-taking simplistic luxury is what you will find when you visit Maria Carr’s blog and online business Dreamy Whites Lifestyle. On her family’s North California farm, she and her husband (and five children) are remodeling a 19th century farmhouse and taking readers along […]

French Croissants et Pain au Chocolat, Step by Step

A morning with time unrestrained, weekend papers waiting to be perused, hot tea (or coffee) steaming and a warm buttery, flaky croissant. The picture of a wonderful moment. Savoring, savoring, savoring. Nearly every Sunday morning after a long walk with the boys, I am settling into my living room with my newspapers piled high, a […]

Herbed Trout with Citron Beurre Blanc, episode 4, season 2

For some time there has been one skill in the kitchen that has been an unknown to me, but when I finally decided to explore it, my experience and flavors were taken to an entirely different level. The skill I was intimated to learn initially in the kitchen was how to make delicious sauces, inspired […]

Apple Tart Tatin, plus How to Polish Copper – episode 3, season 2

Fall is just about upon us and the apples are abundant at the market. What a wonderful way to welcome into our homes the new season by making a classic French dessert – Apple Tart Tatin! I have always been fascinated by this recipe, tried it a multitude of different times and ways, and it […]

Moules Marinière à la Crème, Season 2 Premiere

Cooking in the kitchen is when I take a breath from the day. Especially when I am cooking for one person (that would be me! ;)), this routine of imagining in my mind what I am craving, letting my appetite anticipate the deliciousness that will soon be savored, and finding balance and nutrition in what […]

TSLL’s 4th Annual French Week Round-Up (giveaway winners announced – all seven!!!)

With each year TSLL has its annual French Week I am tickled to be introduced to readers who share how they incorporate seemingly simple, yet life elevating rituals and routines inspired by the French culture. The readership of TSLL continues to grow and is a vast international community of varying ages, life experiences and interests, […]

This & That: August 16, 2019

Film —Where’d You Go Bernadette? Based on the 2012 bestselling novel by Maria Semple, Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, the film opens in theaters today. Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchette stars as Bernadette in the comedic plot that follows a mother determined to reconnect with her creative self. Her adventure takes her all the way to […]

Welcome to TSLL’s 4th Annual French Week!

~Scroll to the bottom of the post for a round-up of all of the posts shared during this year’s French Week~ My affection for France is grounded in the over-arching premise of approaching life with the intention to seek quality over quantity in all arenas of living, thus enabling the individual, the community and a […]

French Week 2019 is Coming! (and the history of French street signs)

In just one week (une semaine!), TSLL’s fourth annual French Week will begin! And oh my goodness, what a week it will be! I look forward to welcoming you to join me and all of TSLL readers and community as we escape to France no matter where we may call home (psst – no plane […]

Paris or the French Countryside: A Beautiful Dilemma

The crowds from around the world arrive by plane, by train, and by voiture in Paris, making it the most popular travel destination of the world. In 2018, 17.95 million tourists visited the city and the region, and in 2017 there were a recorded 23.6 million hotel arrivals – an increase of 11% on 2016 and […]

253: 36 Ways to Welcome Joie de Vivre into Your Everyday Life

“I firmly believe that it’s the little things we do that eventually add up to a happy life. I am not asking you to change everything about the way you live, but perhaps to reconsider a few details of your daily routine. Remember that joie de vivre is not revolutionary —but it is evolutionary.” —Robert […]

Fun French Finds & A J.Crew Weekend Sale

Sunday morning and the rain is gently and insistently falling this morning, Norman is snuggled in and wrapping up his evening snooze, and I am thankful I have no plans to have to do anything as my French Cafe Jazz playlist bounces about the room and my curiosity guides my agenda. Which makes it a […]

32: The French Capsule Wardrobe: the 14 essentials

Let’s escape to France for a moment, at least for the duration of today’s episode. 🙂 Today’s episode is a re-airing of one of, if not the top downloaded, read and listened to episodes if including YouTube and Pinterest. More new readers learn of TSLL blog and the podcast through this episode than any other […]