Category: Lifestyle

French Fancies: La Compagnie du Kraft

You might very well be reading this post on your iPhone, iPad, or some other portable piece of technology. Sure, that’s the world we live in, where we can receive and record information with the touch of a screen. However, if you’re anything like… Continue Reading “French Fancies: La Compagnie du Kraft”

French Fancies: Savon de Marseille

Sundays are where I continue to introduce you to French companies big and small which are very much part of my daily life. Some you’ll have heard of and some you won’t. This time however it’s a product you’ll find in most French households.… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Savon de Marseille”

French Fancies: Caravanne

For over twenty-five years French lifestyle brand, family-run Caravane, has collaborated with artisans around the world to create its unique homewares, offering a curated edit of authentic, quality furniture and accessories including beds, sofas, curtains, homeware and lighting sourced. From raw French linen to Indian… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Caravanne”

La bise is back: Many in France divided over return of cheek kissing

To bise or not to bise that is the question? I am now more than happy to embrace my closest friends and any good-looking men that should happen across my path but my view isn’t universal. The traditional French greeting of a kiss on… Continue Reading “La bise is back: Many in France divided over return of cheek kissing”

French Fancies: Ladurée

I still recall the first time I ate a macaron. It was at Gordon Ramsey’s debut London restaurant Aubergine. He served tiny lemon and raspberry macarons as part of his petits fours’ selection. They were delicious, just melted on the tongue. The second time… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Ladurée”

News from France

I returned from vacation yesterday evening and needed to catch up with what’s going to be happening in France this week. There are several Covid-related rules changes  – what else! – in France this week from changes to mask rules in schools and free… Continue Reading “News from France”

French Fancies: J.M. Weston

I’ve featured posts about ladies’ shoes but I thought I should address the balance and look at a French producer of predominantly mens’ shoes.  J.M. Weston, despite the Anglo-Saxon sound of its name, is a French luxury shoe company, founded by Édouard Blanchard in… Continue Reading “French Fancies: J.M. Weston”

French Fancies: Souleiado

If you’ve been to France, you’ll have seen typical brightly coloured Provencal fabrics everywhere. But where did they originally come from? If you’ve read any of my posts about the places I’ve visited in south-east France you’ll know that it has been attacked by… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Souleiado”

The House where Beatrice….

When I suggest visitors take in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat I’ll add that if at all possible they should visit the stunning Villa Ephrussi and its gardens. How it all began As you know, I love a spot of property porn. So picture this.… Continue Reading “The House where Beatrice….”

French Fancies: Maison Kayser

I’ve already written about the importance of bread and patisseries in France. Today I’m looking at one of France’s global brands. Eric Kayser may have only launched his first boulangerie at 31 but his belated start did not stop him from making his mark. … Continue Reading “French Fancies: Maison Kayser”