french life / la vie française

How to Dress in Paris to Fit in with the Locals

How to Dress in Paris to Fit in with the Locals

Your ticket is booked, your plans made, all that’s left is packing. So what do you wear around Paris if you don’t want to scream “tourist”? Before you start packing, learn the Dos and Don’ts of dressing in Paris for both men and women.

Life in Paris vs New York City

Life in Paris vs New York City

Just as Americans are enamored with Paris, French people also look at New York with awe. So I’m often asked to compare my current and former home. The differences are deeper than just choosing bagels or baguettes.

No Rosé in Winter + 15 More French Wine Rules

No Rosé in Winter + 15 More French Wine Rules

Wine is a treasured part of French culture, and therefore etiquette revolves around proper appreciation of it. These rules are really guidelines for enjoyment, since the French don’t see the point in drinking a wine the wrong way.

Why Frenchmen Don’t Want Trophy Wives

Why Frenchmen Don’t Want Trophy Wives

Ahh the Trophy Wife. The young, beautiful but vapid status symbol for her older, less attractive and wealthy husband. In U.S. and the U.K., this is a well-known concept. So why doesn’t the Trophy Wife translate to France?

The Glorious World of Winter French Food

The Glorious World of Winter French Food

The French are big on seasonal eating, and winter means lots of special meals heavy on the cheese, meat and carbs. Raclette, tariflette, croziflette…I hadn’t heard of these dishes until I visited France in winter. So allow me to introduce you to my favorite winter […]

The French Love Trashy Reality TV Too

The French Love Trashy Reality TV Too

The French, they’re just like us! We Americans have this idea French people are all sophisticated and just read philosophy and could never be interested in crap TV. Au contraire. They even have their own answer to Kim Kardashian.

Tips for Moving to Paris from Someone Who Just Did It

Tips for Moving to Paris from Someone Who Just Did It

Moving across town is stressful. Moving to another continent will test your mental stability. Six months ago, my French husband and I made the jump from the United States to France, and let me tell you I learned some things!

Paris Dispatch #5: Between Two Worlds

Paris Dispatch #5: Between Two Worlds

It’s been an emotional six-weeks full of events that led me to evaluate where I belong in the world and where my heart lives. Getting a job, going back to America and having bad things happen to people I love who are far away.

How My Beauty Routine Changed After Moving to Paris

How My Beauty Routine Changed After Moving to Paris

Fact: Parisian women are beauty goals. And even if you aren’t French, just living in Paris you will find yourself picking up their beauty habits by proximity. I started adjusting to the local beauty norms quickly, even if it wasn’t always conscious.

Do French People Really Wear Berets? French Clichés Investigated

Do French People Really Wear Berets? French Clichés Investigated

Are French people all eating snails in their striped shirts while smoking? Well…oui and non. Every country has its stereotypes and France probably has more than its fair share. Let’s examine some of the most common clichés about French people.