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a country home – christmas with charlotte anne fidler in england

Today I am excited to invite you to see another country home, this time in England.    We are visiting the beautiful home of Charlotte-Anne Fidler, creative director for glossy magazines around the world and  brand consultant, and who is also preparing another, exciting project that she’ll  announce soon: a  children’s brand….. watch this space!   I’m fascinated by the way very creative people live in their own homes: using all that creative energy all day for work,...

my stylish french girlfriend – marie-laure

My girlfriend Marie-Laure Daveau Queysanne is an antique dealer at the Paris flea market at St Ouen.  She has her shop in the marché Paul Bert which is the part of St Ouen that I go to the most often because I love the feel of the place and the mix of vendors, and of course it’s on the doorstep of the restaurant Ma Cocotte !  (a detail that I rarely waste!) The first time we met I noticed Marie Laure from afar.   The flea markets are predominantly masculine, I’d say that over 60...

my stylish french girlfriend – isabelle thomas

Today, as part of my stylish french girlfriend series  I am lucky to have Isabelle Thomas on the blog, a successful fashion stylist and creator, who met us in Paris for some photos last week and kindly answered a few questions. Isabelle is extremely accomplished.  She has several books on styling, including Paris Street Style and So Shoes, and she writes a professional blog called Styliste Personnelle  and a more personal site called  Mode Personnel(le). We met in the heart of Paris for our...

the book tour – or how to live out of a suitcase and remain sane

As you may know, I have just completed a whirlwind 11 day tour in the US which took me through six States, and to nine wonderful venues. Who says ‘tour’ says ‘living out of a suitcase’, or ‘survival on the go’ and I thought you may enjoy the few snippets of wisdom that I gained over the past two weeks … mostly a process of trial and error! Be Prepared! Make sure that you have all you may need before you travel, because once you are on the road and in...

a weekend with the french artist claire basler

  If you follow me on instagram, you will know that I have just had the pleasure of a weekend away to visit my friend Claire Basler, in her château in the middle of France. Claire is one of the girlfriends in my book, but most of all she is the most extraordinary artist and to spend time in her home is to visit a different world where beauty and creativity are part of everyday living; where the château is so huge that a specific lifestyle is imposed; where the view takes your breath away...

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