Returning to my roots

It’s been awhile (to say the least) since I wrote in this blog, and I’ve missed it so! If you’ve been following along and wondering what happened, you’ll probably notice that I’m no longer a self-hosted WordPress site (that is, hosted on a third-party service, which in my case was Bluehost) and now “live” on…

Book Review: Paris in Love: A Memoir, by Eloisa James

Warning: I read this while I was on a Caribbean cruise vacation last week, so you’ll forgive me if my review is colored by the backdrop of my reading environment! I’ve become very skeptical of late by many Paris-theme memoirs of Americans gone abroad, especially by those who’ve only recently moved to the City of…

The Heart is a Lonely Runner

After what happened at Boston last week , I’ve been obsessed with getting back to running. Those of you who’ve been reading this blog for awhile know that I’m a big runner, and have been since the mid-1990s. Boston terrified, horrified and also inspired me, and while I don’t know if I could ever get…

And Now is the Spring of My Joy

See? As I mentioned yesterday in my whine-filled post, I knew that today I would feel much, much better, once I’d had a good night’s sleep, a nutritious dinner, and wouldn’t you know it, even a good, albeit somewhat nauseating run. (Long story!) Special thanks to Marsi and Ann for their sweet and knock-me-upside-the-head-rational comments…

Now ‘Tis the Spring of My Discontent

Well, it’s been a bizarre couple of weeks. One of the first things people notice about me is my smile. And no, I’m not going to be humble about it — it’s taken me 41 years to finally be proud of something about me that I had very little to do with, and that’s my…

My Inner French Girl Radio Interview: Author Jamie Cat Callan

If you missed my interview with author Hilary Reyl (Lessons in French: A Novel)┬álast Friday, never fear! The archived podcast of the entire show is now available for download or streaming audio 24/7 on the show page by clicking here. You definitely want to hear this one. Hilary is such a lovely, articulate and thoughtful…

Jennifer Aniston’s French-Style Beauty

Jennifer Aniston can do no wrong. That skin! That hair! That body! And oh, did I mention that she has killer comedic timing that just doesn’t get the respect it deserves? Anyone who’s read the tabloids or any magazine with any feature of Jen within its glossy pages knows the Team Jen narrative: blonde, carefree,…

The Hair Up There

While browsing through some online magazine articles about French women beauty secrets yesterday — and there are plenty of them out there! — I came across this lengthy 2009 feature in Marie Claire with detailed tips on how French women achieve their effortless, elegant beauty. Hair Apparent If you’re at all a fan or follower…