French Friday – French Fantasy Christmas List

It's been a très long time since I've written a French Friday post, but my week in Paris for Thanksgiving has me a little inspired, I have a few francophile posts up my sleeve and soon on their way to the blog. I thought it would be fun to do a French Friday Christmas list. I don't buy any Christmas presents for anyone. We reached the age in my family where we really don't need more "stuff" and … [Read more...]

People Watching in Osaka

Like my experiences in Tokyo, I have to say one of the best things about Osaka is people watching!  Of course I love to people watch everywhere, but most especially in Japan.  I have always admired the way the Japanese express themselves in fashion, often unapologetically. And it is not just "teenagers," I saw interesting outfits on people in every age group. Let's take a look. I know what … [Read more...]

Kyoto’s Kimono Culture

Until my trip to Kyoto and Osaka, my only visits to Japan had been to Tokyo.  During my many visits over the years I had seen women wearing kimonos but really had no idea about the traditional garment, other than how beautiful it is. But while researching for my trip to Kyoto I learned that the city was the ancient capitol of Japan.  That Kyoto has hundreds of temples and shrines, which served … [Read more...]

When in Rome with Audrey

If I could choose one woman's fashion style to emulate for the rest of my life it would be Audrey Hepburn. I am attracted to her simple yet classic style that seems to be timeless. I am not one to spend a lot of time thinking about my beauty routine or what I wear, so staying classic makes my life easy. In reality I know very little about Ms. Hepburn so when I saw the cover of the May issue of … [Read more...]

(Not quite) Wordless Wednesday #185: What the non-celebs wore at the Oscars

My Oscars day write-up is coming up tomorrow (promise!) but in the meantime I wanted to share some of the dresses worn by the non-celebs on the red carpet. Some beautiful others, well, interesting. Nancy O'Dell host of Entertainment Tonight poses for the cameras. Although you could call her celeb media I guess, she is not a "star" in the traditional sense. A little splash of color... Nice … [Read more...]

J’adore #13

I don't plan on theming every J'adore I do (last week was iPhone apps), but it seems only natural to do a Valentine's Day themed one this time around.  Also, most of these products have a green aspect to them as well, which I "adore!" Spotted on Celebrate Green and created by Row Boat Press this is a Valentine's gift that you can use over and over to tell your honey why you love them: Wouldn't … [Read more...]

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway – Day 12

On the twelfth day of Christmas, Misadventures with Andi gave to me... A Kasia Dietz designed bag: This is it, the grand finale and I am so pleased to be able to give away this bag from my Parisian blogging pal Kasia of Love in the City of Lights.  She recently re-opened her handbag business, website and store and you will have a hard time picking just one. To enter visit Kasia's … [Read more...]

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway – Day 5

On the fifth day of Christmas, Misadventures with Andi gave to me... A cute clutch called Madison from the lovely Julia Sherry Designs! All of the clutches are handmade and adorable! She has a lovely store where you can fall in love with all her designs. But for you, I have the lovely Madison, shown here below: To enter tell me who your favorite fashion icon is. Mine is Audrey … [Read more...]

Saturday Six #44

As much as I adore France some days California feels like heaven. Today was one of those days. I spent a glorious day in Big Sur. My husband and I celebrated our anniversary this week and decided to take a drive the spot where we spent a lot of time when we were dating.  We did nearly the same trip we did in September, but believe it or not the weather was actually better today (in November!).  … [Read more...]

Travel Gear Tuesday – The perfect travel dress

Usually when I am traveling packing a dress can be a bit of a pain, especially if most of the clothes and shoes I am bringing are for outdoor activities or I am taking mainly casual-wear. But now I have found the perfect solution, a dress you can just throw into your suitcase that comes out looking sexy and fresh no matter what! The dress? Patagonia's Margot dress.  It comes in several colors, … [Read more...]