Top 5 French-Inspired Posts

TSLL would not be what it is today without the inspiration that France and the French culture shares with the world. The fourth annual French Week took place this year and continues to be the most-visited time of year for the blog. Rest assured this annual tradition will continue in 2020, and I cannot wait […]

Top 10 French-Inspired Posts of 2018

Much of living simply luxuriously is inspired by my adoration of the French culture. As one reader on Instagram pointed out recently, it is the attention to cultivating contentment over pursuing happiness that initially unconsciously, and then consciously drew me to the Gallic land of culinary delights and appreciation for the everyday pleasures. The above […]

Outfit of the Week: A French-Inspired Weekend Getaway

~Saint James Breton Stripe Sweater with Button Shoulder with pure merino wool (navy and ecru)~ ~Frame Le High Skinny jeans~ ~Mark & Graham Brooklyn Carry-All~ ~M. Gemi The Stretto (more colors) $50 off EVERY pair of shoes you buy for a limited time.~ ~The RealReal Tibi double-breasted trench coat (size M), retail price estimate $750, […]

Escape to France: TSLL’s New French-Inspired Playlist

“I had come to the conclusion that I must really be French, only no one had ever informed me of this fact. I loved the people, the food, the lay of the land, the civilized atmosphere, and the generous pace of life.” ― Julia Child, My Life in France Music which reminds us of beautiful […]

Top 5 French-Inspired Posts in 2017

“À vaillant coeur rien d’impossible.” -Jacques Cœur “For a valiant heart nothing is impossible.” The French culture continues to inspire new and trusted ways of going about life, style, cooking and well, simply enjoying the everydays here on TSLL blog as we focus on living a life of quality over quantity. This year, the 2nd […]

A French-Inspired Culinary Comfort Cafe: Coquine

“Sincere Cuisine, Humbly Ambitious”  The name, Coquine, French for a mischievous little girl, and the woman behind the name turned her curiosities into an award-winning neighborhood restaurant that is a dream for your tastebuds. Described as new American fare, the menu is inspired significantly by Katy Millard’s time in France, cooking under the well-known chef Guy […]

Top French-Inspired Posts of 2016

Twenty sixteen introduced the first TSLL French Week which took place in mid-August of this past year with great success. For an entire week, two posts went live each day that were inspired by or focused on something related to the French culture. Due to the positive response from readers, the annual event will be […]

French-Inspired California Cottage

The home I dream of living in until the day I die is a simple, petite abode. A home that is welcoming and grand in attention to detail, but cozy and intimate with charm so as to allow me to both enjoy my home and the world outside my door without a long list of […]

10 Fantastique French-Inspired Blogs

For French food inspiration, French style inspiration, French dining inspiration and French-living inspiration, the internet is bursting with blogs to explore. Today I would like to share with you 10 French-inspired blogs that I have been visiting regularly for years or have just released been introduced to and think you too might enjoy. Rest-assured, there […]

French-Inspired Living

As I mentioned in my About page, I am unabashedly a Francophile and having studied abroad in Angers, France, and now traveled in France three times (and looking forward to the next trip whenever it may be), I wanted to organize all of the Francophile themed posts, books, websites and destinations in one location for […]

12 Enjoyable Ideas for Freshening Up Your French

Immersion is best, but when immersion is not possible, brushing up while at home on our French as we wait for the opportunity to walk stand firmly on the terra firma of the land of croissants is the next best thing. All of this is to say, the key is to make the learning enjoyable. […]

The TOP 5 British & French posts of 2020

While we may not have been able to travel this year, we were given the gift of deepened gratitude for the travel we once had and will someday again with further awareness of such an awesome opportunity. This year, the annual French Week (5th year) and British Week (2nd year) were more largely visited than […]

A Cuppa Moments w/Shannon — November 2020

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289: Anne Willan Talks About Women in the Kitchen

“The thread of all good cooking: the right ingredients, fresh and the way they should be – not fancy or expensive.” —Anne Willan, author of Women in the Kitchen and founder of La Varenne Cooking School in Paris One of the world’s preeminent authors on French cooking, a James Beard Award-winning author and the founder […]

TSLL’s 5th Annual French Week Final Post & Giveaway Winners Announced!

Ça va? I hope this year’s TSLL’s French Week offered a breath of calm and celebration and joy. I heard from many readers this week who shared their thanks for keeping this annual traditional alive especially during the time of the pandemic. I must say, it was a lovely respite and escape of focus for […]

This & That: August 14, 2020 – French Week

Here we go! French finds galore! Oodles of books, cookbooks included, two French films that I highly recommend, a pop-up sale on French Brocante finds, an upcoming new series set in Paris on Netflix and well, that is just the beginning. Enjoy! Books —Forever Paris: 25 Walks in the Footsteps of Chanel, Hemingway, Picasso and […]

Outfit of the Week: Casual Early Fall Market Attire

Stripes will forever be a staple in my capsule wardrobe, so whether it is a sweater or a tee, having a few on hand is a must. Saint-James, a clothing company based in the north of France is known for their classic Breton stripe tops (and now, masks!) taking credit for being the genesis of […]

Welcome to TSLL’s 5th Annual French Week & the First Giveaway!

Welcome to French Week. A week many of readers along, with myself, have been eager to begin. Do you have a glass of rosé handy? Perhaps a seasonal, simple French cuisine inspired meal at the tip of your tastebuds you cannot wait to try? I know I do. Regardless of the year, as you might […]

25 Reasons You Might Be A Francophile

Today is Bastille Day or Fête Nationale in France, and I could not let today pass without celebrating here on TSLL. Above is an image I captured on one of my many strolls in the medieval ville in Vaison-la-Romain during my trip to Provence in the summer of 2018. I can still hear the music […]

This & That: July 3, 2020

Hamilton has arrived in your living room, sales and sales and more sales, a political satire starring Steve Carell, escape to beautiful homes near the sea, a French cookbook and wine bar to put on your list, and oodles of articles to read for Francophiles and Anglophiles. Books —Diana Vreeland: Bon Mots, Words of Wisdom […]

A Note from Shannon . . .

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10 British Wallpaper Companies to Know

As soon as I purchased my home last fall, I knew I would be wallpapering as I have become smitten with English decor, and with the arrival of each new issue of The English Home, I was becoming ever more convinced my home would not be a true sanctuary without many of the wallpapers being […]

Become Your Own French Cook: 15 Kitchen Tools & Supplies to Do So with Aplomb

France and food. Thinking about both makes me the happiest person on the planet. Having had the opportunity to cook in France a couple of times with women I highly respect, as well as dine and explore France multiple times, with each return trip, my kitchen welcomes a new tool, a new skill, a new […]

9 Saturday Ponderings . . .

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