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French designer Sonia Rykiel

4 Reasons French Designer Sonia Rykiel Inspires Me

She’s one of those women who help you become your own totally liberated woman. With a creative, intellectual, strong and refined mind like hers, you can change the world – as she proven to do. This woman is by far the greatest designer I have ever met.
French Healthcare system

American Mom in Paris: Cracking the French Healthcare System

How does the French Healthcare system work? What did my husband and I learn about our health coverage when we had to resolve our older daughter's hearing issues? We learned A LOT about how to ensure our family is covered when faced with any health concern.
running Paris

Marathon Woman: Where to Run in Paris

So you’re ready to start running in Paris? Bravo! Paris is a wonderful city for running. Wonderful, that is, so long as you know where to go, because negotiating the ever-present cobblestones can be tricky at best, and ankle and knee shredding at worst.
Spirtitual quest

A Spiritual Quest for Meaning in Life

What does it mean to be "spiritual"? For the past 30 years, I was and am searching for transcendence, multidimensionality, whatever you want to call it: to have an answer to that eternal question : ”is that all there is?” and if not, then, what else is there?
Mimi Thorisson

Mimi Thorisson: From City Girl to French Countryside Cooking Sensation

Mimi's story is the stuff that fairy tales are made of. Find out how a photo of her garden cake went viral, leading to cooking shows, book deals and global celebrity.
French bashing: Air France manager's shirt ripped off

The Art of French Solidarity

"French-Bashing" is officially a phenomenon that the French press has been aware of for years. It seems that everyone the world over loves to scorn Gallic shrugs, allegedly rude waiters and politicians that have a sex life worthy of a bad soap opera. Maybe it's jealousy, maybe it's just a bit of fun, for Anglo-Saxons at least. But to focus on negative points is taking a rather narrow view, n'est ce pas?
Move to Paris

Paris Plunge: Leaving Job, Family and Country for French Love

If someone had told me a year ago that I would walk away from everything to move to Paris, I would have laughed. But here I am, just days away, about to move to THE city. PAR-EE! And it all happened so quickly.

ARTECASE: Parisian Treasure Hunters in Search of Collectible Design

Art lovers are rarely disappointed when they visit Paris for cultural inspiration. And when two like minds meet, sparks fly. Elizabeth Chase and Susan Bouliier are both cultural addicts who met in Paris and decidedly joined forces to create ARTECASE. Experienced in the art of treasure hunting for collectible design, the two co-founders mapped out their favorite cultural places for INSPIRELLE.
Emily Song and vintage watches

How to Afford a Designer Vintage Watch

Owning a designer watch is only a dream for many of us. Now you can find a designer vintage watch in mint condition for half the price ... and you won't believe the origin of this timeless piece.
teen smoking

The Smoking Gun: Parisian Teens and Cigarettes

Nearly every day for seven years now, my morning ritual has included a cloud of smoke hanging over a throng of students, many of whom have a cigarette in hand... No matter which arrondissement teens come from, the clothes they wear and the music they listen to, their main accessory is a cigarette (aka a “clope”).