Portraits

Portraits
dancer becomes actress

Passionate Dancer Leaps from Stage to the Silver Screen

Talented Eurasian dancer Claire Tran has danced the steps of internationally renowned choreographers and tried her hand at creating for others. Now 31 years old, she's leaping in a new direction: acting.

How a Single Mom in Paris Covers War, Conflict and Human Lives

Many women choose to alter or give up their careers when they have children. Not Janine di Giovanni. An award winning war correspondent and Middle East Editor of Newsweek, this single mother feels the call of duty each time an opportunity arises to slip into battle zones to put a human face on war.
Boneshaker donuts

Meet the Woman Who Makes the Most Delicious Donuts in Paris

Fresh donuts at last in Paris! And not just any ordinary donuts. We’re tasting and talking about plump, handrolled sweet pastries only to be found in the new donut shop called Boneshaker in Paris’ second arrondissement. It’s a dream come true for Irish-American expat, pastry chef and mother of three, Amanda Scott.
on-line shopping

Nettement Chic’s Kate Davis on the Best of French Online Shopping

She’s smart, intuitive and has a flair for fashion. Kate Davis is an Englishwoman living in Paris for over nine years. A lawyer by trade, Kate launched Nettement Chic in January 2012. Now shoppers flock to her beautiful website to discover what she and her team are featuring from the best French online boutiques offering fashion, accessories, beauty, decoration and children’s clothing.
Kristin Louise Duncombe

Kristin Louise Duncombe Bares All About Life as a Trailing Wife

Are you a "trailing wife" or a ”trailing spouse”? Few people understand what this wretched expression means, and even fewer are able to express how it really feels to leave everything behind to follow a partner fulfilling his or her career path abroad. Yet Kristin Louise Duncombe has hit it on the nail first with her memoir, "Trailing", and now in her newest book, "Five Floors Up".
Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker: Extraordinary Jazz Singer and Mother With a Purpose

The extraordinary Josephine Baker played many roles in her amazing life: entertainer, civil rights activist, and probably the one most challenging - Mother of 12 multi-racial children.
Charlotte Debeugny - Nutritionist in Paris

A No-Nonsense Nutritionist in Paris on Food and Family

Meet Charlotte Debeugny, a no-nonsense nutritionist in Paris who believes sensible and good eating habits are the best way to feel good about yourself. The mother of three has penned two nutritional books and is now working on a masters degree in her spare time. From her home outside of Paris, Charlotte talks about her two passions: food and family.
fit to inspire

Rebeca Plantier: Don’t Punish Yourself With Exercise to be Fit to Inspire

How many women out there would love to get fit? Eat healthy; exercise regularly. How many of us are too busy caring for our families, juggling work or can’t find the time to look after our own bodies?
museum treasure hunts with THATLou

THATLou Founder Takes Museum Treasure Hunts Across the Channel

INSPIRELLE gets up close with Daisy de Plume, an American journalist whose Parisian museum treasure hunts have been such a bit hit she's taking them to London.
Caroline Fredericks

Carole Fredericks: Honoring an American Sister’s French Musical Legacy

There are numerous examples of African-American artists who were, and are, very successful in France: Josephine Baker in the Twenties, Richard Wright in the Forties and James Baldwin in the Fifties. Yet for some, their accomplishments remain unknown and often uncelebrated in their native country. Thus was the case of my sister, Carole Denise Fredericks.