Portraits

Portraits
Power of scent

Parisian Perfumer on the Power of Scent and Living Her Dream

What is the secret behind the alchemy of an alluring scent, and how does one become a perfume creator? To find out, INSPIRELLE spoke to perfumer Stéphanie Poulage, an internationally-minded French mother of two who, after working for years on big brands, took the plunge and launched her own line of unique fragrances under the label Poulage Parfumeur.
Thalys train attack survivor

Terrorist Train Attack Survivor Speaks About Her Life Today

Isabelle Risacher Moogalian is a bicultural coach whose life aboard a peniche on the Seine seemed idyllic with American-born husband Mark Moogalian, until they were victims of an attempted terrorist attack on a Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris. Seconds after Mark wrenched the automatic weapon from the hands of the attacker he was shot in his back as he tried to get away.
Heather Stimmler-Hall

Up Close With the Woman Behind “Secrets of Paris” and “Naughty Paris”

Who can resist learning the “Secrets of Paris”? And who knows them better than Heather Stimmler-Hall, the creative founder of an extraordinarily popular website and unique French tours. Heather began writing about the City of Light on the Internet when few of us even knew what a blog was.
Author Elaine Sciolino © Gabriela Sciolino Plump

Bestselling Author Elaine Sciolino Opens Up About “The Only Street in Paris”

Elaine Sciolino’s latest bestseller about her French neighborhood street, la rue des Martyrs, is already rumored to become the favorite in this year’s list of best Paris books. Sciolino has lovingly, brilliantly and thoroughly written about la rue des Martyrs in the 9th arrondissment of Paris, which for the author is “The Only Street in Paris”.
teen coach

Why Teens Will Talk to This Woman Before Opening Up to Parents

Teens face both an exciting and a challenging time when growing up. More freedom and independence, combined with new choices and expectations can get pretty overwhelming. Often the last person a teen wants to talk to is a parent. Perhaps your teen will open up to a life coach.
refugee camp in northern France

Expat Women in Paris Wade into the Heart of the Jungle to Help Refugees

For the past few months, a small group of women have been driving from Paris to northern France and Germany with carloads filled with blankets, clothing and food. They leave the comfort of their own homes behind in search of broken families in need of immediate assistance. INSPIRELLE spoke with Kelly, Reema and Carina after their latest road trip to northern France, where refugee children and adults are struggling in dire, freezing conditions.
Paris for Seniors

Meet Genevieve Spicer: Ensuring Seniors Have a Blast in Paris

If you’re thinking of a trip to Paris after retirement or if your elderly parents or grandparents are hitting town for the first time, how best to plan this visit? Meet Genevieve Spicer, who knows how to make sure seniors have a whopping good time in Paris.
Hopways carpooling

HOPWAYS Provides Innovative Carpooling Solution for Parents in France

When one expat mom got together with two Parisian mothers to start a carpool for their children’s activities, they had no idea it would evolve into a successful community sharing venture called HOPWAYS. Now over 1,000 families in and around Paris use the online service to organize pools by car, foot and public transport to help parents keep up with all their children’s activities.
website specialist

Alannah Moore: Helping Ordinary People Create Extraordinary Websites

If you’re eager to express yourself in a blog or desperately in need of a website to promote your business, INSPIRELLE has just the expert for you. Meet Alannah Moore
Gift IT cards

Too Busy to Shop for the Perfect Present? Try Gift IT

Have you ever wanted to offer a special gift to someone you care about but just couldn’t find the time to look for it? Let Gillian Szaga help you out with Gift IT. She’s an American mom of three in Paris who understands what busy people need and are looking for when it comes to presents.