Portraits

Portraits
Guo Pei - Daijin gown

Guo Pei: a Chinese Couturière Takes on the World

Chinese couturier, Guo Pei, who became a global name when Rihanna wore one of her stunning gowns to the 2015 Met Gala, sets up a showroom in Paris to expand globally.
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”.
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.
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.
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.

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.
stay at home mom

A Stay at Home Mom Reinvents Herself in the Design World

When finding a job in Paris proved harder than expected, this Canadian stay at home mom decided to reinvent herself by pursuing her creative passions.
Our Paris Stories

Meet the Millennials Telling Our Paris Stories

How the two young founders of the blog Our Paris Stories created a platform for expats in Paris to share their unique experiences.
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".
Lee Yanowitch and husband Philippe Chamaillard in front of their B&B in Burgundy, France

Life Change: from Big City TV to Countryside B&B

US-born Lee Yanowitch walked away from 24-hour news to open a bed and breakfast in Burgundy, France. Discover how daily chores and long grueling hours in France's idyllic countryside makes her happier than ever.