French Icons

Discover the special places, people, landmarks, brands, or objects that embody French life.

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  France, in the media: A depressed, immobile and arrogant nation, turned towards her once glorious past. France, in Air France‘s ambitious new advertising campaign (spring 2014:) Traditional yet modern, dynamic, and enjoying the finest things in life with panache and joie de vivre. It is unfortunate Air France made the headlines this Fall because of a…

This post was originally published in 2013. It has been updated.   Chanel… A name. A brand. An iconic logo. Chanel… The little black dress. The tweed jacket. The fragrance.   In her private suite at the Ritz Hotel, Paris Arriving at “the office,” 31 rue Cambon, Paris. Chanel… Behind the legend, a woman. Gabrielle Chanel. Coco. Mademoiselle. Ambitious,…

The rain has returned to the Pacific Northwest after a few idyllic spring days. Moss is threatening to take over, sprawling in garden beds, spreading to decks and fences, creeping on the brave souls who made the mistake of removing the ubiquitous fleece jackets too soon. It is time for a cheerful, uplifting story, some sun,…

This story was first published in January 2013. It has been updated.  La concierge aux lunettes – The concierge with glasses Robert Doisneau, 1945 Last week, Junior’s grandma, Mutti, sent me a little note to thank me once again for her Seattle vacation during the Holidays. The message was written on a postcard, and when I…

This story was originally published in 2012. It has not been updated.– French Girl in Seattle Elegant. Flawless. Inimitably stylish. Flaunting a certain Je-ne-sais-quoi. Exuding a subtle confidence. Ah, the French woman. A timeless myth still in the making. How she intrigues, and captivates around the world. Visit your local bookstore, or browse online, under “French style,” “French…

The ballet flat: Il était une fois, une jolie petite chaussure… Once upon a time, there was a pretty little shoe…  Charming. Chic. Classic. Comfortable: The ballet flat – la ballerine, in French –  seduces women around the world. Check out your favorite retailers or online stores in the spring, and you will see it everywhere. Offered in…

The Ritz Paris

After an unprecented 4-year renovation, the Ritz Paris re-opens on June 6, 2016. Here is a story I wrote about the iconic hotel a few years ago. — French Girl in Seattle, June 2016   The Ritz Paris, has been named “Europe’s greatest hotel, and an enduring symbol of elegance,” by Frommer’s. It has collected…

‘Tis the season of giving… (photo from www.11magnolialane.com) Last week, when friends old and new came to celebrate Le Blog‘s first birthday, many kindly mentioned they have been enjoying my series on French icons. It seems le béret, la baguette, la marinière, les cafés parisiens, la Seine, la Tour Eiffel and even the venerable Deux-Chevaux…

Bonjour les amis,    This week we return to our popular French Icons series. If you thought la baguette, le béret, la marinière, French cafés and la tour Eiffel were quintessentially French, I’ve got another one coming.    Last fall, while spending Thanksgiving weekend in Portland, Oregon, I spent some time in a wonderful local…