Who stole my croissant

Style secrets of the French by Casilda Grigg

My latest French discovery

The other day I was strolling through South Ken with Mr Wrong, en route to Peter Jones to return a dodgy plug, when I chanced upon this cupboard-cum-perfume shop next door … Continue reading

October 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Is this the world’s most expensive nail polish?

Possibly. It’s made by Christian Louboutin, the French shoe designer famous for his fire engine red soles, it’s sold at Selfridges and it costs a staggering £36 a bottle, darling. You can … Continue reading

October 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

In Saturday’s Telegraph (Weekend)

I’ve written about Konga, a dance fitness craze that’s not remotely French. It’s hot, sweaty and frenetic for one thing and it comes from Australia of all places. But here’s a thing: while … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Valérie Trierweiler’s style diktats

The former first lady of France is 49 and very elegant. I’d say her look is more that of a woman in her fifties, than forties – personally I think … Continue reading

September 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Walking in high heels – in Saturday’s Telegraph

In Saturday’s Telegraph Weekend I learn how to strut and swagger in a pair of perilously high platforms bought in Paris in a moment of madness. With me holding my hand is the … Continue reading

September 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

Window shopping in Saint-Germain

A new scent arrived at Diptyque’s flagship shop in Paris just days ago. It’s called Essences Insensées and it’s a mix of mimosa, violets and heliotrope. It comes in a … Continue reading

September 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

What Frenchwomen take on holiday (their top 10 beauty secrets, shhh)

While Delphine wasn’t looking I crept up to her bedroom and had a look inside her half-packed suitcase. I spotted a DVD (La Piscine with Romy Schneider), a book (Tamara … Continue reading

August 6, 2014 · 1 Comment

It’s a small, small world

Imagine a summer holiday without mosquito bites. Imagine being able to ditch the smelly sprays and lotions, the bed nets and plug-in repellents. Imagine being able to sleep à la belle étoile, … Continue reading

August 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

French lessons from Inès de La Fressange

Here’s an admission: I have a girl crush on Inès de La Fressange, the French model, aristocrat and fashion designer. Inès is the former muse of Karl Lagerfeld and widely … Continue reading

July 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Instant summer grooming (Dior’s latest invention)

There is a product out there – a beauty product – that Parisians in London are very overexcited about. It’s made by Dior, it comes in a groovy neon bottle and it’s … Continue reading

June 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

The real reason why Frenchwomen look fabulous (just don’t mention the B word)

I’m feeling a flutter of excitement as I sit waiting in the lobby of a swanky Knightsbridge office block. Next to me is an electric blue Honda motorbike, above me a … Continue reading

June 2, 2014 · 3 Comments

French beauty secrets: the 3 hand creams Parisians swear by

I was in a gathering of Frenchwomen the other day and noticed three things. None of the women touched the cupcakes that had been made. Almost all the women were … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Beauty secrets: the skincare brand French dermatologists love

Until I met Lola, an American friend with a passion for French pharmacies, I had never heard of La Roche-Posay. Up until then I’d been the kind of dumb tourist who went … Continue reading

May 10, 2014 · 4 Comments

The three beauty products Parisians swear by

1. Guerlain Terracotta Moisturising Bronzing Powder, £34.50 (available in 8 shades) This cult product, launched 25 years ago, is the secret weapon in every Frenchwoman’s bathroom cabinet and one that’s often passed … Continue reading

March 31, 2014 · 1 Comment