Do you dream a little dream, of your French Life?
Maybe that’s underestimating it.
One Christmas years ago, my mother gave me the most gorgeous book I have
ever laid eyes on.
My French Life, by Vicki Archer.
It is still, oh so many years later, my prized possession, at the top of
the stack on the coffee table, so I can glimpse it’s gorgeousness at every
Inside this glossy, enchanting tome the fabulous French fantasy, she shares
her life in France.
I love this book not only for the mouthwatering full bleed photographs
gracing every page – but also for the writing.
Vicki is such a prolific, elegant, intoxicating writer – and hits every
high note with beautiful prose.
Her lifelong dreams became a reality when her family bought a farmhouse in
one of my own personal favorite sunny villages, Saint Rémy de Provence.
She spent three years lovingly restoring the farmhouse, bringing the
abandoned fruit orchards back to life and planting an olive grove of more
than two thousand trees. Her story a very personal tale of taking risks,
facing challenges and falling in love with all things French. The
photographs are breathtaking, oversized and emotional – taken by her
supremely talented friend Carla Coulson – both lavish and exquisite in
To open the cover, is to be transported instantly inside the beauty of
French life, simply by flipping through the pretty pages.
My own personal time machine, right in my Chicago living room. (To be
honest is didn’t leave my bedside for a few years – but I panicked someone
would leave a water ring with a drinking glass – the book is as big as my
*Vicki’s second book is **equally beyond beautiful, and* is a celebration
of life in Provence, one of the most charming regions of France. She
believes that ambience, and living life with ambience is the unique
ingredient that differentiates life in France.
How I so agree…and thus defines my deep seeded belief that I was
absolutely born in the wrong country.
To quote French Essence: "There is something about the French and the style
in which they live – their ability to blend all the senses – that makes for
a life filled with emotion and a life in which the senses are forever
stimulated." More beyond breathtaking photographs, by Carla Coulson, of
timeless interiors, of charming Provencal towns and villages, of private
gardens and breathtaking landscapes illustrate what Vicki likes to call,
Well imagine my excitement when over a few friendly emails, Vicki and I
planned a brocante morning meet up in Provence – at one of her favorites –
Villeneuve les Avignon.
We met at the shady Sycamore covered cafe cart. We chatted, we sipped,
sharing stories of small business, writing books, blogging, and favorite
everythings in Paris and Provence.
It was heaven.
And now – guess WHAT?
Vicki, my favorite esteemed author, is writing for our sweet little
eMagazine, A Perfect Event.
Her story this fall, Postcards from Provence, has left me quite speechless.
It is perfection.
Filled with her own mesmerizing photography, sharing snippets of Provence
in the fall, you won’t be able to take your eyes off of her.
What an issue we are loading up – non?
Just a few more days – this Saturday – September 1st – the premiere
September Issue, A Perfect Event, launches.
I know I am not getting any sleep in Paris wrapping up the perfect
entertaining magazine – and I know the team in Chicago is the same.
Bravo, bravo – just F.O.U.R. more days.
To buy your own coffee table collection of Vicki’s books, click here:
To follow her daily musings, click here: vickiarcher.com
Photo: Vicki Archer, French Essence