l'Art de Vivre

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Carrie Anne James French is Beautiful Paris Saint Germain des Pres.jpg

l'Art de Vivre


L’Art de vivre is a digital self-study course in English, with inspiring French vocabulary taught in essential moments of the journey. You will receive an email with a link to download your e-book, audio links and video links upon completion of your purchase.

From the l’Art de vivre e-book :

‘The following course takes place over four parts : BEAUTY (hair, skin, inner glow), LOVE (friendship, romance, family), WELLNESS (balance, food, exercise) and STYLE (clothing, home decor, entertaining). I created this course in the summer of 2017 while living in the 6th arrondissement above the chic murmur of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. This is the course that inspired what would later become the l‘Art de vivre series : French Well-Being, Living with Food the French Way, French Confidence, Managing Your Money like the French and Being Yourself. The wonderful engagement that I have since seen with those courses coupled with the beautiful questions surrounding French love, beauty, style, wellness, entertaining and food addressed to my podcast, The Paris Lessons, made me realize that it was time to make the online course that I hosted that summer back in 2017 available in the digital self-study format that you are beginning now. May the ways that the French approach these topics gift you with new ways of being yourself, of taking care of yourself and of curating your world. And I hope that you adore the bonus section with your apéro guide and recipes!’


4 audio recordings (including relevant French words and expressions)

50+ page course e-book (in PDF form)

4 video messages from Carrie Anne, made with love for you in Paris.

Who is it for?

This course is for every woman who is fascinated by the French art de vivre

Who is it not for?

This course is not for anyone looking for a French grammar course - check out Basics for Beginners, Comprehensive and / or private coaching with Carrie Anne if that is what you are looking for.

For a taste of the tone of the course and of Carrie Anne’s insights, please enjoy her podcast, The Paris Lessons, by clicking HERE.

Kindly enjoy testimonials from amazing women that have experienced other courses in this French culture series below : 

Carrie Anne has rekindled my appreciation of every aspect of my life - and myself!

- Natalia, Las Vegas

Better than therapy!

- Rebecca, Oxford

It’s like Deepak Chopra teaching French.

- Melanie, New York

French Confidence is a wonderfully unique course offered by French is Beautiful in which Carrie Anne shares the discoveries she's made in her exploration of some of the mysteries of the life and culture of French women. With the gentle, caring guidance that she brings to all of her courses, you may find upon inner reflection that you will discover incredible facets of yourself as a woman as well. I highly recommend this course to women of any age. 

- Peg, Connecticut

The French Confidence course pushed me to examine my beliefs on beauty, well-being, and the concept of being unapologetic. Since completing the course, I'm apologizing less for being me and am feeling more bien dans ma peau.

- Melissa, Washington, D.C.

French Confidence was a wonderful journey that taught me to reflect on my inner dialogue as well as the way I carry myself in the world. As someone drawn to the slow French life and as a French language student, I found myself appreciating Carrie Anne not only as an exceptional French teacher, but as a life coach imparting the wisdom of the je ne sais quoi of Paris and beyond. Lovely experience that I will carry with me as I become more comfortable saying ‘je suis bien dans ma peau’ with the confidence of a French woman meandering down a delicious cobble stone street, baguette in hand, red lips shimmering. 

- Lauri, New York

I truly enjoyed the French Confidence course. As a Francophile, I was able to learn more about why I'm so captured by the French culture. It was fantastic to engage with Carrie Anne's inspiring guidance throughout the course.

- Catherine, Australia 

Carrie Anne is an absolute pleasure to listen to. Her approach is genuine, clear, concise, beautiful, and quite frankly, unique. She knows the inner workings of the French mind, culture, and language from the inside out, and makes it all a breeze to learn and understand, and above all, apply. She's an absolute gem. Not only do I highly recommend her to anyone interested in all things French with my eyes closed, I'd take any course she offers that pertains to the French culture, lifestyle, and the likes. Thank you, Carrie Anne, for the absolute beauty you create.

- Isabelle, Canada

This course is a wonderful insight into how French women view themselves and how they live their lives to support themselves and give themselves confidence. Carrie Anne has a wonderful way of articulating her thoughts and in such a gentle way. Highly recommended for any woman wanting to explore what gives a French Woman that je ne sais quoi. 

- Victoria, New Zealand

Carrie has brought a gentle voice and clarity to me as a woman and mother that I haven’t been able to do myself. She does a great job offering thoughtful questions to bring one’s own thinking to concepts. Merci!

- Amanda, Chicago

Such a meaningful experience! Carrie Anne's insight is so thoughtful, kind, and full of respect for both French and anglophone cultures. The course was so timely and fun for me personally, a good mix of helpful, inspiring, and interesting!

- Emily, South Carolina

French Confidence was a lovely course and I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves French culture. I plan on someday going to France and this will help me immensely understand the thoughts, feelings and beliefs of the French! Merci, Carrie Anne!!

- Susan, Minnesota

This course (Living with Food the French Way) is ideal for anyone not looking for a diet recommendation (there are already a million out there), but for those looking to really elevate the quality of their day to day lives as they pertain to food. Who wouldn't want to live more gently and thoughtfully in relationship to food? Who wouldn't want to make meals into experiences? This course will guide you along that path.

- Marina, Missouri


Access: Lifetime

Duration: Divided into four parts, it is designed to use at your own pace.

Content delivery: Your e-book containing the links to its accompanying audios and videos will be deliverable upon completion of your purchase. The link to download your materials will be active for 24 hours only, so please use it immediately!

Commitment time: 90 minutes minimum per part recommended

Level: There is no pre-requisite for having studied French for this course.

Audio: 1 hour of audio materials (including French vocabulary)

Video: 4 video messages from Carrie Anne, made with love for you in Paris.

E-book: Containing the links to your audios and videos, your audio recordings’ vocabulary and Carrie Anne’s personal experiences uncovering the French art de vivre - an impactful journey through French culture and life in Paris.


Carrie Anne James became a Parisienne in 2015 after being granted permission from the French Consulate in San Francisco to make Paris the new home of French is Beautiful. She has spoken French and lived alongside French culture for 20 years. Carrie Anne is currently a masters candidate at the Sorbonne, specializing in Metaphysical Philosophy. She studied French literature at U.C. Berkeley and La Sorbonne, as well as classical piano at L'École Normale de Musique in Paris.


- How long does the course run?  It is designed to be used at your own pace.

- How much time do I need to set aside for the course? We suggest setting aside 90 minutes of enjoyment per lesson.

- Is there homework? Oui, there are prompts meant to guide you to incorporate the French l’art de vivre into your own life.

- Will I be graded? Non.

- Will I receive personalized feedback on my work and progress? Non, but we welcome you to share your experience with Carrie Anne on social media or in the private Facebook group for French is Beautiful alumni.

- Do I need to be online at certain times in order to participate? No. The beauty of this self-study course is that you can take it with you to be enjoyed anytime, anywhere that you have an internet connection.

- Will I have access to all of the course's content at once? Yes.

- Do I need to already know French to participate? If so, how much? None whatsoever. If you would like to learn the basics (or review them as a first step towards getting back into your French), then kindly have a look at our Basics for Beginners program. 

- What if I don't love it? As this course is delivered completely digitally, returns and/or refunds are not available. We encourage you to enjoy all of the available free content on this site, including our InstagramFacebookTwitter and SoundCloud accounts for more free content, to determine if Carrie Anne’s method and coaching style are right for you before making your purchase. The Université 1 & 2 programs come with a first lesson trial offer.

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