French Friday #1: à la mode

This week it's Fashion Week in Paris. How better to celebrate than with a little French lesson


This week's French expression
by:  Mademoiselle Love
à la mode 

Today, as I serve up your weekly dose of fashionable French vocabulary, I'm sipping on some Nespresso made chez moi by yours truly. Chez moi means "at my house/ apartment" because you can't treat yourself to a $4.00 cup of coffee every day!

Visions of warm apple pie, or better yet, warm gooey brownies topped with melting vanilla ice cream might come to the minds of most Americans upon hearing mention of this familiar phrase, for in the US, à la mode has come to mean "served with ice cream". However, for French folk, reading "warm brownie à la mode" on a dessert menu might cause complete and utter bewilderment, for in French, this common expression means...

"fashionable", "trendy" or, to use another French word, in vogue

So, why say something is trendy, when you could say it is à la mode? I think we can all agree that French is not only cooler, but certainly way more alluring than English. So, from now on, those stripes or those pastels are not "in" or "trending". They are à la mode.

Use it, and don't forget your "accent grave" on your letter A. Accents are not only necessary for correct spelling of French words containing them, but they are fun to write! Don't you wish you had one in your name, like Jenée does? But don't get them mixed up! Hers is an accent aigu, another fabulous accent. We could even say that her accent is "à la mode"...

I will now get back to my Nespresso coffee. Since I cannot be at one of my favorite local coffee shops or sipping on the finest Louisiana iced coffee, this will have to suffice. However, I must say, it is not half bad. Did you check out that luscious crema?
Merci, Mademoiselle Love
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jenée here...and talking about "à la mode" this is fresh off the runway from Paris Fashion week. This is one of my favs! from the Dior Fall 2013. This might be a trend now but it's is a French Classic in the making.

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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
Is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana with a serious interest in fashion and my friend, the author, is a Louisiana girl too, who is head over heels in love with everything French and everything coffee, it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves.
Tune in to KVPI every monday, wednesday and Friday mornings at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun French lesson and come back every Friday for more French lessons. We will discuss useful French words or expressions for the fashionable girl. But to make it even more enjoyable, we will do it over a very fashionable cup of coffee.