Category Archives: Beauty

Une crinière

Une crinière (oon krin-e-air) means a mane, like on the glorious cat above, but it is also used to describe an abundant mop of hair. I have had short hair for about twenty-five years now. It’s thick and healthy, but hardly une … Continue reading

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Doucement le matin

Best-selling author Mireille Guiliano came out with a new book based on the French Women Don’t Get Fat formula ten months ago. This time, it was French Women Don’t Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style and Attitude. I’ve … Continue reading

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L’Officine

My job in Paris has permitted me to have less time-off than in previous years, so I’ve been impatient to get out and see the long list of places I’d planned on visiting this summer. One of those spots was … Continue reading

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Une femme d’un certain âge

A while ago, I started following a blog by Tish Jett, A Femme d’Un Certain Age. Jett, a journalist, moved to France three decades ago. She met and married a Frenchman and established her life there. Over her years in … Continue reading

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C’est un vase rempli de parfums

Lately, I’ve been telling you about some examples of French luxury goods – cognac, shoes, and pianos. One of the ultimate centers of ultimate luxury is la place Vendôme in the heart of Paris. Home to the Ritz hotel and … Continue reading

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Son chiffre porte-bonheur

Launched in 1921, Chanel N° 5 is without doubt the most famous perfume in the world. Until very recently, it was also the best seller year after year. From May 5 until June 5, 2013, a free traveling exhibit focusing … Continue reading

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Le culte du corps

A new book by French historian and sociologist Georges Vigarello, La Silhouette, naissance d’un défi, describes the change in the use of the word silhouette in the 20th century. In the 18th century, a silhouette was a portrait cut from paper … Continue reading

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