Category Archives: Beauty

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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Les femmes pulpeuses

It’s almost fall, and for me fall equals fashion. If you’re looking at the September issue of a fashion magazine, you may notice that the model on the cover looks a little, well, rounder than in the past. According to … Continue reading

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Être rasoir

Today’s entry is by guest blogger Katherine Churchill, a student in my AP French class. Merci, Katherine! Ranking with baguettes, berets, striped shirts and cigarettes at the top of the list of salient French stereotypes are rumors about French hygiene. … Continue reading

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Il n’y a pas d’élégance possible sans parfum

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…a fabulous bottle of French perfume. Once again, proving how incredibly reasonable I am, I’ll just steer Santa in the right direction and let him make the ultimate decision. … Continue reading

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Les Journées Particulières

If you can be in France on October 15 and 16, 2011 you’ll have the chance to participate in Les Journées Particulières (lay joornay par-tea-coo-lee-air) sponsored by LVMH, the luxury goods conglomerate. This phrase translates as “special,” “unusual,” or “private” … Continue reading

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Qui se ressemble, s’assemble

I’ve discovered a great shopping street near the Jardin du Luxembourg in the 6th Arrondissement – rue Saint-Sulpice, which then becomes Place Saint-Sulpice next to the church of the same name. Here are some of my favorite shops starting at … Continue reading

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Qui sème le vent, récolte la tempête

François Coty, born on May 3, 1874, was a complicated man. His real name was Joseph Maris François Spoturno. He was a perfume manufacturer and newspaper magnate, but also fascist and anti-Semite. He was born in Corsica and he was … Continue reading

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