So Freaking French

 

 

I’m not your typical French woman …

mainly because I’m not French.

I’ve spent years learning to “be more French”. What does that mean?

French women have a self-awareness that is neither obsessive nor neglected. There is an element of bringing elegance and “completeness” into everything they do, from dressing to entertaining.

I hope you’ll come along with me as we become more French.

Lifestyle

Beauty

French Makeup – Less is More

French Makeup – Less is More

  If you’re going to age, which we all do, it’s better to age as a French woman because the French do not find it so offensive.   French beauty comes from within and is the outward expression of the richness of life and the manifestation of savoring life moment to...

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Travel

Three Days in Paris

Three Days in Paris

Leaving the Dordogne Valley behind, fearless husband drove us back to Paris for French vacation part deux. And yep, we missed lunch again.   We’ve always played Paris kind of loosey-goosey, mostly figuring out what we want to do once we get there. This year, I put my...

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La Maison

A Kept House

A Kept House

  I grew up in a very un-kept house. If relatives were coming for the holidays, it was a total freak-out to get the house cleaned up. I even remember a few times when friends popped by unannounced (like people in the south do), and we literally hid until they left...

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Lessons in the Art of Living

4 Steps to Achieving Your Goals

Here we are – another New Year, another Auld Lang Syne, another clean slate. Did you set your goals for the New Year? If not, it’s ok – there’s still time to set them (or set more). The thing about a clean slate is, it stays clean until you write on it.   One of the...

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A Kept House

  I grew up in a very un-kept house. If relatives were coming for the holidays, it was a total freak-out to get the house cleaned up. I even remember a few times when friends popped by unannounced (like people in the south do), and we literally hid until they left...

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Three Days in Paris

Leaving the Dordogne Valley behind, fearless husband drove us back to Paris for French vacation part deux. And yep, we missed lunch again.   We’ve always played Paris kind of loosey-goosey, mostly figuring out what we want to do once we get there. This year, I put my...

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There’s More France Outside of Paris

This post contains affiliate links. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine.   If I could make any wish for my friends, right after health and happiness (and of course, world peace), would be traveling. I know it can...

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Paris in a Handbag

My daughter Regan James and her husband Lou Pine just returned from their Parisian honeymoon, and I'm delighted to have her guest-blogging today! A couple years ago, my boyfriend and I were about to go on a family trip in the south of France, and we were planning to...

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Packing for Paris – or Anywhere

  In just a few weeks I leave for my yearly sabbatical to France.   I used to be a delayed gratification girl – you know, celebrate after the journey is done and the war’s been won (rah, rah). I waited to go to Paris for years as the prize for some unnamed...

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Wear This, Not That – for Travel

I remember when people dressed up for airplane travel. I miss that. Travel can be a very harried proposition, and I’ve always admired women who arrive at the airport looking calm and pulled together, not looking like a bunch of random parts that popped out of a...

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The French Perennial

    In a very un-French-like gesture, it’s time for a little full transparency. This year, like it or not, I will be transitioning from my fabulous fifties to my sexy sixties. So in an age seemingly dominated by millennials, how does one embrace being a perennial?...

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Daily French

  I recently spent a morning at the great equalizer of humanity - the DVM. With time on my hands waiting for B035 to be called, and not being a fan of playing games on my phone, I engaged in the great Parisian pastime of people-watching. Why are Parisians so engaged...

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Wine 101

  I admire wine. I can relate to wine. When you think of wine, you may picture a vineyard, peaceful, lush and fecund. But here’s the thing – to make a really good wine, the vines have to struggle and fight their way through rocky, craggy soil until they emerge – rich...

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French Makeup – Less is More

  If you’re going to age, which we all do, it’s better to age as a French woman because the French do not find it so offensive.   French beauty comes from within and is the outward expression of the richness of life and the manifestation of savoring life moment to...

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Exercising Frenchly

Americans can tend to have an “all or nothing” mentality with regard to diet and exercise. Eat only one food group and not another. Exercise like a body builder or be a couch potato. The French have much more of a sense of balance, allowing them to enjoy things...

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Skin Deep Beauty

If beauty is only skin deep, shouldn’t you take really good care of your skin?   You will never see a French woman in one of those drastic “before makeup/after makeup” slideshows. She accepts and is comfortable with her own face. She does not try to make herself look...

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The French Anniversary – A Love Story

My husband and I were married in a chateau just outside of Paris which was the former home of Anne Boleyn’s aunt, now home to dear friends whom we toast every 11th of  April. It was a symbolic (not legal) ceremony, which we later formalized complete with license, name...

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Entertaining Comme le Français

I have my friends and family fooled. They think that all my parties and dinners are done effortlessly. The truth is, I’m a neurotic over-planner. Everything is planned days or weeks in advance – the menu and the to-do list worked down to an hour-by-hour strategy. I am...

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The French Paradox

I believe the answer to the French paradox – the phenomenon of eating bread, butter, wine and other bits of heaven and not getting fat – lies largely in their relationship with food. Eating is more about experience than intake. You will NOT find...

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