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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 because of the condition of the house, which my grandmother …

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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 event-planning skills to work. Let me tell you how it went …

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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? Fact is, female baby boomers outnumber millennials by about 7% of the population, …

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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 and sweet and full of character. Moi aussi. …

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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 without being defined by them.   The typical French woman does …

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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 like somebody else – she does put forth the best version …

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