The secret of French mystique

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If you are as sick as I am of reading about “French women who don’t get fat”, then grab a copy of How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits by Anne Berest Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, and Sophie Mas.

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The book came out in 2014 but is getting more attention these days. Caroline De Maigret, one the authors, has become a” fashion darling” since her modeling comeback with Chanel in 2011. The leggy multi-talented, granddaughter of a prince is now a music and documentary producer. She is also a Lancôme Muse and has her own makeup collection that is available now.


How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are is modern and funny. The authors tell it like it is when it comes to French women and their habits. If you are looking for a French “Beauty for Dummies book” you will be very disappointed.How to be Parisian Wherever you are


Caroline De Maigret and her chic friends come clean about what real Parisian women think and how they behave. They also confess the contradictions that make Parisian woman so seductive.


Parisian women wear little makeup on their skin. They do, however, wear mascara, eye liner, and drop-dead red lipstick – even to the bakery. The secret is to look sexy, but not to appear as though you are trying. Skin care is a religion to a Parisian. The book has no great revelations, but it drives home how dedicated French women are to the basics of beauty and soul-pampering rituals.


The authors refute the myth that French women don’t indulge in Botox or plastic surgery, but subtly. According to the authors they do but with a caveat. “A measure of its success is that it is undetectable,” the book says. “You don’t talk about it, you don’t tell people. The main thing is to avoid any operation that distorts or that might turn a woman into a statue or a doll.”


The ladies point out that a Parisian doesn’t spend her life in a gym nor does she point out her flaws to her lover. Instead she learns to show off her best points. “If you don’t like your ass, walk sideways, your back to the wall, and show off your breasts. If your legs are too short or your thighs too wide, go on your tiptoes. If you don’t like your breasts… do something about them, but in the meantime, cross your arms, and when in bed, opt for positions lying on your back.


“In short, you’re not a slave to the cult of the perfect body – so learn to make the best of what nature gave you.”


And the perhaps the best reason of all Parisian women have cast such spell over the world for so many decades is captured in this gem of wisdom: “Always be fuckable: when standing in line at the bakery on a Sunday morning, buying champagne in the middle of the night, or even picking the kids up from school. You never know.”



Tips for less stressful travel

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“If you want to pack right when you travel then you really need to focus on packing light,” explains Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of Savvy Travelers. “There’s much less hassle and stress when you pack light and stick to the basics. You can put your focus on your travel, rather than having all of your attention go to dragging around way too much luggage.”


Here are Tina’s tips travel tips:


Try to get everything into one carry-on. This will make it easier for you to move around and save you what can be more than an hour of waiting at the checked bag area. Chances are, you don’t need more than will fit into that one carry-on if you are not going for longer than a week.


Keep your wardrobe as simple as possible while traveling. This will help you feel more comfortable and keep you from over-packing. Often, you will not end up wearing everything you pack anyway.


Plan a wardrobe that gives you the ability to mix and match pieces, so you can pack less and still be able to choose from a variety of outfits.


Wear layers when you get on the airplane. Keep in mind that what you are wearing won’t count against your baggage, so layer up. This will help you get more to your destination, especially if you will be traveling somewhere that you may need warmer clothing.


If you are a reader and will want multiple books or magazines, opt for taking a tablet or Kindle. It will save you space and make it easier for you to carry your bag.


Take measures to keep well while traveling by plane. Germs abound on airplanes, so board them with surface wipes. As soon as you reach your seat, be sure to wipe down your tray table, armrests, seat belt, and vent knob with Savvy Travelers “Klean Offs” super-sanitizing wipes.


When packing your carry-on bag, opt for rolling your clothes, which will help to keep them from getting wrinkles and will give you more packing room. Also, opt for small toiletries to save space, including things like hand and body wipes and Savvy Travelers “No Sweat” deodorant wipes.


“When you pack lighter and smaller you will find it’s a breeze to get through the airport and on to where you are headed,” says Margie Floris, co-founder of Savvy Travelers, a marketing expert who also helped Foot Petals to become globally successful. travel tips:


Always buy your own water or fill your empty water bottle (after the security check-in) before board a plane, even if you are flying business. You never know what can happen. Having a big bottle can keep you happy and healthy.


Always pack a change of clothes for long flights on top of your carry-on here you can get it.


Never touch any water on a plane but bottled, even to brush your teeth.


Use wipes to wash your face and hands.


Pack a big soft Pashmina to wrap in and silk pillow case. Both weigh nothing and fold up tiny. But they will keep you cozy and protect you from unwashed pillows and blankets that may be full of germs!



Must-have: A classic tote

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Every girl needs a beautiful classic tote. Look for a handsome, well-made and roomy for every day. Choose a bag that will go with everything and will look better with age. Look in a full-length mirror to check the bag’s proportions with your body. Make sure the bag will not become too heavy when filled. The best bags will close securely.

 Two we like:

Gucci GG Marmont Leather Tote, $2750 (pre-order from Gucci (Top)

Coach Nomad hobo in glove-tanned leather $495 (coach nomand toteBottom)



Trend alert: Nails go light or dark

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You can, if you must, fuss around with stripes and patterns and get a flashy-looking mani.


But if  you want to look chic and modern, skip the gimmicks and keep you nails either pale or dark and vampy.


We love: 

LaurenB. in Chateau $18

 OPI Soft-Shades Act Your Beige $8Soft-Shades-Act-Your-Beige


Dream on silk

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A Slip is a luxurious pillowcase that saves your blowout and your skin.

The pure high quality “Mulberry silk” keeps hair from tangling. Unlike synthetic or cotton it won’t pull moisture from your skin either.


You wake up with your hair undamaged and your face looking and feeling fresh.

Slips come in black, caramel, charcoal, pink, and white.

I like black to avoid showing the mascara smears that happen, no matter how well I remove my makeup.


Slips cost $79.90 for Standard/Queen size and $99.90 for King size.


I’m also hooked on invisibobbles. These cute little hair rings don’t hurt my hair. They are anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic. invisibobbles are the perfect solution for yoga, face washing, and baths. I can put up my hair without worrying about damage and take it down without a dent.



Get Jennifer Morrison’s elegant updo

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Actress Jennifer Morrison created a buzz by putting together her own chic outfit for the HBO Emmy Party.

She paired a trendy new one-shouldered white, off-the-shoulder Narciso Rodriguez top with a pair of her own black pants.

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Stylist was responsible for Jennifer’s elegant updo that complimented her chic outfit. Here is how to recreate Jennifer’s updo:


Marissa started off of Jen’s natural texture then sprayed Unite Texturize throughout before back combing her entire head.


Pin the underneath portion loosely, still showing texture.


Brush the sides back tight, but leaving volume on the front bang section, and then come back.


Place two black headbands to create a unique shape.


Finish the look with Uribe Superfine Hairspray.


Indulge your senses

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Philip B is known of luxurious hair care that uses exotic botanicals to restore damage hair.

His products smell divine and are favourite of celebrities and jetsetters. I am addicted to his . 

The spicy, latte-coloured liquid moisturizes and cleanses with pure honey and milk proteins. The spicy blend of nourishing extracts of contains Black Tea, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Ginger, and Black Pepper. I find the scent addictive. I like the gentle zing it gives my skin. 

A note on the Philip B. site says that Allure magazine recommends this product for men. I think it is a beautiful sexy unisex scent that blends with all my Chanel and Guerlain fragrances.


Cumin beets

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If you have been feeling a little frazzled lately, you might want to add some beets to your diet. 

According to nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, C.N. the author of The Beauty Detox Power,

“beets are loaded with betalaine, a nutrient responsible for protecting cells, enzymes,

and proteins from environmental stress.” 


Serves: 2


6 – 7 small beets, peeled and cut into eighths


1 Tbs. coconut oil


1 Tsp. ground cumin


¼ cup green onions, thinly sliced


2 Tbs. lemon juice


Sea Salt, to taste


Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss beets with coconut oil and cumin in bowl; season with salt if desired.


Spread beets on a baking sheet, and roast 30 to 40 minutes, rotating baking sheets halfway through and stirring beets occasionally.


While beets are still hot, transfer to large bowl, and stir in green onions and lemon juice.


Serve immediately!