Une Femme d’un Certain Age


If you were asked what the French are known for, you would probably respond, “fashion and food”.  Maybe I should say “couture and cuisine”.  Recently I read French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano.  At the end of the book the author contrasts the eating habits of French and American women.  Here’s a portion of her bullet list:

  • French women eat more vegetables and a lot more fruit.
  • French women eat three meals a day.
  • French women never let themselves be hungry.
  • French women never let themselves feel stuffed.
  • French women honor mealtime rituals and never eat standing up or on the run.  Or in front of the TV.
  • French women think dining in is as sexy as dining out.
  • French women love to entertain at home.
  • French women care enormously about the presentation of food.  It matters to them how you look at it.

On the subject of fashion she writes:

  • French women adore fashion.
  • French women will dress to take out the garbage.  (You never know).
  • French women know one can go far with a great haircut, a bottle of Champagne and a divine perfume.

I’ve heard that French men find older women attractive and desirable, ascribing to them  an aura of worldliness and seductiveness.  According to Mireille, a French women is bien dans sa peau.  She is comfortable in her skin–a quality to be admired and emulated and one that other’s find appealing.  Hmmmm, I haven’t thought much about perfume lately.  I think the French are on to something.

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