Hello there! Has it really been 8 weeks? Holy moley!
Here is what is going on with me on the homefront... working and working!
I have fully recovered from my illness that took up a month of my time, I have restarted playing tennis (LOVE IT) I have restarted doing a morning yoga routine and I am attempting to keep warm.
3 New Things I have learned:
1. It is not a race! I shall take the scenic route, enjoy the little pleasures in life and eat well!
2. Acceptance of myself and MY process is vital! I will not compare myself to others, everyone's path is different, I will focus on myself!
3. I am able to do certain things now that before I couldn't because of excess weight -- such as, more flexibility with yoga poses, I AM RUNNING (on purpose), and I just feel beautiful!
Without further ado... THE FACTS
I recently went to a wine tasting, had a blast, what's not to love!?! FRIENDS, FUN, and WINE! Yes, please!
Here are some of the pictures of what transpired --well, these are the photos that were not blurry - it is hard to drink and take pictures at the same time, you would think I would put my wine glass down, but no that is unreasonable!
Meet my gang! We have had dinner, drinks, apéros, and good times together, may they always continue!
Frenchies in their natural habitat!
It is snowing!
This is what it looks like in Bordeaux, France today!
The weather has been teasing us lately, one day it would be sunny and cool, the next, dark and gloomy, and today... we woke up to snow!
Stay warm and above all -- take care of yourselves!
This article was found online
French women are noticeably different than American women -
both physically and in attitude.
Read their secret rules
1. French women are usually feminine. This doesn't mean that you always have to wear a dress or a skirt. It simply means that every day you embrace your femininity. Make sure your hair is well-conditioned and moisturized. No matter what style your hair is in, it will look great because it is soft and shiny. Make sure nails are clean, neat, and shiny.
2. Do everything you can to ensure great skin. Exfoliate at least twice weekly (three times on body skin). Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize. Try to keep makeup to a minimum. As a whole, French women don't look as made-up and perfectly coiffed as their American counterparts.
They go for a more natural and sophisticated beauty. Try foundation, mascara, and a good lip gloss for everyday.
3. Comfort is important, but the Americans and the French do comfortable in very different ways. Skip tennis shoes and sweat suits. Instead go for a comfortable pair of skinny black pants and cute pair of flats. Or a comfy silk or cashmere dress. French women usually accessorize with little pieces that make large statements. A cute silk scarf, or a nice brooch. etc.
4. Be a little enigmatic. Americans have a bad habit of telling their life stories to people they hardly know. Exercise a little restraint. Don't be so eager to let people into your life. Guard your personal life as if it is a crown jewel! Keep things private for only your loved ones and close friends. A little mystery is attractive!
5. Walk everywhere! Your waist and thighs will thank you a million times over. It's not necessary to sweat it out in a gym everyday if your daily life includes one of the best exercises in the world! Staying thin will not be a problem. Also, don't snack. Three meals a day and that's it. It works for them and it works for us. All we have to do is try it.
6. The French diet is different from the American diet. The French have a small breakfast, a large lunch, and a small late dinner. Eat slowly! Most stores/work places close in France for about three hours during the lunch time, to allow everyone to have time to eat. (restaurants and cafes are open, of course)
7. Don't smile unless you mean it. The French may come off as rude, but it's simply their culture. A French woman will only smile when she truly means it, and when there is truly something to smile about.
8. Always be polite. This is common sense for everybody, but the French aren't rude or demanding. They are generally kind, well-mannered people. But don't confuse being polite with being a people-pleaser.
Oh la la!
Love is in the air...
This Friday's LOVE LIST is dedicated to the love of my life, sweet Chouchou.
We met more than six years ago on a chance encounter that changed both of our lives.
It hasn't been all roses and champagne, pas de tout, yet what marriage is?
Tomorrow we will celebrate our wedding anniversary and the adventure continues with great anticipation of self-awareness, growing as a couple and love.
Bonjour et Bienvenue!
Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
Frenchified for Life
is a fabulous little lifestyle blog about truly embracing French life!
My intent is to simply inspire you to create something unique and beautiful in your everyday life. The French have this wonderful and annoying habit of seeing the world through rose colored glasses, might as well learn something from them!
That said, I lift my glass to you!
By the way, I mention the name Cachou (or The Cash) a lot, I'm referring to her...