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 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. Just do 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.
Seven French Beauty Secrets
These are some secrets and sensations, that I have observed and have picked up from my French femmes. Many of their secrets are nothing new, however the proverb of "if it is not broken, don't fix it' applies 100% here! I have started implementing some of these over the counter pampering techniques at chez moi, so perhaps it time to spoil yourself, and do the same!!! Ohhh la la!
So without further ado...
1. Bleach Your Feet!
Add a cap of bleach to your pedicure warm water, at your discretion, of course! (Too much? Try a cup of distilled white vinegar.) After verifying with my Aunt, who continues to whip and tease hair like the devil for more than 50 years in her salon, told me it will help kill any fungus that may lay underneath your toe nails, is a cure for stinky feet, can remove nail stains from dark polish and eat away at dangling dead skin cells. It will also leave your skin very smooth and soft. Family knows best, and it seems the French do as well.
2. Olive Oil
Olive Oil is the best invention on earth, other than woman!
Have an problem? The answer is Olive Oil.
Ok, olive oil is not an oracle, but it sure is a God send! It benefits? Dry hair, dry body, foot scrub, dry lips, face scrub, body scrub, you can put it in your ear to help with earaches, you can you can eat it, you can use it for furniture polish and to brighten up leather furniture, you can give it to the dog for a shiny coat and help their digestion, the list goes on! Wear it, Ingest it, Use it... I keep a small bottle of extra virgin olive oil on my vanity to use as a moisturizer!
Always be well groomed! Get that hair styled, girl! Your hair is your crowning glory, so therefore showcase it. Invest in yourself and in a good cut that will flatter your features, and most important you must be willing to make the effort to fix it everyday!
This is why I have long hair, I would love a short French bob, but because of my face shape, its not my best look, and most importantly, I don't have the time nor patience to fix my hair everyday, and I'm ok with that! I do, however, make an effort to keep my mane in good condition with olive oil treatments and hair accessories, and recently, I purchased a gel spray that makes me feel like Farrah herself, may God rest her soul.
4. Make Up...
Lots of mascara and lipstain! Simple and pretty. Their faces already glow from all those olive oil treatments!
5. Quality EVERYTHING!
I had a friend who said that he didn't have money to buy cheap things. Goes to show, its true. Never purchase below quality goods. Instead, purchase EVERYTHING that will last for decades, that way you will be sure to get your money's worth! This includes pots and pans, furniture, cutlery, dishes, clothing, shoes, jewelry, handbags, other household items, and of course, FOOD! Never shop out of boredom, I equate it to throwing money in the trash!
6. Be the female version of James Bond!
Stock up your bar! Always have the good stuff on hand just for you or that impromptu house call! I was surprised that many of our French friends just popped by (without calling, the horror!) and it was something normal, like the sky is blue! However the French woman in me, whipped up an apéro and drinks before our guest got comfortable. My husband was so proud! An apéro is assortment of different foods. It is to your liking, yet note that most consist of nuts, chips and dip, veggie tray, cheeses, bread, and some meats served with wine or beer or water to drink. Most impromptu guests bring something to share, so it eases the tension off the hostess if her bar is not stocked.
7. Indulge in Pleasure!
The French has this wonderful and very annoying trait of doing whatever they want. The vulgarity! They don't count calories, they eat all of their dessert, they smoke like firefighters, and they eat carbs and real sugar and real butter. And it is something normal, something comme ça, or it's just like that. So take a page from the French recipe for life and do what you want, but remember, pleasure does not equal gluttony! Find the line. Mine keeps moving. :)
In French it has 5 significant meanings:
1. Panache = style, façon de faire or way of doing things!
2. Plume, usually a white ostrid feather that has a historical importance to some battle where the French King, Henry IV (13 December 1553 – 14 May 1610). placed a white plume in his coat or hat and went out to war stating, "Follow my white plume!" (French: "Ralliez-vous à mon panache blanc!").
3. Writing utinsel
4. Cyrano de Bergerac's last words on his dying lips was "my panache"
5. Beer and lemonade (sooo good!) mixed together is called a panache (pronoucned pan-nah-shay)
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...