Chic & Slim TOUJOURS forever
is for women who wish to know the French secret of aging beautifully
The author Anne Barone, now 70, writes about French women’s techniques for obtaining a chic style and maintaining a slim body.
She believes that ‘the further into your 60s you are, the harder it is to look 29. Not impossible. Just more difficult’. What do you think about this statement?
A healthy body and active mind are going to continue to be more important than ever as our average life expectancy increases. I strongly believe that if it is inevitable that I am going to live longer, then I am going to do my very best to ensure that I enjoy my older age.
And why not do this as stylishly as possible with a happy disposition and an active mind!
Some of the topics covered in this book are: Hair, Makeup, Eyes, Legs, Feet, Body, Stress, Work, Mystique, L’Amour, Style and Ageing Beautifully.
The French have long been recognised as a nation that takes the “joie de vie” (loving life) very seriously. They fiercely guard their shorter working week hours, numerous public holidays, pension and retirement laws. Even their health system recognises and subsidises day spa and thermal treatments. Such treatments are often prescribed by doctors to help alleviate illness, de-stress, and keep the body healthy. Healthy bodies and minds are integral to one’s “joie de vie”.
A sneak peak:
Makeup:: ‘French women do not wear makeup that makes them look as if they are wearing makeup. Chic French women do not want their beauty efforts and the money they spend on beauty products and treatments to be obvious. They want their beauty to appear “natural”.’ p55
Feet: ‘Massage the legs to help circulation and to minimize foot pain. Wear shoes that will adapt to your feet. If you wear very high heels, each evening do calf stretches and pull toes forward to relieve pressue on the joints.’ p89
Food: ‘French women know the techniques for losing weight and staying slim. These techniques are basically the same for certain age as for other eras of women’s lives. The first thing you need to know is that you cannot commit excesses in food and beverage in certain age that you did when you were younger.’ p101
This has been an interesting and informative read. In particular it has demonstrated the cultural thinking of the French about approaching older age, appreciating natural beauty and, most importantly, enjoying ourselves when we are “of uncertain age”. It is a thought provoking book written in an easy and informative style.
More similar books by the same author are:
- Chic & Slim: how those chic french women eat all that rich food and still stay slim.
- Chic & Slim Encore: more about how french women dress chic stay slim – and how you can too!
- Chic & Slim Techniques: 10 techniques to make you chic & slim à la française
Visit Anne Barone’s website for more ideas and inspiration. I hope you find some of Anne’s ideas helpful and enjoy the many more ideas shared and expounded in the book. Let me know what you think… Annette x
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