Thursday, July 7, 2011

Fabulous Florida Mommy *Book Club*...Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Inès de la Fressange

Happy Thursday Everyone! It's time once again for Fabulous Florida Mommy *Book Club* and this week we continue our read of Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Inès de la Fressange. :)

Today we continue with the second part of the book: Belle of the Ball....

Part Three: Timeless Beauty...

My absolute role model is singer Julio Iglesias. Asked if he was afraid of getting old, he replied "But I'm already old..." The Parisian is more worried about wrinkles at 20 than she is at 50.

For Lifelong Beauty:

*Be well-groomed.

*Smell nice.

*Look after your teeth. Have them professionally cleaned every six months.


*Be indulgent.

*Be nonchalant and forget your age.

*Be cooler and more easy-going.

*Be less selfish.

*Be passionate about a man, a project, a house. It's an instant facelift.

*Do only what suits you. The perfect Zen attitude.

*Accept that there will be bad days. And make the most of the good days! 


*Moisturize your skin thoroughly.

*Use mascara, but forget liquid eyeliner.

*Choose foundation that's slightly paler than your natural tone. It will soften your complexion and even out dark shadows.

*Choose a bright lipstick, or gloss.

*Keep your nails short and manicure them regularly.

 Things to Avoid at All Costs (or you'll look ten years older):

*Too much heavy, opaque foundation, especially if it's too dark (à la "I'm a tanning salon regular").

*Glittery eye shadowwill only make your wrinkles sparkle.

*Thick, neglected eyebrows.

*Too much powder.

*Brown blush in the hollows of your cheeks.

*A contour line around the lips.

*Sparkly orange or "nude" lipstick.

...all these things will make you look far older than you really are!

(All the information above is from the book.)

What are your thoughts on the highlights from the *Timeless Beauty* chapter? Do you agree with what Inès has to say? Please do share! :)



  1. I certainly agree with heavy foundation being a don’t as a woman ages. I have seen friends/family switch from liquid foundation to a light mineral foundation and they looked fantastic –younger and brighter!

  2. I like the "Be less Selfish" and "Be Passionate about a Man, a project, a house." Good advice!

    The "Be well-groomed" and "Smell nice" reminded me of some of my older friends who laugh about not be interested in showering more than a couple of days a week. My Mom is tired of cooking large, complicated meals, but one should never neglect their daily grooming!!

  3. I love this series of yours, even though I don't always agree with the 'guidelines'! The idea of rules sometimes bothers me, because I figure rules change every so often. The 'be well groomed' and 'look after your teeth' kind of makes me think of horses!

  4. all good advice!

  5. I agree that women who are interested in others and engaged in their lives seem the most timeless. She left out overuse of "fillers",giving that puffy pink look. Nothing seems older that that to me!

  6. But I like nude lipstick!

  7. Hi ladies! Thank you so much for stopping by to share your thoughts on this chapter of the book.

    Crew Cricket and Sue: The comments you two made about grooming, smelling nice, and looking after your teeth gave me a good laugh! It's actually sort of funny that she included them because you would think they are a *given*. :)

  8. Lane, Anyone...

    What are "fillers"?

    I must live under a rock... :-)