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French women didn't invent happiness. But they know a thing or two about joie de vivre--being alive to each delicious moment.
As a young girl, Jamie Cat Callan was fascinated by her French grandmother. Though she had little money, Jamie's grand-mère ate well, dressed well, and took joy in simple, everyday pleasures. As Jamie journeyed through France as an adult, she gained more insight into the differences between French and American women. French women--whether doctors, shop owners, or housewives--don't worry about being thin enough, young enough, or accomplished enough. They age gracefully and celebrate their bodies. They know how to balance their lives--to love food without overeating, to work hard but not too much, to relish friends and family, and still make time for themselves. Now Jamie draws on everything French women have taught her and shows you how to:
Buy and consume less--and enjoy more
Look like a million Euros on a few francs
Find time to be alone
Flirt à la française
Rediscover your own mystery
Perfection isn't attainable, but happiness always is. And this uplifting, revelatory book shows every woman how to embrace it--and savor it.
consignment shops and thrift stores. She loved the thrill of the hunt and the joy of finding something old and beautiful, but forgotten and discarded—something that she could rescue and rediscover. During her Sunday afternoon visits, she would often shampoo and curl my hair. This was, in part, my mother’s idea. My mother, who loved Shirley Temple and taught tap-dancing lessons, had introduced me to her old black-and-white movies—Curly Top, Baby Take a Bow, The Little Princess, Captain January,
always sniffling. You’re worried about your parents getting older. The house is a mess. Your husband seems to be preoccupied with work or your boyfriend broke up with you and now you are alone with this feeling you must begin all over again. Here’s the truth of life—you are always beginning all over again. Every day brings something new. Embrace it. One day you will look back at your life and realize you were a part of something grand! Something important. You are part of this moment in history.
layered in tradition and subtext. For example, in the past, shops were located in the street level of a person’s house, so when you walked in, you were actually entering their “home.” Because of this, it was considered rude to just walk in and start fingering the merchandise without engaging in a little greeting, perhaps a little conversation, and at the very least, a hearty “Bonjour, madame!” or “Bonjour, monsieur!” “Flirting” became a way to smooth the road, so to speak, and has been used in
“hello!” Don’t worry about “flirting,” but rather develop your conversational skills by asking questions. This is where practicing on shop owners is great—they welcome your questions about their wares. Another way to practice the art of conversation is to simply compliment both men and women. Look for easy ways to compliment someone. Say something nice about their shoes or briefcase, their umbrella or hat. When you know them better, you can tell them about their fabulous smile or sexy eyes. If
worked as a Kelly Girl temp for the Southern California Gas Company. When I had saved enough money, I decided to follow the dream of Haight-Ashbury and I got a ride up to San Francisco, but by the summer of ’75 it was full of prematurely aging flower children wandering the streets, their long Mexican peasant dresses now frayed and muddy, seemingly having lost their way home. But I knew Gregg shorthand and my typing tested at 106 words per minute with hardly any mistakes, so I could always find