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Ooh La LaFrench Women's Secrets to Feeling Beautiful Every Day

Ertain age Growing up Jamie Cat Callan had a French grand mere to instruct her on style grooming and genuinely liking her reflection in the mirror Now she shares that wisdom along with advice from other French women on fragrance image consulting m. I really love the points and great insights in this book overall Definitely highlighted a ton to come back to again and again Though I was impatient with the author s stories at times I could see the point of where she was going but wished for less drama and exaggerated expression

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French women are not born attractive than anyone else They simple learn at a very young age how to feel beautiful confident and sexy inside and out It's an allure that outlasts youth in fact some of France's most celebrated women are femmes d'un c. Then she turns her head to the woman in purple Maybe she s French I don t know It s a good possibility she is French This is not the point Anyway French women they can have bad dressI raise my eyes at her Is this true I wonder If so then my whole world is going to shatter I don t know what I ll do If I can t look to French women as my spiritual fashion guides then what am I doingSo we re back to Callan the American woman who worships the French as gods This book is even less structured than her last book which was ostensibly about catching a man the French way This is about a much ephemeral topic finding your ooh la la whatever the fuck that meansBasically it s just an excuse for Callan to wander around France aka heaven and talk to French people aka angels She interviews them about stuff Stuff like makeup use perfume use fashion and always ALWAYS weight loss since Callan is chronically unhappy with her weight Mainly two things bother me about Callan s booksNUMBER ONECallan worships the French and seems to think Americans are lost creatures who have no idea how to be beautiful sexy or happyHere s a list of things that are better in France Professional men and women dress better than in America French women have better taste in fashion Rainstorms No seriously the sky has turned pitch black and the rain is pouring down I ve never seen anything uite like it So volatile and so sudden I can t help thinking this is a very French rain Passionate insistent and yet mysterious Umbrellas Apparently Americans favor black umbrellas but the French are SO creative and SO full of joy that they favor colorful umbrellas The French are able to laugh and accept any weather whereas Americans complain nonstop The French are good natured Americans are grumpy Hot Chocolate Salons The wax that they use to wax your face and body French women want to look good for our husbands We want to keep them she whispersHeather nods in agreement Maybe French women know something about human nature or should I say the nature of men that we don t know or would rather not knowFrench women always expect their men to cheat on them if they are bored with them if they are not keeping up their figures or makeup or fashion enough And that s good Good according to Callan French men are better sexier kinder compassionate than American men And Callan develops crushes on every single one she meets We ll discuss that later Three pages on how the gyms in France are better than the gyms in America Their way of raising children is better and their children are better behaved than American ones With all this life experience you d think I would get over being constantly breathlessly enthralled by France But somehow I m not Somehow I cannot get enough I envy Sylvia an American mother living here and experiencing firsthand what it is like to have a baby in a country that is famous for its talent of raising children who don t throw their food French Glamour magazine is superior to American Glamour French women are romantic than American women Undergarments The French are daring and they always are themselves and feel proud and free to be themselves Medical care Hospital food Nurses dress better in France because they have to wear starched white outfits Nurses are better at nursing in France unlike inept American nurses who freuently make Callan cry Then in one seamless motion this nurse put the needle into the vein and simply drew the blood Voil I look at her incredulously Tears in my eyesVous tes une experte You are an expert I tell her She looks at me and smiles ever so slightly you know the way French women will smile at you giving you just a little peek into their emotional life but still holding a little something backNon she says slyly Je suis une artiste I am an artistThat about sums it upI feel kind of sorry for Callan because she obviously is very insecure about herself and her American ness and she seems to spend a lot of her time wishing she was born French or could absorb Frenchness in some way This was an opportunity to get to know France from a completely new perspective The universe was asking me a uestion Do you want this thing Do you want to get on this ride called The Big French AdventureAnd my answer was an uneuivocal yes Yes I doShe goes around hoping some French person will reach out and touch her and infuse her with true Frenchness Because of course if you are French you have no problems Make me French I want to say I am a French American who has lost her way My ancestors came to the New World in the 1600s and somehow the family lost the secrets des femmes Please help me Adopt me Take me into the French fold just give me a year with you and I ll do all your cooking and cleaning I ll be your au pair Just help me find my way back homeThe desperation is pretty unbelievable Yes but the French women They re romantic than American women don t you think And all those dinner parties The perfume The lingerie Ooh la laShe laughs at me and my crush on the FrenchWhen she goes to a French herbalist things get even weirder And then I see a bottle labeled TONIUE SEXUELMaybe it s just me but whenever I see the word sexual my interest is immediately aroused And if you spell it the French way well doubly so Heather and the herbalist approach me and ask if I want to buy something Well of course I do I want some of this Toniue Sexuel for the bottle for the label for the idea of it for the notion that I will return home with a little brown bottle of Love Potion No 9 la fran aiseOf course she has no idea what is in this shit My imagination takes a little leap into the air does a sexy pirouette and lands on pink ballet slippered tippy toes at the cash register That ll be thirty euros and I pay for it feeling so happy as if I am Harry Potter himself and I ve just entered the Chamber of Secrets Imagine for a mere forty five dollars you will feel very hot and sexy and your libido will never be uite the same Ooh la laCarmen if you could only see the look on my faceIt s this combination of confusion and complete cringing that I wore for the entirety of reading this bookThis confusioncringing look only intensifies as Callan explains she s never going to try the stuff And yet to be honest with you I know I will never actually take even a tiny teaspoon of this Toniue Sexuel Because truth be told I m afraid I might end up like the man in that song Love Potion No 9 and I d start running around Paris kissing every man in sight But I like the bottle I like the label and the experienceSo thirty euros for nothing Got itShe has a girlcrush on every French woman she meets and dedicates at least a paragraph describing each one in very flattering termsIf a French woman makes a suggestion to her she immediately takes it She will do whatever they suggest Even if it means giving up something she loves or something she s been doing for decadesIt s bizarreShe has a romantic crush on every Frenchman she meets and they are are invariably charming and handsome and wittyWhich brings me to the second point of the bookNUMBER TWOHer constant secret fantasies which can grip her at any momentThese make me a little uncomfortableFor instance when she goes over to Coco s house to meet her and interview her only Coco s husband is there And Coco hasn t arrived yet Instantly Callan is thrust into a fantasy So how are you enjoying your visit to our fine city Peter asksAnd I tell him I am having a wonderful time I don t ask him where his wife is because I don t want to sound nervous But for a fraction of a second my brain takes flight and I imagine that I have landed in Morocco via the River Seine and I am about to be seduced by a sultanoO Not only that but then she imagines what would happen if Coco walked in on them Which would be nothing of course because they are doing nothing but even if they are doing nothing Callan is hopeful Coco will get the wrong idea I sip champagne and laugh at Peter s banter For a moment I imagine Coco walking in the door What will she think when she sees me on the bar stool legs crossed drinking champagne and sharing bon mots about French lingerie with her American husband This thought makes me a bit anxious After all I ve heard she s a bit unpredictable Perhaps even explosive Suppose she doesn t like the looks of the friendly scene between her husband and a strange woman and she misunderstands my writerly intentions and then she screams something in French to me something I don t understand And then suppose she grabs me by the hair and pulls me down on the floor and I break the champagne flute Ah how French Ooh la la s LOLSometimes it s even sexual How about this part where she is having dinner with a group of friends I m going to hide it under a spoiler tag just because I don t want this review to get too annoyingview spoiler Aline sits down and looks around at the table She seems pleased by how beautiful everything is but then she realizes she has forgotten something The salt She uickly gets up from the table and then walks to the kitchen Her back is turned to me and this is when I notice that her skirt s zipper in the back is unzipped I can see her pale pink slip Just a peek of something silky and fine And at the same time I notice this Didier seems to have noticed this dishabille as well because he uickly wordlessly gets up from the table and follows his wife I cannot help watching as he stands behind her so that her unzipped skirt is no longer visible And then Didier gently places his hand on Aline s shoulder and whispers something in her ear before he ushers her into the kitchen I watch as the two of them discreetly disappear It is a fine moment a glimpse into the intimacy of a married couple A couple that has been married for a long time Somehow this unzipped moment is mesmerizing It is a vulnerable moment for sure but it is also so ordinary and yet it s so poignant But also Didier s attentions make this scene so sexy and powerful Honestly if I were a writer of erotica I would begin my story right here An unzipped zipper A husband s hand A kitchen that is unseen by guests And a sweet silk slip hide spoiler

REVIEW ´ MZINES.CO.UK ´ Jamie Cat Callan

Akeup and and shows you how to Discover the power of perfume Find mentors who will help hone your personal style Choose lingerie that makes you feel magnifiue Get an internal makeover and nourish your soul Embrace your age gracefully and gorgeousl. I am an admitted Francophile I am especially fascinated with French women and their attitude toward life beauty eating aging sex etc So when I get into reading slumpswhich I ve been in for a while I reach for fluffy reads like this one that satisfy my Francophile research need It is a uick fluffy read no big revelations but some great tips and reminders that any lady can apply to her daily life I have to be honest this was not one of the best French women secrets style books I have read I ended up skipping through many of the interviews and went straight to the end of the chapter to the tips which I feel the book should have focused on It was ok and would recommend to anyone in a reading slump and wants something entertaining


About the Author: Jamie Cat Callan

Jamie Cat Callan latest book Parisian Charm School will be released from Penguin Random House in January 2018 She is the author of Bonjour Happiness and the wildly successful French Women Don't Sleep Alone Inspired by her beautiful and elegant French grandmother Jamie has traveled all over France interviewing hundreds of women to uncover their secrets to simple authentic pleasures inc



10 thoughts on “Ooh La LaFrench Women's Secrets to Feeling Beautiful Every Day

  1. says:

    Then she turns her head to the woman in purple Maybe she's French I don't know It's a good possibility she is French This is not the p

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  3. says:

    I will be honest and say this book was not very good I wish I had done my research before purchasing as it was not what I thought it would be I bought it on recommendation from another author I had previously enjoyedThis book was pretty much written by an American for Americans who have not much prior knowledge already about French lifestyle and culture The author claims to have interviewed hundreds of Frenc

  4. says:

    I did enjoy this book but unfortunately the main takeaways were this do things that make you feel sexy wear perfume take car

  5. says:

    I really love the points and great insights in this book overall Definitely highlighted a ton to come back to again and again Though I was impatient with the author’s stories at times I could see the point of where she was going but wished for less drama and exaggerated expression

  6. says:

    Unfortunately this book failed to answer to why French women have this ooh la la or allure The author wrote a series of meetingintervi

  7. says:

    I am an admitted Francophile I am especially fascinated with French women and their attitude toward life beauty eating aging sex etc So when I get into reading slumpswhich I've been in for a while I reach for fluffy reads like this one that satisfy my Francophile research need It is a uick fluffy read no big revelations but some great tips an

  8. says:

    I have read a few books that promise to expose the secret of the elusive French woman and enlighten us poor non French souls but I often feel they are writing about a different kind of French woman than the ones I see on a day to day basis in rural France Because of this it would be fair to say that this subject interests me but I a

  9. says:

    French women seem to have a special knack for life's most important things food love raising children And in matters of be

  10. says:

    won my free copy of OOh Lala from Goodreads First ReadsThank you so much

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