Forever Chic : Frenchwomen's Secrets for Timeless Beauty, Style, and Substance, Hardback Book

Forever Chic : Frenchwomen's Secrets for Timeless Beauty, Style, and Substance Hardback

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For any woman who last saw forty on her speedometer comes a sparkling new primer for aging--the French way--with grace and style.

Frenchwomen of a certain age (over forty) are captivating and complex.

They appear younger than their years and remain stylish throughout their lives.

They look at birthdays as a celebration of a life well-lived and perhaps a good reason to go shopping before they dress to perfection for a celebration of another anniversaire.

American-born journalist and blogger Tish Jett has lived among the French for years and has studied them and stalked them to learn their secrets.

Exploring how their wardrobe, beauty, diet, and hair rituals evolve with time and how some aspects of their signature styles never change, Jett shows how Frenchwomen know their strengths, hide their weaknesses, and never talk about their fears, failures, or flaws.

After all, in France, beauty, style, and charm have no expiration dates!


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
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  • Category: Fashion & style guides
  • ISBN: 9780847841493



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American born Tish Jett has been a journalist for many newspapers and magazines, including editor of American Elle. Twenty-five years ago, she moved to France on a job assignment with her young daughter. There, she met her future husband and stayed. Over the ensuing years she has observed the Frenchwoman and her approach to health, beauty, makeup and clothing. This led to the creation of the popular blog <I>A Femme d'Un Certain Age</I>, sharing her keen observations. Her book, <I>Forever Chic</I>, brings her insights to a wider audience, primarily aimed at those for whom 40 is the rear view mirror. Chock full of tips, Jett brings her brand of helpful humor that makes this easy reading. A fast read.

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The book is well written and personal; reading it is much like settling in for a cup of coffee and conversation with a friend. Yes it does include information on rather expensive cosmetic procedures and products, but also much practical advice about common-sense approaches and the importance of a lifetime of care and attention to face, body and mind. Yes Frenchwomen do exercise, and yes they do watch what they eat, but the emphasis here is different than the standard American approach, at least the one I grew up with. Unlike many books it does not read as a bible of specific instructions, with the author repeatedly reminding us that each of us will find different solutions while recommending an informed approach. I was also thrilled that the author points out that beauty, charm, and allure come not only from the surface, although this should not be ignored, but from within, noting that the French women of whom she writes are also interested, engaged, and informed about the world, and that this active engagement in the world and that this very engagement forms an important part of their allure. This is refreshingly different from the beauty or intelligence dichotomy that still seems to plague parts of American culture.