I am a woman of a certain age. La Femme Francaise d’un Certain Âge
It is my wish on my birthdays to celebrate a life well lived. To celebrate with elan, grace, elegance, humor and a glass or two of Champagne. To celebrate with family and friends. To celebrate with cake and sparklers. To celebrate with joy and happiness this life of mine.
FOREVER CHIC by Tish Jett is a book divulging French women’s secrets for timeless beauty, style and substance. What makes this book different is the advice is for older woman. The significant chapters deal with hair, skin care and fashion. Take your little black book and pencil in the lists, the suggested products and the ideal must-have fashions. Some of the products may not be available to you or prohibitively expensive but there is an encouraging abundance of excellent ideas.
If you have little time for this type of book you can skim read the mantras that make French women appear younger than their years and more stylish than runway models. But their thoughts on beauty regimes and fashions will inspire and encourage you to accentuate your strengths and conceal your weaknesses.
“I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.” – Coco Chanel
I am not embarrassed to admit I never leave the house without make-up and the right clothes for the occasion. Sometimes it is simply bright red lipstick, perfectly pressed chinos and a classic white shirt. It is never t-shirts with silly words, flip-flops and baggy ripped jeans. This does require effort and discipline but organization makes it possible. I do like to do things the easy way. Perhaps I am a little bit lazy. But if all parts of my life are tidy and in order. If my closets are organized. If my shoes always put away cleaned and polished. I can accomplish anything. It is not possible if you live in chaos.
The situation for women of a certain age is this. The children are grown up. You have less obligations. You may live alone. Perhaps you have retired. Why not look your very best? Recently I went to a convention for women volunteers. I was late arriving and sat in the back row. From this vantage point I looked at the back of about 300 women well over a certain age. The majority of the women had their steel gray hair cut so short that from where I sat it looked like a room of men dressed in women’s clothes.
FOREVER CHIC is inspiration and encouragement for those of us getting older. Why not do it the French way – with grace and style.