Today is the first “meeting” of the French Chic book club. We are reading Tish Jett’s new book, “Forever Chic: Frenchwomen’s Secrets for Timeless Beauty, Style and Substance”. We are on our way to New Orleans today so this post was written last night, before any actual discussion on our group site.
Tish Jett moved to France “for two years” for her job and more than 25 years later, she’s still there. “Forever Chic” is dedicated to women of “a certain age” (over 40) and is a distillation of what she has learned from close observation of those legendary French women.
The first chapter is: The Allure of La Femme Française d’un Certain Âge
As one who falls into the category of a woman “of a certain age” I’m most definitely interested in how French women remain stylish and alluring no matter their age.
As I read through the chapter I highlighted the following words:
4. Quality over quantity
I now have this list of words written a small piece of paper (in pink ink) by my computer to serve as a reminder.
Tish, who teaches adult English classes, asked her French students (age 44-75) what keeps them young. No one mentioned a facial cream or beauty trick. Here is their list:
- classes (everything from painting to yoga)
- annual museum memberships
- children and grandchildren
- fresh air and long walks
- eating lots of fruits and vegetables