Sunday, December 7, 2014

Come Meet Me in New York City!

Bonjour, mes amis!
Guess what--
I will be at the New York Times Travel Show on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 24-25
and I'd love to meet you there!
If you happen to be in the area of The Big Apple, this is an amazing and spectacular show with lots of seminars on travel, insider hot spots, tour tips, and travel freebies!
You'll meet fun-loving, adventurous people--just like you and pick up lots of great travel information.

Plus, I'll be there and it would be such a joy for me to meet you and say bonjour!

Thanks to The Traveling Professor (I'm a guest at his booth) I have a limited number of
free tickets to the show.  They're a $17.00 value.  If you'd like one, please send me
an email at as soon as possible (there is a limited number) and I'll give you the details.
I would love to see you there!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

French Women and the Secret of the Stairs

It's not too soon to get ready for the Ooh La La! Paris Tour in May.
You can start now by practicing going up and down stairs.  Here's a typical French staircase.
Trés elegant, n'est pas?
(photo from Paris in Four Months)
It may seem a bit daunting--the winding stairs, the marble floors the circuitous nature of the steps.  But you know, it's very French and I do believe this is how  French women stay slim.
The next time you approach some stairs, just pretend you are the heroine in an Edith Wharton novel! Hold your head up high, think beautiful, mysterious thoughts and above all, take your time.  (This was taken at The Mount, Edith Wharton's estate in Lennox, Massachusetts.)

And this photo is from Printemps, the famous French department store in the heart of Paris.  The mirrors create a bit of an optical illusion, but you get the idea--lots of stairs!
All this is to say, walking up and down stairs is excellent preparation for an Ooh La La! Paris Tour in May!

I'd love to hear how you get ready for a Paris Adventure, mes amis!  

P.S.  I will be at The New York Times Travel Show in New York City on Jan. 24-25, as a guest of The Traveling Professor.  If you'd like one of my 25 complimentary tickets to the show, please let me know as soon as possible.  I'd love to meet you there!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

French Women Love Ruffles

It's true, French Women love ruffles!
I saw lots of women with ruffles while I was in Paris last summer.
Sometimes the ruffles were very subtle and appeared in a pretty scarf or an accent on a pocketbook.
And sometimes, the ruffles were just a little flair at the hem of a dress.

You can also find flamboyant ruffles in evening dresses.  Ooh La La!

Whether they're subtle or spectacular, ruffles are always fun and flirty.
Even nature loves ruffles!

And you can even find ruffles at the patisserie.
And while the Ooh La La! Paris Tour ladies were shopping at Bon Marché we noticed that French lingerie is full of ruffles (and silk and lace and ribbon trimmings, bien sur!)
Don't you just adore ruffles?  My plan:  find a polka dot scarf with ruffles!  
How will you add a few ruffles to your life?  I'd love to hear about it, mon amis!

Photos of red ruffled dress from Simply Feminine.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

French Women Love Polka Dots!

Last week I met with Madame Poupie Cadolle in New York City.
Her grandmother invented the modern day bra and her mother, Alice, actually created undergarments for Coco Chanel's non-corset styles of the 1920's.
And now, her lovely daughter, Patricia, is part of the Maison Cadolle legacy.

Please notice how Patricia is wearing a polka dot dress.
I told her how much I liked her dress and she laughed, saying oh, French women love polka dots!  
And then her mother, Madame Cadolle agreed.
I was so pleased and excited by this, because I love polka dots too!
And you know what--my French-American grandmother loved polka dots.  She owned a beautiful navy blue silk suit with tiny white polka dots.  I had forgotten about that until that very moment.

And so, mes amis, I encourage you to try out polka dots.
You can start by wearing them underneath a pretty cardigan.
Or you can be more bold, and wear a skirt or dress with polka dots.
Aren't they whimsical and fun?!
I haven't worn a polka dot dress or skirt in many years, but now I'm going to reconsider and begin my search for cute polka dots!
But who sells them nowadays?
Any suggestions to help with my polka dot search?  I'd love to hear your thoughts, mes amis.

Photo of Madame and Patricia Cadolle by me, polka dot photos by Simply Feminine.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

French Women Dance

French Woman Secret #109:
French Women love to dance.  After walking, it's there favorite form of "exercise", although they don't really think of it as exercise per se, because they take so much pleasure in it.
And French women will find any excuse to dance--not just in a studio, or club, or even along the Seine (where the French hold dance parties during the warmer months), but also at most dinner parties.  They'll find any excuse to dance!
And you, mon amis?
Do you find opportunities to dance?
P.S.  I took this photo during my French Lessons with Madame M.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

One space left on the Ooh La La! Tour

Bonjour, mon amis!
Yes, it's true.  
My May 2-9, 2015 Ooh La La! Tour to Paris is just about filled up.
I do have one spot left, so if you're interested in joining us in the City of Lights, visiting the museums, meeting with French re-imaging experts, and spending some time sitting in the outdoor cafes along Boulevard St. Germain, well then...please let me know!
And in the meantime, I wish you a bon weekend!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Ooh La La! Paris Tour May 2015!

I am so excited to announce the new Ooh La La! Paris Tour for Ladies Only!
Saturday May 2, 2015 - Saturday May 9, 2015
Bonjour, Paris!

Yes, come with me to Paris this spring and learn all the secrets to Ooh La La, joie de vivre and feeling beautiful every day--from yours truly author of Ooh La La! French Women's Secrets to Feeling Beautiful Every Day, Bonjour, Happiness! and French Women Don't Sleep Alone.

This will be a truly transformational trip where you'll re-discover your essential feminine self, your own sense of unique beauty, mystery and confidence.  It's all trés francaise!

We'll begin with a champagne welcome at our Left Bank four-star hotel.  

We'll visit wonderful museums, including The Musée D'Orsay, The Louvre, L'Orangerie (home of Monet's water lilies), the famous Opera Garnier and much, much more.

We'll shop at the famous Galeries Lafayette and Bon Marché and the little artsy boutiques on the Left Bank.

Oh, and we'll visit the Fragonard Perfume Museum, where you can sample and buy some of their famous fragrances.

We'll meet with a French charisma expert (doesn't everyone want a little more charisma!?)  The lovely Micheline Tanguy (featured in Ooh La La!) will tell us about how to choose our signature colors and more.  

They'll be a delicious chocolate tasting at the famous chocolatier, Chez Richart, as well as a wine tasting with dinner at the hip and trendy wine bar, O Chateau.

It's all a little flirty and very French!

One evening, we'll take a cruise along the Seine and view the Eiffel Tower, all dressed up for night, shimmering in lights.  Trés romantique.

There's so much more to tell you, but for now, if you're interested, please send me an email at and tell me a bit about yourself and why you would like to go to Paris with me and this coming May.  I can only take 12 lucky ladies, so it's important to email soon.
The total cost of the tour is $4,300 and includes so much more than I can even begin to describe.  Just know that it's a fabulous, once-in-a-lifetime tour!  

Merci beaucoup, mon amis!