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!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Highlights from The Ooh La La! Paris Tour

It's true, our very first Ooh La La! Paris Tour has officially ended.
Au revoir, Ooh La La! Ladies
We had an amazing tour, starting with a walk through the Latin Quarter (where we stayed at the beautiful four-star Hotel Belloy St. Germain.)  We visited the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral
on our very first day.
We walked through the Tuileries and visited the beautiful Musée de l'Orangerie, where we looked at Monet's waterlilies.

After seeing all that art, we needed some chocolate!  So, the very next day, we visited the famous chocolate-maker Richart Chocolat where Claire explained the history of chocolate to us and we had a fabulous chocolate tasting.  Mmmmmmm!
We visited the Musée D'Orsay.  So much joie de vivre!
That evening, we went on a boat tour of the Seine.
We went to the Louvre Museum, where a certain smiling woman, caused a big ruckus!
In the evening, the handsome (and funny!) Olivier Magny, owner of O Chateau explained the secrets to choosing the right wine.  We had a fun evening of wine tasting.
Madame Cadolle of Maison Cadolle spoke to us about the history of lingerie and how her grandmother invented the modern day bra and freed women from the corsets.
We visited the beautiful Opera Garnier, bien sur.
No Ooh La La! Paris Tour would be complete without learning about fragrance and the art of perfume-making at the Musée Fragonard.
The amazing Micheline Tanguy, a Paris re-imaging expert talked to the Ooh La La! ladies about the importance of selecting your color, how to walk like a French woman, and of course, the art of savoir faire.
On Saturday, a few of us visited the flea market in Vanves, and a few slept in or spent a a morning in a cafe, absorbing all that Frenchie-Frenchness!  Pretty, non?
Oh, and we shopped!
We learned about the different lingerie brands at the iconic Paris store, Bon Marché and the Ooh La La! Ladies tried on some lovely little fripperies, with the help of Kate Kemp-Griffin of Paris Lingerie Tours.
And then, we shopped some more...and oh dear, it was time to say au revoir to Paris and to our new friends who we will see at the Ooh La La! Reunion Tour!  

Until next time!  A bientot, mon amis!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Paris Ooh La La! Tour officially begins today!

Yes, my Ooh La La! Tour Ladies have all arrived in Paris!
I am soooo happy!  What a lovely group of women from all different walks of life.
The one thing they have in common is a passionate desire to reclaim their ooh la la!

And in the course of this week, we will stroll through the Tuileries, visit Notre Dame, sample scents at the Fragonard Perfume Museum, learn about beautiful lingerie from Maison Cadolle, and shop for beautiful things on rue St. Honore.  Oh, and we'll probably taste a macaron or two at the famous Lauderee!  (And much, much more!)
This is what I know for sure:  There will be beaucoup de ooh la la!
Each woman will find it in her own unique way, and I am honored to be there for the
moment of discovery!
Bonjour, happiness!  Bonjour, ooh la la!

Friday, July 25, 2014

3 Days Until the Ooh La La! Paris Tour!

Bonjour, mes amis!
I am in Paris now, awaiting your arrival in The City of Light.
It's beautiful here, but hot!
(Thankfully, Hotel Belloy St. Germain has air conditioning).
Even though it's hot, you'll want to pack a few pretty scarves.
Here's what I saw one lady wearing near Notre Dame Cathedral yesterday.
C'est jolie, non?

See you soon, Ooh La La! Ladies!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

5 Days Until the Ooh La La! Paris Tour!

To be cool or not to be cool, that is the question.

I know a lot of us want to be just like the French when we're in Paris.  We want to blend in and go unnoticed, perhaps even pass for a real Parisienne.
And while, I think this is a noble pursuit, I would like to offer another suggestion, perhaps seemingly radical.
How about playing the role of The American Tourist?  

Rather than taking on an air of being ultra cool, full on ennui, why not delight in being new to all this and read your maps in public, and yes, photograph a lot!  This is one of the wonderful things about travel.  You are like a child, wide-eyed, and full of wonder.
And consider this, as an American woman visiting Paris, you are part of history, and part of a story that goes back a long time.  
And perhaps one day, your grandchildren will look at photos of you in a Paris cafe and say, wow, my grandmother was so adventurous, so glamorous, so amazing--because you are!