French women seem to have a special knack for life's most important things - food, love, raising children. And in matters of beauty and style, they appear to be at an unfair advantage. But the good news is that everything French women know can be learned...
French women are not born more attractive than anyone else. They simply learn at a very young age how to feel beautiful, confident, and sexy, inside and out. It's an allure that outlasts youth - in fact, some of France's most celebrated women are femmes d'un certain âge. Experience only makes them more irresistible. Growing up, Jamie Cat Callan had a French grand-mere to instruct her on style, grooming, and genuinely liking her reflection in the mirror. Now she shares that wisdom along with advice from other French women on fragrance, image consulting, makeup, and more, and shows you how to:
Discover the power of perfume
Find mentors who will help hone your personal style
Begin at the ends--hands, feet, and hair
Choose lingerie that makes you feel magnifique
Get an internal makeover and nourish your soul
Embrace your age gracefully and gorgeously
Bid au revoir to Botox, fad diets, and agonizing over every imperfection, and say hello to the truly timeless beauty that comes with making the most of your own unique je-ne-sais-quoi.
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can hardly stand listening to the narrator...
Not by this narrator. Perhaps by Jamie Cat Callan. The narration was so uber-enunciated it was incredibly distracting. Her tone was off-putting to me. Some of the opinions in the book were so prim and proper I distanced myself. I'm a huge Francophile so parts were also fun.
Perhaps including more French women's opinions, conversation... without all the very American New England judgments.
- Shea Blair
Shallow reflections from a poor writer
Good God no. I tried to make it through to the very end, but was losing brain cells too rapidly.
Trying to draw "lessons" out of weak observations, then dressing up her writing with saccharine and overly dramatic conclusions to each chapter.
I'm not well-versed on book narrators and who should be reading what, but I was unhappy with the narration in the book. It could be, however, that Darrell did such a stellar job channeling the author's adolescent-like flare for the dramatic that I has to stop listening. The voice and intonations were too grating.
I'll give Callan this- there are about 20 cumulative minutes of interesting material in this 8 hour book, but the majority of the writing is the author's reflections on any and everything, making this book reading more like an overly loquacious diary with little substance. It's clear that there was little copy editing done on the writing, to the point where multiple times throughout this book, I wondered if it was self-published.
I understand that a book with "Ooh la la" in the title is not likely to be overly enlightening, and I bought this for a "fluff" read, since I enjoyed Lessons from Madame Chic. This book was just too poorly constructed to keep my attention.