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French Women Don’t Get Fat – A Retrospective

Here is a scary fact for you – it has been over eleven years since the original publication of French Women Don’t Get Fat in Australia. When published in 2005, the book heralded a new wave of French lifestyle advice that dominated so much of women’s literature. Even now, we can still hear its echo. I have often since mused on the subject of French dining habits and sought to apply their reputed habits to my own way of living. I was 23 when I first picked up my copy in a burst of youthful enthusiasm. If you’re previously unaware, the book advocated a joyful appreciation of food and asked us to see the cheap, tasteless slop we often consume for what it is. As someone who blew far too much of her meager pay cheque on cheese and artisanal bread, this idea made perfect sense. There was of course a hitch… portion control. From what I could gather at the time, there was an assertion that if the food we ate was of a higher quality, we …

Winter is Coming…

Today I plucked the first apple off our apple tree, heralding the first days of Autumn and the slow slide into Winter. If you’ve noticed, the days are getting shorter and the mornings are acquiring a grey, gloomy edge that tends to provoke melancholy. But there can be something delicious about melancholy right? You can wallow in it; soak in it till your fingers get pruney. I want to enjoy the cold this year. I’ve found myself stockpiling all my favourite wintry things, as if I were a chipmunk or bear. I suppose this time of year has traditionally been a time of preparation though – but was once about avoiding freezing to death or starving, is now about hot chocolate and fluffy socks 🙂 How do you prepare for the cold? Some people attend Bikram Yoga or buy themselves wool scarves. Some people plan holidays or welcome the influx of hot cross buns. A quick survey among friends revealed a predilection for hot drinks, rain on rooftops and hiding under blankets. With that in …

Book Appreciation a’ la Français

How to be Parisian: Wherever You are I first came across this little posie of a book in a little giftshop in Daylesford. It’s authors, who are all accomplished French authors/editors/producers/fashionistas have created a lovely little world to dip into whenever you want to imagine a more stylish or impossibly cool version of yourself. The advice they’ve interwoven with little stories and lists, seems driven from a desire to appreciate the Parisian woman with her neurosis as well as style. It’s refreshing given that most written accounts of Parisian or French women paint an impervious ideal – a woman who simply wakes up with perfect hair and a wardrobe full of cashmere. This book mentions more of the internal dialogues we are all so familiar with, while still celebrating the insouciance we’ve come to admire. So if you’re as obsessed with style a’ la Français as I am, this book is a delight. Since buying it, I’ve been spotting it everywhere, so no doubt you could find it at your local bookstore. You can also buy …