Ooh La La!French Women's Secrets to Feeling Beautiful

Ooh La La!French Women's Secrets to Feeling Beautiful
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  • 200 pages
  • Ooh La La!French Women's Secrets to Feeling Beautiful Every Day
  • Jamie Cat Callan
  • English
  • 14 March 2019

Ooh La La!French Women's Secrets to Feeling Beautiful Every Day[PDF / Epub] ☂ Ooh La La!French Women's Secrets to Feeling Beautiful Every Day ✐ Jamie Cat Callan – Essayreview.co.uk French women are not born attractive than anyone else They simple 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 French women are not born attractive than anyone La!French Women's Kindle Ò else They simple 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, Ooh La ePUB Ì some of France s most celebrated women are femmes d un certain age Growing up, Jamie Cat Callan had a French grand mere to instruct her on style, grooming and genuinely liking her reflection in the mirror La La!French Women's PDF/EPUB Á Now she shares that wisdom, along with advice from other French women on fragrance, image consulting, makeup, and , and shows you how to Discover the power of perfume Find mentors who will help hone your personal style Choose lingerie that makes you feel magnifique Get an internal makeover and nourish your soul Embrace your age gracefully and gorgeousl.


About the Author: Jamie Cat Callan

Jamie Cat Callan latest book, Parisian Charm School La!French Women's Kindle Ò will be released from Penguin Random House in January She is the author of Bonjour, Happiness and the wildly successful French Women Don t Sleep Alone Inspired Ooh La ePUB Ì by her beautiful and elegant French grandmother, Jamie has traveled all over France, interviewing hundreds of women to uncover their secrets to simple, authentic pleasures, including how to stay stylish at any age, how to enjoywith less La La!French Women's PDF/EPUB Á and how we too can find our joie de vivre, American style Jamie is also the creator of The Writers Toolbox Jamie has taught her unique right brain style of writing at Grub Street, UCLA NYU, Wesleyan University and Yale University She has won a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant in fiction and a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellowship to write in Auvillar, France.


10 thoughts on “Ooh La La!French Women's Secrets to Feeling Beautiful Every Day

  1. says:

    Then she turns her head to the woman in purple Maybe she s French I don t know It s a good possibility she is French This is not the point Anyway, French women, they can have bad dress I raise my eyes at her Is this true I wonder If so, then my whole world is going to shatter I don t know what I ll do If I can t look to French women as my spiritual fashion guides, then what am I doing So we re back to Callan, the American woman who worships the French as gods This book is even less Then she turns her head to the woman in purple Maybe she s French I don t know It s a good possibility she is French This is not the point Anyway, French women, they can have bad dress I raise my eyes at her Is this true I wonder If so, then my whole world is going to shatter I don t know what I ll do If I can t look to French women as my spiritual fashion guides, then what am I doing So we re back to Callan, the American woman who worships the French as gods This book is even less structured than her last book, which was ostensibly about catching a man the French way This is about a muchephemeral topic finding your ooh la la, whatever the fuck that means.Basically it s just an excuse for Callan to wander around France aka heaven and talk to French people aka angels She interviews them about stuff Stuff like makeup use, perfume use, fashion, and always ALWAYS weight loss since Callan is chronically unhappy with her weight Mainly two things bother me about Callan s books.NUMBER ONECallan worships the French and seems to think Americans are lost creatures who have no idea how to be beautiful, sexy, or happy.Here s a list of things that are better in France Professional men and women dress better than in America French women have better taste in fashion Rainstorms No, seriously the sky has turned pitch black and the rain is pouring down I ve never seen anything quite like it So volatile and so sudden I can t help thinking this is a very French rain Passionate, insistent, and yet mysterious. Umbrellas Apparently Americans favor black umbrellas but the French are SO creative and SO full of joy that they favor colorful umbrellas The French are able to laugh and accept any weather, whereas Americans complain nonstop The French are good natured, Americans are grumpy Hot Chocolate Salons The wax that they use to wax your face and bodyFrench women want to look good for our husbands We want to keep them, she whispers.Heather nods in agreement Maybe French women know something about human nature or should I say the nature of men that we don t know, or would rather not know.French women always expect their men to cheat on them if they are bored with them, if they are not keeping up their figures or makeup or fashion enough And that s good Good according to Callan French men are better, sexier, kinder,compassionate than American men And Callan develops crushes on every single one she meets We ll discuss that later Three pages on how the gyms in France are better than the gyms in America Their way of raising children is better and their children are better behaved than American ones With all this life experience, you d think I would get over being constantly, breathlessly enthralled by France But somehow I m not Somehow, I cannot get enough I envy Sylvia, an American mother, living here and experiencing firsthand what it is like to have a baby in a country that is famous for its talent of raising children who don t throw their food. French Glamour magazine is superior to American Glamour French women areromantic than American women Undergarments The French are daring and they always are themselves and feel proud and free to be themselves Medical care Hospital food Nurses dress better in France because they have to wear starched white outfits Nurses are better at nursing in France, unlike inept American nurses who frequently make Callan cry Then, in one seamless motion, this nurse put the needle into the vein and simply drew the blood Voil I look at her incredulously Tears in my eyes.Vous tes une experte You are an expert, I tell her She looks at me and smiles ever so slightly you know, the way French women will smile at you, giving you just a little peek into their emotional life but still holding a little something back Non, she says slyly Je suis une artiste I am an artist.That about sums it up.I feel kind of sorry for Callan because she obviously is very insecure about herself and her American ness, and she seems to spend a lot of her time wishing she was born French or could absorb Frenchness in some way This was an opportunity to get to know France from a completely new perspective The universe was asking me a question Do you want this thing Do you want to get on this ride called The Big French Adventure And my answer was an unequivocal, yes Yes, I do She goes around hoping some French person will reach out and touch her and infuse her with true Frenchness Because, of course, if you are French you have no problemsMake me French I want to say I am a French American who has lost her way My ancestors came to the New World in the 1600s and somehow the family lost the secrets des femmes Please help me Adopt me Take me into the French fold just give me a year with you and I ll do all your cooking and cleaning I ll be your au pair Just help me find my way back home The desperation is pretty unbelievableYes, but the French women They reromantic than American women, don t you think And all those dinner parties The perfume The lingerie Ooh la la She laughs at me and my crush on the French.When she goes to a French herbalist, things get even weirder And then I see a bottle labeled TONIQUE SEXUEL.Maybe it s just me but whenever I see the word sexual my interest is immediately aroused And if you spell it the French way, well, doubly so Heather and the herbalist approach me and ask if I want to buy something Well, of course I do I want some of this Tonique Sexuel for the bottle, for the label, for the idea of it, for the notion that I will return home with a little brown bottle of Love Potion No 9, la fran aise Of course she has no idea what is in this shit My imagination takes a little leap into the air, does a sexy pirouette, and lands on pink ballet slippered tippy toes at the cash register That ll be thirty euros and I pay for it feeling so happy, as if I am Harry Potter himself and I ve just entered the Chamber of Secrets Imagine, for a mere forty five dollars you will feel very hot and sexy and your libido will never be quite the same Ooh la la.Carmen if you could only see the look on my face It s this combination of confusion and complete cringing that I wore for the entirety of reading this book This confusion cringing look only intensifies as Callan explains she s never going to try the stuff And yet, to be honest with you, I know I will never actually take even a tiny teaspoon of this Tonique Sexuel Because, truth be told, I m afraid I might end up like the man in that song Love Potion No 9 and I d start running around Paris kissing every man in sight But, I like the bottle I like the label and the experience.So thirty euros for nothing Got it.She has a girlcrush on every French woman she meets, and dedicates at least a paragraph describing each one in very flattering terms.If a French woman makes a suggestion to her, she immediately takes it She will do whatever they suggest Even if it means giving up something she loves or something she s been doing for decades.It s bizarre.She has a romantic crush on every Frenchman she meets, and they are are invariably charming and handsome and witty.Which brings me to the second point of the book.NUMBER TWOHer constant secret fantasies which can grip her at any moment.These make me a little uncomfortable.For instance, when she goes over to Coco s house to meet her and interview her, only Coco s husband is there And Coco hasn t arrived yet Instantly, Callan is thrust into a fantasySo how are you enjoying your visit to our fine city Peter asks.And I tell him I am having a wonderful time I don t ask him where his wife is, because I don t want to sound nervous But for a fraction of a second my brain takes flight and I imagine that I have landed in Morocco via the River Seine and I am about to be seduced by a sultan.o.O Not only that, but then she imagines what would happen if Coco walked in on them Which would be nothing, of course because they are doing nothing, but even if they are doing nothing, Callan is hopeful Coco will get the wrong idea I sip champagne and laugh at Peter s banter For a moment, I imagine Coco walking in the door What will she think when she sees me on the bar stool, legs crossed, drinking champagne and sharing bon mots about French lingerie with her American husband This thought makes me a bit anxious After all, I ve heard she s a bit unpredictable Perhaps even explosive Suppose she doesn t like the looks of the friendly scene between her husband and a strange woman and she misunderstands my writerly intentions and then she screams something in French to me something I don t understand And then, suppose she grabs me by the hair and pulls me down on the floor and I break the champagne flute Ah, how French Ooh la la s LOLSometimes it s evensexual How about this part, where she is having dinner with a group of friends I m going to hide it under a spoiler tag, just because I don t want this review to get too annoying view spoiler Aline sits down and looks around at the table She seems pleased by how beautiful everything is, but then she realizes she has forgotten something The salt She quickly gets up from the table and then walks to the kitchen Her back is turned to me and this is when I notice that her skirt s zipper in the back is unzipped I can see her pale pink slip Just a peek of something silky and fine And at the same time I notice this, Didier seems to have noticed this dishabille as well, because he quickly, wordlessly, gets up from the table and follows his wife I cannot help watching as he stands behind her so that her unzipped skirt is no longer visible And then, Didier gently places his hand on Aline s shoulder and whispers something in her ear, before he ushers her into the kitchen I watch as the two of them discreetly disappear It is a fine moment a glimpse into the intimacy of a married couple A couple that has been married for a long time Somehow this unzipped moment is mesmerizing It is a vulnerable moment, for sure, but it is also so ordinary and yet it s so poignant But also, Didier s attentions make this scene so sexy and powerful Honestly, if I were a writer of erotica, I would begin my story right here An unzipped zipper A husband s hand A kitchen that is unseen by guests And a sweet silk slip. hide spoiler o.O Damn Maybe she should take writing up romance Even though this hapless couple has no idea they are starring in her sex fantasies But wait, it s not over view spoiler But, it s the fragility of the moment that truly makes it so sexy Aline cannot see that he skirt is unzipped and her pink slip is showing And I suspect that her husband s expert fingers at the back of her skirt must recall forgotten moments from many, many years ago hide spoiler But to be fair, her fantasies range all over the place Sometimes she imagines Coco Chanel on Paris streets, judging her and insulting her Sometimes she has conversations in her head with random French women And for a moment, before the burst of wind from the oncoming train rushes through the tunnel and separates us, I have a secret, silent conversation with the French girl in the red plaid skirt and I whisper to her in French and in English that she is a part of my story and I am a part of her story And one day, when I am gone from this world, it will be okay because there will still be girls wearing red plaid skirts meeting the man of their dreams.The fact that her ancestors came over from France in the 1600s and ruined everything for her by forcing her to be born in America seems to really bug her She goes with a French friend to the place where her ancestors lived She dreams a long lost relative will pop out and guide her to true Frenchness My secret fantasy is that I will meet a Vaillancourt A wise woman She will invite me into her home and we will realize that we have so much in common and then perhaps she ll invite me to move in and I will get an education on ooh la la and then come home six months from now, completely transformed Oh, and brimming with ooh la la.What So, I am French after all But I just don t feel very French I ve lost the thread I ve lost my way home And I think something essential was lost when my ancestors crossed the oceans and arrived in the new land all those many years ago There was no time to hold on to the past, the traditions, the helpful things that grandmothers tell us The recipes, the little secrets that women share Okay.Anyway, I don t know what to think about Callan She s not hurting anyone with her little obsession with France It s a bit sad that she is so insecure and that she believes absorbing France and French culture through her pores is the only way to be sexy, happy, and confident But everyone has their hobbies.The whole book I wondered, Why doesn t Callan just move to France and live there permanently She would love that and it would be like a dream come true for her The only reason I could come up with is perhaps her husband, who seems to be something like a marine biologist.Does anyone ever give her a reality check Yes, she does talk to one French woman who saysIs there something you d like to tell American women to help them feelFrench I am very un at ease when I read feelFrench I think it is a horrible thing to say, because they won t be able to change their nationality, it is their heritage American women have to be proud to be American it is not healthy to want to become French, to become someone else Unclear if this little conversation has any effect on our author.Callan isn t a bad person She takes in everything with a wide eyed stare and an incredible naivete Even though she s in her late 50s she comes off sounding pretty young in this book, as you can see from the excerpt If she s worried about staying young at heart, I d have to say she doesn t need to have any worries She s got a youthful enthusiasm and energy that envelopes everything around her.Was there anything you enjoyed about this book Yes I liked all the parts when Callan discussed perfume She has a whole chapter about it, and it s also a thing she asks French women about I also liked when Callan stopped being so obsessed with makeup, fashion, perfume, shoes, and massages and talked very, very briefly about things like how her mom became disabled in a car accident when Callan was eight and how that affected her mom and about her close friend who died at a young age of MS Or she could ve talked about her ex husband, her divorce, or her new husband Which she DIDN T, and I understand why she didn t, that might be to personal Was she keeping this book so superficial because she doesn t want to get into the personal stuff Maybe But I did see peeks of actual experiences in here And I don t mean experiences like the experience of buying a strange bottle of potion that you are never even going to use, but I mean being through some shit Obviously as a woman who has been married, divorced, and re married, AND being a mom, she should have one or two things of substance to say.One would think.But I guess that isn t the book she wanted to write Also, you have to keep in mind how much putting the term French Women in the title of your non fiction book brings you A lot.Tl dr Another book that consists of nothingthan Callan kissing France s butt

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    If I had to identify myself as a country phile, I would probably use the word Japanophile But, that doesn t mean books like these don t interest me I ve never really felt the whole French women are somehow better thing that the author seems to feel, but I am interested in a culture of women who have made such an impression that they are perceived as glamorous.On the whole, I m quite impressed with this book I thought it was going to be a beauty and style secrets kind of book, but it tries If I had to identify myself as a country phile, I would probably use the word Japanophile But, that doesn t mean books like these don t interest me I ve never really felt the whole French women are somehow better thing that the author seems to feel, but I am interested in a culture of women who have made such an impression that they are perceived as glamorous.On the whole, I m quite impressed with this book I thought it was going to be a beauty and style secrets kind of book, but it tries to go beyond that into helping you live a happier life And yes, I can sum the book up into one sentence Be yourself.And that really is the whole point of the book The author talks with different French women of different ages and different personalities, and she gives different tips at the end of each chapter, but the entire book is about finding yourself and being happy in your own skin.Which is actually good advice There s this line about expats that struck me And so, they are lost somewhere in the middle, never feeling quite at home That statement hit me pretty hard It s something that I will deal with for the rest of my life I know that I will never belong in Japan 100%, even if I m constantly mistaken for a Japanese But I also know that even if or rather, when I move back to Singapore for good, I will always feel a disconnect because a part of my heart will stay in Japan.Because of this, the whole be yourself message in the book really impressed me I can t say that I ll be following a lot of her concrete tips, but I will be keeping in mind that I shouldn t try to conform for the sake of conforming I should be myself, even if that makes me the nail that sticks out.Disclaimer I got this book for free via NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review.This review was first posted to Inside the mind of a Bibliophile

  3. says:

    I will be honest and say this book was not very good I wish I had done my research before purchasing as it was not what I thought it would be I bought it on recommendation from another author I had previously enjoyed.This book was pretty much written by an American for Americans who have not much prior knowledge already about French lifestyle and culture The author claims to have interviewed hundreds of French women, however there appears to be only a handful of interviews in the book with I will be honest and say this book was not very good I wish I had done my research before purchasing as it was not what I thought it would be I bought it on recommendation from another author I had previously enjoyed.This book was pretty much written by an American for Americans who have not much prior knowledge already about French lifestyle and culture The author claims to have interviewed hundreds of French women, however there appears to be only a handful of interviews in the book with the French and manyby American friends who live in France There was a lot of in France they do it this way, but in America we do it like this , and so forth I did not anticipate this to be a comparitive study of French American culture I hope the author understands that her audience extends beyond the United States it would be nice for a change to read a book about France written by an American who embraces a universal audience.I also felt that the book lacked sophistication and maybe was hastily edited, as I came across a few typos and found the structure to be disorganised The writing style rambled and often went off on tangents, straying from the main theme I think I lost count of how many sentences began with Oh, and Full of cliches and stereotypes, I give this book one star, mostly because there was a couple interesting anecdotes included Pretty much everything you need to know is in the last chapter.In future if I wish to seek advice on French beauty and style, I will ask my real life French friends

  4. says:

    I did enjoy this book but unfortunately the main takeaways were this do things that make you feel sexy, wear perfume, take care of your skin, and sit around wishing you were French Not exactly the goal I had in mind when I picked up this book.

  5. says:

    I really love the points and great insights in this book overall Definitely highlighted a ton to come back to again and again Though I was impatient with the author s stories at times, I could see the point of where she was going, but wished for less drama and exaggerated expression.

  6. says:

    Unfortunately, this book failed to answer to why French women have this ooh la laor allure The author wrote a series of meeting interviews with French women but also many American expats living in Paris, trying to find the secret to ooh la la , but most of the times the meetings themselves were not particularly interesting or revealing, or the conclusions driven by the author had nothing to do either with the mysterious ooh la laor the afore mentioned meeting I d give this a 3 because desp Unfortunately, this book failed to answer to why French women have this ooh la laor allure The author wrote a series of meeting interviews with French women but also many American expats living in Paris, trying to find the secret to ooh la la , but most of the times the meetings themselves were not particularly interesting or revealing, or the conclusions driven by the author had nothing to do either with the mysterious ooh la laor the afore mentioned meeting I d give this a 3 because despite the failure to answer the main question it was a fast paced piece of fluff exactly what I was looking for that is , but the fact is that I found errors in some of her lessons and in the end, I wasconvinced that this ooh la lais unable to get unless you re born to it, than I was before I started this book I guess that defeats the book s purpose The author may try to say that having massages, wearing sexy lingerie and organizing dinners with friends will help you achieve your ooh la la , but what I gathered from her interviews is that self confidence and high self esteem are the most important part of the success recipe How to get these Read another book As for the lesson in perfumes, I ll tell you what the very savvy and elegant saleslady should have told to the author never select a perfume unless you ve worn it for at least 2 hours, so that the base notes have come out, because these are the ones that will stay with you until the fragrance fades completely Though you may like the opening of a fragrance, you may find the heart or base of it quite different and not to your taste And choosing a perfume as your signature based on its name, as the author attempts to do, is not a method any perfume lover would ever suggest Also, you should choose a perfume not based on who you want to be, if you re not already halfway there, because it ll feel strange and alien to you, which in the end will hurt your self confidence and hence your image Conclusion read it if you want to learn a few tidbits about life in France the upper class mind you , but don t expect to learn the secret to French chic

  7. says:

    I am an admitted Francophile I am especially fascinated with French women and their attitude toward life, beauty, eating, aging, sex, etc So, when I get into reading slumpswhich I ve been in for a while, I reach for fluffy reads, like this one, that satisfy my Francophile research need It is a quick, fluffy read no big revelations, but some great tips and reminders that any lady can apply to her daily life I have to be honest, this was not one of the best French women secrets style book I am an admitted Francophile I am especially fascinated with French women and their attitude toward life, beauty, eating, aging, sex, etc So, when I get into reading slumpswhich I ve been in for a while, I reach for fluffy reads, like this one, that satisfy my Francophile research need It is a quick, fluffy read no big revelations, but some great tips and reminders that any lady can apply to her daily life I have to be honest, this was not one of the best French women secrets style books I have read I ended up skipping through many of the interviews and went straight to the end of the chapter to the tips which I feel , the book should have focusedon It was ok and would recommend to anyone in a reading slump and wants something entertaining

  8. says:

    I have read a few books that promise to expose the secret of the elusive French woman and enlighten us poor non French souls, but I often feel they are writing about a different kind of French woman than the ones I see on a day to day basis in rural France Because of this it would be fair to say that this subject interests me, but I am sceptical, especially as I know French women do get fat, just like the rest of us However, this book was different Jamie takes us with her on a journey through I have read a few books that promise to expose the secret of the elusive French woman and enlighten us poor non French souls, but I often feel they are writing about a different kind of French woman than the ones I see on a day to day basis in rural France Because of this it would be fair to say that this subject interests me, but I am sceptical, especially as I know French women do get fat, just like the rest of us However, this book was different Jamie takes us with her on a journey through France where she meets and chats to some fantastic French women and picks up tips and advice on the way As well as the chic Parisiennes we also meet French women from the provinces and while they all had something different to say on the subject of feeling beautiful, together they gave a real insight into what makes a French woman I liked the personal feel of this book as Jamie really shared her travels and adventures with us, even when things didn t quite go to plan.Thanks for a really thought provoking book Jamie, we are often searching for something in life, but this book showed me you don t always find it where you are expecting to We have lived in France for nearly nine years and if I m honest the longer I m here theI feel I will never be one of them However this book made me realise that just through the simple things I love about my life in France and how being here has changed me, I had already found my Ooh La La Maybe I amFrench than I first thought, although I may need to rethink my lingerie collection to be really accepted

  9. says:

    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 bornattractive than anyone else They simply learn at a very young age how to feel beautiful, confident, and sexy, inside and out.

  10. says:

    won my free copy of OOh, Lala from Goodreads First Reads Thank you so much

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