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Forever Chic: Frenchwomen's Secrets for Timeless Beauty, Style, and Substance Hardcover – October 15, 2013

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"French women have an enviable reputation for being svelte, sexy, and stylish and for possessing a certain je ne sais quoi that doesn't seem to diminish with age. Fashion journalist and editor Tish Jett reveals how middle-aged French women remain 'forever chic' in this detailed look at the diet, skin, hair, makeup and exercise regimen of la femme d'un certain age…this volume provides commonsense and decidedly French head-to-toe beauty routines that yield results. Readers will also learn how to use color, accessories, and figure-flattering clothing to emulate the classic Parisian sense of style. Verdict…worthwhile and entertaining." Library Journal

"In one word...Fabulous. The first print run sold out in a flash… now it’s back on the shelves and not to be missed." ~VickiArcher.com
 
Forever Chic is more than tips and tricks on being our better physical and stylish selves—it is full of lessons on how to be a better person. The book’s strength lies in its anecdotes and wisdom on how women…can be more present and committed to living a fuller life of kindness, generosity, openness, and adventure.” ~Women’s Voices for Change

"Haven't you always wondered how [the French] can drink all that wine and eat all that beurre and remain slim and silky? Now comes a book that helps explain why. Forever Chic, written by Tish Jett (an American who spent years abroad) shares the secrets of what she calls the French "timeless beauty, style and substance." She spills some of their beauty secrets but also gets to the core of what makes them seem more comfortable in their skin." ~Huffington Post

"Jett’s comments and sprinklings of French give the book a lively personality. Each chapter is indulgent fun." ~Publisher's Weekly

“…Tish has spent years observing the mysteriously intoxicating, and ever stylish French woman…I can’t wait to begin reading.” ~The Simply Luxurious Life

“There’s wisdom to be had here…” ~Vogue Knitting

About the Author

Tish Jett is a longtime fashion journalist who has worked for the New York Daily News, the Detroit Free Press, Women’s Wear Daily, W, the Chicago Tribune, and the International Herald Tribune in Paris, where she eventually became the last editor of American Elle. The author of the blog A Femme d’Un Certain Age, Jett lives in France.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847841499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847841493
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terrific new book in the whole francophile genre. I just got it delivered to my kindle, and have skimmed thru it. Each chapter takes a look at how French women handle different aspects of feminine life from skin care to clothing, diet, exercise and far more. This is a grown up version of Helena Frith Powell's "All You Need to be Impossibly French" intended for the over 40 crowd. It is a longer version of Anne Barone's Chic and Slim Toujours; Aging Beautifully the French Way. It doesn't copy either author, it adds to the information and complements it.

The preface starts by asking what age has to do with anything really? She briefly explains her move to France for 2 years that morphed into 25 and still going as she met and married a charming French man. Like others before her, she looked around her and saw a different landscape. She liked how French women around her approached life, and set out to find what they were doing that made them a bit more attractive, different, worth emulating.

As she covers each subject she uses a lot of different sources from dermatologists to her French girlfriends. The information is extensive and each chapter had new stuff I've not bumped into before.. This is an excellent new book in what is becoming a crowded field. Entire books are written on the French diet, and her chapter summarizes much of that wisdom, but she gives fresh good advice.

Even if you own Helena Frith Powell, Debra Ollivier, Anne Barone, Mireille Guiliano, Jennifer Scott and Marie-Anne LeCoeur you will not be disappointed in this new book.

Chapter 1 begins with Allure. A very French concept and one that encompasses the whole person, brains, soul, heart and body. What goes on inside, makes a great difference to the attractiveness of the whole package.
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This book has some good advice for women who want to age well and with savoir faire. Women often take care of everyone else but themselves. The instructions on aircraft to put on your own oxygen mask before assisting someone else (take care of yourself first) holds true of 'real life' situations. This book is full of encouragement to women to take good care of themselves.

The advice to eat well but sparingly, go very light on alcohol, drink lots of water, exercise, cleanse and moisturize your skin religiously, don't overdo makeup, get a flattering haircut, do as much "investment dressing" as you can afford, take care of the clothing and shoes that you have, and stay engaged and informed with the world around you is terrific advice for everyone. Also, if you do these things, you end up saving time and money. A few well-chosen outfits can last for years with good care and you can jazz them up with accessories that do not have to be pricey. Exercising and watching what you eat and drink keeps you healthy; it also means that you will be able to fit into those well-chosen outfits for longer, which saves money. A flattering haircut that works with your hair rather than against it means you will look good without constant fussing and using a lot of hair products. Good skin care means you spend less money on makeup because you will use less of it. Streamlining your makeup routine saves time and money. Keeping up with world events and cultural activities will enrich your life and make you an interesting person to be with. Et cetera. This is sound, practical advice, and the French are noted for their practicality.
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I've bought and read every single one of the "French/Chic/Thin" books. Some have been great, some not so much. This is the very best of them all if you're over forty. (If you're not, read Jennifer Scott's Lessons from Madame Chic--it's tout charmant.)

Tish Jett gives it to us American women straight. I bookmarked several pages as I read for later reference and immediately made an appointment with a dermatologist. Next, I'll go through my closet and use her principles to purge, refine, and upgrade (all on a budget).

I'm a huge Francophile. I've visited France several times, but I can never get enough. With Tish Jett's help, though, I can have a little bit of France with me all the time. Highly recommended.
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I've throughly enjoyed reading this book - however i do feel it's not a "French" thing - more of a self love/respect. I've travelled a good bit and people in France are truly no different than people in the States or the UK - there are healthy image personalitys in France right along with the uncaring...same anywhere around the world.
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I gave Forever Chic three stars, not because it wasn't nicely written, and surely not
because there wasn't a fair amount of advice to women about being best they
can be. That said, this book contains most of the same advice as in
all the books written recently about the style and grace of French women.
Out of curiosity, I also read others on the subject as well, giving advice
that goes like this: French women dress well, put things together well,
buy the best of clothing and accessories, but not in abundance. They
entertain wonderfully, have their linens in order, skin care products
are important, as is exercise, a good diet, and they maintain a mysteriousness
about themselves. I know many American women who have never been
to Paris, and have no aspirations to live like a French woman, and yet
they possess the very same qualities. It seems as thought if they refer
to French women, the book takes on more appeal.

This is a popular theme for selling books right now. It's almost as though
the authors are giving credit to French women for having style, grace, dignity
and poise, and it sells. If you read Forever Chic, and if you read
Chic & Slim Toujours, Madame Chic, French Women Don't Get Facelifts,
and The Gospel According to Coco Chanel, the words are arranged
differently, but the message is the same.

I think the authors are missing vital points. These French
women who live so graciously are sophisticated women with financial
means.
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