- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style; Reprint edition (December 30, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1455524107
- ISBN-13: 978-1455524105
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
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French Women Don't Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style & Attitude Paperback – December 30, 2014
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"French women have incredible style and confidence. Mireille is an inspiration and her book is a must-read for any woman wanting to look better and ultimately feel more beautiful." --Bobbi Brown
Like a fabulous friend sharing her secrets, Mireille divulges, encourages and inspires. And she does it with joy." --Pamela Druckerman, author of Bringing up Bebe
About the Author
Mireille Guiliano, a former chief executive at LVMH (Veuve Clicquot), is "the high priestess of French lady wisdom" (USA Today) and "ambassador of France and its art of living" (Le Figaro). She is the author of French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure, the number 1 The New York Times Bestseller in the US. It has been translated into 37 languages. Mireille has appeared on The Today Show, CBS' The Early Show, NBC's Dateline, Oprah, CNN, among many national broadcasts, and has been profiled in The New York Times, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, People, Business Week, More, Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine and dozens of other publications, and she is the author of French Women for All Seasons, Women, Work & The Art of Savoir Faire, and The French Women Don't Get Fat Cookbook.
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That being said, I got the impression this book was rather hurriedly dashed off between intercontinental trips. It seemed to hit the high spots, wasn’t much on detail, and although I can understand a rehash of some of her previous material for the benefit of new readers, I also felt she relied too heavily on past efforts. Frankly, I expected, and hoped for, a little more. So much more could have been done with this book, that would have been helpful, and a number of opportunities were missed to expand what it had to offer. I sincerely hope that her next book will not be a rehash of past material with a different title. My comments follow.
Exercise: Walk, swim, climb stairs, do some yoga. All from previous books. Although she admits to now having added some Pilates exercises to the mix which she does at home, and mentioned strength training, she does not share her new found knowledge or anything of her personal routine with us. Disappointing. The most worthwhile part of this section was a detailed instruction regarding four yoga breathing exercises, which was very well done. Everything else was short on detail, hit the high spots.
Diet: The author’s personal diet appears to be primarily vegetable, low protein, low carb, low calorie, heavy on dairy using that for a lot of the protein, which would not set well with a goodly percentage of the readership. The only alternative suggested was to eat Mediterranean, which we have been hearing from a variety of sources for the past 20-30 years.
Recipes: This book has fewer recipes than any of her others, so there is not much in that department to whet anticipation.
Makeup and Hair: Useful admonition to look appropriate for one’s age instead of like a circus clown with things that are too obvious, amusing anecdote to illustrate this. Typical advice from previous books to get a good, professional haircut several times a year, as well as professional color if gray is not for you.
Supplements: Author displays fearfulness and lack of knowledge in this department. Could have done without this totally useless chapter that espouses the 1920’s ideal of getting everything from one’s food, and says nothing about the European bans on GMOs; organics, depleted soil and comparisons of nutritional value in food from 50 years ago versus today.
Facelifts: Part of the title of the book and this chapter could be boiled down to, don’t get one because it won’t match the rest of you, just use creams and lotions the way my mother and grandmother did and you’ll be fine. To be perfectly honest, Raquel Welch’s book, which is available on Amazon, did a much better, more informative job with more detailed information on this subject, and I highly recommend it, Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage.
Employment: Although a minor section toward the end, rather an afterthought, it should not have been included due to the lack of knowledge on the part of the author of the hardships the majority of people 50 and over face in the U.S. regarding employment during these times. I can understand that because the author’s life and finances insulate her from harsher realities, and this is part of the charm of her writing; however, it would also have been best to leave this bit out altogether.
Advice from older women of her acquaintance: This is definitely an area of missed opportunity. These wise, elderly ladies of class and substance were briefly mentioned, all too briefly quoted, and served only to whet the appetite for an entrée that never appeared.
While I loved her other books, and this one has a few good moments, overall, if you know anything about anti-aging or mind/body medicine you may find yourself rolling your eyes. For instance, her comment that Thermage and Ultherapy are not painful shows how little she knows about advanced skin care. She advocates the use of drugstore cosmetics throwing around brands that she likes. She advocates the use of estrogen without progesterone supplementation, as, once again, she didn't like how progesterone made her feel. This advice is great cause for concern. Has she not read the literature which connects estrogen use without progesterone supplementation to breast cancer? Also, where is the discussion of bioidentical hormones which are a vastly superior alternative to synthetic hormones? How can she advocate hormone use and not discuss this alternative? Not all hormone supplementation is equal and yet, she seems unaware of this. Ridiculous for a book on anti-aging!
She is also incredibly negative about Americans in this volume when compared to her other books, and goes to great lengths to boast about how wonderfully she, and most French women, have aged (with some catty comments thrown in about her friends and famous actresses for good measure), and how many looks and comments she receives from "the richest man in France" to strangers on the street. I am so sorry that I read this and actually stopped reading after her advice to avoid dietary supplements (except possibly vitamin D). Her book French women for all Seasons is a wonderful book and I will treasure that while trying to forget that the same person wrote this. Aging with grace did not take place with this prose.
I am not at all interested in plastic surgery so my view is not based on disagreement with her thesis, just that there really is nothing new to offer. I'm not sure that French women really have it all over everyone else unless conservative style is your bag.