All You Need to Be Impossibly French: A Witty Investigation into the Lives, Lusts, and Little Secrets of French Women

All You Need to Be Impossibly French: A Witty Investigation into the Lives, Lusts, and Little Secrets of French Women

by Helena Frith Powell

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Overview

The allure of the Frenchwoman—sexy, sophisticated, flirtatious, and glamorous—is legendary. More than an eye for fashion or a taste for elegance, the French je ne sais quoi embodies the essential ingredients for looking and feeling beautiful.

With wit, whimsy, and wonder, British expatriate Helena Frith Powell uncovers the secrets of chic living in All You Need to Be Impossibly French, a cheeky guide to releasing your inner Frenchwoman. Delving deep into a mysterious realm of face creams, silk lingerie, and shopping-as-exercise, Powell reveals how French women stay impossibly thin and irresistibly sexy by achieving the maximum effect from the minimum amount of effort. Forget diet and inspiration books and style guides—this is all you need to embrace the wisdom of French living, and learn how to turn every day into la petite aventure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452287785
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/2006
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 545,928
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Helena Frith Powell’s writing career began with her French Mistress column in The Sunday Times. She is a regular contributor to the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Telegraph, and Harper’s Bazaar, among other publications. Helena is the author of eleven books, and a beauty blogger at beautyorbeast.uk.

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All You Need to Be Impossibly French 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
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bolgai on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked this little volume. It's written by an English lady who moves to France with her husband and children and sets out to find out what makes the French women so chic. She seeks opinions of men and women from both sides of the English Channel on the subjects of style, diet, fitness, lingerie, friends, plastic surgery, children, role models culture and even affairs and relays her finds in an amusing way that left me chuckling on a number of occasions. This is a good read for those of us who are asking the same question the author did when she began her quest and who want to develop some of the same allure in ourselves. Some of the traits weren't all that flattering but just like Ms. Frith-Powell we don't have to adopt them all, just the ones we like.
justmeRosalie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Many of us across the Atlantic find the French woman and her lifestyle to be so ideal. We want to be everything they are. Can this be done, or is there a clue in the title of the book ".All You Need to Be Impossibly French"? Although the book follows the basic format of others of the same genre, Powell's approach is more practical. Her own delightful British humor keeps everything refreshed and lighthanded, and finishes with the suggestion that although French is Fabulous, it is not without flaws and just maybe, the rest of us have our own special uniqueness as well. Kudos on that one.I found the last two chapters a bit of a downer...not being overly interested in infidelity and sex toys, but I will admit they are written with delicacy and propriety. I realized I don't want to be so completely French after all....but, well, maybe, just have drawers of matching lingerie and be very intellectual, and thinner, and always beautiful, and an awesome mother, and have lots of beautiful shoes, and .....oui.. oh, don't forget the cheeses.
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I love this book. Being very partial to everything French, it provides a very descriptive information on how to be very French!!!!!!!!!!! I highly recommend it.