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Two Lipsticks and a Lover: A Year in Suspenders Kindle Edition
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That said, there are useful tips on the wisdom of buying wisely, when it comes to clothes, and also self-grooming that I found helpful. However, quite a few of the treatments, suggested, would probably be out side the reach of most women who are less affluent than the author, despite her protestations to the contrary (I assume that she met B, as she calls him, whilst travelling first class). So be prepared to modify them to suit your budget.
The part of this book that I found the most amusing is when Madame Frith Powell mentions that all her efforts to become better groomed etc. culminated in her being mistaken for a Parisian and asked for directions by a courier.
It amused me because although I do take pride in my appearance, I would never claim to be as well groomed as the women the author describes in her book (goodness knows I am often seen sans lipstick and with less than a perfect manicure), but even I have been stopped twice whilst in Paris and asked for directions, and all without having read a single line of Two Lipsticks and a Lover. However, I am the first to concede, this could owe more to the possibility that it is less likely that lone women are mistaken for tourists, or visitors, than any attempt that I may make to try and pass myself off as a local.
My own mother, who is English to the core, never left the house without applying a dash of lipstick; although I am certain she would have agreed that doing so to take out the rubbish is rather extreme and perhaps suggests a woman with self-confidence problems. It is one thing to take pride in one’s appearance but doing so to the exclusion of all else may suggest something of an imbalance in one’s life.
Perhaps, then, it is better to view the advice, in this book, as something we can, if we so wish, aspire to whilst remembering not to beat ourselves up if we fall a little short due to the constraints that life has bequeathed us.
It details how impossibly (and possibly genetically - so the rest of us don't really have a chance) perfect, chic, groomed, stylish and sexy French women are whilst giving tips on how us grubby, scruffy ordinary women can achieve a bit of their glamour.
I have taken some of the advice to heart (matching underwear: always) but I accept I could never truly be as pulled together as a French woman on a daily basis. Therefore I embrace the one thing the book says French women do not have but English women have in spades (a sense of humour about themselves) and simply laugh off my bad hair day over a glass of wine with my friends.
She loves their style, but thinks they're bitchy, wants to make friends, but is scared they will sleep with her husband, feels inadequate and feels inadequate some more, it is all very tedious.
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