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Two Lipsticks and a Lover: A Year in Suspenders

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  337 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Smart and very funny' Richard & Judy 'Witty, and very elegantly written... verbal Viagra' Sunday Times 'A fascinating - and illuminating - read.' Daily Mail 'Funny, warm and charming' French Magazine I devoured it. It is so funny and sharp! (Marco Redolfi, Head Of Pr Of Dolce & Gabbanna Why is it that French women look just as glamorous in a T-shirt and pair of jea ...more
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Published October 1st 2012 by Gibson Square Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Stevie Lou
Nov 20, 2009 Stevie Lou rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fluff-fiction
I suppose it was my own fault for picking up a book instructing me on how to "unlock my inner french woman" in the first place, but I have to say I was nonetheless unsettled by the backwardness of this supposedly 'modern tutorial' on French chic. British journo Helena Frith Powell interviews every living french icon from the french prime minister to the current big wigs at Chanel in order to find out the secrets of French style.

The result was a disappointing mass of contradictions ultimately ro
"Unlock your inner French woman...". How do they look so sleek, so glamorous, so slim, wearing such gorgeous clothes, with such beautiful hair,and such immaculate faces? And all those temptations-delicious wines, oh-so-tasty cheese, that crusty, soft bread???? Why can't us Anglo-Saxon women have such style, look so effortlessly good?

Well, let me tell you, it takes effort, and plenty of it. Ms Powell moved from England to France with her husband and immediately felt like a frump. So in the proces
Brenda Maria Rosales
Cute. Some fun tips I've even started myself. Hand washing your lingerie in the shower is not so terrible :) Feeling frenchy already.
I enjoyed this. I've been wanting to read it for ages, intrigued by the title.

It's sat on my wishlist for years and finally my library had it. I found it funny, intriguing and a little surprising. French women's OBSESSION with how they look was surprising sometimes, but if you've ever seen one in real life, you know why.

Helena Frith Powell takes you by the hand and leads you through the bewildering world of French women. We find out they're possessive, jealous and also very flirty.

But they also
Apr 07, 2007 Terry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Francophiles
Shelves: terrys
I read this when I started studying French again at the Alliance Francaise and it is a lovely essay on how to be French (well, a French woman in particular). Frith Powell discusses her own experiences as an English woman moving to France and learning to adjust to life in France. Chapters touch on everything from what and how to eat and drink, make up and lingerie and how to wear it, attitudes, family life and so on. I enjoyed this book and reiforced my reasons for continuing to learn the languag ...more
Jun 22, 2008 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone (mostly women, though).
Helena Firth Powel, an Englishwoman moved to France with her family - the book is the product of her research on the topic: How to be a French woman? The book is witty, interesting, a good read - and also has good insights on the way French live, love, think, stay slim and healthy. Though, there are some references to their arrogance, too - which I really liked being mentioned. :)
I've bought this book in Dublin, Ireland in the Oxfam bookshop. I simply liked the title. I didn't regret buying it.
Jan 18, 2016 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want a 'how to' on being as thin, alluring and seductive as a French woman then this is the book for you. I found it very scary that the French find it acceptable to pilfer each others husbands and have several lovers with no guilty conscience. Call me old fashioned but I couldn't do it. I did find the way they look after themselves using diet, fashion and cosmetics inspiring and so I'll take that bit of advice. A light quick read with plenty of anecdotes from famous French women.
May 24, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was good in that you had a good insight into the lives and daily roles of the French women. Powell uses a lot of research to find out what the ultimate secrets are, but in all truth, her research is not of the type you'd expect. You'll have to read this book to understand. I have taken a lot from this book and i will reccomend it to other friends who are looking for an easy and entertaining read.
Jul 30, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I allowed myself to read this because although the topic was French, the author was English. And the subject intrigued me because so many beautiful French women caught my eye in Paris. With pretty underwear, a healthy diet, smart accessorie, and the right attitude, anyone can learn to be French.
Axelle Blanpain
Having lived in Paris for three years, I read this book with a lot of curiosity. I recognize a lot of things an facts a put the French in general and Parisian in particular.
I would suggest reading this if you are particularly interested in the French way of living...
Rebecca Erlewein
A quick, fun read. I liked the mixture of fun, insighful and slightly cynic/caustic ideas about the fun (and stress of living up to the ideal) of being perfectly groomed and elegant (at all times).
Made me want to wake the French woman in me - part-time!
Dec 21, 2013 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting book about women, France and French Women. Informative, surprising and enjoyable.
Nov 23, 2010 Pinky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting account about French women. I learned a lot about them in this witty book. I now know why they are naturally stylish and sexy hot chicks in every sense of the word.(,")
Tracie Summerfield-regan
I was suggested this novel whilst in Cannes.. to give me some insight into the "french woman".. Great read. Its my mother to a 'T'. (well most of it)
wow the french women live dangerous lives with lingerie and without food ... with cosmetics and slimming agents. I wish it had pictures.
May 29, 2013 Antonella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do love Helena Frith Powell. Her work is both entirely unserious and the ideal distraction from an oppressive backlog of work.
Jen Ryan
Aug 03, 2011 Jen Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up in Paris and read it on the plane back home a few years ago and wanted to turn the plane back around!
Oct 11, 2013 Bev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, with good insights on what it takes to be a stylish French female but sadly I only adhere to one of the unofficial 'rules' described so guess I'd better stay English!
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Helena Frith Powell used to write the French Mistress column in The Sunday Times about living in France. She has also been a regular contributor to the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Telegraph, Tatler Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar.

Helena is the author of More France Please, we’re British, a book published in November 2004 by Gibson Square Books about her experiences in Fran
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