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French Women Don't Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style & Attitude

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The author of the bestselling French Women Don't Get Fat shares the secrets and strategies of aging with attitude, joy, and no surgery.

With her signature blend of wit, no-nonsense advice, and storytelling flair, Mireille Guiliano returns with a delightful, encouraging take on beauty and aging for our times. For anyone who has ever spent the equivalent of a mortgage payment
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published December 24th 2013 by Grand Central Life & Style (first published January 1st 2013)
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There's no good opening quote for this.

This is a boring book full of bromidic advice. Don't read this expecting anything you haven't heard a thousand times before: eat healthy, exercise, dress well, stay active mentally, blah blah blah.

This book actually has nothing to do with France. Guiliano could have easily called it The Secret of Aging with Style and Attitude but then she wouldn't earn the extra money that mentioning France brings.

As usual, she's is hyper-focused on people's appearances and
Fani *loves angst*
4.5 stars

"French women don't get facelifts" is my second book about French women's tips and tricks towards style and nonchalance, and I have to say a great improvement on the first one I read. While this book was mainly geared towards a more mature audience, the first three quarters contained tips and tricks that also apply to younger women (as in their thirties). Because, as the author briefly mentions at some point, starting a new diet or beauty routine in your sixties... well is a little too
This is the book that has defeated me in my quest to survey the totality of the French Do It Better genre. I actually enjoyed her other two books that I read much more than I was expecting to, but about halfway through this one I realized that I wasn't getting anything at all out of it, not even the amusement at the genre itself that I've gotten from the other ones (and, like I said, my other reads in this silly mini-genre have actually ended up being more interesting than expected). Maybe part ...more
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, diet-fitness
Eh, this book was ho-hum. Nothing I didn't already know, except that my idea of "dressing for one's age" is not the same as the French. No bright orange or red? No black?! That would eliminate 3/4 of my closet! No cleavage? Stilettos frowned upon. Does not sound the slightest bit fun to me! I agree that women of 70-80 years look silly with their breasts hanging out, tottering around on 4" heels, I don't think the same applies for the 50 - 60 year old set. At least, I hope not, of I'll have to ac ...more
Apr 14, 2014 added it
This book would be great if you were 50+ and have spent the last 10 yrs ignoring beauty magazines and "letting yourself go". Otherwise, there isn't much in the way of new information. But I do like the idea of a book that encourages women to try to age well and with a healthy attitude, instead of fighting it tooth and nail or just giving up completely.
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ho-hum. I meant to read it all, I tried, but it really is not my thing. I sampled and scanned my way through and found it to be pretty much common sense with an emphasis on being comfortable in your own skin and finding joy in life. Don't need to read a book for that. A few of the personal anecdote stories were mildly entertaining. Back to the library you go..
Kathryn Bashaar
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Meh. Pretty clear that this author was urged by her publisher to write a follow-up to French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure and she pretty much phoned it in. 200 pages of vague fluff and mediocre writing. If you want a really good book about how to continue to look presentable into middle age, read How Not to Look Old: Fast and Effortless Ways to Look 10 Years Younger, 10 Pounds Lighter, 10 Times Better
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, self-help
I liked her other book "French Woman Don't Get Fat" so I was hopeful with this one. Unfortunately, it was a disappointment. I alternated between thinking that what she said was very obvious or it did not contain enough details to be useful or I flat out disagreed with her. Some examples...Yes, it's best to have a good attitude. Duh. I could use some hints on dressing better for my age but I needed more details please! Don't agree with her position on vitamin D. In fact it made me question her cr ...more
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I was surprised at how much I liked this book. While all of Ms. Giliano's observations may not be pertinent to my lifestyle, I think she has some great observations and advice on taking care of yourself and aging gracefully. She sounds like an interesting person who accepts herself as she is, makes the most of her choices on being healthy without being obsessive, and who thoroughly enjoys her life, her family and her friends.
Apr 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
I tried and tried - but I just couldn't get through it. Having read "French Women Don't Get Fat," and accepting her writing style for what it is, I thought I would enjoy this one, too. Sadly, it was just too too pretentious.
Erica Wagner
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Well only a few nuggets here. Repackaging of her Fat book.
Sep 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women who want to age with style
I was horrified to discover this morning that I had left home without my book. Whatever would I read during my morning commute? So I went to my local library website and found this book almost immediately and started reading right in my phone's browser.

My mom loves reading books on her phone and I've done this once or twice before, but I have to admit that I typically prefer the feel of a regular old book. Still, I was so happy to have something fun to read.

This is an entertaining and somewhat
Apr 20, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is some sort of a spin-off from the author's very successful "French women don't get fat". She has the ability to communicate well, and her writing is somewhat entertaining. I would recommend this for a very short flight.

Here is the book I read:

I loved the illustration with the thin woman (a wink to her previous book), the poodle (I hope I got that right this time, last time I tried to spell that breed, an alligator full of teeth bit off half of my virtual face). Very french.

It was pub
May 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
As I had much enjoyed "French Women Don't Get Fat" I had high hopes for this book. I'm the target audience, being of an age when facelifts become a very real possibility. No more perching primly upon the high horse of youth and elastic face-skin. From way up there it is easy to claim that no cosmetic surgeon's scalpel will ever slice along the planes of your face.

The first knock of that horse might come as you sit astride it in front of the mirror and realize that there is skin on your head tha
May 07, 2016 added it
The question is, why did I finish this book? In my own defence, I started it because... I was working on a gruelling project and wanted something "light" to read when my brain was tired, and I quite liked the first book in this franchise, French Women Don't Get Fat, which I read for a foodie discussion group several years ago.

The trouble with franchises is that sometimes the author says everything she has to say in the first book. If the first book is a best-seller, the publisher sees dollar si
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Another of those "French do it better" books but a lot of this advice can be gained from any blog and it not really French. French have just made this a marketing tool 'a la francaise' but a lot of it applies to Europe as a whole.

I did not find this book witty or funny as the cover described but rather high handed like 'I am French and therefore, I know better' way.

It is interesting how all these books talk about how healthy French eat but conveniently do not even mention how women skip meals an
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Here is an upbeat collection of contemporary philosophy on the art of aging well. Mireille Guiliano has a pleasant, yet no-nonsense approach to how women can live. There is no magic formula per se. Eat moderately, dress well, spend time on your appearance, rest, play, and stay engaged with life. All common sense presented with a dash of élan. The author is a wealthy woman and this fact seems to seep in a bit here and there though she doesn't try to flaunt it. With a bit of healthy intention, she ...more
Rachel Rogers
Mar 02, 2014 rated it liked it
First of Guiliano's books that I've read and I have no idea what made me pick it up. Interesting read though. All about aging, from 40 on, with style, grace, dignity and as much health and well-being as you can. She has alot of common sense advice through the first several chapters about clothing, hair, grooming, make-up, exercise, etc. Some were enlightening others 'duh! but useful nonetheless. The last few chapters stretched further into her philosophy and that of the French and thus weren't a ...more
Mar 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book is a conglomeration of the multitude of healthy living tips scattered all over health magazines, talk shows, and newspaper headlines, without much scientific support, and not presented in a very logical order.
As she also does in her other book, she implies here that ALL French women are alike in their behaviors--behaviors that are far superior to those of their less graceful American counterparts. She admits that exceptions exist--that some of her French friends do get facelifts or par
Mar 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
I could not finish this book after a few chapters. Seemed like a lot of preaching about attitude, not enough to fill a book, could have just been an essay. Didn't come across much concrete advice. Got to the list about shoes, not much there. Tossed the book aside.
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I stuck to parts of this book- just the ones that would interest me the most, like the skin care section. To be honest it was nothing that any average girl/woman wouldn't already know. And some of the tips were off base anyway - like using a scrub. Ladies with younger/acne prone skin should stay away from harsh scrubs and so should older ladies because it can actually break capillaries, especially if you're prone to rosacea. Going to a dermatologist or at least reading derma/estethician blogs an ...more
May 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
While there are alot of things mentioned that one already knows, I cannot deny that I have only started to implement them after reading this book. Taking the stairs, walking more and increasing my water intake are just a few examples of that. Also, this book made me consciously aware of the "youth cult" that the rest of the world seems obsessed with while the French tend to embrace age and aging gracefully at that. I enjoyed the small window that the author provides into the French culture while ...more
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Next time I'm feeling kind of low about myself I'll pick up this book again! Less is more, believe in yourself, take the time to take good care of yourself, be informed, widen your horizons, read and learn; appreciate the natural, stand tall, move, eat right, don't overdue or overindulge, love, laugh, work, enjoy the outdoors (yes with a sun hat and sun block), pamper yourself, think preventative, be proud of your lines and wrinkles (be proud of yourself and your life), age with attitude, change ...more
Mar 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
This was a beach read, and just a lot of common sense. The advice to make sure you lose that 5 lbs you gained right away is great, and if I didn't have any difficulty losing weight I would just do it like Mireille says! I find there are an awful lot of motherhood statements. And then while she suggests that you only put natural things into your body, in the next breath she is suggesting that you take estrogen against the advice of your doctor! To be fair, reading this book encouraged me to eat l ...more
September Dee
Jan 09, 2016 rated it liked it
I picked this book up for a fast read and it was just that. Aging gracefully caught my eye. While I appreciate her point of view, I certainly don't thing that most of this applies to women of a certain age in France at all. The food consumption guidelines and dress code appear to me to be very conservative and at the very least something you'd see on a 7o year old plus rather than at 40 or 50. Feeling good in one's skin is truly an individual concept and I, for one, don't believe that bright col ...more
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
I guess this book is enjoyable for those who really need some tips how to maintain your looks and accept the fact that you are ageing. As I picked it up from the library, I was expecting a light read about the French lifestyle, but it turned out to be a usual self-help book. Also, I don't agree with many things the author said and I find some of her (especially medical) tips incorrect or even harmful. You should listen more to your own body and needs than do exactly as the book tells you to do. ...more
Elizabeth Tetley
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm certain, as a 22 year old woman, I am not the target audience for this book. However, I gleaned some useful information from it. Some.
I really wanted to enjoy it, I think it's a refreshing change for someone to try and speak about aging in a way that is positive, rather than the media's usual tirade of "being old is bad".
But, I found a lot of the content patronising, and a little off. I'm sure Guiliano had the best intentions when writing, but I for one didn't really appreciate being told wh
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
In this book, the author explains the French attitudes on aging well. From fashion to cosmetics and shampoo to food and exercise and more, she explains the basics of keeping acive, dressing well, moisturizing, eating well and more. She explains that diets are addictive, inefficient and counter-productive and that having healthy eating habits is much better. She explains some of the many benefits and uses of honey, shares some yummy sounding recipes and stresses that a positive attitude is very i ...more
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Really I'd give this book 4.5 stars. Mireille Guilianio is such a classy woman who knows what the hell she's talking about. I am a bit younger than her target audience for this book, but still I learned much about "aging with style", as she says. I will certainly keep a copy on my bookshelf and consult it regularly in the coming decades. Not only does Guiliano explore the differences between the French and American approaches at aging (boy are we Americans pathetic by comparison) she offers coun ...more
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Five stars just because I enjoyed reading it and found it to be useful! As usual, not five stars for amazing mind blowing insight. I just don't want to mark people down an entire star just for not being a classic or seminal or life changing work. I felt I learned a lot and was never really bored so that's 5 stars to me! I always enjoy learning about French culture and this book gave fun and honest insights. The author is realistic and supportive of aging more than less naturally. I can see why p ...more
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Internationally best-selling author Mireille Guiliano was for over 20 years the spokesperson for Champagne Veuve Clicquot and a senior executive at LVMH as well as CEO of Clicquot, Inc., the US firm she helped found in 1984 and was its first employee. Her first book, French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure, became a runaway best seller around the globe in 2005. She followed u ...more
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