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  1. Reinventing Your Life Over 50 the French Way : Part Three Downsizing

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. The Wandering Parisian   RIGHTSIZING…and learning to live in smaller spaces   In a sense, many French women have a head start, they have been living in tiny Parisian apartments and thus have managed to avoid accumulating too much. But for those of us who lived in houses (as I did in North America for over a decade) the luxury of space meant the luxury of acquisition and now, as they say in museum-speak we must de-acquisition. If you are so inclined Marie Kondo and her Konmari method is everywhere in books, on television and on youtube. If she is not your cup of tea there are other organizational methods, numerous books and articles…. But, if you cannot be bothered...
  2. Reinventing Your Life Over 50 the French Way: Part Two – Moving Forward

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a the Wandering Parisian   Freedom of choice/Le bon choix Discernment has long been my favorite adjective to describe French lifestyle and culture. Reflecting then selecting is the operative way to move forward in all of your decision-making processes at this point. If we think about lifestyle as a series of choices we pare things down to their essentials. What do you want your lifestyle to be? What do you want your life to look like? Many people at this stage of life dream of traveling – whether that means exotic adventures in Borneo, or wandering through museums in Florence or simply sitting by a turquoise sea – if that is truly your dream and your desire then what choices...
  3. Reinventing Yourself Over 50 – The French Way: Part One

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. The Wandering Parisian   France, and particularly French women – of a certain age – give us valuable insight, and set useful examples of how to tackle the health, wealth or emotional challenges of the years ahead.   French culture is very strong, and French history an important factor in French life, and this history includes a very rugged streak of individualism, a kind of refusal to accept, a desire to fight for the things you believe in (welcome to the strikes we all know about!). France’s most iconic women from Simone de Beauvoir to Catherine Deneuve or Jeanne Moreau have all been completely independent thinkers, each one – in a sense – happily selfish, making sure her choices...
  4. Going Grey – the French Way!

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    Article by Meredith Keeve – a.k.a. The Wandering Parisian There used to be a saying:  French women don’t get older, they get blonder. And many French women do, get “blonder” with age. But, as is the case in many places, there are also many French women who choose to go grey. Sophie Fontanel, the famous French journalist from Elle magazine, decided to go grey and wrote a book about it. She found it not only liberating, but even a source of a new power and beauty. Choosing to go grey But, as ever, with the French, it is a question of choice. In France, choosing to go grey, like most other attributes, is capitalized upon, and used as a strength. Often silver hair is becomingly...
  5. Planning for Christmas – the French way (including your holiday wardrobe)

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a the Wandering Parisian Joyeux Noel: Christmas Cocktails and other Perils of December It is here, looming on the approaching horizon – the HOLIDAYS! As wonderful and terrifying as this time of year can be, a couple of helpful hints may guide us a little more gracefully through this glorious and stressful time of year. As usual, our Parisian icon can lead the way. Organization is the Parisian’s secret weapon. While she appears notoriously nonchalant, behind the scenes she has checklists galore and is steaming ahead with her preparations – in all aspects of her life. With regard to gift giving, well, the better part of her shopping for gifts is done. A visit to her favorite upscale outlet store, a single decision with regard to gift...
  6. Parisian Perspectives: Celine is Dead, Long Live PHOEBE!

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. the Wandering Parisian   Only those of you living under rocks will have escaped the pertinent and provocative response of the UK press (the French press was much more discreet, after all LVMH is a VERY big deal in France) to Hedi Slimane’s “New” Celine runway show. Basically Slimane did recycled Slimane: lots of skinny black suits and sheer mini-skirts – clothes that tend to look fabulous on anorexic teens. His show seemed to repudiate everything that went on before – namely Phoebe Philo (2008-2018). For those of you flying below the Fashion Radar, once upon a time there was a woman called Phoebe Philo who in 2008 took over a French brand (belonging to LVMH) called Celine and turned a...
  7. Parisian Inspirations for Fall Fashion – Virginie Mouzat

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. The Wandering Parisian (c) François Goizé for Vanity Fair France Virginie Mouzat is the fashion and lifestyle editor of French Vanity Fair Ms. Mouzat is a terrific example of how a 50+ French woman looks absolutely stylish and fabulous with a cleverly edited wardrobe and a...
  8. Dating over 50: What to wear on a date French style

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. the Wandering Parisian Smart Date Dressing. Intelligent and Appealing Choices for Optimistic Encounters or ‘Does my Anxiety look big in this?’ Hooray, you’ve got a date in the diary. The person you met on line, or in the queue at the Supermarket has proposed a coffee or a drink, or gone way out on a limb and actually invited you to dinner. As you agreed your mind began spinning with wardrobe worries and outfit anxiety. So lets stay French, and exchange anxiety for nonchalance. Immediately ELIMINATE any outfit you considered that didn’t seem like a perfect solution. Please do NOT choose anything that makes you wonder whether you look: Too short, too fat, too thin, too busty, too pale –...
  9. The Parisian approach to Dating over 50

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. the Wandering Parisian   Put away your pull bra or Dating Tips for Fifty Plus ! I didn’t even know what a ‘pull bra’ was until I lived in the UK. The notion is not formulated by the French. While the world at large is very aware of the charms of a Femme d’un Certain Age, the particular allure of the mature French woman in many ways remains a mystery. Which is quite exactly the point. And why you put away that pull bra. Realistically speaking, your charms at fifty plus are probably not of the flesh, or certainly not of the flesh of 20 or 30 or even 40. That being the case, putting too much of it on display is not a good plan. For French women of...
  10. Windsor Weddings and other Events

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    Article by Meredith Keeve a.k.a. The Wandering Parisian While current conversations are focused on Meghan Markle and her upcoming Royal Nuptials, you may have wedding-wear issues a little closer to home if you are the mother of the bride this year. As is often the case with the French, discretion is the order of the day. The bride is the focus of attention, and it is her dress that may be lace, ruffles, sparkles or satin – her mother, or the mother of the groom, or a beloved aunt all need to aim for elegance and subtlety. (Please, I beg you, SKIP the lace. It is so grandmotherly on someone under 75.) Obviously, the first questions in selecting an outfit are purpose and comfort. Now, when...
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