maple tree with bright orange autumn foliage

image: early autumn foliage in West Virginia 2020

|| 20 October 2020

Autumn, Faucets & Staying Slim

Friday I noticed a neighbor wearing a tee-shirt that said: WAKE ME UP IN 2021.

This seemed to imply that 2021 would be a great improvement over 2020 — which admittedly has been a pretty rotten year.

But there are no guarantees that 2021 will be better. 2021 could be worse.

In any case, I would not want to sleep through the rest of the year. Autumn is such a lovely, colorful season. So much I need to accomplish in the remaining days of 2020.

And who wants to miss the excitement of the election results coming in?

Sorry that I missed posting a Sunday Nouvelles. Serious plumbing problems that have not yet been completely resolved were the reason. I should have called the plumbers when I had the first inkling of the problem. But I thought that faucet would heal itself as it had before.

A parallel here to getting rid of excess weight. When those first few pounds start creeping on, it is easy to think that they will go away without effort on our part. Sometimes those pounds do. But it is best to cut back on portion size and high calorie foods until those jeans zip easily again. Not wait until it is necessary to buy the next larger size.

be chic, stay slim — Anne Barone


|| 15 October 2020

Carla Bruni Sarkozy: Beauty, Exercise And Coping With the Pandemic

For some time, I had not seen anything in the media about former supermodel and singer Carla Bruni Sarkozy. But recently a number of publications are featuring interviews with this former first lady of France prompted by the release of her new album self-titled Carla Bruni.

The best interview article I have read thus far is in the Wall Street Journal. Because the Journal requires a subscription to read its articles, I cannot give you a link. But I will share with you some of the article’s points, specifically Carla Bruni Sarkozy’s beauty and exercise routines.

First thing in the morning: Drinking a cup of hot water. Then, about an hour after rising, breakfast of an avocado, “a little bread” and black coffee.

Skin care: Liberally moisturizing after shower or bath. RevitaLash for her eyelashes.

Vitamins: Blue green algae product from Klamath Lake in Oregon USA

Exercise: An hour to one-and-a-half hours a day. Elliptical or StairMaster for cardio. In the wintertime Xtend Barre and some sort of cardiovascular workout, running or stepping. Exercise usually done first thing after returning from taking her daughter to school.

Approach to getting through le confinement, the French term for the strict virus quarantine in France: Acknowledging there is no point in being frightened or worried about anything because what happens to us is never something that we imagine. Better to save your energy to face things that actually happen.


|| 8 October 2020

Chic Slim Certain Age Scientists

They are chic, slim and certain age. And these two women, one French, one American — both scientists — have just been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their “groundbreaking work on genome editing.” Together Jennifer A. Doudna, age 56 and Emmanuelle Charpentier, age 51 developed CRISPR.

You likely have seen the announcement of their prize. Some articles have better accompanying images. Below are links to two that show the scientists’ personal style.

On The Cut you can see how the two women their scarves.

Five year ago, the New York Times accompanied their article on Dr. Doudna with a great full length photo of her wearing a pant suit. Further down the article is a photo of both Dr. Doudna and Dr. Charpentier receiving the Breakthrough Award. Also in the photo is the actress Cameron Diaz. At the time this photo was taken, Jennifer Doudna was 51, Emmanuelle Charpentier was 46 and Cameron Diaz, the youngest at 43. Interesting to see how the two scientists compare in chic and slim to the actress. And both are wearing great dresses.

There is much background information on both scientists in this article. Worth reading the article as well as looking at the photos showing style.

New York Times article on Jennifer Doudna.

You can also go to Google Images, type in the name of each of the winners and see a multitude of photos that show their personal style.


|| 20 September 2020

Murray’s Cheese

Last week, after I wrote about my online cheese shopping, one of our Chic & Slim readers Betty wrote to let me know about a wonderful source of cheeses here in the USA. Betty also shared good news about her cheese maker son. More . . .