clea cup of red hibiscus tea on red beaded cloth

image:cup of hibiscus tea on a red beaded table cover

|| 14 February 2020

Valentine's Tea

Red — and shades of red: rose and pink and such — we associate with the Valentine’s holiday. So why not a red tea for a Valentine’s tea?

From French women I learned an appreciation for the “red teas,” dried fruit teas that are caffeine-free and, even with a small amount of sweetening, are far lower in calories than beverages sweetened with sugar that can add unneeded calories to our diet.

Since back living in the USA I have bought a variety of versions of these red fruit/berry teas from a variety of vendors. They usually had some mixture of dried strawberries, raspberries, currants, blueberries, elderberries, hibiscus and rose hips

The tea I used in the photo for this Nouvelles photo is a hibiscus tea I brewed from dried hibiscus flowers.

If you want a pretty red party tea, check out several — and read RECENT reviews before you buy. Unfortunately these teas often change their ingredients or the sources for their single ingredient teas.

These fruit teas do taste very nice with anything you might be serving that is sweet and/or chocolate. And the red color looks festive with either white or the rich brown of chocolate.

Because of the teas’ attractive color you do want to serve from a glass teapot and glass teacups or mugs if possible.

Happy Valentine’s Day !


|| 6 Feb 2020

Re-reading for New Ideas & Inspiration

Always a good idea to re-read books you have found useful.

Recently I had an email from Cindy who wrote:

I am re-reading your books for the 7th time — read your first ones more, of course. Absolutely luv 'em all! You once mentioned writing another one. Is that in the works?

Seven times. Wow ! In fact, through the years, so many women have told me that whenever they reread the Chic & Slim books, they discover useful things that did not seem so important on previous readings.

If winter weather is keeping you indoors, it might be a good time to do some re-reading of the Chic & Slim books. Or some of the archived Previous Nouvelles.

be chic, stay slim — Anne Barone


|| 31 January 2020

Paris Boxes

“Paris is always a good idea,” the quote is from Audrey Hepburn’s character Sabrina in the 1954 film by that name. Several Sundays ago Karen in Rosemount emailed to alert me that in her Sunday newspaper she had seen an ad for delightful Paris boxes. More . . .

be chic, stay slim — Anne Barone


|| 23 January 2020

France’s (Unofficial) Minister of Fashion

No, it is not Brigitte Macron. Today a chic French woman you may not yet have met. She is chic, slim and holds the (unofficial) title of France's Minister of Fashion. More . . .