breakfast tray with african handwoven textiles and fly whisk on antique trunk

image: breakfast tray with african handwoven textiles and fly whisk on antique trunk

|| 5 December 2021

Tuesday morning, getting ready to go for my Moderna Covid vaccine booster, I read in the news that the CEO of Moderna had stated that the Moderna vaccine would not be effective against the recent Omicron strain that has spread out of South Africa.

That was rather discouraging. But I took the booster nonetheless.

The Moderna booster shot is one-half the dosage given for the first two shots of the series. Would my reaction be half of that I had of the first shot: five days of fatigue and discomfort? Or more like the reaction to the second shot when I had only some mild injection site pain and about three days of fatigue and brain fogginess.

I suppose it was too much to hope that if I had taken my two initial vaccine shots plus the booster shot that I would be well protected against Covid. But as I follow the statistics for my 100,000 population city, I am discouraged by the percentage of fully-vaccinated (and boostered) who test positive for Covid. For the week of 28 November through 3 December, of the 186 new cases, 62% were vaccinated. That is a lot. So far there have been to date 1,174 vaccine breakthrough cases, those vaccinated who tested positive for Covid.

The pharmacist who gave me the booster shot on Tuesday morning said wearily: "I am so ready for Covid to be over."

Aren't we all?

But even with the vaccines, it does not appear as if there is going to be a Covid Over anytime soon. So, just as we all have to tailor our system for staying chic and slim to our own personal needs and situation, we are going to have to take the latest and most accurate information and tailor our own system for surviving Covid.

be chic, stay slim, stay safe — Anne Barone

|| 21 November 2021

Chanel No. 5: new book set

One of the books celebrating the 100 years of Coco Chanel's iconic perfume Chanel No.5 is a pricey 2-volume set by award-winning French novelist Pauline Dreyfus.

You can read more about the books on the publisher Abrams catalog page for the set.

Chic & Slim trivia note: In the early days of Chic & Slim, when I was selling and shipping my own books, I would scent all the packages with Chanel No. 5 — and not a counterfeit or facsimile of the perfume — but with real Chanel No. 5.

|| 15 November 2021

Julia Child Documentary

A new documentary on Julia Child has recently been released. The review in The Guardian is as delicious as one of Julia Child's recipes. The comment by one of the documentary's co-directors Julie Cohen that in one episode of her television series Julia Child held up an artichoke and tells the audience not to be afraid of it reminded me of the lovely photo of French artichokes that our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat sent from France during her late summer visit. I thought Kat's photo was the perfect image to accompany today's Nouvelles.

You can read the review of the new Julia Child documentary.

Bon appétit !

|| 21 October 2021

Translating From French

How is your French? Did you work out the translations of the signs in the market photo our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat provided for the French Ready Meals Nouvelles? More . . .

|| 14 October 2021

French Ready Meals / Fast Food

I still have photos and comments sent by our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat during her recent trip to France that I have not yet shared with you. Today a photo and comment she sent mid-September on "ready meals" — what we in the USA call fast food — that Kat found available when out shopping. More . . .

|| 10 October 2021

A Simple French Lunch

Note: On the Simple French Lunch page (link below) the slideshow of images may not display properly on all devices. Sorry, but I have not been able to determine why the page tests correctly on my laptop, my desktop computer and my iPhone, but not my iPad. I can see all 12 photos on the iPad, but they are not in the slidshow player format. I am working on the problem and hope to find a solution soon. — Anne

Our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat recently sent wonderful photos and information about "a simple French lunch." she and her husband enjoyed on their homeward bound journey. I had been wanting to try some new software I acquired to show you more images than the usual Nouvelles format accomodated. This seemed to be a good opportunity to try it out.

As Kat explained in her email:

We always break the journey to Calais with a two hour lunch en route. After the owners of our old favourite, “Le Pied sur la Platte” at Blangy-sur-Bresle retired, and the restaurant closed, we stumbled upon this hotel-restaurant at Aumale. More . . .

|| 30 September 2021

Exercise à la française

Our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat sent interesting comments on the French and exercise. More . . .

|| 26 September 2021

Chic and Slim French Certain Age Elegance

Our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat is back in France. She has been sending interesting information and photos. I had planned a Nouvelles on some food information she sent earlier, but when a photo with a wonderful example of chic and slim French certain age elegance arrived this morning I thought the duck thighs in cider and the artichokes could wait. More . . .

|| 19 September 2021

The Perfect Length for Chic

One of the first lessons for French chic I learned was the importance of wearing clothes that were the best length to make you look slim and attractive. I was assured that chic French women would change the length as little as 1/4 inch (0.64 cm) to achieve what they deemed the perfect length for their personal style. More . . .

|| 16 September 2021

Thin / Thinning Hair

Thin/thinning hair is not only a problem for many women in certain age, but it can be a problem for women of any age. Thin hair can be caused by a number of factors, among them genetic.

Bustle identified 23 thinning hair products that have rave reviews on Amazon. Well we know that many of the reviews on Amazon, both favorable and unfavorable, are not authentic. Still, if thin hair is a problem for you, you will find in this article a list of products of which you might not have been aware. You could check them out on other vendors for verification of their effectiveness. Many are inexpensive.

Two of the listed appeared to work for my mother whose hair remained thick and healthy up to the day she died at 93. Sometime around age 60 she began sleeping in a pure satin sleep cap, — like an oversized shower cap made of satin. (The article suggests satin pillow cases.) All my mother’s adult life she insisted that her hairdresser give her a vigorous head massage at her weekly hair appointment. (The article has head massager products.) My mother made me a strong believer in regular head massage, though I do mine daily.

Bustle Thinning Hair Article

|| 6 September 2021

Savon de Marseille

Such lovely things to buy in French shops. From her recent visit to France our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat sent photos of a display of French soap she spotted in a shop in Pont-l'Evêque. More . . .

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