Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Dear Cherie. . .

Who comes in to save the day when you-know-who is slacking off; drinking hot lemon water; exfoliating; making med/ped appointments; lying prone and useless covered with gloppy facial masques all the while sulking and moaning about her new regime?

Why, Cherie bien sûr. It looks as if Cherie will have to postpone her planned skiing trip to Gstaad again this year because when duty calls, someone has to answer.

As it happens Cherie didn't wrap up many loose ends of this and that from last year -- it all ended so fast.  Therefore, as always, she is prepared to share her final comments and counsel and respond to her correspondence. 

Together now, let us launch into the new decade. . .

Q. Mme. M: Dear Cherie, Have you seen anything irresistibly mignon lately?

A: Oh, oui indeed. Cherie is going to share a little secret: She loves hats. She also almost never wears them except for the occasional la-dee-da wedding, but in the winter she usually ties her scarf high on the neck and turns up her collar. However, to her delight she found the cutest hat she has seen in years(!) It's called a "Canotier" and comes from La Maison Michel. It's one of those chapeaux one can wear at 16 or 90. Talk about an investment.

Q. Mme.H: Cherie, dear, I trust you more than anyone I know, so I must ask you: "Tell me what to buy now that the soldes are starting in Paris.

A.: Why, thank you very much, but Cherie is truly sorry you don't have more friends. 

At any rate, Cherie and what's-her-name plan to discuss at length what to buy (and not) during the sales. In fact she and Edith will be doing some real and virtual shopping. But to answer your question, Cherie believes now is a good time to pick up a pea coat for practically nothing. Don't get all worked up. Yes it's a classic, yes it's ageless, but you do not have to buy it in navy blue. You can probably find one in the season's hot pink. Imagine how that would perk up your spirits this winter. You might even be able to make a few friends with such a cheery color.

Q. Mme. T: I've been told, Cherie, that Frenchwomen are obsessed about "gonflage" or bloating as we would say. Is that true? And if so do they have any favorite recettes to reduce the bloat?

A.: Oui, c'est vrai. One can find shelves of remedies for the problem in every pharmacy in France. Cherie ran across a homemade recipe, which she has yet to try so if it doesn't work do let us know, from a person named Chico Shigeta "a specialist in holistic well-being" (yes, yes, but it sounds harmless). 

The recipe: Throw into one-half liter of water, 1/4 onion, 1 garlic bud, three sage leaves, one branch of rosemary, 3 branches of thyme, 3 small cubes of ginger, and one cube of vegetable bouillon (bio). 

Boil for 10 minutes and consume as a meal after a major excess the day before. 

Good luck. 

Q: Mme.S: Dear Cherie, Last summer when you weren't talking about sailor T-shirts, you were talking about creoles. So what are we supposed to do with our creoles this winter?

A: Hmmm, did we not have our coffee this morning, testy are we? Wear your creoles of course. If you wish to be more in than in, get yourself a pair studded with diamonds or pretend diamonds. On an elegant woman people make assumptions that often work to our advantage. 

Q: Mme.F: Dear, dear, Cherie, I hope you had a lovely holiday season and that you're feeling well. Do you have any secrets you might like to share with us about warding off the germs that might be coughed or sneezed upon us?

A: How kind. Cherie had a quiet, champagne-filled holiday and enjoyed it very much, thank you for asking. 

Cherie, who avoids public transportation and crowds as much as is humanly possible, takes every precaution she can to avoid situations that are veritable petrie dishes for bugs. She never leaves home without her little bottle of Aromaforce, recommended by her pharmacist-enablers, Christine and Sophie, who also use it daily because it's their job to be around people with colds.

It's some magic cocktail of natural oils one applies to the palms of the hands and around the neck just to the chin. So far so good. Added bonus: You smell like a Christmas tree, actually a forest of pine trees.

Q: Mme. J:  I probably shouldn't be asking you this question, Cherie, but since you-know-who is probably deep conditioning her hair, I'll just plunge right in: Will we be treated to any surprises, fresh features in this new year?

A: For a second Cherie was concerned no one would pose that question. Cherie and you-know-who are beyond excited to announce a new regular feature to be called: "Transatlantic Parallel" to be co-written with Jeanne-Aelia of Through The French Eye of Design. (The name and idea are hers and Cherie can promise you this is brilliant. Coming soon. . .)


ELS said...

Delighted to see that SOMEONE is working other than me.. Bonne Annee Cheri! Can you ask L'Autre what she would recommend for deep hair conditioning. Also grey under-eye bags.

Much appreciated!

Very excited about the collaboration - expecting wonderful things from two fab and stylish ladies.

Deja Pseu said...

Hooray, Cherie has returned!

That chapeau is indeed très mignon! Even small-headed me could probably wear it. And the "diamond" studded hoops are lovely...classic and a great way to get some light reflecting around the face.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

I am off to work this morningas well!..and I work in the library of a middle school so I keep my army of heath weapons close. My fave is saline nasal spray, once in the morning to kills germs and hand washing regularly after handling books!
I have similar diamond earrings, they are super sparkly I think because the diamonds are plentiful and catch the light in many lights as they are set in a semi circle.
Love that chapeau!

Jacqueline said...

Ooooo, I love that hat. I want one. I think that I would look the bees knee's in that, whilst drinking a green chartreuse !!!! Thanks for the tip. XXXX

Marsi said...
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Hm, I think some "pretend" diamond creoles would work better for me than a bib necklace. I have seen many bibs here, but none that worked very well for me. "Diamond" creoles it is.

I am glad to know that Aromaforce is a virtual force field against other people's cooties. There is this woman in my office who drags herself to work no matter how sick and contagious she is, because if she stays home, her husband, who works a night shift, will pester her incessantly for sex. He is horrid in more ways than I can count. Anyway, when I go to the office for meetings, her germs always scare me.

I am so looking forward to this new "Transatlantic Parallel"!

Happy new year!


BigLittleWolf said...

Formidable ! (And I love the hat...)


LPC said...

How did you know that I have sadly abandoned my search for Buffalo Check and happily taken up the search for the perfect Pea Coat? Merci mes amis!

The-Countrypolitan said...

The chapeaux is wonderful... simple and understated for a very classy look!

BonjourRomance said...

Hi Tish,
The diamond hoops sound good to me, and thanks for the 'germ catcher' tip, I'm stopping at the Pharmacie today.
Anxious to read your collaborations, sounds like so much fun - not familiar with either now, but intend to change that as soon as I sign off here.
Good luck on your first week back to work.

knitpurl said...

Great post, lots to absorb, things to rethink, new creoles to hunt for, this is still fun and sounds like more fun to come in 2010! Bon chance!

Rita said...

Wonderful tips and suggestions. I had not planned for any after-Christmas shopping, but you have given me a couple of ideas/items I must search out.
I'm excited about the new partnership for "Transatlantic Parallel" - can't wait!

La Belette Rouge said...

I also love the earrings. And, I have two red jackets very much like the one featured( one is never enough;-).

Happy New Year to you, Cherie!

materfamilias said...

Ooh, I love that canotier! And Cherie, your tone is so reassuringly authoritative that I feel as if I simply must find a cheerily-coloured pea coat; rather than a frivolity, such a purchase would merely be a fulfilling of a responsibility! I do love this sort of enabling instruction -- thank you!

Bonjour Madame said...

I missed Dear Cherie! I like your suggestion of a pink pea coat. It's so bright and cheery. The coat markdowns have begun where I live so I will be on the hunt.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

J'adore Cherie's chapeau and diamond earrings. How chic. Cherie knows everything. I like the pink pea coat too. Bonne annee Cherie.

dancing doc said...

hats and pink car coats -fun and cosy! even here in the south ,it has been too brisk; inspiring lots of reading and yes, I admit some cleaning and new year's clearing - that aromatherapy sounds fabulous for such activities! Than ks for stopping by ! salut du midi!

tishjett@yahoo.com said...

Since Cherie is not a skier, merely an apres skier, she is glad to be back as well. And now that she has her very own show tout va bien.

Oh, I agree, I'm mad about the hat. I might just see if it will be solde. It's about 250 Euros.

Jackie, correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Chartreuse goes with everything. There is a certain je-ne-sais-quoi with the chapeau though, I agree.

Oh yes, Els, SHE was conditioning her hair with Lenor Greyl Soins du Cheveu Huile de Palme Traitment Avant Shampooing. It seems to have worked.


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