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Precocious, carefree Gilberte, aka Gigi, from Colette’s 1944 novella of the same name, sent to be groomed as a young lady to learn etiquette and charm. No longer awkward and bumbling, but elegant, beautiful and happy.

Stepping lightly around the fashion “rules” for today. Mother, don’t you dare! she squealed. Dressing should be fun!

How could a woman at any age resist a “little black dress” with an iconic Minaudières, a small decorative handbag, of luxurious simplicity and lavish creativity. Tembo, the Swahili word for elephant.

French Lessons: Not-so-schoolgirl French

Lanvin flower print dress
$2,825 – barneys.com

Guerlain lip makeup
$32 – bloomingdales.com

Christian dior perfume
$87 – nordstrom.com

You may also enjoy A Woman’s Paris™ blog, The Child Madeline, by Natalie Ehalt-Bove. Natalie shares her love of Madeline, who brings a deserved respect for girls and children worldwide. Excerpts from Mad About Madeline: The Complete Tales, by Ludwig Bemelmans.

Or, French Impressions: an interview with Alice Kaplan, author and professor of French at Yale University. Ms. Kaplan shares her new book, Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis, on the process of transformation. By entering into the lives of three important American women who studied  in France, we learn how their year in France changed them, and how they changed the world because of it.

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Fine art paintings of Paris

Fine art prints of paintings by Barbara Redmond of famous streets and places and gardens of Paris. Printed on archival 100% cotton paper, each print is signed and dated. Visit us! Or email Barbara at barbara@awomansparis.com. Free shipping in the continental U.S.A.

Text copyright ©2012 Barbara Redmond. All rights reserved.
Illustration copyright ©2012 Barbara Redmond. All rights reserved.