Thursday, January 6, 2011
Les carnets d'une coquette raisonnable
1. Bath and Beauty
2. Clothes, Shoes and Accessories
3. Hygiene and Exercises
4. Love and Health
The first chapter is by far the best one in my opinion. The bath ritual becomes an art form in this book. The author describes in extreme details the bath ritual and explains the care to be given for each part of the body. It was marvelous to read through her step-by-step instructions as how to prepare oneself for a bath.
In the second chapter, Hélène Millerand details the perfect wardrobe any woman should have. You won't find the most recent fashion fad here. She gives you a general overview of what makes an elegant woman. What I like most was the section concerning undergarments. It was very informative.
Reading the third chapter felt like hearing my own mother and grandmother nag me constantly about protecting my skin from the sun. Guess what? That advice is still good and all dermatologists will tell you to wear sunblock and wear your hat! But the part where the author talks about old-wives medicine still has me wondering if it really does work. Best way to find out is to try them out I suppose.
The fourth chapter is not so much a chapter as it is a Conclusion. It was only 2 pages long and the author shares her conservative views about marriage and having children. This ending is a little abrupt as the reader goes from self-indulgent body care to family duties and obligations but it cannot really spoil the incredible feeling that the book had given me.