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.
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. . .)