She insisted we stop for almonds and dried apricots (neither of which she's allowed to eat for the moment btw) and more of her wheat and oat chaff. That's why Cherie is off her oats so to speak.
It's been another week filled with fun functions and diversions about which Cherie will give you all the details at another time. Let's get to your questions. Cherie has places to go and people to see and it's late, late, late.
Q: Mme.F: Dear Cherie, Without peeking at her name, could you tell me who this woman might be? I doubt members of her family would recognize her without the label. I find this shocking. What do you have to say on the subject?
A: Dear Mme. F, As you know, Cherie doesn't shock easily, but she was taken aback by this photo. It seems as if a cream that works this well should be banned from the market. If a woman has spent her entire life building a reputation for one thing or another it is rather a shame to erase her face. Cherie has always been a huge admirer of Diane Keaton. (Cherie is never a "fan" of anyone obviously.)
Q: Mme. J: Dearest Cherie, How about a few quickie beauty tips?
A: Dear Mme. J, Of course:
1.) Immediately put your second tube of 30 or higher SPF into your sac or in the car and apply it over and over, all-day-long to your hands. (Yes, Cherie harps, but if not she who will uphold the standards to which we all aspire.)
2.) The beauty director of Chanel (Cherie can't remember his name and doesn't have time to look for it) was asked: "What is your single most important beauty secret?" He replied: "Curled eyelashes. Immediately the face looks younger, more vibrant, alive."
How many times has Cherie told you that? Right.
3.) When lining your eyes -- if you line your eyes -- do not line the lower lashes it makes eyes appear smaller, but here's the new trick (or newish to Cherie): as you move from the inside corner of the eye, very, very close to the lash line, thicken the line on the outer corner. It lifts the eye and makes it appear younger. It really does. Cherie has tried and approved the technique.
(You can see the trick was applied on Ms. Keaton, not that she could have looked much younger unless they had given her baby teeth.)
Q: Mme. S: Chere Cherie, Has anything caught your eye lately?
A: Dear Mme. S, Unfortunately, yes. The second part of the problem is trying to find one of Cherie's "friends, walkers or benefactors" to accompany her to Chopard to find the right size ring and make sure she is not arrested as she walks out the bulletproof doors without paying for it. (Cherie is wondering if she hasn't talked about her frog fantasy before. Oh well, hint, hint, hint. Who knows?)
Q: Mme. L: Dear Cherie, Don't you think it's about time you started talking about linen? I mean it is almost the end of May.
A: Dear Mme. L, Excuse me? What is that tone Cherie can hear even in writing? Cherie loves linen, owns more than she should, but she does not have the time to research and dissect its pros and cons. Furthermore, although she hates to admit it, she could never do it as well as La Duchesse did in her May 12 post. Just click here Passage des Perles for everything you've ever wanted to know on the subject (and may Cherie suggest if you leave a message over there you mind your manners).
Pictured above two crisp suits from Jaeger and Ralph Lauren.
Q: Rita from A Refocused Life: Dear Cherie, I'm a little confused. You showed us the picture of the attractive American woman in the red trousers whose picture was taken on-the-street by You-Know-Who and then you made an aside noting you have never seen a French woman in red pants. My question: Isn't Edith French and didn't she choose a pair of red trousers for one of her looks? Just asking.
A: My chere Rita, Interesting, though an extremely annoying question. You do have a sharp eye. Yes, Edith is French. She told me she almost never wears her red pants.
Q: Mme.M: Dear Cherie, Is there anything you think we should know about what Parisians love at the moment? I like to be au courant and I know I can turn to no one else for the latest and the greatest.
A: Dear Mme. M: Oh how right you are. Neither of these is new, new, but they are hot, hot and that's what counts. N'est-ce pas?
1.) Melody Gardot, the divine American jazz singer, composer and musician. The French are wild about her. She recently walked the red carpet at Cannes. She has been (not literally) in Cherie's car for more than a year. Not surprisingly, Cherie is always ahead of the curve.
2.) Sacs by Jasim Puech, wildly individual, off-beat, surprising. You'll like them or you'll hate them.