Tuesday, May 3, 2011

News & Views, This & That



So much to tell you. As I've mentioned on several occasions, I keep my Ben notebook filled with ideas to entertain and edify us in this space. Recently however I've been sidetracked by Ines, the royal wedding, Macha (my dog, doing much better btw) and Ines again.

Therefore, we definitely need headlines today to keep us organized and allow easy access to subjects which may have more or less interest for you.

Chocolate Keeps Us Young 


A recent article in Top Sante magazine praises the properties of chocolat noir (noir and only noir as we know), however this may be the best news we've had in decades.

Clarification and qualification: our dark chocolate must be in its purest form. It cannot be frosting on a cupcake for example.

In brief -- you don't want the long story.

1.) Chocolate is an antidepresseur naturel. How about that? Because it is full of magnesium, it's a natural morale booster. Chocolat has two other properties which I can't spell or pronounce, but they act like amphetamines. Some experts say they mirror some of the euphoric effects of cannabis.

2.) Chocolate keeps us young. Rich in flavonoids, antioxidants and other stuff, it helps "keep the body young and dynamic." It's the cocoa that does it. Forget about milk chocolate.

A caveat, the calories. Not to worry, the benefits are so rewarding that the magazine suggests we can afford, yes we can, to savor 30 grams of dark chocolate every day. The consumption must be a serving with a minimum of 70 percent cocoa, we needn't worry about the calories. The benefits outweigh the scale.

The Magic "Marcel"

Ines de la Fressange with a Marcel under a shirt and a jacket.
Yesterday, I agreed with Ines that we should all have a collection of neutral Marcels in our wardrobes. I have dozens of them. However, let me make this perfectly clear, I wear mine under blazers, cardigans, shirts and other arm-covering garments.

They are life-savers in the summer.

I thought it was important to go on record with this confession. (The only time I wear them "bare" is with my cotton pajama bottoms in the summer. Then I cover my arms with a sheet and/or turn out the lights.)

Tried and Rejected






You have no idea how much I wanted this thing to work. I was willing to make an enormous leap of faith that might have produced a placebo effect. But no such luck.

The coupe faim inhaler -- appetite suppressant inhaler -- consisting of a cocktail of natural ingredients to send an emergency signal to the brain, saying: "You're not hungry. Have a carrot. Drink a glass of water. Stop. Don't eat anything!" -- doesn't work.

As you can see, I'll try anything.

Carla's Shoes


My friend, Jean Rafferty, sent me an e-mail yesterday asking if I had seen Carla Bruni-Sarkozy's shoes in Paris Match. I had not. She said, "Find them. We must get them."

I found them. They are snappy Chanel spectator ballerines. ( An aside: I think France's first lady should auto-bronzage her legs.)

Jean is tres chic. I agree with her; they're quite spiffy.

25 comments:

Deja Pseu said...

Chocolat, yay! I keep a bar of extra dark (70+%) on hand and enjoy a small square after meals. Valrhona is my favorite, but right now I have something Swiss that's pretty good too. There's also one I love called Spicy Maya that has cayenne, cinnamon and chili, and it's amazing. Like chocolate on steroids.

Carla's shoes are cute, but I wonder if those white tips will get dirty quickly if worn out and about?

Duchesse said...

Happy to see Carla doing legs au naturel! Let's shift from the tan aesthetic and let white legs be...white.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

One of life's greatest pleasures that CHOCOLATE IS A GOOD THING!!!!
Love your book.....

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

One of life's greatest pleasures that CHOCOLATE IS A GOOD THING!!!!
Love your book.....

Northmoon said...

My problem with the chocolate is, having a slightly addictive personality, if I have a chocolate bar in the house, it seems that I cannot just eat one or two squares a day.

Nice to know that it's healthy though....

I'll just have to work on my will power - practice makes perfect ;)

Anonymous said...

Hello,
I love your blog and read it almost daily, though never commented it before. But I decided to put my two cents about the things that help to fight the hunger. Have you ever tryed mate? I mean - the drink from Argentina that is drunk or better said sipped with a special tube "bombilla"? I lived in Argentina several years and discovered it for myself. First of all I use it instead of coffee. Of course it doesn't have coffee's smell but I like how the mate acts much better. It wakes me up very mildly and unobtrusively, without making me wired. The mate also has a lot of benefits, but what is also very important: it keeps the hunger at bay. In the hungry years argentinian (and before - the native indians) drunk it to last through the day when they didn't have much food.

I would suggest you to try it - it seems to be in fashion and I'm sure you can find it in France. Even if you don't quite like its taste at first, give it another try. You might be surprised.

And I would thank you for a beautiful and very interesting blog again.

Victoria from Montreal

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Chocolate is something I take great pleasure in and only recently have managed to dole out a square at a time!

Carla's shoes look very sweet...do you think that she ever wears heels?

That's Not My Age said...

One of my colleagues always has a stash of quality chocolate in his desk drawer, he's quite generous with his supply but sometimes if it gets to mid-afternoon and I haven't had a piece, I have to ask - he's my dealer!

Rubiatonta said...

I treat myself to a square of very dark chocolate every day -- since it's more bitter than sweet, I don't find myself wanting more than one. (Holding it in one's mouth until it melts also helps to make the pleasure last!)

Argentée (Oh Jolie Laide) said...

I too posted about chocolate recenty, but in my case I talked about going back to chocolate body scrubs since I can't seem to keep it in the house without abusing it. It smells lovely and is excellent for the skin.

I have been indulging in raw cacao nibs, though. The lack of sweetness makes the temptation, like their flavor, much less great.

Miss Whistle said...

You are so right about Carla's shoes -- they are most excellent. And hear, hear on the chocolate (I just made an enormously fattening chocolate biscuit cake for the royal wedding and it still beckons to me!)

Annabel Manners said...

Carla is impossibly stylish and chic no matter what she wears. Do you think she ever succumbs to chocolate? :)

BigLittleWolf said...

Ha! (I guess this means I can dispense with the guilt for having just indulged in some Belgian chocolate?)

Must I admit to guilt if I overindulged?

Anonymous said...

I read a rumor that Mme Sarkozy might be expecting? Perhaps she is staying away from unnecessary chemicals then?

Mary said...

I don't know what a Marcel is?

please explain.

LuxeBytes said...

I self-tanned my legs this morning. I sure hate the smell of it.

xoxoxo

deb said...

I agree that chocolate is therapeutic! And that I can only show some restraint with the dark variety - one square, broken into small pieces gives me the chocolate-fix I need without going overboard. Sadly, if there is milk chocolate around,restraint has left the building.

quintessence said...

I am not a chocolate fan - salt girl here - I wonder if chips have antioxidants?! Love the little flats - and I of the blue-white hue will be trying an auto bronzer on my legs for the first time this year. Wish me luck!!

Kim said...

Tish, I'm so glad Macha is doing much better. I love animals as you know!
Love those spectator ballerina shoes...Love them.♥

Tiffany said...

I'm with Duchesse - leave the legs alone. What is wrong with white skin anyway? It's so outdated to think a tan looks better.

Anonymous said...

Bravo Duchesse and Tiffany!
We'll really make strides against skin cancer and age spots when we accept our skin as it is. If you're born with dark skin, that's beautiful! If you're born with white skin, that's beautiful, too!
Don't bleach; don't fake tan. Be you.

knitpurl said...

Greetings Tish, can't join the white legs group. With my pale legs, self tanners look so much better. France's first lady's shoes look gorgeous.

Kudoes on Monday's review of Ines' tome. Appreciated your usual thorough comments. xoxoxo, C.

Cammy said...

Love the chocolate, love the shoes. Forget the tanner: wouldn't Mme. Sarkozy's legs look better with sheer, nude stockings? Wouldn't they?

Tabitha said...

I have those Chanel shoes, in beige and black, they are super comfy.

sisty said...

Ahh, dark chocolate! For some reason I have no problem limiting myself to small portion, as opposed to, say, ice cream.

RE: the shoes. They are adorable. I remember reading once that the cleverness of the Chanel cap-toed ballerine was that the toe was darker than the sides, which gave the illusion of a smaller foot. This example is the opposite, of course, but cute nevertheless.

RE: Carla's white legs. I think the more white legs we see, the more accustomed to them we will become, which I think is a good thing. Of course, I also hear that nude stockings are making a comeback.

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