Beauty Secrets of Juliette Binoche and Other French Women

Most of us can agree that French women like Juliette Binoche have a certain “ooh la la” about them which invariably garners a lot of attention. Perhaps it is their skin, perhaps it is their posture, but French women seem somehow sexier than many of their American counterparts while still maintaining a very natural allure. How can those of us on this side of the ocean get some of the French oomph for ourselves? Read on for some stunningly simple tips that can help reinvigorate your look.

1. Restorative Powers of Massage: Juliette’s life can be hectic since she is currently raising two children and pursuing a continent-spanning acting and modeling career. In a recent interview with Town and Country magazine, she credits massages, most notably Shiatsu, as one of the ways that she is able to keep herself balanced and healthy. Her recommended masseuse: “Su-Man Hsu, a fantastic London-based masseuse who comes often to Paris.” $197/hour.

2. Power of Proper Posture: Your mom wasn’t lying when she urged you to stand up straight and pay attention to your posture in order to enhance your natural beauty. Juliette Binoche’s stature and figure are lovely but it is the queenly way she carries herself that make her even more appealing and sexy. Fortunately, this is a free and easy beauty tip with no products to buy.

3. Pay Attention to Your Skin: Juliette’s glowing, dewy alabaster skin has been described by some fans as “otherworldly”. She protects her skin with regular facials and touts Lancome’s new anti-aging skincare line as being an effective way to nourish and reinvigorate skin. As a general rule, many French women believe in moisturizing their skin regularly and vigorously and Juliette is no exception. Renergie Cream- Anti-Aging Moisturizer by Lancome ($80 for 1.7 oz.).

4. Smooth and Protect Your Hair: Juliette’s signature haircut is short, layered, and softly waved. It is never frizzy or out of control. Mario Russo, of Salon Mario Russo in Boston, suggests finishing a blow-out with a dab of your favorite hair cream to smooth frizz and add a bit of shine. Lancome Nutrix Royal Body Deeply Repairing-Nourishing Body Cream ($34.00).

5. Always Allow Your Natural Beauty to Shine Through: According to a beauty expert at PopSugar, French women like Binoche tend to favor a bit more of a natural and less “done” make-up technique than many of their American equivalents. This means choosing a light gloss over matte lipstick and liner, light blush (if any at all), perhaps a dab of foundation to moisturize and add a creamy finish, but rarely the full palette of lipstick/eyes/blush. One of Juliette’s favorite products: Smith’s Rosebud Salve ($6)

Sources: 
http://www.celebritybeautybuzz.com/index.php/2008/09/juliette-binoche-shares-her-beauty-secrets/ 
http://www.ivillage.co.uk/health/beauty/hair/articles/0,,181477_185524,00.html 
http://www.bellasugar.com/395399…

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Can a Dream Foretell the Future

Can a dream foretell the future? This question that has been debated throughout the course of history. Today, I submit to you the following: This morning my shoelace broke as I pulled it tight to tie my shoe. As it snapped in two, I immediately recalled that this event had just played out in my dream from the sleep from which I just awoke.

Given these facts, which of the following options seems the most plausible explanation? 

Option One: I noticed four days earlier, when I last wore this pair of shoes, that one lace was weak. My brain then placed this information in its subconscious memory and pulled it out in my dream. 

Option Two: Independent of any conscious effort on my part, my dream from the preceding night that depicted my shoelace breaking in the process of tying my shoe accurately foretold the actual event of my shoelace breaking while I attempted to tie my shoe. 

Option Three: It was pure coincidence. There is no connection between the dream and actual occurrence of my shoelace breaking in my attempt to tie my shoe. 

Option Four: None of the above. Feel free to substitute your own theory.

Again, I ask. Can a dream foretell the future? …

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May 15, 2011 PONY UP for Education Polo & Picnic Fundraiser

PONY UP Polo, Picnic, Music, Auction & More for Theatre in the Square


No need to buy an expensive dress or rent a tux for Theatre in the Square’s annual PONY UP fundraiser event. This year’s event will be on Sunday, May 15, 2011 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Chukkar Farm & Polo Club (1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta GA 30004). Tickets start at $35 and are available online at www.theatreinthesquare.com or by calling Theatre in the Square’s Box Office at 770-422-8369. Sponsorship package information available by calling the development office at 770-422-8369 ext. 22 or by e-mailing development@theatreinthesquare.com.

Proceeds for this year’s PONY UP event will help support the Theatre’s newly reinvigorated education program. The day will be filled with entertainment by The DejaBlue Grass Band and Scuppernong Polo Team. Other activities that day will include a best hat contest, a silent auction and a best picnic theme contest. Guests are encouraged to pack a picnic and bring everything for their themed setting. Old Ephraim’s, a neighbor to the theatre and avid supporter, will also have a hot buffet lunch available to purchase at the event and can be pre-ordered for $10/plate by e-mailing ponyup@oldephraims.com or calling 678-651-0898.

Tickets for the event are $35 for Theatre in the Square subscribers, $40 for non-subscribers and $10 for children 12 and under. VIP tickets are $250 and include four tickets, preferred seating, event recognition and is considered a tax-deductible contribution of $110. Sponsorship packages are available at various levels beginning at $1,000. Attire for the event is “picnic chic”. Flat or low-heeled shoes are suggested for ladies.…

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