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Monday, March 30, 2009

My French DNA or How Dixie dresses French...

I've been doing some catch-up reading on a blog I really enjoy. Corey's Tongue in Cheek blog... Corey, a California gal who married a Frenchman, writes and photographs a beautiful journal of her life in the South of France. I just love reading her every word...

Today I read something she had written back in August 2006, titled French Dressing , and how to dress like a French woman... to my surprise... I realized my French heritage is alive and well within me...

How Dixie dresses like a French woman... based upon Corey's post... down here in French Lique...

1. Own one of everything in black... and have the fashion color of the season in your wardrobe... Okay.. this one was entirely too easy.. I wear black nearly every day.. black slacks, black tops, black sweaters, black stockings, black shoes... well, you get the photo... and the color of the season... I have a scarf in just about every color and combination of pattern to cover this one...

2. Dare to wear red gloves... well... here are my gloves... the same gloves I've worn for 7 or 8 years... soft red leather...
3. Smoke without shame... hehehe... I failed this one miserably... unless you count smoking a Texas brisket... 4. Wear matching sexy basic white undergarments... let's just say that I've passed this one with uh... flying colorlessness..
5. Ditch tennis shoes & socks... ah-haaaa... well, most of the time, in the summer, I wear leather sandals that are about 20 years old... in the winter... boots... I do have tennis shoes.. but I seldom wear them except on the treadmill... or if Ricky makes me walk a really long way... 6. Have a day & evening perfume and make it your calling card... I love this one... and have done it for years... my "day" use to be Cristalle by Chanel, but for the past 12-years it's been Dazzling Silver by Estee Lauder... now, "evening" use to be Tuscany per donna by Estee Lauder... but for the past year, I choose Mademoiselle by Coco Chanel... (see how those flipped-flopped?)

7. Dress for the occasion... Corey recommends wearing leather pants to the grocery store... but Corey doesn't live in south Texas!... however, I did wear a hot pink sweater and a beautiful pink silk scarf with my jeans to the grocery store this weekend... and always keep a bottle of champange in your refrigerator... yep... got that one...
8. Celebrate your feminity... show off your assets... I'm not so good at this one... I like to keep my assets for home shows...
9. Add a twist to ordinary jeans... add a lacy top or leopard skin high heels... don't be afraid of yourself... passed this one with flying colors too... I hate hum-drum every day clothing items...though I usually have to wear them for work. I love jeans, but I do love wearing them with the unexpected... lacy tops, scarves... and lots of vintage rhinestone pins... and how about a pair of snakeskin high heels... I'm fresh out of leopard...
10. The scarf thing... I wear them all the time... I did an entire post about scarves here... so.. nuff said about that one...
and then my favorite..
11. Sit straight, hold your head up, guard your tongue and admire other women.. how easy is that! Have you picked up your Cowgirl Up! award?



Having a sweet little French great-grandmother who taught me all things French... I guess French is in my DNA... some things you cannot learn... some things you just know.

This is my great-grandmother, Evie Lena, on her 89th birthday in 1970. She passed away just a month short of her 90th birthday in March, 1971. Please notice her little pink scarf... I adored this sweet lady...

I hope you will visit Corey's wonderful blog... if you're French (or half French), if you love France... if you love things French... or if you just want to read some beautiful writing and see some beautiful photos... you will love visiting Tongue in Cheek...

En désirant ardemment pour visiter la campagne française, mais en appréciant ma vie ici, en français léchez.

15 comments:

Shirley said...

I've heard rumors that there is some French in my background. My genealogy research is beginning to prove that may be correct. Although it was about 400 years ago.

And I pass most of the Frenchie things you noted.

1. I wear black often but not every day.

2. I have a pair of red gloves.

3. I used to smoke and I wasn't ashamed of it. Does that count?

4. I occasionally wear matching white undies. But I prefer colors.

5. Barefoot or sandals are the only way to go. I put on socks in the winter if I'm going out. I seldom wear tennis shoes (or sneakers as we call them in NY).

6. I failed the perfume test. I wear several whenever I feel like it. Doesn't matter if it's day or night. Armani Diamonds, Donna Karan Cashmere Mist, Eternity.

7. I don't even own a pair of leather pants. Anyway, at my age the leather is best left on the cow. I do try to look nice even when going to the grocery store.

8. I get this one. I like to show my feminine side.

9. I like to dress up a pair of jeans...stiletto boots, lacy top, etc.

10. Forget the scarves. I just don't bother with them. Now hats...that's a different story.

11. Don't always sit up straight or hold my tongue but I've mellowed a lot. And I do admire other women. Many have been an inspiration.

Sooooo, I guess there's a little French in my afterall.

PS..I checked out your friend's blog and subscribed. She's awesome.

KBeau said...

Thanks for that list. Just got back from Paris and the French Riviera, so I'll have to hop on over to her blog. They definitely have the black thing going.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Fun learning more about you Miss Dixie! You sound way more hip than me! LOL Unless Keds are French, I don't think I'm dressing very French like. :-)

Bonjour Madame said...

Have you done a post on your French Grandmother before? I would love to read it. She looks like a gem. Grandmother's wisdom is often the best I've ever found.

Timeless advise on how to dress. I really like it. And I love her blog. I wanted to go to the pink party she posted about!

-Stephanie

marty39 said...

Well, I think I failed most of it except I do have a ton of black and wear it all the time. I also love scarves, I just forget to wear them that much. I have fabulous jewelry and even forget about that. So, after this post I need to take another look and see what I can do to frenchy up my style. Thanks. Hugs, Marty

Jill said...

Loved learning more about you.. This was a fun post. No French in me but there are a lot of black clothes in my closet. .)

Cynthia said...

Dixie,
I love this post! I think you may be way cooler than me but I have the 2 perfumes, the tons of black, a red coat, (no gloves in red)champagne,but need to work on a few of the others. What fun ! Cindy

jabee said...

Ooo la la. Greetings from the Hill Country.

Enjoy your posts and like the new banner. It's hard to get a really good picture that captures our Bluebonnets. Think you nailed it.

Candy said...

So good to wake this morning to the farmer girl:)
Loved reading your Frenchie ways and will check out Miss Tongue in Cheek soon.
Soooo what to wear to Market Days...
Aloha, Candy

prof en retraite said...

Hi Dixie...Well, Madame...you are so frenchy, huh? lol I don't know if I pass the test! Your grandma is so sweet...love her scarf! Have a great week...hugs...Debbie

à la parisienne said...

Dixie,
Great post! I love your humor in your posts-very feisty! I've heard of Tongue in Cheek. Sounds like a great blog-I'll have to check it out!

Deb said...

you must have inherited your since of syle from your great grandmother. I love black also, tennis shoes and sandels are my favorites, boots when it is really cold.

Judanna said...

Well I am confused now, I always thought I was of the cherokee nations, Maybe a little french slipped in and I wasn't told. Love the pins,scarfs,boots,
sandals.
I also wear black everyday, plus I at one time smoked like a freight train.
Dixie I really enjoyed the post.

debbie said...

BONJOUR DIXIE
THAT WAS QUITE A POST...YOU ARE VERY CREATIVE....ILOVE TO WEAR GLOVES AND BIG HATS. I USED TO SMOKE-MOST STUPID THING I EVER DID.
I THINK EVERY WOMAN DOES OWN A BLACK DRESS........IT THE SHOES AND THE ACCESSORIES THAT PEOPLE NOTICE.
I CAN SEE YOU IN HEANS, A PINK SWEATER, AND SCARF WITH BIG SUN GLASSES......
HUGS
YOU ARE SO FUNNY
debbie

debbie said...

I GUESS I SHOULD PROOF READ MY COMMENTS
I CAN'T SEE YOU IN HEANS....DON'T KNOW WHAT THOSE ARE BUT I DO KNOW WHAT JEANS ARE....LOL
IT SHOULD BE ITS
debbie