Posts tagged "france"

Today’s Lady News: Iran Calls French First Lady Carla Bruni A “Prostitute”

A state-run newspaper in Iran called Carla Bruni, the French first lady, a "prostitute" after she penned an open letter to an Iranian woman who is facing the death penalty for adultery. Slut shaming at its finest! [BBC] DVDs of the Swedish version of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" are being sent to rape…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 30, 2010

Do A Lot, Don’t Talk: How French Women Stay Hot When They’re Old

When I arrived in Paris at 19 years old to study at the Sorbonne for a year, I also arrived with an enormous zit on my forehead. It was the hugest pimple I'd ever gotten in my life—the cystic kind that hurts deep down and forms an obvious red mountain at the surface. It wa…

By: Leonora Epstein / July 15, 2010

Bastille Day Prep: The Frisky Guide To All Things French!

Bonjour! Did you know that Bastille Day is tomorrow? The holiday is France's Independence Day, commemorating the siege of the Bastille prison and the downfall of the monarchy. Today, people in France use the day as an excuse to party, drink, and eat. (Not like the French ever need an excuse to do any of…

By: Leonora Epstein / July 13, 2010

Condoms From Condom, France

You've already asked your parents where babies come from, but ever wonder about condoms? Deep in the south of France is a small town called Condom where a company called The Original Condom produces the birth control. Well, to be fair, the condom actually has a long history (did you know, for example, that i…

By: Leonora Epstein / July 8, 2010

Velibataire: The French Dating Site For Bike Fans

Nothing cuter than a cute girl or boy on a bike, right? A new French dating website works off this principle. Called Velibataire, it's a play on the French word for single (célibataire) and the name of the Paris public bike system (Vélib'). Because so many Parisians use these park-and-ride bikes to get around the…

By: Leonora Epstein / June 30, 2010

McDonald’s In Miniature: Why French People Don’t Get Fat

I snapped a picture of this new McDonald's ad in the Paris metro system a few days ago. Apparently, McDonald's chains in France have added a new dessert to the menu—a frappé, a Frenchisized version of a milkshake—and these advertisements have gone up all over Paris. Despite rising obesity rates in France, here's a clue…

By: Leonora Epstein / June 29, 2010

365 Days In Paris: In A Nutshell

Attendez! OK, I know my farewell post has gone up, but here's a little extra bonus. After the jump, a chronological summary of 365 Days in Paris. Bref, what happens when you move to Paris for a year ...

By: Leonora Epstein / June 28, 2010

365 Days In Paris: Au Revoir

During my 10 months or so in Paris, there came a real low point in mid-January. A few weeks before, I'd been completely ripped apart by my ex from Amsterdam, Alex, who came back into my life for a brief New Year's romance, only to leave me (inevitably) disappointed that we'd never have a relationship.

By: Leonora Epstein / June 28, 2010

Study Shows That French Guys Have A Lot Of Clothes

French men are very well dressed. (Take it from me, someone who lives in Paris and often feels like she's walking in a living version of Sartorialist heaven.) They also just know things about fashion in the way that American guys just know things about football or Mila Kunis. A new study further proves that…

By: Leonora Epstein / June 24, 2010

365 Days In Paris: All In La Famille

When Henri and I got on the train this morning to go back to Paris after our long weekend at his parents' house, I genuinely didn't want to go home. Well, not like I wanted to plant down my roots in the middle of Nowheresville, France, but as the train chugged away from the mountainside,…

By: Leonora Epstein / June 22, 2010

Outox: The Anti-Alcohol Drink Causing A Stir In France

There comes a moment (or a couple hundred) in every young woman's life when she says to herself, Man, I wish I hadn't been so effing drunk. Of course, the natural remedy to these scenarios would be to, um, not drink? Or, you could drink Outox. The beverage, which was released today in France, ha…

By: Leonora Epstein / June 18, 2010

365 Days In Paris: Meet The Parents

Shortly after Henri and I became an official couple, we quickly moved on to conquering the next romantic level—traveling together. Well, perhaps this is the next logical step in France, which would make sense when you have the canals of Venice, the lavender fields of Provence, or the sexy streets of Barcelona all within a…

By: Leonora Epstein / June 14, 2010

Vive La France! Vive La Mode!

Just in case you were having a hard time finding something to wear for Bastille Day (July 14), Giuseppe Zanotti's got you covered. [Farfetch]…

By: Leonora Epstein / June 7, 2010

365 Days In Paris: Oh L’Amour, L’Amour

Things with Henri are going splendidly. We haven't been apart since we got together. This has been great, but I'm starting to realize how different my life is now that I'm not single. It's not a bad different, but there are changes all around, like: My sheets have guy hair in them, and I'm doing…

By: Leonora Epstein / June 7, 2010

365 Days In Paris: En Couple

My life has done a 360 180. I used to spend my days largely alone. Wake up. Yoga or run. Grocery store. Work. Work at the library. More work in bed. Make dinner. Work. Bootleg movies online. Bed. (Or, three or four times a week, a simple drink with friends.) Ever since Henri came into…

By: Leonora Epstein / June 1, 2010

French First Lady Carla Bruni Brought Her Sex Guides Onto A Show Called “Eurotrash”

Quel horreur! Video has surfaced of Carla Bruni giving an X-rated interview about Hot! International, two sexy travel guides for the guy or gal who wants to get laid on the go. At the time of her 1996 "Eurotrash" appearance, Bruni was a supermodel and musician known for her numerous affaires. These days she i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 25, 2010

365 Days In Paris: It Could Happen To You

Relationships in Paris run on coincidences, run-ins, and screwball scenarios. It's perhaps a cliche, and you might actually feel like you're living in a comedic French movie, but the love triangle (or just crazy romantic entanglements in general) is ever-present. Between my girlfriends and me, there's always something fascinating happening. Randomly, someone's off in Morocco…

By: Leonora Epstein / May 24, 2010

Today’s Lady News: France To Fine Women Who Wear Face-Covering Veils In Public

Today, the French government passed a bill to fine a woman $185 if she wears a face-covering veil in public. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said the fine would send a message that it is wrong for women to cover their faces in public, such as with a burqa or niqab. But critics say the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 19, 2010

Today’s Lady News: French Woman Flies Into A “Burqa Rage”

This weekend, a 60-year-old lawyer in Trignac, France, attacked a fellow shopper, a 26-year-old Muslim woman, and ripped her body-covering veil off. Police say the woman made "snide remarks about her black burqa" before she flew into her "burqa rage" and ripped the veil off. The lawyer and her daughter then began physically fighting with…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 18, 2010

French Tampon Campaign Featuring “Max Le Tampax” Is Wrong In So Many Ways

Nevermind how I found myself at the French website for Tampax. What's more crazy is what I found there: a marketing campaign recruiting Tampax tampon users to vie for a spot as president of the "Max Le Tampax" Fan Club. Why anyone in their right mind would want to be the president of a clu…

By: Leonora Epstein / May 17, 2010
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