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Ask the Universe

Ask the Universe

When I was a child, my grandmother often drove me and my siblings between our various French-child engagements, such as accordion lessons and pétanque sessions. Where I grew up in Nice, looking for a parking space is maddening- cars are parked in and out of parking lines while disrespectful drivers try to sneak in front … Continue reading

How to Look French

How to Look French

Looking French doesn’t require much effort. You may even have to give up some of your beauty habits to achieve Frenchness. But first, let’s define what it is, or at least what I think it is… While I was in New York, I often turned up to parties in jeans and Converse. At first, I … Continue reading

How to stay in a bad mood

How to stay in a bad mood

Bad moods hit me like summer storms. They’re sudden, devastating and usually short. I’m a roller coaster type of person, with sensational highs and frightening lows. But what my unconscious tries hardest to avoid is boredom. As emotions are addictive, I unconsciously prefer to feel down rather than neutral. Another option would be to seek happiness … Continue reading

How to be Jealous in Style

How to be Jealous in Style

He that is not jealous is not in love. St. Augustine. In jealousy there is more self-love than love. La Rochefoucauld. Is jealousy a component of love just as much as snuggling in sleeping bags or looking for a kitten together? Several of my girlfriends complained recently that their boyfriend was not jealous at all. Nick is … Continue reading

How to survive a Swiss winter with dignity

How to survive a Swiss winter with dignity

When winter comes, Nick and I usually have the following conversation: “It’s freezing outside, I hate winter!” I start whining. Nick answers with pure logic: “Why don’t you wear the down-jacket I gave you? You’d be really warm in it. You should also wear your gore-tex shoes, there’s nothing better to protect your feet from the … Continue reading

How to Lose Weight Without a Diet

A few years ago, I read a French book called Maigrir Sans Régime (lose weight without a diet). This book gave simple advice on how to eat consciously.  I still think about it today and I’ve had a stable weight for almost 3 years. With 60 kilos for 1.68 metres (132 lb for 5’6), the French would say … Continue reading

25 Ways NOT to Score Points with Girls

Everyday, I hear guys complain about how they have given the wrong impression to a girl who is now desperately in love with them and becomes obsessed with having sex with them. I thought I could help these guys sending the right message: “go away!” So here is my list: On a date, ignore her. … Continue reading