Thursday, April 22, 2010

Older French Girls !

THANKS SO MUCH PB readers !And now, by popular request:
The Older French Girl!
A Sonia look-a-like at the Fall/10 show, decked out completely in Sonia with even Sonia red hair.

Inside the show, another "older" fan.

The older French Girl or OFG can have quite long hair. It can be white or whatever.

I love this hair salon poster of a fierce older French Girl - an Amazon woman with not too much airbrushing
Three OFGs out shopping on rue Saint Honore.

 *Make a note - the OFG has a distinct propensity for wearing RED.Lots more red in Paris.

Is wearing RED an act of insurrection as one Frenchie commented?

Are all OFGs anarchists?

Or do they just want to brighten up a bit.
Qui sait? It certainment is prevalent, no two ways about it!
Here the beau of the older French Girl trails behind carrying her tiny RED Galeries Lafayette bag (like an idiot might I add, ahem)
Sans rouge but they are older Parisiens and tres classe non?
OFG, par excellance, Jacqueline de Ribes was recently awarded the Legion d'Honneur for her many years (80) of contributing to French elegance.

My OFG cousine seconde, Kristine in Pigalle, tout en bleu. This 80++ can charm anything n shoes and does it regularly to keep her skills up. We were eating at Rose Bakery. She gets up from the table and goes to chat with complete strangers, usually in their 20's and they are all smiles and giggling in no time!
I wish she'd give me a few lecons...


  1. Nik from Brisbane7:49 AM

    Merci! I loved OFG, I have just had my very first trip to Paris experiencing Christmas and New Year and enjoyed my stroll down rue Saint Honore, at 46 would I be considered a potential OFG?? I wore my beautiful black winter coat, black boots, red leather gloves and a red beret!

    Loved this tale, bisous!

  2. Nik from Brisbane7:50 AM

    Merci! I loved OFG, I have just had my very first trip to Paris experiencing Christmas and New Year and enjoyed my stroll down rue Saint Honore, at 46 would I be considered a potential OFG?? I wore my beautiful black winter coat, black boots, red leather gloves and a red beret!

    Loved this tale, bisous!

  3. Nik from Brisbane7:51 AM

    Woops, I didn't mean for it to appear twice, it must mean merci bercoup twice over

  4. Were did that fantastic bag come from?
    I Want One,

  5. Wendy in Paris...8:09 AM

    Mais Oui!

    We OFG's can use a few more role models..healthy, strong,
    whimsical, and yesss, sexy too!

    Wendy in Paris, aka, OFG (at least until the end of May, I am.)

  6. William Ternay, Jr.8:20 AM

    I think OFG
    sounds much better than
    MLF. The "Older" part implies experience, to this US male.
    And of course "French" is loaded with elegance and sensuality, and then we have the little mind-twist
    of "Girl,"which implies an innocence that probably is not there, but certainly most enticing.
    American women deserve better than
    MLF. How about OAW. As in
    My 2 cents for the day.

  7. OFG's--too funny. OFG's, OAG's--they're all good! Cute,Carol.

  8. Cindi8:37 AM

    Bonjour Carol!

    J'adore cette poste, mais le older fierce French girl on the poster below is Bo Derek!!

    Keep up the good work!


  9. So ...

    It'll be good to be 50 in Paris when I go!

  10. Great stuff for us older girls!

    And Bear is right - we definitely need an all-bear post! And more Bear posts, too, for that matter!

  11. Anonymous9:52 AM

    Please, I absolutely love everything you do but not the bear!! That whole bear post idea makes me cringe.

    I'll happily wait for you to come back if you let him go ahead though. xxxx

  12. Guillaume9:53 AM

    Je me permets de vous contacter car je viens de lire sur le site que vous étiez à la recherche d'un sac Sasha noir Marc Jacobs.
    J'en possède un neuf que je cherche à vendre si cela vous intéresse.

    Je suis sur Paris donc une remise en main propre est complètement possible.

    Bonne journée

  13. I really noticed how, in Paris, that people of all ages are all out everywhere: cafés, bars, shops, markets, parks etc. In America it is rare to see older people out and about mingling with the city as they do in Paris.

    Just another tick in the Paris column!

  14. I love OFG! At age 62 I would like to think I fit right in on the streets of Paris but pink is my red and I don't think I would be as noticable. Have you done a page on French pink? You probably have but I'll have to look back. Love the post, Carol

  15. As a (ahem) sightly older Wanna be french girl - I thank you for this post and appreciate the Fact that a french woman only gets better with age !
    And my hair is not brown too ;-)

  16. I'm an older - read invisible - USA "girl" - your pictures are great for knowing how to dress for Paris where older women still count! Please keep it up!

  17. I've been a reader for some time and enjoy being transported to Paris or New York for a short time everyday. Today your post was outstanding--in our Canadian & American youth obsessed cultures its refreshing to see something on these ever elegant woman "of a certain age". For those of us who don't have French mom's as mentors it's refreshing to have some guidance and a vision of what my future holds and what I want to pass on to my daughter. I'll definitely write a post for my blog and will link some time in the next week!
    Tres Bon!

  18. I loved every frame of your post today. I am new to your blog but will be back often. Your photos are wonderful as are the models you selected. I'm into senior power :-). I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  19. Thank you for this lovely post on OFG's. After all they started with style so why let it go once you get older? Congrats on 4 years of blogging. I have enjoyed it for most of those years. Missed a year of it maybe before I got to blogging.

  20. I love your blog, especially because your posts are mostly about PARIS, my favorite city in the whole world!!! I wish I could have been stranded there recently!

  21. I LUV it, MERCI!!!!!!!!! CHEERS! Michele

  22. Also, I'm happy to see the longer hair on a mature woman. I have been thinking about cutting my hair ...mainly because I think I'm getting too MATURE for it! I don't have any grays yet....but still, I'm 48 sooooo......we'll see! xo

  23. Anonymous12:50 PM

    I enjoy so much your posts!
    I'll have my first trip to Paris next September and from Paris Breakfasts I learn a lot about one of the most charming city in the world.
    Thanks a lot!
    Vanete Arrigoni

  24. Great post Carol, and I must add that Bear must have his request met! Bien sur, it's BEAR!

  25. Age happens!
    (consider the alternative ... )

    This OAG loves that you acknowledged that all girls in Paris aren't 19 and tres thin.
    Do check out the Advanced Style blog
    for Older New York Girls & Boys -


  26. Another FABULOUS post, Carol! And when will we be seeing a post about Christian Louboutin heels, might I ask? ; ) Enjoy your day!

  27. Dianne1:38 PM

    Your blog is my favourite part of my morning, as I am totally in love with Paris and all (well, almost all) things Parisian. I am moved to write to you especially today to thank you for your Older French Girls entry.
    I'm 61 and sometimes feel sad that everything seems geared to the young, especially fashion and beauty.
    Taste and interest don't
    necessarily die off when one passes age 50!
    I would love to see more of chic OFGs, like your fabulous cousine seconde, Kristine.
    I also love your entries on perfume, another of my obsessions.

    Thanks for your fun, witty, mini-trips to Paris each day -

  28. Kathy-Bear lover1:44 PM

    Mais Oui Bear!

    Yes! Yes!
    A complete Paris bear post, as per Bear's excellent suggestion, SVP!
    Merci beaucoup,
    P.S. Perhaps Bear can visit Ophelia's legendary shop Bazaar des Bears on rue de Bac and her abode on rue de Varenne...

  29. Thank you,Thank you,Thank you,Thank you,Thank you,Thank you,!!!
    We older girls like style too.


  30. OFGs!!!
    Well I'm delighted at yr response!
    Who knew...
    merci mille fois!

    WHIT- I did a Louboutin post. I would LUF to do another if they would let me in the doors.

    BRUSH WITH COLOR-what is a OAG?
    OMG an Older American girl!
    I have to say I don't think the American Girl has the same universal cachet as the Almighty Fr Girl.
    If an AG is from CA(California)and blond and a bimbo, she has many more feathers in her cap...

    As for BEAR taking over PB..not anytime soon. If he takes a Blog night course, then we'll see.So don't tear out yr hair.

  31. I like to think of myself as an OFG!! I am 1/4 French, speak (some) french....but tell tail is I love wearing RED.

  32. Has Paris discovered "cougars"?
    You've managed to find a lot of red, I wonder how long before it hits the USA?
    I'm all for a bear post....

  33. Merci Carol, I was one of your readers who requested a peek at the OFG. You have outdone even yourself! I'll be sure to wear my red jacket when I go to Paris in Sept. Terric post!

  34. Maybe they're communists in all that red ;-)

    I've told many friends here at home that I felt like I was the ONLY woman in Paris with gray hair. I am NOT a fan of the unusual hair colors. I"m happy with my silver hair. Now you've shown me others are as well.

  36. Finally a role model I can relate to! Or should that be "aspire" to?

  37. Finally a role model I can relate to! Or should that be "aspire" to?


  39. Michele10:22 PM

    Thank you so much for today's post! Sounds like there were many ladies out there that enjoyed too!

  40. You have the greatest posts!!!!

  41. Merci for a brilliant look at the OFGs! Perhaps your next target should be GeriatricFGs. After all, a French girl can never be too old.

  42. Acclamations à Older French Girls!

  43. Justine1:21 PM

    "There are 2 kinds of people in the world:
    those who love chocolate, and communists."

  44. what a charmer you are!
    i am still amazed at how sharp and clear your photos are.
    And never boring! which is probably because you are never bored

  45. It's always interesting to see street scenes from other parts of the world. Thank you for this peak into the fashions of OFG in Paris.

  46. And for the record, when I "grow up" I want to go from OBG ( Older Bama Girl) to an OFG! I have the love of rouge already. Now I just need to work on my French!:) I thoroughly enjoyed this great post C.

  47. Thank you for the OFG. They are great. I want to be like Kristine as I age. I love red so I will cultivate being an OCG (older Canadian girl).


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