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...


Nik from Brisbane said...

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!

Nik from Brisbane said...

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!

Nik from Brisbane said...

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

Jill said...

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

Wendy in Paris... said...

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.)

William Ternay, Jr. said...

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.

A Brush with Color said...

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

Cindi said...

Bonjour Carol!

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

Keep up the good work!


Je m'appelle Cynthia said...

So ...

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

JillB said...

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!

Anonymous said...

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

Guillaume said...

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

Unknown said...

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!

Denise said...

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

Sandy said...

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 ;-)

sillygirl said...

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!

Salynne Wilde said...

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!

Mary Bergfeld said...

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

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

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.

Herm said...

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!

Pug1 said...

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

Pug1 said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Risa said...

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

studioJudith said...

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 -


Whitney Smith said...

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

Dianne said...

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 -

Kathy-Bear lover said...

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...

b. said...

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


Parisbreakfasts said...

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.

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.

Louvregirl said...

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.

Nikon said...

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....

Unknown said...

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!

WendyB said...

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

Virginia said...

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.

jeanette, mistress of longears said...

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

jeanette, mistress of longears said...

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

POLLY said...


Michele said...

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

MS said...

You have the greatest posts!!!!

Hot Fudge said...

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.

The Armchair Parisian said...

Acclamations à Older French Girls!

Justine said...

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

Rose said...

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

susanna said...

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.

Virginia said...

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.

Crazy Ravens Studio said...

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).