Monday, November 9, 2015

Meeting Tish Jett in Los Gatos.. and Secrets of A Femme D'Un Certain Age!

Last week there was a fun little event in my town of Los Gatos. The pretty home store Bianco hosted French blogger and author, Tish Jett. She was here on her only California stop to sign her book, Forever Chic.

As luck would have it my pals Elizabeth of The Vintage Contessa and Jennifer of A Well Styled Life, informed me this was happening...In my own town! I didn't have a clue. We met up for lunch as well as this was a bit of a trek for the Contessa who resides in Orinda and Jennifer who lives in the East Bay. We didn't know Lisa of Amid Privilege, and Susan of Une Femme D'un Certain Age, were going to be there too. Really fun to meet these lovely bloggers as well! Wish we had a photo of us all.

 The Contessa and Jennifer. 

 Of course we were all over the moon meeting Tish who did not disappoint. Tish is an American writer who moved to France for a job, fell in love and never came back. She writes about her life as woman in France and the unique mindset of women there. She's as chic and witty as she sounds on her blog and so gracious. I adore her blog and point of view. Her book, which is very much an extension of her blog, shares the French sensibility that aging is something to be celebrated and the mature woman or A Femme D'un Certain Age, as her blog is titled, have a huge appeal in France. Quite the opposite of how we feel here in the states. If you met Tish you'd think she knows the secret of this appeal. She just glowed and looked pretty, all in black. It's hard to tell her age. She's chic yet very natural.

 Contessa and her stylish friend Leslie waiting to get books signed.

Jennifer and I. 

Look at the decor at Bianco...
Gorgeous store isn't it? 

Contessa fit in well here!

So far I am loving all the skin and makeup advice in this book. Though I read a lot of this kind of stuff, Tish's secrets from French dermatologists are great as are her own tips. Unlike the other books about French women, it's geared to those over 30 and has straight up truths from a woman who lives there.

Tish's book has been well reviewed and I particularly like this one which I think describes it well..

Forever Chic is more than tips and tricks on being our better physical and stylish selves—it is full of lessons on how to be a better person. The book’s strength lies in its anecdotes and wisdom on how women…can be more present and committed to living a fuller life of kindness, generosity, openness, and adventure.” ~Women’s Voices for Change


This book has a lot more to it than French style, it's about taking care of yourself. I love the whole idea of making more time for ourselves and living your best possible life, and appreciating the age we are. I really needed this book. One of my goals is to slow down, enjoy life's rituals and be kinder to myself and those around me.

Pick up Tish's book and check out her blog if you need a lift and a new perspective.

Now I'm off to do a nighttime mask!

Bonne Nuit!

x Kim


  1. I saw this on IG and though you all looked like you were having so much fun! I haven't read the book but did flick through a few pages. I shall reserve judgement on the book until I read it but sometimes I wonder if the view on Parisian and French women are over romanticized a bit. I might read it just to see what the perception is. But good to see you all well xx

    1. Naomi, I get what you are saying. I do think Tish is pretty honest about French women the good and bad, but I know what you mean. I've been there and not everyone is chic as you would think! Wish you could have joined us! xo

  2. I love Tish and her book! It looks as if you all had a fabulous time!

    1. Was fun Elizabeth! Sometime all of us will have to meet up!

  3. So fun to see you again!! Tish was remarkable. Her skin was positively glowing and her personality was so vibrant. I'm with you Kim, deciding to take more time for me and slow things down. Let's meet for lunch in the city!

    1. Jennifer, That sounds great. So fun to see you again. It's always too quick. Wasn't Tish glowing? I wanted to know what her skincare secret was! xo

  4. This was a LOVELY REVIEW of the DAY!You are SO RIGHT it is about TAKING CARE of OURSELVES which we tend NOT to do as well as those Europeans in my mind.You got some good photos..........THAT TEAPOT with the HEAD I missed all together.XO

    1. Contessa, Was so fun to be with you all! Thanks to you I didn't miss this. Wasn't Leslie sweet too? I thought Tish was a lot of fun. Yes, we should have shopped more, gabbed less. Not enough time! xo

  5. Oh, dear, dear Kim,

    Thank you so very, very much. Didn't we all have fun? You are absolutely lovely. Our blogging world of like-minded, kind, generous women is wonderful. Who could have imagined by sitting down at a computer one day and deciding to write a blog could have produced such friendships.

    Let's stay in touch.

    Thank you too for the kind words about my book.

    Loved your look, so chic.

    Warmest regards,

    1. Tish! Hope you enjoyed Los Gatos, our little hamlet near the woods. What a treat to meet you and I am loving my book! I am a huge admirer now of both you and the blog. I feel lucky to have gotten this chance to meet up. Best wishes on the rest of the tour!

  6. Kim,

    I have this book! I'm a little envious that you got to meet her! She is so inspiring and I have always loved her blog. And that store! When I saw the photo of the store on IG I was already thinking I have to check it out the next time I am up north - it looks VERY up my alley!

    How nice that you got to do this, and share it with other lovely bloggers! Thanks for such a lovely post! I hope this will lead your readers to seek out her book.


  7. What fun. Too much going on for me to make the trip this time. BUT in the future, I'm there!

    Sandra Sallin

  8. What a fabulous event, Kim! I had so much following along on IG. Cheers to some of my favorite bloggers getting together!
    xx, Heather

    PS-super fun giveaway happening on Stylemindchic Life ($50 gift card + DVF!). Hope you can join us!