Author Guest Post
French Boutiques and Booties
By Vicki Lesage
I wouldn’t say I’m big, but my derriere is certainly not as small as those of my French compatriots. I’m a U.S. size 8 but I often wear size XL in French fashions. So shopping isn’t always the dreamy experience I’d like it to be.
One time I was shopping and found this adorable sweater but the large wasn’t large enough. So I headed to the sales counter where the salesgirl told me she could order a different size for me.
“What size will you be needing?” she asked, way more loudly than necessary.
“Um, extra large, please,” I whispered.
“Extra large?” she shouted, as the entire store turned to scope out the extra large lady at the checkout. Me. How embarrassing.
So it was with trepidation that I set out on a recent hunt for a dress for my French sister-in-law’s wedding. I was worried about being the bull in the Parisian clothing shop, bursting seams as I tried on dainty clothing and not finding anything to fit my American-sized booty.
Fortunately, my anxiety was unwarranted. I was met by a lovely shop assistant who helped me in and out of the dresses, and even gave me a pair of snazzy heels to try on, “Otherwise we have no idea the full extent of your beauty in this dress.” Sold!
As I twirled in front of the dressing room mirror, two middle-aged women entered. “That. You must buy that. It looks perfect on you!”
“Thank you,” I replied, feeling my cheeks turn red at the compliment, and also at the fact I’d been caught twirling around the dressing room.
“But here’s another one in the same color. I can’t decide, but I clearly don’t need two dresses in the exact same shade.”
“Well then, I guess you’ll have to try the other one on for us!” They plopped down on a plush suede couch as I changed into the other dress.
“Oh là là! That one is beautiful too. We’re going to have a hard time deciding. Can you try on the first one again?”
And so the afternoon passed, me trying on clothes with total strangers who were throwing compliments all over the place. And the sweet shop assistant who had nothing but smiles and encouraging words for me.
We (because it really was “we” at that point; I no longer had full control over which dress I would be purchasing) finally settled on a dress. One that matched my eyes and flattered my fuller-than-the-average-French-woman figure.
As I left the store, carrier bag in hand, I had a little spring in my step. I’d just been pampered and fawned over in a cute Parisian boutique. Sometimes, life is just too good to be true.
And then I nearly stepped in a huge pile of dog crap.
Back to reality.
But I still had the dress.
About The Author
Christmas Confessions & Cocktails by Vicki Lesage
Part of the Paris Confessions series
Publisher: Party Girl Press
Publication Date: July 25, 2015
Format: Paperback - 244 pages
Kindle - 1875 KB
ISBN: 978-1515037576ASIN: B012KXZ3EW
Genre: Christmas Themed Memoir
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
American-turned-Parisian Vicki tells it like it is, from her crazy Christmases growing up in the Midwest to her even crazier holidays in her new home in France. Bizarre gifts, stomach-turning food, and holiday travel disasters are just some of the tales you'll chuckle at in this installment of the Paris Confessions series.
This Christmas-themed memoir features 25 funny and heartwarming essays, all with a tenuous tie to Christmas, and pairs each with a delicious drink recipe. So grab your martini shaker and get ready for tasty cocktails and hearty laughs this holiday season!
A humorous collection of holiday-inspired stories with Christmas drink recipes
If you're looking for a great read this holiday season, don't miss Christmas Confessions & Cocktails! The 25 stories in this holiday collection take you on an adventure full of Christmas spirit (and spirits, including Christmas cocktail recipes like Christmas Cookie Martini, Peppermintini, and Glitter & Gold). And it makes the perfect Christmas gift!
My Book Review:
Christmas Confessions & Cocktails is an entertaining seasonal Christmas themed collection of twenty-five memoir snippets with accompanying cocktail recipes that will definitely get the reader in the holiday spirit!
Author Vicki Lesage, an American expatriate living in Paris, France with her husband Mika and children Leo and Stella, weaves a humorous Christmas collection of memoir short stories from her childhood in St. Louis, Missouri, and from her current family home in Paris.
Written in a sassy style, Vicki gives the reader a glimpse into her family with hilarious snippets of her family's Christmas traditions (gift giving and regifting, family holiday trips, etc) interwoven with mishaps and trials and tribulations that provides plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. At the end of each memoir snippet is a cocktail recipe that ties into each snippet's theme. Just to whet your whistle ... here is a sample teaser of the cocktail recipes that you will find in this delightful book:
* Christmas Cosmo
* Chocolate Chip Cookie Martini
* Glitter & Gold
* The Bonsai
* Lucky Charm
* After Midnight
* Cinnamon Cider Sensation
Christmas Confessions & Cocktails is a fast paced and thoroughly entertaining holiday book that can be read in a day. As the reader gets a glimpse into the author's life, you can't help but take a walk down memory lane of your own family's holiday traditions and the craziness that comes with it. This sweet holiday memoir will conjure up the magic and spirit of Christmas that will leave a smile on your face!
RATING: 4 STARS
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