I'm a woman in my mid-30's who grew up in a family that certainly emphasized the importance of being thin, but with a tut-tutting attitude very Puritanical in nature. As if food were bad, something to worry over and feel guilty for enjoying. My mother would protest when I tried to eat a piece of fudge at Christmas. That sort of thing.
Thank goodness for Anne Barone. I've read all of her books since about 2002, and she is truly like the wise aunt I never had. With each book, she has taught me something new, how to recognize quality clothes, how to retrain myself to think of food as a pleasure to be enjoyed in moderation but with zeal, why it's important to have a space for myself, what mystique is and why it matters, and on and on. It says something about our society that I managed to reach nearly 30 without fully understanding a lot of these very basic lessons.
In Toujours, maybe more than in any other book, Anne goes to the trouble of giving specific product information. This isn't just "buy a good moisturizer" advice. Even though Anne doesn't endorse any products specifically, she does tell you exactly which products chic French women buy. I found myself reading with a note pad at hand, jotting down brand names from every price range for tooth whiteners, deodorant, leg toners, and herbal tea remedies. I've already tried some of the products she mentions, and I'm very pleased.
This is solid, specific, invaluable information, and Anne delivers it (again) in a charming format with solid writing. I recommend all of Anne's Chic & Slim books, Toujours included. And as Anne points out, the earlier you start, the easier it will be to remain chic & slim forever.