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Whatever our nationality, we women usually have a much tougher deal than men. Seriously, why do we have so much pressure on our shoulders? And how are we supposed to do everything we have to do (kids, house, looking good, working, cooking…) without being overwhelmed? I simply don’t know. In fact, I must admit that I am exhausted most of the time.

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Yes, I look this good all the time, I promise…

Take for instance the fact that we have to look good when we go out, and pretend that we did it effortlessly. What a nightmare! I might be French, but I am not good at preparing myself. I could sort of manage in my twenties because I didn’t need to do much, but now I just can’t. It’s just too much hassle. I don’t have the patience, and I happen to be a bit of a tomboy. If you bumped into me on the street, I would probably be wearing my black running gear or my torn jeans. Not very French, I know! That’s just me.



Me on a regular day

To cut a long story short, in order to get ready to go out for a formal event, I need an appointment at the hairdresser for a blow dry, and an appointment with a make-up artist. And I always freak out about the type of dress I am going to wear, and the shoes, etc..etc…The preparation costs a small fortune when I manage to get both appointments (which happened like, once, because getting an appointment in London is a bit like asking for a papal audience…).



Last week, I was invited to the opera and started panicking. How on earth would I get ready? That’s when I heard about Return To Glory. I booked everything online, and they sent the hugely talented Simone who did my hair and my make-up in the comfort of my own house. I didn’t have to lift a finger. What was not to like about it? It was cheaper than making two appointments, and I didn’t have to get out. In short, it’s a great business idea. And it made my life easier.











The only brief I gave Simone was that I needed to look French. Suffice to say, she did a fab job and for the first time I went out with my hair up. As pictures are worth a thousand words, I will let you be the judge of the results. How do you like it? As for me, I didn’t recognise myself. Did you?

Oh, and I had a great time at the opera. Don Giovanni is one of my favourite operas!


Disclosure: I didn’t receive a fee for this article but didn’t pay for Return To Glory‘s help in getting ready for the opera

All pictures of this post by Nadia King.



  • It’s an excellent business idea! And what a good result!

    • Thank you Marta! I was very pleased with the result!

  • James Casserly

    I have to say, Wow. You look stunningly beautiful. Glad you were able to enjoy the opera. I agree there is a double standard with how men can get away with attending things in casual clothes, but women are supposed to appear as though they are actresses on the red carpet. It’s time the ridiculous expectations were challenged.

    • You are right. It is so much easier for men! That said, despite my (advanced) age I was pleased with the result. I totally need to do it again!

  • You still look great on an ordinary day! But you rocked that dress, great idea getting someone to come to you.

    • Thank you Mac. It made my life so much easier…I need to be more organised and do it again!

  • PIppa Hamilton

    You look lovely..and very French. I want tips on everyday wear for Tomboys! Also in jeans daily!

    • Come back soon, I think I can help! And if I can do it, anyone can!

  • PIppa Hamilton

    Are those railings the ones that star in Made in Chelsea?

    • I have no idea..It isn’t in Chelsea, so probably not…

  • What is French for Le Freebie? Don Giovanni is wonderful. I had the great pleasure of seeing the original version premiered by Mozart with libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte in the Estates Theatre, Prague where it was first premiered on October 29, 1787. The production used the original set and score so it was almost like a journey back into operatic history. After the premiere Wolfie thought the production was too sombre and lightened it up a bit but in Prague you only get the Prague Version! My vote is for Tomboy!

    • Don Giovanni is indeed wonderful. I love it so much that I am going back soon…And the ROH has nailed it!

  • Hi Muriel, I LOVE the concept of your site and especially this post! I agree with your approach of keeping life effortlessly chic to help simplify moms’ lives. I’ve subscribed to your site and can’t wait to read all your content.

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  • Liv

    I completely giggled when the French girl asked the Brit to make her look French! And you looked lovely both before and after.