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The Dress I Bought…


Maybe it has something to do with being French. Maybe it has something to do with being me. But here it is: I am always in love. Always. For the record, I am not talking about romantic love here: as most of you know, I have been happily married for, like, a century,   and contrary to all the cliches on the French keeping one man (and a couple of children) happy more than fills up my days. That said, I can totally fall in love with a nice smile, a child, a relative I haven’t seen for ages, a British painter or a long-lost friend. I can also fall in love with something: it can be a witty word, a book, a place, a necklace or even an app. So here it is: right now I am madly in love with a dress I saw on a catalogue, and yes it is vain but I can’t get it out of my head. Argh….


When I was younger, a boyfriend dumped me for not being cynical enough. He was of the opinion that becoming more cynical was a normal part of getting older. So sad, right? French men have the reputation of being philanderers. Who would have thought that they could be killjoys too? But he was wrong. I never became cynical. And I don’t want to. I moved on, and I kept being in love. Because that’s who I am. I must admit that I googled him the other day, and becoming more cynical has definitively make him less good-looking (and that’s actually a British understatement). I knew it. I was right all along.

Whatever we do, I think that we must be passionate. Of course I sometimes get disappointed. So what? I fall on my bum (not literally, obviously) and stand up again. Should I change? I sometimes wonder. It is tiring to be like this, but the alternative doesn’t really appeal to me. Why should I become cold-hearted and bitter? I just can’t. It’s not me.

Maybe all the cliches on the French woman are right after all: we are all about passion. We kick asses. We haven’t forgotten the power of femininity. Why did I want to debunk all the myths again? Silly me. Tonight I will happily admit that I am still very French.

And oh, I bought the dress. I just had to. A woman’s got to do what a woman’s got to do, right?


Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • Worth it! Beautiful dress. Thanks for sharing!

    • Glad you like it! I know that I shouldn’t have, but here we are, right?

  • So true, “at fifty you get the face you deserve”.

    Lovely dress. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Are you French? It’s not always obvious.

    • Thank you! That’s exactly what I think, but somehow everybody keeps telling me that I ‘look’ French. Go figure.

  • Love is the drug.

  • It’s must feel great to be in love! I try not to fall in love too easily because I ALWAYS tend to overdo it, LOL!

    • Me too, Joy, me too…I sometimes wonder where I went wrong, but here we are.

  • That dress looks good cos its on ‘u’ girl!!!! 😉

    • Thank you, Rohit…I can’t believe that, at my (advanced) age, we are having this conversation!

  • Nice dress.
    I am more of a person who is like you in love with all the things in life and also at the same time very cynical. Its like when am most vulnerable, surprisingly I start becoming more open to life. While when am feeling normal I usually would be more cynical. I have notices that usually its exactly opposite with people.
    Maybe some of us are constantly looking over our shoulders. So, what might appear to normal circumstances to the world, for some people it is the most vulnerable situations, so they have to be constantly at guard. While when the realization comes that everything has been lost, it is most liberating moment for some.
    Maybe it is a life lived in fear. Maybe.

    • There is nothing wrong with being vulnerable. I believe that it is all about finding who we are.

    • Thank you for your support. I am trying to accept being vulnerable. I am equating it in my mind with being human. Hopefully it works out 🙂
      And, once again, you look really beautiful in that dress.

  • I think I a cynical/sarcastic and too dry on many an occasion, but I am still open to life and loving moments that make you smile for no reason…great dress btw! x

    • You, a cynical? No…I think that we just need to appreciate a bit more the small things in life. What’s not to love about a new dress?

  • I’m in love with that dress too and it looks fabulous on you!

  • John Jackson

    I’d sooner be in love with/like something/someone and be occasionally, disappointed than never take a risk. My glass is almost invariably half full! So Cheers!