The Full Work Up…

Aug 10, 2009 | Beauty and Style | 18 comments

My days of Andrés the Amazing are most likely over, my incredible, oh so talented, “WHO cuts your hair?” stylist charges well, A-lot and I have N-ONE these days for that kind of luxury.
Thankfully, a family friend who is the most skilled nail tech I have ever met is going back to her roots and though she is blonde there is no pun intended. But she is renewing her stylist license and we have a smart little arrangement worked out. – I shot her daughters senior photos (some seen here) and in return I get my fees worth of manicures, pedicures and hair cuts. Sa-weet! She even comes to my house and brings an offspring of her own to watch mine during the proceedings!
My May Anna haircut.
Styled after Audrey Tautou in “Priceless”
– what can I say? I love that girls hair!

It’s been a few months since my last cut (above photo) since I did not want to have to excuse myself to go puke even if it was my own kitchen so now thick and shaggy and with creepy long old chinese man type pregnancy fingernails I will be thrilled to welcome Anna the Amazing and her built-in babysitter over this morning for a manicure (the best you will ever get),
pedicure (good bye garden feet) and much needed hair cut!
The photo on the left was shot a couple weeks ago – shaggy in need of a thinning and out of control! I know, thick hair is a blessing but it’s also alot of work and to look good it needs GROOMING – even to look relaxed and natural.

Though I am not a 93 pound French ingenue my hair cut today will be inspired by Audrey Tautou in the new Chanel No. 5 movie, directed by my favorite Jean Pierre Juenet both of “Amélie” fame. Audreys hair typifies French women’s hair for me, carefree looking and oh-so-sexy. Not over-coifed like American hair can be.
In honor of Anna’s arrival I am walked, showered, shaved, shampooed, waxed (armpits, moustache and chin…HELLO!!!), I am Chanel No. 5ed from my head to my toes, I did a great session of home microdermabrasion and my skin feels as smooth as glass which if you haven’t tried as an old BeautiControl consultant I’d be happy to hook you up with the kit…I even tweezed those pesky hairs on my left boob!
Did I just write that?
By this afternoon I shall feel like a new woman!!! With the layer of embeded dirt in my fingernails…well, I can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This little movie is exquisite and hopefully my work up today will be too!!!

Je suis trés excité!!!

Mute “Ella” at the bottom of my screen first!


  1. liggy girl

    That is AWESOME! I was just reading about bartering and have been wishing I could barter with someone to get my nails done, sigh. I have to keep waiting, but it’s fun reading about your experience! LOVE the hair!!!!! It’s gorgeous! The photos you took are amazing and just have so much energy. Enjoyed everything as usual that you share. xo

  2. Joannah

    Enjoy your day of beauty!

    You have amazing hair. I’d love to have such thick locks.

    I totally get the other “hair management” issues. I spend a lot of time and money plucking, waxing, and lasering my unwanted hair. It’s hard to be a girl!

  3. Anne Marie

    I really shouldn’t have watched that…….I’m ready to have child number six THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!

    not a kiss

    just the scent

    ……if you excuse me, I have to go out and buy some Chanel…..

    and oh; great hair (but I’m jealous of that already) – you should have given some to me…..

  4. Life in the 'Burbs

    You look lovely! :o) Thank you for your voicemails and messages. Dean and I are doing OK, Dawn’s children need a lot of prayer right now, especially little Levi, he’s 6 and was daddy’s little buddy. Thank you so much for your prayers. You are always in ours. Love you!! (ps, just heard your message about the binder the other day…don’t have it, sorry…)

  5. Bonjour Madame

    That commercial gives me chills. The music is so perfect too. I love the inspiration for your haircut. It’s going to look awesome! I’ve got thick somewhat wavy hair too and I’ve been trying to contain it into a sleek bob for years now. I wish I could just roll with the waves.

    Also, love the bartering exchange, what a great idea. Now you have me interested in the BeautiControl products. I don’t have the time to get facials and a home micro-dermabrasion kit sounds fantastic as a time and money saver. I’m going to email you about it if that is ok.


  6. Faith

    You crack me up-Nice to know I’m not the only one with a stray boob hair or two :)You look amazing!!! I’m counting the days!!!

  7. cityfarmer

    thank you very much,I have a crop of grandma Bauer boob, chin, jaw, neck, eyebrow, forehead, and yes upper lip gray strays!!

  8. sweettreats725

    My 15 yr. old daughter Elaine and I are HUGE fans of Audrey Tautou as well! I know the movie is coming out soon; however, she would always be my top choice as the face for Chanel! Chanel No.5 reminds me of my grandmother…a farmer’s wife who was raised in the lap of luxury in her childhood/teen years…along with her hanky, she’d tuck a few drops of Chanel No.5 in her cleavage to feel extra special and always topped it off with red lipstick for special occasions.

    About the hair, I have thick, long straight hair…no curls and trying to get it to curl and stay that way is impossible – layers or not! You have beautiful hair (from what I can see in the pics) and will look great with Audrey’s ‘do! Enjoy the pampering – it sounds well-earned!:)

  9. anita

    1st visit via french essence..
    totally understand the no$forglam
    thing right now..i had to switch to an aveda school and have been exceedingly happy with the services there. first cut free in our area.
    enjoy your day of pampering

  10. Anonymous

    Just an FYI – “je suis très excitée” is a faux-ami and is usually only used to talk about sexual excitement (though that is starting to change nowadays with the influence of English on the French language).

  11. koralee

    I love finding new blogs and yours is a treasure….your hair is lovely…i am off to read some of your past posts! Happy day to you!

  12. koralee

    Sorry just me again…just watched that chanel clip…love love love it…so so romantic…just had to sign up as a follower…I don’t want to miss a thing!

  13. Parisienne Farmgirl

    Anonymous –
    I had a feeling that that was the case when I wrote it, somehow I thought, ya know what…this probably is not good!
    Do you have a correction for me? Compared to my French friends, as an American I tend to get a bit more enthused about things so how would I describe that?
    Thanks for your help…

  14. Laura [What I Like]

    I love her hair in that film! I too have an arrangement with a friend who otherwise would charge insane prices…I’m still not nearly as good about hair grooming as I should be, but it’s made me better than I would otherwise be!

  15. cityfarmer

    still cannot open the film …booho

  16. Joy

    Hmmm… and I always thought I didn’t like Chanel No.5 May have to purchase it now.

  17. Berlin Deluxxe

    Hey pretty lady! Do please enjoy every inch and minute of spa at home goodness 🙂

  18. Shawna

    BAH! I just read this post (obviously I have been lacking in my upkeep on here!) and laughed my booty off! You crack me up!

    I love it, Hope it all turned out well and made you feel as beautiful as you are! xo, *S


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