La Mom was on the receiving end of a very direct stare down from one of the French moms in front of the school gates. I couldn't understand why. I mean, I was dressed in my designer jeans, Paul & Joe top, Tod's mules, Prada bag, diamonds, and had my hair blown-out. I looked very chic (or so I thought). So what was wrong with me?
It took a few minutes of studying my habitat before it dawned on me that I wasn't one of them.
Well that brings us to La Mom's fun new game called, "Mommy Profiling."
Today's Maman du Jour:
Mom Natural habitat: Paris´ 7th, 8th, 16th & 17th arrondissements, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Western suburbs
- Hangouts: church, the clothing stores Cyrillus & Acanthe
- Uniform : This mom likes to camouflage herself in shades of loden and navy blue. Her armor screams, « I´m old money and have a crumbling family château - back off, chèrie. »
- How to spot her: A true bourgeoise mom can always be spotted by her efficient and very boring bob, requisite velvet headband, either a scratched leather Longchamps handbag circa 1995 or the Longchamps foldup nylon bag, and telltale jewlery: a ruby, emerald, or sapphire engagement ring surrounded by small diamonds (I think the style is referred to as a flower) and of course the gold signet ring (with the family crest)on the right-hand pinky. Oh, and I almost forgot "CPCH" - colllier de perles (pearl necklace) carré Hermès (Hermès scarf).
She won´t let her kids set foot in the Parc Monceau sandbox because there´s "caca de chat" in there.
- Raison d´Etre : L´education. Not as in "I´ll die if petit Jean-Baptiste doesn´t get into Harvard"-- more like, "How can I hold my head up in public if Louis-Pierre can´t cut his entrecôte properly by age 2? "
- Profession: Her life is completely dedicated to raising her 4, 5 , or 6 children. See "Raison d´Etre".
- Vacations: Family´s country house in Normandy
- Family name: Most likely has a "de", "de la", or "double de" mixed in. For example, "Bonjour, I'm Victoire de Varenne de Royal."
- Children´s names: Boys - Jean- xxx (insert: Louis, Pierre, Edouard) Auguste, Girls - Marie-XXX (insert: Marguerite, Claire, Marie, Ange, Louise) Philomène, Apolline, Sixtine, Faustine, Domitille
Coming soon...profiling pictures!