Friday, March 27, 2009

La Mom’s been Sliimed

Okay, it’s a lot less gross than it sounds – I’ve been seduced by Sliimy, the latest Frenchy Internet sensation.

20-year old Sliimy (pronounced Sleem-mee) hails from Saint-Etienne, where he won a local singing competition and a little recording contract. But it was his cover of Britney Spears’ “Womanizer” and homemade video posted on YouTube that sent shock waves far beyond France. Petit Sliimy got picked up by Warner Music and his album comes out in spring 2009.

With his funky, androgynous Prince-meets-Pee Wee Herman look and smoky R&B voice, Sliimy’s already generated an amazing buzz in France.

Check out the video for his first single, Wake Up:

La Mom wants to know – does Sliimy have what it takes to become an international pop star?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Naughty but Nice

Ahh, Paris – the city of love.

Hey, I fell for it – with a backdrop of Notre Dame and a sparkling Eiffel Tower as petillante as the champagne in my glass, Big Cheese didn’t have to work too hard to woo me.

So how do women take advantage of all that Paris has to offer (*ahem*)? Luckily, travel journalist extraordinaire, Heather Stimmler-Hall, has written a guidebook for classy girls who consider France their oyster – a powerful aphrodisiac, bien sûr.

From exclusive lingerie shops to ultra-classy swingers’ clubs (oh la la!), Naughty Paris is a lady’s guide to the Sexy City.

Find out more about Heather’s sultry tips in La Mom’s exclusive interview!

In the Naughty Corner with Heather Stimmler-Hall

What’s Naughty Paris all about?

Naughty Paris is a guidebook to Paris for the “Sex in the City” generation of women: they’re confident, mature, intelligent...and they want to have fun!

What inspired you to write the Naughty Paris guide?

I've been writing Secrets of Paris newsletter for eight years and have given tours for four years, so a lot of people have asked for this kind of information, both women and men. I thought that there was a real gap in the market for a travel guide to Paris that was more upscale and sexy than the average guidebook.

Did you do all the research yourself?

I visited every single location listed in the book, and even a few places that didn’t make it into the book! I also consulted a lot of French guides on the subject and interviewed friends (especially for the chapter on French men, which no one woman could possibly write alone!)

What’s the most surprising fact you discovered while writing the book?

That some things aren’t as shocking when seen or visited in context, but would definitely raise eyebrows if you tried talking about it at the family dinner table!

What’s your pick for Paris’ sexiest place?

Ooh, that’s a hard one. I really love the corset shops on the Rue Quincampoix, but bars like Flûte and the Curio Parlor are my favorite on dates.

What are your tips for women looking to sex up their lives back home?

The fastest way to feel instantly sexy is to buy lingerie and high heels that are only for the bedroom. Forget practical, go for wow! And I should add that women should pick the shoes and lingerie that turn THEM on, because if you’re turned on, your man will be too.

Is it true that Frenchmen are attracted to women of all ages?

Don’t think that age makes a difference in France. If anything, older women have an advantage here. French men love women with character and self-confidence, which is not quite developed yet for women in their twenties.

Discover more about Naughty Paris and Heather Stimmler-Hall at

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Maman du Jour – La Copine

I know what you’re thinking – why does La Mom hang out with all of these freak show expat mommies?

Well, let me tell you – if you want to “speek ze Eeenglish”, you don’t have a lot of choice. Imagine you’re on the Titanic and there’s only a few lifeboats left. All of a sudden you get a lot less picky about the company you keep when you’re drowning in Frenchness 24/7.

That’s why every mom needs La Copine, a real French friend. She’s the one who thinks your lame American cooking is exotic (“J’adore Old El Pas-O! Your fah-hee-TAS are sooo délicieux!”) and that your kids are adorable even when one of them smacks the other and starts a shriek-fest at your neighborhood café.

How come she’s so laid-back? La Copine actually thinks there’s life outside of France! She speaks English fluently – not to mention about 4 other languages. New food, music, friends – La Copine is always up for an adventure.

Sidebar: Kudos to you if you find a Copine – it’s pretty hard to get to know your average French femme. Parisiennes don’t have the American pack mentality. They don’t really do the split-a-bottle-of-wine-and-bitch-about-the-hubby thing. And they’d rather stick bamboo under their perfectly manicured fingernails than share their hairdresser’s phone number with a pal – her so-called friend might end up (gasp) looking better than she does!

La Copine

Natural habitat: Anywhere in Paris that has an exotic vibe.

Hangout: The Göethe Institut in the 16th arondissement – it’s so much fun to learn another language!

Uniform: Chic Comptoir des Cotonniers basics jazzed up with her own personal finds – elaborately beaded slippers from Morocco, a luminous scarf from Tanzania.

How to spot her: Lunching at the local Indian joints at Passage Brady or trying the special of the day at Laos Siam in the 20th arondissement.

Raison d’Etre: Travel – what’s the point of having 6 weeks of vacation a year if you don’t get out of L'Héxagone?

Profession: High-powered job in marketing or sales – but her motto is “work to live, not live to work”.

Pre-kids – backpacking across Thailand. Post-kids – Penguin-spotting at the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa.

Children’s names:

Boys – Mathis, Matteo, Romain
Girls – Chloé, Rose, Lise

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