Asylum’s political correspondent, Ophélie, owner of the Paris bakery, Beurre, and part time Baccarat player here at the Asylum, asked to share a few of her nonpolitical thoughts at this special time of year. Since she hasn’t won at Baccarat for quite a while when she visits us, we thought…what the hell – why not!
Ladies, haven’t you grown weary of men not being gentlemen? I know I have. I’ve been doing my part, being a pretty lady, chic, living here in Paris, donning dresses, hair up most of the time, the perfect earrings, the perfect necklace – dresses worn – you can’t imagine the trouble I go to find the perfect dress, just for the everyday. And the shoes…come now! The most complimentary shoes for every outfit. And I haven’t even gotten to the most sexy part of all it…the brain. Engaging, a sense of humor, intelligent – yes, I try hard. It’s all part of the chase, n’est-ce pas?
But we have people, not just men but women also, coming out to the market in their pajamas! You know, being a lady…a French lady, that I don’t use profanity, but my Mon Dieu! What gives here? You roll out of bed and don’t care enough to present yourself in the best possible light? Rolling out of bed and staying that way for a time is reserved for weekend mornings (or when you’re ill) when you have a gentlemen present, who is cooking you breakfast just because he loves your prettiness, loves your scent, loves your mind, loves your sexiness, loves your femininity…he just loves YOU and wants to make you happy.
Of course, putting in the effort to always be a lady for you men is quite exasperating when most men think it’s acceptable these days to go out dressed like this……………..⇒
Look men, I don’t dress up for you, only to have you show up dressed like a teenage boy for me, okay? Advice to the “modern man” – kick it back a little to the “old school” days and give a damn about your appearance, and that doesn’t mean you start wearing suits that have the same fit of the suits that Pee Wee Herman wears. Instead, try thinking Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, William Holden or even Humphrey Bogart – and their manners wouldn’t hurt either.
Let’s pretend and then try to make it so…let’s go back to a time when women and men respected each other, dressed up not only for themselves but for each other as well. Maybe if we each made an effort toward tastefulness, manners, style, class and elegance…the world would follow suit.
I leave you with a quote from Audrey Hepburn:
“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed. Never throw anything out.”
And to end this with a little old school, Holiday class, hope you enjoy the offering below
The Christmas Waltz – Robert Goulet & Carol Lawrence