How the French master the menopause
30th April 2018
‘They can replace hands and lungs, they can fit pacemakers, but they can’t do a damn thing about hot flushes,’ laments the lead character in the new French hit film Aurore, or I Got Life! to give it its English title. My first reaction on hearing this …
It’s god eat dog out there…
26th April 2018
We are besieged by political correctness wherever we go. And it seems rather one-sided. For example, I was amazed to see that while my local supermarket wasn’t selling Easter eggs this year (they are “chocolate” eggs apparently) it was proudly displayi …
19th April 2018
I can’t resist a bargain, so when my favourite nail salon offered me 50% off false eyelashes I thought ‘it would be rude not to’. So off I trotted yesterday to have them done, having completed a patch test a few days ago to make sure I wasn’t allergic …
Emergency hydration (with added bonus)
24th March 2018
I try to do a mask three times a week. This morning I tried the Clarins SOS Hydra Refreshing Hydration Mask, which I loved. It’s a cream/gel so doesn’t feel too oppressive, even though the texture is thick and luxurious. It glides on perfectly and afte …
Pasta alla Nonna
20th March 2018
The key ingredient is parmesan. Think of an amount and double it. At least. The first time I cooked Pasta alla Nonna, or grandmother’s pasta, I was 12 years old and had never tasted parmesan. That may sound ridiculous, especially as I’m half Italian, b …
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About Helena Frith Powell
Helena Frith Powell was born in Sweden to a Swedish mother and Italian father, but grew up mainly in England. She is the author of eleven books, translated into several languages including Chinese and Russian. She wrote the French Mistress column The Sunday Times about life in France for several years. She is a regular contributor to the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, The Times, Daily Telegraph, Tatler Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar.
Helena has been the editor of four magazines, including M Magazine, a supplement for the Abu Dhabi based National Newspaper and FIVE, a high-end fashion glossy, also published in Abu Dhabi. Helena was also editor in chief of 360 Life, a quarterly glossy magazine published with the Sports 360 Newspaper in Dubai, part of the Chalhoub Group. She writes a beauty blog wwwbeautyorbeast.uk.
Her third novel, The Arnolfini Marriage, based on a romance that evolves around a van Eyck masterpiece came out in 2016. As well as writing regularly for newspapers and magazines, Helena is also working on a thriller called Welcome to Sweden that will be published in spring 2018. Her latest non-fiction work Smart Women Don’t Get Wrinkles is out in hardback and will be out in paperback in January 2018.
Helena was educated at Durham University and lived in the Languedoc region of France for eight years, where the family still have a home. She lives in London with her husband Rupert and their three children.