10 glasses of tea a day 7 face mas­sages a week 6 pieces of choco­late

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SO­NIA 7AM As soon as I am up, I will brush my hair. I eat break­fast first: tea and brown bread, and some­times a fresh fruit juice such as orange or grape­fruit. I write notes on the pre­vi­ous day in my note­book, and then I shower. I use only very high-qual­ity prod­ucts cus­tom-made for me in Évian-les-Bains. There is no brand; they are all by a spe­cial­ist who has stopped mak­ing them but makes an ex­cep­tion for me. I re­ceive them ev­ery month in my mailbox. Af­ter my shower I drink a big glass of tea while in­spect­ing the flow­ers in the flat and chang­ing their wa­ter. My first con­ver­sa­tion of the day is with my daugh­ter, Nathalie. I call her ev­ery morn­ing; it is a rit­ual. I love the tele­phone – my iPhone 5S is my only gad­get. I don’t read e-mails be­cause I hate them. I try to stay away from all that tech­nol­ogy, which I find amaz­ing, but it’s not for me. I pro­tect my­self from all that. Get­ting dressed takes me about 20 min­utes. Ev­ery day I wear the same suit, a long jersey or a crepe coat with wide short pants. The colour goes from black to dark brown. Only the jew­els change. My ac­ces­sories are all in a big bas­ket, and I make up my mind ac­cord­ing to the mood of the day. In gen­eral, a clas­sic strand of pearls and les faux dia­mants [rhine­stones] have a nice ef­fect. Cur­rently on my fin­gers I am wear­ing ru­bies from Marie-Hélène de Tail­lac over my ru­bies from Tif­fany’s – très chic! 10.30AM I give the draw­ings I’ve done in the morn­ing to my as­sis­tant. I don’t have meet­ings. Peo­ple call me and ask if they can come and visit me in my apart­ment. I say yes, and some­times I say no. It de­pends on the day. I talk face-to-face about the world, the fashion, the kids, the news, the fu­ture. 12.30PM I eat lunch rather early. I love Ja­panese. On Sun­days I usu­ally have lunch with my grand­daugh­ters and sis­ters. I drink thé de Chine from Mariage Frères all day long, 10 glasses at least. I work out ev­ery day with my per­sonal trainer, who used to be a soloist at the Opéra de Paris. But the best thing is to walk, which I do ev­ery day at the Jardin du Lux­em­bourg right af­ter lunch for an hour. 2.30PM My daugh­ter knows what I like and does most of the shop­ping for me. I love bags, shoes, ac­ces­sories, books. My favourite book­stores are L’Éc­ume des Pages on St.-Ger­main-des-Prés and Riz­zoli in New York. I am cur­rently reread­ing Madame Bo­vary. 6PM I read the press and re­lax. I look at Women’s Wear Daily and all the fashion mag­a­zines, all the po­lit­i­cal news­pa­pers, The New York Times, Le Monde, Libéra­tion, Le Fi­garo, and a lot of mag­a­zines about art auc­tions and galleries. I also lis­ten to mu­sic. I love opera! And I love an­tique sil­ver ob­jects; I own quite a lot of them. My big­gest in­dul­gences are dark choco­late from Pierre Hermé, les souf­flés au fro­mage from Cigale Ré­camier, le gâteau au fro­mage from Jean-Paul Hévin (sub­lime), and go­ing to le sa­lon de thé An­gelina. I just can’t live with­out choco­late – I have be­tween two and six pieces ev­ery day. 8PM I usu­ally have a light din­ner that al­ways ends with dark choco­late. My favourite cock­tail is a Bellini from Harry’s Bar in Venice. My son, Jean-Philippe, comes to have din­ner with me twice a week. I see my daugh­ter, my as­sis­tant, and the news on TV ev­ery day! I love to stay home watch­ing a good TV pro­gramme, or if I go out, a quick din­ner tête-à-tête. 10PM My fa­cial­ist comes to visit ev­ery night to do a long clean­ing and face mas­sage. 12AM My bed­room is dark-lac­quered navy blue from top to bot­tom. There are books ev­ery­where and a big-screen TV and pic­tures of my fam­ily. Nor­mally, I will go to sleep some­time around mid­night.

So­nia and Lola Rykiel

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