I found this great article in an english style mag with excerpts taken from a book just published called How To Be Parisian by Audrey Diwan, Anne Berest, Caroline de Maigret & Sophie Mas which gives us an insight to the Parisian women ( I'm taking notes! ) I love it for its honesty and simplicity... this book could be my new style bible.
It starts with - " Parisian women are chic but they are imperfect too " ( good to know..trying to emulate them for us other mere women would be impossible otherwise)…" She has a Chanel bag full of unpaid bills, forgets the gym when a friend wants to meet at Cafe de Flore and always takes off her makeup before bed but never brushes her hair before work…… I like her already!
Below are the top 5 secrets to love, life, beauty and fashion , the Parisian way.
THE BASICS: Find your perfume before you're 30, then wear it for the next 30 yrs. Culture is like eating fruit - it gives you a healthy glow.Everything you do should seem effortless and graceful. You don't always have to be made up, but you should always be well dressed.
WHAT YOU WON'T FIND IN HER WARDROBE: Three inch heels; why live life halfway? Logos - you're not a billboard. Nylon, polyester, viscose. A skimpy top - you're not 15 anymore. A fake designer bag.
HOW SHE PARENTS: The day she has a child she does not give up her somewhat adolescent life or her nights out with friends. Indeed , she doesn't give up anything.
HER THOUGHTS ON BEAUTY: Don't be afraid of ageing but beware plastic surgery, better to look your age than no age at all. Not too much makeup, too many colours or too many accessories. Either go all grey or no grey at all - salt and pepper is for the table. As your face gets messier with age your hair should get neater. The French manicure is the exact opposite of French chic.
HER MOTHER'S ADVICE ON LOVE: Age should never be an excuse. Love alone is not enough - you have to work at it. Be financially independent so that you love only for love. When you no longer want to love each other is when you're still in love. When you still want to love each other is when you have fallen out of love.