I had to kick off January with a follow up on my #1 New Year’s Resolution. I bought this book, How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits, several months ago, but never fully read through it until about two weeks ago. Let me just say that this book now has a permanent spot on my nightstand.
It takes the perspectives of four French girl bosses – Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas – on what it means to be French. The book is made up of several short sections on topics like cultivating personal style, signature scents, love & sex, hosting a dinner party, etc.
I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I purchased Rosetta Stone in French last year so this book was even more alluring to me. Because it’s set up in little short sections, you can read one or a few right before bed which I love. I feel chicer just going to sleep. It’s full of wit, insight, and Parisienne secrets.
Here’s a very small tidbit from one of my favorite sections:
When You Can Have Anything
“She doesn’t have a ring on each finger, or a big diamond on each ring.
She doesn’t wear a gold watch that costs as much as a fancy car.
In fact, she doesn’t own a fancy car.
She doesn’t carry an enormous designer bag.
But she might have a newspaper under her arm.
She might mention Sartre or Foucault in a conversation.
It’s her personality that sparkles and nothing else: the signs of intellectual wealth.”
I highly recommend this book to every woman. It’s a quick empowering read that can be re-read a million times. I read it two weeks ago and still am picking it up to read little sections every few days. This is 100% a book you will want a hard copy of because it functions as a chic coffee table book and it’s full of photographs.
Because I love supporting bookstores, go purchase at your closest Barnes & Noble OR order a copy online here! Why wouldn’t you want to start off your 2017 on a chic note?
Berest, Anne, et al. How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits. Doubleday, 2014, p. 104.
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