Montreal has been way too cold for me to even dare venture outside these days and since my husband and I have watched every possible movie on Netflix, I decided to grab a couple books at Chapters last month. Over the past years, I had forgotten how relaxing and therapeutic it felt to disconnect, light a candle and just read a book. No TV/computer screen, notifications or Facebook game requests… Just me, my thoughts and my little furry friend named Bailey. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about that “Netflix and chill” (actual Netflix and chill), but sometimes it helps to detach yourself from all electronic devices, even if only for 30 min.
One of the books I finished recently was How to be Parisian Wherever you are by Caroline de Maigret, Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan and Sophie Mas. It’s a light read, perfect for a day at the beach, a long car ride or in my case, a Sunday morning appointment with my couch.
The book exposes tips and tricks regarding life as only a true Parisienne can. Now if you’ve ever travelled to France, you’ve certainly noticed French women have a natural (almost innate) sense of style. But what exactly makes French women… so French? It’s hard to explain, but who better to tell you than a French woman herself.
This illustrated handbook explores several subjects such as fashion, lifestyle, attitude,
“Always be fuckable: when standing in line at the bakery on a Sunday morning, buying champagne in the middle of the night, or even picking the kids up from school. You never know.”
makeup, men and beauty.
“The Parisienne retains her little imperfections, cherishes them even (the gap in her smile or her slightly crooked tooth, her prominent eyebrows or strong nose): these are the signs of a certain strength of character and allow her to feel beautiful without being perfect.”
How to be Parisian brilliantly deconstructs the French woman’s views on culture, fashion and life itself with just the right amount of wit and charming banter.
While this book is by no means a great literary masterpiece, I enjoyed perusing these light-hearted anecdotes and vignettes. Perfect if you’re looking for a light and easy read, just like a Sunday morning…
So bundle up, grab a book and stay warm lovelies… xoxo
P.S. Here are some other book recommandations you might enjoy:
- Love Style Life by Garance Doré (I highly reccomend this one!)
- Lessons from Madame Chic : 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris, by Jennifer L. Scott
- Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic, by Jennifer L. Scott