Soon enough I will be back in Paris and back being a Parisienne once again. (Look out there is two parts to this post as it became way too long to share everything in one post!)
I am leaving London behind, and going to be a parisian for a few weeks or months who knows what lies ahead… (And then New York here I come!!!) Funny enough I kind of fell upon a lovely book in the sale section at Anthropologie this weekend called “How to be parisian wherever you are” written by four parisians.
I was laughing so loud that I kind of had to buy it, and moreover I found it so ironic to find this book at this time of my life when I am at crossroad and going back to Paris.
The more I flicked through it the more I found the book endearing and in a weird way most of it is true! I recognised my self in it, which was comforting and strangely entraining at the same time.
It reminded me of my roots and my parisian upbringing, so when I feel lost wherever I am, New York, Brazil, or where else I could find myself I can look at it and laugh.
So here are a few quotes that I really enjoyed… and kind of resonated with me!
To start I wanted to open with this quote,: “The Most Famous Parisiennes are Foreigners.” So they refer to Marie Antoinette, Josephine Baker, Romy Schneider, Jane Birkin, and to this list I want include Dita, (which is pictured at the start of the post in Paris at the Spring 2015 Couture) she isn’t a traditional parisienne (as she too made up really) but she aspire to be. More like all these women before she is an adopted Parisienne. The way she dresses suits her so well, and she is so chic all the time. She is always so elegant. Her looks are vintage inspired which I love, she knows what works for her and that’s why I love her so much.
She is confident in who she is. And she has kind of has a love affair with Christian Louboutin’s shoes! (look at her here wearing the Salopatina on Harper’s Baazar cover)
So going back to the book I want to share more quotes and advices it gives on being a Parisienne.
Starting with “Parisian Snobbisms”
Don’t follow trends. (trends follow you.)
Don’t use abbreviations when texting (and emoticons should be only for your girlfriends.)
Embrace your inner snob. (Because let’s face it, that’s who you are.) (p.73) (I know deep down I am a bit of a Parisian snob.. and I never text with abbreviations!)
Moving on to the skin rituals which French women are famous for (this quote is true about me and kind of describes me perfectly!)
“Play with what nature gave you.make the most of it. This is what your mother passed on to you. Along with her science of creams that verge on witchcraft. (Haha so true!) you’ve never counted the number of jars in your bathroom but you know there is one for every inch of your face and then some. Your first hangover aside you never go to bed without taking off your make up, so you fall asleep not smelling like the party. Yes, you climb into bed more tired from this care. But that’s the price we pay to save our skin.” (p.103)
Then touching on jewellery again this is so true, and most of my jewellery (aside from H&M bits and pieces) are what it says in this quote…
“The Parisienne wears very little jewellery the inseparable: a fine chain, a simple ring, a family heirloom. It is as discreet as possible, and should subtly suit you. It’s your trademark. The back story: you don’t need to own a lot of jewellery but each piece whether a memento from your family or your travels should tell a story. Their value lies not their price but in their sentiments.” (p.129)
How to be parisian wherever you are Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, Sophie Mas, Ebury Press (2014)
Dita Von Teese in red taken from Style.com
Harper’s Bazaar cover taken from Dita Von Teese Instagram account