Just Another Wish List - The Paris Book Edition

by - Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Have you ever felt a strong urge to change something in your life, starting from something small like adding an outfit you wouldn't have dared to wear a few months/years ago to something big like changing your whole wardrobe and maybe even your hair? If you haven't then I may sound like a complete imbecile to you, but for those who have shared this feeling before, keep on reading. Especially if you also share a love for all things French.

As a child I remember my mother adopting the Parisian chic style, with her short black bob, her red flats and stripey blue and white tops. At that moment in time I was completely ignorant in regards to fashion, let alone influences coming from the biggest catwalks of the globe. Paris to me was the capital of the country whose language I was studying (and deeply loving) and was hoping to visit one day. 

Growing up and after I started comprehending the concept of fashion and its trends, I remember thinking I was way too "metal" to dress like that (still a metalhead at heart, but my wardrobe doesn't suffer anymore). I was going through what's known as teenager's rebellion. I liked the style, don't get me wrong, it just wasn't for me at that time. Yet here I am now, around the same age my mum was when she sported the look and I'm feeling it all the closer to my heart. So close I need to learn more about it, especially if I am to give it a predominant place in my wardrobe. Thus comes the book wishlist!

  • How to be Parisian wherever you are (Sophie Mas, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, Anne Berest)How To Be Parisian brilliantly deconstructs the French woman's views on culture, fashion and attitude. Bohemian free-thinkers and iconoclasts, Anne Berest, Caroline De Maigret, Audrey Diwan and Sophie Mas cut through the myths in this gorgeous, witty guide to Parisienne savoir faire. These modern Parisiennes say what you don't expect to hear, just the way you want to hear it. They are not against smoking in bed, and all for art, politics and culture, making everything look easy, and going against the grain. They will take you on a first date, to a party and through a hangover. They will tell you how to be mysterious and sensual, make your boyfriend jealous, the right way to approach weddings and the gym, and they will share their address book in Paris for where to go at the end of the night, for a birthday, for a smart date, for vintage finds and much more. Full of wit and self-deprecating humour, How To Be Parisian explains those confusing subjects of clothes, makeup, men, culture and lifestyle as only a true Parisienne can.

  • Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange (Ines de la Fressange, Sophie Gachet)Celebrity model Ines de la Fressange shares the well-kept secrets of how Parisian women maintain effortless glamour and timeless allure. Ines de la Fressange, France's icon of chic shares her personal tips for living with style and charm, gleaned from decades in the fashion industry. She offers specific pointers on how to dress like a Parisian, including how to mix affordable basics with high-fashion touches, and how to accessorize. Her step-by-step dos and donts are accompanied by fashion photography, and the book is personalized with her charming drawings. Ines also shares how to bring Parisian chic into your home, and how to insert your signature style into any space, even the office. Complete with her favorite addresses for finding the ultimate fashion and decorating items, this is a musthave for any woman who wants to add a touch of Paris to her own style.

  • Paris Street Style: A Guide to Effortless Chic (Isabelle Thomas, Frederique Veysset)New York, London, Milan and Tokyo may be some of the most fashionable cities in the world, but one country seems to have won the award of the most wanted style: France, where women mix trendy and chic in way that appears effortless. Fashion writers Isabelle Thomas and Frederique Veysett explain the je nais se quoi of French style. Through interviews and witty quotes, renowned experts on French style, fashion stylists, editors, boutique owners and designers tell us all there is to know about the French fashion and elegance. Starring both celebrities and anonymous women met in the streets, richly illustrated by hand drawn illustrations and Veysett's striking photos, Paris Street Style is the inspirational fashion bible that will help you, no matter where you are from, develop an everyday style of timeless glamour, votre style francais.

Some names you may have never heard, others we've talked about before (Ines de la Fressange curated one of the "My Little Box" boxes some time ago), but these people are here to share their love of Paris and its fashion culture in the hopes of infusing some of that distinct Parisian chic unto us. Maybe I'm growing old, or maybe I'm becoming more feminine, either way I'm willing to give this a try. Thank goodness my next paycheck isn't that far away!

Until next time, 


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