How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits
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From four stunning and accomplished French women -- at last -- a fresh and spirited take on what it really means to be a Parisienne: how they dress, entertain, have fun and attempt to behave themselves.
In short, frisky sections, these Parisian women give you their very original views on style, beauty, culture, attitude and men. The authors--Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas -- unmarried but attached, with children -- have been friends for years. Talented bohemian iconoclasts with careers in the worlds of music, film, fashion and publishing, they are untypically frank and outspoken as they debunk the myths about what it means to be a French woman today. Letting you in on their secrets and flaws, they also make fun of their complicated, often contradictory feelings and behavior. They admit to being snobs, a bit self-centered, unpredictable but not unreliable. Bossy and opinionated, they are also tender and romantic.
You will be taken on a first date, to a party, to some favorite haunts in Paris, to the countryside, and to one of their dinners at home with recipes even you could do -- but to be out with them is to be in for some mischief and surprises. They will tell you how to be mysterious and sensual, look natural, make your boyfriend jealous, and how they feel about children, weddings and going to 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, A Hangover, for Vintage Finds and much more.
How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are will make you laugh as you slip into their shoes to become bold and free and tap into your inner cool.
an awkward speed, clumsily stretching one leg out in front of the other, not unlike a duck, too proud to stop before the allocated fifteen minutes were up. Her panting betrayed her thirty years of careless living: cigarettes, alcohol, and a chronic lack of sleep. Despite the cramps, she stuck it out like a warrior. After twenty-three minutes, she leaves the gym proud and vowing to return soon. That was a month ago. The dilemma has continued to haunt her every day since. She thinks of her
come from the mouth of the man who, alone, seems to have invented black, Yves Saint Laurent. He used to say, “There’s not one black, but many blacks.” He managed to convince people that this achromatic style is a subtle art. If God made light, it seems that Saint Laurent turned it off just as successfully. TAILS. In truth, you must scratch below the surface to find the true meaning of this implacable darkness. Behind her posturing, the Parisienne hides a fear, a frenzied panic: that she is not
Crying is not a weapon, it’s little more than noise and needlessly wasted energy. Unless you never cry. In which case, the one time you do, you can be sure your tears will floor him. But beware it’s a one-trick pony. Pick your moment wisely, because you won’t get a second shot. JEALOUSY Jealousy is a complete bore for all involved, regardless of whether you’re on the giving or receiving end of it. It’s a no-win game. Instead of fanning the flames and causing a scene, retract your claws and
Sissi—The Young Empress discovered the pleasures of sleepless nights, nonconformity, and insouciance. In the sixties and the seventies, this young woman from Vienna instantly captured the hearts of the French, who admired her charm, her kindness, and her air of fragility. She quickly became a model of femininity for all Parisiennes. (illustration credit ill.7) JANE BIRKIN Jane Birkin, the British actress and singer who became the most Parisian of them all, sang the unforgettable 1969 song “Je
with anyone. CREPES Crepes are a specialty in France’s Brittany region, but the whole country makes them for their children on Shrove Tuesday. According to tradition, it’s fun to flip them in the air, especially when they land on somebody’s head and not in the pan. You can find a variation with caramelized sugar and Grand Marnier in Parisian brasseries under the name Crêpes Suzette. INGREDIENTS 1 cup flour 3 eggs 1 tablespoon vegetable (not olive) oil 3 tablespoons sugar (or vanilla