How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are, a guidebook penned by Caroline de Maigret and friends Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, and Sophie Mas. From four stunning and accomplished French women — 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, motherhood, culture, attitude and men. 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.
Here are aphorisms every girl must know. To be read out loud every night before going to bed. Even when inebriated:
- Don’t be afraid of aging. As the saying goes, don’t be afraid of anything but fear itself.
- Find “your” perfume before you turn thirty. Wear it for the next thirty years.
- No one should ever see your gums when you talk or laugh.
- If you own only one sweater, make sure it’s cashmere.
- Wear a black bra under your white blouse, like two notes on a sheet of music.
- One must live with the opposite sex, not against them. Except when making love.
- Be unfaithful: cheat on your perfume, but only on cold days.
- Go to the theater, to the museums, and to concerts as often as possible: it gives you a healthy glow.
- Be aware of your qualities and your faults. Cultivate them in private but don’t obsess.
- Make it look easy. Everything you do should seem effortless and graceful.
- Not too much makeup, too many colors, too many accessories.
- Take a deep breath and keep it simple.
- Your look should always have one thong left undone-the devil is in the details.
- Be your own knight in shining armor.
- Cut your own hair or ask your sister to do it for you.Of course you know celebrity hairdressers, but only as friends.
- 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.
- Either go all gray or no gray hair. Salt and pepper is for the table.
- Fashion rules the world and Parisians rule fashion. Fine, it may not be true. But the world still needs fairy tales