Shari is a freelance writer, blogger and stylist living in the beautiful Barossa Valley in South Australia. A passionate upcycler, she dreams of one day living in a handmade tree house.
Published November 6th 2016
French women seem to have it all - style, sex appeal and great skin! Maybe it can be ours too? So, with this mission in mind, I headed to my local library and got started on my hunt for a way to uncover their tricks. A few pertinent sounding books were selected from libraries all over the state, arriving within days, and the research began.
First read was "How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are". This book is written by a group of French friends who discuss dating, skincare, fashion, eating well, friendship and living in the city of love. Their real life tales of French life were fun to read, and the images of Paris apartments and street style are to die for. From this book, we learn that French women rarely wash their hair more than once a week, and always make great friends with a tailor. You'll have bouncy, natural hair, and your clothes will fit perfectly.
Bright Lights Paris
The next book on the list is "Bright Lights Paris" which is written by a young stylist who has made Paris her home for a number of years. In this stylish guide to each of the districts (arrondissements) of the city of chic, we are told of the "essential woman" who resides within each. We learn how she styles herself, how she styles her home, the stores she frequents, the bars she dates in, and it is filled with street style shots of real Parisians who exemplify the examples she gives. This book also has some gorgeous illustrations to drool over. I found this book really inspiring and will no doubt add this to my Christmas wish list.
My next read was this style guide for the more mature amongst us, but don't worry, there was zero preachy 'do not wear' nonsense in this book. After all, who needs to be told what to do at our age? "Forever Chic" is filled with amazing advice about French beauty care options, which leave one's skin feeling like the proverbial infants posterior, and one's hair like spun silk. I will never waste my money on anything from a beauty counter again! (Unless it's a fierce lipstick!) I have followed her advice about products, buying only four chemist stocked items, at a total cost of less than fifty dollars, and I swear to you all, my skin started looking and feeling like unblemished teenage skin in a matter of days. If you buy any of my reviewed books, make it this one. Or, call me, I promise to share the fifty dollar dream team! Her other advice is one every French woman swears by, and that is a dermatologist visit at least once a year. This I will do, once you all like this article and I can afford it.
The last book is the one featured in the heading of this article, "Paris Street Style", a wonderful way to finish your French living studies. Filled with wonderful photographs of French women at their insouciant best, wandering the streets of Paris with the tousled hair, nonchalant poses and knowing eyes of the truly stylish; they show us what we too can be.
Paris Street Style
Filled with the wonder of being ourselves, using the art of fashion and the gift of self-care to make us more than just living clothes hangers, or simulacrums of one another... dress yourself as the main player in your very own life story, love yourself as much as you can, and shine!