Bonjour! How to be Parisian? Wherever you are
This English written BOOK has been on my wish list for ages. And in December I asked Maikel, who told me he bought this book, if I could borrow it. He brought it to me last time he was in Stockholm (remember he took the pictures of my backpack.
Maikel borrowed a book from me as well and so are we trying to keep each other smart haha! Reading books is healthy for the brain right? It’s always nice to read a book where others are so excited about. The reason I was so interested, is because I love Paris so much! One of my favorite places in Stockholm was Maison Laduree. They closed it now, I almost cried when I found out. I hope they will reopen it somewhere in Stockholm.
Since I met my Parisian friend here in Stockholm, I started to love that city even more. She is a true Parisienne! Wherever she is. It’s always good to have international friends, it’s such a wealth to know people with different nationalities I believe. She came once to Amsterdam to visit us and our newborn when we lived there. A close friend I must say.
To quote the book itself:
At last, a fun and spirited take on what it really means to be a Parisienne in the 21st Century.
The book is written by a group of friends, as well as talented iconoclasts; Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas. Isn’t that just great? I would love to write a book with some of my friends, that would be so cool.
So what do you learn about being a Parisian? Basically everything. In chapter one you learn How the Parisienne is seen by a Parisian man, that she is a mother with flaws, what it means to be “au naturel” and so on, you know, the basics.
What made me laugh:
She buys very expensive shoes, but never polishes them.
She’s aware that her flaws mess with her life. But changing is too much work.
There are recipes in it how to cook and to host parties like a Parisienne.
Chapter three tells you how to look like a Parisienne. What less is more means and how to take care of your skin. You’ll find some look-books. In the whole book you will find great pictures on almost every other page. I love that, that’s why it feels like reading a magazine, but still it’s a book. The texts are short and easy to read. You can read the book from beginning to the end but you don’t have to read everything in order to understand other parts of the book. So whatever YOU feel like reading, you can read. Read it at night, with a cup of Rituals tea like I did!
Chapter four tells you all about love. The ideal man:
He’s not muscular. (You’d rather think of him reading a book than lifting weights).
He’s unshaven. (Just enough so that you never fully see the man behind the stubble.)
The 5th chapter tells you how to spend your spare time. Some more cooking recipes. Just all kinds of tips and advice actually. Some films and how to get away with cheating (don’t take this too serious girls).
The last chapter is all about French words and language. 15 French words you need to use in your vocabulary. At last, you’ll find an address book full of great hotspots in Paris. Just what we needed after learning how to be a Parisian; a trip to Paris. I hope my fiancé is reading this blogpost too. He promised me – and I am NOT joking – that if we would be one year together, he would take me to Paris. I think he has difficulties finding the right hotel for us. He’s been planning this for more than 3 years now ha ha. Maybe he should read this book.
What do you think about this book? Are you interested and would you find yourself being a Parisian (wherever you are)? Let me know if you like.
04 Sept 2014