How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are

Bonjour, mes amis! So, there's this book I've had my nose in on and off for the past year and a half. It's called, "How To Be Parisian Wherever You are" by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas. Four inspirational ladies from France. Let's be honest, I'm obsessed with the French. One of my many dreams is to take trip to Paris and soak in the culture. Drink red wine and eat baguettes and macarons at all the best local cafes. Speak fluently in French with the locals. I draw a lot of fashion and beauty inspiration from Jane Birkin and Jeanne Damas, and I've been teaching myself the language, little by little. This book is written in a more humorous tone and while it's more of a "coffee table" book and not meant to be taken too seriously, there are little tips and stories scattered throughout the book that I absolutely adore. I thought I'd share a few of those tips and just write a quick overall review on the book for you...

1. Find "your" perfume before you turn thirty. Wear it for the next thirty years.
2. Not too much makeup, not too many colors, not too many accessories...
3. Drink at least one glass of red wine between 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
4. Treat yourself to some flowers to brighten up your apartment.
5. Aspirin in the water makes your roses live a little longer. 
6. Read the newspaper by yourself on your lunch break. 
7. Promise yourself you'll spend next weekend in the countryside. 
8. Go to the theater, to museums, and to concerts as often as possible: it gives you a healthy glow. 
9. Make it look easy. Everything you do should look effortless and graceful. 
10. (A few things you won't find in her closet): Logos, you are not a billboard; A skimpy top, you are not fifteen anymore; Blingy jeans with embroidery, they belong in Bollywood. 

Overall, I think the book is so cute. It's silly, shamelessly snobby and sarcastic, and downright Parisian. There were a few inappropriate parts of the book and a few curse words sprinkled around. Once again, this book shouldn't be taken completely literal, but if you're at all interested in the Parisian lifestyle and looking for a light-hearted book to laugh along with, I think you'll find this quite enjoyable.  I'm always looking for similar books to this one if you know of any, please let me know in the comments! Reading is something I find a lot of joy and peace in, though I find myself making less and less time for it - something I'm trying to change! I hope to start reviewing and discussing books more and more in the future so keep an eye out for that!


Minimalism: Decluttering Your Mind

Just when we all thought I had covered almost everything on minimalism, I came back with yet another place you can declutter and live more simply: your mind. Usually when one thinks of minimalism, they think of physical stuff or tiny homes or fitting all personal belongings into a backpack. But as I always say, it should be applied to all aspects in your life, including your mind. Our minds can get so filled with junk at times, and by junk I mean worrisome, negative thoughts.  Thoughts that don't have any positive impact on our well-being. Think of your mental space as a tiny home. In your tiny home, you only allow what is good and useful for you.

The first step to decluttering your mind and keeping it that way is to set some boundaries and say no. A good example of this is to leave work at work. Or set a work time if you're self-employed. Don't reply to those emails late at night. Another example could be a very busy, congested schedule. Always saying yes to friends or colleagues on potential plans. The busier you are, the busier your mind becomes. And it goes without saying that the busier your mind becomes, the more likely it is to become filled with junk and extra baggage -- ick!! This can and will most definitely make it harder to focus on one thing at a time. This leads me to the next step...

Focus on the here and now. The fast and future have a sneaky way of creeping into our thoughts and there just isn't enough room to think about the past, present, and future. Of course we should always set some time aside to look back on the past and reflect, and also -of course- we should always set time aside to think about and plan out the future, but when you're completing a task, be present with it. Be present with all you do and flush out the "brain junk." And not only that, but often times the past and future can discourage us - making us believe our past failures define us and that what we're currently working on could lead to future failure. There's no room in your tiny home for those sort of thoughts.

Ultimately, a decluttered mind will bring you peace of mind and isn't that really the end goal? Say no to plans. Don't let yourself be overwhelmed. Set boundaries. Be present. Meditate if you need to. Don't let people or negative thoughts live "rent-free" in your mind, as one says. Our brains, like homes, have a tendency to fill up the empty space, but why not just leave that space? Give your mind room to grow, bloom, and focus on only what will serve you best.
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