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!



  1. I loved your review, so on point and captured the heart of the book. I have recently blogged about this and 2 more books, you might have a look: Helene.

  2. I loved your review! And omg it's my dream to go to paris, drink red wine, eat macarons and baguettes, speak fluently french with the locals and imagine how beautiful it must be to watch the sun set behind the eiffel tower!

    Also have you read La Parisienne by Ines De La Fressange? It's really similar to this book.

    xx bella


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