I have been so stressed out and over worked lately so going out clubbing can be a great way to shake it out and be in the moment. Some of you may already know that I enjoy EDM. So I went to see Dash Berlin at Omnia San Diego a couple of weeks ago and it was just simply awesome!!! I used to never record videos of my night life, but I’ve started to notice how much social media has taken over the dance floor seeing many people pulling up their phones when a new song was playing. And so I started sharing too (see my Instagram) but I still want to keep it fun and almost secretive about it.
Then, the way of dressing came to my mind along with the consciousness of avoiding to be seen during the night. Suddenly after reading this article here and an extract from our favorite blogger Garance Doré’s book Love Style Life, it started to make a bit of sense for how I felt on clubbing and dressing: Continue Reading “What to Wear For… A Night Out”
Is the Parisian’s world class admirable style only linked to Attitude? A as Attitude¹…
Without a doubt she has that indisputable look, that way of being chic with not much, ‘ Oh this? It’s Arjen’s shirt, mine’s at the dry cleaners .’ The way the Parisian does these things (always act cool but never wanting to look perfect) with such insouciance makes foreigners mad with jealousy. But alas truth be known, anything can be learned my friends. You don’t have to be born or grow up in Paris to be comme la Parisienne…So let’s get to it! It is a way of being, of moving, of thinking. That’s exactly why she is recognizable from afar, from NYC to Shanghai. It’s all in the Attitude so it’s 4 am … Can such panache of body language be seen anywhere else even in just hailing a taxi while perched on high heels (and she keeps the damn heels on from evening start to end of night, no cheating you American gals I’ve seen you!) (and well by then she is most probably drunk but let’s not mention that and rather focus on being chic shall we)? The movements are audacious and apologetically authoritative, but the smile she puts on will melt the poor taxi drivers’ heart. No taxi available this morning? The Parisian will grumble:’ Putain! Fait chier! Merdeeee!!!’ (FYI: typical phrase to memorize and say this with no moderation. I think it’s listed on any Paris survival guide) and you’re welcome 🙂
There is a kind of graceful arrogance also in the way she moves; be it flipping back her hair and throws a pfff (a sound that only exists in the French language). This sound can be used for everything and every time she expresses her discontentment or her disapproval or simply because she feels blasée… It’s 11 am, she could also be putting on big 70’s style sunglasses (because it’s still too early) while sitting at a terrace, looking above a cup of coffee at Café de Flore²’s (too touristy so let’s just say at any of her fav ‘ café’s terrace) and flirting with le beau jeune serveur because why not it’s already une VDM (Vie De Merde, locals would know the real Paris life haha but I assume that I am writing for non locals otherwise I’d get a pfff on this post anyways haha) (translation= FML) in Paris but life is still beautiful anyways. That is her well kept secret that our Parisian would never reveal… ‘moi, flirter? Non.’ This attitude and a poised look to make a simple white shirt, jeans and flats outfit look chic!
¹ Having the right attitude is more important than looking just all good to be the Parisian Chic. I am very excited to share with you a project in parallel with Parisian Chic in which I am aiming at helping people to advance and reaching their goals via providing you all with guides I am currently working on. So stay tuned!
² Note on Café de Flore: Arjen and I don’t really quite enjoy having our ptit dej at this place so much to be honest. It’s so crowded of tourists who want be seen there. A bit pretentious in my opinion. Let alone the price pfff Non merci! So we never quite get the experience we enjoy having: relaxed, low key, and intimate atmosphere. In fact, in Paris I prefer a cozy restaurant where we can converse with the server, the neighbors, or the owners. It makes the dining experience far more fulfilling other than the food itself. Yeah ok we are social creatures like that :p
For a bit of humor, I am leaving you with this video extract of french comic Olivier Giraud on ‘How to become Parisian in one hour.’ His tutorial on how to survive in Paris is hilarious so check it out here! And it’s in English 🙂
Photo: Courtesy of Eleonore Toulin
Being a French expat in the U.S. for a very long time now gave me some retrospectives of what the concept of Parisian Chic may be and the reasons why foreigners are so drawn into it. I didn’t get why it has become such a celebrated perception until my recent frequent trips to Europe made me realized a thing or two about me…
1. Attempts to conceal my French accent will always be a miserable failure so I have just given up all at once (dammit I actually dreamed that I someday would become a ‘real’ American accent-free but that’s never gonna happen for me because the more I go back home the worst the accent gets to my disappointment and well also I’m too French to be polite …)
2. Ok so we gather that no one needs to get that accent to be a Parisian Chic. In fact, Inès de la Fressange, author of Parisian Chic book who is from St Tropez said that ‘you don’t need to be born in Paris to have Parisian style’ then what is Parisian Chic? How do we recognize her from afar? Continue Reading “Parisian Chic”