Before moving to new york, Phillips lived in Paris, and she still travels to her apartment there frequently. Part travel narrative and part lifestyle guide, inspired by Paris: Why Borrowing from the French Is Better Than Being French is a must-read for anyone who's ever dreamed about traveling to or living in France.
Author jordan Phillips is a bona fide Francophile. Just show her a wedge of oozy French cheese or a slightly dilapidated Mansard roof, and she'll swoon every time. But through these experiences, she learned that--as in so many things in life--fantasy is often better than reality. Filled with historical tidbits, " "the paris syndrome, motivational nuggets, chapters such as "La Vie Est Belle, and honest insight, " and "Jacques-in-the-Box" reveal the truth of what it's really like to live in the most beautiful city in the world.
Whether you're headed to paris next week or never make it there at all, this chatty and information-packed book will introduce you to the real City of Light--beyond the fantasy of the Instagram version.
La Bella Figura: How to live a chic, simple, and European-inspired life
It is about making your life richer with less, not more, just like European women do. Who should read this book:* do you feel overwhelmed and yearn for a life where you spend the majority of your time, money and energy toward what you think really matters?* Have you ever looked in your closet and felt overwhelmed by the sheer number of clothing items you own and yet still feel as if you have nothing to wear?* Do you want to elevate everything in your world to an art form -- from the way you dress to how you eat and spend your leisure time?La Bella Figura shows how you can bring all the simple pleasures of a European lifestyle into your home and life no matter what your budget or where you live.
. This whole book is so inspiring. Fiona ferris, author of Thirty Chic Days and HowToBeChic. Comla bella figura is a lifestyle guide for the woman who aspires to live a European-style life filled with simple pleasures and wants to look good while she does it.
The French Capsule Wardrobe: French Secrets to Style, Minimalism, and Simple Elegance
It is filled with thorough, step by step instructions, sample wardrobes and outfits, and inspirational ideas that will help you design a wardrobe that is simply elegant. The fédération francaise reported that the average French woman only spends about $860 on apparel annually. Coco chanel, “my life didn’t please me, the renowned French fashion designer once said, so I created my life.
Is your wardrobe pleasing to you, or is it sometimes a source of frustration? Do you feel like you spend a lot of time and money on clothes but don’t feel satisfied with your outfit choices? This book will empower you to create the wardrobe you want which will bring you one step closer to creating the life you want.
What is a french capsule wardrobe? A capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few, essential basic items that are complementary in style and color. The main benefits of creating your unique capsule wardrobe is that you will have a closet full of key items which can be mixed and matched to create plenty of stylish outfits for any occasion.
According to the bureau of labor and Statistics, the average US woman spent $3572 on apparel in 2015. The key is to learn how to shop efficiently and effectively so that you only purchase the items which make you look and feel your best. This book combines the french sense of style with the benefits of a capsule wardrobe to give you the ultimate guide to looking fantastic every day.
Buying more clothes and spending more time shopping will not necessarily make you well dressed.
One Sip at a Time: Learning to Live in Provence
I had so much to learn from the French. How to kiss a frenchman: here, not far from where we had stayed the year before, it was two kisses on the cheek rather than three. And enjoy your lunch, especially the Asparagus, Which is Delicious Right Now. A night at the opera: there are many words that are the same in French and English, pause, like nation, and danger.
These are the infamous faux amis, or “false friends. Ask val about the time she shocked her co-workers by talking about preservatives in food. His inscription read, vous êtes jeune et délicieuse comme les fèves du printemps" "Valerie, "Valérie, you are young and delicious like the fava beans of springtime.
". If i don’t know a word in french, sometimes I will just fake it by using the English word with a French accent. Laugh along as they build a life in Provence, slowly mastering a new language and making friends with the locals over long meals and just a bit too much wine. This light and breezy memoir is full of wry observations on France, the right and wrong ways for men to kiss each other, like the power of cheese to sway elections, and the law requiring that blood donors must speak French.
If you’ve ever dreamed of changing gears and learning what joie de vivre is really all about, you won’t want to miss this delightful book. From the bookjoyeux anniversaire: The chef had written a cookbook and I bought one for Val, which he signed. How were we supposed to know this? Was there a border we had crossed but somehow missed the sign? “Welcome to Eastern Provence.
The Original 30 Chic Days Blog Series: Be inspired by the online series that started it all
I have found for myself that any improvements or upgrades I wish to make must be enjoyable and easy, otherwise they will feel like just another item on my to-do list. I am a fan of living a simple and beautiful life – without going broke to do so. By popular request this volume contains all four series of the original ‘30 Chic Days’ as featured on my blog ‘How to be Chic’, ready for you to dip into at any time for a boost of chic inspiration.
I promise you will never be short of a new idea to try!The whole premise around ‘30 Chic Days’ is to intentionally bring forward simple, chic and life-affirming changes which will enhance your everyday. Most of my suggestions will cost you nothing and take almost no extra time; how refreshing is that? Join with me and learn how to elevate your daily round in a fun and stylish way.
My Good Life in France: In Pursuit of the Rural Dream
While getting to grips with the locals and la vie française, and with little money and less of a clue, a building lacking the comforts of mains drainage, heating or proper rooms, and renovating her dilapidated new house, she started to realize there was lot more to her new home than she could ever have imagined.
Ten years ago, janine marsh decided to leave her corporate life behind to fix up a run-down barn in northern France. This is the true story of her rollercoaster ride, in many ways a love story, with her sharp observations on the very different way of life, culture and etiquette of France. From her early struggles and homesickness through personal tragedy, to her attempts to become self-sufficient and to breed 'the fattest chickens in the village', Janine learned that there was more to her new home than she could ever have imagined.
Or so she hoped. She returned to england a few hours later having put in an offer on a rundown old barn in the rural Seven Valleys area of Pas de Calais. One grey dismal day, janine Marsh was on a trip to northern France to pick up some cheap wine. This was not something she'd expected or planned for. Janine eventually gave up her job in London to move with her husband to live the good life in France.
Thirty Chic Days: Practical inspiration for a beautiful life
Is it possible to live a chic and elegant life if you don't live in Paris, or even France? Instead of daydreaming about running away to the City of Light, 'Thirty Chic Days' invites you to put on your French-tinted sunglasses and view your everyday through an enchanting and motivating filter. Inside this book you will find thirty chapters or 'days' full of joie de vivre sharing fun and exciting ways to bring your ideal chic life into being.
Thirty chic days' is a warm, encouraging and fanciful guide on living a simple and beautiful French-inspired life. Enjoy dozens of delicious no-cost ideas and feel inspired to uplevel yourself and your surroundings in an effortless and enjoyable way. Through her popular blog howtobechic. Com author fiona ferris provides thousands of women from all around the world with tools and inspiration to elevate the everyday from mundane to magical.
Contents:day 1 have a paris state of mindday 2 eat real foodday 3 bathe yourself in mystiqueday 4 make up your eyesday 5 create and guard your secret gardenday 6 be your own french auntday 7 honour your body with chic movementday 8 be beautifully positiveday 9 support your signature charityday 10 simplify your life for abundanceday 11 adopt a low-drama way of beingday 12 Curate your wardrobe like it is your own bijou boutiqueDay 13 Indulge in your femininityDay 14 Design the life of your dreamsDay 15 Cultivate serenity and calmness in your lifeDay 16 Create a sanctuary at homeDay 17 Take exquisite care of your groomingDay 18 Little and oftenDay 19 Socialise in a relaxed mannerDay 20 Be your own chefDay 21 Inspire yourselfDay 22 Build rest and repose into your daily routineDay 23 Be financially chicDay 24 Live a life of luxuryDay 25 Collect contentment in petite measuresDay 26 Make every day magicalDay 27 Embrace creativity and enjoy the benefitsDay 28 Think of your home as if it were a boutique hotelDay 29 Walk your errandsDay 30 Immerse yourself in sensuous beautyBonus Day Take inspired actionIf you enjoyed Jennifer L.
Scott’s ‘lessons from madame chic’, tish jett’s ‘forever chic’ or Shannon Ables’ ‘Choosing the Simply Luxurious Life’, you will love ‘Thirty Chic Days’! .
The Bonjour Effect: The Secret Codes of French Conversation Revealed
Yet one important lesson never seemed to sink in: how to communicate comfortably with the French, even when you speak their language. They offer up all the lessons they learned and explain, the most important aspect of all: the French don't communicate, in a book as fizzy as a bottle of the finest French champagne, they converse.
After reading the bonjour effect, even readers with a modicum of French language ability will be able to hold their own the next time they step into a bistro on the Left Bank. To understand and speak french well, one must understand that French conversation runs on a set of rules that go to the heart of French culture.
Jean-benoît nadeau and julie Barlow spent a decade traveling back and forth to Paris as well as living there. Why do the french like talking about "the decline of france"? why does broaching a subject like money end all discussion? Why do the French become so aroused debating the merits and qualities of their own language? Through encounters with school principals, Julie and Jean-Benoît explain why, old friends and business acquaintances, city hall civil servants, culturally and historically, gas company employees, conversation with the French is not about communicating or being nice.
. It's about being interesting. In the bonjour effect jean-benoît and Julie chronicle the lessons they learned after they returned to France to live, for a year, with their twin daughters.
Are We French Yet? Keith & Val's Adventures in Provence
Bulls go for a swim“the bull has escaped!” Val and I looked up to see a thousand pounds of anger barreling down the street right at us. What if they put me in handcuffs and haul me off to jail? Will you know how to bail me out?” I didn’t think I would but this was definitely not the time to point that out.
But they wondered: can we fit in? and maybe become french ourselves?follow their adventures as they slowly unlock the mysteries of France…- Is it true that French people are like coconuts? - Can you learn to argue like a French person? - What books have changed French lives? - Most important of all, how do you keep your soup from exploding?There’s more to becoming French than just learning the language.
As she spoke, geneviève began jotting notes on a pad of paper. Or maybe they’d been watching old American movies and thought we would show up with cowboy hats and six shooters and do tricks with our lassoes. Oopsevery driver was being pulled over and told to blow into a breathalyzer, which meant Val because she was the one driving.
When it was my turn she put down her pen and started laughing out loud and wiping her eyes. If you want the inside scoop on la belle france, you won’t want to miss this delightful book!From the BookVive La France!The first clue that this was not going to be a simple apéritif was when we walked into the house and saw that it was full of people.
I think word had gotten out that there were Americans coming over who sort of spoke French and everyone wanted to see this oddity, kind of like a three-headed cat. Then she started giggling.
Home Sweet Maison: The French Art of Making a Home
French women don’t get fat meets the little book of hygge in this lively, sophisticated, and practical illustrated lifestyle guide that shows how to enjoy la belle vie—to live like the French every day—transforming your house into a home defined by beauty, family, and accessible elegance. How do the french create the elusive and alluring sanctuaries they call home? This question long intrigued Danielle Postel-Vinay.
. At the center of the book is the idea that your house should be a reflection of you, your rituals, your hobbies, your family history, all the things that make your life unique. Providing more than just interior decorating and design tips, Postel-Vinay teaches you how to foster the warmth, full, and rituals inherent in the French home and create an environment better suited to living a rich, beauty, connected life.
It’s about using french concepts and routines to change our homes, our relationships, and our lives for the better. A happy home is a home that expresses your rituals and your taste, not one that relies on prefab décor from a mass retailer. Home sweet maison takes a room-by-room approach to show how the french view: the aesthetic: why the objects in your home matter, why minimalism is overrated, or the french art of organization, and how to find the right stain-removing potions to create your own French laundryThe Sensual: the way the French employ scent in their home as a personal signatureThe Philosophical: the idea that every room in a French house has a specific purpose, in your kitchen, and that the activity in one room should never bleed into the othersHome Sweet Maison encapsulates the very heart of the French way of seeing the world: set the table formally, and why the French always choose the perfect décor for their salonsThe Practical: how to use mise-en-place, adhere to all the conventions of ritual and tradition, then take pleasure in indulgence.
Thanks to a chance encounter with a french expat in La Crosse, and years of immersive research, Wisconsin, she embarked on a quest to discover the secrets of the French home aesthetic. Experiencing first-hand la belle vie—the beautiful life—Postel-Vinay now shows everyone how to create their own French sanctuary, a home sweet maison, no matter where they live.
Waking Up in Paris: Overcoming Darkness in the City of Light
Her companion throughout is the city of paris —a character unto itself —which never ceases to fill her with wonder, surprise, and delight, and provides her with the spiritual strength to succeed in establishing her new life. Arriving in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, she found a Paris as traumatized by this unforeseen event as she had been by her divorce.
From moving into a freezing, malodorous apartment, to a more pleasant —yet haunted —flat across the Seine, to her current light-filled home, Sonia shares how these changes parallel her inner transformation. Along the way, her adventures in french fashion, Sonia regales readers with vivid stories of her unfortunate encounters with French hairdressers and beauticians, and her search for the perfect neighborhood café.
Together, over the following years, she and the city she loves began a journey of healing that involved deep soul-searching and acceptance of new, sometimes uncomfortable, reality. In this follow-up to walking home, Sonia shares her intimate thoughts and fears, as well as the unique challenges of setting up a new life in a foreign land.
Ldquo;as if waking up from a nightmare, i thought, if i am going to be traumatized, right?”Devastated by the unexpected end of her decades-long marriage, I might as well be traumatized in Paris, renowned spiritual teacher and intuitive guide Sonia Choquette undertook an equally unexpected move and relocated to Paris, the scene of many happy memories from her life as a student and young mother.