The fashion houses, the movies – think Audrey Hepburn’s Sabrina spending time in Paris, have culminated to create a French idolisation. If you want to know about the French myth, reading: How to sell a billion dollar myth like a French girl’ is a must.
Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury – Coco Chanel
Despite knowing the stereotypes and knowing that not every woman in France wears all-black, I can’t help but fall for their love story. I once asked; could I ever be like Paris? My blog ode to the city.
Following with the stereotypes, my lifestyle has gone French.
Skincare over makeup
Since working with Harley Street, I have woken up and re-evaluated my skin. Before, my routine was lazy. Sure, I occasionally remembered a face mask on a Sunday. I exfoliated throughout the week. But I wasn’t really paying attention to what I was using.
Now, my makeup is fairly casual. I have stopped putting any product in my eyebrows; I leave the house often without foundation. My eyes are fairly subtle with either a clear gloss or a red lip.
My skincare however, I have a set routine that I will be sharing tomorrow along with my skin lifestyle tips. After passing 13 years of acne, I take such pleasure in looking at it and not seeing a million whiteheads erupting. According to Grazia, the French are strict with their routines.
Simplicity over fuss
It’s not secret to my routine readers, that simplicity is a word that I have adopted for years. But now my hair is low maintenance and my food is straight-forward. I find myself cooking with no recipe books.
There is not a woman alive who does not dream of looking like Audrey Hepburn – Hubert De Givenchy
I once got told that I dressed like I was heading to work. I was advised to stop being that sophisticated. My blazers and cropped-trousers were soon replaced.
But last week I was browsing through ASOS and came across a Vera Moda white shirt – I absolutely fell head over heels. I purchased and concluded; go back and adopt my formal style. A crisp, white shirt with jeans, is an outfit of the day at any moment.
Relaxation over stress
Esquire’s: How to live like a (very stylish) French guy, mentions the French work-life balance. In 2000, legislation passed to reduce their work-week. Additionally, a labour law allows workers to not check work-related emails during their free time.
As addictive as my phone is, I have become strict at not sending out emails late and working in the AM – though sometimes it’s good. And while I have cut back on both my blog and social-media, I’ve also found more time to think, be creative and just live.
I re-approach my writing feeling refreshed, positive and full of ideas.
Melina wrote an incredible post on the balance between doing what makes you happy, and working towards what you want. I fully agree and suggest you read her: There should be balance.
Love over mystery
Rather than trying to forever be mysterious and full of intrigue, I’ve been on a mission to display more affection. I struggle to show love – whether romantically or in friendship. There’s something about the freedom of the French to declare their adoration, that I deeply admire.
Charm is more valuable than beauty. You can resist beauty but you can’t resist charm – Audrey Tatou
My lifestyle as a French girl
The biggest French thing to adopt, I wrote about in one of my favourites: Owning your je neis se quoi. Be sure to read if you liked this post.
How do you feel about our French obsession? And do you take any interest in Parisian fashion or their supposed cool-girl vibes? I’m super curious to know your opinions.