book review: parisian chic

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Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange

I’m adding a little something extra to my blog and will be reviewing French books as I read them. I find it interesting to hear other people’s descriptions of France and French culture and how they’ve experienced it as locals and tourists. Ines is pretty much the queen of chic and I’ve been searching for this book for a LONG time. I finally found it on my local library’s online catalog and had it ordered. Based on some of the reviews, I’ve read, I just wasn’t sure I wanted to spend money on it unless it was absolutely perfect.

The book is broken down into four parts:

1. Dress Like a Parisian: (main ideas: don’t be so matchy/matchy, quality of quantity, key basic pieces you can wear again and again, shoes, what to wear when, etc)

2. Belle of the Ball: (main ideas: skincare is critical, buy things in pretty packaging, perfume, 10 minute face, red lips, etc)

3. Chez Moi: (main ideas: how to decorate your house like a Parisian, flowers, candles, books, closet, countdown to the perfect dinner)

4. Ines’s Paris: (main ideas: here all the secret Parisian places I shop and eat at, when to go, where to sit, what to buy and where to sleep)

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Ines has also done all of the drawings for the book and there are pictures of one of her beautiful daughters throughout the book modeling various looks (skinny jeans and a blazer, little black dress, etc). It’s an easy read, not at all thought provoking and a good portion of the book (part 4) is spent talking about all the places Ines shops at in Paris and lists their phone numbers and websites, which is only really useful if you live in Paris or are planning to visit in the near future.

Bottom Line: I’m glad I didn’t buy this book because it definitely didn’t live up to all of it’s hype. All of this information could be easily found online or on someone’s blog. Also because this book was originally published in 2010 it’s hard to know if any of the many places she recommends have shut down. Ines has incredible style. Her daughters are beautiful. Her taste is exquisite and I am quite fond of her drawings; her book, not so much. Non!!!

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