Review: How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are by Mas, Diwan, de Maigret & Berest

The Blurb

How To Be Parisian brilliantly deconstructs the French woman’s views on culture, fashion and attitude.

Bohemian free-thinkers and iconoclasts, Anne Berest, Caroline De Maigret, Audrey Diwan and Sophie Mas cut through the myths in this gorgeous, witty guide to Parisienne savoir faire.

These modern Parisiennes say what you don’t expect to hear, just the way you want to hear it. They are not against smoking in bed, and all for art, politics and culture, making everything look easy, and going against the grain. They will take you on a first date, to a party and through a hangover. They will tell you how to be mysterious and sensual, make your boyfriend jealous, the right way to approach weddings and the gym, and they will share their address book in Paris for where to go at the end of the night, for a birthday, for a smart date, for vintage finds and much more.

Full of wit and self-deprecating humour, How To Be Parisian explains those confusing subjects of clothes, makeup, men, culture and lifestyle as only a true Parisienne can.

The Review

Anyone who knows me will know that I have been having a serious love affair with Paris for pretty much the entire length of my existence. I’ve travelled (not extensively) but I have yet to travel to a place which has the same style of class and attitude and sexiness as Paris does. Therefore, me reading a book on how to be Parisian seemed such a natural fit.

How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are is sharp, sassy and poetic about the life of Parisian women; it debunks myths that we may have believed about the way they live their lives but equally enforces some of these “clichés.” The themes travel from love to fashion to food among a plethora of other things. It all comes across with a dismissive air that somehow fits the Parisian outlook. In total, it is just rather wonderful.

This is a must for those who like to travel; those who like style and class; and for those avid Francophiles out there.

How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are by Sophie Mas, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret and Anne Berest is available now.

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