Monday, April 2, 2012

Inspired by: French chic


To me, glamour has always been epitomized by French chic and French lifestyle. I got the "French virus" from my beloved late Gran when I was just a little girl, and I've had a love and passion for everything French ever since. Over the years I've tried to understand and decipher that famous l'art de vivre: I've accumulated a lot of knowledge coming from books, magazines and blogs, and most importantly from my 4 years of living in France and having a French boyfriend. 

There's so much more to French chic than just fashion. Like glamour, it's not a fleeting trend, it's not a dress you put on in the morning and take off in the evening. It's an attitude, it's a deliberate choice to live your life in a certain way, it's a lifestyle, and to me it's the most beautiful and glamorous lifestyle there is. The French make art out of living, they know how to appreciate beauty and elegance in every aspect of their life: whether it's a well-tailored piece of clothing, a four-course elaborate diner with friends and family, a piece of art or a vintage item picked up at a flea market. Their lifestyle is always about quality, never about quantity. 

Over the years I've tried to incorporate different aspects of French lifestyle into my own life but sadly, I've never been as dedicated as I wanted to be. That's why I decided to turn this dream into a project: my own "French Chic" project. I want to cook a perfect French diner (and write my own French cookbook one day), I want to drink a glass of wine while dining, I want to eat like a French woman and never get fat, I want to edit my wardrobe, toss what I don't love and invest in classic and timeless pieces, I want to enjoy every single day of my life like it is my birthday. I want to discover new French books and movies, I want to listen to French music while I decorate our home in chic French style. From now on, I want to dedicate my energy to creating my own perfect French lifestyle. And even if we are not living in France right now, I know that in few years we'll go back to our French life because it's in France where I feel most myself, and it's in Paris where I was the happiest.


Photo source: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

22 comments:

  1. France is such a beautiful place and the people there seem to be born with style

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  2. I would love to visit France!
    xoxo
    Sabrina

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  3. I couldn't agree more and these pictures showcase it perfectly. fabulous post, love. thanks for sharing. If you get a sec, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest trend report. xo

    www.fashboulevard.blogspot.com

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  4. I'm all about french chic, there's just something so amazing about it.
    It's so gracious, pretty, lady like, feminine, strong and sensitive at the same
    time. I love Paris and can't wait to finally visit the Laduree and eat their
    delicious macaroons :)

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

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  5. J'adore Paris (and France). I couldn't agree more with everything in this post. Love love love.

    Chelsea (www.hautechildinthecity.com)

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  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog Ivana..
    ..loving yours also..
    xx
    www.MyStyleLoveDi.com

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  7. Ivana, it all sounds fabulous! One of these days I'm going to make it over to France!!! PS - it's always good to have a boat load of classic time pieces in our closet, those don't seem like a waste of money! xoxo A-

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  8. I've never been to France, well I did, I went to Disney Paris but wouldn't visit the city, but for me Paris has always been a dream! I'm from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and it's always been said that Buenos Aires is the American Paris, so I always wanted to see for myself; but when I hear the word France or Paris, to me is magical, I think everything there must be so perfect and glamorous!

    Girls that glitter love the dark
    xoxo

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  9. Lovely post- I love Paris and am dying to go back to France. You've just inspired me to dust off my French language cd! :)

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  10. agreed. French ladies have impeccable style.

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  11. Chic and fabulous...love the clothing!!

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  12. LOVE THIS! I love your family history and that book title made me laugh so hard! I need that! Great post!

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  13. Love the new blog look (sorry if it has been around for a while, I am so far behind!)

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  14. I've always wanted to visit France (especially Paris) and now after reading your lovely post, you've made me want to visit even more!

    The French lifestyle sounds so chic and amazing!

    Em
    x

    http://emberdrake.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. they have the best of everything! food, fashion and architecture :D
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  16. so lovely, I've always wanted to go to Paris, hopefully one day! its true the French style isn't just how they dress but how they live!

    xo Lisa

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  17. i've had that last picture pinned as inspiration for the longest time - asbolutely love the casual tutu look!

    http://nuhasofiyan.blogspot.com

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  19. As being French I always like to know how foreigners think of our style, country and lifestyle. But I never imagined that it was for y'all so great!!! and reading this post i fell proud of being French!
    But France isn't the only country with chic and glamour!! Italy has also it's style and Dolce vita!!
    thanks for this post!
    love from Paris
    Claudine
    PS: If you want to visit a true parisian blog:
    http://www.myclaudine.blogspot.com
    xoxo

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