So the best part of any trip is coming home….unless you are leaving Paris. Seriously,it’s a magical city it and it was HARD to leave! The food is the most delicious food you’ve ever eaten in your life and the bread has magical powers…..it DOESN’T make you look pregnant like American bread does (Read all about discovering THAT fun secret HERE).
And the buildings are older than our country, and GORGEOUS! And the best part? The FASHION and BEAUTY EVERYWHERE of course!
There is something so elegant about French women (AND men!). It starts off with the fact that whether you work for the bus, or you work for a designer, you are using these 7 beauty tips:
- You are dressed like you care – each and every day. You are coordinated, pressed, and well groomed from your hair to you shoes.
- You are NOT wearing sneakers, jeans, sweatpants, yoga pants, or puffer jackets (in the winter). You ARE wearing, simple shoes (like boots or oxfords – NO HEELS!), tailored slacks, skinny pants, or opaque tights and a skirt, layers of slim fitting fabrics for sweaters, wool coats, and scarves that are neutral colors; black, navy, gray, brown, tan and the occasional red.
- Even in the winter you are bundled up in layers, but they are think and each layer is the nicest you can afford. Usually in a neutral color; black, navy, gray, brown, tan.
- You are thin. In Paris gym’s don’t really exist. And they are unnecessary when all you do is walk – even in the metro (underground train) you are hiking up and down stairs to and from your train. Almost everyone was thin.
- You are NOT wearing bold jewelry or makeup colors. Everything is understated. Simple makeup, simple jewelry, simple clothing colors, simple details….EVERYTHING is simple.
- You have a purse that is a shoulder style, and really, really simple. All the ads you see these gorgeous women holding a fabulous tote with the Eiffel Tower behind them…but there are too many pick-pockets there to have that be practical. You have an umbrella that is a neutral color. And it fits in your purse.
- The main Louis Vuitton store (on the Champs Elysees) is 6 STORIES tall! I didn’t go in for fear you’d never hear from me again.
Additional insights that have nothing to do with style:
- They don’t understand why Americans have guns “and just shoot each other all the time.” – direct quote
- The people are incredibly nice. Like really, really nice, friendly and warm.
- They love to smoke. It would be the perfect city if you could walk down the street without breathing in cigarette and clove smoke. but you can’t. It’s everywhere.
- There are many beggars, especially women with toddlers who lay out their sleeping bags in the middle of the sidewalk late at night.
- The grocery stores are the size of my closet and bathroom.
- Even their grocery store pizza is more delicious than any pizza you’ve ever eaten before.
- The food is amazing and it comes in teeny, tiny portions. Surprisingly it is so satisfying you don’t need much….even when you are walking 3-7 miles every day.
- They love life and love to celebrate. Since there is a cafe on practically EVERY corner, you’ll want to stay in an apartment or hotel that is as high as possible and away from the street noise….of everyone loving life….until 2 am.
- The Eiffel Tower is actually brown (I always thought it was black). And at night it lights up. But the best part is the 1st 5 minutes of every hour….the lights SPARKLE!
- The reason their bread doesn’t bloat you is they are legally required to keep it free of preservatives. It can only have something like 5 ingredients in it. And it tastes like heaven.
- There are 350 museums in Paris….that’s almost 1 museum per DAY for an entire YEAR!
- Even the ghetto parts of Paris have GORGEOUS 300 year old buildings. They are simply gorgeous buildings in sketchy neighborhoods with graffiti on them.
- If you see a part that has an old building on the ends with a modern building section built in the middle, that’s where it was bombed during one of the world wars. They kept what they could and rebuilt the rest.
- It is truly one of the most magical (there isn’t a better word for it!) places I’ve ever been blessed to experience. And I didn’t even want to go! Now I ca’t wait to go back. And if you haven’t been, you really should go!
Have you ever been to Paris? What did you think? Am I missing anything when it comes to the Parisian style? Share your comments below.