I'm off to Paris in about a month and I'm so excited! I'd previously had my eye on Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange for quite sometime, so as soon as the tickets were booked, I bought a copy. I'm so glad I did!
Firstly, I found out a few things about my own personal style... Basically, I think I might be a Parisian woman trapped in an American's body! A lot of the things pointed out in the style sections of this book totally applied to me and highlighted my own personal style, but they were good reminders of the foundation of style knowledge that I already have. It's good to brush up sometimes! I also learned a lot of new things about style, got some ideas of new looks and tips to try and also found a few things that made me wince with disagreement, but it wouldn't be a great book if I agreed with and already knew everything in it. For example, I disagree with the authors opinion of leggings and Chrysanthemums, but other than that, we pretty much see eye to eye... Ines de la Fressange has amazing taste and a great way of explaining things so that they're funny, interesting, to the point and completely understandable!
On another level, if you are planning to ever visit Paris in the future, this is pretty much the only book you'll ever need! Fressange shares list upon list with perfect descriptions of all her favorite places for pretty much everything, including florists, things to do in Paris with the kids, where to shop for anything, what to see, where to eat, where to drink and where to stay. I found so many amazing things to do in Paris that I'd never thought of, so this book will pretty much be my guide while I'm in the 'City of Light'! Something I really loved about the book is that for every place she writes about, she includes a little blurb called "In a Nutshell" - a short description of the place so if you're not interested, you can skip that page. For example, I'm allergic to shellfish, so I didn't need to read the page about her favorite seafood restaurant in Paris because the "In a Nutshell" description gave me warning... Honestly, I read it anyway though. It's so well-written!
Parisian Chic is a great, quick read! It reads like a really well-written magazine with plenty of pictures and sections for notes in case there's anything you'd like to write down. I love books like this - they're so informative, beautiful and truly enjoyable for a girl like me!
Even if you're not planning a trip to Paris, I recommend picking up Parisian Chic for the ideas, style inspiration and descriptions - just because you're not traveling abroad doesn't mean you can't be inspired to make your own Chateaubriand at home!