Is there any phrase in the English language more lovely than “Paris in the springtime”? The answer is no. But merely being in Paris is not enough for some – we want to BE Paris, to live like a Parisian, to have Paris running through our veins every season of the year.
Luckily there is a whole sub-genre of how-to’s and literature to make the mindset easier to emulate.
There’s good reason why people idolize the French way of living. Taking time to enjoy family, holidays and a good Bordeaux is something we should all aim for this spring. Here are 12 books that will help you have a faux pas-free spring.
LOVE LIKE A PARISIAN
This is the essence, non? The passion, the disdain, the whole heart-thumping core of it? Here are our top romance suggestions from happily ever afters, to realizing you are in fact the other women, to help give your love life the je ne sais quoi it has been longing for.
EAT LIKE A PARISIAN
Duck à l’orange may not be your thing and we don’t all get our fair share of buttery croissants or pain au chocolats, but that doesn’t mean we can’t inject a little French flavour into our daily routine. Learn how to have your cake and eat it too with these drool-worthy books.
*Pro tip - a little butter never hurt anybody.
DRESS LIKE A PARISIAN
The Parisian style has a few simple rules; classic trumps trendy, a good tailor can work wonders on a vintage piece and scarves are a necessity – men we’re looking at you too! These books will provide morning to night closet advice that will keep your wardrobe chic and within budget.
*Note to self, no more black.
LIVE LIKE A PARISIAN
Occasionally we all need to be reminded that there is more to life than the daily grind, embrace your bon vivant alter ego! Here are a few lifestyle books that will awaken your inner Coco Chanel while reminding you to speak loud and proud.
We hope these books inspire you to polish your poise for a
fresh French start to spring. If all goes well, you’ll be busier than the Luxembourg gardens on a Saturday.