Parisian chic: A Style Guide

The long wait is over…after anxiously waiting for my copy for weeks (or has it been a month?), I finally received my Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange!!!

The deep red cover reminds me of a moleskin diary, complete with a ribbon placeholder. the second i opened the book and browsed through it, i felt like a giddy teenager who’s found someone else’s journal – make that, Ines de la Fressange’s!!!:)

Here’s a peek inside Parisian Chic:

French style icon and roger vivier muse, Ines de la Fressange, captures the essence of parisian style in her newly released book, parisian chic: a style guide by ines de la fressange. the book touches on everything from fashion and beauty to home and entertaining to eating out and getting dressed up, and pretty much everything in between.

Her ‘magnificent seven’ — a man’s blazer, a trench coat, a navy sweater, a tank top, a little black dress, jeans, and a leather jacket — is nothing new to most fashionistas. but it’s worth revisiting these wardrobe classics as as ines said these ‘brilliant basics are the key to a great look!‘ i was a bit disappointed though that these essentials were modeled by her daughter, nine d’urso, alone. i was hoping that they would also show some photos of ines herself sporting these basics, just like the original (french) version of this book. nonetheless, i heart nine d’urso (i even attempted to copy her hairstyle here!) and love her photos in this style guide.

But beyond fashion, the book also recommends where to shop for these basics as well as anything and everything about a parisian’s (life)style – her closet, her home decor, things to do, places to go, where to shop – both online and in paris. in the last section,”‘ines’s paris,” ines explores her favorite parisian escapes – secret museums, best-kept secret (a ‘hidden’ bathroom!), book shops, parks, historic sites, cafés, and hotels.

All in all, i would say, it’s a complete parisian (life)style guide that’s worth reading and keeping. i highly recommend it to lovers of the city of lights, of its people, and those who intend to travel to paris sometime soon.

For now, i’d say this will be my little black book of style…until i find another classic.

Check out the author’s website at http://insouciantdetails.blog.com/

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