I had three years of French classes in middle school, and I don't remember anything, that's why I'm starting to learn the language by myself.. I have to buy more books and dictionaries of the French language, and I have to have more time to study it.. It will take sometime, but I'm sure I'll do it.
I love the French culture.. the women are just gorgeous and full of charm...I own a lot of books about France and Brigitte Bardot... But I wanted to go deeper and find some books that would be fun and light to read and at the same time full of secrets and facts about the French.
So I decided to buy this book by Jamie Cat Callan And I loved it!
I wasn't planning on making a post about it, my blog is mainly about beauty and fashion, but this book was so fun and inspired me so much that I wanted to share with you girls how cute this book is! And beauty it's not only about clothes and make-up, it's about brains and feeling great about ourselves, and this book teaches you that!
The whole inspiration behind this book it's the author's French grandmother. She always was a mystery to her and the French women were too. After her grandmother died, Jamie Cat Callan decided to go to France and interview French women and men, to go deeper into French culture and to reveal French women beauty secrets.
This book could be called a "dating book" but for me it's not. I've been in a relationship for almost 4 years so I don't think I need dating advice, I think it's for every women who wants to feel more comfortable in her own skin as well.
I think that when you love yourself and respect yourself for who you are, your boyfriend/Husband or even friends and family begin to love you even more, because our outlook in life change completely. and I think that this book helped me a little bit more with that.
I'm going to try and share with you my favorite parts of the book instead of resuming the whole thing (: And I hope you too get inspired as much as I did... Even though I'll recommend you all to read this book!
She show us how French women always feel beautiful on their own skin, and that's why they are so beautiful and charming:
- " Here's the truth: French women are no more beautiful than we are. They just think they are. (...) As simples as it sounds, it's the same paradigm when it comes to beauty. If you believe you are beautiful, you take better care of yourself. You become more conscious, you dress better, you spend money on yourself. You feel worthy of all these attentions. You actually wear less make-up, because you can see yourself. It all begins with a small change, Perhaps emphasize those fabulous long lashes with some mascara. Add a little lip-gloss. Skip the blush and the blue eyeshadow. Remember moderation is the key."
Some fashion tips from French women, how they can be sexy yet classy without being trashy:
-" She dresses well, even sexy, but won't overdo it. She chooses one part of her body to show off - Perhaps her legs. So, she'll wear a short skirt with boots, paired with an oversized sweater. Or she'll show a little cleavage, but wear a long skirt. She wants to get attention but the right kind of attention."
The importance of being smart:
-"The French believe that being smart is sexy. They don't hide their brains the way we often do in America. The French just don't fall for the "dumb blonde" thing. Their blondes are both brainy and beautiful. (...) French women see intellectual rigor almost as important as their beauty regime. It's not enough to look seductive; you have to be cultured as well."
The eyeglasses thing which I found really funny because I made a post about it to:
-"In France, there are so many women wearing eyeglasses. You would think there was a terrible shortage on contact lenses. But no. French women like to wear glasses. It makes them look smart, but it also makes them look interesting. And yes, mysterious."
Another fashion tips which I found really helpful:
-"Basically, you are simply using the power of theater and costume to create a mood. France is a theatrical culture. Subtlety is the key here, because if you allude to a fantasy, character, or era too literally, the game is up. Rather it must be done with great care. The idea is to start with a very basic pallet: good lingerie, simples (mostly solid colored) skirts, jeans, dresses, pants, and tops. Then, add accessories (scarves, jewelery,jackets, belts, boots and shoes) that will create a focal point and reveal your individuality. "
There's a lot more in this book, it has recipes for delicious French foods, how to prepare dinner parties, the importance of lingerie and secret gardens!! It's a really light read as I told you before, I read the whole book in less than two days because I was so excited and I loved it so much.. It even has a list of books and movies to read and watch! It's a really helpful and fun book to read that I recommend to any woman (:
I bought mine from amazon.com because this book isn't available in my country. If you're in the UK or the US I think you can find this book at any book store or you can buy it online as I did just click the picture bellow:
"You may not have a drop of French blood in your body, but you can still be a "French Woman". The truth is, we are all a little French when it comes to love and romance.That's because the French culture is a culture of femininity and beauty, so it rightfully belongs to all women of the world and it's outs to claim as our own."