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Last fall, when I heard that Ines de la Fressange had written a book on Parisian style, I jumped over to amazon.com, only to find out I’d have to wait until sometime in the spring to see it. I also thought I’d want to give one away, but then changed my mind. I ordered TWO extra to give away!!! Spring is here, the books have arrived, and it’s time for a giveaway!
Two parts style tips from Ines (for clothing, beauty, home decor, entertaining) and three parts an insider’s guide to Paris shopping and destinations (there’s even a wonderful section on what to do in Paris with small children), “Parisian Chic” is like a fancy cocktail that initially appears fun and frothy but ultimately packs an unexpected punch. Witty and straightforward, Ines is your Rosetta Stone to understanding the elements of la mode Parisienne that many other authors allude to but never quite nail down. Whether you agree with all of her declarations about what TO wear, what NOT to wear and where to find it, you have to agree that she comes across as down-to-earth and très charmante. My only disappointment was that there were no photos of Ines in the English version, only her daughter. Did the publishers really think that American readers wouldn’t want to see gorgeous 53-year-old Ines???
Some favorite quips so far…
On aging: The Parisian is more worried about wrinkles at 20 than she is at 50….I pay no attention to wrinkles, I just stand back from the mirror!
On fashion faux pas: Sandals with white socks. Unless you’re an actress in New York art-house film. In Paris, the combination is practically illegal.
Donc, les cadeaux. I thought about doing something clever, but in the spirit of Parisian Chic, let’s keep it simple. Leave a comment in this post with your favorite style, beauty and/or Paris tip by 11:59 pm next Wednesday, April 13 and you’re entered to win one of the two copies of the book. One comment per person, please. I’ll draw two names next Thursday and post the winners on Friday. Bon chance!
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