I’ve read quite a few style books over the years, and “French Style” books were particular favorites. Lately though, I’d hit a saturation point of sorts with the genre, and felt they’d become repetitive. But a friend of mine suggested the book, Dress Like a Parisian, emphasizing that it had some sound style advice, regardless of whether one is particularly a fan of the Parisian style aesthetic or not.
She was right… I found this book offered lots of concrete and practical tips for those who like to look well put-together but not over-done. The writing is straightforward, informative, and actionable. I found the sections on combining colors and choosing the best cuts and fabrics for your body particularly clarifying. And I appreciated the overall tone, which was a more nuts-and-bolts analysis of a particular aesthetic (or aesthetics, as the case may be) and less a breathless ode to French style.
Knowing I’m a fellow coffee lover, Lisa of The Sequinist recommended The Monk Of Mokha, and I’m really enjoying it! Part a history of coffee and the coffee industry, part one man’s story of reinvention, it’s quite engaging and I have a hard time putting it down (I’m about halfway through).
More Thoughts About Hair…
Lately I’ve come to the conclusion that I often see myself quite differently than others see me. To some degree, I think we all tend to focus on our perceived “flaws” at the expense of a more holistic view. One of the reasons I decided to grow my hair out was that the very short pixie cut was feeling too harsh and masculine. I thought it made my ears look bigger and emphasized my softening jawline. But then I look at my current style and all I see is forehead. 😆 I’ll admit, while I was putting the post together earlier in the week, I had second thoughts…first about posting at all and then about this longer style.
I’ve never been satisfied with any hairstyle for long, and I’ve realized that I just need to change things up from time to time (as I’ve done over most of my adult life) to get a fresh perspective. I don’t know if I’m going to keep this length, but wanted to try it out again. In retrospect, I think that my best cut is probably the longer pixie in the image from September (in the white shirt). It’s still short enough to be fresh and easy to care for, but a little softer. Stay tuned…
Sales of Note:
J.Crew – 40% off full-price styles with code SALEUPGRADE
Bloomingdale’s – Friends & Family, 25% off a wide range of items.
Talbots – Spring Sale, up to 40% off.
Lands’ End – 40% off full-price styles. Code RAIN, pin 4712
Nordstrom – Spring Sale, up to 50% off.
Anthropologie – 20% off all dresses and skirts.
Macy’s – Great Shoe Sale, 30% off one pair, 40% off when you buy 2 or more pairs.