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Parisian Style 101

I’ve read so many excellent posts on what makes Parisian style. I’ve come to the conclusion that while I have no idea what real Parisians actually wear, I’m quite in love with the North-American interpretation of Paris fashion. Here’s the quick and easy version:

  • Be comfortable.
    • This means wearing flats not heels, and clothing that is fitted but not so tight it looks painted on.
  • Look effortless.
    • Your hair is not teased within an inch of its life – it is in loose waves or a casual up-do. If you have highlights or colour your hair it all, it looks natural. You never look overdone or obsessed with yourself. It is the perfect white shirt with the perfect pair of skinny jeans.
  • Neutrals are your friend.
    • Black, beige, white, navy, cream, nude, grey, and sometimes red. You wear solids, not prints, with the exception of navy-and-white stripes.
  • High-quality materials are a must.
    • Your fabrics should be made of natural fibers (silk, cashmere, 100% cotton) instead of synthetics (polyester, rayon, etc.) Your boots should be leather, not pleather.
  • Wear items that will be in style for decades, not months.
    • No fast fashion for the Parisian look! You wear classics. The things that will be in style for decades. Take a look at Audrey Hepburn – her style is still going strong.
  • Less is more.
    • Chanel famously decreed: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” Do this. Less accessories, less make-up. Less fuss. Your look should be natural and easy. Stick with the basics and let your presence speak more loudly than your clothes.

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This is what I’ve picked up from my research. What do you think? Am I missing anything?

Photo of beautiful Olivia Palermo from here.

The Perfect Red Lipstick

mac-russian-red_300Russian Red by MAC.

I am a minimalist. I want to keep my make-up collection very small, and this requires me to make some tough decisions. If I own a product, it better be perfect and I better only have one.

After a long wait, the perfect red lipstick has finally entered my life. I had tried a few reds in the past, but was never very impressed. I’d go to Sephora on my lunch break, test a new shade, and get opinions from my coworkers. Nothing stuck.

Then, like in a romance film, love found me when I least expected it! I had given up on my hunt for the perfect red. Until one day, I turned around, and was greeted by a customer who was glamorous in an understated way. She looked gorgeous, yet relaxed. Very chic. But what really stood out to me was her lipstick. Such a delightful shade of red! And to me, maybe because of the matte finish, it looked so positively French, which (whether or not it’s true) is always appealing for me.

Here’s the nice part… when I complimented her on her superb choice of lipstick, she actually told me the name of it! I thought that was very generous of her, especially since some women protect their beauty secrets like crazy.

I rushed out and bought Red Russian right away. And I’ve been happy with it ever since. I can put it on rather thick and have a nice bright red, or if I blot it a bit, it’s more understated and demure. I LOVE IT.

I can also tell you that it will make your teeth look very white – which is so important with a red lipstick. I mean, that’s the whole point, right? There is nothing worse than wearing red lipstick and having your teeth look yellow just because the lipstick has orange hues, instead of blue.

Here are some reviews if you need some final convincing that this is the perfect red shade that you’ve been spending your whole life looking for: