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"La Parisienne"

Caroline de Maigret

claim to musedom:
Model, Music Producer, Lancôme Muse

Caroline de Maigret finally reveals what we’ve all secretly suspected about La Parisienne: their laissez-faire attitude, their ability to style themselves to rock n’ roll-cum-sex kitten perfection, the hair—just tousled so—this genius is not naturally coursing through their Gallic veins but rather, is pure calculation. In this spirit of honesty, Caroline’s new book (co-authored with three of her friends), "How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are" offers advice on everything from throwing a dinner party to wardrobe essentials and getting away with cheating...or just making your significant other think you are. Alors! Only the French could think of that!
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How to Make Him Think You Have a Lover

Appear lost in thought: sit by a window and stare into space.

Buy yourself some new lingerie or take up smoking again.

Cry from time to time for no reason.

Shower frequently. Spend extra time in the bathroom.

Editor’s Note: Is it strange that I do these things already yet have no lover on the side? 

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photo: Carolinedemaigret.tumbler

 

Pregnancy

You’d rather discuss the last film you saw, not Lamaze breathing: you are in tune with the times.

You don’t believe your belly entitles you to be high maintenance: you are a grown up.

You don’t plan a baby shower: you don’t need to celebrate the fact that you had sex eight months ago.

You wear high heels until the day you walk into the delievery room: you never surrender.

Hair

Do not dye your hair, or if you do, only in your original color to highlight it, or to hide any gray.

Do not dry your hair with a hair dryer.

Falling asleep with damp hair will give it a more interesting shape when you wake up. It’s not worth washing your hair every day, as it’s usually on the following day that your hair gains a certain weight that in turn gives it the right volume when tied up in a bun.

As your face gets messier with age, your hair can get neater, for balance.

photo: Boo George for Matches Fashion

photo: Boo George for Matches Fashion

 

The Wardrobe Essentials

Jeans: anytime, anywhere, and any way. Take a Parisienne’s jeans out of her closet and she feels naked.
The little black blazer: it smartens up a scruffy pair of jeans.
The white shirt: it’s iconic and timeless.
A long trench.
A thick scarf.
The oversied sweater that slips off your shoulder.
Basic oversized sunglasses:Every day, even when it’s raining, because you always have a reason to wear them: too bright out, a hangover, tear running down your face, a desire to be mysterious.
An oversized shirt: You always undo one extra button so it doesn’t look serious. In general, you borrow your boyfriend’s. You’ll never return it and you may even one day wear it in somebody else’s arms. Love can fade, but some fashion lasts forever.
Ballet Flats.

 

photo: sara brajovic.com

photo: sara brajovic.com

She is full of contradictions

She drinks vodka in the evening and green tea in the morning.
She’s an environmentalist but sometimes takes her scooter to buy a baguette.
She’s a feminist but watches porn.
She behaves insufferably and is flabbergasted when she gets dumped.
She buys expensive shoes but never polishes them.

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photo: Alixdebeer.com

 

Aphorisms

Always be fuckable: when standing in line at the bakery on a Sunday morning, buying champagne in the middle of the night, or even picking the kids up from school. You never know.
Don’t be afraid of aging.
No one should ever see your gums when you talk or laugh.
Go to the theater, to museums, and to concerts as often as possible: it gives you a healthy glow.
Cut your own hair or ask your sister to do it for you. Of course you know celebrity hairdressers, but only as friends.
Make it look easy. Everything you do should be effortless and graceful.

**Text from How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits