APHORISMS ⎯ To be read out loud every night before going to bed. Even when inebriated.
Don’t be afraid of aging. As the saying hoes, don’t be afraid of anything but fear itself. Find your perfume before you turn thirty. Wear it for the next thirty years. No one should ever see your gums when you talk or laugh. If you own only one sweater, make sure it’s cashmere. Be unfaithful: cheat on your perfume, but only on cold days. Go to the theater, to museums and to concerts as often as possible: it gives you a healthy glow. Be aware of your qualities and your faults. Cultivate them in private but don’t obsess. Make it look easy. Everything you do should see, effortless and graceful. Not too many colors, too many accessories… Take a deep breath and keep it simple. Your look should always have one thing left undone – the devil is in the details. Be your own knight in shinning armor. Always be fuckable: when standing in line at the bakery on a Sunday morning or when buying champagne in the middle of the night. You never know. Either go all grey or no gray hair. Salt and pepper is for the table. Fashion rules the world and Parisians rule fashion. Fine, it may not be true. But the world still needs fairytales.
⎯ How to be Parisian wherever you are; Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, Sophie Mas.