Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Parisian Chic

I spotted Ines de la Fressange's new book, La Parisienne in La Hune's vitrine on blvd Saint-Germain in October. It was their last copy so I grabbed it and clutched it to my bosom obsessively... Now I see Parisian Chic will be out April 5 on Amazon in English! Yahoo La Hune had a sell-out book signing for de la Fressange - her favorite stuff in the window including a Cafe de Flore table - it is right next door.. Ines has become The icon for Paris - she has that certain something no one can put their finger on - that je ne c'est quoi. Plus she is Queen of Older Fr Girls(OFGs) at 53 non? As if all that weren't enough, de la Fressange has just signed a contract to be the French face of L'Oreal. "If I can be the ambassador for older women, I'm quite happy."Her beauty routine is pared down: protective day cream, Dior's Crème Abricot nail cream, no sun and lots of sleep. As for Botox and plastic surgery: "I would be too afraid I wouldn't recognise myself any more." Here's un petit gout/a little bite from the Fr. version to tide you over till April, since Ines leaves no stone unturned when it comes to insider info.
Bien sur I'll visit her Le Top 5 des Fleuristes:
Arome Paris - 196, rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine 75012
Lachaume - 10 rue Royale 75008Moulie Fleurs - 8 Place du Palais-Bourbon 75007
Odorantes - 9 rue Madame 75006
Dani Costes Dani Roses - 239 rue Saint-Honore 75001 Ines' Shopping Pauses - where to grab a quick delicious bite...
Little details to change your style to become more Parisienne...
Le Jardin du Luxembourg blablabla...
Ines' take on Le French Trench.
And le French Sac.
If you want to see Ines in action, watch her little diaries around Paris for Roger Vivier - the next chapter will be out in April, but there are plenty of back months to watch...


  1. OOOH!!!!!I want one of those!!!!It will be interesting to see her favorite haunts.......Always have loved her and her style.....Maryanne xo

  2. Jeanne Long11:04 AM

    Thank you so much for introducing us to Ines!

    What a wonderful book, and what a wonderful diary to explore via Roger Vivier!

  3. Great book indication, since I have in my mind to explore Paris on my own, sometime soon, without ever been there before! Merci!

  4. Fun, Carol--love those illustrations, too. I should pick one up for Claudia for when we head to France.

  5. So very stylish and we call it Fab over 50!!

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  6. lovely post!!!

  7. Thank you for this wonderful introduction to Ines!

  8. Thank you for another gripping post. This has just become a must-have book for me!

  9. Wowzers...tres chic indeed. I like the look of the French book...what fun. But I have to say...I would be deeply impressed with myself if I EVER am able to be or come across as "chic", "stylish", "fashionable"...I am all about comfort, frugality, and I fear am headed down the soccor mom road and none of my kiddos plays soccer...oh, the horror. Alas, maybe Ms. de la Fressange will give me hope or a clue. take care dear Carol and thanks for the heads up.

  10. Who cares that I can't read the text? the book is just plain gorgeous!

  11. I always loved Ines. Looking forward to the publication here. There's a peek at the English version in the new Lonny mag.

    Have a good flight - I think you're leaving tomorrow but my brain just ain't working...

    Bon Voyage, Bear.


  12. I seriously need this book. Just because!! Great post! xx

  13. I just added to my Wish List! Merci pour le petit gout! :)

  14. Once you’ve settled in Paris, how about an update on OFGs? Love them!
    Thanks for the notification about Ines’ new book!
    I must order right away!

  15. She does have a very confident and attractive look to her - a presence.
    The book looks great too, I love your highlighting :)

  16. Carol, merci for letting us know about the English version of Ines's book. Clever you to already have the true original. It would interesting to see how well the translation keeps the flavor.

    Let me again send best wishes to you, and Bear aussi, for your voyage. When you get back I will show you those fridge magnets...that keep postcards sent to me from faraway places firmly in place. Keeping my travel dreams alive.


  17. Anonymous7:23 PM

    I am absolutely sure you are going to keep me poor. I am obsessed with all these wonderful books...
    Looking forward to this one and definitely coming back for a visit... those florists!!!!

  18. Alison in NYC8:09 PM

    PB is super!

    Thanks for sharing.

  19. wow ... a spectacular post today ... so much ... thanks very much for all the new eye candy .. I hope you have a great trip ... we will be following you .. bon voyage

  20. I have never heard of this fantastic book! Where can I get one to clutch to my bosom obsessively?! Haha, Carol you make me laugh with delight. But in all seriousness, I want this book!

  21. Looking forward to the publication here. There's a peek at the English version in the new Lonny mag.

  22. I am feeling very cool since I just bought two IdF black t-shirts. But of course they aren't *plain* black -- they're adorned with little buttons and her silver plate logo.


    La Mom
    An American Mom in Paris

  23. Bonour PB~
    Oh I love the Ines videos....I pre-ordered her book....Thank You!!!

  24. I loved the cross-body 'sac' that you posted on your fab website from the Paris Chic book. Any chance that you could find out who makes this purse? It is exactly the size my daughter has been searching for here in Boston, and has not been able to find.

    Get some sleep and then have a wonderful time in Paris.
    thanks for all you do to help us Americans look more chic.

  25. Thanks for sharing!!! I will get the book, love the illustrations and I believe the style tips are going to be great!!!


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