Some Like It French...

Nothing says summer to me like self-education and exploration of new interests. With free time you have the opportunity to investigate various items that previously only lurked on the outskirts of your conscious. For me, I am setting out to discover the mystery of "french chic." It seems, this late in life (^_-) I have become a Francophile...
To begin with, we start with print. A copy of "Parisiennes: A Celebration of French Women" is currently residing on my bedside to be browsed through in free moments, my nose pressed to the glossy pages as I try to absorb the details in each image. (Bonus points for listening to Edith Piaf while "studying.")french, style, fashion, paris, parisiennes, chic, simple, classic, movies, film, anna, karina, catherine, denevue, theclotheshorsefrench, style, fashion, paris, parisiennes, chic, simple, classic, movies, film, anna, karina, catherine, denevue, theclotheshorse
Next comes French cinema, sweeping from the romantic, to the tragic and all the musicals in between. "A Woman is A Woman," "The Young Girls of Rochefort," "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," and "Breathless," are a few I have watched recently (of these I must name "A Woman is A Woman" as my favorite). My current screen goddess obsessions are Anna Karina and Catherine Deneuve.french, style, fashion, paris, parisiennes, chic, simple, classic, movies, film, anna, karina, catherine, denevue, theclotheshorsefrench, style, fashion, paris, parisiennes, chic, simple, classic, movies, film, anna, karina, catherine, denevue, theclotheshorse
Finally there is the modern street style to be enjoyed by a variety of different blogs--which I won't even begin to list.

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27 comments:

  1. oh, i like the french style too.awsome!

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  2. I'm in love with everything French!

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  3. There is something about French style. It's this effortless elegance that is totally individual.

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  4. Sounds like a perfect summer project. Those French girls are so very chic.

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  5. i love your blog!
    just wondering, how did you get the patterned background onto the layout?

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  6. like you're becoming, i'm a complete frenchie-lover. but when you actually scrutinise the so-called parisian chic, you can't miss that it's actually quite boring, being "classic" and undaring. i guess that it's all about attitude...

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  7. FRance is an amazing country, all comes from there is really fascinating...isn´t it ?

    a kiss!

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  8. I, too, am smitten with the idea of "french chic." I am definitely going to check out the movies you listed. I just watched Jules et Jim, and I definitely recommend it.

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  9. I love the free time that is part of summer :D

    I love French style, and I would be a Francophile myself.. Except that my French teacher is a terrible lady who has completely ruined my love for French. Completely. Sigh!

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  10. three cheers for french things!! i LOVE edith piaff, my fav is la vie en rouge.

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  11. I'm definitely with you on this one, there is something so simple yet chic about French girls that is hard to capture in words, perhaps that it all looks very unfussy yet beautiful. ... and the French New Wave is too much fun!

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  12. My Grandmother is French (which makes me a little bit French) so naturally I love all things French too!

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  13. You've forgotton Audrey Tautou! She was flawless in 'Priceless'

    C

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  14. Your blog is amazing! Once again...love the pics!

    Tart

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  15. I love this post, I have become obsessed with paris after visiting in Febuary. It is my dream city

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  16. before I went to France recently I was so excited because I thought that the streets would basically look like the facehunter website. But most people were just wearing something I'd see in Chicago, and I was pretty emo about it. I wonder how much of the 'french style' is mythologized. But still, I adore the idea of it!

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  17. I love french style, jean seberg in breathless is a big inspiration- even though I think she's really from like Iowa or somewhere like it.

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  18. yes, i love it too! I became obsessed with 60s french YeYe pop a few years ago and it all snowballed from there. All the Jacques Demy films are amazing too!!

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  19. I'm becoming more interested in all things parisienne, though I have been a dedicated anglophile my entire life and don't anticipate that will change!

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  20. ^Anna, knowing html helps, but I just put the code in for a background rather than a color number. If you google it you can find tutorials to help, I'm afraid I'm not the best at it though.

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  21. ^Clio, oh yes, I did forget Audrey! Once I move on to modern french films, I must devote some time to her!

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  22. thanks for answering!
    i figured it out now :)

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  23. Bonjour Clothes Horse.

    I bought my mother "Parisiennes" for Christmas two years ago and she loved it. She's a clothes horse; a member of the Red Hat Society, primarily because it lets her dress-up in outrageous outfits all the time!

    One of your commenters said Parisian style is about attitude, and I definitely agree. I blogged about that at some length, in fact (http://pamela.poole.free.fr/frogblog/?p=531)

    I actually stopped by because I thought you might like to know about www.francophilia.com, the only social network for francophiles.

    We launched a year ago, and in 2009 we're going to add a marketplace where you can get your fill of French stuff. We're a tiny startup operating on a shoestring budget, and depending on francophile bloggers like you to help get the word out.

    Hope you and your readers will stop by and join us! And please help spread the word!

    Merci et à bientôt.

    Pamela Poole (LaGoulue)
    Founder

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