Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fabulous Florida Mommy *Book Club*...Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Inès de la Fressange

Hey Everyone! It's time once again for Fabulous Florida Mommy *Book Club* and this week we continue our read of Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Inès de la Fressange. :)

Part 3: Spotlight on Accessories (Part Two)...

It's in the bag...

—→The bag is central to every Parisian's personal style. It can make life easier (with special pockets for your phone and lipstick, a spring clip for your keys, an integrated flashlight) or make life hell (the big bucket bag into which everything is thrown together, and in which even a cat would have a hard time finding her kittens). Choosing the right model is all-important. The Parisian chooses her bags on impulse, and not because she has been told what to carry around this season. She is uninterested in the latest It bag, but very keen to find the iconic bag for her.

Memo: Better a genuine straw bag than a fake luxury label! Counterfeit is counterfashion!

*It's almost impossible to commit a fashion faux pas when choosing a bag (except for backpacks and banana-shaped fanny packs or bum bags). From animal-skin prints to flaming red, anything goes!

*By all means match the color of your bag and shoes if you're under 30. After that, prepare to age ten years...

 Five Essential Models...

*The Big Tote Bag: A faithful friend for every day. You can slip your clutch inside handy if you are going out after work and can't go home first. Take out your clutch, and leave your tote bag at the office!

*The Clutch: The essential evening accessory or for daytime use if it's big enough and soft enough. Perfect for raising the tone if you've under-dressed, especially if it's a *couture* model with embroidery, beads, or luxury fabrics.

*The Satchel: For a casual touch and a guaranteed antidote to It-bag-itis! A satchel is for life...

*The Ladie's Handbag: Solidly-structured, in neutral shades (black, natural, tan). A timeless classic that has seen the ups and downs of popularity. The Parisian will tell you hers belonged to her grandmother. But everyone knows she had it made to order chez Hermès.

*A Straw Bag: Your summer friend, à la Bardot in Saint-Trop'. Parisiennes carry theirs around town, for a touch of offbeat chic. A guaranteed style statement. "

(All the information above is from the book.)

***The last excerpt from "Spotlight on Accessories" will be featured in next week's Book Club post.

What are your thoughts on this excerpt from the book? Do you agree with what Inès de la Fressange has to say? Will you consider following her advice for Accessories? Do you already own some of the items she recommends? Please do share! :)

Now, perhaps *it's* in one of these bags today... ;)

 Big Tote Bags:
*MICHAEL Michael Kors Hamilton
*Jil Sander Large Classic Tote
*Ralph Lauren Large Tote

*MICHAEL Michael Kors Sloan Oversized Leather Clutch
*Betsey Johnson Bow-tiful Sequin Clutch
*Lulu Townsend Bling Ring Clutch
*Barney's New York Spectator Clutch

*Rebecca Minkoff Cupid Leather Satchel
*Urban Expressions Zarina Convertible Satchel

Ladie's Handbags:
*Marc by Marc Jacobs Lady V Bag
*Delvaux Brilliant GM

Straw Bags:
*Nine West Isola Straw Bag

Have a lovely day! :)



  1. I cannot fathom why I haven't thought of putting a clutch in the tote to be ready for day to evening. Forehead slap.

    In the meantime I'm still trying to find the perfect skinny white ankle grazing Hepburnish jeans since they looked so fabulous in the earlier chapter of this book. So hard to find!

  2. I love bags and have quite a few. I like to change them up frequently but there are a few that get out more often than others. I have a versatile clutch that I keep at the office for impromptu after-work get-togethers. I think your accessories can really make or break your outfit and I'm always surprised to see people sporting obviously fake designer bags that are cheapy made and coming apart. One glance is worth a thousand words.

  3. I'm curious what you think about the comment that your shoes should not match your bag. I can understand that if your items are very distinctive, say green patent. But what about black? I can't use my black purse if I'm wearing black shoes? But I wear a lot of black! I often see you FFM with your metallic purse and metallic sandals and I think it looks fabulous. Are there times where it is ok if they match?

  4. Desert Flower: Thanks for stopping by! Let me know if you find the jeans...I'd also love to have a pair. I'll keep my eye out for them as well, and email you if I find a pair. :)

  5. Hi xoxo! I completely agree with you that accessories can make or break an outfit. They are one of the most important parts of any outfit, IMO. Just think how a great bag, pair of shoes, earrings, scarf, and bracelet can easily make a pair of jeans and a tee instantly more chic. Accessories are a definite *must have*. :)

  6. Kristin: When I read that I line I thought to myself...hmmm, I don't agree with that, and if it really is true then I guess I'm aging myself 10 years quite frequently. I personally like accessories to match more often than not. I just think it makes your outfit look more pulled together if your bag matches your shoes, or your shoes match your belt. Now like you said, if your bag is green patent then matching shoes would be a bit overkill, but a black bag and black shoes or red bag and red shoes is perfectly ok, IMO.

  7. After seeing the photos of Inès' daughter with that beautiful handbag, I am hunting a caramel or toffee coloured "ladies' handbag" but it is proving really hard to find a nice one that fits all my criteria. And like Desert Flower, I am also hunting a pair of perfect white jeans. You would think if these things were "classic" they would be everywhere and easy to find! But I guess the devil is in the details.

  8. I bougth!!! it is arriving!!!
    I will make a post for this book as soon as possible!!! I adore her!!!
    Love, Chiara

  9. AFter spending some time in Europe and collecting evening bags at various shops, I now enjoy carrying them during the day for that extra bunch to a basic outfit.

    Also, I have learned from my time in Europe that I agree with the no matchy matchy shoe/handbag rule--except maybe white sandals/bag.

    I am not one to carry large bags at all expcept to the pool!