Thursday, July 21, 2011

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

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

Our final excerpt comes from the second part of the book: Belle of the Ball....

Chapter 4: Beauty Faux Pax

"As with fashion, we can all make beauty mistakes. Make-up trends are unimportantit's all a question of harmonizing with your natural physiognomy and complexion. Runway models may sport blue false eyelashes, invisible eyebrows, or metallic blusher, but we live in the real world, minus spotlights and flash photography. Even a supermodel looks her best au naturel. Here's what to avoid if you don't want to look like a "makeup victim". "

*Blusher applied like war paint. War is over...

*Makeup to match your clothes you'll look like a girl who thinks too hard and really shouldn't. Have faith in your natural complexion, eye, and hair color instead.

*Foundation applied too quickly, without going right up to the hairline. The mask unmasked!

*Too much eyeliner (a.k.a. the "raccoon" look).

*Under-arm hair. Parisians spend a great deal on epilation (as a rule, the Parisian male dislikes body hair).

*Too much lip gloss. Your mouth will look stickynot attractive.

(All the information above is from the book.)

There you have it...the last excerpt from this edition of book club. The rest of the book continues with insights from Inès regarding such things as where to go in Paris, Parisian Wellness, Food, Where To Stay, among other topics, and continues to be informative, as well as entertaining.

What are your thoughts on the highlights from the *Beauty Faux Pas* chapter? Do you agree with what Inès has to say? Please do share! :)

Have a lovely day! :)



  1. I've read all of your posts about this book. So far, I find the advice from this excerpt most valuable. Like Parisians, I think most American woman follow these rules as well. We probably experiment more with makeup trends, but I think most of us know what looks best and enhances are natural beauty, and our daily makeup routine usually reflects that. I do find it fun to try that trendy shade of bright pink eyeshadow or eggplant mascara, but those items are usually tossed shortly after being purchased. Admittedly, they're never money well spent either. While those items are fun to try, I always go right back to my staples... the makeup that looks naturally beautiful on me.

    I'm looking forward to future excerpts.

  2. Thanks, FFM!

    I agree with her advice on make-up more than any other chapter. I agree that our attraction to trends has to do with making things fresh and uncovering a new part of ourselves. The key is knowing how to do this while staying true to who we are and our own individual, non-changing features. I struggle with this all the time in fashion, but slowly learning with age.....(ahem! "Experience")

    Would love to know your thoughts on specifics of the book!

  3. {L}: Thank you for stopping by to share your thoughts! I'm glad to hear you've been enjoying this edition of book club. This was the last excerpt from this particular book, but I will choose another fabulous read to feature in the near future. :)

  4. Crew Cricket: I also think her advice on make-up was some of the best given in the book. I'm personally not one to go for trends when it comes to my makeup, and tend to wear my own *signature* look every day of the year. ;)

    My opinion on the book overall is that it was very interesting to read, and I especially loved the chapters on the basics and the accessories. These are the two main areas in my wardrobe I am currently working on, so reading her suggestions for *must haves* in these 2 areas was very informative for me. However, I do think the majority of the advice in the book seems to already be *out there* in fashion and beauty land, or just a *given*, if you will. At least until you get to the chapters on shopping and sightseeing in Paris, which aren't going to be featured as a book club post. They are a great read though for those planning on visiting Paris. :)

    One more thing...I really hope to be as stylish in my 50's as Inès is. I definitely don't want to fall into a rut with my looks or my clothes, so I will definitely save her opinions on what to do or not to do at that age for future use. :)