Parisian Chic

When my own fashion mentor from super style blog And Andrea mentioned this book in one of her posts, I just had to find a copy of my own. My love for anything French PLUS fashion combined in one gorgeous little red package was impossible to resist!

Written by former Chanel model and muse Ines de la Fressange, Parisian Chic is a very clever and insightful guide into how Parisian women get their chic on.

In the beginning of her book, Ines says ‘The Parisian will rave about a great find in the supermarket… her wardrobe is a clever mix of cheap and affordable buys, holiday purchases and a handful of luxury pieces.’ Now that’s my kind of girl!

Ines encourages women to mix it up and be more adventurous, but to always be totally comfortable with what we are wearing. In short, she dares us to be fashion savvy – not fashion victims.

She then goes on to talk about the fashion basics that every woman should have in her wardrobe, and explains how to wear them with a twist – for example a black blazer with the sleeves pushed up and worn with a belt. She shares dozens of little tips that seem simple enough, but try them out and it’s amazing how little details really do make a big difference.

Ines touches on which accessories make a big statement, and even dedicates a chapter to ‘Fashion SOS’ which provides a guideline on what to wear to black tie events, impromptu dinner parties and cocktail parties.

She also shares some of her beauty tips, and is refreshingly relaxed and honest in her approach.  In short, she says to take good care of yourself but to loosen up a little and let go…. such a typically fabulous French attitude!

Parisian Chic finishes off with a ‘Chez Moi’ chapter and Ines’s own guide to Paris, including boutiques, cafes, museums and even a secret Belle Epoque gem toilet!

This book will inspire you to create chic new outfits with items you already have in your wardrobe, and to be more confident and adventurous when shopping for new clothes.

Parisian Chic makes a beautiful gift for any fashionista or stylish jet setter who is Paris bound. Or it could be a delightful treat for yourself. You can find Parisian Chic in your local bookstore or online here.


A xxx

What fashion books have inspired you to get your chic on?


Jean Jeanie

For years I struggled to find a pair of jeans that were flattering and fit properly.  I would go shopping in search of the perfect pair, try a couple on, get frustrated and go home thinking that maybe there just weren’t any jeans out there for me.

Then one lovely sunny day I popped into a store and tried on yet another pair of jeans. They were perfect for me.  Plain, simple, they pulled me in at all the right places and made me look thinner than I am (hooray!).  They were magic jeans!  Oh, and they happened to be made by J Brand.

Since then I have been a big J Brand fan, I usually buy the 811 mid rise skinnies as worn here by none other than the very stylish Kate Middleton;

I order them online from  J Brand Jeans, Shopbop or Revolve Clothing.

More recently I stumbled across a pair of white skinny jeans that were on sale at Witchery and I absolutely loved the fit.  The waist is mid rise (perfect for a mummy tummy) and they seem to sit and fit just right.  Plus, white jeans are highly recommended by the style bible ‘Parisian Chic’ (as seen below right) and so I just had to have them!

But I would have to say that my most recent and exciting jean jeanie find was inspired by  a post from the legendary Nikki Parkinson from Styling You that you can find here.  Nikki showed how to rock a coloured jean this Autumn-Winter, and after reading her post, my mind was made up!

I headed to Big W and thought I would check out the Emerson range of coloured jeans, and sitting right there on the rack was one lone, cobalt-blue pair of jeans in my size. It was love at first sight!

After a quick trip to my tailor, I have to say that they are the softest and most comfortable pair of jeans that I have ever owned. And they only cost me $19!  These jeans are the ultimate addition to any winter wardrobe (and perfect for any mum with a little person with sticky fingers!).

And so the moral of my little jean jeanie story is that there is a perfect pair of jeans out there for everyone, you just have to find them.  Happy hunting!

Love A xxx

**Ps. A little tip that I learnt from a friend years ago is to take your jeans to a tailor and have the pockets cut out and sewn down. It makes the front of the jeans sit smoothly and is more slimming**

 What are your favourite jeans?

Do you have any tips to make them fit and sit better?