I know. Zooey isn't French, but by looking at pictures on the Satorialist, Easy fashion, and garancedore.fr she has a very similar hairstyle to many French women I see pictures of. Since I dyed my hair back to my natural brown (like hers) and am in need of a newer and fresher style for spring, I thought why not? I guess since I have been sick these past few days and haven't been blogging or doing anything else lately, I had a chance to think about doing this in my boredom. I had a similar style to hers for a couple of years before I went red, and I did love it. Although, the bangs are a bit high maintenance, they're worth it, and as a French-esq woman, I need to be completely okay with putting more and more time into the way I look than I did before.
(Jessica Simpson in Paris posing with her two best friends, Cacee Cobb and Ken Paves)
Watching reruns of Jessica Simpson's The Price of Beauty, I caught the epsiode on Paris and got some insider French beauty tips from the model that they were talking with. She reiterated the fact that French women are very careful and painstaking when it comes to coming across looking natural. They will always have a budget for fashion and beauty and would rather cut something else out of their spending than not spend on looking good. Reaffirming what I have already read, I think it's safe to say I'm getting the French woman's philosophy on beauty, down pat.
Aside from looks, I have got to get that French lifestyle thing down, and I'm doing it little by little--trying to listen more and talk less, eat my meals slowly and in French themed food groups, flirting a little--not for a date but just because I'm a woman, walking with my head held high. These little things I have been able to employ in my every day life so far, and though they are small, they have made me feel like a new woman!
So, in order to make this transformation complete, I'm going to need some more help--more books will be my guide. I'm also ordering some tonight on Amazon. I already have Entre Nous: A woman's guide to finding her inner french girl, which I ordered about a year ago. Although it's a fun read, I think it's a bit outdated, so I need more! The Essence of Style: How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafes, Style, Sophistication, and Glamour, All You Need to Be Impossibly French: A Witty Investigation into the Lives, Lusts, and Little Secrets of French Women, and Fatale : How French Women Do It , I'm ordering them tonight. Hope they're as good as they sound! If anyone has any good French-themed book suggestions, please give me the titles in your comments. Until next time, Bonsoir, tout le monde!