On perfume and lifelong beauty

Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange is one of the books I told you I received a couple of weeks ago. Inès de la Fressange shares her brilliant tips on fashion, beauty and living in style, à la française, charmingly guiding us through the well kept secrets of French women and through her own secret Paris. 

There are two things from the book that I’d like to share in my turn. The first one is about perfume, this wonderful world of scents, which says so much about a person and which can make our imagination run free in a fraction of a second and make us relive specific moments of our past with an unbelievable accuracy. It’s part of the code of good manners: “Never wear too much perfume; you’ll give your friends a headache.” And not only your friends, but to everyone you happen to pass by. It’s one of the most bad-taste things. Ever. This is a rule and it is not made to be broken. Coco Chanel was the first one who clearly pointed that out. “Spray yourself wherever you might be kissed. A woman who overdoes it with perfume has no future, for she will only offend her friends and admirers.”

And the second one, what I find more important than any beauty ritual are these lifelong beauty tips of Inès:

  • Be well-groomed.
  • Smell nice.
  • Look after your teeth. Have them professionally cleaned every six months.
  • Smile.
  • Be indulgent.
  • Be nonchalant and forget your age.
  • Be cooler and more easy-going.
  • Be less selfish.
  • Be passionate about a man, a project, a house. It’s an instant facelift.
  • Do only what suits you. The perferct Zen attitude.
  • Accept that there will be bad days. And make the most of the good days. 

Let’s make the best of this Tuesday!

photo: edited by me, Alina Ilie photographed by Sylvie Malfray for Elle Romania October 2010

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