I have taken some time offline recently to think about what I would like to focus on for this blog. I do like sharing parts of my life, things that I love and ideas to inspire and yet I haven’t really incorporated one of my biggest loves which is a French inspired lifestyle.
My love for this subject came about in early 2012 when I read Lessons From Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott. I was 28 at the time and was sort of on a journey of creating a beautiful life of simple pleasures, decadent meals, sophisticated living, luxurious travel, personal classic style and using quality things such as clothes, cookware, candles, french artisan soaps, etc. I wanted an enchanted life and when I read that Madame Chic book in 2012, I knew that I had found my inspiration for the life I was seeking to create.
From there I read every French lifestyle book I could get my hands on and each one taught me something new and gave me inspiration as to how to create the life that I wanted for myself. I have engrossed myself in all things French since then including French skincare products, soaps, clothing, movies, music, more books, cookware, recipes, language, travel and mindset. This is not to say that I think the French are superior or better or flawless. I think they are human just like the rest of us, but they were brought up in a different culture that reveres a lot of the things that I was looking for in my own life.
Then in September 2018 I finally got to board a plane going straight from Raleigh to Paris. I was full of excitement and curiosity to see and experience all of those things that I had read about first hand and I was not disappointed. I didn’t go to Paris thinking it was going to be some super romantic, glamorous and perfect city. In other words, I did not get “Paris Syndrome”. This is a syndrome, believe or not that traveler’s get when they visit Paris for the first time and realize that they are basically in a city like any other and not some high fashion, pristine and quaint streets like you see in all of the photos. There is litter, graffiti, regular looking people rushing around and city noise just like any other.
However, if you look for those French nuances then you will find them everywhere. I looked at the men and women stylishly dressed walking around making the world their runway, I paid attention to the French women sitting at cafes sipping their coffees while visiting friends and having engrossing conversations, I noticed the delicate pastries and the smells of the fresh baked breads at the boulangeries, I paid attention the products in the shops and noticed their fine craftsmanship and attention to detail. I also paid close attention to my sense of taste as I ate my way through Paris trying as many delicious meals as possible.
Paris was everything I had hoped for and more and only solidified my dedication to that French inspired lifestyle that I had been working on for 6 years. To this day I still read French inspired books, watch French films and shows, use French products and create a life centered around quality, less is more, natural foods, impeccable style and creating those beautiful simple pleasure throughout the day.
All of this to say that I will be incorporating a lot of these discoveries into my blog since this one thing has been a sort of pillar in my life for more than eight years now. That is not to say that I have some perfect, easy all day everyday life. This is also not to say that I have copied every French detail of life into my own. I have simply taken inspiration from the things that I was interested in and left parts that I was not. I still have chores to be done, a job to work, meals to be cooked, errands to be ran, bills to be paid and all the other less-glamorous things in life to do. But since I have created a more French mindset and lifestyle for myself rather than American, I can honestly say that I have created a life that is more simple, fun, stylish, enchanting, meaningful, slower, beautiful and enjoyable.