I took three years of French in high school and absolutely loved it. I even considered majoring in French in college. If I could do it all over again, I probably would have because I would have walked away with a skill versus an ambiguous idea of how the world works (thank you, social science. I still love you though!).
I’ve never been to France, but I know I would absolutely love it. It’s first on my travel to-do list. I seriously love anything French. Their women’s je ne se quoi way of being; is that something I can buy?
In honor of Bastille Day, French things I love and some French inspiration . . . .
The word pamplemousse. The translation is grapefruit. Their word is 10 times better. I love it.
Le Couvent des Minimes deodorant. I recently started using this natural deodorant and I am loving it. Leave it up to the French to use a natural formula that actually works.
Not only their food; but that French kids eat what adults eat. I love that about their culture. No “kid’s menu,” just food. I still haven’t read French Kids Eat Everything but it’s on my list.
I did, however, read French Women Don’t Get Fat and it’s my favorite food book I’ve read. Their attitude towards food and well being is different and refreshing. Here’s a list of what French women do and do not do. Another French book I want to get: The Little Paris Kitchen
Another great book I read was Bringing Up Bebe; an expat’s anthropological approach to comparing French parenting to American parenting. Their mentality and methods resonated with me really well. A great quote from the book:
“The French have managed to be involved with their families without becoming obsessive. They assume that even good parents aren’t at the constant service of their children, and that there is no need to feel guilty about this. ‘For me, the evenings are for the parents,’ one Parisian mother told me. ‘My daughter can be with us if she wants, but it’s adult time.’ “
French style. Need I say more? The older I get, the more my wardrobe is leaning towards their effortless, classic style. Bonus: 7 French Style Mistakes French Women Would Never Make and a French Beauty Uniform
The French press and their daily ritual of slowing down and enjoying a cup of coffee. Oh, and their pastries of course.
They have great interior design sense. I mean, just look at this cute apartment.
And this dreamy French kitchen:
French artists. Degas, anyone?
Finally, I know I already mentioned French food but I thought I should say: French cheese, wine and baguettes. Three things I could live off of.