• FrenchUncleSam

    French-Isms: 1st Edition

    You’ve probably heard a French person say words like “hambourger” or “très cool” and laughed a little bit at the funny-sounding accent on your English words. Well, these aren’t just English words to the French – they’re anglicismes (anglicisms)!

    An anglicism is a word that the French borrow from English and use instead of their native French word (usually with a strong French accent). Despite some strong finger shaking from the French government against this, the French use anglicisms regularly.

    As an English-speaking American, I think it’s high time we started returning the favor and filling our English with a few French-Isms (plus, I already do it)!

    Here are some of my faves:
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  • What men wear in Paris

    How to Dress Like a Parisian Man

    Whether you’re going abroad for a while or just looking to bring a bit of French style into your own wardrobe, everyone wants to know how to dress like a Parisian.

    But men have it particularly hard.

    While there’s an entire library of advice for women, the few male fashion guides out there make things even MORE vague (what exactly does “dressing nicer” mean?). If you’re just looking for a straightforward introduction to men’s fashion in Paris, this is the guide for you.

    And if you need an even more simplistic approach to dressing like a Parisian (we get it – words are hard – ain’t nobody got time for that), make sure you check out our visual everyday outfit cheat sheet at the end of the post.
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  • leatherjacket

    Everyday {Parisian} Uniform

    Before the release of their spring silk and shirts collection, Everlane asked Instagram to share photos of an everyday uniform.

    Both collections stem from the idea of an everyday uniform. We believe everyone has one.

    It got me thinking about the everyday Parisian uniform and its essential pieces. Browsing some shots of Emanuelle Alt and Paris street fashion, it’s not so hard to see a trend.
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  • How-To-French-Makeup

    How To Do Your Makeup Like A French Girl

    “I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.” – Coco Chanel

    The French invented Sephora, but don’t be deceived – most of the product on a French girl is not really makeup at all. A French woman adores her skin care, uses makeup to smooth her coloring and give her a natural glow, but she wouldn’t be caught dead in wild eyeshadows or heavy bronzers.
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  • Cartier-Exhibit

    Mark Your Calendars: 3 Things I’m Excited About

    Sometimes you can’t wait until after something has happened to write about it. There are some events SO exciting that they need their own pre-post – a rumbling before the incoming earthquake of earth-shattering awesome.

    Here are 3 things on the horizon that have me prancing about like a school girl:
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  • Poisson d'Avril

    Poisson d’avril – April Fool’s Day is More French Than You Think!

    The original April Fool’s pranks can be traced back to France, where the holiday is still called “April Fish” or Poisson d’avril (pwa-SOHN dah-VREEL) to this day!

    According to popular opinion (or at least my childhood French teacher), the holiday started when King Charles XIV reformed the French calendar. Before the everyone caught the news (you know, carrier pigeon glitches), those who were unaware of the change had pranks played on them. In particular, pranksters used to offer gifts of fish (traditional New Years offerings) to those “fools” who were unknowingly celebrating the New Year at the wrong time.
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  • French-Rude

    Are the French Rude? 5 Reasons Americans Might Think So

    The rude Frenchman is a classic trope that sometimes makes foreigners weary of traveling in France. It’s even one of the most Googled things about Parisians!

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    But some of the things foreigners find rude aren’t really personality traits – they’re simply cultural differences.

    Here are five reasons you might perceive a well-meaning French person to be rude when they’re just being, well, French:
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  • Populaire

    Your New Favorite French Film Is Now On Netflix

    Régis Roinsard’s Populaire (2012) stole my heart when I saw it at a short run at Denver’s SIE Film Center and I’ve been waiting for it to be available for an encore show in my Stateside apartment ever since.

    Imagine my delight when I saw the title recommended to me on Netflix! I have watched it at least a dozen times since and haven’t lost interest. It’s an instant classic.
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  • Paris-Elopements

    Paris Elopements – Saying “Oui” in the City of Lights

    “Elope” literally means running away and never coming back. Perhaps that’s why so many couples choose to elope in Paris – it’s a city that makes you never want to go anywhere else!

    I’ve always thought my hypothetical wedding would be a traditional American ceremony; my giant family, a first dance, a big tasteless wedding cake that costs more than a used car. But with the higher costs of wedding expenses and the lack of cash in our wallets, I can totally see the appeal of running away with your beau and blowing the whole budget on some Loubies, Moet, and room service. Maybe throw in some Laudrée macarons for the “cake” while you’re at it.

    Here are my favorite shots of Paris elopements that make you just want to run away and never come back:
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  • Winter-To-Spring-Closet

    Closet Transitions: Winter to Spring

    This is one of my favorite times of the year. We still have the coziness of Winter and a fresh, bright Spring is on the horizon. Days are getting longer and after cleaning out last year’s closet, my wardrobe is in a lovely transition.

    My big, burly coats are going back into storage but my comfy sweaters and wool blazers still get to play. I try to brighten up a darker winter wardrobe with fresh whites and sun-kissed pinks. Warm cognacs offset winter grays.
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