Books I read before Paris
// SMUDGE - Books I read before Paris //
Exactly one week from today I will be boarding a plane, one-way tickets in hand, to my favorite place in the world, PARIS. I of course have been pouring myself over Paris themed book’s since the tickets were officially booked. My previous trips to Pairs were a week or two at most and I frantically did all I could at every moment to soak it all in. Since this trip is currently open ended, I want to discover as much of shopping, food, romantic spots, art, etc. that Paris has to offer……while at a local’s pace… because clearly in my mind I will be pretending to be one.
BOOKS ( top to bottom of stack ):
Quiet Paris by Siobhan Wall - Great, sweet little book about the calm side of Paris.
Paris by CITI x 60 - Written by 60 local “creatives” it is basically the hipster bible of Paris, love it cause doesn’t everyone have their hipster moments these days?
How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, Sophie Mas - This book is a must read for any chick, an honest peer into the mind of the french femme fatale.
Hungry For Paris by Alexander Lobrando - Alex is a legendary food writer ( who also has an amazing blog as well ) that takes you through the 109 best restaurants in Pairs, * warning * though this book makes you very hungry.
Parisian Chic by Ines de la Fressange- I read and sticky noted the $h!t out of this book in one sitting. Her fantastic take on classic style alone is worth reading this book, then she gives you local intel on the best Parisian places to shop and their “must haves”.
Le Shop Guide by Michi ( the brainchild of authors Chloe Quigley and Daniel Pollock ) - Succcchhhhh an informative and witty guide to can’t miss shopping adventures around Paris with food and pampering stops in between.
Paris, An Inspiring Tour of the City’s Heart by Janelle McCulloch - A very visually beautiful book with lots of tips on places to visit.
Paris Street Style by Isabelle Thomas and Frederique Veyset - This book was ok, I feel like they repeat themselves a lot and some of the pictures of the girls in “French outfits” are just horrible, bad representation of Paris style. Does have some very interesting interviews.