What is this about?: My deep love for all things French and Paris!
What is this REALLY about?: Letting yourself go and allowing yourself to think differently about things: about reading and men and even flirting. I suspect you know all this anyway, but there’s a charm to Jamie Cat Callan’s writing that makes you reconsider these things that you may have once thought had no place in your hectic life.
Discover what French women know about embracing that irresistible joie de vivre
We all know that French women don’t get fat. But their famous je ne sais quoi comes from more than just body type–something anyone can master: the old-fashioned art cultivating our inner beauty, confidence, and unique personal style, at any age.
From savoring the everyday beauty around you to engaging in captivating conversations, playing dress-up, hosting impromptu dinner parties under the stars, and of course mastering the art of French flirting, the lively and inspiring lessons in this “syllabus” will help you rediscover your beautiful, fierce, romantic, engaging best self–to attract the best of everything into your life.
Ready to embark on the adventure of your life? Parisian Charm School is in session….
When I started reading Parisian Charm School, I didn’t quite expect a guide to things I thought I’d already knew – and yes, it says it right there in the blurb, but I have these blinders when it comes to things with Paris in the title.
And yes, I got irritated when I started reading. This is a book that tells you about how Callan discovered how French women flirt, and fall in love. Or to be more exact, get men to fall in love with them. Which you know, thanks very much – I got that.
I also wanted to point out to her that she doesn’t mention money, time, children and mortgages in her book…
But I kept reading and here’s the thing: it’s all in Callan’s delivery.
There’s no lecturing here, and instead we have a woman who has explored what she’s writing, and indeed, writes about her experiences, but what she does is remind women that all those things they have probably already thought about: picking a signature colour, enjoying what you wear and here’s a good one – sharing your intellect with a man, and challenging him ….
Alright, look that sounds condescending, but Callan delivers it in a much more charming way. She’s encouraging you to think about your life differently — to think about the things you think you can’t do differently. Going to a lecture which doesn’t cost money, for instance. And shopping in a second hand store isn’t going to cost as much as shopping in a boutique.
I think the best way to put this is like this: this is a book that’s a reminder that you should allow yourselves to do the things you’re always putting off. And god knows, haven’t we all put off things time and time again for whatever reason?