Dear Royal Friends,
I love being a bit like a French Girl. It gives a princess a certain air, a certain mystery, a certain feminine style with a powerful stance.
There’s one aspect of being a bit like a French Girl that I’d like to suggest you adopt, because when I do it (and I do it every morning and throughout the day) it has a very uplifting effect on my spirits. Can you guess what it is? I’ll give you a hint: It’s one of The Most French Things about a French Girl.
When we think about what is The Most French Thing about French Girls, we might conjure up some cliche images like a jaunty girl in a beret, smiling as she pedals a bicycle with her long crusty baguette and a small round cheese wheel jostling around in the bicyle’s front basket along with a bottle of red. Perhaps she’s wearing a blue and white horizontally striped sweater. Or a striped something. Possibly she’s sporting chin length fashionable hair. Always fashionable hair. But something would be missing from that scene. What’s something you will never see on a French girl…but bet your bottom Euro, she’s always wearing ( besides pretty, sexy and pretty sexy undies?)
To illustrate how obsessed French Girls are with their perfume, I recently went to a wedding in New York. Seated next to me was a quasi-relative French Girl traveling from Paris who exuded a luxurious fragrant presence. Yes, she had chin length hair. I asked her what fragrance she was wearing. I figured she’s just gonna tell me, but no, she proceeds to Show & Tell me in the most astoundingly French Girl way.
She opened her teeny weenie purse that was in the shape of a small orange. More of a pouch than a purse, really. This purse looked large enough to hold maybe a driver’s license, a piece of bubble gum, and either a pencil stub or a tampon, but not both. She proceeded to pull out of this walnut of a thing, a full-sized bottle of Pamplelune by Guerlain. Not a sample, not a travel size, but a big, full size bottle. I couldn’t have been more surprised had she produced a full-sized rabbit. Wearing a beret. And a blue and white striped sweater.
Think about it. Perfume must have been so important to my relative, that she handicapped herself with a full, heavy bottle of the stuff, thereby displacing other important cargo…like say…her wallet and her phone! But to a French Girl, it made perfect “sense.” She’s French. I remembered how a few years before the wedding this quasi relative was visiting for another occasion. As she passed by the stairs in the house we were visiting, I breathed the trail of a beautiful scent just as deliciously divine as the one she wore at the wedding. I also asked then what she was wearing. It was Prada’s Infusion d’Iris. Her nose knows what she wears, and she takes shhhpritzing seriously.
Another truly elegant and stylish French Girl friend of mine who, when I first met her, always smelled like Caleche by Hermes. Years later she always smelled like 24 Faubourg by Hermes. She never didn’t smell great, just like my French relative.
How do these French Girls do it? Waft around in their perfume clouds?
The secret is: “spray well and often.” Have perfume will carry. None of this spray to last to the end of the day. If you want to be French-Girl worthy, you gotta cultivate Fragrance Vigilance. Perfume Priority. Spray and Stay.
So what’s on my dressing table? I have a number of perfumes that I wear from time to time, but right now I have three go-to’s that I wear most often to “Channel” my inner French Girl. Chanel No 5 Eau Premier; Hermes un Jardin en Mediterranee; and Hypnotic Poison by Christian Dior.
Learn to channel your inner French Girl to start your day sweetly. Find a perfume that you love, that makes you happy, that uplifts your spirits,
then spray well and often. That way, wherever you go, there you smell.
QUESTION: WHAT’S ONE THING YOU DO THAT CHANNELS YOUR INNER FRENCH GIRL? I’D LOVE TO KNOW! PLEASE TELL US BELOW!