Monday, July 14, 2014

Parlez-vous francais?

I have a confession. I am a Francophile. Do not let this term confuse you with the Franco brothers, though I do like them quite a lot. The definition of a Francophile is someone who has a strong liking for all things French. I took French classes my first couple of years at university. The very first professor I had was, in fact, French (and quite handsome). Anyway, I loved learning the language, but I loved learning about what life is like there even more. They are a lot more selective about clothes, food, friendships. I relate so much to their culture that I have contemplated moving there at some point. I know I am not the only person who is endlessly fascinated by French people and their rich culture. There are entire books dedicated to this concept. You can learn to dress like a French woman, eat like the French, etc. I recently stumbled upon a book of photography showcasing Parisian women over the last 100 years or so. The book delves into a lot of history, particularly women's rights in France. I thought I would share some of my favorite photos from the book. The French have a phrase to describe a certain element of a person that cannot be contained into words. It is <<je nais se quoi>> or translated into English as "I don't know what". It's a quality I see a lot with French people because they are so cool and mysterious, but I have seen it among other people, too. It's a quality I admire.

I think this might be my favorite photograph in the entire book. 
Couple drinking coffee, Elise Hardy 1980

Not only does this particular photography book convey the beauty, strength, and complexity of French women, it also shows it's audience that these are universal qualities of all women everywhere. I think that's really important.

And to really show how crazy I am for French style, here are a couple of my favorite French style icons.

Bardot and her black cat. This photo means everything to me.

Francoise being perfect. Just look at that bone structure.

You may recognize this song from Moonrise Kingdom.
It is Suzy's favorite record. BLESS YOU, WES ANDERSON.

I am quite serious about wanting to live in France for a period of time. I am okay with wearing all black. I already own a beret. I suppose it's time I begin brushing up on my French grammar... 

Au revoir,

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