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Les Parisiennes de Mamansnet - Thread part deux

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TossDaily Sat 02-Dec-17 21:33:31

New thread for those of us who would like to let a little je ne sais quoi into our lives...

botemp Sat 02-Dec-17 21:39:17

Link to thread one.

EnidButton Sat 02-Dec-17 21:46:48

Bonjour! 🎄

GoGoGazelle Sat 02-Dec-17 21:54:43


prettybird Sat 02-Dec-17 22:45:11

Merci beaucoup. Je n'ai plus besoin de m'inquiéter. wink

Littlechocola Sat 02-Dec-17 22:47:18

I lost the first one so I’m glad to see this one!

ibuiltahomeforyou Sat 02-Dec-17 22:49:18

GREAT NEWS! My FIL visited today (lives in France) and bought me a French beauty advent calendar! I'm so excited and it will help me become tres Francaise!

Pandapenguin Sat 02-Dec-17 22:49:46


EnidButton Sat 02-Dec-17 23:01:25

ibuilt shock envy You'll have to tell us what's behind each door. You have two days to open already!

Tantpoke Sun 03-Dec-17 00:51:53

Ibuiltahome can you post some pics please so we can open it vicariously through you grin

ProperLavs Sun 03-Dec-17 04:23:39


prettywhiteguitar Sun 03-Dec-17 08:23:58

Ohh I wondered where you all had gone

yes daily updates please we need to know what is in there !!! ibuiltahomeforyou

I'm following the liberty advent calendar thread ~sad~

prettywhiteguitar Sun 03-Dec-17 08:29:27

I have been tres French in my winter clothes, French beret, red Burberry silk and wool scarf, long line black wool cardigan, jacket thing. There is no collar and looks very minimalist.

Nails are always done and I have been wearing lipstick most days. I went to party the other night in a long stretch black pencil skirt and black polo neck, Chanel red 💄.

So I'm doing well I think!! But a basic version, I have no colour and advanced fashion, such as green leather and block colours I will be trying out next year in spring, I just have no more money for clothes right now.

Spudlet Sun 03-Dec-17 08:30:41

Bonne matin a tout! Et hurrah pour le nouvelle thread de la understated fabulousness 🇫🇷

wren23091 Sun 03-Dec-17 08:32:31

Bonjour les filles de mamansnet!
@guitar that sounds fabuleuse. I’m with you in doing French sur un budget, looking forward to gleaning some tips!

Auldspinster Sun 03-Dec-17 08:35:16

Bonjoir les jolie madames (disclaimer: i did German at school so my French is very dodgy indeed).

I am wearing a navy and white breton t-shirt, black jeans and clashing brown Saucony trail shoes. Paired with my hennaed hair in a sleek pony tail, newly self trimmed fringe, a dab of liquid eyeliner and a sheer red Guerlain lippy (Pour Troubler, Rouge Automatique).

As good as it gets on a Sunday morning!

Auldspinster Sun 03-Dec-17 08:37:21

I should add that i'm at work, i wouldn't be dressed and made up at this time on a Sunday morning otherwise.

Spudlet Sun 03-Dec-17 08:38:41

I am wearing my dressing gown grin BUT yesterday I wore my red skinny jeans, oatmeal jumper over a long sleeved black (thermal!) top (the jumper has slits op the side to make it a more tunic-like fit), and my red checked giant triangle scarf, with black ankle boots and red lipstick, and I felt good. Really quite chic, actually. smile

Spudlet Sun 03-Dec-17 08:41:24

Also, when I walked the dog, I just swapped my boots for wellies and my smart coat for my wax jacket but kept my red jeans and red lips, and I felt tres country glam. Even le chien behaved better (the fact that it was just me and him helped - all the attention and some ‘work’ makes him a happy lad).

falange Sun 03-Dec-17 08:52:52

As suggested on the last thread, I have cut my nails short and painted them red. It looks very nice and chic.

Mamia15 Sun 03-Dec-17 09:04:55

Popped into H&M a few days ago and they had lovely soft woolly scarves in typically french colours (light grey and dark grey) at a reduced price of £5. Wore one with my very warm pure wool peacoat that I picked up half price from Superdry last year and my red lipstick (Maybelline's Pleasure me Red)....

botemp Sun 03-Dec-17 09:09:18

I guess this means we've abandoned the last thread. Do I need to copy paste my last lengthy post as that did go into buying like a psycho to save money a bit? Since we all seem to be on budget lockdowns I think it's probably worth chatting on how to utilise this you already have or wear them in a different way. For example I hate cardigans, they're frumptastic on me but with the simple magic of wearing it back to front (remove the label obviously) it's suddenly a very different piece. I also fashion shirts into skirts but that's more a summer thing, and this last summer I went a bit knotting mad with a lot of my clothes.

Meanwhile I'm schlepping around in a vintage Japanese bridal kimono which I use as a dressing gown I shudder to think what the Japanese would make of that. Breakfast is more American with cornmeal buttermilk waffles and a smidge of maple syrup. I'm doing crap at this Parisian thing. Though my hair's a rat's nest that needs washing, my nails are short and unpainted as they are most of the time, and turns out I didn't take enough care taking off my mascara last night (Chanel le volume ultra noir, it's a bitch to get everything) so I have a bit of that morning smokey eye going. So on balance, I'd say I'm halfway there halo

quirkychick Sun 03-Dec-17 10:02:42

Wow, you all sound so chic this morning. I'm still in pyjamas (not that well still, but I managed smoky eye makeup yesterday). I am wearing a french, navy wraparound cardi as a dressing gown, though.

I'm definitely up for using clothes I've already got. The last thread had me remembering things I had, that I hadn't worn for ages: black trench, red lipstick, smoky eye, beret... I've rediscovered a large, cherry red, wool scarf with my winter clothes which I'd forgotten about. bo I love the idea of a cardi buttoned up at the back, I did lots of knotted tops last summer too.

lisam78 Sun 03-Dec-17 10:15:56

So happy to see this new thread this morning 😆
Still in pj's but I did put in an effort yesterday - short, filed nails painted in a neutral colour, navy and white Breton jumper, jeans and my new bright red wool coat. Used my Nars tinted moisturiser (gives a nice glow), and my Mac Red lipstick. Felt very French (in my head!)
Looking forward to reading this new thread!

botemp Sun 03-Dec-17 10:17:00

The nice thing about the back is you get an expanse of skin in a v formation but it's not so low you need to go braless or special bra so it's quite elegant. If it's warm in summer and it's more a breezy linen and/or cotton mix you can just button the buttons around the bra and leave the bottom ones open. It puzzles people sometimes as it's no longer a garment they recognise but it usually ends up with a 'Oh, how clever' rather than 'Weirdo, put your clothes on the right way round!'

Ok, so since I'm becoming entirely too cynical about advent calendars and the rampant commercialism about them, how about I attempt to do an advent version on this thread daily with French/Parisian style hacks that most will be able to do with things we provide already own? I mean we're starting late as it is and I don't know if I'll get that many style hacks out of it but I guess I can supplement it with other non commercial Parisian stuff? Sound like a plan?

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