To be read out loud every night before going to bed:

Don't be afraid of ageing. As the saying goes, don't be afraid of anything but fear itself.

Find "your" perfume before you turn thirty. Wear it for the next thirty years.

No one should ever see your gums when you talk our laugh.

If you own only one sweater, make sure it's cashmere.

Wear a black bra under your white blouse, like notes on a sheet of music.

One must live with the opposite sex, not against them. Except when making love.

Be unfaithful: cheat on your perfume, but only on cold days.

Go to the theatre, to museums and to concerts as often as possible: it gives you a healthy glow.

Be aware of your qualities and your faults. Cultivate them in private but don't obsess.

Make it look easy. Everything you do should seem effortless and graceful.

Not too much makeup, too many colours, too many accessories...

Take a deep breath and keep it simple.

Your look should always have one thing left undone - the devil is in the details.

Be your own knight in shining armour.

Always be fuckable: when standing in the line at the bakery on a Sunday morning, buying champagne in the middle of the night or even picking the kids up from school. You never know.

- How to be Parisian (Caroline de Maigret, Anne Berest, Sophie Mas, Audrey Diwan)

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