There’s something about the French. We all want to be them. They eat all the wine and cheese, and always look amazing. Somehow, they always look effortlessly chic. They pull off the barely there makeup and the I woke up like this hair on a daily basis. And who wouldn’t want to speak French!?! Give me all the cobblestones and croissants and cafes — I want it all! Not to mention the fashion that has come out of France. Honestly, what’s not to love?
But being Parisian isn’t just about cheese, wine, fashion, and good hair. My take on Parisianing, as Longchamp likes to say, is really more about being present. If there’s one thing Americans can take from the French it’s that. Things like eating slow and enjoying the moment. Sipping your espresso and doing nothing else. I’m generalizing of course, but we Americans tend to be workaholics (guilty!) and are constantly going from one thing to another as fast as we can.
How often do you sit at a cafe for hours without being on your phone or computer, and just being with your mind, and maybe a notepad and pen? It makes me think about how so many of our great creative minds spent time in the cafes in Paris talking and writing and doing just that for months — writers like Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Giving our minds time.
Whatever your version of Parisianing is I’d love for you to join me at Longchamp in CityCenter (990 I Street NW) on Wednesday, October 25th from 6-8 pm and we can do some Parisianing together! RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell me what you think with you think of when you hear the term Parisianing in the comments!
Photos by Casey Crowe Taylor
This post was sponsored by Longchamp.