Anyone who knows me, knows I have a very passionate love/hate relationship with all things French. I'm all for French fashion, food, wine, films, traditions, et cetera, but the French lifestyle--AKA a two hour lunch in the middle of the day and not being able to hold subway doors open for your friends--are some of my ultimate pet peeves. (And the fact that I need to drink about nine cafes to get my standard caffeine fix.) I've spent enough time in Paris to know it's not the city for me, which is why I've been crafting a French ex-pat life here in New York. I've got APC on Mercer Street, Lanvin on Madison Avenue, and a whole slew of boulangeries and charcuteries up the road from me in Brooklyn... what else do I need?
Oh, the actual speaking French part. One year of intensive French got me far enough to be able to find the bathroom and ask for jeans in my size, but I'm nowhere close to striking up a convo with a handsome garcon on the subway. I've been using this L'amour crop top from Morning Warrior as a reminder to catch up on my francais, and I've got my handy book Parisienne French: Chic Phrases, Slang, and Style to act as my own personal tutor. I've put the most necessary phrases in the gallery alongside the chicest Parisian photos, so scoop up your own L'amour top here and start speaking francais comme un parisienne.
C'est super tendence en ce moment!
TRANSLATION: That's super in right now!
C'est bientot les vacances de printemps. Ca te dit d'aller quelquepart avec une plage?
TRANSLATION: Spring break is soon. How about going somewhere with a beach?
Elle vient d'arreter de fumer.
TRANSLATION: She just quit smoking. (Something no French person has ever said.)
Faisons la fete!
TRANSLATION: Let's party!
Je peux emprunter ton eyeliner?
TRANSLATION: Can I borrow your eyeliner?
Il me faut un relooking.
TRANSLATION: I need a makeover.
Je veuz des nouvelles chaussures. Peut-etre des jolies ballerines en cuir.
TRANSLATION: I need new shoes, maybe I'll get some pretty leather ballerina flats.