Don鈥檛 you wish you were in Paris right now? ME TOO. So much so that I decided to pretend I was in France for the day, without having to pack a single bag, dig out my passport or fly thousands of miles (or spend a gazillion dollars for that matter). If I wasn鈥檛 able to bring myself to Paris, I鈥檇 bring Paris to me. From what to wear to what to eat to what to listen to, here鈥檚 how I celebrated my Francophile-ness in my own home (and you can too!).

Night out in Paris

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1. Get dressed like a French girl. You might be tempted to lounge around the house in sweats and a tank, but seriously, would a stylish French lady EVER be caught wearing that even in the privacy of their own home? I think not. Put on your most on-fleek, yes-I-could-be-in-Paris-right-now outfit. You could go classic (think striped shirts, a scarf on your neck and a pair of slim pants) or get some tips from our 15 New Ways to Nail French Girl Style for a more modern spin. There are some looks that are totally TD.

2. Smell like a French woman. The French love their perfumes, so for your day of embracing all things francais, you should dab on a scent that conjures up Paris. The world鈥檚 most famous perfume 鈥 Chanel No. 5 鈥 is TOTALLY French, albeit old-school. Other classics include Cacharel Ana茂s Ana茂s, Guerlain Shalimar and Yves Saint Laurent Opium. I went with my old stand-by from high school days, the aptly named Paris by Yves Saint Laurent. It鈥檚 a mix of mimosa, orange flower, rose, moss, sandalwood and amber, and it totally takes me away to the city of lights (and being 16!).

French music

3. Enjoy the sweet sounds of French music. The French have a unique sound, especially their music from the 鈥60s. I pulled out a few iconic French singers for my day of living French, including Serge Gainsbourg (his songs with Brigitte Bardot are ah-mazing!), France Gall and Francoise Hardy. I also threw on more contemporary sounds from the likes of Stereolab and Stereo Total. Additionally, if it鈥檚 more up your alley, you could enjoy some modern sounds from Daft Punk, Air, Phoenix or Justice.

Bardot DIY

4. Do a French-inspired DIY. A super chic (and easy) project to tackle is our ascot scarves tutorial, or do some decoupage (we鈥檝e got some sweeeeet suggestions here). I spent my day of celebrating Frenchness working on my embroidery ode to Brigitte Bardot, where I filled in the rose that the GORG French starlet of yore is holding in an old vintage pic.

5. Drink some French wine. You gots to! On a beautiful day like this, I grabbed a lovely ros茅. But really, any Beaujolais, Bordeaux, Burgundy or Champagne will do!

Beef stew

6. Eat all the French foods! Okay, maybe not all of them. Not only will you get a tummy ache, but some things just aren鈥檛 that tasty (we鈥檙e talking to you, escargot and frog legs). But I鈥檓 alllllll for the cheese, macarons, croissants, cr猫me br没l茅e, cheese, Salade Ni莽oise, boeuf bourguignon, steak frites, cheese and even more cheese. To really get the taste of France, I bought some brie and a freshly baked baguette and snacked on that. For dinner, I made a totally delish bistro style beef stew, and we had a few super yummy macarons for dessert. So, so yum!


7. Watch a French movie. I dare you to watch Am茅lie and not want to book a plane ticket to Paris, like tout de suite. It鈥檚 oh so irresistible and oh so French. To get in the mood, you might also wanna watch movies that honor three of France鈥檚 most famous women, like Coco Before Chanel, La Vie en Rose (about Edith Piaf) or The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc. If you鈥檙e feeling like going old school, check out Jean-Luc Godard鈥檚 Breathless, Fran莽ois Truffaut鈥檚 Jules and Jim or Luis Bu帽uel鈥檚 Belle du Jour. (Photo via Miramax)

8. Get Some French Inspo from Instagram. Following these peeps will have random French pics pop up on your Instagram feed all day long! I spent some time following some new French faves like Lindsey Tramuta (@lostncheeseland) for drool-worthy food pics; Joanna Lemanska (@misscoolpics) and VuTheara Kham (@vutheara ) for iconic images of Paris; Anne Hidalgo (the mayor of Paris) and all the chic ladies on our 15 French Girl Instagram Accounts You Need to Follow list.

What鈥檚 your fave way to celebrate that French lifestyle? Tweet us @BritandCo and let us know!

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