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“Aphorisms — To be read out loud every night before going to bed. Even when inebriated:

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

2. Find ‘your’ perfume before you turn thirty. Wear it for the next thirty years.

3. No one should ever see your gum when you talk or laugh.

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

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

6. One must live with the opposite sex, not against them.

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

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

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

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

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

12. Take a deep breath and keep it simple.

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

14. Be your own knight in shining armour.

15. Cut your own hair or ask your sister to do it for you. Of course you know celebrity hairdressers, but only as friends.

16. Always be fuckable: When standing in 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.

17. Either go all grey or no grey hair. Salt and pepper is for the table.

18. Fashion rules the world and Parisians rule fashion. Fine, it may not be true. But the world still needs fairytales.”

—  How to be Parisian wherever you are; Sophie Mas, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret and Anne Berest