La ballerina del Balletto de l’Opéra di Parigi, appena nominata, quest’anno, étoile, alla fine di una rappresentazione del Don Chisciotte all’Opéra Bastille, si racconta sulle sue passioni. Un colloquio pieno di brio e freschezza, che rispecchia la sua immagine.

Are French children, quieter, more polite and pleasant than others?  I can assure you that young Parisians also have bad marks at school, from time to time, do not really like going to bed at night and have an artistic bent not always to our tastes when they do street-art in their bedrooms. So then, between the young mother always impeccably dressed and her model children, what is the key to the success of this French-style upbringing? …

Ecco il condensato e lo spirito di una delle più belle e originali riviste che siano mai state create. Si chiama ÉGOÏSTE ed è rigorosamente stampata in bianco e nero… Fin dal 1977, anno della sua prima apparizione in edicola, quarantuno anni fa, sono usciti soltanto 18 numeri! Appena si sparge la voce che un nuovo numero di ÉGOÏSTE è in vendita, se non siete dotati di velocità supersonica per recarvi ad acquistarlo all'edicola più vicina, non lo troverete più: è già esaurito!

It’s the new French paradox: we, the French, complain a great deal, don’t have much faith in the future or in institutions and yet, with an average of two children per woman, France, along with Ireland, is Europe’s champion. And this isn’t all. When French women are interviewed, 32% of them dream of having three children… A great many experts correlate the birthrate with the rate of growth and the record French fertility rate is certainly enviable …

If you’re moving to Paris with teenagers, your teens will be mixing with French teens, which means some pretty strange words will be coming out of their mouths  French teens, like teens everywhere, have their own special language. Don’t panic. We’re here to help.

Diana è “La” parigina per eccellenza. Alta, slanciata un portamento ineffabile e un carattere dallo charme pazzesco e sorprendentemente contrastante, grazie al quale passa da improvvisi scoppi di risa a sguardi pieni di emozionante tenerezza. Direttrice legale – nella vita –  di un’importante radio, Diane riesce a destreggiarsi tra un’argomentazione giuridica e una chiacchiera mondana, e riesce anche ad affrontare un colloquio confidenziale con il brio di una gran signora. In sua compagnia, si potrebbero passare ore e ore…

Più di 4.000 paia di stivali: tanti sono quelli confezionati, ogni giorno, nella fabbrica di Aigle a Châtellerault! Stivali mitici per le parigine come noi, ma anche per le nostre madri e nonne, per le nostre cugine di provincia che vivono in montagna, al mare o in campagna. In effetti, se la vita all’aria aperta fa parte della storia di Aigle fin dai suoi esordi nel 1853, il marchio è andato a spaziare in altri campi, passando dalla vita agreste alla città, e affermandosi come uno dei protagonisti dell’outdoor lifestyle e come un elemento basic del guardaroba delle parigine.

A partire dal 1830, Charles Christofle, orafo parigino, si dedica, sempre con eleganza e savoir-faire,    alla creazione di un’arte della tavola eccezionale, di gioielli raffinati, di accessori per la casa e per l’arredamento. Al di là dell’eccellenza nella lavorazione dell’argento, che ha contribuito al successo e alla notorietà di questa bella Maison, è grazie anche alla ricerca formale, alla cultura della rarità dei materiali, che nascono delle collezioni di opere di alto pregio…

Since 1764 Baccarat has written the chapters of its remarkable history in sparkling letters. Founded in Lorraine, by permission of King Louis XV, the world’s most famous Crystalworks has, over the ages, become a symbol of superb craftsmanship and French Art de Vivre. The name Baccarat reverberates like an echo of outstanding pieces, extraordinary places and unforgettable parties.

Venite in vacanza a Parigi, e vi piacerebbe conquistare un principe azzurro del posto? Per capire come piacere a un uomo francese, la prima cosa da fare è sapere quello che a lui piace in una donna. In linea di massima, ai francesi piacciono le donne …

Being Parisian? It’s feeling the mad energy that makes Paris so vibrant; it’s soaking up the culture in every corner of the city; and it’s the people you meet here. Parisianness means elegance and a certain lifestyle. It means keeping your smile, despite the Parisian reputation for being so bad-tempered. It also means travelling a lot, although you would never think of living anywhere else!

Brigitte de Roquemaurel è un’autentica parigina, ha lo charme, l’intelligenza pratica e ironica e, per finire, la classe così innata delle donne che vivono nella Ville Lumière, un’eleganza natural-chic, che non cade mai nell’esagerazione. A suo parere, l’«Essere parigina» vuol dire avere carattere, personalità, femminilità e una certa dose di sensibilità…

Roberto Ruggiero, uomo di grande cultura e fine affabulatore, ha partecipato e partecipa tuttora a grandi dibattiti televisivi in trasmissioni di risonanza nazionale. Conoscitore della vita mondana italiana e internazionale, riconosciuto e invidiato playboy suo malgrado, è uomo di elegante normalità e di modi raffinati, oltre che appassionato frequentatore della Ville Lumière, di cui conosce come pochi gli usi e i costumi e soprattutto l'“art de vivre”, tra i motivi ispiratori della sua vita…

Are French children calmer than other kids? Honestly, I have no idea. But I do hear a lot of North American Moms saying how well-behaved French kids seem to be. “How do you get them to sit still like that for an entire  family meal?” they ask. Well, childrearing in France is certainly more laid back than when I was a kid, but it’s still pretty strict about lots of things, and that includes bedtime rules. Preschoolers, for instance, are supposed to be in bed by 8pm at the latest (earlier if they’re sleepy), and too bad if Mom or Dad (or both) aren’t home from work yet. Like all children, after a long tiring day at school, French kids may be cranky, anxious, or rambunctious. How do you get them to sleep under those circumstances?

Buon anno a tutti

Béatrice, Brigitte, Catherine, Cécile, Chantal, Charlotte, Isabelle, Marion, Nicole, Maxime e io Sophie, tutta la squadra del blog Sophie the Parisian vi augura un bellissimo e felicissimo Anno Nuovo. Siete stati molti, moltissimi, a seguirci da tre anni, grazie di cuore! Per noi, il 2018 sarà un appuntamento importante, con l'uscita a marzo della nuovissima edizione di Sophie la Parigina pubblicata da Rizzoli e la creazione di nuovi prodotti per la boutique di Sophie. La nostra missione sarà sempre e comunque divertirvi e informarvi, per raccontarvi la vita a Parigi e svelarvi i segreti di una parigina dei giorni nostri. Buon Anno a tutti!

“Tomorrow’s Christmas! Paris has been getting ready for three weeks. From the Christmas lights on the Champs Elysees, to elaborate window displays at the capital’s most famous department stores, everything is magical and enchanting. “C’est TELLement magnifique”, says Mom. My name’s Emmie. I rewrote my letter to Santa Claus five times. It’s not because I kept changing my mind about what Christmas presents I wanted; it’s because I couldn’t find the right words to get him to stay an extra ten minutes at our house so I could give him a hug and talk with him. Daddy said not to be too hopeful. Santa has a lot to do on Christmas Eve and probably won’t have a second to spare.

Who goes under the table? No, it’s not some new Parisian parlor game, but the celebration of Epiphany. Like every year, all of France is getting ready to “draw kings” in a few days’ time with the famous galette des rois (King Cake). The yearly tradition starts on January 6th and runs for several days. All French kids dream of the same thing; getting that one piece of cake that hides the magic trinket that will earn them the right to be crowned king.

You don’t need to have, or to be, a baby to appreciate Bonpoint, the French-based, ultra chic baby apparel brand that all the celebs run to when they find out they're expecting. Regarding the number of celebrity mothers spotted at the flagship-store of Bonpoint, the label is a must: Michelle Obama, Claudia Schiffer, Katie Holmes were here. When Brad Pitt showed up with two girls of the tribe, the magazines went crazy. Bonpoint is a brand that is rich with emotion...

There are several differences between the French table manners and American dinner etiquette. Table manners in France are fundamental to every public dining situation. And every essential skill has to be built on a solid knowledge base. For French’s dining is more than just consuming calories, it is an Art de Vivre, a part of the partimoine culture. There is a proper technique for eating everything from asparagus to fish or dessert… 

If you’re moving to Paris with teenagers, your teens will be mixing with French teens, which means some pretty strange words will be coming out of their mouths  French teens, like teens everywhere, have their own special language. Don’t panic. We’re here to help.

There are several differences between the French table manners and American dinner etiquette. Table manners in France are fundamental to every public dining situation. And every essential skill has to be built on a solid knowledge base. For French’s dining is more than just consuming calories, it is an Art de Vivre, a part of the partimoine culture. There is a proper technique for eating everything from foie gras to salad…

Have you ever seen how a real Parisian woman eats the most common of sea foods, mussels? Invite her to dinner at one of the many Léon de Bruxelles scattered around Paris. She will be tempted by the most classic dish on the menu, famous "Moules marinière", served in the traditional casserole with cast-iron lid. She will chat pleasantly with you, sip a glass of cool red wine, not a beer, and will have an indescribable expression of satisfaction when the moules arrive at the table. Now, watch her carefully…

The Parisian stands straight and walks with her head high. Haughty, superb, proud and snobbish? Not more than anyone else. Perhaps it’s just natural, genetic and involuntary? Certainly, the Parisian is aware that she belongs to an elite lucky enough to live in the city of light, the capital of style and romance. Does the way she carries herself have anything to do with this? Or is it a question of upbringing that engenders such haughty behavior? So, improve your posture and borrow an “unwittingly” superb attitude and perhaps obtain this, so Parisian, slightly snobbish charm.

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