An American Girl In Paris Dishes On French Faves

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Sheena Goldblatt on the balcony of her apartment in Paris

Paris – Sheena Goldblatt is the quintessential American girl in Paris. From Jacksonville, Florida, Sheena first encountered the City of Lights at age six on a trip with her parents. Later she attended college in London and spent her weekends traveling around the French countryside. For the past 10 months (on her second extended stay), Sheena has resided in Paris and is having the ultimate love affair with the chic city via her blog Flirt Like A French Girl. I recently caught up with her to discuss her fabulous life in Paris and get the scoop on her French favorites including where to buy lingerie, and her dos and don’ts for fashion, accessories, and beauty – in Part Un of An American Girl In Paris.

Everyone and everything here seem to be playing their roles perfectly, from the grandiose architecture to the elegant Parisiennes, the gaping tourists and the French dogs, the curt waiters and the l’heure bleu – they all seem to arrive right on cue.


Eiffel Tower

TCS: What made you fall in love with Paris and start the blog “Flirt Like A French Girl.”

Sheena: I’ve always loved Paris, which is why I studied French in high school and college. Before I moved here the first time, I read every book on the market by Americans who lived in Paris and found most, if not all of them, to have a fundamental lack of details about what makes French girls so iconically sexy and revered around the world. They wrote about how chic and elegant they were, but with little information on how one achieves that look. They talked about how French girls have an effortless life and carefree style, yet French men constantly speak of French girls being difficult. Book after book explained the superiority of French eating habits that keep the population thin, yet every pharmacy is stocked full of diet pills and meal replacements. I started writing “Flirt Like a French Girl” to give women around the world an insider’s view on the exact ways French girls flirt with their bodies, style, and personality.


Lingerie from Chantal Thomass

TCS: Where is your favorite place to shop in Paris?

Sheena: I’m kind of a knock-it-all-out shopper, so the Bon Marché on 24 rue de Sèvres, 7eme and Printemps on 64 boulevard Haussmann, 9eme. Department stores have edited versions of all the French brands I love like Tara Jarmon for clothes, By Terry for makeup and skincare, and Vanessa Bruno for bags. For lingerie, I head to Chantal Thomass on 211 Rue St. Honoré, 1ere or Sabbia Rosa on 73 rue des Sts-Pères, 6eme. I buy almost all my food at Le Grande Epicerie on 38 Rue de Sèvres, 7eme and the Marché de Passy on Rue Bois-le-vent, 16eme.

Sheena shares her dos and don’ts in French style for fashion, accessories, and beauty:

Fashion

  • DO hide your best assets – Show off your great legs by wearing a mini-skirt with black opaque tights. Great cleavage? Wear a push-up bra under a cashmere sweater. Lush, thick hair? Tie it up in a knot. The French are masters of subtlety.
  • DON’T ever wear anything outside the home that wouldn’t be appropriate for a first date – As the French like to repeat, you never know who you will meet. You simply never see French girls in grungy clothes, even when they’re walking the dog or running to the market for milk.

Accessory

  • DO replace your tennis shoes with flat black boots – They look super chic with jeans or shorts with opaque black tights. You will never see a French girl in tennis shoes, unless it is the occasional pair of Chuck Taylor Converses. The idea of going to work in tennis shoes and changing into heels is absolutely unheard of here.
  • DON’T think of a scarf as an accessory – To the French, it is a health precaution against colds and flus. When you think of it this way, you’ll get the knack of how to wrap it to look completely French.

Beauty

  • DO have more skincare and bodycare products in your bathroom than makeup.  French girls wear little to no makeup, instead spending their money and energy on glowing, blemish-free skin.
  • DON’T follow harsh non-fat diets – French girls eat triple-cream cheeses and slather butter on every possible sandwich, while avoiding processed and chemically-enhanced food.  It’s the natural fats in foods, along with drinking water, that gives their skin that healthy youthfulness.

The Chic Spy is the agent-at-large for THECHICSPY.COM and on a mission to uncover the chicest in style and entertainment from fashion trends to celebrity interviews. A few things on her radar: Charlotte Olympia clutches, London Sole flats, and Ladurée macarons.

7 Comments

  1. The Chic Spy

    April 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Hello Ann,

    I am glad you liked the post. There’s more to come and thanks for visiting.

    Chicly Yours,
    The Chic spy

  2. The Chic Spy

    April 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Hello Sharon,

    There will be another post tomorrow. Stay tuned! Thanks for reading my blogzine.

    Chicly Yours,
    The Chic Spy

  3. Sharon

    April 2012 at 11:23 AM

    This interview has been so fun to read…and I love the photos that go with it!  We always hear how chic the French women act and look and now it's great to find out why and how….can't wait to see part 2!  Thank you!!

  4. Ann

    April 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Thanks for this interview….I've been to Paris a few times in the last year and always wondered how the women, young and old,  keep their skin so beautiful and why everyone is always so impeccably dressed….I"m sure I will have answers to my other questions about French women in the next part of the interview.  Looking forward to it!

  5. Sharon

    April 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Love the new interview and can't wait to read the rest.  It's so nice to finally understand the chic French women and how they attract their men!  How lucky you are to be able to live there and see this all first hand!  Thank you!

  6. The Chic Spy

    April 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Hello MJ,

    This was just part un. Stay tuned to An American Girl In Paris Part Deux next week! :)

    Chicly Yours,
    The Chic Spy

  7. MJ

    April 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Love the interview and photos. More Ms. Goldblatt
    please!

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