Jordan Phillips says, “The silence of the suburbs has always felt suffocating.” I agree with the latter and would love to know which ‘burb she’s talking about because my hood is fraught with barking dogs, screeching kids, loud landscaping and sweet rock from the garage band and that’s just my house. As a certified suburbanite and Francophile I often dream of Paris, but the closest I’ve gotten is the one in Vegas, so Inspired by Paris is the next best thing.
I am not well acquainted with the dynamics of the French as House Hunters International, movies and my Canadian upbringing (Canada’s bilingual – me, not so much) are my only experiences. Consequently, I have bought into some of the stereotypes, but as a fan of the snarky comeback I had a laugh or two with Phillips’ biting comments.
Inspired by Paris is inspired by Phillips’ travels and other authors of French history, politics, and travelogues. With over eight pages of sources and heavy reliances on large swatches of quotes, it reads more like a school essay than a memoir or travelogue. But the Visiting Paris 101 chapter is the shining star of this tome. Helpful and succinct it nicely lays out all you need to know to get the most out of your visit. However, I felt it was missing a sense of Phillips personality. It started off well with personal anecdotes, but her voice gets lost in her summaries of her numerous references. Informative yes, but engaging, not so much. Still, her recipes are mouth watering and I can’t wait to try her roasted chicken recipe. Check out her website for some draw dropping pics and vintage finds. I have my eye on that French Feelings tee and Alaïa leather jacket! While we don’t agree on the aesthetics of warehouse stores (Sam’s Club is not lame and has just as many free samples as Costco) we both can agree that Paris is truly inspiring.
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