Hot accents, an uber-chic sense of style, access to haute cuisine and couture courtesy of Lipault's bags and accessories; yes the French have it all, and here's why it ruffles our feathers!
If we weren’t fully-fledged Francophiles with a burning desire to be in with the French #squad, we’d totally be envious of every single person from this genetically blessed nation. How we wish we possessed their sartorial sense of style, sophistication, and unapologetic approach to life; they are, unequivocally, the epitome of elegance – and we’re not just saying this on behalf of Honeycombers’ resident Frenchie (she’s awesome). It seems like no matter how many croissants we consume, or how many gallons of Champagne we quaff, there are some things that we just can’t pull off with the same je ne sais quoi. Here’s our lowdown on a few things that make the French stand out; traits that we’re all secretly jealous of. Hmph.
1. That accent.
We can’t always understand every word they say but, quite frankly, who cares ’cause it sounds sexy as hell.
2. The air kissing.
One cheek, both cheeks, three kisses? We never seem to get it right! And while we’re lunging in for clumsy air mwah-mwah-mwahs, the French effortlessly navigate their way through this greeting ritual with grace and aplomb. The worst part? Having to repeat the humiliation when bidding adieu, #awks.
3. They rock top-to-toe black.
While the French pull of this uber-chic look with ease, we always seem to stray into goth territory. Nothing wrong with that, ’cept the fact we were aiming for more Marion Cotillard than Marilyn Manson. What’s more, the French always take it to the next level by nailing the perfect accessories; hello Lipault, our favourite colour-pop arm candy.
4. They have nailed the art of complaining.
The hot-headed fiery-French aren’t shy about showing emosh, and no one can make a point while remaining cool, calm, and collected quite like them. Damn, we wish we had that much sass!
5. The no queue thing.
While we wait in endless lines, the French ignore any code of conduct and cut straight to the front. Some may say rude, the French say efficient; if only we had the couilles to pull this one off.
6. They are immaculate travellers.
After a flight, of any length, we walk off the plane looking like we’ve just rolled out of bed. The French? They strut the gangway as if it’s a red carpet. Every corridor is a catwalk…
7. They eat cheese and remain thin.
If we ate cheese for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, rest assured there would soon be a lot more junk in our (not-so-skinny) jeans. The French appear to have been genetically modified to the point of being immune to weight gain through cheese consumption. Share the gene pool, peeps, and let us all j’adore fromage.
8. They nail the right outfit.
Ever turned up to an event only to find you didn’t get the dress-code memo? Us too. But never the French! In fact, more often than not, they are the dress-code. Always on point and never off-piste, how we wish we possessed that inner style compass. Don’t even get us started on accessories; the ultimate ambassadors of less is more, no one can nail a statement Lipault bag quite like the French.
9. Their handbags are super organised.
Look into our handbags and you’ll invariably find a pack of tissues, some loose change, dog treats, old receipts, and a myriad of other useless trinkets. Take a peep into a French woman’s Lipault handbag, and you’ll see it’s a reflection of them; uncluttered and immaculate. Oh, and did we mention the bag itself is always pretty darn chic too.
10. They always look as if they’ve just stepped out a hair salon.
Maintaining a glossy mane in Singapore’s humidity is nigh on impossible for us mere mortals. But, quelle surprise, we’ve never spotted an ungroomed Frenchie out in the wild. How do they do it? Your guess is as good as ours…
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