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We admit it: There’s a little part of us that wishes we were French. (The beauty. The sophistication. The cheese.) And after reading How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are, a book by four stylish Parisienne girlfriends, living the French lifestyle seems more doable than we ever thought before. Here, five simple ways to live your chicest life.

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Your Wardrobe

In any but the coldest weather, forgo a down jacket. (Who wants to look like the Michelin Man?) Instead, opt for a long trench coat and layer sweaters underneath.

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Your Accessories

Parisians wear very little jewelry. So choose one simple piece to brighten up a neutral outfit. Any of these minimalist styles would be perfect--especially if gifted by a lover, non?

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Your Beauty Routine

There’s no greater faux pas than piling on the makeup. A bit of eyeliner, a few coats of mascara, a glossy lip and you’re ready to go. (Think more Françoise Hardy, less Brigitte Bardot.)

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Your Dinner Party

Forget the endless shopping and kitchen preparations. Serve a perfect roast chicken rather than a complex recipe, open a good bottle of wine and spend all your saved time boning up on current events to lead a spirited conversation.

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Your Home

Lighting is everything. Eschew ceiling lights in favor of table lamps dotted around the room. Unless, of course, you’ve inherited a crystal chandelier, in which case you should proudly hang it outfitted with low-wattage bulbs.

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