If you are anything like us, you wish you lived in Paris. Especially when it was the 60's! All those crowded jazz clubs and mod music! Young folks dancing in the street and smoking in bed. The art, the new wave, the FASHION! Unfortunately, despite what scientists are saying, time travel seems pretty far off. Same goes for free plane tickets to far away places.
But we aren't bringing these images up just to put a damper on your day. No sir! We are here to offer up an idea. One that will trick your mind into believing you were lucky enough to be born French. One that will fill up your evening and buzz in your head. One that doesn't require airfare to accomplish!
Today's fancy trick to feeling like you're a Frenchie is to...
Go to the movies! But skip out on the overpriced soda and greasy bag of popcorn and fill some bell jars with wine or champagne instead! (We suggest bell jars because there's just something so magical about them. They've been around forever, can hold a dozen fireflies if need be and come with their very own lid.) Your favorite alcohol-stowing satchel will work perfectly so leave the bottles at home. You could even sneak a scrumptious chocolate bar in your pocket.
French women are known for looking sharp so wear something classy. We assume you'll be sitting for most of it so why not wear heels to the theater? Find your place in the far back and sip to your heart's content! Pretty soon the shopping mall will melt away, only to be replaced by moonlit cobblestone streets. Your cares will vanish as your cheeks grow warm and pink. You'll find yourself lost in a scene, in a plot twist, in a beat!
And maybe, just maybe you'll feel a bit fabulous. Like a frenchie! But without a looming cloud of cigarette smoke to block the screen.
And if you're like me and can't afford the ticket price, you can always bring France to YOU! Drinking booze out of bell jars won't be nearly as taboo in the close quarters of your living room but it'll be just as cute. Plus VCR's tend to have a 'pause' button so you won't miss any of the action if you're itching for a cigarette.
Here are some of my personal favorite French films to help you get in the spirit:
Une Femme est une Femme (A Woman is a Woman)
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
The Triplets of Belleville (an almost wordless cartoon)
Amour de Femme (modern day lesbian love!)
Chacun Cherche Son Chat (When the Cat's Away)
Breathless (a formative film in K.T.'s young life)
Okay! Oui oui! We'll see you there, mon cheri! La mode, c'est la vie*!
*Fashion is life.