A moment with Linda Addouane, freelance fashion editor
With a passion for fashion that’s proved strong enough for her to make it a career, Linda Addouane grew up just outside Paris between the Yvelines towns of Chatou and Le Vésinet. And while she’s only lived in Paris itself for the past five years, she admits that she feels like she’s always been in the city she loves… Exclusively for Paris Inspires, Addouane discusses what she loves about the capital.
If Paris were a garment what would it be?
A quilted leather handbag, that’s as timeless and chic as the city itself. It’s an iconic item so many dream of owning.
Name three places that epitomize your love of Paris
In first place there’s Pigalle for its incredible nighttime atmosphere and the unlikely people you meet there night and day. Secondly, Saint-Germain-des-Prés for its romanticism, authentic vibe, brasseries and art galleries. And then for a little escape, it’s impossible not to mention Canal St Martin, which feels so Parisian, especially when you stroll all the way up to Stalingrad.
Do you have any typically Parisian habits?
It might seem a little cliched, but never a winter goes by without me going to Café de Flore for a nice hot chocolate out on the terrace. Or, for that matter a summer without pre-dinner drinks on the terrace of Le Progrès in the Marais. They’re both always jam-packed with Parisians, tourists and passersby. I love the warm, convivial feeling there.
Café de Flore, 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris.
Le Progrès, 1 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris.
Do you have any special memories of Paris ?
A sunrise at the foot of Sacré-Cœur in the arms of a special guy after a night wandering the streets. The view was incredible and the streets were so calm. It was a perfect moment that made me realize that we live in an incredible multi-faceted city.
How would you describe the typical Parisienne?
She’s both free-spirited and engaged, she’ll rock a red lip as well as a carefully created carefree look and it suits her. She’ll break into laughter on a café terrace or burst into tears on a public bench. She’s spontaneous, casual and funny. Part of her charm is the way she’ll play with fashion clichés like a Jean-Luc Godard heroine.
Describe your beauty routine
I start by cleansing my skin with soap, it’s by far the best way to wake up before I get to my coffee. Then, I love the feeling you get from a facial spray. I always mist my face with a little beauty water before moisturizing, preferably with a soft, rich creams. Finally, I go for a little glow-boosting blush. In all, it’s a speedy yet efficient routine which suits the crazy pace of Paris life.
Name a beauty dare or no-go
A dare? Gold or silver sparkle-covered eyelids. It makes for a very cabaret-like look and is sure to drive anyone who looks straight into your eyes crazy. A no-go? There’s nothing you should forbid yourself in life, much less when it comes to beauty! The only exception for me, is overly plucked brows! I have a mental block when I see a girl with brows that are too thin. There’s nothing like it for making features look harsh and diminishing anything that’s natural.
What gets you out of bed on difficult mornings?
The thought of kicking off the day with a soy chai latte from the corner coffee place and ending it late with some dinner with friends.
Do you have a favorite mood-boosting mantra or something that makes you smile every day?
Morning snapchats with friends who are still in bed, or a playlist that includes everything from Rihanna to Diana Ross and Drake. As for a mantra that I stick to: “everything’s gonna be alright”. I repeat it to myself morning, evening and whenever I feel the need. I should tattoo it on my body.
Can you share a beauty trick?
1) Forget using makeup removal wipes and go for a micellar water instead. The difference it makes for the skin is immediately obvious and it looks so much better. 2) Nibble on raisins for breakfast (in moderation of course because despite what you might think they are still pretty calorific). They’re great for helping maintain a bronzed complexion all year round, I can’t live without them.
Do you have a makeup must-have?
Yes, L’Absolu Rouge by Lancôme which gives bold long-lasting lip color all day. It’s my partner in crime and I know it’ll easily take me from dinner at the Belle Époque, to drinks at La Mano and and a dance at Les Bains. It’s the type of lip color that’s perfect for the face and lips. Because I’m a big fan of “you can never have too much of a good thing”, I love it.
La Belle Époque, 36 Rue des Petits Champs, 75002 Paris.
La Mano, 10 Rue Papillon, 75009 Paris.
Les Bains, 7 Rue du Bourg l'Abbé, 75003 Paris.
Where do you like to go for coffee?
In the winter I head to Le Pigalle hotel to curl up on a couch. In summer, there’s nothing better than the terrace of the Holiday Café.
Hôtel Le Pigalle, 9 Rue Frochot, 75009 Paris.
Holiday Café, 192 Avenue de Versailles, 75016 Paris.
For lunch with friends?
Le Bistrot Victoires, just behind Place des Victoires. It’s a discreet, reasonably priced little brasserie. Another option is Ito, on Rue Pierre Fontaine in the 9th arrondissement, it’s a favorite spot of mine for enjoying a taste of Japan in the heart of Paris.
For a stroll with friends, your partner or children?
A stroll with friends always includes a detour onto Rue des Franc-Bourgeois in the Marais to hit a few stores and have tea at Café de la Poste at the end of Rue de Turenne. With my partner, as long as it’s nice out, it has to be across Bois de Vincennes to go row a boat on the lake.
Café de la Poste, 124 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris.
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