parisian chic notebooks 1Advising my sister as she prepared for her first trip to Paris, I recommended she pack three crucial items: a pair of walking shoes, a summer scarf, and a small notebook. Though we all have a phone in which to notate addresses, to-do’s, and door codes of those we plan to visit, a carnet seems less fussy (no sequence of button-pushing to access the note-taking app). And it’s certainly more chic. I told my sister that her choice of notebook gives her an opportunity to begin being Parisian; that is, to show quality and flair in every little thing that surrounds her.
While Moleskine has been the go-to for the jet-set for decades, Ines de la Fressange, that quintessential ageless Parisienne, is giving them a run for their money with a series of blank-book notebooks and journals in classic French colors of scarlett red and navy blue. As with Moleskine, the pages are nice and thick so that pen markings don’t seep through.
notebppksThe Parisian Chic Notebook is 5” x 7” with a leatherette cover, interior envelope for cards and receipts, and a textural twill binding and ribbon placemarker. A bit too large to carry around every day—unless you need it for work–this is perhaps best kept in your hotel or airbnb, or brought to a cafe to jot down ideas for that novel you’d always meant to write.
The 24-page Parisian Chic Passport, on the other hand, is a featherweight, pocket-perfect at less than 3.5” x 5”. Though diminutive, it could hold a good month’s worth of notes and reminders.
Between the two sizes is the Parisian Chic Journal, which is notebooksslightly larger and has many more pages than the Passport. The ribbon that ties on the side to keep the booklet closed is a nice touch, and makes it eminently gift-worthy. (In fact, each comes in a fancy box. Not the most ecological packaging, but certainly reusable.)
The notebooks are a sort of extension of the series of City of Light style chic guides that de la Fressange has written for Flammarion. Now, it seems she is saying, it is time to write your own Parisian story.

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