10/03/2016

Juliette Dumas' Shining Parisian Life

Her book 'Shine or not Shine' has become a veritable bible for positive­-thinking Parisiennes. And little wonder, because it teems with ideas for boosting self­ confidence, wisdom and enthusiasm. Meet Juliette Dumas as she opens the doors of her home to share what she means by 'shine'.

If Paris were a book what would it be?
Un peu de Paris by Sempé. Calm, relaxing, and completely poetic.

Which spots perfectly incarnate Paris for you?
The Auteuil Greenhouses, a truly magical, timeless place. Especially the largest tropical greenhouse where you can sit, write and daydream. Place Denfert Rochereau, for its majestic lion. Then the Bir Hakeim bridge with the metro line suspended overhead. From a distance it looks like a little model. Newlyweds get photographed there almost on a daily basis.
The Serre s d’Auteuil Greenhouses 3 Avenue de la Porte d'Auteuil, 75016 Paris.
Place Denfert Rochereau, 75014 Paris.
Bir Hakeim Bridge, Quai de Grenelle, 75015 Paris.

Name a typical Parisian tradition
August in Paris. Whether you decide to escape or simply stay and enjoy it, being able to choose is a luxury. If I can, I leave and make the most of it with some sunshine at the beach. If I stay in the city it’s usually for a good reason. My son was born in September, so August 2005 was a Parisian summer for me. Another good reason was back when I was 19 and decided to cancel my vacation to stay in the city and finish off an internship in advertising. I loved it and considered it an incredible launch pad for my career.

Do you have any particularly strong or moving memories of Paris?
The first time I came. I was 10 years old and I lived in sunbaked Africa. All I knew of France was the sunny south west where I spent two months of vacation. We came to France with my father, I can’t exactly remember why. He played tour guide and I still can remember taking a few steps across the damp Trocadéro concourse to see the Eiffel Tower soaring in front of me, so big and so beautiful. Every time I go there I think of it. Complete happiness.

How would you describe the typical Parisienne?
I have the image of a liberated girl in mind. I don’t know why. And she definitely wears fragrance! She’s curious, active, energetic and completely determined.

What’s your beauty regimen? In what way is it very Parisian?
Sleeping a lot because it’s good for your complexion and mood. And shining, because “cultivating inner strength” can have stunning repercussions on your external beauty. Shining inside means you also shine outside.

Do you have any particular beauty dares or no-­gos?
A dare of mine, or perhaps what is more of a challenge is to be 100% natural. That means no blowouts and not a drop of makeup, even in winter.

What gets you out of bed on difficult mornings?
The thought of a cup of Blue Flower Earl Grey tea steaming away.

Any mood­boosting mantras that make you smile ?
I have plenty, I love them! Among my favorites are: “The more you give, the more you receive.” “The only time you should look back is to see how far you have come.” And “Darling, shine, that’s all!”

Any beauty moves to share?
Everything I’ve discovered I’ve put in 'Shine'. Maintaining a kind and positive state of mind with regards to yourself and others can only help you glow with beauty from the inside out, even if you’ve just woken up after a short night.

Your favorite place for tea or a cup of hot chocolate?
I have two. I have a weakness for the Earl Grey tea at Prêt à Manger. And I love Paris Vendôme Hyatt for its fireplace in winter and its outside terrace in summer. It’s the perfect place to settle down and enjoy a few minutes to yourself.
Prêt à Manger, 25­27 Rue Duphot, 75008 Paris.
Hyatt Paris Vendôme, 5 Rue de la Paix, 75002 Paris.

For lunch with friends?
Le Tigre Yoga Club. I love the place. It’s just as good for yoga, pilates and floor barre classes as it is for the restaurant which offers deliciously balanced salads and juices that are great for both the body and mind. My other favorite destination is Desi Road, the Right Bank cousin of MG Road, an Indian restaurant like no other with an incredible menu and chic décor. I love it. Then I can’t help but mention Les Deux Abeilles, the popular tea room that my friends and I consider a little hideout. And finally there’s Primo Piano in Bon Marché for its Italian touch.
Tigre Yoga Club, 19 Rue de Chaillot, 75116 Paris. 101 Rue du Cherche­ Midi, 75006 Paris.
Desi Road, 14 Rue Dauphine, 75006 Paris.
Les Deux Abeilles, 189 Rue de l'Universite?, 75007 Paris.
Primo Piano, Le Bon Marché 24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris.

The best walk with friends, your love or children?
When it’s nice out, going for a walk all the way from the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) to Radio France’s Broadcasting House (La Maison de la Radio), taking the pedestrian riverside walk and crossing the Seine at Notre Dame. The city banishes blisters and it’s impossible for feet to get sore!
Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris.
Maison de la Radio Rive Gauche, 116 Avenue du Président Kennedy, 75016 Paris.

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