Garance Doré has that cool-girl-you-just-want-to-be-friends-with vibe going on. Actually, she’s from Corsica, and her Southern French heritage is a big part of her lifestyle, as you can imagine.
Her style is “insoucient” perfection. Never contrived, but somehow always put together and spot on. She has just released a new book; Love, Style, Life by Garance Doré ($30 at garancedore.fr).
As you can imagine from the title, she muses about a variety of topics, ranging from cooking (olive oil is a must) to taking the time to enjoy a siesta during the lunch break. She talks about a much slower lifestyle, about buying fresh food and produce daily, and taking the time to savour every bite. She talks about meeting friends, and lingering over coffee at the local café.
In the South of France, I also marvelled at the difference in lifestyle from that in North America, in which we are constantly harried and hurrying to our next meeting. So many people are never really present in the moment. Garance Doré’s message is a really simple one, but I think it is critical for people. People need to slow down and take a cue from cultures such as Southern France or Italy. After all, the work will still be there when you return from lunch, but if you return refreshed, won’t you be a happier, calmer, and more productive worker? If we keep our work life balance in perspective, we will be better off (an important message from Garance Doré’s book).