It has been a great summer of reading for me. I have finally been able to read many of the books that have been waiting on my Kindle, but I didn’t have time to get to. I just finished My Paris Dream: An Education in Style, Slang, and Seduction in the Great City on the Seine by Kate Betts. I loved it! I started a few years later than she did in the fashion world, and on a different path, but so many of her memories struck a cord for me. While I do not have anywhere near the credentials she does, I feel like I had similar experiences, set backs, career struggles as she had as a woman in the fashion world. Her memoir is a personal and honest portrayal of following her dream to live in Paris. When she graduated from Princeton, she booked a one way ticket to Paris, found a family to live with while she figure out a job and immersed herself in the Parisian culture. She was intent on being in Paris and she loved fashion.. I get it and wished I had had her courage to do what she did! She was determined and scrappy. I loved the descriptions of what she wore and how she didn’t fit the Parisian mold but was desperate to look and act like a Parisian. I know just how she felt when she realized what she thought was the perfect interview outfit was not even close. I enjoyed how she shared stories of her personal life in and among her extremely jam packed work life. As she re-lived her life through the pages of her book, I was transported back to a time in my life, and it was a fabulous journey. You don’t need to be a fashionista to enjoy this book and you will love her personal encounters with many of the truly talented individuals that design, create, write and work in the Fashion world still today. I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.
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