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Welcome to the first installment of AWP’s new series: French Lessons. Each week, we’ll share a secret that reveals how to infuse the romance, sophistication, and intimacy of France into your everyday life.

This week, we’re anticipating the holiday party season. Whether you’re hosting une petite fête or just attending one, you know that your choice of drink — and how your hands look while holding it — hints as who you are. With this week’s French Lesson, you can rest assured that your hands will look as elegant as you do.

P.S.: For recipes of the featured, French-inspired drinks, as well as where to buy the featured nail varnishes, please click on the links below the image!

Cocktails & Nails
To show off their range of autumn nail colours, Chanel enlisted a troupe of Bob Fosse-style dancing fingers to star in their ‘Shade Parade’ film. Take it away girls…

Recipes (and photo credits):

Kir Royale, Parisian Sunrise, French Kiss, Canne Creuse, French 75


Chanel Peridot, YSL Rich Coffee, Essie French Affair, Tom Ford Scarlet Chinois, Dior Bronze Libertine.

You may also enjoy A Woman’s Paris™ blog, French apéritif, cocktails in Paris, about getting all dressed up and somewere to go. From our favorite bars — the Hemingway Bar at Hôtel Ritz, Café Marly at Musée du Louvre and Bar 228 at Le Meurice Hôtel — to the cocktail fashion scene from the 1930s to the 1960s. For a woman traveling alone in Paris, cocktails at six-thirty or seven o’clock on a Thursday or Friday evening is a sublime experience and journey into a slower paced world of genteel manners and day-to-evening transformation.

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