Paris In Style – A Book Review


Paris In Style

Well, I finally know what I want to be when I grow up. Yes, while it has taken me a little longer than most to work it out, I feel I now have clarity.

I want to be Janelle McCulloch.

And I figure I’m half way there – I’ve got first name covered.

Obviously this is not the most realistic career goal I’ve ever had….

Janelle McCulloch is a best-selling author who also happens to be a journalist, editor and photographer. Australian born, Janelle divides her time between Paris, London, New York and Sydney and has produced numerous books on Paris – all of which I just adore.

And her latest offering is no different – I adore Paris in Style too.

It could have been easily argued that the last thing I needed in my life was yet another guide book for Paris. But there was no way I was going without this particular guide book. Beautifully styled, it is packed with gorgeous shots of Paris and Janelle’s descriptions give readers an insight into Paris’ super stylish heart.

Title: ’Paris in Style – A Guide To The City’s Fashion, Design and Style Destinations’.

Author: Janelle McCulloch

Published: 2015, Paperback, 258 pages.

What I Liked:

  • The styling. This book is visually stunning. Harmonious colours. Appealing fonts. Evocative images. It just looks so good. No matter where in the book you flick to, you’re guaranteed to find something that ignites a creative spark in you.
  • The concept. Like most guide books, Paris in Style offers information on getting around, accommodation and dining. Unlike most guide books however, it also offers information on flea markets and flowers, as well as pointing you in the right direction for haberdashery, shoe and book stores. And the book is worth buying for the insights into ‘luxury brand shopping’ alone.
  • The format. You might be imagining that this book is rather large – perhaps the size of your average ‘coffee table’ tome. But it’s not – it is the size of your standard guide book. It’s small enough to pop into your luggage and won’t take up too much of your luggage allowance.
  • The hints and tips. There are definitely some places I’ll be checking out on our next visit to Paris.

What I Wasn’t So Sure About:

  • Absolutely nothing. Now, I know what you are thinking – ‘Surely there was something in Paris in Style you weren’t keen on Janelle’. But honestly there wasn’t. It’s been a long time since I bought  a book that tapped into my passion and appealed to my senses as much as this one does.

If you are a fan of all things Parisian – or just want to get your hands on one beautiful guidebook – I strongly recommend you pick up a copy of Paris in Style.

Are you a fan of Janelle McCulloch’s work? If so, I’d love for you to share your thoughts in the comments below.

Until next time – au revoir.


About Janelle

I believe that everyone can bring French elegance and inspiration to their life, no matter where they happen to live in the world. They only need to learn a secret or two to be on their way. When you join the Distant Francophile community, you’ll have access to the secrets that allow you to bring the best of the French lifestyle into your everyday life. I’m talking about things like style advice, recipes and book reviews. And you’ll also receive regular doses of French inspiration, as well as travel and packing tips galore.

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4 thoughts on “Paris In Style – A Book Review

  • Jan Leishman

    I’ve got the first half of her first name covered – so I’m one quarter of the way there! Yes I love her books. She has one on Provence – a large-ish book – that I’m hoping will be in (or beside) my Christmas stocking. Have you read her first book, ‘La Vie Parisienne’? It is about how she started her life in Paris and it is not only informative, but hilarious. I like her because she grew up in a small rural town like me. She said, ‘Country towns are agonising for young girls who read Vogue . . . and dream of European streets and dark-eyed men in poetic black polonecks reading Proust with a French accent’. Love it!

    • Janelle Post author

      You’ve made me smile Jan – maybe we can both grow up to be Janelle McCulloch!! Yes, I have read La Vie Parisienne and I loved it. Growing up in Bendigo, that line really resonated with me too. I’ve also got her large format Paris and Provence books, both of which are beautiful.

  • Janelle McCulloch

    Dear Janelle,
    Thank you so much for this lovely blog post and book review. I was so touched to read it. It’s thoughtful and well considered, and full of detail.
    I really hope this latest guide book comes in handy for your next trip to Paris, and if you should need any further ideas on places to go, please don’t hesitate to email me. I’m always happy to help.
    As for growing up in a country town, I have fond memories of it, but yes, it was agonizing too! However, I realize in hindsight what a wonderful upbringing it was. We were very fortunate, in many different ways.
    Do stay in touch. And in the meantime, I shall pop into your lovely blog from time to time, to read up on all your interesting news and views!
    Warmest regards,
    Janelle (the other Janelle!)

    • Janelle Post author

      Hi Janelle,

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment – I really do appreciate it. Every word in that post was sincere – we’ve travelled to Paris many, many times and haven’t needed a guide book in long time – but I have to say that we found Paris In Style very helpful when we were there in December! Thank you for the work you do in the world, producing lovely, inspirational and entertaining works for all the Distant Francophiles in the world.