An American Girl's New Year's Resolution: Be More French

Because it would be difficult to be less French at this point.

We're calling it: 2014 is the year we earn that Je ne sais quoi, that effortless cool-girl chic that is only possible with a French citizenship and an affinity for small fêtes and café au lait. We're taking notes from the French model and movie star who is an iconic example of the less-is-more attitude of French women: Brigitte Bardot. Behold—our plan to being more French in 2014:

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1. Perfect sexy bedhead.
2. Learn to lunch alone.
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3. Invest in a beret.
4. Find the most flattering shade of red lipstick.
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5. Give menswear a go.
6. Prendre des vacances instead of going on vacation.
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7. Wear stripe tops.
8. Drink red wine with lunch.
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9. Look simultaneously aloof and perfect in a T-shirt dress.
10. Take a lover.
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11. Take up photography/Learn to look good with a vintage camera.
12. Contour some serious cheekbones.
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13. Acquire a partner who looks just as chic.
14. Update an ensemble with something luxe.
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15. Cat eyes and thick headbands all the way.
16. Wear classic, neutral staples.
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17. Bring home fresh baguettes.
18. Nap in white without nary a wrinkle.
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19. Take baths in the mid-afternoon.
20. Somehow, someway learn to pose and look like this.
21. Last but not least: Learn French (it starts with the basics).

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