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

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

Brigitte Bardot
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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:

1. Perfect sexy bedhead.

Brigitte Bardot Black & White photo

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2. Learn to lunch alone.

Brigitte Bardot at lunch

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3. Invest in a beret.

Brigitte Bardot wearing a beret

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4. Find the most flattering shade of red lipstick.

Brigitte Bardot beautiful in red

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5. Give menswear a go.

Brigitte Bardot relaxing wearing a man's cap

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6. Prendre des vacances instead of going on vacation.

Brigitte Bardot on a boat

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7. Wear stripe tops.

Brigitte Bardot wearing a stripe top

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8. Drink red wine with lunch.

Brigitte Bardot enjoying a glass of wine with lunch

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9. Look simultaneously aloof and perfect in a T-shirt dress.

Brigitte Bardot wearing a t-shirt dress

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10. Take a lover.

Brigitte Bardot lying in bed

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11. Take up photography/Learn to look good with a vintage camera.

Brigitte Bardot taking photos with a vintage camera

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12. Contour some serious cheekbones.

Brigitte Bardot

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13. Acquire a partner who looks just as chic.

Brigitte Bardot and a guy walking

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14. Update an ensemble with something luxe.

Brigitte Bardot

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15. Cat eyes and thick headbands all the way.

Brigitte Bardot

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16. Wear classic, neutral staples.

Brigitte Bardot

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17. Bring home fresh baguettes.

Brigitte Bardot

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18. Nap in white without nary a wrinkle.

Brigitte Bardot

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19. Take baths in the mid-afternoon.

Brigitte Bardot takes a bath

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20. Somehow, someway learn to pose and look like this.

Brigitte Bardot sitting on the stairs

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21. Last but not least: Learn French (it starts with the basics).

Learn to speak French

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Hallie has worked in beauty editorial for ten years and has been editorial director at Byrdie since 2021. Previously, she was a senior editor at Byrdie since 2016. During her time at Byrdie, she's written hundreds of high-performing stories on skincare, wellness (including fitness, diet, mental health, body image, et al) makeup, and hair. She's a regular on set, helping to source inspiration for makeup and hair looks, as well as interviewing celebrities, models, and other notable women and men in the beauty space.

Before that, Hallie ran Marie Claire's social media and wrote beauty and culture stories for the site, and helped launch Time Inc.'s digital-only beauty brand, MIMI. After college, she contributed to Time Out New York’s Shopping & Style section before landing her first beauty editor gig at Hearst's Real Beauty. Hallie's writing has also appeared in ELLE, Cosmopolitan, and InStyle. Hallie graduated with a BA in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.