Hello, loves. I have been receiving requests about compiling an article where I would mention books, movies, and other sources of femininity that would inspire, give you some information, and even education. I will be honest: the mere reason I started this blog is that I could barely find anything on the subject of femininity that I write about on English speaking internet. Usually, my finds are either about feminism, or female manipulation, or very traditional and religious sources. None of them are necessarily bad, I just feel like they are very specific and narrow. And I want something broader and with a different perspective.
Since the type of femininity I am interested in covers not only religious or material aspects, but much more, I decided to just start my own blog and create this source on my own. So, not really a promotion but confession: I will keep writing here and have many more projects to come that will allow you to keep receiving information and education here. Meanwhile, there are still things I would love to share that inspired me a long time ago or keep inspiring me daily, feeding my sweet feminine essence and giving me more reasons to write. So here are my sources of femininity, for you.
Books on Femininity
A lot of the books I love about femininity and feminine lifestyle are actually French. I would say, this is probably where I first encountered very feminine and classy women that changed my idea of being a woman. My first visit was when I was 18 and I fell in love instantly. Studying French language and French culture fired me up even more, and here I was, visiting France quite regularly, both for work and vacation. So, if you feel like French, here are great books to start with:
“La Parisienne” by Inès de La Fressange
“Lessons from Madame Chic” by Jennifer L Scott
“How to be Parisian wherever you are” by a few French women
“French Women Don’t Sleep Alone” by Jamie Cat Callan
I encourage you to research as there are a few more books out there that you might enjoy reading.
Besides French ones, here are some other good books:
“Fascinating Womanhood” by Helen Andelin
“The Rules” By Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider (Both books for marriage and for dating)
“Women Who Run with the Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Movies on Femininity
Movies can depend on your personal taste but these next ones are my timeless inspiration, whenever I feel down or confused as a woman. I would recommend watching them all by yourself, with some tea and a sweet piece of something, a candle or two, and a cozy blanket.
“Dangerous Beauty” (1998)
“The Muse” (1999)
“The Mistress of Spices” (2005)
“The Red Tent” (2014)
“Jodhaa Akbar” (2008)
“The Age of Adaline” (2015)
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961)
“The Young Victoria” (2009)
“Roman Holiday” (1953)
“Gone with the Wind” (1939)
“Memoirs of a Geisha” (2005)
Allow me to mention a few phenomenal and absolutely unforgettable and feminine women that can definitely light a spark of femininity in you. You can either read about them, find books or autobiographies or watch movies with them. Even simply looking at their photos will set your mood right. These women are sources of femininity by themselves.
Audrey Hepburn (British actress)
Grace Kelly (American actress and Princess of Monaco)
Marilyn Monroe (American actress)
Monica Bellucci (Italian actress)
Sophia Loren (Italian actress)
Ornella Muti (Italian actress)
Brigitte Bardot (French actress)
Family and Ancestors
I am sure you have other amazing feminine women who you love. I would also encourage you to look into your own family and see if anyone, perhaps even your ancestors, was known as a feminine woman. For me personally, these women were my mother and my grandmother. My mother was the one into fashion, style, and femininity since she was a teenager. And I grew up wearing unique and pretty clothes she made herself for me. Her impeccable style influenced me deeply and I find myself wearing the same types of outfits now that she was wearing when she was younger. Go figure. My grandmother was a real lady until very old age. She would always have to have a manicure, and she had her nails done up until the day she passed. Jewelry and dresses were always with her, no matter what she was doing.
Connecting with women from your own family or related to you will give you an additional inspirational kick, and perhaps will spark an interesting conversation with them if they are still alive. Otherwise, you could always learn about your family and realize femininity has been in your blood all this time and you had no idea.
Please, share your inspirational sources of femininity here in the comments or on my social media accounts so that other women could use them and we can all bloom and grow in our feminine essence.