Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris

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When Jennifer Scott arrived at the doorstep of a grand Sixteenth Arrondissement apartment as a foreign exchange student, she was greeted by the woman who would become her mentor and the inspiration for the way she lived long after her time abroad was over. Madame Chic took the casual California teenager under her wing, revealing the secrets of how the French elevate the little things in life to the art of living. Each chapter of Lessons from Madame Chic reveals a valuable secret Jennifer learned while under Madame Chic's tutelage in Paris-tips you can incorporate into your own life, no matter where you live or the size of your budget.

Embracing the classically French aesthetic of quality over quantity, aspiring Parisiennes will learn to master the art of eating deprive yourself not , dressing the ten-item wardrobe , grooming le no-makeup look , and living a la francaise. Intuition : Unlock the Power! Royally Screwed. Quails : About Raising Quails. Natural Home Builder: v.

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The same applies to decor, clothing, basically every domestic facet of their life. Home cooked meals. Three or four course dinners were an everyday occurrence. I've been inspired to try cooking more often. Basically if you're sick of American style of living with its emphasis on high consumption and disposability, not to mention being so busy that you are too exhausted to even contemplate putting a freezer pizza in the oven let alone cooking a three course dinner, then this book has some little life lessons for you.

Also the manners thing-I try to be as polite to my husband as I would with strangers. I loved her concept of a item wardrobe of high quality items excluding shoes, bags, coats, etc. It really is true, figure out your style and dress accordingly. Looking nice goes way beyond appearance and truly makes you feel better from the inside out. Why deal with the extra clothes clutter?

As mentioned this is a blog-turned-book and it certainly reads like one at times. Some chapters I was totally engrossed in and some I felt like I could skim through. A lot of reviews complain about the need for an editor as this was originally self-published. I cook every nearly night but I could certainly Frenchify the whole deal. I was really excited about this book, but the author's opinionated tone made me switch from a true listening posture to one of "glean the good bits" within two chapters.

This book should have stayed a series of blog posts. Six months observing one family in Paris is not enough to speak with the authority she does.

She also never addresses transferring these "lessons" from a culture where they are more normal into a culture where they are not - her solution is "if someone finds you pretentious, y I was really excited about this book, but the author's opinionated tone made me switch from a true listening posture to one of "glean the good bits" within two chapters. She also never addresses transferring these "lessons" from a culture where they are more normal into a culture where they are not - her solution is "if someone finds you pretentious, you don't need to waste your time on them anyway.

She merely presents herself as an expert without establishing her credibility speaking as someone who had never heard of her blog.

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I enjoyed reading her thoughts, though. Jun 05, Elisabeth Ensor rated it it was amazing. The ideas in this book are really simple but way she writes and explains the way the French live is fascinating! I'm drawn to their lifestyle because it's about using your best, wearing your best, being your best but living simply.

I have literally gone through my house and gotten rid of clutter and things I don't love. My philosophy on shopping had made a instead of the sale clothes in bulk I'm realizing 1 or 2 things I LOVE will better serve me and get worn more. I highly recommend this b The ideas in this book are really simple but way she writes and explains the way the French live is fascinating!

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Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other First Nations people are advised that this catalogue contains names, recordings and images of deceased people and other content that may be culturally sensitive. Can I get a copy? We are using cookies to give you the best experience on our website. From entertaining to decor, you will gain insights on how to cultivate old-fashioned sophistication while living an active, modern life. No, if you wish to exude the allure of Frenchwomen from Gigi to Jeanne Moreau to Charlotte Gainsbourg, you must learn to conduct yourself as if you were being surveilled by a critical Parisian matron — the sort of woman who would arch an eyebrow in horror if she caught you rooting in a can of Pringles, or sauntering to the mailbox in leggings and a T-shirt.

I highly recommend this book and the author is feminine, has high standards and lives with integrity! I feel badly for this author.

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She self-published this book and didn't use an editor, and it shows. Her idea has been done before, but with some editing and targeting the right audience - particularly girls preparing to study abroad - it could have been ok. Instead, she sounds trite and sometimes shrill. The author says far too many things that might be ok to think, but should never be said aloud. Overall, this book made me feel embarrassed for the author, but if I knew her in real life, I would I feel badly for this author.

Overall, this book made me feel embarrassed for the author, but if I knew her in real life, I would probably be friends with her. Dec 22, Emily Davenport rated it it was amazing Shelves: creativity , nonfiction , life-changers , domestic , lifestyle. Nothing revolutionary, but my favorite take-always from the book are the concept of a ten item wardrobe, seeking out sensory pleasure in Sisyphean tasks, and that a little extra effort goes a long way in living a chic, beautiful life.

This book was so bad that even weeks later it still irks me. This woman seems so uptight and lacking in any substance. Her horror over seeing a woman with holes in her leggings? Puzzled, I visited her blog and her fluffy videos and conscious effort to keep 'a mona lisa smile' made me cringe and conclude: Bored mummy blogger. Plus a lot of her tips for good living seemed as though they were not wholly considered and badly planned.

The 10 item wardrobe? I can't believe she gets a book This book was so bad that even weeks later it still irks me. I can't believe she gets a book deal after taking a 6 month study trip to Paris. So what?

Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris

I learnt nothing from this that was not already a cliche. Just not inspiring at all- she offers no new insights, and fails to display any of that charisma and intelligence, which she preaches we all must possess to become just as bland as her. Apr 30, Negin rated it it was amazing Shelves: all-time-favourites , beauty-health-fashion , memoir-biography , france. In fact, I tend to avoid them. I can easily see how some would be irritated by this book.

I felt that way at first. Much of the advice is obvious and most of us have heard it before. The more I read, the more I enjoyed it. I am intrigued with her tips on having a capsule wardrobe. Books like this often inspire me to make small improvements in my life. I need reminders like this from time to time. Overall, this was a fun read.

I look forward to reading her other books and I decided to subscribe to her You Tube channel. That is what I call prospering. If you slow down and take pleasure in simple things, you are more likely to lead a contented and well-balanced existence and less likely to incur unhealthy habits like overspending, hoarding, and overeating. You are also more likely to be present in the moment and pleasant with your family. There is no getting around them. Almost everyone has to do a task on a daily basis that is less than fun.

20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris

The key is to find pleasure in the task and to not wish you were doing something else while doing it. Before I lived in Paris, it was not uncommon to see me eating a meal standing up, perhaps at my kitchen counter, with my cell phone lodged between my ear and my shoulder.

Or worse yet, in front of the TV. And I was motivated by the early chapter about paring down to a capsule wardrobe and getting rid of clothes that aren't flattering or are starting to get grungy, but the rest left me rolling my eyes and skimming to see if it would get interesting again.