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No notes for slide. Book details Author: Jennifer L. Scott Pages: English ISBN Description this book Lessons from Madame Chic An attractively packaged gift book for Francophiles determined to achieve that certain je ne sais quoi that all French women have.
If you want to download this book, click link in the last page 5. Scott Goodreads Author. When Jennifer Scott arrived at the doorstep of a grand Sixteenth Arrondissement apartment in Paris 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 eleva When Jennifer Scott arrived at the doorstep of a grand Sixteenth Arrondissement apartment in Paris 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: From entertaining with easy flair and formality to cultivating allure while living an active, modern life, Lessons from Madame Chic is the essential handbook for anyone wanting to incorporate that Parisian je ne sais quoi into her daily life.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published November 17th first published More Details Original Title. Lessons from Madame Chic: Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Lessons From Madame Chic , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Lessons From Madame Chic. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Apr 26, Michele rated it really liked it.
A Francophile I am not.
I tend to get irked when French women are held up as paragons of style and taste that we tacky Americans should strive to emulate. They're so stylish! They're so skinny! They look amazing wearing only red lipstick! Blah blah blah. And yet I picked up this book to flip through on my lunch hour. I ended up enjoying it - it's a fun, light read.
It rather surprised me that this book made so many reviewers so angry - the presentation of Madame Chic and her Famille is so ideali A Francophile I am not. It rather surprised me that this book made so many reviewers so angry - the presentation of Madame Chic and her Famille is so idealized that I wouldn't expect to literally attempt to live exactly as she does, and I didn't feel that that was what the author was trying to convey.
To me, the overarching message of the book was to slow down, pay attention to the quality of your life, and take the time to savor it in the ways that work for you. Since reading it, I have found that I've approached my daily routine with a bit more joie de vivre.
So maybe the French are onto a thing or two. I picked up this book because I kept seeing people talk about her capsule wardrobe. That chapter didn't provide any insight on how to construct your own capsule other than suggesting that your capsule should include only very expensive fibers like cashmere and silk.
These should be worn at all times and I do mean ALL times. Scott provides the helpful tip that when scrubbing toilets in these luxury fibers you should make sure to wear an apron. Because of course all chic women clean in designer cl I picked up this book because I kept seeing people talk about her capsule wardrobe.
Because of course all chic women clean in designer clothes, don't even think about wearing sweatpants while cleaning. The advice just gets crazier from there.
I'm not sure what gives Scott the authority to offer lifestyle advice other than a year studying abroad a decade ago. This somehow makes her an authority on health, nutrition, and relationships without those pesky things like credentials getting in her way.
The gist of the rest of the advice was to turn back the clock to A chic wife rises by 5 am to make her man breakfast before he heads off to work. She makes sure to wear sexy underwear at all times no cotton for Madame Chic.
A chic woman cooks a multi-course meal each day for her family also in cashmere, don't forget that apron! To be chic make sure to refrain from troubling your husband with the mundane facts about your day while eating the multi-course meal. Remember chic women maintain an air of mystery. Also, don't blather on to your friends about things that bother you, make sure to keep it all light and superficial. You wouldn't want anyone to think you had a thought or feeling in your perfectly coiffed head, that would be decidedly un-chic!
View all 18 comments. May 03, Kerry rated it really liked it Shelves: I quite enjoyed this book. The author appears to be very sweet natured, lovely, and offers a lot of sound advice about appreciating a less is more philosophy and putting your best foot forward in life. Does every tip apply to every woman?
But that's not the point, she advocates learning what works for you and tailoring her advice to your lifestyle. To be sure there is a minimalist aspect to the advice, but since that works for me, I liked that. I didn't find the tone to be patronizing at all I quite enjoyed this book. I didn't find the tone to be patronizing at all, and am surprised that there seem to be some rather harsh reviews of her and the book. I find that much of the advice could really apply to people of all ages - such as if you don't have nice things to say, wish that person well and move on.
Read books to broaden your horizons, listen to classical music, watch the junk you put in your body, have and use manners, try to incorporate exercise into your daily life rather than view it as a chore, wear your nice items now rather than waiting until a special occasion, have a signature scent, have less stuff of higher quality these all seem like good ideas.
Yes, I knew much of this already, but being reminded of them and enjoying her memories of Paris was a light hearted way to spend an afternoon. View 1 comment. Jun 28, Ashley rated it it was ok Shelves: I really enjoy fancy etiquette and style books. Whenever I go to Anthropologie, I end up with a book instead of clothing. I like the feel of the glossy thick stock, the look of the cute pen illustrations, and the idea that perhaps at some point I'll be able to embrace some of the suggestions in these books.
Still I was expecting something a little more.
Yes, it is a style book, but I was hoping for more substance. The book based Ms. Scott's blog includes twenty chapters, each focused on a lesson she learned from her host family when she spent a year in Paris about a decade ago. I know. A year does not make her an expert. However, as someone who also lived abroad for a year, I do recognize that the culture shock can leave a big impression, and what is out of the norm for a short period of time can stick with one long after that time has passed.
So I'm not willing to write her off based on that. There really isn't anything new here, but there were good reminders. The concept of the ten item wardrobe is one that I've seen repeatedly and am actively working towards. Scott also discussed the tidbits made famous by "French Women Don't Get Fat" yes, I've read that too , like not snacking and instead of working out, incorporating more exercise into daily life. Again, not horrible advice - unless you love the gym, which she acknowledges - but not earth-shattering.
Imagine similar chapters about enjoying life, seeing the arts, etc. It's all fine, but it's also all through the lens of someone who was not working and who had access to apparently unlimited funds. Because the author learned these 'lessons' while a student, she has nothing to say about work culture. It's great that she doesn't decide to simply make something up, but there is something lacking for those of us who spend a very large chunk of our time at work.
By not mentioning the realities of outside work when discussing the importance of making a four-course dinner for the family every night, the author chooses to ignore the challenges of managing a home in which two adults work. This brings me to gender roles. Much of the book's content seems to lean heavily on certain ideas of what women are like and what women do.
There are some basic attempts at seeming progressive, but overall this book suggests that style is for the woman who works at MOST part time, and that women have certain duties to their family that apparently don't apply to men.
Or to the men she encountered in France, at least. It would have been nice to see that addressed. She also spends time on her version of femininity, even expressing approval of street harassment. Not exactly a feminist position. And then there is the author's slight attempt at addressing economic disparity. Look, clearly I don't pick up a book like this and expect that the author is going to focus exclusively on living the good life while working two jobs for minimum wage although I would totally read that book.
The 'lessons' the author learned were clearly from people with a TON of money, and that seems to color all of her observations. Additionally, she wrote one paragraph that discussed sustainability sort of - she mentioned organic and local foods. In all of her talk of quality goods and clothing, she didn't mention that one should consider things like the treatment of labor or the impact of certain fabrics on the environment. Would that have put a damper on the book?
No, not if done well. If you are interested in learning about life in Paris, I recommend finding another book - Bringing up Bebe was quite enjoyable for me and I'm not having children.
If you are interested in improving your style and quality of life, I also recommend finding another book. You can find better. View all 7 comments. Nov 26, Yodamom rated it really liked it. This was a wonderful little book. I felt good while reading it, infused with the French love of life. I loved her simple observations and her quick wit. It is more about enjoying the good things, because you deserve it, than it is about being French.
She is not trying to get you to become something she is trying to get you to live completely now. I think the two parts that I reached me most were the clothing and the dishes.
I save my good shoes, clothes, dishes, napkins.. I come from a long line of women who lived the same way. I don't know if it is an American thing. I do know that almost everyone I know does the same thing. Maybe I'm hanging with like minded people? I have watched death come to friends and family too soon. I have cleaned out their homes and seen the beautiful unused items they held onto waiting for that special time to use them. I do pull my favorite dishes out for my meals, I do wear my favorite clothes and I it does make a difference in how I feel going through the day.
There are many little ways we short change ourselves now for the mythical time later, whenever that will be. This book was a fun wake up call to do more living and less saving. What an insipid, aggravating little book. I'll be the first to admit that I love reading about European fashion and lifestyle because, let's face it, they do tend to be more sophisticated and chic than their American counterparts. And there are books and blogs out there that get the point across without demeaning or talking down to us Yankee schlubs two of the best examples: But this chick It's funny too how she's constantly saying that she hates the thought of coming across as pretentious when everything she does and says just oozes pretention.
Apparently spending an entire whopping academic year living in Paris with an aristocratic French family and then marrying an Englishman made her, by osmosis or something, something more than just the born and bred California girl she actually is.
I lived in London for my senior year of college and while I absorbed some aspects of my time there into my everyday life - my love of good pasties, a good stout and good British rock bands, as well as a deeper appreciation of my family history and a strong affection for the country itself - I didn't come home and immediately alter my wardrobe, eating habits and attitude to emulate what I observed over there.
Which is apparently what this woman did. The whole point of admiring these other cultures is to find certain aspects that really appeal to who you are and incorporate them into the lifestyle that you already have, not to completely overhaul the way you live just to appear to be something you're not. There might have been some good tips and pointers buried under the mounds of pretension I'm going to keep using that word because of how afraid the author was of it but I couldn't tell you what they are now, so distracting was the snobbery.
Its focus may be primarily on food and cooking, but she weaves quite a lot of information on French lifestyle into the pages. Best of all, she manages to be both aspirational and sincere. And she's got a little more authority on the subject than this chick from Santa Monica, since Mireille actually IS a Frenchwoman.
View 2 comments. I've noticed of late that I've been reading more non-fiction. Or as a friend said, "self-help books. In many ways the European mindset is very refreshing. When our protagonist is trying to figure out how to fit her American wardrobe into th I've noticed of late that I've been reading more non-fiction.
When our protagonist is trying to figure out how to fit her American wardrobe into this tiny freestanding fixture the french believe in owning only a few, but very high quality items - I went through my own closet the next day. Actually, this mindset appeared to apply to almost every facet of Famille Chic's lifestyle, not just wardrobe. Using the things you own, instead of "saving" them for something special. Instead of having two sets of china, an everyday and a special occasion, Famille Chic owned one set of good china and used it mercilessly.
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?
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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. Feb 12, Kari rated it it was ok. 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.
I enjoyed reading her thoughts, though. 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! I highly recommend this book and the author is feminine, has high standards and lives with integrity!
Apr 14, Amanda rated it it was ok.
I feel badly for this author. 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. 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.
Mar 15, Rebecca Freezer rated it did not like it. 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? 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.Yes, the author admits, you must suffer to be French.
Dinner was most often a French meal; Madame Chic did not experiment with other cuisines. Plus a lot of her tips for good living seemed as though they were not wholly considered and badly planned. Additionally, she wrote one paragraph that discussed sustainability sort of - she mentioned organic and local foods.
One cause, for me, was food. Eat well, good and fresh ingredients! This includes downloading fewer things but of higher quality - clothes, food, housewares, makeup - using the nice things that you have everyday, surrounding yourself with quality, challenging your mind, and just taking each moment even the mundane and exploring and experiencing it fully. A chic woman cooks a multi-course meal each day for her family also in cashmere, don't forget that apron!
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