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Lessons From Madame Chic: The Top 20 Things I Learned While Living in Paris

Lessons From Madame Chic The Top Things I Learned While Living in Paris 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 inspi

  • Title: Lessons From Madame Chic: The Top 20 Things I Learned While Living in Paris
  • Author: Jennifer L. Scott
  • ISBN: 9780615552934
  • Page: 408
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 elevaWhen 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 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 la fran aise 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.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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? No. 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 [...]

    4. 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. Unfortunately, my most recent read in this genre, picked up at the aforementioned store, was disappointing/I have read enough of this genre to recognize that is challenging to come up with ne [...]

    5. 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 for that special day wher [...]

    6. 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: French Women Don't Get Fat and Garance Dore's blog). But this chickwow, could she be any more pompous or affectatious? It [...]

    7. I've noticed of late that I've been reading more non-fiction. And this is trending towards books with a anti-comsumerism/simple living bent. (Or as a friend said, "self-help books.") At any rate this one was fantastic as it took the adventures of an American college student and her experiences studying abroad in France. In many ways the European mindset is very refreshing. Some favorite moments/takeaway lessons:When our protagonist is trying to figure out how to fit her American wardrobe into th [...]

    8. 3.5 stars. Total fluff but in retrospect this was a great book to read on New Year’s Day. It’s a blog turned book written by a young woman who lived in Paris for a while and returned to the states with “lessons” from the abode of “Madame Chic” and family (her hosts). A lot of these things I already do such as trying to “dress up” even when only running errands or lounging around the house. I agree with the author that even if you’re not leaving the house you should still endeav [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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 [...]

    11. 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 180- 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 [...]

    12. 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.

    13. This is a lifestyle guide and also a memoir of a college student’s experience living with a Parisian family. I don’t usually enjoy reading memoirs that are written by people who are quite young, as in younger than say forty. 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. It could have been timing, which is often the case as to whether or not I’ll like a bo [...]

    14. I found this book while looking for inspiration for the 10-item wardrobe or capsule wardrobe as Jennifer Scott terms it. I have to admit I actually went and bought the book and have since loaned it out to a few friends and family members.Jennifer Scott went to study abroad in Paris while she was in college and the experience forever changed her day-to-day life. In the book she details how her host family, specifically the mother whom she calls Madame Chic, lived their daily lives through fashion [...]

    15. 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? Please. 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? Wha? I can't believe she gets a book [...]

    16. readableinspiringpracticaldoableentertainingI like everything about this book -- its contents, its format, its size, everything. I read a library copy and now I'm going to acquire a copy for myself. My dad once told me there are two thrills in life -- the thrill of recognition and the thrill of discovery. I found a lot of both in this little volume. I want to go through it again and annotate it with examples from my own life, experiences, and upbringing.

    17. Gdy pożyczałam tę książkę od mojej bratowej, wystawiła jej następującą cenzurkę: "Strata czasu. Bo to ględzenie o tym, żeby jeść sztućcami i nie pierdzieć przy stole". Miała rację.Dodałabym jeszcze, że to książka o tym, żeby umeblować sobie mieszkanie antykami, bo dzięki temu nie będziemy się garbić. Żeby regularnie strzyc włosy u dobrego fryzjera, najlepiej na tzw. pazia. Żeby codziennie wykonywać staranny makijaż, nawet jeśli nie planujemy wychodzić z domu. [...]

    18. Ok, so drink water, eat mindfully, incorporate exercise into your daily life. Fine. Enjoy good things in moderation, watch a bit less tv. Yep. But the fixation on silk blouses? And what if I don't LIKE ballet and opera? And what if I don't want to make fruit tarts and my husband doesn't smoke a pipe? I liked this book less and less the more I read it; at first because I didn't care for Famille Chic's rigid, formal lifestyle, and then because the writer repeatedly used the word "quotidian" while [...]

    19. Soe (blogger-turned-) author just rubbed me the wrong way, which is too bad because usually my pretension threshold is pretty high. I enjoyed reading about Paris & the food and the two women Jennifer looked up to as role models. 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. (Seriously, d [...]

    20. A quick light read but I did not like the author or her voice in this book because she comes across as pseudo intellectual, elitist, snobbish and pretentious in this book all the thing she tells she does not want to be. - I am not a big fan of anything that portrays something or someone as totally perfect and the author does that throughout the book. She portrays French and Paris as an utopia with absolutely no issues at all.- What's with these people always dissing on American women and claimin [...]

    21. Lark lent me this book and I loved it! Read it in a day. Let me clarify though: this is not 5 stars because it is some amazing seminal piece of work that is quintessential to American life, rather 5 stars because I personally loved it and found it to be inspiring in a down to earth sort of way! It had some great points about life: enjoy what you're doing! Enjoy cleaning, cleaning can be exercise! Don't watch too much TV, instead listen to the radio (NPR etc would be how I translate that). Dress [...]

    22. It's probably telling that my favorite thing about this book is the size and paper quality. I really liked holding the book and turning the pages and even sometimes flipping the pages and watching them fall. Some of the tips are useful but you have to look beyond the fact that this person is way out of most people's league. We are not all rich and able to afford to employ a housekeeper, a designer for our wardrobe, a specialist for make-up, skin and hair, a caterer for our entertaining needs, an [...]

    23. I read this book on a whim because a few different people had recommended it to me and I’d been hearing a lot about it recently. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this book and I could barely get through it. At first i enjoyed it because it seemed to be about the author's trip to Paris and what she'd learned from living with a woman she calls “Madame Chic”. Unfortunately, with the exception of a few good tips, all the book had to offer was unoriginal lifestyle advise, an idealized/romanticiz [...]

    24. This is really just a silly little book. I picked it up because I wanted to read more about the capsule wardrobe. Unfortunately, there is not much, a few pages, maybe, on the concept. And nothing about how to go about creating a capsule. I like her ideas about living life fully and being present in every moment, but that was overshadowed by the constant idolizing of all things French. The huge sweeping generalizations of how French people live and why it is better than what we do here in America [...]

    25. Fluffy but fun and even impactful. I love the premise - live a quality life where you are conscious and present, employing all your senses, experiencing life passionately. This includes buying 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. My favorites were her signature capsule ward [...]

    26. I admit I was a little wary at first. Debra Ollivier's "Entre nous", roughly about the same topic, was such a disappointment. But this book is so different. Jennifer doesn't try to be something she is not, she just gleans the things from this French BCBG family that find an echo in her and makes them a conscious part of her life. I think chapter 16, "Reject the new materialism", is the essence of her message, and I find I can totally subscribe to that. Her tips and experiences are encouraging an [...]

    27. Charming and inspiring this book offers a refreshing take on what it means to live life to the fullest. This book is full of advice on beauty, femininity, and quality living. Though much of what the author says is not new or groundbreaking, it is an excellent reminder to be content, cultivate your mind, and to separate yourself from many of the pitfalls of modern-day American culture.The prose was not noteworthy and the author occasionally used cliches and had a propensity for using exclamation [...]

    28. There are some nice ideas in this book, but why did the poor girl have to go to Paris to learn these lessons? She could have opened her eyes and ears and learned them here at home. Silly. Most of the statements are stereotypesw don't get me wrong I know there's a reason for stereotypes but she makes grandiose statements based on two families. That would be like saying all American boys wear baseball caps and all American girls have braces because the family you stayed with had that. My sons do n [...]

    29. i loved this book. i feel inspired to live like a parisian. I have followed what it has said and i am just awed. Its was an easy read and it took me a week. i wish i could experience what the author experienced in france. study abroad, college, and more. you should read it

    30. Superbe!!!I feel like I've been given permission to spoil myself and live in decadent, luxuriant splendor. And my house is clean and clutter free! Bonus!

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