Lessons from Madame Chic
20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris
By Jennifer L. Scott
(Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9781451699371, 304pp.)
Publication Date: November 6, 2012
Bring home the chic Parisian world of style and charm
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 à la française. 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.
Jennifer L. Scott is the writer and editor of The Daily Connoisseur (DailyConnoisseur.com). She lives in Santa Monica, California with her eccentric husband, adorable daughters, and distinguished Chihuahua. Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris is her first book. To learn more, visit JenniferLScott.com.
"A guide for women who yearn to channel Audrey Tautou. . . . Personable, anecdote-filled, and studded with lifestyle tips . . . its vivacity and sincerity have struck a chord among women who would like a French role model of their own, but don't have a year to spend apprenticing with one in Paris."
"Part tribute to the effortlessly glamorous Parisian way of life, and part tutorial . . . on how to emulate the French je ne sais quoi."
“Downright intriguing. . . . You’ll close the book feeling inspired.”
"The writing here, a combination of elegance and breeziness, seems to reflect Madame Chic’s personal philosophy that life is to be lived fully and elegantly."
“Winningly combines sincerity and self-deprecation . . . sweet-natured and well-intentioned . . . full of advice.”
"Scott's book encourages American women to live simply and beautifully by eating well, slowing down, simplifying their lives and enjoying life."
"Scott blends vignettes and fun encounters with philosophies and lessons that helped her evolve a sense of style and aesthetics. Lessons from Madame Chic is a fine pick for anyone interested in women's fashion, style, and how the French have recreated style lessons."