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Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris Hardcover – November 6, 2012
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Scott spent six months in Paris in 2001 as part of a foreign-exchange program. What she observed and learned fills this book. Many of these style secrets—for instance, how to eat and what to wear—can be found elsewhere, but Scott’s 20 tips cover much more than the traditional diet-and-exercise and style-and-beauty. Extremely readable short chapters include recaps of the major points discussed in them, and those points include always looking presentable, realizing that clutter is not chic, cultivating your mind, and living life as a formal affair. Each of those lessons features tidbits Scott picked up from her two Parisian families, here called the Chics and the Bohemians. Throughout, two words appear most often—quality and passion. --Barbara Jacobs
"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." (The New York Times)
"Part tribute to the effortlessly glamorous Parisian way of life, and part tutorial . . . on how to emulate the French je ne sais quoi." (Daily Mail (UK))
“Downright intriguing. . . . You’ll close the book feeling inspired.” (The Plain Dealer)
"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." (Smoky Mountain News)
“Winningly combines sincerity and self-deprecation . . . sweet-natured and well-intentioned . . . full of advice.” (Kirkus Reviews)
"Scott's book encourages American women to live simply and beautifully by eating well, slowing down, simplifying their lives and enjoying life." (The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC))
"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." (California Bookwatch)
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I love this book, and the author's website and YouTube channel, because of the gentle, refined, civilized, lovely atmosphere that I find there. It is an influence that seems to be growing rare in our culture today, and I love finding it outside of the classic novels from 100 years ago. There are many practical tips in the book that have been very helpful to me as well. I particularly enjoy the chapters on cultivating the mind.
Many women who are my age or younger (or older!) have not been taught to live well and beautifully, and I appreciate the influence offered by this author. Thank you, Jennifer Scott!
I have given this book as a gift several times and I'm always looking for ways to pass on this gem to others! Please read it! You will be delighted.
If you are looking for a book to read that will help you change your viewpoint on life this is the one for you. French style is very inspirational and this book breaks it down into every category of life.