The French mystique is expertly analyzed and categorized in Lessons from Madame Chic, 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris ($23) by Jennifer L. Scott, editor of the blog The Daily Connoisseur. As an exchange student, Jennifer learned how to be chic from her Parisian host families in every way from diet to dress. Sure, it’s easy to be chic in Paris, but what about in the US? Her book is about what she learned and how she put the 20 secrets into practice once she returned to the states.
Jennifer’s hard work is our gain (and could be yours, as we are giving away two copies of the book – read on!) Lessons from Madame Chic is chock full of excellent advice that is well-organized, concise, and quite motivational. The lessons are divided into three parts: Diet and Exercise, Style and Beauty, and How to Live Well.
Of course, I immediately zeroed in on the Style and Beauty section. I loved the chapter on creating a ten-item wardrobe. Another chapter I know Beauty Info Zone readers will be interested in is the ‘Perfect Le No-Makeup Look’ chapter. Jennifer talks about three different no-makeup looks: au naturel, defined eye, and defined lip. Then she delineates a ‘two minute look’, a ’5 to 10 minute look’, and a ‘fifteen minute look’. It’s very useful, practical information.
For those of us who lead busy lives, there are extremely helpful summaries at the end of each chapter entitled ‘Le Recap’.
Jennifer enumerates some wonderfully stylish suggestions on simplifying and improving your diet, your look, and overall satisfaction and enjoyment of life. I think the predominant lesson in this book is that less is more. The truly chic live uncomplicated lives that are enjoyed to the fullest. After reading it all I wanted to do was declutter and get rid of 3/4 of the stuff I own, because clutter in any area is not so chic!
I love how Lessons from Madame Chic doesn’t focus on just the outside – makeup, fashion, etc. It’s also about the inside, learning to fully appreciate each moment and realizing the importance of being mindful. We lose so much of our life by focusing on the past or imagining the future, we forget to enjoy the now. As Jennifer says, living life with joy and appreciation is what truly makes one chic. – Lisa
Two U.S. Beauty Info Zone subscribers have an opportunity to learn the 20 secrets for free! Jennifer Scott not only provided Beauty Info Zone with a copy of her book, she has also generously offered to send a copy to two of our loyal readers. Entering is easy, just allow the Rafflecopter to load in order to enter. US only, open through 1/25/13 at 11:59 p.m EST. Enter now and learn some amazing lessons from Madame Chic!
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