A book review and a giveaway: Lessons from Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott


Lessons from Madame Chic

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.


the gorgeous and always chic Jennifer L. Scott

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.


Part 3 – great advice on living 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.


20 secrets and 20 chapters

 For those of us who lead busy lives, there are extremely helpful summaries at the end of each chapter entitled ‘Le Recap’.


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!


Listen to Madame Chic and get stylish!

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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  1. I do not have one

  2. Kevyn Aucoin’s Faces book is a classic.

  3. The Lucky Shopping Manual is very helpful.

  4. What I Wore- by Jessica Quirk

  5. Mary in NC says:

    My favorite book is PARISIAN CHIC by Ines le la Fressange!

  6. Lessons from Madame Chic is sure to be my new favorite book.

  7. I love Dr Loretta’s book.

  8. Kevyn Aucoin’s Faces. First beauty book, I ever bought. Taught me so much!

  9. Jenn (@jennheck) says:

    I’ve never read a beauty or fashion book, but I obvi need to! lol

  10. Sherry B. says:

    Believe it or not, my favorite beauty book was published in 1956, when I was only three years old! It’s the Westmore Beauty Book written by the Westmore brothers of Old Hollywood fame. I first discovered the book in my local public library when I was 10, and re-checked it out and re-read it so many times over the years, that it wound up dog-eared and frayed. When the library held a public booksale when I was in my ’39’s, I rushed down to buy it, but alas, it was already gone! I wanted to cry, but was afraid that my husband and kids would think that I was a total idiot. I searched book stores and antique shops for it for years, to no avail, only to learn in the end that the book had been out of print for many years. I was heart-broken, as I could still quote entire passages from the book. I have amassed a fair-sized library of more modern beauty books, and I can easily see how the techniques nd practicesw of the Westmore family have influenced other makeup artists over the years. That book taught me all sorts of basic makeup principles that have served me well over a period of nearly 50 years, and no, my looks have never appeared dated! Thanks to the Westmore brothers, I just insticively know which of the newer trends can be tweaked for my own use and how to do so. Now comes the truly unbelievable part! This past Christmas, as I uwrapped the presents from my immediate family, there was a shiny, brand-new copy of my beloved Westmore Beauty Book! Apparently, it had finally been reprinted, and my 35 year old daughter found it on amazon.com, and knowing that she had heard me talk endlessly about it over the years, whenever the subject of beauty books came up, she ordered it for me. It is no longer in hard-back, but the text and pictures and illustratons are all original and exactly how I remember them. It is my favorite Christmas present ever and, needless to say—I didn’t care who saw my tears of JOY! Thank you for the giveaway, girls!

  11. My favorite book is by Leslie Baumann MD, called Skin Type Solutions. It is a must read!

  12. I read French Women Don’t Get Fat…I think that’s the closest to a beauty book I’ve ever read. That is actually why this book interested me, seems very similar to the first one I read.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Jessi Nutile says:

    I haven’t ready any beauty books per se :o( Thank you for the giveway!

  14. @sherry – What a wonderful story!! I’m so glad you have your book!!

  15. I really don’t have one….yet

  16. I also liked the Lucky Shopping Manual. I’m sure I’ve looked through some beauty books, but can’t think of a favorite.

  17. I like Mario Testino’s “In Your Face” — Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. Stephanie H. says:

    Other than the Bobbi Brown make-up books, most of the reading I do on beauty and fashion is via the internet (blogs,etc) and magazines. Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. I haven’t read any beauty books, but I’ve been contemplating doing just that recently. Maybe this will be my first! Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Kristi C. (@lov2read68) says:

    Kevin Aucoin Making Faces was very helpful when I wanted to learn about more than just a swipe of blush & lipstick. I also like Bobbi Brown’s Living Beauty – good primer for accentuating/redefining beauty for women over 40. For more moment to moment beauty updates – love the internet!

  21. sandy weinstein says:

    dont really have one, but i did like kevin aucoin book, i used to loke boobi brown b4 she got too commercialized

  22. I don’t remember any beauty books, but I like to read beauty magazines

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  23. Bobbi Brown Teenage Beauty

  24. Mamavalveeta03 says:

    All of my Bobbi Brown books are my favorites! It’s like you’re asking me to choose my favorite child. I seriously own almost EVERY single beauty book by every makeup artist, hair stylist, fashionista, you name it, it’s on my shelf! But Bobbi’s latest is probably my latest fave.

  25. I don’t have one, but would love to win this one!

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