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Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris | [Jennifer L. Scott]

Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris

Each chapter of Lessons from Madame Chic reveals a valuable secret Jennifer learned 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 10-item wardrobe), grooming (le no-makeup look), and living à la française.
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Publisher's Summary

When Jennifer Scott arrived at the doorstep of a grand 16th 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 10-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.

©2011 Jennifer L. Scott (P)2013 Tantor

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    Melissa 05-22-15
    Melissa 05-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting listen"
    What did you love best about Lessons from Madame Chic?

    I really liked the disucssion on cutting back consumerism and comparing French habits to American. It made me cut down my closet space a lot. Most of the stories she tells are interesting, but not all.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Buddy Boy 03-12-15
    Buddy Boy 03-12-15
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    Wishing I could go to Paris, but this book gave the next best experience.

    Thank you so very much. Goodbye

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jana Rose 06-15-15
    Jana Rose 06-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Pleasant Opinion Piece"
    Where does Lessons from Madame Chic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's by far the better of two.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's refreshing that the narrator kept a positive regard toward all subjects, many other books in reference to French culture fall easily into gossip and harsh comparatives.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Amy Rubinate's voice has very little range to it. Her words are tender yet monotone and I found myself lulled to into a meditative state and it would be minutes before I realized that she had been saying words. I would rather have my kindle read this to me with its computer generated voice- it is more engaging than she is.


    What did you learn from Lessons from Madame Chic that you would use in your daily life?

    I loved the lessons on exploring your neighborhood and on welcoming guests into your home.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is accessible to most readers- the themes and writing style are simple and easy to comprehend. I would recommend (in print, not audio) it to anyone who is curious of learning different ways of living.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hiep 01-25-15
    Hiep 01-25-15
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    "Inspiration"

    This is THE book for the modern woman/girl! It totally beyond my expectations. The author passionately shows you how you can live an adventurous and spontaneous life, and how to find pleasure in even the most mundane things. Also includes genius beauty tips! :)

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lois Lain San Francisco Bay Area, CA 05-23-15
    Lois Lain San Francisco Bay Area, CA 05-23-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Almost fell asleep"

    For a book about living life with passion, I don't think the producers could've picked a more monotonous narrator.

    Loved the content.

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    Mary Denver, CO, United States 07-24-13
    Mary Denver, CO, United States 07-24-13 Listener Since 2003
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    "Do people really not know most of this stuff?"
    Would you try another book from Jennifer L. Scott and/or Amy Rubinate?

    If you have a mom, she probably already gave you nearly all the advice in this book, and probably with a better sense of humor. Here's a brief summary -- and if considering buying it, the only one you need: Dress as well as you can, be presentable, spend a little time on your appearance, don't wear way too much makeup, use good manners, limit the junk food, don't spend foolishly on things you don't need (like this book), keep the house tidy, and don't lie around like a lazy bum.

    The reader sounds as about as tired and bored with the material as I am halfway into this useless book.


    What was most disappointing about Jennifer L. Scott’s story?

    I didn't learn anything new.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Amy Rubinate’s performances?

    Good grief no! I listen at work and found myself nodding off frequently!


    Was Lessons from Madame Chic worth the listening time?

    If you've been living under a rock, perhaps the book would help.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste a credit

    5 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Bohemian Bon Vivant San Francisco, CA 08-21-13
    Bohemian Bon Vivant San Francisco, CA 08-21-13 Member Since 2015

    Bohemian Bon Vivant

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    "Pretentious Beyond Belief"
    Any additional comments?

    I honestly don't get this book. The IDEA of it is one thing, but what we have here is nothing more than an outsider looking in and saying I want to emulate those people so I'll copy what they do -- never realizing that they themselves aren't copying anyone, they're feeding their souls and their own inner natures and priorities.

    Page after page we're told to emulate them, not be true to ourselves.

    Turns out, I didn't need a book to be like them. I have always sought out new experiences, new foods, used the good china and silver (several sets by now), made cafe au laits in bowls, enjoyed the clink of a tea cup when it meets its saucer, enjoyed exploring the worlds of tea and coffee thoroughly starting in 1986, driven a convertible because it makes me happy (the experience, not what others think of my experience, of which I could absolutely care less).

    Who cares about a book telling you the advantages of being like someone you're not. Find what please YOU and be THAT.

    Terrible. This is the most pretentious and soulless work I've come across in years -- perhaps ever.

    5 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Sheri 10-04-13
    Sheri 10-04-13
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    "What a preachy, self-important brat."
    Would you try another book from Jennifer L. Scott and/or Amy Rubinate?

    No !


    What didn’t you like about Amy Rubinate’s performance?

    Her tone of voice was condescending and preachy.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritation. Really - you didn't know 90% of these lessons before Paris? Makes me wonder if the author EVER looked outside herself - are maybe she was a "late bloomer" and hasn't left "being the center of the Universe" yet....


    2 of 16 people found this review helpful

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