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
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.
I had zero clue what I was getting when I bought this. I used to live in France so French stories always appeal to me. However this was the most shallow and pretentious book I have ever in my life listened to. Although somewhat true, the manner of the delivery came across as the author putting herself on a pedestal and everyone else beneath her. It's nice to convey 'this is what happens in France' but to constantly put down other ways of doing things is classless.
I also felt the narrator added to the already pretentious feel and made it worse.
I am definitely a lady who believes in style and prefers the French way of doing things- but the way this was written and read actually made me sick to my stomach at times. Is the author a real live princess or French royalty? No. And furthermore this book makes her appear to be a shallow soul.
This book is an embarrassment to the US citizens who do love France. Horrible
Life changing, funny, interesting and relaxing, a breath of fresh air. Listed to it many times. I wanted more! Will purchase the entire library and share it with the woman in my life
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! :)
Say something about yourself!
Enticing "read." The author is so adorable that even the narrator's reading blunders were cute.
Most of the lessons are smart and in line with how I have been living my life since about 40. Some lessons still rubbed me the wrong way. But, those feelings were only for a brief moment. I easily started reflecting on why something would be rub me the wrong way.
That is my take away from this book: reflection on life, habits, style, happiness and more.
I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. I think the narrator captured the feel of this book perfectly. I never really thought about how to live well before this book and the art of refined living at most practical level rang out. I actually walked a little taller and tried to enjoy the most mundane chores while listening.
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