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.
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
It's by far the better of two.
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.
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.
I loved the lessons on exploring your neighborhood and on welcoming guests into your home.
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.
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! :)
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.
I didn't learn anything new.
Good grief no! I listen at work and found myself nodding off frequently!
If you've been living under a rock, perhaps the book would help.
Don't waste a credit
Bohemian Bon Vivant
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.
Her tone of voice was condescending and preachy.
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....
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