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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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    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

    2 of 4 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 2011

    Bohemian Bon Vivant

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    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sheri college station, TX, United States 10-04-13
    Sheri college station, TX, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2011
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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....


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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