Book: Lessons from from Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott

I bought this book, Lessons from from Madame Chic, 20 Stylish Secrets I learned while living in Paris by Jennifer L. Scott, as a present for a friend who's in need of a stylist for her wardrobe. I love fashion but I am not very good at giving fashion advice from the phone, my friend lives in another city, so I thought a book might help her, as a first step. I bought it from second hand, as it was in good condition and at a better price. I have made a rule for myself to not give book presents (anymore) that I haven't read and liked, so I read this book too. I think I am going to buy another copy for myself.

How I found it? Googled "fashion books" and I found this article on Fine Society about books in fashion and style and out of the list, this book(and others) looked interesting and so I decided to buy it/ them.

I absolutely loved this book, it is filled with good advices and written in a lovely manner. It is very easy to read and catches your attention so that you won't let it out of your hands until it's finished. I even started to follow the author, Jennifer L. Scott on YouTube. I find her to be an elegant lady with style, grace and giving sound advice on many subjects. 

The author went to live for a summer with a French family as a foreign exchange student. She found herself fascinated by the woman of the house, who she calls Madame Chic, her style, her way of life, the way she took care of her family. 

PART 1: Diet and Exercise / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /   

Chapter 1: Snacking is so not chic. Accustomed to snacking Jennifer discovered it was not usual practice in Madame Chic house, the kitchen was closed except for the 3 main meals. The meals were consistent and needed no snacks but because she was used to it, she had a hard time at first getting used to this new rule. For her present life she recommends rare healthy snacks like fruits or yogurt. I have snacks too, I get a bit of hunger between meals and I eat some fruits, nuts or such, trying not to exceed 150 Kcal/ snack. She also recommends not eating on the go, to take your time and place for eating a peaceful meal. She considers how Madame Chic would look while doing that thing she wanted to do and then she doesn't proceed with it. Mindless snacking is not chic. 

Chapter 2: Deprive yourself not. Eating what you want but with moderation, not skipping meals and enjoying them in a beautiful presentation, delicious taste, quality time spent with family, choosing healthy homemade food and by giving full attention to your meals. 

Chapter 3: Exercise is a part of life, not a chore. Including exercises by walking daily to the local neighborhood grocery store and not driving there on a weekly basis. Walk up the stairs don't take the elevator. If you do sufficient exercises with chores and shopping trips it's no need to go to the gym. Don't be lazy, laziness is not chic. Develop a positive body image, focus on the good things about your body. 

PART 2: Style and Beauty / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /  

Chapter 4: Liberate Yourself with the Ten-Item Wardrobe The title is self-explanatory, the author, being in France had at disposition a smaller wardrobe and understood that she could manage using a smaller number of clothes. She recommends selecting your clothes, asking yourself for each item, "Do I still like this? Do I wear it? Does it still fit and flatter me? Does this article of clothing still reflect who I am?" She tried this 10 item wardrobe for a month to see how she liked it and then adapted this idea to her style.

Chapter 5: Find Your True Style Only wear those clothes that you love, that fit you well, flatter you, which have good effect on your mood and which reflect who you are. Define you style to help guide you when shopping.

Chapter 6: Perfect Le No-Makeup Look  Wear subtle make-up, for a natural look. Try something easy to put on and to maintain. Consult professionals whenever possible to pick the most flattering cosmetics for your skin.

Chapter 7: Take Care of Your Skin

to be continued...

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