Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I learned While Living in Paris by Jennifer L. Scott is the first book in her Madame Chic series. I previously wrote about the third book, Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic, and was recently inspired to re-read the first book in the series.
Inspired by Paris, this lighthearted and deceptively wise contemporary memoir serves as a guidebook for women on the path to adulthood, sophistication, and style. Jennifer Scott’s self-published success is now a beautifully packaged and fully illustrated gift book, perfect for any woman looking to lead a more fulfilling, passionate, and artful life.
What I love
I love that the book is so inspiring and uplifting. One of the ideas Jennifer advocates for is the ten-item wardrobe, but it’s not as bad as it sounds. Core items are limited, but then you can have plenty of extras (extras are handbags, scarves, outerwear, formal wear, active wear, etc). Of course, your core items don’t need to be just ten (mine are around 30), because the point is that it helps you define your style and stops you from spending frivolously. The book walks you through all the steps needed (as does Jennifer’s blog).
If you follow the ten-item wardrobe you end up saving more money, having less clutter and having a refined signature style. I totally love this!
I also really enjoyed the lay-out of the book. Each lesson was divided by chapters with lovely illustrations throughout.
What I don’t love
Nothing, actually. It’s a fun book. It’s not judgmental either. As the reader, I decide which lessons I want to incorporate in my life. That’s the beauty of living your life. You are in charge of it!
Do you have a ten-item wardrobe? xoxo, Jane
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