Lessons from Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott

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.

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Description:

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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Lessons learned from my Photography Project

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(c) Jane Rosebery 2019

Lessons Learned

I learned a few lessons during my week of taking photographs around town.

  1. Photography is not easy.
  2. When I thought I captured a great image, more often than not it was a poor image.
  3. If I took 30 shots, I was lucky if at least one turned out fine.
  4. Practice and repetition is key.
  5. Taking the same shot from different angles is important.
  6. Natural light is everything.

My Next Steps

I’m going back to reading books and writing books (and writing about books), but I’m not giving up on photography.

  1. I’ve been watching Fundamentals of Photography by the Great Courses Plus. If you don’t have Great Courses Plus, I highly recommend it. You can take courses (without homework!!) on any subject imaginable (writing, cooking, photography, history, law…) taught by preeminent scholars, lecturers and experts. I’m also watching A History of Eastern Europe (fascinating!!). If you already have Amazon Prime, then Great Courses Plus is only $7.99 a month, but you get a month for free to try it out.
  2. I will keep taking photographs, but I will spare you any more of my mediocre pictures.

How did you learn your photography skills? Do you have any lessons to share?

xoxo, Jane

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Polish Your Poise With Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott

Time for a little book review.  Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic: Lessons in Everyday Elegance is the third in the Madame Chic series by Jennifer L. Scott. I’ve read the earlier books so I knew I’d really enjoy the newest book in this series.

Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic

Besides writing her books, Jennifer has a blog and youtube channel where she talks about the themes in her books and how to live a graceful and chic life.

I don’t usually gravitate towards “self-help” books, but this series is different. The series focuses on your personal style, making do with less and choosing quality over quantity.

All good lessons.

Polish Your Poise

About:

In Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic, the reader is introduced to the five characteristics of poise: Confidence, Composure, Compassion, Presentation, Present. To delve deep into the characteristics of poise, the book is divided into three parts, The Power of Poise, Presentation and Practicing Poise.

Why I enjoyed this book:

It’s a fun, fast read. The illustrations are lovely. It’s a fashionable little hardback that fits in my purse and looks good on my bookshelf. Most importantly though, it reiterates the themes of the life that I strive to have: happy, poised and meaningful.

Have you read this book or any of the others in the Madame Chic series?

Do you have any similar recommendations? xoxo, Jane