12.21.2015

Christmas Chat, Inspiration & Decorations 2015



Christmas decorations, presentable pajamas and cookies... oh my! I can't believe how quickly the end of the season has come upon us. In this week's video I have a nice, long chat with you about how the holiday season is going for us. I share a glimpse of some of our Christmas decorations and give you seasonal encouragement and inspiration.

I will be taking a break from the blog and YouTube channel as I do every year so I can spend time with family and take a break from working. This will be the last video you see of me until mid-January in the new year.



What will we be doing on our break? Visiting family, relaxing, sleeping in (wishful thinking!) and enjoying the kids being home from school. Also, the girls and I plan to get very organized. We are clearing out our closets, going through their toys and reassessing our storage. This may sound strange to some but, we can't wait! (Yes, I seem to have passed on my love of organizing gene to my daughters.) Nothing like a good group organizing effort to get you in the mood for the new year.

Also, I have some very exciting news for you that I will share with you upon my return in January. I can't wait to tell!

I hope you and your family have a marvelous holiday season. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this blog for making this year so dynamic and special. I am wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy new year and I look forward to seeing you back in January, 2016!

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For a link to my dried orange Christmas ornament tutorial, click here.

News
Check out my interview with Celebrate Magazine on everyday elegance and don't forget to enter their giveaway.

Time to sharpen those towel-folding skills before holiday guests arrive! Christy Linens feature my towel folding technique on their blog this week.

The Non-Desperate Housewife gets inspiration from Lessons from Madame Chic for her holiday celebrations.

Mix and Match Family loves Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic as much as Lessons from Madame Chic.


Comment of the Week

Susan C writes:


Here in south west UK I have had to completely re-think my winter ‪Ten‬ Item Wardrobe. It has been exceptionally mild, according to the newspaper we were experiencing the same temperature as LA. Thanks to my wardrobe now being well organized, out of season items neatly packed away in vacuumed bags I have easily swapped my usual winter knitwear back to Cotton tops. I had been planning to purchase a new light grey cashmere roll neck this winter but have put this off. I new that for next spring I wanted a long-sleeved cotton jersey dress. When I saw a lovely Colbert blue dress on sale I knew this would fill the gap perfectly and used the budget for the jumper on this. The Ten Item Wardrobe mentality does work.

Hi, Susan. I am so happy you are learning how adaptable the ten-item wardrobe can be!


This week I would love to know what you plan to do over the winter holidays. Do you like to pack in fun activities or go at a slower pace? Will you be doing any organizing for the new year? How will your family celebrate Christmas this year? Let me know in the comment section below.

Once again, thank you for making this year so special on The Daily Connoisseur. I really do cherish this community we have! I will not see you on the blog until mid-January, but you can always find me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Merry Christmas!

With love,

Jennifer x



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12.14.2015

French Manicure Tutorial (Easy)



There is something so timeless and classic about a French manicure, but many women only get them if they visit a nail salon because they seem too complicated to do at home.




Today, I share my special technique with you. It requires practice and patience, but in the long-run is less complicated than many of the other techniques out there. Some people use a makeup brush dipped in polish remover, others use stickers or tape to create the little white line... I like to hold the brush still and roll my finger to create a natural-looking line. This technique is demonstrated in this week's video, along with some of my other tips to successfully create a French manicure at home.

Please check out this week's video for the full tutorial. If you are unable to see the video above, click here, look in the sidebar of this blog, or visit my channel (and don't forget to subscribe!) at www.youtube.com/TheDailyConnoisseur

A classic French manicure is perfect for this upcoming holiday season, especially if you are on a budget or don't have time to go out and get a professional manicure. I urge you to try one at home!


News
Vicki Archer of the beautiful French Essence blog, has chosen Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic for her Christmas Edit.

Meghan Carver, Lawyer Mom lists Lessons from Madame Chic as one of two perspective-altering books.


This past week I signed more Madame Chic books at Pages, A Bookstore in Manhattan Beach. Thank you to everyone who ordered personalized and signed copies. Santa is coming to your house this year!


Letter of the Week
J. Claire writes:

Dear Jennifer,

Thank you so much for inspiring me to live better. I admit that when I first read some of your ideas, like how to fold towels or arrange flowers, I sort of rolled my eyes and thought about how I was too busy to be bothered by such trivial things. My apartment was a mess, my husband and I ate microwaved dinners in front of the TV, I would run errands in sweats, and I told myself that it was to be expected because I had so many other things to worry about. My husband and I both work long hours during the day and I attend law school in the evenings, so it's not unusual at all for me to leave for work at 7:30 in the morning and return home at 11:00 at night. Thankfully, I kept reading your books and your blog while I was on the subway and the ideas really started to sink in. I realized that I was using my crazy schedule as an excuse to be sloppy, and that the little changes you recommend are easy to implement but make a huge impact on quality of life. I derive so much more pleasure from little daily things, like having candlelight dinner with my husband or freshly folded laundry, now that I do them carefully and thoughtfully. I'm so glad that I finally embraced the message behind your books and your blog and learned that there is no such thing as being too busy to live well.

Thank you!


Dear J.Claire, I love that you started off reluctant and then were open enough to try the techniques. I am so happy to hear that they are enriching your life. Keep up the great work!

Comment of the Week

Ulrike writes:

Hello Jennifer,
I enjoy your piano performances very much, especially because you are not a professional! There is an honesty and courage in publishing a performance that is not absolutely perfect, and it is so inspiring, because it is something we amateurs can relate and aspire to as well. I am 48 years old, and last year I was finally able to fulfill a lifelong dream and start taking piano lessons. My children are ten and twelve, and both started lessons when they were seven years old, so I am just a measly 40 years behind... Playing and learning new songs is giving me so much joy and enriches my life way beyond the obvious. It is never too late to pick up a new skill, and as long as we are realistic in our expectations there is no telling where it will lead us.
Thank you for your books and this blog. Your message is such an important one, and I find it encouraging to see so many people here on this site who also wish to live beautiful and cultured lives and teach our children the value of manners and poise.



Dear Ulrike, I am so happy to hear you are taking piano lessons. Age really never matters with learning the piano and I am happy that at 48, you have decided to challenge yourself. I hope you enjoy the process!



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12.07.2015

Jennifer plays Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers





Today I have another piano performance for you: Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers. I am using my grandmother's vintage piano book from 1934 for this rendition. I hope you enjoy my performance! It's certainly not perfect but I hope it captures the spirit of the season. The Nutcracker is one of my favorite ballets and the Waltz of the Flowers is such a mesmerizing waltz. I have always loved this song and associated it with Christmas.

I joke with my friends that I don't know why I keep promising to play complicated piano pieces on Instagram because then I am under the pressure to learn and perform the piece, but I think it's a great thing and it keeps my piano skills sharp. I hope you enjoy the video.

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News
Thank you to the Japanese readers who have made Lessons from Madame Chic the number 2 bestselling book in the country for 2015. What a major accomplishment for our little book! Arigato!

Lovely review and hilarious photo on the Bustle and Vim blog for Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic.

Raeful blog writes, "As with Jennifer’s earlier books, they bring about an instant peace and have me thinking calmly, envisaging myself strolling through my day rather than rushing." Check out the rest of her great review of Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic here.

Comments of the Week

Karina writes:

I finally purchased your first two books. Currently reading "Lessons...". The one thing that I TOTALLY agree with is the French approach towards exercise. I just came back from my first trip to Paris less than a month ago. As the foodie that I am, I thought I would come back with quite a few pounds more. So imagine when, after all the eating I did, I came back with 4 pounds less! The fact is, I stayed in Montmartre, where there are ALWAYS stairs. The apartment I rented was on the 3rd floor - no elevator. I did quite a bit of shopping, which I would have to carry for long walks. I didn't stuff myself with food, but I went to restaurants and still deprived myself of nothing and I came back quite fit.

Hi Karina, the "exercise incorporated into everyday life" concept that I picked up in France (rather reluctantly, I might add) has been such a life-changer. I used to be quite lazy (for lack of a better word) and would drive everywhere. Now I push myself to walk every single day, whether to run errands or walk the children to school. It just makes you feel good. Thanks for sharing your experience! And yes, there are quite a lot of stairs in Montmartre!


Kelly Ann writes:

Jennifer, Years ago, I was invited to a family's home for dinner -- a very modest, somewhat disarrayed, lived in home. As soon as I walked through the door, all I saw was a carefully set dining table, just as modest as the rest of the environment -- but I saw a spot for me. I remember feeling a sense of welling up inside -- a table set for me, because I was the guest. I will never forget that feeling, and often think of it as I set table for my guests. I hope for every guest coming through your door, your reader's doors, and my door, to have that same feeling. There is nothing like a table set for dining; it speaks of everything hospitable, civilized, and loving. I absolutely loved this post. Thank you!

What a beautiful memory, Kelly Ann. Thank you for this comment to remind us that no matter how modest our surroundings, we can always make others feel welcome and at home.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who write me emails via my author website. Every email I receive is so special and heart-felt. I wish that I could respond to all of them, but with my busy family life, I am unable to. Please know that I read every single email, save them and treasure them.

I hope you enjoy my performance for you this week! See you next time on The Daily Connoisseur.

Jennifer x



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11.30.2015

Holiday Book Gift Guide 2015



Hello Daily Connoisseurs,

I hope all of you who celebrated Thanksgiving had a wonderful week. I had a great time with my family! It was so nice and even though I tweeted "I feel like I've been cleaning the kitchen for 72 hours straight", it was a joyous occasion :)

I shared many pictures from our Thanksgiving break on social media. If you don't already follow me on Twitter, Facebook and/ or Instagram, be sure to do so as I often share snaps from everyday life that I don't include on the blog.

Today I have my annual holiday book gift guide for you. I have three beautiful and unusual books to recommend to you this year so I hope you watch my video, which shows you each of the books in-depth.

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Sunlight on the River by Scott Gutterman


The world's great poets interpret the world's great art in this exquisite book that investigates the connection between art and words, deepening our understanding of both. The poet and the artist share a special kind of vision--an ability to see and penetrate the very essence of their subjects. This volume features poems by writers who turned to paintings for their inspiration, as well as paintings by artists who based their works on poems. Stretching across centuries and styles,
this collection includes Rossetti's haunting sonnet based on
Botticelli's Primavera; Wallace Stevens's "The Man with the Blue
Guitar," a masterful meditation on an iconic painting by Picasso;
William Carlos Williams's joyous interpretations of scenes by
Breughel; and Adrienne Rich lending a compassionate voice
to the subject of Edwin Romanzo Elmer's The Mourning Chair.
These and other pairings appear as elegant texts facing full
page, glowing illustrations of the paintings. An introduction
to some of the greatest poets and painters in history, this
remarkable book makes a perfect gift, offering compelling
insights into the worlds of art and literature, and the relationship
between the two.


Swan by Laurel Snyder
"Spare, poetic words sit as lightly as snowflakes."--Wall Street Journal


"An enchanting glimpse of a dancer whose name has come to be synonymous with her most famous role."--School Library Journal, starred review

One night, young Anna's mother takes her to the ballet, and everything is changed. So begins the journey of a girl who will one day grow up to be the most famous prima ballerina of all time, inspiring legions of dancers after her: the brave, the generous, the transcendently gifted Anna Pavlova. Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova is a heartbreakingly beautiful picture book biography perfect for aspiring ballerinas of all ages.

Anna Pavlova by Jane Pritchard and Caroline Hamilton


The great ballerina Anna Pavlova (1881–1931) began her career with the Imperial Russian Ballet in 1909, moved to Paris to dance with Vaslav Nijinsky in Sergei Diaghilev’s famous Ballets Russes, and formed her own dance company in London in 1912. Like celebrities of today, she toured the world, endorsed beauty products and department stores, appeared in fashion magazines, and even made a Hollywood movie. But her passion was always ballet, which she sought to bring to as wide an audience as possible. Many of the works she brought with her from Russia are regarded as the foundation of today’s classic ballet repertoire. Created to celebrate the centenary of the founding of Pavlova’s English dance company, this book offers an intimate look at the legendary ballerina whose name still resonates 80 years after her death.

This richly illustrated book has now been revised to include an entirely new chapter on Pavlova's tours to North and South America, as well as new images of Pavlova with Charlie Chaplin. Anna Pavlova: Twentieth-Century Ballerina takes a fascinating look at the iconic star whose career spanned Russia and the West in the first half of the century, showing how she became the most influential dancer of the time.


And, of course, my Madame Chic books!


News

Pages: A Bookstore in Manhattan Beach, CA is collecting pre-orders for signed or personalized copies of the Madame Chic books (a perfect gift!). If you would like a signed or personalized copy of any of my books, be sure to give them a call at 310-318-0900 or email them at info@pagesabookstore.com The deadline to order personalized copies is this Wednesday, December 2nd.

Patti from You're Never Stuck blogs about never making a fashion buy mistake again and cites inspiration from Lessons from Madame Chic.

Thank you for making Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic a New York Times Bestseller at #4 in fashion, manners and customs.

At Home With Madame Chic has been released in Russia. This book has two beautiful and different covers. Aren't they gorgeous?


Blue-Hearted Bookworm recommends Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic in her November Recap.

The Mama's Hip blog gives a great review of Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic.

Letter of the Week

In addition to all of the great comments you will find on the blog, YouTube channel and on social media, I also receive hundreds of letters from readers. I thought you would enjoy this one from Vanessa E.

Hi Jennifer,
I wanted to share with you about how your influence saved me from mortifying embarrassment today.

First, I must share that I have a head cold, and really not feeling my best. I rolled out of bed knowing I needed to take my kids to piano lesson. I really wanted to throw on sweats and tee, no make up, and undone hair because I told myself I'd stay in my car and no one would see me. I also almost didn't make my bed, put my dirty clothes away, or put the breakfast dishes in the dishwasher. With being sick, I just wanted to ignore everything. However, your words from your books and videos ran through my head, and I reminded myself that being put together and coming home to a neat home will help me feel a bit better. So I cleaned up, put on real clothes along with makeup and did a polished pony tail.

While I was gone my neighbors called me, and told me my door was open and they had seen a strange car in my yard. The police were called, they searched my home for intruders, and then escorted us through the house to make sure nothing was amiss.
Everything turned out fine so no worries there.

So a day when I contemplated not making myself or my home presentable turned out to be a day that I ended up speaking with all my neighbors and the police.

I will forever be thankful that I was not wearing old sweats, that I had made my bed, and picked up my dirty underclothing off my bathroom floor!

So thank you because had I not thought of you I would have been mortified today.

Vanessa


Vanessa, I just loved your story. We never know where our day will take us and it always helps to feel prepared. I'm glad your story had a happy ending!


This week I would love to know... what are your thoughts on my book selections for this year? Do you have any great books to add to the list? Let me know in the comment section below. See you soon!


FTC: Sunlight on the River was sent to me to review by Prestel. All opinions are my own.


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11.23.2015

My Thanksgiving Table 2015





Happy Thanksgiving! In this week's video I show you our Thanksgiving table for this year. This video really encourages you to use whatever you have on hand to set a beautiful table. On our table this year we use my great-grandmother's beautiful china along with our everyday glasses and silverware.

I have layered the table linens to create a more elegant effect, using a table cloth, a table runner and square rattan place mats.

I referenced Charles Macpherson's The Butler Speaks (I love this book!) to make sure the place setting is on track and I adjusted it to fit our table.

The most important thing to remember if you are hosting Thanksgiving is to make the best use of what you have. No need to go out and purchase expensive table dressings to impress. Get creative with your table and you can create a beautiful table scape.

There is so much more I'd like to share with you! I hope you check out this week's video for a detailed talk-through of our Thanksgiving table.

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News
Check out my timely interview with Chico's clothing brand on their blog, Inside Chic: Madame Chic's 4 Ways to Be A Relaxed Hostess.

Over 50 Feeling 40 is experimenting with the concepts in Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic by dressing well for working at home.

Heather from Cedar and Bloom blogs about her daughter's ten-item wardrobe.

Comment of the Week

Amber S writes:

When I was young and still in college I often would "crash" at a friends apartment when we would stay up late studying or have an exam in the morning as she lived 5 minutes from school and I lived 45 by car. As I said we were young and far from having homes with special guest rooms or fancy china, I think I usually slept on the couch. My friend however is one of those hosts who have the ability to make you feel so at home. I think the thing that I remember most is that there was always soap and a washcloth and towel setting on the bathroom counter for me and coffee set to brew with a mug out when I woke up. It was small things but she knew I liked to have a shower first thing and a cup of coffee and I got up early. It's the little things that make a host. I was more comfortable staying on her couch in her little apartment than I have been at houses with designated guest rooms and fancy linens. it goes to show that you can be a marvelous host in whatever living circumstances you have it's about making the people feel loved and being proud of your home!

You are so right, Amber, it's the little things that make a host. Thanks for sharing this with us!

This week I would love to know... what are your plans for Thanksgiving? What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish? How do you plan to set the table? I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I will see you all next week!

Jennifer x


** Please note: there are two spoons missing from the table setting in the picture and video. This is not by design. Between the time I set the table and the time I shot the video two of the spoons were removed unbeknownst to me by my daughter :)




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11.17.2015

Let's Talk Skin Care 2015



Before this week's post begins, I would like to thank all of the readers who helped make Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic a New York Times Bestseller! We came in at #4 on the bestseller's list for fashion manners and customs. Thank you readers. I am so grateful for your support.

We are long overdue for a skin care post on The Daily Connoisseur. There are many products I've been using recently that I can highly recommend and I do so in this week's video, along with a demonstration on how to use them. In this post I share some high-end luxury products as well as some drug store finds so there should be something for everyone.

Here are the skin care items I discuss in this week's video. Below, I share a link for them, along with the official description of the product as well as the official direction on how to apply (if applicable).

Be sure to watch my video for my own take on each of the products. If you are unable to see the video above, click here, look in the sidebar of this blog or visit my channel (and don't forget to subscribe!) www.youtube.com/TheDailyConnoisseur



Le Weekend de Chanel weekly renewing face care: A smooth, silky concentrate enhances skin renewal, with a combination of may rose water and a targeted, high-tolerance glycolic acid complex that is gradually released for ideal exfoliation and lasting hydration. Instantly, skin is softer and more luminous for the week ahead. Apply this to cleansed skin (use this instead of moisturizer) one a week on the weekend! It is recommended that you do not wear makeup the next day after applying it. I usually use this on a Friday or Sunday night.

Kensington Apothecary Rose Oil Cleanser ** If you haven’t tried Oil Cleansing, you’re in for a delicious surprise. If you’re already hooked, this is the pure, nourishing oil blend you’ve been waiting for. Dislodges and encapsulates even the most stubborn oil and grit and sweeps away clean, so your skin's natural lipid layer can go back to doing what it was designed to do. Smooth a pumpful of oil cleanser all over your face, massaging for several minutes or until all dirt is loosened. Soak a clean organic facecloth in warm water and spread over face, gently sweeping away cleanser until all traces of grime and make-up are removed. Repeat as desired.

Simple eye makeup remover and cleansing pads I love these drug store makeup removal wipes. They are handy to travel with and they remove my makeup efficiently. I've been using these for years now.

Dermal- E This ultra-hydrating day crème thoroughly moisturizes and plumps to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

and Dermal-C creme Scientifically advanced vitamin C cream for antioxidant protection, anti-UV photo-aging, and reduced appearance of fine wrinkles. Contains a full 5% USP-grade vitamin C that is stabilized, protected by a molecular membrane, and designed for optimum sustained release. Also contains magnesium, potassium, calcium and sodium ascorbates. Apply twice daily and experience many visible anti-aging benefits! Non-comedogenic and free of mineral oil.

Eminence Calendula Oil Our Calendula Oil, loaded with alpha and beta carotenoids, will enhance your skin’s natural healing systems and infuse it with antioxidants to leave your skin looking radiant and smooth. Apply a thin layer over the entire face, or apply to affected areas 1-3 times per day, or mix 1-3 drops in your hand with your favorite moisturizer and apply.

News
Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic is #4 on the New York Times Bestsellers list for fashion, manners and customs. Thank you readers!

Imperfect Women writes a lovely review of Lessons from Madame Chic here.

Ramsey Recommends writes a great review of Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic and shares a recent encounter that reminded her about the power of poise.

Momzina says Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic is exactly what women need.

A Home for Elegance writes a lovely review of Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic.

Pink Julep highly recommends At Home With Madame Chic.

Celebrate Magazine includes Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic in their list of books they are loving for November/ December.

Comments of the Week
MT writes:
The element that is the biggest challenge for me is composure. I like a sense of control and order, and when that sense of order is upset I tend to lash out. I yell, give backhanded comments, think mean thoughts, slam doors, or other unseemly behavior. I have gotten better with awareness and by creating quiet time in my day to relax and regroup. Requiring myself to model appropriate behavior for my children has also helped.

MT, you are not alone. Many people wrote to me saying composure was the hardest characteristic of poise to cultivate and I have to agree! But it is very satisfying to continue to try. Our children are a great motivator for this.

Gillian writes:

Hi Jennifer!
I have read alll 3 of your books in the last couple of weeks. I think they are SO on target!
You have helped me with my inner dialogue...which can get quite jumbled up and scattered during the day.
Its easy to remember your "bite size" gems of advice to get me on track and breeze through my day with
Poise while looking and acting chic in a variety of situations!

"At Home With Madame Chic" was so helpful! I make my bed EVERYDAY now.

The other books have helped me with my over stuffed wardrobe closets by narrowing the core pieces to 10
It is amazingly more simple to get dresses!

Also thanks to your style secrets I now make an extra effort to smooth the hair and apply a bit of make-up EVERY day even if I am scrambling on a deadline.

Coming hone to that neat kitchen and tidy bedroom makes me SO happy!

When I catch myself in the mirror while trying to make everyone else look good I am not horrified by
Unfinished hair and no make-up and I can continue on with more confidence.
Thank you!
And am so happy.
Gillian


Hi Gillian, I just love hearing from readers on how the Madame Chic books have impacted their lives for the better. I am very happy for you and wish you continued joy as you cultivate a beautiful life.

Question of the Week
Sanddollar53 writes:
I enjoy your books very much and can not wait to read the latest.
I am wondering what your thoughts would be on this.
You invite someone to a Holiday dinner and give a time. They ask you if you can change the time so they can go to someone else's house first. I have had this happen more than once and it just seems wrong to me. Then I think maybe this is the way folks are now. Any feedback will be helpful. Thank you


Thank you for your question. As the hostess, you have the final say on what time your dinner will be served. Of course it is important to accommodate your guests. Many young couples, for example, try to go to both sets of parents' holiday parties. Use your discernment. If this is a family member with a valid and important reason for wanting to move the dinner back a half hour or so, you can use your discernment on whether or not this is something you'd like to do. If this, however, is someone who merely wants to hop from holiday party to holiday party, you can keep your time firm and let them know they are welcome to join you when they arrive.

Artistic Recommendation

S Writes:

Jennifer, It has been fun to watch and follow your blog these years and I am working towards a chic ten item-wardrobe. I am gravitating toward dresses too these days.

I have a suggestion - if you get a chance please watch "The time in between" series on Netflix. Its about a seamstress and the dresses portrayed in the series are divine . You can see the main character wearing the same dresses tailored to fit her over the episodes.All women in the series are portrayed as strong woman, chic and beautifully dressed always.


Thank you for this recommendation. This series sounds lovely!


This week I would love to know... what skin care recommendations do you have for us? Have you tried any of the products I reviewed? Let us know in the comment section below and you could be picked as comment of the week.


**FTC Kensington Apothecary Rose Oil Cleanser is the only item that was sent to me to review. All opinions are my own.


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11.16.2015

Our Thoughts Are With Paris...



What a sad time in our world. I know that, like me, many of you hold a special place in your heart for Paris. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the Parisian terror attacks and their families as well as to all of us around the world who long for peace.



When I lived in Paris, it was a simpler, more innocent time. I cling to those memories because today's world is rapidly changing, often in a scary and senseless direction.



To honor the Parisians, we can all strive to live beautiful lives, even amidst the chaos of the modern world. I am so grateful for the lessons I learned while living in Paris with Madame Chic and will forever be grateful to France for shifting my perspective and helping me to see the beauty of everyday life.



My regularly scheduled blog post will be delayed until tomorrow...



See you then, and in the meantime let's honor the Parisians by making our everyday lives a work of art.

With love,

Jennifer x


** All pictures in this post are from when I lived in Paris, during the year 2001.

11.09.2015

Home Office Tour



Today I have a before and after video for you showing the evolution of our home office. When we moved into our new home, we decided to turn the loft space into a home office. We hired California Closets to create the built-in office and I am very pleased with the results. The wood color we chose was "Adriatic Mist", which is a taupe-grey and fits nicely with our decor.



Check out this week's video which shows you the before and after and a few of my favorite things in our office (including my mystery collection and some of the international Madame Chic copies). If you are unable to see the video above, click here, look in the sidebar of this blog, or check out my channel: www.youtube.com/TheDailyConnoisseur

News
Lessons from Madame Chic is going into its 7th printing and At Home With Madame Chic is going into its 3rd printing from Simon & Schuster. Thank you readers!

Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic is now available in the United Kingdom.

If you are looking for a signed copy of any of the three Madame Chic books, Pages: A Bookstore in Manhattan Beach, CA has limited inventory. Be sure to give them a call at 310-318-0900 or email info@pagesabookstore.com to order.

The Decorista lists Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic as one of her favorites things as well as includes it in her must-read library.

Jess from Used York City shares her very favorite tip from Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic.

Italiagal writes a wonderful, in-depth review of Polish Your Home with Madame Chic.

Christine from The Refined Side is unabashedly inspired by the Madame Chic books. Here's her latest review of Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic.

ShimiChic has created a lovely YouTube video review of Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic. ShimiChic has a wonderful channel. Be sure to check it out and subscribe and tell her I said "hello"!



Comments of the Week
Radiant Christina writes:

Excellent advice. Loved the book - I devoured it this weekend as soon as it came in the mail :). I am surrounded by coworkers daily with ZERO poise so at work is where I find keeping my composure most difficult. I found the book to be a good reminder of what I need to do to polish my poise, even in situations where poise is no where to be found :)

Yes, maintaining composure around people who are not behaving in a poised way is very difficult because you feel tempted to lower your standards. Well done for keeping your standards high.


Liya writes:

Jennifer, your books have helped me a lot. I started my journey to a simpler life style and I fully embrace it. But I think this new book is what I really needed in terms of the quality life with my children, especially I easily lose my cool with them.

Practicing poise with our children is possibly one of the best exercises we can do in this regard. We are with them so much and they love to push boundaries, giving us many opportunities to practice our poise. We won't always keep our composure but in the end, our behavior will hopefully influence them in positive ways.

Artistic Recommendation


Today I have a really unique artistic recommendation for you: Sunlight on the River by Scott Gutterman (which comes out tomorrow, November 10th). Mr. Gutterman is the deputy director at the Neue Galerie in New York City. He has comprised a masterful collection of paintings about poems and poems about paintings. I really love this book and think it would make a great present for anyone you know who appreciates the arts.

The world's great poets interpret the world's great art in this exquisite book that investigates the connection between art and words, deepening our understanding of both. The poet and the artist share a special kind of vision--an ability to see and penetrate the very essence of their subjects. This volume features poems by writers who turned to paintings for their inspiration, as well as paintings by artists who based their works on poems. Stretching across centuries and styles,
this collection includes Rossetti's haunting sonnet based on
Botticelli's Primavera; Wallace Stevens's "The Man with the Blue
Guitar," a masterful meditation on an iconic painting by Picasso;
William Carlos Williams's joyous interpretations of scenes by
Breughel; and Adrienne Rich lending a compassionate voice
to the subject of Edwin Romanzo Elmer's The Mourning Chair.
These and other pairings appear as elegant texts facing full
page, glowing illustrations of the paintings. An introduction
to some of the greatest poets and painters in history, this
remarkable book makes a perfect gift, offering compelling
insights into the worlds of art and literature, and the relationship
between the two.




See you next week for a long-overdue skin care video. Have a great week!

Jennifer x




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Sunlight on the River was sent to me to review by Prestel publishers. All opinions are my own

This week's video and post is not sponsored by California Closets.




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11.02.2015

5 Characteristics of Poise



I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Last week was such great fun with the book launch and the book signing. I just love meeting the readers of the blog...


Bethany from The Glamorous Housewife snapped this photo from last week's reading. Thank you Bethany!

Today we are going to discuss the 5 characteristics of poise that are listed in chapter 1 of Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic.

5 Characteristics of Poise

1. Confidence: Feeling comfortable in your own skin; a genuine self-assurance.

2. Composure: Keeping a positive perspective while maintaining calm self-possession.

3. Compassion: Thinking of others and practicing selflessness.

4. Presentation: Appropriately and stylishly dressed, with good posture.

5. Present: Poised people live passionately in the present moment.


This week's video expounds on the characteristics and explains why these are some of the major components of poise. If you are unable to see the video above, click here, look in the sidebar of this blog, or visit my channel: www.youtube.com/TheDailyConnoisseur

This week I would love to know, out of the 5 characteristics listed, which one do you feel you need help with the most?

News
If you are looking for a signed copy of any of the Madame Chic books, Pages: A Bookstore in Manhattan Beach, CA has limited inventory. Be sure to give them a call at 310-318-0900 or email info@pagesabookstore.com to order.

Comments of the Week

Miss Dorothy writes:

Some time ago I had an appointment with a business woman who I felt was very attractive although she was far from pretty. I've thought of her several times since and realize her true beauty was found in the professional way she conducted herself, the courteous way she treated me, her sincere smile, and her impeccable grooming. I think what she had was poise. It's funny that she made such an impression on me that when I first heard about your book I thought of her.

Hello Miss Dorothy, what a great story. I bet the business woman had no idea the great impression she left on you after so many years. It's amazing how our poise can affect people in mysterious ways.


Kierralanice writes about Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic on Instagram:

I stumbled upon this book in Barnes & Noble and purchased it immediately after reading the title alone. In just 24 hours I’m already almost finished and looking to read the others. I’m so inspired and found myself making conscious efforts to change so that I can be a woman of great poise, femininity, and grace. So much wisdom and great information. Thank you for walking in your purpose. I wish you the greatest of successes and hope to cross paths one day.

Welcome to The Daily Connoisseur community, Kierralanice!


Jesse M writes:

My copy arrived yesterday, and one of the things that most excites me from what I've read so far is regarding wardrobe. After reading your first two books at the beginning of the year, I did implement a capsule wardrobe, but not with high-quality pieces that I truly loved. My reason was that I didn't want to invest in such clothing until my body was back to "normal" (I've had three babies in four years, and it SHOWS! LOL). I've just worn "what fits," and many days, I feel frumpy because of it. But my eyes lit up when I read your suggestion to buy the beautiful, high-quality clothes in my current size, and then have them tailored as I slim down! (Honestly, why didn't I think of that?) I'm so eager to start purposefully shopping! Thank you!

Hi Jesse, I'm so happy you feel inspired to work with what you have in this present moment. You will see wonderful changes happen in your life. Let us know how it goes!


Texas Lady writes regarding the Exercise Clothes in Nice Restaurants commentary:

Another lovely video. I thought your tone was polite, as always. I think the word "judgmental" is bandied about quite a lot these days, often in a pejorative way describing anyone who tries to uphold a standard or defend tradition. Of course, any commentary is judgmental, by definition. Anything involving judges is judgmental - our court system, the Olympics, and contests of any kind.

What is so wrong with using our judgment, anyway? My mother always taught me to "use good judgment." Didn't everyone's?


Very well stated, Texas Lady. We all use judgement every day of our lives whether we like to admit it or not and using good judgment is something that our mothers taught us from a very early age. The irony with many who decry that someone is judgmental, is that they themselves are also judging.

Shannon M writes:

This video reminded me so much of my grandmother. Her and my grandfather had very little money. Her tiny house was clean, clutter free and well kept. Her clothes were always well ironed, well kept and appropriate. She went to the hairdresser's once a week and always kept up her grooming. She had so little, yet gave so much to others. She was quiet, humble, dignified, modest and loving. One of my most happy memories is of our weekly shopping trips, where I would sit next to her in the back seat. The smell of her freshly applied make up (or rouge as she called it, lol) and how neatly pressed she would look, just to go shopping : )

I loved reading these memories of your grandmother, Shannon. She sounded like a lovely lady. I am sure many of us have similar stories regarding our grandmothers, who lived in a more gracious time.



Artistic Recommendation
Miss Betsy writes:

Jennifer, thank you so much for your newest book! It is so inspiring and encouraging, and also offers so much practical advice. I enjoy the sections where you recommend certain films, television shows and books as exemplifying poise and, if I may, I would like to add a recommendation. "When Queens Ride By", by Agnes Turnbull, is a short work of fiction written in 1926. It is available for Kindle on Amazon for a nominal fee. It is an inspiring story of a woman who transforms from being depressed and living in squalor into someone poised and contented - and all because of a stranger's fortuitous visit. I think some of your readers might enjoy it. Jennifer, I am so glad I discovered you, your blog, and your books - you have made a difference in my life!

Miss Betsy, upon your recommendation I am already reading When Queen's Ride By on my kindle and am truly enjoying it. Thank you!


This week I would love to know... out of the 5 characteristics of poise, which one do you need help with the most? (I need to work on number 2, composure. I think many mothers of small children will be able to relate!)

See you next week when I give you a tour of our home office. Have a wonderful week!

Jennifer x


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10.30.2015

The Daily Connoisseur Meets The Glamorous Housewife



Thank you to all who attended my book signing at Pages: A Bookstore in Manhattan Beach last night! It was a full house and I had so much fun chatting and getting to know all of you. Thank you to Pages bookstore for hosting yet another great event.

For those of you who would like a signed copy of any of my books, Pages has a limited amount of signed copies. Be sure to give them a call at 310-318-0900 or email info@pagesabookstore.com to order.



The great highlight of the evening for me was getting to meet Bethany Herwegh, The Glamorous Housewife. For those of you who do not know Bethany, she has a wonderful blog full of vintage-inspired tips, tricks and recipes. Bethany also has a fabulous YouTube channel where she most recently has started a wonderful cooking show that remakes vintage recipes with a modern twist. Check out her blog here and her YouTube channel here. Also, check out Bethany's great review of Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic here.

Check out the fun little video we shot right before the book signing. If you are unable to see the video above, click here, look in the sidebar of this blog or visit my channel: www.youtube.com/TheDailyConnoisseur

Have a great weekend everyone and see you on Monday when we discuss the 5 characteristics of poise.

Jennifer x



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10.29.2015

Anyone Can Have Poise



Dear Reader,

Thank you so much for your incredible reception of Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic. I've already heard from so many of you who are just loving the book. Thank you for reaching out to me, I love hearing from you. In this week's bonus video, I want to encourage readers in what I truly believe: that anyone can have poise.



Here is a paragraph on this subject from chapter one:

“We are all capable of living with style, grace, and elegance. It doesn’t matter what your past was like. It doesn’t matter how you grew up. It doesn’t matter how you behaved yesterday or even in the last hour. It doesn’t matter how much money you have. It doesn’t matter what the people in your family live like. It doesn’t matter if your circle of friends are not interested in this subject. It doesn’t matter if your family doesn’t understand you. The only thing that matters is that we are all capable of change- of transformation. No one is born a Madame Chic. Dignity, grace, style, and elegance are all learned behaviors. Anyone can cultivate these attributes. It doesn’t matter who you are or how hopeless your situation may seem. You can elevate your life with poise.”

Please check out this week's video for more. If you are unable to see the video above, click here, look in the sidebar of this blog, or visit my channel: www.youtube.com/TheDailyConnoisseur

I want to thank you again for all of your private messages and comments. If you love Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic, please consider writing an online review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble and share your passion about this subject with others. Authors appreciate this more than you know.


My husband snapped this photo of me signing books at Barnes & Noble, Santa Monica on release day.

News
I will be speaking and signing books tonight, October 29th at Pages: A Bookstore in Manhattan Beach, CA at 7pm. RSVPs appreciated. Call 310-318-0900 or email info@pagesabookstore.com to let them know you plan to attend.

Check out my extensive interview with Cupid's Pulse on poise, dating and the new Madame Chic book.

The fabulous Bethany Herwegh from The Glamorous Housewife adores Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic. You must check out her fabulous blog and tell her I said "hello"!

Diva and the Divine writes a wonderful review of At Home With Madame Chic.

Madame Inspiration loves the Madame Chic books and is blogging about her own ten-item wardrobe.

Comment of the Week

Jocelyn S writes:
I was raised by a mother who would get up at 4am, regardless how little sleep she got, to put on full makeup, just to sweat it off in a steel processing plant as a millwright (she was definitely criticized and bullied by some female coworkers, but she never quit). She also ironed every piece of clothing for me and my brother, and made sure we always looked our best. Because of that, I went into the fashion industry, and was NEVER the "sweats-wearing" scholar. I'm living proof that if you are a parent who leads by example and instills certain standards in your kids, they'll carry on the tradition (for the most part). You're an inspirational woman, Jennifer! The world needs more people like you, and your message can be the change the world needs to raise their standards again!

Thank you for your comment, Jocelyn. Your mother sounds like an incredible lady!

And we close with a #ThrowbackThursday snap from 1990...

#ThrowbackThursday Circa 1990. I suppose I've always been just a little bit fancy. #MADAMECHIC

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I suppose, I've always been a little bit fancy!


Have a wonderful day and I hope to see you this evening at the book signing. See you next week when we discuss the 5 Characteristics of Poise...


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10.27.2015

Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic



Dear Readers,

I am so happy to announce that my newest book, Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic: Lessons in Everyday Elegance, is now out in North America. This book is so important to me. Many might think that it is a simple little etiquette book, but truly, if you apply the concepts in this book to your life, it will enrich your life forever.

Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic revives the timeless quality of poise and shows how to cultivate it as a daily practice and a life-long endeavor.



From the back cover...
Just step out your door today and you will notice that poise is a rarity in our wired, fast-paced, and unmannerly world. As uncivil behaviors like flip-flops at Broadway shows and digital oversharing proliferate, this timely book reminds us of the quiet power of behaving with dignity, kindness, and grace. Jennifer Scott’s Parisian mentor, Madame Chic, embodied poise, and not just with the good posture, stylish attire, and natural manners that made her extraordinarily elegant. She also demonstrated steady assuredness and graceful calm in everything she did—from interacting with her family and receiving guests at home to presenting herself in public. Jennifer L. Scott passes on the lessons she learned as well as some of her own hard-won wisdom, addressing topics such as proper attire at social events, good grooming, communication skills, hospitality and being a good guest, our interactions with neighbors and strangers, role models, self-discipline, and self-image.

This charmingly illustrated, practical, and inspiring book, full of tips, lists, and ideas, is certain to start a new conversation about the timeless art of poise.



An interior illustration by Virginia Johnson

Please check out my video above. If you are unable to see it, click here, look in the sidebar of this blog, or visit my channel www.youtube.com/TheDailyConnoisseur.

If you enjoy Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic, please share it with your friends, talk about it on social media (use the hashtag #MADAMECHIC) and write a review online. Let's start a much-needed dialogue on the power of poise.

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News
I will be doing a book signing and reading at Pages: A Bookstore in Manhattan beach this Thursday, October 29th at 7pm. RSVPs appreciated. Call 310-318-0900 or email info@pagesabookstore.com to let them know you plan to attend.

Thank you to the Hostess of the Humble Bungalow for your lovely review and giveaway of Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic.

Thank you to the lovely Fiona Ferris of How to Be Chic for your excellent review of Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic.

I am the featured guest on Kimberly Wilson's Tranquility Du Jour podcast discussing At Home With Madame Chic and so much more in this wonderful new episode.

Thank you to Shannon Ables of the Simply Luxurious Life for listing Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic as her petit plaisir.

Happy reading! See you on Thursday for a special bonus post and video on how anyone can have poise.


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10.24.2015

Follow-Up Discussion: Exercise Clothes in Nice Restaurants?



Hello dear readers,

Today's video is a follow-up discussion on last week's post, Exercise Clothes in Nice Restaurants? I had a feeling this post would spark a passionate debate among readers, but I had no idea how passionate it would be! I have received hundreds of comments on the blog, YouTube channel, facebook and email from people passionately for or against the subject. The majority of readers agree that standards of dress in our society have fallen steeply. And as is indicative in the comment section, people all around the world are noticing that people are no longer dressing appropriately for nice dinners, outings to the theatre and even weddings.

I do hope you watch this week's video, which follows up on the discussion and includes the ideas that we must dress for the occasion, what Madame Chic would think of all of this, ideas on how you can cover up your exercise clothes if desired, and a few of my favorite comments from the week. If you are unable to see the video above, click here, look in the sidebar of this blog, or visit my channel: www.youtube.com/TheDailyConnoisseur Don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel as I will be uploading many bonus videos with the launch of my new book and the holiday season upon us.

News
This video is being posted early because on Tuesday you will see me again for the launch of Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic. I can't wait!

I will be speaking and signing books at Pages Bookstore in Manhattan Beach, this Thursday, October 29th at 7pm. I hope to see you there. I will be signing additional books for Pages to sell after the event, if you'd like a signed copy. Please give them a call at 310-318-0900 to reserve your signed copy.

Comments of the Week

There literally could have been over a hundred "comments of the week" because so many of you imparted such valuable advice. It was really hard to choose! Here are a few of my favorites:

Mary Grace writes:

Hello Jennifer,

LOVE this discussion -- it's nice to know I'm not the only one who's tired of exercise clothes everywhere that they don't belong. I am seventeen, and as you have probably observed, my generation really seems to wear only sportswear. I've been a fan of your books for a long while now, and, when I read your first book, I felt such freedom in knowing that yes indeed I'm allowed to wear my favorite, glamorous, pink, frilly skirt to the grocery store (contrary to what everyone says)!

I don't know if adults experience this, but as a teenager, people judge me by my "overdressed" appearance. Many people automatically think me (or anyone else dressed up) snobbish or without any depth of character because I have put effort into my appearance. They berate us for evaluating them at the face value in their very casual clothing, saying we judge them by appearance, but do the exact same thing to us! It's a strange world, isn't it?


Mary Grace, I am so relieved to meet a seventeen-year-old with such a great head on her shoulders. Keep up the great work!


Valerie D writes:

Jennifer I agree with everything you have stated here. I work in law enforcement and I honestly can't believe how people show up to the courthouse to go before the judge. Honestly it is so disrespectful. PJs, slippers, pants hanging down so their underpants show. It has gotten so bad the judge throws them out of the courtroom along with a speech on respect. What happened to common sense and respect?

Valerie, thank you for giving us a glimpse into your world. Good for the judge!


Sweet Bean writes:

My piano instructor is Japanese and was born and raised in Japan. She has such elegant poise and presentation in everything she does. When she would tell me stories of Japan, she would always describe details such as how the flowers blossomed in the spring, or more relatedly, how even a small trip to a convenience store would result in thoughtful hair and dress. She said going out in your pjs or work out clothes was non-existent.

It's about mindful living. It's about loving yourself enough to demonstrate it to yourself by sitting up straight (which is soooo healthy for you) by caring for your hair, giving attention to your body, and respecting your self enough to mindfully decorate that "window" into who you are, that is, your image.


Sweet Bean, your piano teacher sounds wonderful. It's great that you have such a poised role model in your life!


Sheila on facebook writes:

In the US people spend so much money on clothes then don't dress appropriately! Crazy!!

Sheila your comment made me laugh! I do notice that many people spend a lot of money on clothes they never wear. It is very bizarre!


Jacqueline T writes:

Hi Jennifer, this is such a HUGE issue I see everyday! I work in a major theatre in London's West End and the number of people who come to see the show in their sneakers, leggings and even Ugg boots (it happens more than I care to mention) is horrifying to me. Just the other day a Japanese lady came in wearing a full kimono ensemble and I had to comment on it because she looked so beautiful for the occasion and she was even sitting in the cheap seats. It really doesn't take much effort to look presentable and it lifts the occasion when you do. Xx Jacqueline

Hi Jacqueline, I chose your comment to discuss in this week's video. As a former theatre major myself, I do think it is inappropriate when I see people showing up to the theatre in flip-flops and cut off shorts because I know how much time and effort goes into each production. Thanks for sharing your perspective.

pammienakh shared a quote:

" My mother taught me that one's presentation is an expression of how much one cares about one's self and those around us" ~Attributed to actress Lupita Nyong'o~

I love Lupita Nyong'o. She has such poise and style. Thank you for sharing this quote.


Caley K writes:

While silently soldiering on in our determination to set an example for grace and elegance in our deteriorating society is always the classy thing to do, it is still important to recognize that we need people who will politely and respectfully speak up on this sort of subject. Although being a example of the change we want to see in our society does help, it sometimes is not enough and things must be explicitly stated. Sometimes all it takes is this sort of dialogue to cause an "Ah-ha!" moment for someone who might not have recognized these patterns in their own behaviour had it not been for someone else's observation and opinion on this trend in modern society. I speak from experience on this, and am grateful to Jennifer for helping me have that "Ah-ha!" moment several years ago. Thank you, Jennifer, for continuing to be an example in a public way that allows us to have a discourse on this sort of subject. I admire that even when you address "controversial" subjects like this, you are always able to do so in a polite, respectful, and civil manner.

Caley, thank you for your support. I do believe this subject needs to be spoken about. I am vested in being a living example, but I also believe that we all have the right to speak out about aspects of our society that disturb us. If I don't blog about it, no one will!


Lillian writes:

I get so much flack for my opinion about this, but I completely agree. I feel as though my opinion is always met with the notion that I'm being elitist by saying people should dress up for things, but it really doesn't have anything to do with money. I'm a graduate student on a very low budget, and somehow that does not relegate me to sweatpants. In fact, the nicer skirts, blouses, and dresses that make up my wardrobe, and which are worn out to nice meals, music events, theater, and for teaching and conferences were MUCH less expensive than the "designer" sweats and leggings I see my students wearing all the time. Anyone who has been to a Goodwill or Salvation Army quickly deduces that nicer clothes are actually easier to come by in thrift stores, because they have less wear before people tend to get tired of them and donate them. All of my nicest dresses have been Goodwill finds. Five dollars for a dress, vs. $50 for a pair of Victoria Secret sweats or leggings. It seems like a no-brainer.
On a personal note, one of the nicest things my boyfriend ever did for a gift was to take me to a very special restaurant that happened to have a dress code. Everyone was dressed to the nines (again, not expensively, just nicely) and it was a magical evening.


Thank you, Lillian, for showing us that this issue is not about money, but dignity and respect.

Sylvie L writes:

Hello Jennifer,
I have only known about you for a few weeks and I am already a big fan. Read your books, your blog [most of it, yes] and highly anticipating the next book, which I have pre-ordered. I am a Parisian and Madame Chic could have been ME, the way I was raised. It is so REFRESHING to find that I am not the only one feeling the way you are feeling about American society and the wrong trend it has adopted for a while now. I am part of a movement of women that are actually fighting back just like you are and love to read all these lovely comments from your admirers. You have brought back so much loveliness into my world. I want to say a bit MERCI. Looking forward to meeting you soon. A tres bientot j'espere.


Hi Sylvie, it's wonderful to hear this from a Parisian's perspective. Thank you for your comment!


Even if your comment wasn't featured in this week's section, please know that I have read it and value it. Thank you for being an integral part of this blog community.

Before we close, check out this very funny parody video called, Activewear, that many readers sent me last week. I think this is just perfect considering what we've been discussing!

Let us know what you think in the comment section about this week's post. And I will see you on Tuesday for the launch of Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic! Have a great rest of the weekend.

Jennifer x


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10.22.2015

Exercise Clothes in Nice Restaurants?



Hello Daily Connoisseurs,

Today I have a nice, juicy chat video for you as a bonus this week. I love doing these videos because I feel as though we are actually chatting together and we can continue the discussion in the comment section and on social media.

These days it is rare when my family and I go to a nice restaurant, so when we do go, our expectations are high. We went to a fancy Sunday lunch last weekend and this video discusses my thoughts and observations about those who wear exercise clothes to nice restaurants. I'm sure you can imagine what my stance on this is!

Please check out my bonus video this week for the full discussion. If you are unable to see the video above, click here, look in the sidebar of this blog, or check out my YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/TheDailyConnoisseur

And please let me know what you think. Do you think there is a direct correlation between dress and behavior? Have you noticed that people are no longer dressing up (or even appropriately) for nice occasions such as nice dinners or the theatre? Do you feel that this brings down the tone of the whole engagement? What are your thoughts? Don't be shy! Let us know in the comment section below and you could be picked as the comment of the week.

News

I have written an article for Dress for Success on Poise in the Workplace.

I am featured in Real Simple Magazine in an article called, 5 Ways to Handle an Awkward Conversation.

Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic: Lessons in Everyday Elegance comes out next Tuesday! I am so excited for you to read this latest installment in the Madame Chic series.

I will be speaking and signing books at Pages Bookstore in Manhattan Beach, Thursday, October 29th 7pm. I hope to see you there! I will be signing extra copies of Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic at Pages and they will have these copies available to sell after the event.

Question of the Week
Candice writes:

I myself am struggling with a new change in my life: I took a job in a city about 20 minutes farther than I currently drive to work, so will be taking transit into the city each day now, instead of driving. I am looking forward to time to be able to read to and from work. My only concern though is footwear & purses. I will be walking probably 8-9 blocks per day so will be in search of appropriate winter footwear for Western Washington (it's very wet here during fall/winter). Do you have any suggestions or tips for incorporating chic looks along with form/function? Obviously heels are out for safety & sanity reasons. I would love to hear your input on this subject!

Congratulations on your new job Candice! My advice for you is to wear an all-weather boot. Something comfortable to walk in and able to withstand the elements. If appropriate, you can keep a pair of chic flat shoes or heels in your office and change into them once inside. If not, many flat boots are very attractive and will look good with most outfits. Good luck!






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10.19.2015

Fall Candles, Beauty and Home Decor 2015



This week's post and video are full of my seasonal favorites. I share my favorite fall candles, nail polish and lip colors as well as my fall home decor. I really enjoyed hearing Melissa55's fall favorites on her YouTube channel and was inspired to do this video for you.

Candles

I would show you my leaves candle in this image but It's all burnt down... time for a new one!

I burn more candles in the fall and winter months than I do any other time of year. Bath & Body Works always seem to capture the season to perfection in their candles, my favorite one being Leaves (notes: golden nectar, red apple and spiced berries). This year I have also used Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin (notes: harvest pumpkin, sweet vanilla cream & spicy cinnamon stick) and Autumn (notes: bright red apple, cedarwood & fresh balsam) too.

Beauty

During the fall season, I like to wear deep plums, rich reds or wine- colored nails. In this video I am wearing Dior nail polish in Nuit 1947.

My favorite lip shade for fall is Clinique's iconic Black Honey. I have it in the gloss but you could also use the stick.

** Side note: I have just noticed that Clinique have black honey in a mascara (!). Considering how much I love YSL burgundy mascara, this might be worth a try too. If any of you have tried it, please let us know what you think.

Flowers

As the flowers in the garden go dormant for the fall/ winter season, I like to bring out faux flowers to add a touch of color to the house. Silk or faux flowers are not what they used to be! They look very realistic now- you just have to know how to style them. In this video I show you one of my tricks: using leaf ribbon to line the inside of the vase to get a professional floral look.

Fall Decor


In the video you will see our fall wreath, outdoor pumpkins and haystacks, indoor light up pumpkins, my fall pumpkin centerpiece and more.

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News

Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic: Lessons in Everyday Elegance comes out on October 27th! Pre-order available now.

I will be reading and signing books at Pages Bookstore, Manhattan Beach on October 29th at 7pm. I hope to see you there!

Thank you to Live Intentionally for your wonderful video review of Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic.


Congratulations to my writing mentor, Alan Watt, who has published his highly-anticipated second novel, DAYS ARE GONE. This dark and edgy work examines second chances, forgiveness and redemption.


Here is the description for DAYS ARE GONE from the back cover:

Alice just walked out of her marriage to aging rock star, Chick Wolfson, leaving behind her San Francisco penthouse and all the trappings this union conferred. She drives north to Seattle to stay with her folks, but never makes it. Chick cancels her credit cards – her parents disapprove of her choice mainly because she’s spent her marriage lying to everyone including herself about the nature of their relationship. With her tank on empty, she crawls into Waiden, a small Oregon town off the coast, and checks into the crumbling Frontier Inn where she lands a minimum wage job. While there, she finds herself attracted to Webb Cooley, grocery clerk, and recent parolee of Oregon State Correctional Facility. Webb is quiet and withdrawn, with secrets of his own. Soon they are pulled into a relationship that they are each using to exercise their own particular form of escape. As they grow closer, their desire to be known by each other threatens to reveal the secrets from the past. Exquisitely written with a propulsive narrative, Days Are Gone explores the nature of regret, and how faith and forgiveness are the surest path to freedom.

Congratulations Al!


Comment of the Week
Stephanie writes:

Jennifer, I had an interesting experience living the Madame Chic habits that may interest you.
To "look presentable always," I have been trying to rise earlier so I can shower, dress, etc. before walking the kids to the bus stop. Most days I have been successful with this. The first three weeks I felt a bit out of place in my summer skirts and nice ballet flats. Many of the other moms were in pajamas, sweats, etc.
Yesterday morning was especially difficult for me, emotionally. I had attended an Officers' Spouse Club meeting the night before. We are relatively new to the military life, and the feeling that I didn't fit in was especially strong that morning.
Still, I put on my summer skirt and nice ballet flats, did my make up with the dramatic eye variation, and walked out to the bus stop.
Imagine my surprise, delight, and relief to see two of the other moms at the stop wearing skirts and ballet flats. (All three of us wearing it in a different color and cut).
Some readers express frustration at standing out too much when they try to adopt a Madame Chic lifestyle. My experience at the bus stop showed me that perhaps we can be a positive influence on those around us.
Thank you, Jennifer, for being a positive example in my life.


Thank you Stephanie for your inspiring comment. I love that the other ladies dressed up, most likely because of your influence. Your silent perseverance is very powerful!


Question of the Week
Isabell writes:

Hi Jennifer, I just discovered your Youtube channel a few weeks ago and I love it. Presently I am reading Lessons from Madame Chic. Thank you for so much inspiration. I loved your piano playing. I play a few simple songs on the keyboard (with sheet music, lol). I am 58 years old and I'm wondering if I should continue playing at least 30 minutes a day or if it's too late and I should find other pursuits. I grew up receiving no encouragement in practically anything. Then again, Grandma Moses did not start painting until she was in her 50's or 60's. What do you think? God Bless You and I respectfully await your reply. Sincerely, Isabell

Dear Isabell. I think you should continue to commit to playing the piano every day if it brings you joy. Age should never discourage you from doing anything you love to do. My Grandmother played the piano well into her 90s and it brought her such happiness. It is never too late. Enjoy every note!



This week I would love to know... what are your favorite fall candles, beauty items or ways to decorate your home?




See you on Thursday for a special bonus video!



FTC: All items featured in this video were purchased by me. I have no affiliation with any of the companies mentioned. All opinions are (as always) my own.



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