I finished reading ‘At Home with Madame Chic: Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life’ at least a week ago but have had to digest it for several days before writing my review. While I really enjoyed ‘Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris’, I felt this second book by Jennifer L. Scott resonated with me even more than the previous one. Her first book has something for everyone in it but really focuses the most on the college-aged, young woman that is learning to find her own style.
This second book is written for me. It is specifically for the wife and/or mother who is trying to balance family, personal style, an appreciation of life around her, a home, and often times a career as well. This juggle of life can often make women loose their larger perspective on their own lives.
Prior to marriage and family I never forgot to prioritize my personal appearance. As a single woman this is a top priority, but why is it when we become “domesticated”, as I like to call it, our standard seem to slip. I have heard men joke that women false-advertise to get a man to the alter and then let go of their standards. However, I really don’t think this is the case the majority of the time. We just get lost in the oblivion of responsibility after marriage.
I love the image of Madame Chic that Ms. Scott depicts in the book. She is refined and stylish, even though she carries out all the domestic tasks that women in America do and and sometimes more. She goes to the market daily and provides her family with a tasty well-rounded diet. Her home is her haven of tranquility that she takes pride in presenting to her family everyday.
I love how Jennifer encourages readers to fall in love with their own home again. I think our society focuses so much on “getting to the next level”, whether that be with a job, a home, a relationship, etc that we often times forgot to enjoy what we already have. We have evolved into a status culture and I don’t think it has been a positive evolution. We have labels like “starter home” and “in a relationship” to place on every aspect of our lives.
Instead of encouraging readers to live for the impression you are giving others, Jennifer inspires us to enjoy all the aspects of the life we already have. I love that! I really think she adeptly describes mindful living practices for the daily life of women. This book is very realistic because Jennifer is a wife and mother herself. She understands the requirements of daily life for women and describes how she utilizes Madame Chic’s techniques in her own life.
Besides the style and home techniques I gleaned from the book, my favorite part was reading the about the pleasures of the morning, afternoon, and evening that Jennifer describes. I know that many times I get so focused on my daily tasks I forget to appreciate the life I am living today! I really don’t want the first time I stop to appreciate my own life to be at the end of it. Reading this book has been a blessing to me and been a reminder of how many things and people I have to be grateful for in my own life. I am the manager of this life of mine and it is my choice to make the most of it!
P.S. After visiting her site at www.jenniferlscott.com, I saw that the author is working on a new book called ‘Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic: Lessons in Everyday Elegance’ that is set to release this fall, October 2015. I know I am looking forward to reading it myself and see what other new suggestions Jennifer has for cultivating an excellent life! To check out this upcoming book or pre-order it for yourself or a friend, click them image below!
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