Lessons from Madame Chic

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Published by: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: November 6, 2012
Pages: 240
ISBN13: 978-1451699371



When Jennifer Scott arrived at the doorstep of a grand Sixteenth Arrondissement apartment as a foreign exchange student, she was greeted by the woman who would become her mentor and the inspiration for the way she lived long after her time abroad was over. Madame Chic took the casual California teenager under her wing, revealing the secrets of how the French elevate the little things in life to the art of living.

Each chapter of Lessons from Madame Chic reveals a valuable secret Jennifer learned while under Madame Chic’s tutelage in Paris—tips you can incorporate into your own life, no matter where you live or the size of your budget. Embracing the classically French aesthetic of quality over quantity, aspiring Parisiennes will learn to master the art of eating (deprive yourself not), dressing (the ten-item wardrobe), grooming (le no-makeup look), and living à la française. From entertaining with easy flair and formality to cultivating allure while living an active, modern life, Lessons from Madame Chic is the essential handbook for anyone wanting to incorporate that Parisian je ne sais quoi into her daily life.


The inspiration for Lessons from Madame Chic started as a series called The Top 20 Things I Learned While Living in Paris on Jennifer’s blog, The Daily Connoisseur. Jennifer received such an interested response from readers, she decided to record the lessons she learned in a book.

When looking for representation for Lessons from Madame Chic, Jennifer was met with rejection from dozens of literary agents so she decided to self publish the book in November 2011. The book was an instant success, garnering acclaimed reviews in major publications like CNN, The New York Times and The Daily Mail. It was also a bestseller on Amazon and nearly broke into Amazon’s top 100.

After its self published success, Jennifer signed with Erica Silverman of Trident Media Group and together they sold the North American rights to world renowned publishing house Simon & Schuster. The book is now a newly edited, beautifully illustrated hardcover edition fit for the chicest of coffee tables and ladies’ boudoirs. Quelle merveille!


"Personable, anecdote-filled and studded with lifestyle tips... its vivacity and sincerity have struck a chord among women who would like a French role model of their own, but don’t have a year to spend apprenticing with one in Paris. "
—The New York Times

"Part tribute to the effortlessly glamorous Parisian way of life, and part tutorial on how to emulate the French je ne sais quoi."
—The Daily Mail

"Downright intriguing... you'll close the book feeling inspired..."
The Plain Dealer

"The writing here, a combination of elegance and breeziness, seems to reflect Madame Chic’s personal philosophy that life is to be lived fully and elegantly."
Smoky Mountain News

“Winningly combines sincerity and self-deprecation . . . sweet-natured and well-intentioned . . . full of advice.”
Kirkus Reviews

"Scott's book encourages American women to live simply and beautifully by eating well, slowing down, simplifying their lives and enjoying life."
The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC)

"Scott blends vignettes and fun encounters with philosophies and lessons that helped her evolve a sense of style and aesthetics. Lessons from Madame Chic is a fine pick for anyone interested in women's fashion, style, and how the French have recreated style lessons."
California Bookwatch