Lessons From Madame Chic: 20 stylish secrets I learned while living in Paris, by Jennifer Scott.
I've read it twice!
Jennifer writes about her experiences and observations while spending a year as a student in Paris.
Her year was full of AH-HA! moments about style, grooming, eating, exercising and life in general.
She learnt many things from observing her host family, Famille Chic (in particular Madame Chic) and also from Madame Bohemienne.
Jennifer writes with such warmth and humour, and is so down to earth that one can relate to almost all her stories.
She now writes a blog, The Daily Connoisseur, which has been added to my list of favourites.
I've taken a lot of this book to heart, not because I want to appear sophisticated and continental (though that would be nice), but because I realised that if I followed the guidelines in each chapter, it would make those areas of my life so much simpler.
I started with the first couple of chapters (bien sur) about eating, Snacking Is Not Chic, and Deprive Yourself Not, and have been trialling it for about a month. I won't list all Jennifer's hints, because I feel she explains it so much better, but these are my findings.
- By making sure I eat 3 meals of good food a day I find I don't crave snacks so much.
- By having a healthy snack (for those times I do want one) I have more energy. A banana will keep me going longer than a chocolate, and an apple keeps me more awake at my desk than a coffee.
- I crave junk food less. In fact on some occasions it's made me feel ill.
- I still have treats and desserts, I'm just satisfied with less.
- By making sure I sit down and eat my meal (or snack), I enjoy it a whole lot more than when I ate on the run or stood at the kitchen bench.
- By not flopping in front of the couch with my plate I no longer spill half my meal on my clothes.
- My skin is improving from drinking more water.
- My pants fit me better.
- And I suffer from the umm err vapours less.