11.24.2017

Planning for Christmas 2017 + Free Printables



I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration! We had an awesome day with family, lots of food and even more gratitude. I hope your Thanksgiving was equally as joyful.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's time to plan for the holiday season. In my planning post from last year, I show you how I organize our activities and to-dos in list form. This year I did the same thing and created my own custom Daily Connoisseur printables which I am offering to you for free. Simply download the PDF files and they are yours. I hope they help to keep you organized this season.

I have created a Christmas list...


...as well as a Holiday list.


Click here to download the Christmas list. Click here to download the Holiday list. I hope you enjoy today's video as we plan together for the Christmas season.


News
My book, CONNOISSEUR KIDS, will be released in the fall of 2019 from Chronicle Books. Read all about it here.

Take my new eCourse on the ten-item wardrobe. With over an hour of never-before-seen video instruction, notes and quizzes, you will feel prepared to create your own ten-item wardrobe. For those of you who already do the ten-item wardrobe, this course will keep you on track and provide further inspiration. The course is self-paced and includes a lively comment section with other ten-item wardrobe enthusiasts. Enjoy!



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Comment of the Week
Monday's Teatime with Jennifer on the High Fashion Dry Clean Dress caused quite a laugh! Thank you to everyone who watched and enjoyed the video. I did want to send everyone off for Thanksgiving with a bit of lightness :)

Caroline H. writes, "This was a lot of fun to watch! I can't imagine that I would ever buy such a dress- but beauty is in the eye of the beholder! I watched a few fashion shows online and the one thing I just don't understand- why do the models not smile? I saw some exquisite designs but the models wearing these gorgeous clothes looked miserable! If I had the opportunity to wear Oscar de la Renta or any other great designer, better believe I'd be smiling about it. What is the saying? You're not fully dressed without a smile? When you asked who wore the plastic dry cleaning bag better- the answer is you! Just goes to show, even if you are wearing a plastic bag- it will look better if you smile!"

I agree, Caroline. I wish the models would smile too! I don't know how the Moschino model kept a straight face. As you can see from my video, I was not very successful at it!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. I hope you get great use out of the printables. See you on Monday for a video on how I wear leggings and tunics. If you liked my necklace in today's video, be sure to come back for Monday's post because we are giving one away. It's the Zoe Lariat necklace by Stella & Dot, sent to me by my friend Lucy Wheeler. Stay tuned!


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11.20.2017

High Fashion Dry Cleaner Dress? Teatime with Jennifer



In today's special fashion edition of Teatime with Jennifer, I'm wearing my own version of Moschino's dry cleaner dress.



First, Nordstrom sold fake mud jeans and now Moschino is selling a dress that is modeled after the bag you get at the dry cleaner. Moschino sells this dress for around $737.



This truly reminded me of the episode of I Love Lucy, where Lucy and Ethel are in Paris longing to own a true Parisian haute couture gown. Ricky and Fred decide to trick them and construct a potato sack dress to tell them this is high fashion.



Lucy and Ethel are thrilled and wear their potato sack dresses out and about. When they discover they have been tricked, they throw their dresses away in contempt!



But the next day... they see the chicest Parisian models wearing potato sack dresses.

Trendy fashion will come and go, but classic styles endure! I hope you enjoy my commentary and fashion show in today's Teatime with Jennifer video :)


News
My book, CONNOISSEUR KIDS, will be released in the fall of 2019 from Chronicle Books. Read all about it here.

Take my new eCourse on the ten-item wardrobe. With over an hour of never-before-seen video instruction, notes and quizzes, you will feel prepared to create your own ten-item wardrobe. For those of you who already do the ten-item wardrobe, this course will keep you on track and provide further inspiration. The course is self-paced and includes a lively comment section with other ten-item wardrobe enthusiasts. Enjoy!



Here is another great testimonial on the ten-item wardrobe eCourse from Nora, who writes, "Hi Jennifer, I am so enjoying this course. I had (what I considered to be) a pretty minimalist wardrobe before, but I actually ended up donating 13 items of clothing after the first lesson! That might not sound like much, but I promise you it was a good chunk of my small wardrobe. I found a lot of value in this lesson, too. Your solution for people who don't like many (or any!) of the pieces they are keeping--update gradually with pieces that reflect your personal style--spoke to me on more than one level. There are a few pieces in my existing wardrobe that I'm not sure fit my personal style, but I also have found recently that I am SO OVER all of my home decor. I have replaced my old sectional with a lovely, modern couch and repainted my living room, but I find myself wanting to scrap it all and buy all new furniture right now! Your advice to slow down, save and budget, and replace pieces gradually in a responsible way has really helped me reframe my mindset about redecorating AND building my wardrobe! Thank you so much! Nora"

Hi Nora, I loved your comment! It's great to see that the ten-item wardrobe has given you self-discipline in other areas of your life. You will enjoy your new living room so much more if you take it slowly and don't go into debt over it. Congratulations!



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Comment of the Week
On last week's Thanksgiving post, DJ writes,"Jennifer, I loved all your tips. I'm glad you mentioned the bathroom as often it's forgotten! Always best to leave out extra supplies - extra roll of tissue, a few extra hand towels - go in and toss out the old hand towels after a while and hang new ones! Everyone appreciates a fresh bathroom! Something that saves me stress is to get my house immaculately clean the week before Thanksgiving and then all I have to do is tidy up the house the day before and add some fresh flowers. Use up the food in your refrigerator the week before and totally clean the fridge as you won't have room for any old food once you start using the fridge on T-day! I love Robyn's idea of keeping notes from year to year! Wish I had done that. Of course you should allow guests to bring a dish! When I'm a guest along with a dish or two, I bring the hostess a large poinsettia to help her start off the Christmas season the next day!"

I loved your comment DJ. It's a great idea to get your house prepared in advance for hosting Thanksgiving. I'm wishing you and all of our American readers a very happy Thanksgiving this week!

Today, I would love to know... what do you think about Moschino's dry clean dress? Would you pay $737 for this dress? What do you think of absurd fashion as seen on celebrities on the red carpet? Let me know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog.

There will not be a post on Thursday, in observance of Thanksgiving, but I will see you on Friday for a planning for Christmas video (with free printables!) See you then!



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11.16.2017

Natural Curls Tutorial with Heated Headband | SoCal Curls



As promised, I have the heatless curls headband tutorial today from SoCal Curls. This is a really innovative, stylish and gentle way to curl your hair. I'm wearing the navy floral headband in this video.

The headband method is innovative because you simply put the headband in the microwave for 30 seconds, then proceed to wrap your hair around it. After thirty minutes or more, you have beautiful waves!



It's stylish because this is the first curling system that actually looks good while you are wearing it. You can even go out in public and no one would know you were curling your hair.



It's gentle because this is a natural, no-heat method of curling the hair. I spray hairspray before wearing the headband and after releasing the curls to help my curls stay. This is a much gentler way to curl the hair than using a traditional curling iron. I like both the Kenra volume spray and Kenra thermal styling spray.



I hope you enjoy today's video!

Find different colors for the headbands on Amazon in Malibu Chic, Retro Red, Boho Beauty,Pin Up Blue, Chevron, Desert Sunset, Sterling Grey

And please check out SoCal Curls website for all of their pretty headbands plus more tutorials.

News
My book, CONNOISSEUR KIDS, will be released in the fall of 2019 from Chronicle Books. Read all about it here.

Take my new eCourse on the ten-item wardrobe. With over an hour of never-before-seen video instruction, notes and quizzes, you will feel prepared to create your own ten-item wardrobe. For those of you who already do the ten-item wardrobe, this course will keep you on track and provide further inspiration. The course is self-paced and includes a lively comment section with other ten-item wardrobe enthusiasts. Enjoy!



Here is a wonderful testimonial on the the ten-item wardrobe eCourse from Paula J, who writes, "Oh, Jennifer, I cannot adequately describe what the 10-item (capsule) wardrobe has done for me! First of all, I love the look of my closet. When we went to Harrod's in London last year I noted that the clothing racks in the women's and children's departments had quite a space between each item and one did not have to pull items away from each other to see them. That is how my closet looks now. :) Secondly, I am excited to chose my clothes for the day and figure out the accessories. Thirdly, when I sort my clothes from the dirty clothes basket before laundering them, I am excited to see them and eager to have them available to wear again. (Who would have thought that would happen?) Additionally, I am finding myself taking time to take care of my nails, and I am finding that I can more easily pare down in other areas of the house. I have found it much easier to pack for a trip, also. I think you can tell that I am more than excited about this development! I have toyed with the idea of doing this paring down of my wardrobe before, but was intimidated. Your videos make it so easy to do. Thank you so very much for offering this class and for all of your wonderful videos and the help they give and the music you include in many of them. Very chic, Madame Jennifer!"


Thank you so much, Paula J. I loved your testimonial!

Comment of the Week
On Monday's Thanksgiving post, Unknown writes: A good many years ago now we were hosting an Asian family for Thanksgiving. The turkey, perched beautifully in its heavy aluminum container was browning a lovely golden brown so I wanted to check the internal temperature to see how much longer it had. I wear glasses so as soon as I opened the oven door and slid the rack out just a bit, my glasses steamed immediately leaving me "totally blind" and, to my horror, the bird simultaneously flew out of its container, slid across the oven door and perched itself just as nicely as you please, breast side up, onto the kitchen floor!!! I was stunned, horrified, and, having regained my sight, stood there in complete disbelief. My family gathered round to see what the commotion was...I just busted up laughing!!! They thought I'd gone crackers! It was so absolutely unbelievable, what else could I do?? When I resumed composure, I just picked that bird right up, plopped it back in its tray, and back into the oven it went. And we're none the worse for it. The event was wonderful, our guests loved their first Thanksgiving meal, and I have an unbelievable secret story to "relish" the rest of my living days. The moral of the story: keep your face away from the outgoing steam and put the turkey/container on a cookie sheet for stability. This doesn't need to happen twice!! Haha


Unknown, I had to laugh at your hostess horror story! Sometimes laughing is the only thing we can do! I have one for you now. One year, early in our marriage, my husband and I were on our way to Thanksgiving, which was being hosted at my sister's house. I am always in charge of making the pies, and that year I had made one pumpkin, one pecan and one apple pie. As we loaded the car, the pumpkin pie was in a crate laying flat on the floor of the passenger side where I was sitting. As my husband helped me load the car, he ducked into the passenger side to get something and put his foot right in the middle of my perfect pumpkin pie! It was covered with plastic wrap and the footprint was preserved beautifully like a fossil. Ha! All we could do was laugh :)


Today I would love to know what you think of the heated headband tutorial. Do you have any unique no-heat ways you curl your hair?

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11.13.2017

Hosting Thanksgiving? My Best Tips



Hosting Thanksgiving is a lot different than attending a Thanksgiving gathering as a guest. After hosting several Thanksgivings over the years, I have gathered together my best tips for hosting for this festive holiday. I hope you enjoy today's video!

Here is a brief summary of the main points I make in the video:

Don't forget to provide food before and after the Thanksgiving meal. Sometimes guests arrive hours before the meal and it's nice to have appetizers out to whet their appetite. This seems obvious, but sadly many people have had the experience of showing up with no food for hours. When hungry and thirsty travelers are coming to your home, you must feed them and give them refreshment.

Accept help from your guests. Most people like to bring their signature dish. Make them feel special by complimenting them on this "famous" dish.

Set the table the night before. Make your tablescape spectacular with what you already have. When you set the table the night before, you are able to really focus on the details and make it look special. For inspiration from previous years, check out My Thanksgiving Table 2015 and my New Year's Table 2016.

Pre-cook as much as you can the day before, so the day of, you just need to reheat the dishes. The turkey is best cooked on Thanksgiving day.

Place all of the little things like salt & pepper, water pitchers, etc. on the table before serving. Many times these necessities are forgotten and you end up popping up every few minutes to get them.

Serve buffet-style for ease, especially since you don't want to crowd your beautiful table setting. Unless you have a very large table, it's impractical to have all of the serving dishes displayed on the table. Serve buffet-style and make the buffet look beautiful and enticing.

Lay out your outfit the night before. This should be easy with your ten-item wardrobe :)

Refresh the guest bathroom several times throughout the day. Try to go in at least once or twice an hour to make sure it's tidy and has all of the necessary supplies.


News
My book, CONNOISSEUR KIDS, will be released in the fall of 2019 from Chronicle Books. Read all about it here. And thank you so much to everyone for your wonderfully supportive comments and input. I am really enjoying writing this book!

Take my new eCourse on the ten-item wardrobe. With over an hour of never-before-seen video instruction, notes and quizzes, you will feel prepared to create your own ten-item wardrobe. For those of you who already do the ten-item wardrobe, this course will keep you on track and provide further inspiration. The course is self-paced and includes a lively comment section with other ten-item wardrobe enthusiasts. Enjoy!



Here is another great testimonial for the ten-item wardrobe eCourse.
This course is inspiring. I'm so thankful for my friend who told me about this. I have to travel a lot and I am so tired of dealing with all the luggage. I live in a tiny house in a country that is not my own and storage is a problem. I have been reading up on capsule wardrobes and just didn't think I could do it. After watching this course, I bought your book Lessons from Madame Chic and I am ready to take the plunge. Thank you so much!!!!

Intentional Simplicity enjoys Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic and a cup of tea...



Comment of the Week
On the Traveling with Kids post, Gwen B writes: I love these tips and agree with them all.
My girls are a similar age to yours at 8 and 4, and love travelling and flying especially. It is about the magic of it. When it gets turbulent my children love the "roller-coaster" experience, and aeroplane food can be a "midnight feast" or TV dinner. Seeing the excitement from their eyes helps so much. One thing that also works really well for us is to buy a magazine at the airport on the way out so they choose their treat and have something new for the journey, and save a new activity book for the long flight home. Always something fresh that way.
I have been really enjoying your videos from abroad, although I'm a little disappointed that you didn't get the chance to travel from England up to Scotland. I am sure that you would have so much to share. Maybe another time?....


Gwen, I love how you creatively re-brand the general airplane activities to make them more exciting for your children! I would love to visit Scotland one day. What a beautiful country from what I've seen! Thanks for your comment.


Today I would love to know... have you ever hosted Thanksgiving? Do you have any triumphs to share? Any horror stories? Do you have any interesting stories from the guest's perspective? Let me know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on The Daily Connoisseur.


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11.09.2017

My Next Book | CONNOISSEUR KIDS | Chronicle Books



Hello dear readers,

I am so pleased today to finally announce the details on my next book, CONNOISSEUR KIDS, from Chronicle Books.

CONNOISSEUR KIDS is a book on etiquette, manners and living well for little ones! It is an interactive book for the whole family, encouraging family togetherness and bonding over etiquette, manners and tidiness lessons.

All parents want to raise well-mannered children. They are a joy to be around! This book will be a game-changer in the etiquette genre because it encourages the child to not only think about how they can live well through etiquette, but also why it's important and how it will help them in their daily lives.

CONNOISSEUR KIDS will be released in the fall of 2019. As I write the book, I would love to hear from you! Please leave me your suggestions. What areas do you and your children struggle with? Table manners? Tidy rooms? Social interactions? Communication? As you look beyond your own children to society, what areas do you think parents in general need to improve upon? Please leave me your feedback below. I love to hear from you!

I would like to thank my agent, Erica Silverman, at Trident Media Group, as well as my new editor, Sarah Billingsley, at Chronicle Books. I also want to thank all of you for your unwavering support over the years! I am so excited and feel very passionately about this next project and hope you do too.

With love,

Jennifer


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11.06.2017

Traveling with Kids | My Top Ten Tips



Today's video has been highly requested. It seems that many families are interested in how to handle traveling with small children. I have a lot of experience in this area and today I offer my top ten tips for you.

We have three children, ages 5, 7 and 17 months. I've traveled everywhere from England with my two toddler daughters alone, all the way to Japan with my 3 month old baby boy... alone too!

This time, my husband was with us and we were with all three kids. So whether you have a short flight over Thanksgiving weekend, a long-haul flight or even just a road trip, I think you can benefit from my advice in today's video.

Here is a short summary of my ten points in the video:

1. Plan as much as you can! Then be prepared to throw your plans out the window when things change :)

2. Be prepared with snacks/ activity books (see my suggestion below).

3. If you allow your children to use an iPad or tablet, deprive them of it for a few weeks before the flight to make
it a special treat.

4. Have your children bring a backpack on the plane with their own personal items: activity books, water, snack,
airplane pillow and headphones. Make sure they know they're responsible for it.

5. For babies, make sure you have different ways to carry them. Moby wrap or baby bjorn in addition to a stroller.

6. Have a sense of humor! Laughter is one of the best ways to dissolve stress.

7. Emphasize that you are a family team and that we all need to think about other people before we
think about ourselves.

8. Totally surrender. You won’t be able to relax with a toddler on an airplane. If you do, it’s a pleasant surprise!


9. Employ patience. Extreme patience.

10. Do what comforts you and try to focus on why you are traveling in the first place.

These are the three items I mentioned in the video:


Never Bored Kid Book age 5-6 These activity books are really impressive. We've tried dozens of them and these are definitely the best! Also age 6-7, age 7-8, age 8-9, age 4-5



Kids airplane neck pillow shaped like a dachshund. These pillows were so welcome on the flight. The airplane no longer supplies pillows so I was grateful we brought these for the girls.


Lil Gadgets kids headphones Again, the airlines don't supply headphones. I find that these, which are made for children's heads work a lot better than the standard adult earphones.

News

Enter the Jord Wood Watch Giveaway. You have until November 26th...

Be sure to stop back on Thursday for a major announcement!

Take my new eCourse on the ten-item wardrobe. With over an hour of never-before-seen video instruction, notes and quizzes, you will feel prepared to create your own ten-item wardrobe. For those of you who already do the ten-item wardrobe, this course will keep you on track and provide further inspiration. The course is self-paced and includes a lively comment section with other ten-item wardrobe enthusiasts. Enjoy!



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Comment of the Week
Jody writes: LOVE the Jord wood watches. I've been eyeing wood watches for some time and now you share this brand which is beautiful. Thanks for the opportunity to learn more about Jord and to possibly win!

The girls' quilts are so cute! I'm in the process of making a quilt for my newest granddaughter so I have a great appreciation for quilts.

You really must make your own granola. It is SO delish. A good one is on the website: jennycancook.com. She's got some videos that are so much fun to watch and her recipes are all excellent.

Fall favorites:
*Burning candles. I'm going to make some beeswax/coconut oil ones very soon. I can't do strong scents so this is what I like.
*Making no knead breads. See jennycancook.com again. She's got several knockout bread recipes that I've been trying. The cinnamon rolls too! YUM!

God bless you and your family. ~Jody


Hi Jody, Thank you for sharing JennyCanCook with us. What a wonderful site!

Before we close, we offer our prayers for everyone affected by the horrible shooting in Texas on Sunday. Our hearts and thoughts are with you.

Today I would love to know... what is your advice for traveling with small children? Do you have any triumphs to share with us? Any horror stories? Let me know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on The Daily Connoisseur. See you back on Thursday for a major announcement!


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11.01.2017

October Favorites + Jord Wood Watch GIVEAWAY



Jord Wood Watches has generously offered to do a giveaway in today's October Favorites video for one lucky reader of The Daily Connoisseur.

Jord Wood Watches
are beautiful and unique handcrafted watches made out of wood. They have so many beautiful designs to choose from. I love the idea of wooden watches for the fall/ winter season.

Enter the giveaway here. Jord will contact the winner. The giveaway ends November 26, 2017.

Also, Jord is also offering 25% off of your purchase & free watch engraving (some models excluded) with code: y117716t

And now on to the favorites in today's video...

My first favorite is the beautiful Cora watch in koa and rose gold from Jord Wood Watches. I chose this watch for it's beautiful dark wood and rose gold coloring. Lovely for autumn, feminine yet with a masculine touch. I love this watch!




BEB Quilt Treasures made these pretty sister quilts for my daughters. They are so fun! I loved working with Beth and Eliot Bailey throughout the whole process.



18 Rabbits Granola pecan, almond & coconut This is my favorite store-bought granola on the market. So delicious!


Krusteaz pumpkin Belgian waffles... speaking of delicious... these waffles are a tasty fall treat! Please note: because these are frozen, I do not have a link to share for you, but found a Krusteaz pumpkin spice pancake mix for those who want to try it.



SoCal Curls heated headband in navy floral
This beautiful picture is from SoCal Curls website. Please look out for my future SoCal Curls tutorial. I really enjoy using this heated headband to create beachy waves. Simply heat the headband for 30 seconds in the microwave, wrap your hair around the headband and wear it for 30 minutes or more.


How to Dress Like a Princess: The Secret to Kate's Wardrobe by Claudia Joseph. This is a fascinating look into what makes The Duchess of Cambridge's style so timeless. In the book, Ms. Joseph also interviews my mother-in-law, about her shoe designing career, as her ballet flats are a favorite of the royals!


Bath & Bodyworks Toasted Vanilla Chai foaming hand wash. The scent of this hand wash is warm and delightful. It's truly a treat to wash my hands with this delightful soap.



News
Nikki Moreno from Inspired by Nikki shares Lessons from Madame Chic as one of her October Favorites. Thank you, Nikki!

Take my new eCourse on the ten-item wardrobe. With over an hour of never-before-seen video instruction, notes and quizzes, you will feel prepared to create your own ten-item wardrobe. For those of you who already do the ten-item wardrobe, this course will keep you on track and provide further inspiration. The course is self-paced and includes a lively comment section with other ten-item wardrobe enthusiasts. Enjoy!



Booklist has reviewed Lessons from Madame Chic:
Scott spent six months in Paris in 2001 as part of a foreign-exchange program. What she observed and learned fills this book. Many of these style secrets—for instance, how to eat and what to wear—can be found elsewhere, but Scott’s 20 tips cover much more than the traditional diet-and-exercise and style-and-beauty. Extremely readable short chapters include recaps of the major points discussed in them, and those points include always looking presentable, realizing that clutter is not chic, cultivating your mind, and living life as a formal affair. Each of those lessons features tidbits Scott picked up from her two Parisian families, here called the Chics and the Bohemians. Throughout, two words appear most often—quality and passion. --Barbara Jacobs



Thank you to Jord Wood Watches for hosting this great giveaway! Today I would love to know... what are some of your fall favorites? Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you on Monday.



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10.30.2017

Slow Cooker Turkey Lentil Chili | Fall Recipe



Today's video shares a hearty and healthful turkey lentil chili recipe for you to make in the slow cooker. It's perfect for a chilly, autumn day. Make it in the morning and enjoy it in the evening! Feel free to substitute the vegetables and spices I used for whatever you have in your kitchen.



Slow Cooker Turkey Lentil Chili with Vegetables
Serves 8

1 lb ground turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 6oz can tomato paste
1 tsp salt
pepper
1 cup dry green lentils
2 cups water
1 8oz can tomato sauce
1 8oz can diced tomatoes
1 4oz can diced green chiles, drained
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 celery sticks, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped

For garnish: chopped cilantro, sliced scallions, sour cream and avocado

In a skillet over medium heat, brown the ground turkey with a dash of olive oil. Add the onions and garlic, salt and pepper. Cook 2 minutes. Add the tomato paste to coat. Transfer the turkey mixture and add it to the slow cooker. Add the lentils, water, tomatoes, green chiles, cumin seeds (or whatever spices you'd like to use), celery and red pepper. Stir to combine. Cook on slow for 8 hours, or high for 4 hours. Garnish with chopped cilantro, scallions, sour cream and avocado... even cheese! Enjoy.


News
Take my new eCourse on the ten-item wardrobe. With over an hour of never-before-seen video instruction, notes and quizzes, you will feel prepared to create your own ten-item wardrobe. For those of you who already do the ten-item wardrobe, this course will keep you on track and provide further inspiration. The course is self-paced and includes a lively comment section with other ten-item wardrobe enthusiasts. Enjoy!



Comment of the Week
Regarding my Carrot Muffin recipe, Lori S. writes, "I have made these muffins several times and they are delicious! The last time I just used shredded carrots and they turned out great. So if someone doesn't juice, just know that the whole carrot works too!"

Hi Lori, that's great to hear that shredded carrots work just as well in the recipe. Thank you for letting us know!

I hope you enjoy today's video. See you all on Thursday for an October Favorites video plus an amazing giveaway for The Daily Connoisseur readers. You won't want to miss it!


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10.26.2017

Exploring Hampton Court Palace



Our tour of the English countryside continues as we explore Hampton Court Palace, Henry VIII's favorite home. My husband and the girls get lost in the maze, we marvel at the bountiful kitchen garden and tour the magnificent palace. My favorite part of the visit was the Chapel Royal. It was a special trip, indeed! I loved visiting Hampton Court Palace. There was so much we didn't get to see, I wish I had another day to explore... but we will have to save that for next time. I hope you enjoy today's video.



Here is information on the historical nature of the maze from the Hampton Court Palace website:

The maze at Hampton Court was designed by George London and Henry Wise and commissioned around 1700 by William III. Originally planted using hornbeam and later replanted using yew, the Hampton Court Maze covers a third of an acre, is trapezoid in shape and is the UK's oldest surviving hedge maze.

The maze itself is referred to as a multicursal or puzzle maze and is known for confusing and intriguing visitors with its many twists, turns and dead ends. On average, it takes 20 minutes to reach the center.


As you will see in the video, my husband and the girls tried to reach the center of the maze and got separated. The baby and I hightailed it out of there as soon as I saw the exit! The thought of being lost in a maze is not as appealing to me. I hope you get a laugh out of Mr. Connoisseur's hijinks in today's video.

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The Haute Ticket is too busy reading Lessons from Madame Chic to create their own capsule wardrobe!

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Linda A writes, "I'm a 79 year old fan of yours! I've purchased two of your books which have inspired my granddaughters to follow your lead. One recently spent half a year in France between high school and college as a result. Even my daughter-in-law who is an excessive accumulator of "stuff" has begun to get rid of a lot! Wow. Keep up the good work and try hard not to let the "critics" affect your joy in doing life your way. Hugs from Tennessee."

Hi Linda, I got a kick out of your comment. Thank you so much for your support of my work and for sharing it with your family. I appreciate you!


Today I would love to know... have you ever visited Hampton Court Palace? Do you enjoy learning about the Tudor period? What's your favorite book on the Tudor period? Aren't you glad you weren't married to Henry VIII? :) Let me know in the comment section and yours could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog.


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10.23.2017

Anne Hathaway's Cottage | Stratford upon Avon blog Part 2



Today we start off at the Welcombe hotel, which sits on land that Shakespeare himself owned, and we end up at Anne Hathaway's Cottage. Anne Hathaway was Shakespeare's wife. The cottage belonged to the Hathaway's for 400 years. It was such a treat to walk through this enchanting thatched cottage. I didn't film inside, so I can describe it here for you. The ceilings were very low and the rooms small, indicating that people back then were much shorter than they are now. My husband, who is over 6 feet tall, had to duck in almost every room!

The cottage is in remarkable shape for being so old and sits on the most beautiful gardens, including a bountiful kitchen garden in front of the cottage and several acres of apple orchards. We were able to pick some of the apples and they were crisp and delicious!

William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway were married in 1582 when Shakespeare was 18 and Anne was 26. She outlived him by 7 years. They had three children, Susanna, and twins, Hamnet and Judith. Tragically, Hamnet died at age 11.

Here is a very striking portrait of Anne...



and a snap of the cottage from my Instagram account...

Anne Hathaway's cottage #Shakespeare #dailyconnoisseur #homeschoolfieldtrip

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Cat W writes, "Signed up for your online course and LOVE it! Was a great deal for $5. hope all your fans sign up too. It was great and really kicked me into gear to get started. Love the European tours. Have fun in Europe & enjoy your babies they grow so quick."

Barbara Jacobs from Booklist has reviewed Lessons from Madame Chic.
Scott spent six months in Paris in 2001 as part of a foreign-exchange program. What she observed and learned fills this book. Many of these style secrets—for instance, how to eat and what to wear—can be found elsewhere, but Scott’s 20 tips cover much more than the traditional diet-and-exercise and style-and-beauty. Extremely readable short chapters include recaps of the major points discussed in them, and those points include always looking presentable, realizing that clutter is not chic, cultivating your mind, and living life as a formal affair. Each of those lessons features tidbits Scott picked up from her two Parisian families, here called the Chics and the Bohemians. Throughout, two words appear most often—quality and passion. --Barbara Jacobs



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Ulrike C. writes:

Hello Jennifer,
Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures and videos of your Europe trip. I have enjoyed all of them, but this is probably my favorite so far. For one, I have always loved England, although I have not yet been able to travel there. Stratford is definitely on my list of places to visit. Will you be able to see a play while you are there? I also enjoy seeing a bit more of your family. I know you want to keep the kids out of the spotlight and protect their privacy, and I fully agree with that, but it is nice to have an occasional glimpse into that part of your life as a reminder that you are not "only" a writer and blogger, but also a busy mom of young kids.
I would like to recommend a book to you in case you don't know it yet: How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare by Ken Ludwig It is a wonderful introduction into Shakespeare's work, and Ludwig gives good ideas and really a fun method of exploring and enjoying Shakespeare with your children. You can adapt it to any age (okay, your son may be a bit young :-)...), and it is amazing how quickly kids absorb the stories and characters and beautiful language. I love Shakespeare as well, and I have seen several plays as well as movie adaptations. One of my favorite movies is "Much Ado About Nothing" with Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson. I love the setting in Tuscany, and it is so hilarious! I highly recommend it, especially for people who may be intimidated by Shakespeare and fear they might not be able to follow the plot because of the language.
I wish you a wonderful time in Europe! I am from Germany, but I have been in the US for over twenty years, so seeing your pictures makes me a bit nostalgic...


Hi Ulrike, thank you for the book recommendation, I will check it out! With our hectic schedule, we were not able to see a play in England. On our last trip, we were able to take my oldest daughter to see the puppet theatre on the barge in Richmond and it was a sure treat. Thanks for your great comment!

Thank you for joining me for today's vlog. I'll see you on Thursday for the last England adventure where we explore Hampton Court Palace!


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10.19.2017

Visiting Shakespeare Country | Stratford Upon Avon | Welcombe Hotel



Come visit Stratford upon Avon with us in this two-part series. Today, we drive through Shakespeare's hometown, I show you the gorgeous Welcombe Hotel and share about my background as a Shakespearean actress! As a very big Shakespeare fan, I simply adored Stratford upon Avon. I hope you enjoy today's video. In part 2, we get to visit Anne Hathaway's Cottage.

Here is a picture of the beautiful, Welcombe Hotel.


...and a few Instagram snaps from my trip, including the gardens at the Welcombe.

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Laura F. writes, "HI Jennifer I quite agree about getting up earlier than the rest of the family it's also my moment of peace before the rush starts, keep up the good work and can't wait for you're next video xx"

Hi Laura, I agree! I need that extra time in the morning to get things done in a peaceful environment where I am uninterrupted by little ones :)

Today I would love to know... have you visited Stratford upon Avon? What is your favorite Shakespeare play? Have you ever acted in a Shakespearean play? What was your favorite role? What is the nicest hotel you've ever stayed in? Let me know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog.


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10.16.2017

Healthful Carrot Muffins (Using Pulp!)



Greetings Daily Connoisseurs,

I shot this video sharing my favorite muffin recipe before leaving for my trip. I hope you enjoy it!

For my birthday this year, I received a Vitamix blender. You know I resisted buying one of these for so long, but what a wonderful surprise to receive one as a gift! I have truly been loving it, making smoothies, soups and juices almost every day. The best thing about it is that it's easy to feed vegetables to my children (even the baby) because they love the juices and smoothies I make, even though they often contain kale, spinach and carrots!



I will frequently make a carrot juice with 1 cup water, 3 carrots and one apple. I like to keep a lot of the fiber in the juice, but I will also extract a lot of it too. I hate to throw the juice pulp away and waste all of that amazing fiber, so I researched a few healthful muffin recipes and modified them to come up with this one. These muffins are delicious. My children gobble them up and I love them too! I make a batch of these after making juice. They are so easy and I put them in the freezer. Just pull out the muffins you want the morning of. I hope you enjoy today's video.




Healthful Carrot Pulp Muffins

makes 12

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup honey
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup carrot juice pulp (I use the leftover pulp from making my carrot apple juice in the Vitamix )

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the melted butter, honey, beaten egg, vanilla extract, applesauce and carrot juice pulp. Mix well. Divide in muffin cups sprayed with baking spray or lined with muffin cups. Bake for 18 - 20 minutes. Serve warm with a dab of butter. Yum!


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Jennifer,
As I'm writing this i am again evacuated from my home in Northern California. The same thing happened two years ago. Our home is in danger from the wildfires. 14 families from my daughter's school have already lost their homes. I know at least half of these families personally. Your beach chat was a welcome distraction from my anxiety and grief. And I would like to say that I now have a different attitude toward housekeeping. Home keeping is a privilege not a chore. About homeschooling, if my children's schools don't reopen soon, we may be homeschooling again too. I love you too, Jennifer. Thanks for being your generous self!!
Warm best,
Alexandra


Hi Alexandra, I am praying for you and all of the families affected by the horrible northern California fires. I am glad that you and your family are safe. Thank you for your wonderful participation in the blog. I always look forward to your comments!

If you try these muffins, please let me know how you like them. Thank you for joining us today and I'll see you on Thursday for a fun family vlog shot in Shakespeare's home town.



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10.12.2017

Chat with Me | Beach Edition | Vale do Lobo



Take a walk with me on the beach and have a chat! In this video, I update you on how homeschooling is going, what our daily routine is in Portugal and the unusual things I have been missing while traveling abroad. We are actually in England right now, but I hope you enjoy seeing these videos from our Portugal trip.

This video was shot on the DJI Gimbal Osmo video recorder. I'm still learning how to use this device so bear with me as I try to walk in the thick sand, talk and film at the same time. Ha!

I hope you enjoy today's video.

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Fiona G writes, "Thank you Jennifer for putting this course together. It's been really helpful in putting the 10 item wardrobe into practice."

Thank you, Fiona!



Today I would love to know... what are the unusual things you miss while traveling?


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