7.20.2017

Day In The Life: Book Signing at Chevalier's



I'm taking you along with me for my book signing at Chevalier's in Larchmont for my new release, A Paris All Your Own. This is an anthology from bestselling women writers on our beloved city of light. I was honored to share the Madame Chic perspective in my contribution called, The Passion of Routine.

I was joined with Eleanor Brown (who also edited the book) and Maggie Shipstead at Chevalier's bookstore in Larchmont, California. We had a book signing, Q&A and lively discussion with the crowd. Thank you to everyone who came out to meet us!

Eleanor Brown is the author of The Weird Sisters and The Light of Paris. Maggie Shipstead is the author of Seating Arrangements and Astonish Me.

In today's video I take you along with me, but before we leave, it's time to wear my le no makeup look. I hope you enjoy today's video.

Makeup used in the video: Benecos foundation, Benefit fake up under eye concealer, Shisheido powder, Urban Decay primer potion, Becca ombre rouge eyeshadow palette, Yves Saint Laurent The Shock Volumizing Mascara - Burgundy Bad, MAC bronzer, MAC 'Mineralize' Skinfinish - Soft & Gentle, MAC Mineralize Blush - Love Joy, Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss - Glamour


News
I celebrated my birthday earlier this week. Thank you to all of the readers who sent me lovely messages! I had a fantastic day with my family and this special guest...



On Instagram
At Home with Madame Chic and a beautiful bouquet...


Comment of the Week
Regarding Monday's Modest Swimwear post, Jaquetta W writes: I switched to swim dresses a few years ago because I was also not comfortable wearing traditional swim wear. It has been the best thing & the styles are a lot more modern than they used to be.

Hi Jaquetta, I was amazed that so many women resonated with Monday's post on swimwear. It seems that the demand for more modest swimwear is very high and as one of the most "liked" comments on the YouTube page, you show the way the pendulum is swinging.

Thank you for joining me for today's video, I will see you on Monday for my final video of the summer before I go on my break. See you then!

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7.17.2017

Modest Swimwear | What I Wear



Many people have requested a swimwear video. What do I wear to the pool or the beach? Today, I'm showing you what I like to wear. You might be surprised!

I prefer to wear bathing suits that provide more coverage. Many times we think the only option is the two-piece bikini, or the one-piece suit. I am not saying there is anything wrong with those choices, but at this time in my life they are not working for me. I like to cover up more when swimming for many reasons. One of the great benefits of this is you protect your skin from the sun.



I haven't always worn modest swimwear. I had a bit of a light-bulb moment at the Legoland water park (lightbulb moments can truly happen anywhere!) that helped me make my decision and, you know what? I have never looked back.

All of my swimsuits here are over two years old, so I do not have direct links. But all of these swimsuits were purchased from Land's End. They have a great selection of rash guards, swim skirts and shorts.

I hope you enjoy today's video! Also featured:

Oliver Peoples Oliver Peoples Remick Sunglasses -





...and my navy blue visor




I hope you enjoy today's video!


News
Last Friday, I partnered with Halsbrook.com to bring you 6 Chic Summer Looks. Which one is your favorite?

Spring.St discusses At Home With Madame Chic in her article, 8 Simple Ways to Make Your Own Home Your Personal Chateau.

Thank you to everyone who came to my book signing on Saturday at Chevalier's Books! I had such a great time meeting the Madame Chic fans. Here is an image of Eleanor Brown, Maggie Shipstead and me at the event. Be sure to stop by on Thursday to see a day in the life of this fun day!




On Instagram
The Polish books on display...


Comment of the Week
Keriannak writes:
I'm so happy I found your channel! Your perspective is so refreshing. A few things I really like about your channel: the background music (especially), the videos are not too long, you talk clearly and at a nice pace, your style. Thank you for sharing your ideas and opinions- they have me thinking about my life and how I present myself much differently. I want to start wearing dresses! 😊. I forgot to add that I also love that you promote the fine arts.

Hi Keriannak, thank you for your compliments. Many people do not know how much time goes into blogging and making videos. It takes much effort and time and it's nice to feel appreciated! Thank you to you and to everyone who supports The Daily Connoisseur.


Today, I would love to know... what do you wear for swimwear? What are your thoughts on modern swimwear? Let me know, and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog.

See you on Thursday for a Day in the Life video!

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7.14.2017

6 Chic Summer Looks from Halsbrook

I am pleased to partner again with Halsbrook.com to bring you 6 chic summertime looks. In my last post from Halsbrook, I shared 7 ways to style a neutral dress. So many readers enjoyed the collages and were able to garner inspiration from them, today I'm sharing more collages, perfect for the summer season.


Museum Day: This chic look is polished, yet casual. Perfect for escaping the heat and perusing the artwork at your favorite museum.
Samantha Sung Audrey No. 2 Periwinkle Cotton Poplin dress,
Evocateur Isabella Paisley Cuff, Luana Italy Paley Mini Bambina Satchel, Sam Edelman Gigi Sandal


Midsummer Night: This beautiful floral dress is embellished with tassel earrings and neutral accessories.

Weekend MaxMara Dacia Floral Print Wrap Dress,
Atelier Mon Green Quartz Tassel Drop earrings, Luana Italy Paley Wild Honey Satchel, Steve Madden Irenee Ankle Strap Sandal


Nautical Twist: A fun take on the nautical look with an unexpected floral scarf.
Chinti and Parker Cream and Navy Stripe cardigan, Fabrizio Gianni ivory straight leg pant, Rujuta Sheth Tree of Life scarf, Sam Edelman Gigi Sandal


Embroidered Elegance: a beautiful embroidered coat lends sophistication to this summertime look.
Bella Tu Ceci Sand cotton flax embroidery coat,
Fabrizio Gianni ivory straight leg pant, Suzanna Dai beaded teardrop blush earrings, Sam Edelman Gigi Sandal


Garden Party: An elegant floral dress, paired with neutral shoes, simple bag and jewelry is a ladylike vision.
LK Bennett Cecily Blue and White floral print dress, Julie Vos Botticelli Mother of Pearl Clip Earrings, Inge Christopher Eliza Yellow Woven Silk Minaudière, Steve Madden Irenee Ankle Strap Sandal


Sophisticated Summer: Polished, pretty and feminine, this black and pink look is classic and chic.
Kobi Halperin Shia Silk Blouse, Bounkit amethyst and lemon quartz two-way earrings, Paule Ka Black Stretch Pique Skirt , Salvatore Ferragamo 'Gavina' Ankle Strap Sandal

Thank you to Halsbrook.com for sponsoring another post on The Daily Connoisseur. Halsbrook's carefully curated fashions are beautiful and right in line with the Daily Connoisseur style and sensibility. For more on Halsbrook, be sure to visit them at Halsbrook.com

Today, I would love to know... which is your favorite summertime look from this post?

Have a wonderful weekend! I'll see you tomorrow for my book signing at Chevalier's!



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7.13.2017

How I Curl My Hair & Make It Last | Curling Iron Tutorial



Last week's shop with me post brought many requests to share my curling iron routine. Many years ago, a stylist told me the secret to extend the curls in your hair: spray with hairspray both before and after curling. I hope you enjoy today's video to know my routine.



Featured in this video is the Kenra Volume Spray, Hot Tools Professional ceramic curling, Croc Hybrid ceramic flat iron and the Mason Pearson hairbrush.

News

I put a special video out last Saturday sharing my book news in Japan. If you're not already subscribed to my YouTube channel, be sure to do so to never miss a video!



I will be joining fellow New York Times bestselling authors, Eleanor Brown and Maggie Shipstead this Saturday, July 15th, 5pm at Chevalier's Bookstore in Los Angeles for a book signing, Q&A and discussion. I hope to see you there!

PLEASE NOTE: I will only be appearing in Los Angeles, not any of the other locations (San Diego or San Francisco). Some readers have written to me asking about the other locations.




At Home with Madame Chic has come out from China Citic Press...

AT HOME WITH MADAME CHIC from China Citic Press ❤️#MADAMECHIC #jenniferlscott #MadameChicChina

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Comment of the Week
Jennifer M writes:
You have beautiful hair! Love your books and channel. I'm a hairdresser and my hair is very similar to yours. I also use that same curling iron except mine is the metal one. You mentioned using the flat iron to smooth the frizzies and I thought I would share how I finish my hair. I curl my hair, spraying each section with Kenra Hot Spray or Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press before curling. These are heat protectants and help hold the curl. After letting them cool a little, I brush out the curl with a paddle brush. Then I use a little polishing cream like Bumble and bumble Brilliantine or even some coconut oil rubbed together in my hands and just run my hands down the length of my hair and the curls bounce up and it looks really polished and chic. I use a little lightweight hairspray and it holds all day, even in the Georgia humidity. I finish most all my client's with a little polishing cream whether it's a smooth blow out or curls. Just be careful not to use too much or it can look greasy. Thanks so much for your wonderful, informative videos!!


Hi Jennifer, thank you for sharing your recommendations. What a treat to hear from a professional stylist! I look forward to checking out many of your suggestions as I have been looking for a heat protectant hair spray. Thank you!

See you on Monday for a swimwear post! Have a wonderful weekend.



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7.10.2017

Mapp and Lucia Book Club Part 3 | Your Comments Discussed



Part 3 of the Mapp and Lucia Book Club continues today. I'm sharing your comments and answering your questions. What part of polite society from Mapp & Lucia's day would I like to bring back? Who would I want to have lunch with? What happens when someone steps out of their social "rank"? This and so much more is discussed in today's video.

These comments were chosen from my post a few weeks ago, calling on your questions. Since the book clubs have aired, I have also received many insightful comments. Be sure to check out the comment section on both the blog and YouTube channel. And while I was not able to get to everyone's comments in today's video, I do want to thank everyone for participating in the book club!

We will continue the book club by reading the next two books in the series: Lucia in London and (my favorite!) Mapp and Lucia. We will most likely discuss these books in mid-fall, so you have plenty of time to read or listen to them.

*In today's video, I'm drinking coffee out of my favorite Emma Bridgewater Union Jack mug.

News
I will be joining fellow New York Times bestselling authors, Eleanor Brown and Maggie Shipstead this Saturday, July 15th, 5pm at Chevalier's Bookstore in Los Angeles for a book signing, Q&A and discussion. I hope to see you there!



Lizzbert shares her ten-item wardrobe for summer.

Designer, Aaron B. Duke, takes inspiration from my TEDx talk and applies it to interior design in his article on Lessons from Madame Chic.

An Organized Life recommends my YouTube video on Inappropriate Content in Cartoons in her blogpost.

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Madame Chic in Slovak...



At Home with Madame Chic and a cappuccino...

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Comment of the Week
Ann C. writes:
Miss Mapp scared me a little at first with her waspish wit! I was ready to go back to Riseholme, even if it meant listening to more of Lucia's preenings! But as I went along, whenever a new character was introduced, I found myself looking forward to hearing her "take" on them. She was always pretty much accurate -- and funny! I loved it when she referred to Mrs. Poppit and Mr. Wyse as "the young couple" and how they "went out to the front lawn to look at the orchid" (referring to their very obvious attempts to be alone). I noticed that both Mapp and Lucia had a female friend with whom they had a sort of sibling rivalry, one-upsmanship relationship. Mapp had Diva, Lucia had Daisy. Love your comment about how they managed to stay civil, even during an argument, unlike people today. So true! Also, how about the shock registered by Miss Mapp when the Captain and the Major got a little sassy with her when they were in their cups? Miss Mapp's generation certainly expected a certain level of gentlemanly behavior from men -- which I think women in general today have lost (though that is no doubt at least partly our own fault). Anyway, I loved how Miss Mapp had a little crush on the Major -- and that, at the end of the story, she had become his golf partner! Thank you for introducing me to these charming stories, Jennifer!


Hello Ann, I loved your observations of Miss Mapp and her comrades! I observed the gentlemanly behavior as well. It made Major Benjy very endearing!

Thank you for joining me for this final (for now) part of the #MappandLuciaBookClub . I had so much fun discussing these books with you! As mentioned, we will continue with the series, but not likely until the fall. See you on Thursday for a curling iron tutorial...



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7.06.2017

Shop With Me | Curling Iron and Flat Iron | Jennifer L. Scott



You know I like to use my appliances until they pretty much collapse, and that is what happened with my curling iron. One day, when I went to use it, I noticed something had gone horribly wrong! My flat iron was broken as well, so I take you along with me as I go shopping for new ones. I planned on going to Sephora, but had a last minute change and visited a local beauty supply. The people at Lisa's Beauty Supply in West Los Angeles were so helpful! I love going to these smaller stores and getting their personal and expert advice.

Neither item was inexpensive, but as I use my hair tools for many years, (I think my curling iron was over ten years old!) I like to buy quality.

I purchased the Hot Tools professional ceramic curling iron 1 1/4 inch - the ions increase shine and moisture and reduce damage and static.

And the Croc Hybrid 1 inch ceramic flat iron Please note: the link provided is to the 1 1/2 inch, whereas I have the 1 inch. I was unable to find the 1 inch online, but as you can see, this one has excellent reviews.

If you would like to see a complete tutorial on how I use my curling iron, please let me know! I hope you enjoy shopping with me in today's video.

News

I will be joining fellow New York Times bestselling authors, Eleanor Brown and Maggie Shipstead on Saturday, July 15th, 5pm at Chevalier's Bookstore in Los Angeles for a book signing, Q&A and discussion. I hope to see you there!



Great Find
I wanted to share this great drugstore find, Tree Hut Polishing Facial Scrub. Tree Hut sent me this cleanser to try, and I really like it. It also makes a nice exfoliant as there are tiny polishing beads in the cleanser. Since I am focusing on budget and drugstore beauty this season, this makes a great cleanser at just over $7.




Comment of the Week
Edna Grace Writes:

Hi Jennifer,

I have to say that Miss Mapp was my least favorite of the two novels, because of the character of Miss Mapp herself. True, both she and Lucia strive to be the first or the best in anything among their circle, but Mapp, in my opinion, is the worst of the two. She's a terrible snoop (pretending to mail a letter in the middle of the night just to see what the Major and the Captain are doing) that wouldn't hesitate stealing the original idea of a "friend" to make herself appear more fashionable (seeing Diva's chintz flowers float out the window and deciding she would make the dress first). Her food hoard shows her to be greedy and thinking only of herself, and her lie to cover it makes her even more unlikable to me. Her assumption that Isabel wanted to out-do Mapp's red currant fool recipe only supports Mapp's narcissism, and her jealousy of just about every female in Tilling (except perhaps of Irene) is absurd.

On the other hand, Lucia, doesn't necessarily stoop to the Miss Mapp level of competition, and Lucia doesn't appear to pursue intelligence with the same fervor as Mapp. True, Lucia wants to take credit for Daisy's Guru, and she wants to be the first to have the "Bracelys" to her home, but she doesn't succeed in discovering that Olga is the Bracely, and her husband is Shuttleworth. Lucia is very calculating, but she seems to give her people a little more space, and she doesn't seem to be mean-spirited in the way that Miss Mapp does. Perhaps the fact that Lucia has a husband might have something to do with that? Maybe Mapp is just lonely, trying to fill her day with things she thinks are exciting...

I know I sound harsh in my view of Miss Mapp, but maybe that was Benson's goal? Since the two women are to meet in a later book, he's certainly setting up something fun and exciting for us. Maybe a Team Lucia/Team Mapp kind of rivalry?

In the end, I did enjoy reading both books, and I look forward to the next one. I hope there's a book club for that one in the near future!

eg


Hi Edna, I loved to hear your take on both Miss Mapp and Lucia! You will love Monday's post, which discusses many reader comments. We will definitely continue with the Mapp and Lucia series by continuing the book club this upcoming fall.

I hope you enjoyed today's video... Do you like to use a curling iron? What is your favorite brand? See you on Monday for part 3 of the Mapp and Lucia Book Club!


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7.03.2017

Mapp & Lucia Book Club | Part 2 | Miss Mapp



Part two of our Mapp & Lucia book club continues today, with Miss Mapp by E.F. Benson. In today's video I explain why this is my favorite book of the two we have discussed and many of my observations comparing life in the 1920s to modern day.

Here are some of the key characters in Miss Mapp:

Elizabeth Mapp- loves to peer out her garden window and spy on the inhabitants of Tilling. Much like Lucia, she thinks very highly of herself and often gets into trouble because of this

Major Benjy- A bachelor, retired military man and Miss Mapp's love interest

Captain Puffin- Major Benjy's best friend

Diva Plaistow- Miss Mapp's friend, the Ethel to Miss Mapp's Lucy

Miss Susan Poppit- Miss Mapp's rival

Today, I discuss several of my favorite episodes in the book, including the red currant fool debacle, the Diva dress mess, Major Benjy's duel and Susan Poppit's elaborate (and according to Miss Mapp, vulgar) bridge buffet.

I hope you enjoy my observations in today's video. I look forward to discussing your comments in the next installment of the book club!

News

A PARIS ALL YOUR OWN: BESTSELLING WOMEN WRITERS ON THE CITY OF LIGHT comes out tomorrow, July 4th from Putnam Books! I feel honored to be included in this anthology along with such esteemed writers.


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Japanese and English versions of Madame Chic...


... Madame Chic is spotted in Librarie Galignani


Comment of the Week
Katrin writes:
There are four things that I love about this book club:
First of all, the books themselves. As Viola Schneider said, I love the slow pace and how the characters and stories unfold. Secondly, your videos really provide food for thought, for example the connection to our modern celebrity culture. Thirdly, your readers' comments are so interesting that I want to enter a discussion with each one of them.
Last but not least, through the books, the videos, and the comments, I really slow down. After that I always feel relaxed and energized at the same time. So thank you for that, especially now that I know that it is a "frenzy" for you.


Hi Katrin, I'm so happy you like the format of the book club. I love to read the comment section too. Honestly, the comments are my favorite part! :)

See you on Thursday for a "shop with me" video and see you for part 3 of the book club next Monday!

I hope you have a wonderful independence day celebration tomorrow!



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6.29.2017

LondonTown 9-Free Nail Polish Summer 2017 Collection



Today, I am so pleased to share the 9-Free nail polish collection from LONDONTOWN for summer 2017.



The Spring Summer 2017 collection are such beautiful colors...



Peach Pop


Dolly Mix



Candy Floss



Fruit Tella



I also review the cuticle oil, ridge filler and gel genius top coat. I hope you enjoy today's video!

Here is more on LONDONTOWN
from their website...

LONDONTOWN is the first and only nail treatment and color line that works synergistically to heal nails from within.

With a thoughtful and holistic approach in mind, LONDONTOWN developed a unique 5-step system that delivers noticeable, long lasting results. From root to tip, LONDONTOWN’s kur nail care system and bold lakur colours are formulated to provide the ideal balance between strength and hydration—leading to radiantly strong fingernails and nourished cuticles. Formulated with only the finest ingredients, LONDONTOWN is revolutionizing the nail care industry by offering an extraordinary high-fashion finish that nourishes deep down to the root.

With LONDONTOWN ‘s signature manicure, fingernails are stimulated and hydrated, nail growth is accelerated, the entirety of the nail is fortified and unsightly yellowing is prevented.

LONDONTOWN ‘s luxurious “9-free” lakur polishes deliver a stunning finish by combining rejuvenating ingredients with the season’s hottest colors. Lakur’s highly pigmented colors result in dramatically different long-lasting wear. Lakur colors are vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.


Thank you to LONDONTOWN for sending me your summer collection! I truly adore these polishes.

News
A PARIS ALL YOUR OWN, the new anthology I'm featured in from Putnam books comes out next Tuesday, July 4th! Putnam are hosting a giveaway right now, giving away ARCs of the book to readers. Enter here.



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I received my author copies of Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic all the way from Japan...


Comment of the Week
Edna Grace C. writes:

Hi Jennifer!

I have to say that this is my first experience with a book club, and I am so thankful for it. It was just the thing I needed to get me back on track to #seekoutthearts. And to know that Georgie Pillson is your favorite character...he's mine too! One of my favorite parts in the book is when he thinks his sisters are burglars and he sneaks in on them with his toupee hanging off his head and his fire poker pointed at them like a gun, and they just laugh. I really like his sisters, too. They're the exact opposite of Riseholmites, loud and gruff, and they don't seem to care much about appearances. It's fitting that they're the ones who tell Georgie that the Guru is a fake--that in reality he's a cook in an Indian restaurant. And they laugh about that too!

I'm looking forward to the next book club video; I'm really enjoying it.

Thanks!

Edna Grace C.


Hello Edna, I'm happy that your first experience in a book club here has been a good one! I truly love Georgie's sisters, Hermy and Ursy. They crack me up! I do think it was fitting that they recognized the fake guru and weren't drawn in by his tricks!


Today, I would love to know what nail colors you are enjoying this summer. What is your favorite shade from LONDONTOWN's summer collection?

See you all on Monday for our discussion of Miss Mapp!



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6.26.2017

Mapp & Lucia Book Club | Part 1 | Queen Lucia by E.F. Benson



I'm excited to be starting our Mapp & Lucia Book Club today, starting with the first book in the series by E.F. Benson: Queen Lucia. In today's video, I'm sharing my observations about the book with you.



Queen Lucia is a comedy of manners that follows Mrs. Emmeline Lucas, aka Lucia, as the social queen of Riseholme, England. Other key characters in the book are:

Georgie Pillson: Lucia's foppish best friend

Mr. Lucas (Peppino:) Lucia's very patient husband

Daisy Quantock: Georgie Pillson's neighbor who would love to overthrow Lucia's title of Queen of Riseholm

Olga Bracely: the operatic diva who moves to Riseholme and gives Lucia a run for her money



Here are some fun observations, in list form, that I discuss in today's video:

Lucia reminds me very much of Hyacinth Bucket from Keeping Up Appearances.
They both love the arts, think very highly of themselves and are self-professed Queens of their small communities.

Even when suffering, the residents are thinking about how they look. Georgie is secretly pleased he had the biggest loss with his Louis XVI snuff box!

As soon as it is discovered that the Guru is an impostor and a thief, Daisy proclaims him to be "Lucia's guru".

The residents of Riseholme were had by both the guru and the Princess Popoffski. When you are so concerned about trends and what others think about you, you are more likely to be taken advantage of: think The Emperor's New Clothes.

After each betrayal from the guru and Princess Popoffski are discovered, Lucia and co. carry on for a while to keep up appearances (the guru's practices and the Princess' fortune telling) even though they have completely lost interest in the activities.

When you live in a town where people really care what others think of them, those people are more likely to be taken advantage of. Los Angeles is a place where people really care what others think of them. It is also a place where people pay a lot of money for some pretty crazy practices. You see this in all sorts of services and beauty treatments, etc. You can't get away with that in other parts of the country.

Moral of the story? Never do things for "show" or to keep up appearances. The Madame Chic philosophy is to do things from a true inward passion, not because it is popular or trendy.

News
I am featured in the upcoming anthology, A Paris All Your Own: Bestselling Women Writers on the City of Light, out July 4th from G.P. Putnam's Sons.



I'll be doing a book signing and speaking event on Saturday, July 15th at Chevalier's in Los Angeles.


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Madame Chic and a beautiful breakfast in Poland...

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Comment of the Week
Last week's discussion on television for children received a very impassioned response. I will have to do a part 2! Every comment was thought-provoking and full of great advice. Here is an excerpt from what Lillian had to say:

I noticed when I was a nanny and babysitter in high school and college that cartoons always seemed to be about romantic relationships more than about friendships between boys and girls. Young girls don't need to be focused on that kind of relationship or themes of jealousy and fighting over a boy. Instead, we need to teach children (and demonstrate this ourselves) how to have good friendships with everyone.

Lillian, I totally agree. Disney movies, in particular, focus on romantic relationships in a major way. It would be refreshing to see them focused more on themes of friendship.


Today, I would love to read your comments on what you observed from Queen Lucia. List your observations below and you could be featured in an upcoming Mapp and Lucia book club video! #MappandLuciaBookClub

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6.22.2017

Inappropriate Content in Cartoons? + What Your Children Can Do INSTEAD of Watching TV



Summertime is upon us, and in today's video I give a list of ideas that your children can do instead of watching television or playing video games. I also give an anecdote about something I noticed about children's cartoons. I hope you will watch today's video and chime in with your comments. As always, I love to hear from you.

As for TV recommendations, here are some cartoons that our family has enjoyed:

Little Bear
Beatrix Potter
Boxcar Children
Wallace & Grommit
Shaun the Sheep
Heidi- this series was on Netflix. I cannot find a link for it, but it is a great children's series.

Faith-based cartoons: Veggie Tales, Adventures in Odyssey

As for activities that do not involve screens, these are the activities I discuss in today's video, written out here in list format.
Learn to Draw, (for example: How To Draw Horses), build a fort, cook and bake, chores and organization, read, listen to an audio book, play outside (swim, ride bikes, roller skates), put on a play, go on a walk, play beauty salon (my favorite!), dolls, play school, learn a new skill (shoe tying, snapping fingers, whistling), make play-dough, make oobleck.

Homemade Play-dough Recipe
1 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup salt
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
1 cup flour
Food coloring

Mix water, vegetable oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a saucepan until warm.
Remove from heat and add flour. Stir, then knead until smooth. Store in an air-tight container.


News
Elegant Living Everyday reviews The Madame Chic Collection on her blog.

On Instagram
A cappuccino and Madame Chic, what more do you need?

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Dinner with Madame Chic in the Czech Republic...


Testimonial

Christine G writes: Hi Jennifer, I just wanted to thank you so much for sharing your writing and videos. I am a big fan of yours. I am in the Navy and although I don't decide what to wear everyday, I have started to take care of my uniform and appearance! I try to maintain etiquette and poise at work - something I now cherish! As a Protocol Officer, it's made me embrace my job. Thank you so much!!! All the best, Christine

Hi Chrstine, I loved your email to me sharing your Madame Chic testimony. Thank you for your service to our country!

Today I would love to know... what are your opinions on today's children's cartoons? Do you see inappropriate content like I do? What are you favorite summertime activities for children? Let me know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on The Daily Connoisseur!


See you all next week for a nail polish review and the start of the Mapp and Lucia Book Club! Have a great weekend.

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6.19.2017

Three Problems in my Ten-Item Wardrobe



When you have a ten-item wardrobe, you become keenly aware of the triumphs, as well as failures with your clothing choices. Today, I'm sharing three problems in my ten-item wardrobe with two core items and one extra.

One morning at my daughters' ballet class I looked in the large mirror and realized that the khaki skirt in my ten-item wardrobe was no longer flattering on me. It was too stretched out and wrinkly. I decided to replace it with the
LL Bean denim skirt in the light wash (which appears to be no longer available in that wash).

The second item is the coral blouse from TJ Maxx. While I love the color of that blouse, it is not washing well and is coming apart and pilling. The final item is an extra: a beige cardigan from Ann Taylor. After washing and steaming it, the cardigan has developed stains that I cannot get out.

I have already replaced the skirt, and whether or not I replace the other two items is yet to be seen. If I find a blouse I love, I might purchase it for the wardrobe. As always, I will keep you updated! I hope you enjoy today's video.

News

I am featured in the upcoming anthology, A Paris All Your Own: Bestselling Women Writers on the City of Light, out July 4th from G.P. Putnam's Sons.



I'll be doing a book signing and speaking event on Saturday, July 15th at Chevalier's in Los Angeles.


The Mapp & Lucia book club is starting soon! If you haven't already started reading the books, it's not too late. They are also delightful to listen to as audio books. All of the links are listed in my blogpost announcement.

Please note:
My author website was not notifying me when a new guestbook comment came in, and yesterday I found 27 of them! Thank you! I have published them all and want to thank all of you who have kindly written to me on my website, as well as those who have reviewed my books online. Thank you so much!

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Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic and a cup of tea in Japan...


... and from my own Instagram page... a day at the park with Mr. Connoisseur

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Comment of the Week

Regarding Thursday's Bloopers post, Ashima writes: Jennifer, this is adorable and made my day! what I really loved about this video is seeing you enjoy every moment. Usually, I would expect someone to get annoyed with so many interruptions. Thank you for inspiring all of us to 'team up' with the loved ones and not lock ourselves in when we have stuff to do :)

Thank you, Ashima! We definitely try to work as a team. I realized long ago that it's much better to enjoy every moment than get annoyed with the small things. I suppose that's what being a daily connoisseur is all about! :)

Today, I would love to know... do you have problem pieces in your wardrobe? How is your summer ten-item wardrobe coming along? Let me know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog!

See you on Thursday.


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6.16.2017

Artist Spotlight: Rebecca Sophie Leigh Portraits from a Bygone Era

One of the topics from Lessons from Madame Chic that I am very passionate about is to seek out the arts. Whatever art form brings you joy, be sure to take time and support it. In many cases, you will have a talented artist in your own family! I am surrounded by many talented artists: my cousin, my sister, my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law, Rebecca, who I am highlighting today.

Rebecca Leigh is a portrait artist who lives in England. Her portraits from a bygone era are simply stunning, as you will see in this post...



Rebecca describes her paintings as modern naive impressionist portrait images which stylishly capture characters from a bygone era.



Rebecca, who is your inspiration?

My Great Grandmother was a successful portrait artist and illustrator for Liberty's and Selfridges in London and she has always been my greatest inspiration on so many levels.
Whilst I have always been interested in art I had not picked up a paintbrush since school, then one day last year I passed an art store in Notting Hill and thought I would give painting a go as I have many creative people embedded firmly into my my family roots so I wanted to explore my creativity...
I have always been fascinated by people and their style... I could sit and watch people for hours!
As I began to paint I felt that I had finally found my passion. It brought on a wave of deep of happiness and contentment immediately.




As a mother of two, how do you find time to paint? What medium do you use?

I paint only when the desire comes to me! I am however more creative when I feel sad or frustrated. I often paint on the kitchen table whilst feeding the children their breakfast. My creativity is sporadic and sometimes I have such a strong urge to paint that I drop what I do and leg it back to the table or my studio. My medium is a mix of French pastels and acrylics and inks and often paint on Tibetan handmade paper ... I sometime dip my brushes into my cups of tea or red wine so I guess tea and wine are part of my medium!



Who is your favorite artist?

My favorite painter is Modigliani and I have always been rather inspired by Cambodian sculptures and 13th century french paintings.



What advice would you give to aspiring artists?

My advice to all artists would be to paint what you observe and feel.



Rebecca carries Royal patronage and is a proud member of the Chelsea Arts Club in London. To contact her for business inquiries, you may reach her at loftten@btinternet.com



Thank you, Rebecca, for sharing your beautiful artwork with us today!

Today, I would love to know... which portrait above is your favorite? Who is your favorite artist? Have a wonderful weekend, Daily Connoisseurs, and I'll see you on Monday!


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