Yesterday I mentioned one of my favorite authors. Her name is Jennifer L. Scott and she wrote Madame Chic, a brilliant book about living a glamorous life inspired by her time in Paris when she was a student. I happen to adore books and I have a stack of about a dozen that I always keep by my bed. One or two of them are new books that I am currently reading, but the rest are old friends that I like to read when feeling a bit down and need a pick me up. Madame Chic is in that pile.
Needless to say, when I found out Jennifer was writing a second book I was beside myself with anticipation. We have become blogging buddies and one of these days we plan on actually meeting each other face to face! We only live about 20 minutes away from one another, but with both of us having kids, busy lives, and whatnot, 20 minutes might as well be 20 hours! So I was thrilled when she asked me if I would be willing to read her new book At Home With Madame Chic before it came out and give it a review. Um YES!
I had planned on waiting until the long drive to Carmel a few weeks ago to read it, but I ended up starting the night before. I just couldn’t wait! And let me tell you, it is just as good, if not better than the original! Jennifer writes about the elegance of living and how she uses the lessons she learned from Madame Chic, a woman she lived with in Paris, in her own home. She begins the book by discussing how your home is your castle and it should be beautiful and organized. She continues with a chapter about clutter, something I know I have to deal with every single day. She mentions a trick she uses where she sets the timer for 15 minutes and spends that time straightening up. I know this seems like a no-brainer, but I am telling you it never occurred to me before! I have since incorporated this advice in my own life and it is amazing how only 15 minutes a day can make all the difference between a messy house strewn with toys and clutter and a bright, organized home.
The bulk of the book is dedicated to a “typical” day in Jennifer’s life. She has tips and tricks on the morning, afternoon, and evening routines, including suggestions for music to listen to as well as aroma therapy candles. I finished the book on the first morning of my Carmel trip and was having breakfast in the hotel dining room. I noticed they were playing some upbeat classical music and it was such a wonderful change to the morning cartoons I usually have on in the back ground. Jennifer is a huge proponent of listening to classic music and I took this as a sign that I should incorporate this into my own routine. As a matter of fact I have taken to listening to a 1920s live stream radio in the morning and my daughter hasn’t once asked for me to turn on the tv!
My favorite part about At Home With Madame Chic is how it made me feel. As I was reading it I felt like all of her advice was so accessible, practical and yet somehow elegant. As you all know, I already lead a fairly glamorous life, but I have currently been in a bit of a rut. Jennifer’s book broke me out of my small malaise and put me back on track to being a glamorous housewife. I can’t really describe why it changed my attitude, but it did. All I know is that after reading the book small things like doing the dishes felt less like a dreadful task and more like a way to make my home a little bit more charming.
I could continue to sing the praises of At Home With Madame Chic for ages, but I don’t want to give it all away! Suffice it to say that I consider this a must have book for anyone who aspires to be a glamorous housewife, and it has now been added to my bedside pile for the next time I need a little inspiration for living.