Sunday night I was watching Un Bonheur N’arrive Jamais Seul which came out in cinemas this past summer in France (Happiness Never Comes Alone in English). It stars Gad Elmaleh, an actor I adore and Sophie Marceau who I find to be a gorgeous representation of the French woman I would die to be. She is beautiful, always well-dressed, her hair and makeup are always subtle. She is not too skinny or too fat, classy and quietly sophisticated.
I have written before about my fascination with French women. To me they are an enigma, something I can try to imitate. I know I am not the only one who admires these women. Trust me it only takes one trip to France, or to encounter one French neighbor who has immigrated to the U.S., or a one French teacher to get you intrigued.
That’s exactly what happened to Jennifer Scott, author of the new book Lessons from Madame Chic, which releases today. Jennifer first traveled to France as an exchange student and found herself living with the classic French family and then a second experience with one that was less conventional. She got to experience both sides of bobo (bourgeois and bohémienne) and despite their differences their tenets on health, beauty and fashion aligned.
Jennifer has taken the “20 stylish secrets [she] learned while living in Paris” and shares them in her book. With the lessons she learned and now shares, you too can channel Coco, or Audrey or in my case Sophie. But let me give you a word of caution: it isn’t easy.
However Lessons From Madame Chic is an excellent guide to make the work achievable and worthwhile. There are recipes and clothing suggestions – everything you will need to set you on the path to your inner Frenchwoman!
She has a very conversational style and the book flows very well, she recaps every section highlighting the main tips and tricks. It’s a must have book for anyone seeking to emulate that unique flair and joie de vivre that French women possess.
I was so lucky to get an advanced copy which I devoured and Jennifer and her publisher’s are providing an additional copy for one lucky reader. For a chance to be selected, please leave me a comment sharing a French woman you admire (there are many!) or a French trait you find particularly fascinating. You have until next Friday, November 16th to leave your comment, midnight PST.
But if I were you I’d pick up a few copies for all your girlfriends, the holidays are around the corner and it is a perfect gift. You can catch more of Jennifer on her blog, The Daily Connoisseur, where she has been blogging for several years. Catch her on Twitter too.
If you don’t believe what I have to say, maybe the New York Times will convince you!