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At Home with Madame Chic: Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  2,204 ratings  ·  255 reviews
Approach life at home the Madame Chic way: a beautiful, illustrated toolbox of tips and ideas for organizing, entertaining, and savoring a stylish life.

When she arrived at Madame Chic’s Parisian apartment as a foreign exchange student, Jennifer Scott was a casual California girl who thought sweatpants were appropriate street attire. Madame Chic took Jennifer under her wing
Hardcover, 285 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Simon Schuster (first published January 1st 2014)
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Mar 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Back in the '60s, the newspaper had "women's" pages, with Erma Bombeck columns, receipes, Hints from Heloise, coupons, etc. Everyone bought a weekly copy of Family Circle or Women's Day, and had a subscription to Good Housekeeping and McCalls.

This book reminded me of those days because it has a little bit of everything to embrace--dare I say it?--being a housewife. Scott encourages us to enjoy the moment of cleaning, organizing, cooking and arranging. Let's face it, the men aren't EVER going to
Cindy Roesel
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
We’ve all seen those women. You know the ones I’m talking about. The ones who seem to have it ALL together without trying. They have that – oh, what do the French call it? Je ne c’est quoi – that certain something. When it comes right down to it, it’s an inner peace and I’m not going all New Age on you. To take it a step further it’s called biens dans sa peau, or in English, they’re comfortable in their own skin. In one word, they’re chic – they have an air of mystery about them. And remember, ...more
I find Jennifer's blog to be very charming and enjoyed her first book, but I did not like this at all. I'm sad to leave a negative review as I'm sure she has a true passion for her subject matter, but this book is lacking almost entirely in content and character. Her enthusiasm for French living comes across very cliché this go-round and she just seems to be grasping at straws in her attempt to connect with readers. This felt like a shallow and half-hearted effort.
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the second book I've read in this series and I was not disappointed. I enjoy the author's vision of life and her advice is easy to follow if that is the lifestyle you are looking for. It is filled with tools to make daily life a journey not a day to forget. It is possible to slow down a touch, without losing that crazed forward momentum we all feel the need to hold on to. I found that after incorporating a few of her simple techniques I did have a better day, a better outlook. I listened ...more
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! While not all of the suggestions apply to my lifestyle, the thinking behind them -- simplifying, appreciating time and beauty and people, experiencing life -- are universal. I think the book definitely will be more useful for women who stay at home, but there are tips included for working moms and most tips can apply to women who work in an office setting. In addition to some great entertaining ideas and some basic recipes, the book includes suggested routines to help you ...more
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Her first book was great. I somehow liked this one a little better. Maybe it's because I'm in my first year of being a SAHM and feel that much of what she says is such a help in all aspects of the home. I love how she organizes her day according to morning, afternoon and night. I also really appreciate her music recommendations for each part of the day and I am in the midst of listening to the ones I can find at the library. It helps me stay motivated. It also breaks everything down into a ...more
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
A bit too preachy since the author's life experience has not extended beyond parenting a preschooler. Not a complete waste of time, as she gives lists of french and classical & other music to try. Maybe I am just not the target audience. Also, the title is misleading. There is very little about "Madame Chic", she is mentioned a few times. I thought I had it all together when my children were 2 and 4 and then real life hit. You have a lot more control of your daily life when your children are ...more
Aug 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned-books
At first, this seemed like it would be a light, fun read. But, after that first section, it turned into a book of I’m-Ms-Perfect-so-do what-I-do book, which grew increasingly less and less fun.

Not only is the book supposed to be about her French “mom” from her time as an exchange student but is about her instead; it also has exceptionally cryptic descriptions of how to do things (like your hair--choose one of these few styles so you can be chic, like me) that I actually know how to do, but was
Nov 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction
One star because zero isn't an option. This is literally one of the worst books I have ever read. I am so baffled by some of the glowing reviews this book got here on Goodreads. Jennifer Scott says precisely nothing here. She talks about being "chic" and thinks that her time as an au pair in Paris qualifies her to be a lifestyle expert. Puh-lease. She writes that women should listen to their bodies and take time out of their busy days to relax. No shit, Sherlock. The whole book is drivel like ...more
Shelby Harper
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved Jennifer Scott's first book, Lessons from Madame Chic, and this book didn't disappoint. I especially appreciate the music suggestions and easy recipes. Ultimately the message of the book is about being present to all the seemingly insignificant moments of the day, and using those moments to live passionately.
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
As a serious Francophile, I take any opportunity to study French women and their lifestyles and try to apply them to my life. They seem to have it all together and I admire that. I stumbled across the author's YouTube channel when searching for French lifestyle tips and from there devoured every video she put out. I borrowed her first book, Lessons from Madame Chic , from the Library, and loved it. I plan to purchase a copy of that to keep at home. I adore Jennifer's style. I am old enough to be ...more
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
I decided about a third of the way through that I don't really care about a "chic" home. Or choosing a signature drink. Or which of the 10 hairdo ideas to choose (apparently, assuming all readers have long enough hair to pull up). Or if I have a small hair on my chest (gasp!). Or if I am perfectly groomed and devoid of cat hair before I leave the house. Or the idea that embracing one's "femininity" means putting on a dress and lipstick and fancy hair and perfume...for a regular day (at home, of ...more
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am a college student. I found myself really enjoying this book! One doesn't get an opportunity to learn much about cultivating a home. This book was refreshing, in how it taught how valuable it is, and the ways one can make their house or dorm a home. This book gave a lot of great advice, and I highly recommend it.
Sue Clark
Oct 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Lovely book with good intentions but clearly emphasized youth and young women with families. I found nothing in it particularly different or noteworthy. It was basically rehashed information from the author's blog and quite a boring read. I was very surprised the author got the go-ahead for publication.
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Within this genre, I found this book not terribly inspiring. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad and would probably make a nice gift, but the author lost me when she described warm water with lemon as "loosening the toxins" in your body.

The idea that we are full of "toxins" is misleading and fear-inducing (though lucrative for "cleanse" sellers) for reasons too numerous to list here. Suffice it to say, your liver and kidneys exist for a reason, as do the lymphatic, digestive and circulatory
On rereading: giving it tentative two stars - I might use some of the ideas mów that's muly outlook has changed a little. Will come back and shareware how it went.

On first reading: The author does for stay at home mums everywhere what teachers who say they work even up to ONE HOUR a day after classes do to teachers who do their work right - that is, not much good. Don't read that before you become a SAHM - it may give you a completely unrealistic vision of the lifestyle.

A nice toolbox of
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Perhaps geared more toward the stay-at-home or work-from-home mom, this little book is filled with a number of good ideas to incorporate joy into daily living. From how to get the day off to a good start to winding down at night, you will feel a desire to become more je ne sais quoi and relish more peace in your life as you put into practice suggested routines and calming practices.
Dec 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Good things to keep in mind, but obviously this is mostly advice for stay-at-home parents with extra money.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir-biography
This is the second book that I’ve read by her and all I can say is that her books are pretty and inspiring. Much of it is common sense, but the tips are wonderful in reminding us to find joy in tasks that often become mundane. The more that I read by her, the more I like her.

Some of my favorite quotes:
“This is not a race. The destination is not important. It is in the journey where all of the critical steps are taken. So enjoy this, my friend. Because life is meant to be celebrated. All of it.”
Jennifer Oberth
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable book about cultivating inner peace (well, it touches on it, talks about it) and being happy with who you are - while making positive changes you might want to make.
Katie Ramsey
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love all of the Madame Chic books but this is my favorite in the series.
Bethany Clark
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Where do I begin? When I first starting reading this book, I was reading from the perspective of "this is ridiculous" and "who really has the time for this". But as I read through each page, I started to see ways in which I could adapt my life in a similar fashion and baby steps do count! You will not have an over night transformation and go from a chaotic crazy household to a chic Parisian perfect home just with the snap of your fingers like Miss Mary Poppins.

When this "how to" book begins,
Jun 12, 2016 rated it liked it
I picked up the audiobook from the local library. It was well read and an overall enjoyable listen on evening walks. Jennifer included a lot of advice and very specific details from her own life on how she embellished "must-dos" throughout her day to make the mundane feel more luxurious.
However, I felt there was very little mentioned that was unique.

A dive into my particular woes: When the book opened with a description of how negative feelings towards the mundane responsibilities of adulthood
Jan 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-book-list
Book #1 was better... and truly was about Madame Chic. In this book it seems like Scott herself has become Madame Chic. I don't think there's a lot here that isn't common sense... but maybe that's the beauty and necessity of this book: it's not common sense any longer!

The one thing I really appreciated about Scott was her ability to embrace the role of "housewife" and "mother" - two titles that our current society tends to look down upon these days, but which are so important. I appreciate that
Logan Hughes
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thrift
I like the premise of being a "connoisseur of your own life" and taking genuine pleasure in all those routines that you need to do anyway to keep house and care for yourself, instead of cursing that time or wishing it away. I like the idea of finding a zenlike peace in something as simple as painting a shelf or washing a dish. I like the idea of using your best china and wearing your best clothes all the time, because every day is a special day! However, the more I read this book, the less it ...more
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This was a great book given to me by my mom for Christmas this year. She has been following this woman's' blog and read both of her books. She spent a year in France studying abroad and lived with a French family, whom she refers to as "Madame Chic". She greatly admires this woman and her chicness. She has adopted and adapted her ways into her own life and leads a much more fulfilled, peaceful and present life because of it. This book is one in which she shares ways of making yourself chic in ...more
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
"Becoming a Stepford Wife" might be a better alternate subtitle for this book. I'd hoped for chic French tips on how to create a better living space for myself. I didn't need at-home manicure tips or advice on how to vacuum in my silk blouse.

Don't get me wrong -- I enjoy elevating the mundane to the special and I advocate looking your best to feel your best. I just found very few tips in here that didn't apply to a 40ish white woman, a middle class housewife, living in the US suburbs with her
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: ??
Recommended to Relyn by: I loved her first book.
Shelves: homekeeping
I wanted so much to like this book. I picked it up with such anticipation because I loved Jennifer L. Scott's first book so much. Lessons From Madame Chic offered food for thought and was a pleasure to read. I loved the way she clearly evoked a sense of place and time. This book was more like a list. While there is nothing wrong with this book, it took me over a month and a half to read a very tiny book. It just wasn't that interesting. I think any woman who regularly reads women's magazines ...more
Jan 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
I want to be charitable, but wow, what a stupid book. If the premise was like the first Madame Chic book, it might have been okay, but the author just gave us a rundown of her own California lifestyle, with the usual lifestyle tips and tricks thrown in: here's a fruit salad recipe, and here's how to fold towels. And a recipe for green smoothies? Not that I know a ton of Europeans, but I highly doubt Madame Chic blends up a green smoothie in the morning.
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great tips for using the space you have and the items you have, and appreciating your home for what it is and how it functions to serve your family. I liked this book b/c it didn't make me want to rush and re-do every room in my house (expensive!!), but gave me practical ideas for small updates - FTW!
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Jennifer L. Scott is the New York Times bestselling author of Lessons from Madame Chic, At Home with Madame Chic and Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic (Simon & Schuster), Mademoiselle Chic (Daiwa Shobo), and Connoisseur Kids (Chronicle Books). She is also the creator of the blog and YouTube channel, The Daily Connoisseur, where she explores the fine art of living. Jennifer has been featured ...more
“This is not a race. The destination is not important. It is in the journey where all of the critical steps are taken. So enjoy this, my friend. Because life is meant to be celebrated. All of it.” 10 likes
“You may think that being chic has nothing to do with the most insignificant and mundane moments of the day. Moments like preparing your meals, emptying the dishwasher, and paying bills. But the secret is: those moments aren’t insignificant. Au contraire. They are very significant. That’s right—if you can change your attitude about making the pasta sauce, choosing your clothes for the day, folding the laundry, setting the table, or dealing with the incoming mail, you can completely change your life.” 6 likes
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