Lessons From Madame Chic: A Review
by Laura Scanlon
Not long ago, on a whim, I read Lessons From Madame Chic, by Jennifer L. Scott. On the surface, it's a fluffy chick-lit, self-help sort of thing. It was literary eye candy that caught my eye when I saw it on the library shelf. The author describes lessons she learned while living as an exchange student in Paris, in the household of an aristocratic, middle-aged, French lady, whom she dubs "Madame Chic."
As I read the book I realized that its themes--the hallmarks of French chic as the author describes them--are many of the things I have been striving for lately (and I suspect I'm not alone in my striving):
- Creating a classic, stylish, minimalist wardrobe;
- Eating delicious foods in an utterly satisfying yet temperate way;
- Enjoying beautiful things while rejecting materialism;
- Maintaining a beautiful, clutter-free home;
And most of all:
- Creating a routine to one's life—or even just a rhythm--and enjoying the peace that comes with it.
As the mother of young children, most days I feel that I battle entropy with every breath.
Simplicity? Elegance? Peace? Order? Oui, s'il vous plait! I’ll take some of what Madame Chic over there has.
I am encouraged.
Laura is a Catholic Christian, a mother, a part-time lawyer, and a recovering overthinker. She writes monthly here at Atelier on books and culture, and blogs regularly at This Felicitous Life.