Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Book Reviews - Lessons from Madame Chic and At Home with Madame Chic

I've never done a book review on my blog before but there's always a first time for everything! In fact, I'm reviewing not one, but two books, which I have on my Kindle, both by Jennifer L Scott - Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris AND At Home With Madame Chic: Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life. Both books are wonderful to read and I agree totally with everything Jennifer says. Let's look at each of them in a bit more detail.

Lessons from Madame Chic

In this book Jennifer Scott writes about how she lived as a foreign exchange student in Paris with a family whom she calls Famille Chic. During her 6 month stay with them, she comes to love and admire the formal way they live their lives - using their best crockery, sitting down every evening to eat a three course meal and listening to classical music. But the part of the book I enjoyed the most was when she talked about the Ten Item Wardrobe! Buying fewer good quality clothes as opposed to having your wardrobe stuffed to the brim is what the French do with ease. I have also written about quality vs quantity in a previous blog post. Jennifer herself is an advocate of the Ten Item Wardrobe, which she also demonstrates on her You Tube Channel (The Daily Connoisseur).

Other chapters in the book talk about Le No Make-up Look, taking care of your skin, looking presentable always and exercise. A great book which I highly recommend.

At Home with Madame Chic

This book focuses on, as it says in the title, the home and how you can learn to love your home despite its flaws! Jennifer takes us through an entire day from morning to evening, giving wonderful tips to make sure the day goes as well as possible, by living in the moment, suggesting candle fragrances and music for different times of the day as well as keeping the house clutter free. She doesn't forget to talk about meals and includes some recipes, evening beauty routines, manicures and ending the day well.  So, if you want to live as chicly as possible at home then this is the book for you.

I really enjoyed both of these books and am in the process of re-reading them! 

For more information go to: dailyconnoisseur.blogspot.com.

Monday, 23 February 2015

What's your Style Personality?

Have you ever considered the reason why you wear the clothes you do? Why do some of us love vintage clothes and others prefer to dress down most of the time? It's down to our style or wardrobe personality. Somehow we are drawn to one of five basic style personalities: Classic, Natural, Romantic, Dramatic and Gamine and these come out in our clothing and accessories often without us realising it. 


If you have a classic style personality you usually have to look smart no matter how casual the occasion. You like good quality, simple styles that don't date and prefer neutrals with a pop of colour rather than too many bright colours and bold designs. Reece Witherspoon is a good example of a classic style personality - in the photo below she is wearing a simple, uncluttered black outfit.


People with a dramatic style personality such as Joan Collins love to be noticed. They like to make a bold statement with their clothes and put unusual colours and styles together.

Joan's red, low-cut dress, bright red lipstick and unusual sleeves all scream 'look at me!'


If you have a Romantic Style Personality you are often very creative and expressive too and like touchy-feely fabrics. Ethnic and vintages styles come under this banner and you certainly love your accessories!

Mariah Carey, a Romantic, is wearing a sparkly, quite fluid shaped dress and silver bangles. Her hair has been straightened but still has soft, feminine waves.


Naturals are probably the least of all the types who like dressing up,preferring to feel comfortable in their clothes and dressing casually most of the time. It's still possible to have a natural style personality and look good so keep it simple and co-ordinated rather than too slouchy and you will always look presentable!

Here Sienna Miller is wearing natural style clothing and hair and no accessories but still manages to look stunning.


If you have a Gamine style personality, you are usually slim and petite and so need smaller scale clothes with smaller patterns and lighter weight fabrics. A sporty style of clothing will also suit you. Below, Fearne Cotton wears a neat, sporty style outfit that doesn't overwhelm her small proportions.

What styles are you drawn to when you go shopping? Dress for who you really are and, most of all, enjoy it!

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Pink for February

It's nearly Valentine's Day so what better colour to wear on that day, or even other days this month than PINK. Pink is considered a feminine and romantic colour, although men can look ok in pink too! 

There is a shade of pink to suit all colourings. (Please note that the colours may look different on your computer, and also, I'm still experimenting with taking my own photos so the lighting isn't perfect!).

Deep Colouring

Nothing pastel or light for deeps. Your pink is rich in tone. 

Light Colouring

You can wear light and pastel pinks - delicate and summery.

Cool Colouring

Blue-pinks are best for you - nothing with a yellow undertone.

Warm Colouring

Warm pinks, salmon and apricot are best for warms.

Bright Colouring

Strong, clear pinks are best for you.

Muted Colouring

Soft, understated pinks will look good on you.

Don't forget to wear a lipstick colour in a shade that compliments your pink, as in the examples above. If you're doing anything special for Valentine's Day or even just staying at home - have a great day.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Product Review - Neal's Yard

I've been using some Neal's Yard products recently and I'm finding them great. The products I've been using are: Orange Flower Facial Wash, Orange Flower Night Cream, Orange Flower Facial Oil and Calendula Cleanser. I also bought the Bee Lovely Hand Cream. All the products have such a beautiful smell and feel wonderful on my skin. They are packaged in dark blue glass bottles, which are reminiscent of old apothecary bottles. Neal's Yard products are natural and organic and luxurious to use. Why not give them a try? I bought mine through hosting a party but you can buy from their website www.nealsyardremedies.com.