1.18.2018

Ten-Item Wardrobe Talk-Through Winter 2018



Thank you for your enthusiastic response to Monday's ten-item wardrobe post. I hope you enjoy this talk-through video, where I go over my wardrobe choices and discuss the evolution of my ten-item wardrobe.

Today's video discusses this wardrobe in detail, but here are some key points:

* Because I live in Southern California, the way I style my clothing is most likely different to how you will style your winter pieces. For colder climates, it's all about layering: fleece leggings or tights, shearling boots, layers of sweaters with coats and scarves, gloves and hats might be required. All of those items are considered extras. When curating your extras, tailor them to your specific life (and climate) needs.

* My wardrobe is heavy on the dresses again. I just like wearing them and feel most comfortable in dresses (even more so than jeans!). So I stick to what I like.

* At this season of life, with three children, including an active toddler (and homeschooling), I need pieces that are easily washable and require minimum maintenance. My baby loves to cuddle me and nuzzle his head into my shoulder. I love this and don't want to worry about ruining a dry clean only outfit. Sadly this phase won't last forever, but as for now I like jersey fabrics for washability and wearability purposes.

* We are on a budget this year and most likely will be for a while. I discuss the details of this in today's video. I am still able to look presentable and be creative through the styling of my extras with my budget clothes. This proves that looking presentable always has nothing to do with money.

* Four of the core items are returning from past seasons: the blue Boden dress, the burgundy blouse from Loft, the AG jeans and Loft fluid ankle pants. Past ten-item wardrobe items that you did not see in this video have been donated. Either the item was worn out and no longer presentable, or I simply didn't like it anymore/ it didn't work for me. Also keep in mind that with the pregnancy I went through a major transition with my wardrobe.

* Because many of these pieces were purchased months ago, they are no longer available. I am listing the brands here as follows for all new items. Unfortunately I am not able to provide direct links as the items are no longer available. If you wish to search the brands on zulily, you might find something similar: the midnight blue floral dress is by Reborn J, the olive green tunic is by Zenana Premium, the navy v-neck maxi dress is by Annabelle USA, the long Burgundy cardigan is by Lydiane, the Burgundy maxi dress is by PinkBlush, the short-sleeve neutral blouse is by Pops Basic.

This year I have nine core items (not ten):



Here is a look at some of the extras shown in the video.






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This is such a fabulous picture from Poland...

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Toni M writes: I love this video! This is a beautiful and practical wardrobe! I know that you suffered some negative commentary about this year's wardrobe, but wowzas, seeing you in the clothing makes all the difference. You look beautiful and those commenters were way off...I think all of the looks are lovely, and of course, your beautiful family is a sweet bonus. Also, I'm enjoying all the still shots on the blog. Thanks a bunch! Blessings!

Toni, thank you for your kind words. I knew that many of the past critics could not visualize how the outfits would wear so I hope the fashion show cleared that up for them :) Thank you, again!

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1.15.2018

Ten-Item Wardrobe Winter 2018 | Jennifer L. Scott



It's finally here... my ten-item wardrobe fashion show for winter 2018! I'm sorry it too so long to do this video. With our European trip last fall, my filming schedule was thrown off. I hope you enjoy the presentation of my wardrobe this year. I will be discussing all of the details with you in the next video for the talk-through. Here are a few things to consider:

- I live in Southern California where the winters are very mild. This affects my wardrobe choices and how I style my clothes.

- Right now I only have nine core items, not ten. Some years you'll have more than ten, some years you'll have less. It doesn't matter as long as you keep the ten-item wardrobe spirit while curating your wardrobe.

- I was on a budget this season and did not spend more than $250 to update my wardrobe. Four of the nine pieces are returning from past seasons. Most all extras featured are old pieces, except for the Burgundy sweater and grey cardigan. All scarves and coats are older pieces.

- I do not show all of my extras in this video. I didn't show any tee shirts, for example. I wanted to keep the focus on the core items and how I style those with winter extras such as coats and scarves.

- I hope you enjoy seeing my children in this video! They love it when they get a chance to be a part of the ten-item wardrobe videos. I think this might become a tradition! I asked my husband if he wanted to be in it and he said "no". Ha! :)

- Because I was on a budget and in a hurry to purchase my fall/ winter items before leaving for Europe, all new items featured in this video are from zulily. We will discuss this in the next video.

Please join me for the next video where we will discuss everything in better detail. But for now, let's look at the core items and some of the extras.

The nine core items:




Here is a look at some of the extras shown in the video.






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I am working on my next book, CONNOISSEUR KIDS, and am really enjoying it! You can expect to see this published in the fall of 2019 from Chronicle books.

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K belle writes:
Jennifer, my comment has nothing to do with this post. I just wanted to send a thank you to you. I will be checking out of a hotel today and during my entire stay I have remembered something you said in either a book or video about a woman who was so poised at the breakfast buffet and continued to eat tiny, lady like amounts of food even though she was clearly on vacation. I had never thought about it before reading that, but I definitely overeat on vacation because all the hotel food is delicious, abundant and free. but the last 3 days at the breakfast buffet, I chose to eat my usual fruit, protein and some nuts, just like I do at home. thank you for providing such great content and inspiration - it is so valuable to me!

Hi K Belle, that is one of my favorite observations from Lessons from Madame Chic! I still remember that chic French lady. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

I hope you enjoyed today's ten-item wardrobe fashion show. I'll see you on Thursday for the talk-through. In the meantime, what is your favorite look from this season?



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1.11.2018

Jamie Cat Callan Interview | Parisian Charm School



Today I'm really excited to share my in-depth interview with Jamie Cat Callan, author of the new book, Parisian Charm School.



Here is the description of Parisian Charm School:

We all know that French women don't get fat. But their famous je ne sais quoi comes from more than just body type--something anyone can master: the old-fashioned art cultivating our inner beauty, confidence, and unique personal style, at any age.

From savoring the everyday beauty around you to engaging in captivating conversations, playing dress-up, hosting impromptu dinner parties under the stars, and of course mastering the art of French flirting, the lively and inspiring lessons in this “syllabus” will help you rediscover your beautiful, fierce, romantic, engaging best self—to attract the best of everything into your life.

Ready to embark on the adventure of your life? Parisian Charm School is in session….


Fans of Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic will enjoy Jamie's unique take on what gives French women that je ne sais quoi. She and I offer different perspectives and, combined, I think we cover all bases! :)



At over a half an hour, this is an extra long video for my channel. Jamie and I had so much fun chatting, the minutes just wiled away! We discuss everything from how to choose the right colors in clothing, to surprising differences between French and American culture. We also touch on some touchy/ controversial subjects including French lifestyle stereotypes.



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Jamie is so generous to be giving away 5 signed copies of Parisian Charm School to readers of The Daily Connoisseur. This giveaway is open worldwide. The giveaway will run for two weeks. I will announce the winners on the above widget, as well as notify you by email. Thank you, Jamie for such a generous giveaway!

I hope you enjoy today's video.

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My eCourse on the ten-item wardrobe has rave reviews. It's been called both life-changing and inspiring. With over an hour of never-before-seen video instruction, notes and quizzes, you will feel prepared to create your own ten-item wardrobe. For those of you who already do the ten-item wardrobe, this course will keep you on track and provide further inspiration. The course is self-paced and includes a lively comment section with other ten-item wardrobe enthusiasts. Enjoy!



We will be continuing the Mapp & Lucia Book Club in the spring! We will discuss the next two novels in the series, Lucia in London and Mapp & Lucia. Here are the links to Lucia in London on Audible and Mapp & Lucia on Audible




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Yesterday I gave my annual Epiphany Sunday Tea Party for my daughters and daughters-in-law. There are six in total. Our theme was the "Ten Item Wardrobe" and we watched your Ted Talk. Before watching the Ted Talk, we had fun doing a little quiz to see if our skin tones were warm or cool, and then we talked about what colors worked best with our skin tones. As a party favor, I gave each of the girls a copy of "Lessons from Madame Chic". It was a great afternoon of promoting the Daily Connoisseur lifestyle!

Happy New Year!
Elizabeth


Hi Elizabeth, that is so neat! What a fun idea to do a Madame Chic tea party. It sounds like you all had a fabulous time. Happy New Year to you too!


I truly hope you enjoy today's interview. Please chime in below in the comments section with your take on the topics we've discussed. Your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on The Daily Connoisseur!

For more on Jamie, find her at www.JamieCatCallan.com

To record our Skype call with side-by-side screens, I used Call Recorder for Skype


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1.08.2018

What's Coming Up on The Daily Connoisseur 2018 | Happy New Year!



Welcome back to The Daily Connoisseur. I hope you had a wonderful new year celebration. I am really looking forward to 2018! This year I am feeling really driven. I'm ready to inspire where I can and hopefully we can all make this our best year yet. I hope you enjoy today's video where I share what you can expect this year on The Daily Connoisseur.



We will be continuing the Mapp & Lucia Book Club in the spring! We will discuss the next two novels in the series, Lucia in London and Mapp & Lucia. Here are the links to Lucia in London on Audible and Mapp & Lucia on Audible. This will give you plenty of time to read or listen to the books before our spring book club begins. Enjoy!

I'm also taking questions and requests for upcoming videos. Please leave your requests in the comment section here, on YouTube or on any of my social media accounts (links at the bottom of this post). I look forward to hearing what you'd like to see in 2018 on the blog.

In my next video I have a very exciting interview with bestselling author, Jamie Cat Callan. I hope you enjoy it! Then you can expect my Winter 2018 ten-item wardrobe video. So many exciting things are taking place. I am so happy you are joining me!

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Madame Chic is not just for women! Brad McEntire lists Lessons from Madame Chic as one of his favorite reads from 2017 and he's hoping his wife enjoys it too!

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Please leave any requests you have for 2018 in the comment section below. Or if you have any questions, please leave those as well and I can include them in a future reader questions answered session. Happy new year and see you on Thursday for my interview with bestselling author, Jamie Cat Callan!

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12.21.2017

End-of-Year Chat | Jennifer L. Scott



In today's end-of-year message, I share blog updates, ten-item wardrobe updates, announcements, book news and a very embarrassing story. How did our first semester of homeschooling go? Will I do a ten-item wardrobe video for winter? What's new for the Madame Chic books in Asia? All of these questions and more are answered in today's video.



Thank you to Lisa Donovan Lukas for her beautiful Nutcracker arrangements. I took my daughters to see The Nutcracker last weekend and had the pleasure of sitting in the first row. They were thrilled to see the dancers so up close and even get a peek of some of the back stage action. Lisa's beautiful arrangements bring one of my favorite ballets to my home piano. Thank you, Lisa!

Be sure to check out Melissa55's channel on December 22nd because I will be featured in her musical compilation video playing, O Little Town of Bethlehem, on the piano. Thank you, Melissa! *Updated* You can watch the video here.

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If you are missing The Daily Connoisseur videos while I am on my winter break, enroll in the eCourse on the ten-item wardrobe. With over an hour of never-before-seen video instruction, notes and quizzes, you will feel prepared to create your own ten-item wardrobe. For those of you who already do the ten-item wardrobe, this course will keep you on track and provide further inspiration. The course is self-paced and includes a lively comment section with other ten-item wardrobe enthusiasts. Enjoy!



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At Home with Madame Chic in Poland...


...and Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic in good company.


Comment of the Week
Regarding Tuesday's Bloopers video, An Old Fashioned Country Life writes, "I love the deciphering look as you hear the background noise!!
"Do I need to tend to that? What level are we at?" look!!
God bless
Mrs.O"

Mrs. O, that was my exact thought process during that moment. Ha!

I will be going on my annual winter break from the blog and will see you in a few weeks. I am wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. I am excited to usher in 2018 and want to thank you for all of your support this year. You are a wonderful part of my life and I am grateful for you. See you in 2018!



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12.19.2017

Daily Connoisseur Bloopers Part 2



I have another collection of bloopers to deliver before the year ends. Strange noises, tantrums in the background, losing my train of thought, being photobombed and losing my balance: it's all part of daily life here on The Daily Connoisseur!

The video I was shooting in Portugal on the rooftop never got completed because I was interrupted so many times (and not just by the baby!). And the final shot in our kitchen garden... that video has not come out yet. I'm working on a long-term kitchen garden update, which I think will be more interesting for you to see. I hope you enjoy today's bonus video!

See you back on Thursday for my end-of-year chat. Merry Christmas!


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12.18.2017

DIY Lavender Pomander Ornament | Victorian Christmas



Today I'm making homemade lavender pomander ornaments fashioned in a traditional Victorian style. The Victorians loved to use natural scents with their holiday decorations and these ornaments are a fragrant delight.



To make this ornament, you will need:
Lavender flowers, twine (or any ribbon that you like), green dry foam balls, quilter's t pin, modge podge, glue gun.

This is a really fun craft to do with your children. I made the one in the video and the girls did the rest. The children's ornaments had some 'bald' spots where the lavender did not stick, but that is OK. When you use a green ball, it looks natural, as though moss is peeking out underneath the ornament.

I often forget I've made these ornaments and when I walk near our tree I am pleasantly surprised with their amazing lavender scent. I hope you enjoy today's video.

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“For women who yearn to channel Audrey Tautou…but don’t have a year to spend apprenticing with one in Paris” (The New York Times), Jennifer L. Scott’s Madame Chic books—Lessons from Madame Chic, At Home with Madame Chic, and Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic—now collected in one beautiful package.

As an American student living abroad, Jennifer L. Scott found a Parisian mentor in her host mother, Madame Chic, who instructed her in the fine art of living. Now, Jennifer shares her lessons in her Madame Chic series: Lessons from Madame Chic, At Home with Madame Chic, and Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic. Based on what she learned from Madame Chic, Jennifer explains how to cultivate old-fashioned sophistication while living an active, modern life, teaching us to take pleasure in everyday routines, to dress presentably, perform household tasks with cheer, and how to conduct oneself both in public and in private.

The Madame Chic series encourages and inspires you to live simply and passionately, no matter your age, background, or location. Like Madame Chic, everyone deserves a little Parisian je ne sais quoi.


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Lessons from Madame Chic in Vietnam


I hope you enjoy today's Christmas ornament tutorial... See you next time!


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