6.14.2019

Get Ready with Me | Wedding Guest Edition

6:44 AM 3 Comments


In today's video, I invite you to get ready with me to attend a springtime wedding. I love dressing up for weddings and today I'm wearing my floral maxi dress from my core items.



Normally a wedding guest outfit will call for pulling from your extras (a fancy cocktail dress, or other special occasion dress) but I was able to dress up my core item floral maxi and make it look dressy and fashionable.


First, let's start with the makeup: Here is a list of all makeup I used in today's video.
barePro liquid foundation, bareMinerals under eye concealer, Finishing powder by A'DEL natural cosmetics, primer potion (for the eyelids), Osmosis eyeshadow in spice berry, A'DEL eyeliner pot, burgundy mascara (and primer), Osmosis blush, Osmosis highlighter (on top of the cheekbones), A'DEL lipstick in Deep and Osmosis lip gloss.



On my nails: Londontown Teatime (use code JenniferS for 25% off).



I flat ironed the frizzy parts of my hair with the n:p beautiful flat iron, and then used the curling iron to curl the ends.



I am wearing the floral maxi dress (also linking similar here, here and a budget option here), a tan pashmina, the Ferragamo pumps, and a clutch (linking similar here). The gemstone jewelry adds a dressy touch.

When you dress for a wedding, the goal is to look beautifully presentable to honor the occasion. One of the most frequently asked questions I receive about special occasions is, "What do I wear to a wedding in [insert location or time of year here]". If there isn't a specific dress code on the invitation, simply think about the venue, location, and time of year. A simple dress paired with a classy shawl, low heels, and a clutch (a hat, if you live in Europe) will do the trick. Just think of wearing a beautiful color that will stand out in pictures.

Some wonder if you can wear white or black to weddings. The rules have really changed, but I would still shy away from wearing white. Black is more acceptable, especially if it is a night wedding. Several guests wore black to the wedding I attended and they look beautiful as they dressed up their black dresses with lively jewelry, and shawls, etc.

These are my thoughts on wedding attire and I would love to hear yours below.

I hope you enjoyed today's video.

Comment of the Week
Edel M writes, "Your videos have inspired me to read books (Madame Chic Series/Mapp and Lucia/No 1 Female Detective Agency), listen to music, wear my apron and wear my good clothes (even around the house). I am inspired by your message and I look forward to trying the 10 core items wardrobe! Thank you. I needed to hear your message. I'm so glad to have found your channel."

Thank you, Edel! Welcome to the channel! I am thrilled that the books have made an impact on your life.

Thank you for watching today. I hope you have a lovely weekend and I will see you on Monday!


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6.13.2019

Husband and Wife Talk About STRESS | Ben and Jennifer Scott

6:48 AM 5 Comments


In part 3 of my stress series, I invite Ben on the channel to cap off our conversation about stress. We discuss stress from both a man and a woman's perspective. Ben, as usual, has some very insightful ideas to share and I hope you enjoy listening to him in today's video.



The statistics discussed in the video were taken from this Gallup poll.

The article lists the top two things to cause stress in one's life as children and work. Would you agree with that?

Would you say that stress for men and women is caused by different things? Is your significant other stressed out by the same things you are?

These are all interesting insights into the world of stress and we would love to hear from you in the comment section.

To see my previous videos on stress click here and here.


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Thank you for joining us today. I'll see you tomorrow for a Get Ready With Me: Wedding Guest Edition.



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6.11.2019

Ten-Item Wardrobe Burnout | 5 Tips

6:03 AM 5 Comments


Yesterday, we discussed how the Ten-Item Wardrobe can help with your shopping addiction. Today, we are going to discuss the ten-item wardrobe and burnout. Is it extreme minimalism? Is it sustainable?



Here are 5 tips to help you deal with ten-item wardrobe burnout:

Tip no. 1 It's OK to update your wardrobe when you experience a burnout. Burnouts normally occur as you approach the end of a season. You might feel tired of wearing the same items over and over and feel like doing some major shopping. Rather than going on a shopping spree, know that it's OK to update your wardrobe with key items. Just make sure your purchases are intentional and fit into your wardrobe. You might buy a beautiful summer blouse to wear to replace a heavier one you had in your spring wardrobe, for example.

Tip no. 2 Shop your other seasons. Since you store away your out-of-season clothes with the ten-item wardrobe, sometimes going through those clothes to find any ways to update your wardrobe (with a cardigan or a scarf, for example) can help with burnout. This is also especially handy if the weather changes and you are in need of clothes to adapt to the change in temperature.

Tip no. 3 Get creative with how you wear your outfits. Pair your core items with different sweaters, scarves, shoes, and jewelry to freshen up your outfits. You could also style your hair differently or do your makeup and nails in a new way to fix the burnout you're experiencing.

Tip no. 4 Plan for the upcoming season. Sometimes burnout is just restlessness. You can help this restlessness by planning for the upcoming season. Go through your stored clothing and assess what you will keep or donate and make a list of what you'll need to update your ten-item wardrobe going forward. Sometimes the "business" of these actions really help when we feel restless.

Tip no. 5 Rest in your decision to do the ten-item wardrobe and allow your discontent to pass through you. Let the discontent go and remind yourself why you're doing the ten-item wardrobe in the first place. Think about how much better your life is now that you are intentional about your wardrobe. You are saving money, you are looking presentable always, you are exhibiting your true style, plus so much more. Rest in the choices you have made with your intentional and minimal wardrobe.

For more on each of these tips, check out today's video.

News

📍The Chic Assignment for June is underway. I hope you'll join us!

📍Join me for the Mapp & Lucia book club's final installment, which will take place this summer. You can read my book club announcement here.

📍Check out my affordable eCourses: The Ten-Item Wardrobe, Chic Financial Principles for Debt-Free Living, and How to be Efficient at Home.

Comment of the Week
Shelley R. writes, "Jennifer I don't even know where to begin- I remember finding your first book in Barnes and Noble a few years back and being so intrigued. I usually don't even pick up that type of book but I was charmed by the cover and by what I read when I opened it up. The concepts you talk about have changed all aspects of my life. You are my favorite to watch on YouTube and You've blessed my life in so many ways. Thank you for your tireless work. ❤"

Shelley, your comment meant so much to me. Thank you for taking the time to share what the Madame Chic books have done for you. I never tire of hearing these wonderful testimonies. Thank you!


I would love to know... have you experienced ten-item wardrobe burnout? Let us know in the comment section.

I hope you enjoyed today's video. Thank you for watching. Please share these blogs with anyone you know who is interested in capsule wardrobe living. See you next time!



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6.10.2019

Addicted to Shopping? The Ten-Item Wardrobe Can Help

5:45 AM 0 Comments


In today's video, I discuss shopping addiction in relation to the ten-item wardrobe.



Here's my confession: I used to shop way too much. I loved shopping. I would always be browsing the stores, buying clothes and accessories and placing them in my closet. I loved the rush of buying something new. My wardrobe was very full. After I studied abroad in Paris and observed the ten-item wardrobe in action, I knew that there was a different way to live, but I didn't take any action upon my arrival back in the States. Why? Because old habits die hard!

But a few years later something changed. I realized I was wasting a lot of money. I also realized I never wore a large percentage of my wardrobe and still felt like I had nothing to wear when I opened it up each morning (even though I had so many clothes). I reminisced about the chic ten-item wardrobes I admired in Paris and knew that that was the path I had to take to break free from the thrill-seeking I got from clothes shopping.

I hope you enjoy today's video, which shares how the ten-item wardrobe can help you break free from poor shopping habits.

News
📍Have you seen our kitchen reveal? We renovated our dark and dated kitchen and now it is a beautiful French Country design. Read all about it here.

📍The Chic Assignment for June is underway. I hope you'll join us!

📍Join me for the Mapp & Lucia book club's final installment, which will take place this summer. You can read my book club announcement here.

📍Check out my affordable eCourses: The Ten-Item Wardrobe, Chic Financial Principles for Debt-Free Living, and How to be Efficient at Home.

📍My friend, Robin, from Faith and Flour, has shared her ten-item wardrobe for Summer. You can check it out here for more dressing inspiration.

On Instagram
Madame Chic in Poland...


Comment of the Week
Nancy writes, "About Shakespeare's sonnets, I don't have to read them - I have done that many times in undergrad and grad school. I know my favorite easily, 130. That is a description of real love. It's funny but so true. I love his sonnets and how they are structured (similar to some Psalms) and his use of language is really without compare. Genius! I listened to Bolero while doing some house work and I almost naturally marched to the beat. : ) Working on the water and dining out doors soon. I love these assignments! They are fun and bring joy. I'm so glad you started them."

Hi Nancy, thank you for updating us on The Chic Assignment! I find that Boléro is a great piece to play when you need to be productive because the beat is so motivating. I find myself marching to it too :)

Thank you for joining us today and I'll see you next time for part 2 of this video, dealing with Ten-Item Wardrobe Burn-out.


*Please note: if you have a serious addiction, this is not meant to take the place of a certified counselor. Please seek professional help for any addictive tendencies you may have.



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6.08.2019

A'DEL Natural Cosmetics | Natural Home with Jennifer | Swatches + Le No Makeup Look Tutorial

11:13 AM 6 Comments


On today's Natural Home with Jennifer I have a lovely natural cosmetics line to introduce to you: A'DEL Natural Cosmetics. I found them on Instagram and reached out to Arlene, the owner, to see if they would like to be featured on Natural Home with Jennifer.



I love discovering these beautifully crafted artisanal products. A'del Natural Cosmetics is a lovely small business that deserves attention. Arlene has been so generous to give us 20% off with the code TDC20 (this excludes the sale of sample sizes).



Here are swatches of the lipsticks, which are beautiful, neutral shades. Ingredients: Certified Organic Castor Oil, Certified Organic Jojoba Oil, Certified Organic Beeswax, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Certified Organic Carnauba Wax, Certified Organic Shea Butter, Vitamin E Oil (non-GMO from sunflower), Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides



These are the swatches of the loose eyeshadow. Ingredients: Mica, Non-Nano Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides These shadows are so good and have no fallout. I'm wearing the shades bashful and xo in the video today.



The cream blush is very impressive. I have the shade peach here. It blends beautifully and lasts all day. This is the shade peach. Ingredients: Fractionated Coconut Oil, Certified Organic Arrowroot Powder, Water-Washed Quarry-Mined Unbleached Kaolin Clay, Boron Nitride, Certified Organic Carnauba Wax, Non-Nano Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides (in all shades), Mica (in Cherry Pink), Carmine (in Pink Melon and Cherry Pink)



The Moisturizing Facial Stick acts as a moisturizer and a primer for the foundation. Ingredients: Candelilla Wax, Mango Butter, *Avocado Butter, *Sunflower Oil, *Borage Seed Oil, *Perilla Seed Oil, *Cranberry Seed Oil, Vitamin E Oil (non-GMO from sunflower, Lavender Scent contains *Lavender Essential Oil *Certified Organic, Non Irradiated and Non-GMO



They have two different foundation options: the cream foundation Ingredients: Fractionated Coconut Oil, Certified Organic Arrowroot Powder, Unbleached Quarry-Mined Water-Washed Kaolin Clay, Rice Powder, Boron Nitride, Certified Organic Carnauba Wax, Non-Nano Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide 77491, Iron Oxide 77492, Iron Oxide 77499 and the loose foundation Ingredients: Certified Organic Arrowroot Powder, Unbleached Quarry-Mined Water-Washed Kaolin Clay, Rice Powder, Boron Nitride, Non-Nano Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide 77491, Iron Oxide 77492, Iron Oxide 77499 Set it all with the setting powder. The foundations are both great and I love their natural ingredients. I would recommend ordering the sample set to find your perfect shade.


Also featured: the eyeliner, which is so good! You can see in the video how nicely it applies.

The makeup brushes I use for the most part (with the exception of the eyeliner brush, which is from A'del, are by Osmosis Skincare).

News
📍Have you seen our kitchen reveal? We renovated our dark and dated kitchen and now it is a beautiful French Country design. Read all about it here.

📍The Chic Assignment for June was announced this weekend. I hope you'll join us!

📍Join me for the Mapp & Lucia book club's final installment, which will take place this summer. You can read my book club announcement here.

📍Check out my affordable eCourses: The Ten-Item Wardrobe, Chic Financial Principles for Debt-Free Living, and How to be Efficient at Home.



📍Those of you who have asked me about the Teami blends tea review: They are having a 30% off sale this weekend (ends Sunday) Use code JLS30 to get 30% off of your order of $38 or more.

Comment of the Week
Regarding the kitchen renovation, Karen writes, "Love, love it!! It really is amazing what newly painted cabinet doors can do. Would you be willing to share the source for your door pulls/knobs? That's something that we would like to update in our kitchen. I'm never sure what's "in" and what's "out" with colors for hardware like that. :)"

Hi Karen, the brass knobs and pulls are Bremen 1 from Hardware Resources. Thank you!

I hope you enjoyed today's Natural Home with Jennifer. I'll see you on Monday for an all new video! Have a lovely weekend.



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6.07.2019

Rebound with Me | 5-minute Routine | June 2019

6:39 AM 2 Comments


Welcome to my monthly rebounding video. The weather is heating up and it's fun to jump outside and get some fresh air. As usual, I'm jumping on my Needak soft bounce rebounder.



Many people have been asking me how I'm losing the baby weight and rebounding is a big part of that. The best part is that I look forward to jumping everyday. It's the funnest form of exercise second only to swimming! I hope you enjoy today's video.

This video is for entertainment purposes only. Please consult your physician before embarking on a rebounding routine.

Have a wonderful day and I'll see you tomorrow for a fun makeup Natural Home with Jennifer!



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6.06.2019

New Kitchen Reveal | Before & After | French Country Kitchen | Jennifer L. Scott

6:25 AM 18 Comments

When we bought our house nearly two years ago we knew we would have to ultimately redo the kitchen. Several appliances were malfunctioning, a few drawers were broken, and we were not happy with the decor... at all. When the most recent appliance broke (the stove), we decided it was time to redo the kitchen.



It took three weeks and what resulted is the most dramatic renovation Ben and I have ever done!

Here are a few shots of the kitchen before the remodel.


We are very grateful to have such a large kitchen. We did not like the darkness of the granite and the darker cabinets, however. We also had another conundrum... the seating in the kitchen was a major problem for us.



Ben, the girls, and I found ourselves sitting at the barstools to have our meals... we would usually be facing a sink of dishes. Meanwhile, the boys, would be in the high chair and another chair closer to the ground. We were all scattered, yet we didn't want to put a table next to the barstools because it would be too cluttered. With the really little kids we do not dine in our formal dining room everyday. With the upholstered chairs and carpet, it's just not practical. You will see our solution a few pictures down from here...



And here is the "after"


Ben and I were interested in grey cabinets. My mother-in-law recently renovated a flat in England (more on that later) with grey cabinets and she did such a beautiful job, it inspired us to do the same with our kitchen here. Funny enough, though we intended to have grey, the color really turned out to be blue. We love the shade and feel that is very unique. It is a custom mix so I do not have a name for this paint. Ben calls it "duck egg blue".



Here you can see the solution to our dining conundrum. We had our contractor create a built-in bench in the island where the barstools sat previously. Then we added a farmhouse table and bench on the other side (these are from Living Spaces). My friend, Lisa, gave me this idea after hearing about our seating problem. Thank you, Lisa, for this wonderful idea!



The countertops are white quartz and the backsplash is white subway tile. The grout we chose is rolling fog. I picked brass knobs and pulls after having a discussion with my lovely friend, Hilary from Old World Home. Hilary has excellent interior design sense and she thought brass would look smashing with the grey/blue cabinets. She was right!



The appliances are Kitchen Aid and the sink is cast iron Kohler. We were able to say on budget by keeping our cabinets and just replacing the doors. We are thrilled with our new kitchen and have been enjoying it immensely. I hope you enjoy today's video. I would love to hear your thoughts on our dramatic kitchen transformation!

News
📍The Chic Assignment for June was announced this weekend. I hope you'll join us!

📍Join me for the Mapp & Lucia book club's final installment, which will take place this summer. You can read my book club announcement here.

📍Check out my affordable eCourses: The Ten-Item Wardrobe, Chic Financial Principles for Debt-Free Living, and How to be Efficient at Home.

On Instagram
Madame Chic and a beautiful latte...


Comment of the Week
Ashlyn writes, "I am a new follower of your blog--I began following you last month. I just want to say that I love the Chic Assignments! The one for May was my first, and I loved doing everything. I could not wait to wake up today and see this month's. I can't wait to begin! Thank you so much for what you do!"

Ashlyn, thank you for taking part in The Chic Assignment and welcome to the blog! I am always excited when new people join us because it means our community is growing. Thank you!

I hope you enjoyed today's kitchen transformation. I'll see you soon!



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6.03.2019

Weekly Outfits from my Ten-Item Wardrobe | New Jeans & Top

9:10 AM 7 Comments

Welcome to another week of outfits for ten-item wardrobe inspiration. This week we are attending a Memorial Day BBQ and even a wedding. This was a fun week and I have some new items to share with you, including new jeans (Yay! Plus, I got a discount code for you. See below) and a wonderful versatile new shirt.






LL Bean polka dot dress
, cropped navy cardigan, my phone case is by Casetify


LL Bean floral dress, tie-waist cardigan (similar)


nautical stripe shirt, denim skirt, navy cardigan, Kork-ease sandals, on my nails: Londontown guilty pleasure Use code JenniferS for 25% off your order.


Red floral blouse, Lands' end jeans (This is the last time you'll see these jeans. I am donating them. I am linking my new Mott & Bow jeans here), leopard sandals


Olive LL Bean dress, Garnet Hill sweater, tan waist belt, nude patent sandal


Sea foam fit and flare dress, NEW denim top from Morning Lavender (wonderful cropped, tie-front top that is great for layering), nude patent sandal


Blush lace tee, nude camisole, Mott & Bow mom jeans I LOVE these new jeans and will do a dedicated review. I reached out to the company to ask for a discount code. Use code JLS10 for 10% off


A.P.C. dress (linking similar here, here, and here), Kork-ease sandals, Daily Connoisseur mug


Wedding guest outfit: Floral maxi dress (linking similar here ), tan pashmina, nude clutch, Ferragamo heels

Much of the jewelry, with the exception of the gemstone jewelry for the wedding, is from Ana Luisa: Use code Jennifer10 for $10 off your order

I hope you enjoy today's video.

News
📍The Chic Assignment for June was announced this weekend. I hope you'll join us!

📍Join me for the Mapp & Lucia book club's final installment, which will take place this summer. You can read my book club announcement here.

📍Check out my affordable eCourses: The Ten-Item Wardrobe, Chic Financial Principles for Debt-Free Living, and How to be Efficient at Home.

📍My friend, Elizabeth Ensor, who has always been so supportive of the Madame Chic books, has launched a new eCourse for children on photography. Check out her amazing Light Box Photography Club on Teachable to introduce your children to photography. Congratulations Elizabeth!

On Instagram
LeChefsWife, Anina Belle Giannini, keeps Madame Chic by her bedside...


Comment of the Week
On The Chic Assignment for June, Amy writes, "Winter has arrived in Sydney but today I am off to the local National Park to some fresh air where I will have a picnic lunch and listen to Bolero. Maybe the kookaburras might enjoy that piece of music"

Wonderful, Amy! I hope you enjoyed your afternoon. It sounds like a lovely plan. Thank you to everyone who checks in with their Chic Assignment findings.


Thank you for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed this outfits of the week inspiration! Let me know which look is your favorite and how your ten-item wardrobe is coming along and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog. See you soon!

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