10.28.2013

Signature Scent Update and Forever Chic Giveaway


Have you ever changed your signature scent? Or have you been content with the same fragrance for years? Are you still on the search for your signature scent? This week's video gives you an update on my own perfume journey and announces my new signature scent (hint: there's a twist to this story).

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Forever Chic Giveaway
My dear blogging friend, Tish Jett, from A Femme d'un Certain Age has just published her book, Forever Chic. Tish was kind enough to share Lessons from Madame Chic with her readers when it came out, and now I am so happy to be able to mention her book to you. Aimed for women over 40 (and all who are interested in aging gracefully), this book is sure to delight Francophiles everywhere. Tish's book dishes out many French secrets and shares her own chic journey as a woman of a certain age.

Tish and Rizzoli are kind enough to offer to give away one copy of Forever Chic to a reader of the Daily Connoisseur. This giveaway is open worldwide so all of you can enter. Please enter via the rafflecopter widget below. The winner will be announced on the widget one week from today.
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For more on Tish, visit her blog here and check out her book here. Bonne Chance!

Thank you

All of my writing energy has been going into this new book, so the writing on the blog has been a bit "light" of late. I wanted to extend a thank you to my readers for being so understanding. I have two little girls to look after as well and they are my first priority so I must find the right balance. I don't want to compromise on the blog's quality and aim to provide you with a thought-provoking or interesting video each week. Thank you for bearing with me and being so supportive. See you next week! xx

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10.20.2013

New Book Club Selection, Artistic Entrepreneur & More



Hello everyone... I hope you had a great weekend!

I've been working so much on the new book (deadline January 15th) that I have been behind on the blog preparation. But I managed to shoot this week's video, which turned out pretty substantial after all. It discusses my recent Harvey Mudd talk on artistic entrepreneurship and introduces our next book club selection, The Untethered Soul.

I won't start the book club until the new year but I wanted to give you ample time to get ready. The Untethered Soul has completely knocked me off my feet. And if you find The Four Agreements life-changing, you will be blown away by the lessons in this book.
My dear friend, Matt Weinstein, sent me this picture of my book from Grand Central Station, NYC. You can imagine how thrilled I was to see Lessons from Madame Chic placed right next to The Untethered Soul!

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This week I would love to know... are you an artist? How do you share your art with the world? Are you an artistic entrepreneur?

News

Lessons from Madame Chic is featured on Little Yellow Couch as part of their series on civilized living.

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10.13.2013

New Makeup Loves from CHANEL, Bobbi Brown & Hourglass




I've been playing around with makeup recently and wanted to share some new finds I absolutely love. So here we go!

CHANEL Perfection Lumière Foundation
I normally either wear tinted moisturizer or mineral foundation and was looking for something heavier for when I need more coverage. I've always loved CHANEL makeup and this foundation is no exception.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Caviar Ink
and
Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush
I love this eyeliner and eyeliner brush! My friend, Bex, first used it on me for the Rayli photo shoot I did recently and I fell in love with it. I never thought I could apply a gel liner but, it turns out I can. I'm having fun experimenting with the different variations on le no makeup look "defined eye" (my favorite!) I can achieve with this liner. I highly recommend it.

CHANEL Éclat Lumière Highlighter Face Pen
This is really great for when you want to add light under your eyes for dark circles. It also works for any other areas you'd like to add a touch of light (like the sides of the nose or tops of cheek bones). It works simultaneously as a highlighter and a concealer. While shooting this video, the high-voltage lighting I'm using is making it stand out really prominently. I promise it does not look like this in natural light, or even with the flash of a camera. I now know to blend it a little better when shooting my videos! But honestly, I had the worst dark circles the day I shot this video and the highlight pen covered them up nicely. A lot of the online reviews complain that this product wears out too quickly for the price, but I've used mine regularly for three months now and it isn't finished yet...

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
This is one of those fun products to experiment with. I love Hourglass (their tinted moisturizer is awesome) and these ambient lighting powders give your face the effect of being seen through various shades of light.

Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick in Vintage
A lovely "no makeup look" shade, perfect for that natural, rosy lip.


For a closer look at the makeup, check out this week's video, New Makeup Loves. If you are unable to see the video above, click here, look in the sidebar of this blog, or check out my channel: www.youtube.com/TheDailyConnoisseur

This week I would love to know... what are your new makeup loves?

My Talk at Harvey Mudd College


I'd like to say thank you to the students of Harvey Mudd's Entrepreneurial Network for being such a great audience last week. The talk focused on my experience as an artistic entrepreneur. I hope I inspired some young entrepreneurs to get passionate, take control of their careers and to let their darkest moments raise them up. Thank you, again, to Harvey Mudd for hosting such a fantastic event! I will share my insights (and hopefully an edited video of the talk) on a future episode of the Daily Connoisseur.


News

Hear my thoughts on yoga pants, marriage and the fabulous Madame Chic in this interview for Feather Factor.

Lessons from Madame Chic is not just for women. Check out this awesome review from M. Lane's Epic blog on why men should read it too. High praise from a true gentleman.

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10.10.2013

Magical Fashionista Book Giveaway

Metaphysical author, Tess Whitehurst, recently contacted me to let me know how much she enjoyed Lessons from Madame Chic. I was tickled to hear from her because I've really enjoyed her insights on feng shui in her books, Magical Housekeeping and The Good Energy Book. Tess recently came out with Magical Fashionista: Dress for the Life You Want and she was kind enough to offer to give away one signed book to a reader of the Daily Connoisseur.

Drawing on astrology, feng shui and psychology, this mystical guide shows how fashion with intention can be a powerful and life-affirming practice. Now I must mention that this is not a traditional style guide in any sense of the word. It discusses moon signs, horoscopes, rituals, fashion spells, crystals and mystical concepts of that nature and relates them all to fashion (which is why I thought this would be a perfect giveaway for the month of October!).

So while some of the concepts in this book aren't for everyone, if you are interested in metaphysics, you'll certainly gleam joy and insight from it. I also find that this book is substantial enough that you can easily absorb what interests you (I'm a cancer and really enjoyed reading about how fashion relates to my water sign) and leave what doesn't pertain to your lifestyle or beliefs.

Here is what Publishers Weekly had to say about Magical Fashionista:

"In this satisfying and unusual style guide...Whitehurst examines the metaphysics of fashion and its potential as a personal art project...Though Whitehurst instructs readers to "stand like a celebrity" and "walk like a supermodel," it's obvious that readers are meant to think of themselves on the same playing field, not as inferior beings...sure to be welcomed by the open-minded fashion lover."

This giveaway is open to US residents only. Please enter via rafflecopter below. I will announce the winner on the rafflecopter widget one week from today. Good luck!

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10.06.2013

Always Do Your Best



Our Four Agreements book club concludes this week with the final video, Always Do Your Best. I've been blown away by your comments the past few weeks. Thank you for sharing your experiences with all of us. This is my favorite agreement because it gives us hope. We don't have to be perfect. We are going to make mistakes. All that matters is that we honestly try to do our best in every moment.

This agreement relates to so many of the topics in Lessons from Madame Chic, like "look presentable always" and "simple pleasures". You'll hear more about that and much more in this week's video. If you are unable to see the video above, click here, look in the sidebar of this blog, or visit my channel: www.youtube.com/TheDailyConnoisseur.

Here are some notable quotes from the chapter:

The fourth agreement is about the action of the first three: Always do your best.
p. 75

You will see that all of the agreements are intertwined. You will notice that the four of them combined affect so much of your life. And really, all you can do when you're practicing being impeccable with your word, not taking things personally and not making assumptions, is to do your best.

If you always do your best there is no way you can judge yourself. And if you don't judge yourself there is no way you are going to suffer from guilt, blame and self-punishment. p. 77

Just do your best. Don't shame yourself if you slip up. Try to learn from each and every one of your failures. Let them make you stronger, not weaker.

Doing your best, you are going to live your life intensely. p. 78

YES! :)

Doing your best really doesn't feel like work because you enjoy whatever you are doing. p. 81

This really reminds me about simple pleasures. Just taking pleasure in the simple and small things in life... thinking about tasks that are traditionally boring and mundane and getting pleasure out of them. Practice this and you can enjoy yourself no matter what you are doing.

If you are impeccable with your word, if you don't take anything personally, if you don't make assumptions, if you always do your best, then you are going to have a beautiful life. p. 88

This is a nice quote to conclude on. It all sounds so simple but we know that it is not easy. The best way is to be aware every day. Be present in your own life and just do your best.

As always, I would love to hear from you. What is your experience with always doing your best?

Thank you for joining me for this Four Agreements book club...

See you on Thursday for a fun book giveaway!

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