French Manicure Tutorial (Easy)
There is something so timeless and classic about a French manicure, but many women only get them if they visit a nail salon because they seem too complicated to do at home.
Today, I share my special technique with you. It requires practice and patience, but in the long-run is less complicated than many of the other techniques out there. Some people use a makeup brush dipped in polish remover, others use stickers or tape to create the little white line... I like to hold the brush still and roll my finger to create a natural-looking line. This technique is demonstrated in this week's video, along with some of my other tips to successfully create a French manicure at home.
Please check out this week's video for the full tutorial. If you are unable to see the video above, click here, look in the sidebar of this blog, or visit my channel (and don't forget to subscribe!) at www.youtube.com/TheDailyConnoisseur
A classic French manicure is perfect for this upcoming holiday season, especially if you are on a budget or don't have time to go out and get a professional manicure. I urge you to try one at home!
Vicki Archer of the beautiful French Essence blog, has chosen Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic for her Christmas Edit.
Meghan Carver, Lawyer Mom lists Lessons from Madame Chic as one of two perspective-altering books.
This past week I signed more Madame Chic books at Pages, A Bookstore in Manhattan Beach. Thank you to everyone who ordered personalized and signed copies. Santa is coming to your house this year!
Letter of the Week
J. Claire writes:
Thank you so much for inspiring me to live better. I admit that when I first read some of your ideas, like how to fold towels or arrange flowers, I sort of rolled my eyes and thought about how I was too busy to be bothered by such trivial things. My apartment was a mess, my husband and I ate microwaved dinners in front of the TV, I would run errands in sweats, and I told myself that it was to be expected because I had so many other things to worry about. My husband and I both work long hours during the day and I attend law school in the evenings, so it's not unusual at all for me to leave for work at 7:30 in the morning and return home at 11:00 at night. Thankfully, I kept reading your books and your blog while I was on the subway and the ideas really started to sink in. I realized that I was using my crazy schedule as an excuse to be sloppy, and that the little changes you recommend are easy to implement but make a huge impact on quality of life. I derive so much more pleasure from little daily things, like having candlelight dinner with my husband or freshly folded laundry, now that I do them carefully and thoughtfully. I'm so glad that I finally embraced the message behind your books and your blog and learned that there is no such thing as being too busy to live well.
Dear J.Claire, I love that you started off reluctant and then were open enough to try the techniques. I am so happy to hear that they are enriching your life. Keep up the great work!
Comment of the Week
I enjoy your piano performances very much, especially because you are not a professional! There is an honesty and courage in publishing a performance that is not absolutely perfect, and it is so inspiring, because it is something we amateurs can relate and aspire to as well. I am 48 years old, and last year I was finally able to fulfill a lifelong dream and start taking piano lessons. My children are ten and twelve, and both started lessons when they were seven years old, so I am just a measly 40 years behind... Playing and learning new songs is giving me so much joy and enriches my life way beyond the obvious. It is never too late to pick up a new skill, and as long as we are realistic in our expectations there is no telling where it will lead us.
Thank you for your books and this blog. Your message is such an important one, and I find it encouraging to see so many people here on this site who also wish to live beautiful and cultured lives and teach our children the value of manners and poise.
Dear Ulrike, I am so happy to hear you are taking piano lessons. Age really never matters with learning the piano and I am happy that at 48, you have decided to challenge yourself. I hope you enjoy the process!
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