11.20.2017

High Fashion Dry Cleaner Dress? Teatime with Jennifer



In today's special fashion edition of Teatime with Jennifer, I'm wearing my own version of Moschino's dry cleaner dress.



First, Nordstrom sold fake mud jeans and now Moschino is selling a dress that is modeled after the bag you get at the dry cleaner. Moschino sells this dress for around $737.



This truly reminded me of the episode of I Love Lucy, where Lucy and Ethel are in Paris longing to own a true Parisian haute couture gown. Ricky and Fred decide to trick them and construct a potato sack dress to tell them this is high fashion.



Lucy and Ethel are thrilled and wear their potato sack dresses out and about. When they discover they have been tricked, they throw their dresses away in contempt!



But the next day... they see the chicest Parisian models wearing potato sack dresses.

Trendy fashion will come and go, but classic styles endure! I hope you enjoy my commentary and fashion show in today's Teatime with Jennifer video :)


News
My book, CONNOISSEUR KIDS, will be released in the fall of 2019 from Chronicle Books. Read all about it here.

Take my new 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!



Here is another great testimonial on the ten-item wardrobe eCourse from Nora, who writes, "Hi Jennifer, I am so enjoying this course. I had (what I considered to be) a pretty minimalist wardrobe before, but I actually ended up donating 13 items of clothing after the first lesson! That might not sound like much, but I promise you it was a good chunk of my small wardrobe. I found a lot of value in this lesson, too. Your solution for people who don't like many (or any!) of the pieces they are keeping--update gradually with pieces that reflect your personal style--spoke to me on more than one level. There are a few pieces in my existing wardrobe that I'm not sure fit my personal style, but I also have found recently that I am SO OVER all of my home decor. I have replaced my old sectional with a lovely, modern couch and repainted my living room, but I find myself wanting to scrap it all and buy all new furniture right now! Your advice to slow down, save and budget, and replace pieces gradually in a responsible way has really helped me reframe my mindset about redecorating AND building my wardrobe! Thank you so much! Nora"

Hi Nora, I loved your comment! It's great to see that the ten-item wardrobe has given you self-discipline in other areas of your life. You will enjoy your new living room so much more if you take it slowly and don't go into debt over it. Congratulations!



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Comment of the Week
On last week's Thanksgiving post, DJ writes,"Jennifer, I loved all your tips. I'm glad you mentioned the bathroom as often it's forgotten! Always best to leave out extra supplies - extra roll of tissue, a few extra hand towels - go in and toss out the old hand towels after a while and hang new ones! Everyone appreciates a fresh bathroom! Something that saves me stress is to get my house immaculately clean the week before Thanksgiving and then all I have to do is tidy up the house the day before and add some fresh flowers. Use up the food in your refrigerator the week before and totally clean the fridge as you won't have room for any old food once you start using the fridge on T-day! I love Robyn's idea of keeping notes from year to year! Wish I had done that. Of course you should allow guests to bring a dish! When I'm a guest along with a dish or two, I bring the hostess a large poinsettia to help her start off the Christmas season the next day!"

I loved your comment DJ. It's a great idea to get your house prepared in advance for hosting Thanksgiving. I'm wishing you and all of our American readers a very happy Thanksgiving this week!

Today, I would love to know... what do you think about Moschino's dry clean dress? Would you pay $737 for this dress? What do you think of absurd fashion as seen on celebrities on the red carpet? Let me know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog.

There will not be a post on Thursday, in observance of Thanksgiving, but I will see you on Friday for a planning for Christmas video (with free printables!) See you then!



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11.16.2017

Natural Curls Tutorial with Heated Headband | SoCal Curls



As promised, I have the heatless curls headband tutorial today from SoCal Curls. This is a really innovative, stylish and gentle way to curl your hair. I'm wearing the navy floral headband in this video.

The headband method is innovative because you simply put the headband in the microwave for 30 seconds, then proceed to wrap your hair around it. After thirty minutes or more, you have beautiful waves!



It's stylish because this is the first curling system that actually looks good while you are wearing it. You can even go out in public and no one would know you were curling your hair.



It's gentle because this is a natural, no-heat method of curling the hair. I spray hairspray before wearing the headband and after releasing the curls to help my curls stay. This is a much gentler way to curl the hair than using a traditional curling iron. I like both the Kenra volume spray and Kenra thermal styling spray.



I hope you enjoy today's video!

Find different colors for the headbands on Amazon in Malibu Chic, Retro Red, Boho Beauty,Pin Up Blue, Chevron, Desert Sunset, Sterling Grey

And please check out SoCal Curls website for all of their pretty headbands plus more tutorials.

News
My book, CONNOISSEUR KIDS, will be released in the fall of 2019 from Chronicle Books. Read all about it here.

Take my new 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!



Here is a wonderful testimonial on the the ten-item wardrobe eCourse from Paula J, who writes, "Oh, Jennifer, I cannot adequately describe what the 10-item (capsule) wardrobe has done for me! First of all, I love the look of my closet. When we went to Harrod's in London last year I noted that the clothing racks in the women's and children's departments had quite a space between each item and one did not have to pull items away from each other to see them. That is how my closet looks now. :) Secondly, I am excited to chose my clothes for the day and figure out the accessories. Thirdly, when I sort my clothes from the dirty clothes basket before laundering them, I am excited to see them and eager to have them available to wear again. (Who would have thought that would happen?) Additionally, I am finding myself taking time to take care of my nails, and I am finding that I can more easily pare down in other areas of the house. I have found it much easier to pack for a trip, also. I think you can tell that I am more than excited about this development! I have toyed with the idea of doing this paring down of my wardrobe before, but was intimidated. Your videos make it so easy to do. Thank you so very much for offering this class and for all of your wonderful videos and the help they give and the music you include in many of them. Very chic, Madame Jennifer!"


Thank you so much, Paula J. I loved your testimonial!

Comment of the Week
On Monday's Thanksgiving post, Unknown writes: A good many years ago now we were hosting an Asian family for Thanksgiving. The turkey, perched beautifully in its heavy aluminum container was browning a lovely golden brown so I wanted to check the internal temperature to see how much longer it had. I wear glasses so as soon as I opened the oven door and slid the rack out just a bit, my glasses steamed immediately leaving me "totally blind" and, to my horror, the bird simultaneously flew out of its container, slid across the oven door and perched itself just as nicely as you please, breast side up, onto the kitchen floor!!! I was stunned, horrified, and, having regained my sight, stood there in complete disbelief. My family gathered round to see what the commotion was...I just busted up laughing!!! They thought I'd gone crackers! It was so absolutely unbelievable, what else could I do?? When I resumed composure, I just picked that bird right up, plopped it back in its tray, and back into the oven it went. And we're none the worse for it. The event was wonderful, our guests loved their first Thanksgiving meal, and I have an unbelievable secret story to "relish" the rest of my living days. The moral of the story: keep your face away from the outgoing steam and put the turkey/container on a cookie sheet for stability. This doesn't need to happen twice!! Haha


Unknown, I had to laugh at your hostess horror story! Sometimes laughing is the only thing we can do! I have one for you now. One year, early in our marriage, my husband and I were on our way to Thanksgiving, which was being hosted at my sister's house. I am always in charge of making the pies, and that year I had made one pumpkin, one pecan and one apple pie. As we loaded the car, the pumpkin pie was in a crate laying flat on the floor of the passenger side where I was sitting. As my husband helped me load the car, he ducked into the passenger side to get something and put his foot right in the middle of my perfect pumpkin pie! It was covered with plastic wrap and the footprint was preserved beautifully like a fossil. Ha! All we could do was laugh :)


Today I would love to know what you think of the heated headband tutorial. Do you have any unique no-heat ways you curl your hair?

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11.13.2017

Hosting Thanksgiving? My Best Tips



Hosting Thanksgiving is a lot different than attending a Thanksgiving gathering as a guest. After hosting several Thanksgivings over the years, I have gathered together my best tips for hosting for this festive holiday. I hope you enjoy today's video!

Here is a brief summary of the main points I make in the video:

Don't forget to provide food before and after the Thanksgiving meal. Sometimes guests arrive hours before the meal and it's nice to have appetizers out to whet their appetite. This seems obvious, but sadly many people have had the experience of showing up with no food for hours. When hungry and thirsty travelers are coming to your home, you must feed them and give them refreshment.

Accept help from your guests. Most people like to bring their signature dish. Make them feel special by complimenting them on this "famous" dish.

Set the table the night before. Make your tablescape spectacular with what you already have. When you set the table the night before, you are able to really focus on the details and make it look special. For inspiration from previous years, check out My Thanksgiving Table 2015 and my New Year's Table 2016.

Pre-cook as much as you can the day before, so the day of, you just need to reheat the dishes. The turkey is best cooked on Thanksgiving day.

Place all of the little things like salt & pepper, water pitchers, etc. on the table before serving. Many times these necessities are forgotten and you end up popping up every few minutes to get them.

Serve buffet-style for ease, especially since you don't want to crowd your beautiful table setting. Unless you have a very large table, it's impractical to have all of the serving dishes displayed on the table. Serve buffet-style and make the buffet look beautiful and enticing.

Lay out your outfit the night before. This should be easy with your ten-item wardrobe :)

Refresh the guest bathroom several times throughout the day. Try to go in at least once or twice an hour to make sure it's tidy and has all of the necessary supplies.


News
My book, CONNOISSEUR KIDS, will be released in the fall of 2019 from Chronicle Books. Read all about it here. And thank you so much to everyone for your wonderfully supportive comments and input. I am really enjoying writing this book!

Take my new 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!



Here is another great testimonial for the ten-item wardrobe eCourse.
This course is inspiring. I'm so thankful for my friend who told me about this. I have to travel a lot and I am so tired of dealing with all the luggage. I live in a tiny house in a country that is not my own and storage is a problem. I have been reading up on capsule wardrobes and just didn't think I could do it. After watching this course, I bought your book Lessons from Madame Chic and I am ready to take the plunge. Thank you so much!!!!

Intentional Simplicity enjoys Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic and a cup of tea...



Comment of the Week
On the Traveling with Kids post, Gwen B writes: I love these tips and agree with them all.
My girls are a similar age to yours at 8 and 4, and love travelling and flying especially. It is about the magic of it. When it gets turbulent my children love the "roller-coaster" experience, and aeroplane food can be a "midnight feast" or TV dinner. Seeing the excitement from their eyes helps so much. One thing that also works really well for us is to buy a magazine at the airport on the way out so they choose their treat and have something new for the journey, and save a new activity book for the long flight home. Always something fresh that way.
I have been really enjoying your videos from abroad, although I'm a little disappointed that you didn't get the chance to travel from England up to Scotland. I am sure that you would have so much to share. Maybe another time?....


Gwen, I love how you creatively re-brand the general airplane activities to make them more exciting for your children! I would love to visit Scotland one day. What a beautiful country from what I've seen! Thanks for your comment.


Today I would love to know... have you ever hosted Thanksgiving? Do you have any triumphs to share? Any horror stories? Do you have any interesting stories from the guest's perspective? Let me know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on The Daily Connoisseur.


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11.09.2017

My Next Book | CONNOISSEUR KIDS | Chronicle Books



Hello dear readers,

I am so pleased today to finally announce the details on my next book, CONNOISSEUR KIDS, from Chronicle Books.

CONNOISSEUR KIDS is a book on etiquette, manners and living well for little ones! It is an interactive book for the whole family, encouraging family togetherness and bonding over etiquette, manners and tidiness lessons.

All parents want to raise well-mannered children. They are a joy to be around! This book will be a game-changer in the etiquette genre because it encourages the child to not only think about how they can live well through etiquette, but also why it's important and how it will help them in their daily lives.

CONNOISSEUR KIDS will be released in the fall of 2019. As I write the book, I would love to hear from you! Please leave me your suggestions. What areas do you and your children struggle with? Table manners? Tidy rooms? Social interactions? Communication? As you look beyond your own children to society, what areas do you think parents in general need to improve upon? Please leave me your feedback below. I love to hear from you!

I would like to thank my agent, Erica Silverman, at Trident Media Group, as well as my new editor, Sarah Billingsley, at Chronicle Books. I also want to thank all of you for your unwavering support over the years! I am so excited and feel very passionately about this next project and hope you do too.

With love,

Jennifer


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11.06.2017

Traveling with Kids | My Top Ten Tips



Today's video has been highly requested. It seems that many families are interested in how to handle traveling with small children. I have a lot of experience in this area and today I offer my top ten tips for you.

We have three children, ages 5, 7 and 17 months. I've traveled everywhere from England with my two toddler daughters alone, all the way to Japan with my 3 month old baby boy... alone too!

This time, my husband was with us and we were with all three kids. So whether you have a short flight over Thanksgiving weekend, a long-haul flight or even just a road trip, I think you can benefit from my advice in today's video.

Here is a short summary of my ten points in the video:

1. Plan as much as you can! Then be prepared to throw your plans out the window when things change :)

2. Be prepared with snacks/ activity books (see my suggestion below).

3. If you allow your children to use an iPad or tablet, deprive them of it for a few weeks before the flight to make
it a special treat.

4. Have your children bring a backpack on the plane with their own personal items: activity books, water, snack,
airplane pillow and headphones. Make sure they know they're responsible for it.

5. For babies, make sure you have different ways to carry them. Moby wrap or baby bjorn in addition to a stroller.

6. Have a sense of humor! Laughter is one of the best ways to dissolve stress.

7. Emphasize that you are a family team and that we all need to think about other people before we
think about ourselves.

8. Totally surrender. You won’t be able to relax with a toddler on an airplane. If you do, it’s a pleasant surprise!


9. Employ patience. Extreme patience.

10. Do what comforts you and try to focus on why you are traveling in the first place.

These are the three items I mentioned in the video:


Never Bored Kid Book age 5-6 These activity books are really impressive. We've tried dozens of them and these are definitely the best! Also age 6-7, age 7-8, age 8-9, age 4-5



Kids airplane neck pillow shaped like a dachshund. These pillows were so welcome on the flight. The airplane no longer supplies pillows so I was grateful we brought these for the girls.


Lil Gadgets kids headphones Again, the airlines don't supply headphones. I find that these, which are made for children's heads work a lot better than the standard adult earphones.

News

Enter the Jord Wood Watch Giveaway. You have until November 26th...

Be sure to stop back on Thursday for a major announcement!

Take my new 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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Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic and a delightful lunch in Vintage Loving Celiac's Instagram post...



Comment of the Week
Jody writes: LOVE the Jord wood watches. I've been eyeing wood watches for some time and now you share this brand which is beautiful. Thanks for the opportunity to learn more about Jord and to possibly win!

The girls' quilts are so cute! I'm in the process of making a quilt for my newest granddaughter so I have a great appreciation for quilts.

You really must make your own granola. It is SO delish. A good one is on the website: jennycancook.com. She's got some videos that are so much fun to watch and her recipes are all excellent.

Fall favorites:
*Burning candles. I'm going to make some beeswax/coconut oil ones very soon. I can't do strong scents so this is what I like.
*Making no knead breads. See jennycancook.com again. She's got several knockout bread recipes that I've been trying. The cinnamon rolls too! YUM!

God bless you and your family. ~Jody


Hi Jody, Thank you for sharing JennyCanCook with us. What a wonderful site!

Before we close, we offer our prayers for everyone affected by the horrible shooting in Texas on Sunday. Our hearts and thoughts are with you.

Today I would love to know... what is your advice for traveling with small children? Do you have any triumphs to share with us? Any horror stories? Let me know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on The Daily Connoisseur. See you back on Thursday for a major announcement!


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11.01.2017

October Favorites + Jord Wood Watch GIVEAWAY



Jord Wood Watches has generously offered to do a giveaway in today's October Favorites video for one lucky reader of The Daily Connoisseur.

Jord Wood Watches
are beautiful and unique handcrafted watches made out of wood. They have so many beautiful designs to choose from. I love the idea of wooden watches for the fall/ winter season.

Enter the giveaway here. Jord will contact the winner. The giveaway ends November 26, 2017.

Also, Jord is also offering 25% off of your purchase & free watch engraving (some models excluded) with code: y117716t

And now on to the favorites in today's video...

My first favorite is the beautiful Cora watch in koa and rose gold from Jord Wood Watches. I chose this watch for it's beautiful dark wood and rose gold coloring. Lovely for autumn, feminine yet with a masculine touch. I love this watch!




BEB Quilt Treasures made these pretty sister quilts for my daughters. They are so fun! I loved working with Beth and Eliot Bailey throughout the whole process.



18 Rabbits Granola pecan, almond & coconut This is my favorite store-bought granola on the market. So delicious!


Krusteaz pumpkin Belgian waffles... speaking of delicious... these waffles are a tasty fall treat! Please note: because these are frozen, I do not have a link to share for you, but found a Krusteaz pumpkin spice pancake mix for those who want to try it.



SoCal Curls heated headband in navy floral
This beautiful picture is from SoCal Curls website. Please look out for my future SoCal Curls tutorial. I really enjoy using this heated headband to create beachy waves. Simply heat the headband for 30 seconds in the microwave, wrap your hair around the headband and wear it for 30 minutes or more.


How to Dress Like a Princess: The Secret to Kate's Wardrobe by Claudia Joseph. This is a fascinating look into what makes The Duchess of Cambridge's style so timeless. In the book, Ms. Joseph also interviews my mother-in-law, about her shoe designing career, as her ballet flats are a favorite of the royals!


Bath & Bodyworks Toasted Vanilla Chai foaming hand wash. The scent of this hand wash is warm and delightful. It's truly a treat to wash my hands with this delightful soap.



News
Nikki Moreno from Inspired by Nikki shares Lessons from Madame Chic as one of her October Favorites. Thank you, Nikki!

Take my new 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!



Booklist has reviewed Lessons from Madame Chic:
Scott spent six months in Paris in 2001 as part of a foreign-exchange program. What she observed and learned fills this book. Many of these style secrets—for instance, how to eat and what to wear—can be found elsewhere, but Scott’s 20 tips cover much more than the traditional diet-and-exercise and style-and-beauty. Extremely readable short chapters include recaps of the major points discussed in them, and those points include always looking presentable, realizing that clutter is not chic, cultivating your mind, and living life as a formal affair. Each of those lessons features tidbits Scott picked up from her two Parisian families, here called the Chics and the Bohemians. Throughout, two words appear most often—quality and passion. --Barbara Jacobs



Thank you to Jord Wood Watches for hosting this great giveaway! Today I would love to know... what are some of your fall favorites? Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you on Monday.



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