4.30.2019

Ana Luisa Jewelry | My Picks for Spring | Jennifer L. Scott

11:20 AM 5 Comments


I'm back with another fun seasonal video from Ana Luisa Jewelry. I have chosen my top 5 picks from their spring collection. I tend to have a more classic and conservative taste in jewelry and these were my favorite from their beautiful line.



Here is a fun fact from Ana Luisa Jewelry: It takes 20 tons of earth mining to produce a single ring of gold. That’s why Ana Luisa use 100% recycled gold in their products.


Endless Gold Hoop Earrings – Venus 14k fine gold plating


Lapis Lazuli Necklace - Romy Lapis Fine gold plated Delicate, feminine and featuring four gorgeous lapis lazuli gemstones


14K Gold Pearl Stud Earrings - Helen Small made of freshwater pearls


Freshwater Pearl Necklace - Naomi 14k gold natural high-grade beautiful baroque pearl


Friendship bracelet Tessa Navy Blue Fine gold plated



Ana Luisa have provided a discount code for us: Use code Jennifer10 along with my link for $10 off your order

I would love to know... which piece is your favorite? I hope you enjoyed the jewelry lookbook in today's video. I'll see you tomorrow for the May Chic Assignment!


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4.29.2019

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2019 | Jennifer L. Scott

6:53 AM 4 Comments


Mother's Day is quickly approaching here in America and I have a quick and to-the-point gift guide for all of the dads and kids out there who are going to watch this video (ahem) :)



Today's gift guide features little luxuries that any mom would appreciate. Of course, if you are low on funds (kids, I'm talking to you), you know that moms love "tickets" for massages and other helps around the house.

If you do have a budget, keep these lovely gifts in mind for the special mother in your life.


South of France soaps are so beautiful, luxurious and lovely. They're kettle-cooked in small batches using a traditional Marseille triple-milled recipe to create a creamy lather that leaves skin soft and moisturized. Popular scents are almond gourmande, blooming jasmine, climbing wild rose, lavender fields, lemon verbena, lush gardenia or mediterranean fig. All South of France liquid and bar soaps are free of synthetic foaming agents like sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, as well as glutens, EDTA, parabens, and phthalates.


MYK Silk Pillowcases. A silk pillowcase would make a lovely, unexpected, and affordable gift. These natural mulberry silk pillowcases will give her a restful night's sleep, keep her hair-tangle free, and her skin refreshed. Use code SILKY15 for 15 % off.


Emile Cordon miracle lip balms are a beautiful luxury. They are high-quality, so moisturizing, and very pretty to look at and wear. They make a lovely gift.

Natural candles would also make a fabulous gift for any mother. Check out my natural candle gift guide for an in-depth review of the following candles:


Cellar Door Candles


Sudsy Soapery


Legend's Creek Farm



I did not mention Bend Soap Co. in my video, but they are well worth the mention. Bend Soap have beautifully packaged goat milk soaps and other organic and natural beauty products that make lovely gifts. I gifted my literary agents with Bend Soap for Christmas.


Ana Luisa Jewelry make high-quality, affordable jewelry pieces. I have a review of their spring collection coming soon (stay tuned!) Jennifer10 for $10 off your purchase




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Another unexpected present could be a beautiful designer phone case. My daughters picked out this one and I love it!


I hope you enjoy today's video and that it has given you many gift ideas. Share this with anyone you know, who is looking for a good Mother's Day gift guide. I'll see you on Wednesday for the May Chic Assignment!

Love,

Jennifer


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4.26.2019

A Dress Code for Parents? | Teatime with Jennifer

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On today's Teatime with Jennifer we are discussing the viral story regarding the Houston principal who has instituted a dress code for parents at James Madison High School. (Read the original article here).



Several readers sent me this article knowing that one of the popular topics discussed on The Daily Connoisseur is look presentable always, which does not mean to look perfect or expensive, but rather presentable. I believe that this is so important for us as parents. We need to model dignified behavior for our children and part of that is looking the part.

The principal in Houston is (of course) receiving tremendous push-back on her stance. While I don't agree with all of it, I do applaud her for bringing to light this unpopular issue that, I believe, should be addressed.

Join me for today's Teatime with Jennifer and chime in with your own thoughts on the matter! I would love to hear from you. What have you noticed with regard to parents and dressing? Has the principal gone too far or do you agree with her? Let us know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on The Daily Connoisseur.

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4.25.2019

One Week of Outfits from my Ten-Item Wardrobe | Jennifer L. Scott

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Hello! I hope you're having a lovely week. After having our phones for several years, Ben and I finally upgraded them. (Seriously, the screens were cracked and they were starting to malfunction. Ben's was even washed in the laundry... but that's another story!) So the good news is that it will be easier to film these outfits of the week videos for you. The bad news is that the one you're watching today was filmed on my old phone. I figured you would rather see it with its imperfect quality rather than not see it, so I'm sharing the video with you today. (Also, my old phone case is terribly scratched and smudged... real life!). Thanks for understanding!



This week was a semi-typical week for us... peppered with lots of homeschooling, doctor's appointments, playdates, cleaning, and work. Ben was out of the country when I filmed this. It was an intense time, but we all managed to pull through.

I have linked everything I can below. If an outfit I'm wearing is no longer available, I have linked similar finds. I hope you enjoy seeing the ten-item wardrobe process in action in today's video!


Trench Coat (linking similar), A.P.C. dress (no longer available) I have linked A.P.C. here and a similar dress here , here, and here., white leggings, Blondo boots, Louis Vuitton bag,


Floral maxi dress (linking similar one here), Londontown Teatime on my nails (Use code JenniferS for 25% off)


Rebecca Taylor Dress, navy leggings, Lands' End slippers (ha!) demi-camisole



The friendship bracelet is Ana Luisa Jewelry (use code Jennifer10 for $10 off your order) and the watch is Tag Heuer.


LL Bean brushstroke dress, navy cardigan, Kork-Ease sandals


LL Bean olive dress, Sam Edelman Gigi sandal


Black tee shirt Lands' End skirt (linking similar one here)


Red floral blouse (linking similar ones here and here from Nordstrom) , Lands' End jeans (these stretch! Order your size or a size lower)

Also mentioned in today's video, Emile Cordon lip balms.

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Comment of the Week
Deborah writes, "Jennifer, I love the balance you present in the 10-item wardrobe concept. I am slowly learning my personal style, importance of quality (or even what types of fabrics will wear well), insisting that things must fit properly and be comfortable (not just look good), using extras (like sweaters) especially in seasonal transitions, decluttering what doesn't work, simple wardrobe color palette, etc. There's a lot to learn, but it's becoming easier, and as I see my wardrobe thinning down and pleasing me more, my shopping becoming more deliberate, ridding myself of guilt from seeing all those unworn clothes, etc... it's very freeing.
Hugs!"


Hi Deborah, I loved reading about the progress on your ten-item wardrobe. It's so exciting to see the changes and wonderful benefits that can arise from the method. Thank you for commenting!

I hope you enjoy this video. I would love to hear from you. How are you enjoying your spring wardrobe?


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4.23.2019

At-Home Manicure | Spring 2019 | 9-free Nail Polish

4:27 PM 6 Comments


As part of my intentional rest and self-care routine, I have been luxuriating in my at-home manicures.



I take items that I already have on hand (castile soap, essential oils, and flowers) to create a beautiful, spa-like experience. Since it's hard for me to get out of the house right now, I'm finding this routine to be just as enjoyable as the spa (and a lot more affordable too!)



I'm using the beautiful LONDONTOWN polishes in today's video. LONDONTOWNis my favorite polish. Not only is it 9-free (free of the 9 major harsh chemicals found in traditional polish), but it has an amazing staying power. I can get my manicure to last for ten days and my pedicure to last for at least two weeks.



In today's video I use the gel genius base and top coat, the color Lemonade Pop, and the hand and nail serum.

LONDONTOWN always give my viewers a generous discount. Use code JenniferS for 25% off your order

The essential oil I'm using is from Cellar Door Candles, and the lavender castile soap is from Grove Collaborative.

Thank you for joining me for today's video. I would love to know how you do your at-home manicures. What self-care rituals are you enjoying currently? Let us know and your comment could be comment of the week on the blog! See you soon.

Love,

Jennifer



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4.22.2019

Ten-Item Wardrobe | How Many Extras Should I Have?

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I hope you had a lovely Easter! We had a great weekend and it was so fun to celebrate with the baby for his first Easter. I made a carrot cake from scratch that didn't quite turn out as planned. It overflowed in the oven and by the time I cut it down to size it was lopsided. Even though it wasn't the prettiest cake, it sure did taste good.



Anyhow, this post isn't about carrot cake, it's about extras! I frequently get asked how many extras I have in my ten-item wardrobe. Either that or people ask me to tell them how many they should have. This will truly be different for everyone.



Please watch today's videoto hear my response. I hope my insights will help you along your ten-item wardrobe journey. Thank you for watching .

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Comments of the Week
Last week's post on Dressing Up for No Reason struck a chord! There were so many amazing comments. Here are two of them:
Kristen writes, "Jennifer, I was that woman! Then I read all your Madame Chic books and they helped me change how I viewed my wardrobe. They did exactly what you said, helped me be feminine and chic but in a way perfectly suited to me. All in ten items! ❤️
I do get comments often about where I’m going dressed up - but I’m getting used to them. It is an awkward phase!
And I also have found it’s made me more productive overall - it’s amazing how what you wear speaks in such a powerful way to the rest of your life. Not even just to others but to yourself! So glad you shared your lessons from Madame chic!"



Paula writes, "You are beautifying the world, several ladies at a time, Jennifer! I agree with you that one is much more productive when dressed nicely for the day. I have found it interesting that so many women go shopping for clothes, but while they are shopping they often are not dressed so nicely. I like some of the replies your listeners have ready for those who ask why they are dressed up. We are an older couple and we are very frequently, especially my husband who wears a suit and tie to weddings and funerals, complimented on how "regal" we look. Our granddaughter told us recently that her friends comment on how striking and "presidential' we look. We do not dress much differently from what we did over 50 years ago when we were single! I recall when folks dressed up to fly. It is so energizing to see a woman or man who is dressed well. While I was on jury duty a while back, after the first day, I decided to dress up more. We had to walk in front of observers in the court and we were in a position of judging someone, so I felt we needed to respect our "job." It was so fun to notice that others, men and women, began to dress up more for the remainder of the trial. Keep on raising the bar, dear Jennifer."

Kristen and Paula, thank you for your testimonies! I absolutely loved hearing from you and everyone else who commented on that post. I am grateful for this online community we have where we can encourage each other.

Today I would love to know how you handle the extras in your ten-item wardrobe. Do you struggle with having too many or too little? Do you find your extras compliment your core items well? Do you have any questions? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you for joining me and I'll see you soon!

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4.19.2019

Dressing Up for No Reason | Ten-Item Wardrobe

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One of The Chic Assignments for April is to get dressed up for no reason. By dressed up, I mean dressed in clothes appropriate for the occasion. You may have a pretty spring dress that you're saving for a special occasion. Or maybe you have a nice pair of white slacks you'd like to wear, but you're afraid you're going to get them dirty. We love to buy beautiful things, but tend to not use them for fear of ruining them. So we save them for later.



In Lessons from Madame Chic, I have a chapter called, Always Use the Best Things You Have. This doesn't just apply to dishes, but to dressing as well. It may seem awkward and uncomfortable at first if you're used to dressing casually every day (yoga or sweat pants, or even the jeans and tee shirt uniform), but eventually you will break away from that form of dressing and be more comfortable dressing up. I went through this transformation. It didn't happen overnight, but gradually. This video is for any lady out there who is feeling in a rut with her dressing and wants to start wearing her nicer items on a regular basis. I hope you enjoy today's video.

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Thank you, Elizabeth! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the course!

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Książki, do których powracam to poradniki dotyczące stylu i mody. Bywa, że konkretne cytaty pomagają mi doskonalić swój indywidualizm, czyli własny styl. W tym miesiącu wgrałam w mózg: . "Zachowujemy się jak kuratorzy wystawy, którą jest zawartość naszej szafy - tylko gdy coś nam się podoba i pasuje do naszej koncepcji, dołączamy to do zbioru ubrań. (" Warsztaty stylu" Maria Młyńska @ubierajsieklasycznie) . "Szare legginsy w towarzystwie szarego swetra, płaszcza i dodatków przykują uwagę. Podobna sytuacja jest w przypadku innych kolorów np. khaki, bordo, zieleni czy beżu." Biorę się za oswajanie legginsów, coraz bardziej zależy mi na wygodzie, no i czasami chodzę na siłownię albo basen.☺️. . A Wy macie ulubione poradniki lub cytaty z dziedziny mody lub doskonalenia stylu? . . . #jaktrampkiweszłynasalony #grażynaolbrych #dagmararadzikowska #warsztatystylu #francuskiszyk #isabellethomas #frederiqueveysset #dominiqueloreau #sztukaprostoty #jenniferlscott #book #poradnik #moda #styl #fashion #czytambolubie #czytam #reading #bookstagram #książki

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SR K writes, "Jennifer - I wanted to share with you how much I appreciate this series! Your chic assignment resulted in my soon to be five year old experiencing his first concert! I listened to the link of Stephan Hauser’s Ave Maria on cello (stunning!), which led me to discover his musical partnership of 2 Cellos (also amazing!) While visiting my parents for a family event I discovered that 2 Cellos was in concert the one night we were in town. (What are the chances?) My son has become enamored with Hauser/2 Cellos so my husband and I purchased tickets last minute and took our son for his first concert experience! Incorporating the arts has brought such joy to our lives - thank you! ❤️"

Thank you to you and your son! I love Hauser's music and also enjoy him in 2Cellos. I'm thrilled your son is interested in Classical Music because of The Chic Assignment! Wonderful!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend. Happy Easter and I'll see you on Monday!

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4.18.2019

New Luxury Finds | Bedding & Beauty | Jennifer L. Scott

6:39 AM 3 Comments


I have a fun post for you today... we are exploring the world of luxuries.



Luxury beauty products, sumptuous organic sheets, technologically advanced hair tools. It's all here!



American Blossom Linens
Use code Jennifer15 for 15% off your order
100% USA organic cotton bedding ethically made with a classic design and made in the USA. Daily Connoisseur and Madame Chic reader, Janet from American Blossom Linens reached out to me to tell me about her family's wonderful business. I love to support small businesses with a unique story and this one is no exception. The duvet and pillow cases they sent me are such high quality. They are sturdy and thick and get softer with each wash, yet I also feel like they will last a long time. Janet also sent a crib sheet for Baby Connoisseur. We love it and feel great that it is organic cotton.



Emile Cordon miracle lip balms
These lip balms are first class (or "top drawer" as Mr. Connoisseur would say). They are seriously moisturizing and they repair dry lips too. Here is the description from their website:
A true miracle lip balm repairs, moisturizes and transforms lips into its perfect condition. Significantly soothes and improves dryness and lip lines with natural emollients. Lips feel comfortable and are beautifully hydrated, smoothed and plumped for all day.

Powdered Rose Rose Champagne, Strawberry Leaves This one leaves a slight pinkish color.



St. Barts Soleil Fresh Coconut, Pineapple, Vanilla Accord


Rosé Imperial Sparkling Rose Champagne, Fresh Tea Rose, Charming Vanilla


And now for the flat iron...



n:p beautiful rose gold vibrating flat iron
Fast, even heating with instant recovery, Vibrating function can be turned on or off, Slim, ergonomic handle closes firmly, without strain, Curved edge plates help prevent dents and lines in hair, Protective ceramic plates coated with tourmaline powder for even, consistent heat.



Sleek, modern, and designed in Italy, this iron proves that all flat irons are not created equal. Complete with ergonomic plates and a no-slip rubber handle, it's curved to allow for endless styling options. Straight and sleek? Yup. Beachy and boho? It can do that too.

The best part? Innovative rose gold vibrating plates designed to shuffle the hair back and forth to minimize tugging, slipping, or pulling, for an even, shiny, healthy finish. It's straight-up the best in the game.


This flat iron is high-performing and lovely. I am looking forward to learning new techniques on how to style my hair with it.



Londontown hand & nail serum Use code JenniferS for 25% off your order
Instantly evens the appearance of skin tone to reveal radiant and glowing hands, while providing the nails with key nutrients for healthy and strong growth.
This is a lovely hand and nail serum and I have enjoyed using it for my at-home manicures. It is Gluten-Free, Cruelty-Free, Made in the USA, Florium Complex Infused.


I hope you enjoy today's video. Let us know which luxury find is your favorite! See you soon.

Love,

Jennifer

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4.17.2019

Devoreaux Walton + Jennifer L. Scott Interview | Je Ne Sais Quoi

10:09 AM 4 Comments


My interview series continues today with the lovely Devoreaux Walton of The Modern Lady.



Devoreaux is the author of the new book, Je Ne Sais Quoi, which is a fabulous style and life guide for the modern lady. I have written the foreword for Devoreaux's book and I have so enjoyed getting to know her. She is truly a kindred spirit!



I hope you enjoy our interview today. You can find Devoreaux on her website, The Modern Lady and find her YouTube channel here. Also, watch my interview on Devoreaux's channel, where we talk about how to be feminine for spring.

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Thank you for sharing your own memories from Notre Dame. In this way, we are preserving our own history.

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Thank you for joining us for today's video! I would love to know your thoughts on our conversation. Your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on The Daily Connoisseur.



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4.15.2019

The Chic Assignment Check-In April 2019

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In today's Chic Assignment Check-in you will laugh, you will cry, and you will (hopefully) feel inspired to carry through with the rest of the month!



Be sure to visit the original Chic Assignment for April to familiarize yourself with the assignments if you don't already know what they are.

In today's video we discuss the synchronicity of this month's assignments. Have you seen this video?
Ave Maria Dad goes viral


Also, did you know that this is National Poetry Month? (I didn't plan that one.)

I do give you an almost literal reenactment of me reading about Shelley's life. Grab the popcorn!

We also discuss what happened the one time I changed into "exercise sweats", which brings to mind this meme I posted on my Instagram last week:

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And we discuss the importance of intentional rest.

Also mentioned/ featured in the video:

My pearl necklace is by Ana Luisa Jewelry
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The best Ave Maria album

and

My poem, Surroundings, set to film



Surroundings

A poem by Jennifer L. Scott


We want them to comfort us.

On a hard, long day

In the trenches of daily life

We look to our surroundings to bring us cheer.

It isn’t always so.

Sometimes our surroundings

Are the cause of our despair.

Other people have a way

Of orchestrating that.

But amidst every mess,

And every day that seems impossible to surmount,

Is the breakthrough of gratitude

For our surroundings-

Whatever state they are in.

One can always find loveliness, if one truly looks

And today that is what I found.


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Oxana writes, "Dear Jennifer, I am very grateful to you for this course! It points out the main pillars of home efficiency. I am definitely determined now to work on the points that haven't become my habits yet. You have inspired me a lot!
By the way I live in Moscow, Russia. We have long winters here (November - March) with very little sun. It always affects me with the lack of joy and energy. But this winter I had an additional source of light, energy and joy: your books, videos and now this course! Thank you so much for doing all this for us! I've never thought of home chores as of something that could bring joy, I've always viewed them as my obligation as a housewife and the mother of 3. I used to look for joy outside my home: cultural events, vacations, shopping. Now I am learning to find joy in everything I do AT home and I love it! You've changed my mindset!
In one of your books you mentioned that you would like to be the Madame Chic for your family. You ARE already! Please continue being such an inspiration, encouragement and a good example of always presentable, smart and positive woman, wife and mother.
All the best and many blessings to you and your wonderful family!"


Oxana, thank you for your wonderful testimonial. I am so happy that the course has inspired you. It's so fun for me to connect with readers from all around the world!

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Comment of the Week
Barbara writes, "So today I dressed up for no reason. Since it's still very cool here in Toronto, Canada I wore a warm dress with tights and a pearl necklace to work. I work at a large University campus and one of my colleagues noticed. She said "I like that dress. It's very pretty!" Made me feel good. Thanks for this assignment Jennifer! I may repeat it again next week :)"

Barbara, thank you for checking in. I loved hearing your Chic Assignment findings!

I would love to read about your findings with this month's Chic Assignment. Leave your comment down below and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on The Daily Connoisseur.

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