6.28.2019

My Signature Jean | The "MOM" Jean | Ten-Item Wardrobe

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I'm sharing the features of my new signature jeans. The Oliver MOM jean by Mott & Bow.



After having a baby, every woman goes through a transition period where their body changes and they mostly start to shed the weight that was put on during pregnancy. To get me through that period, I found the Lands' End flat-front pull up jean, which served its purpose well for me. But as I started to lose the baby weight and as the jeans simultaneously stretched, I found myself constantly pulling them up all day long. If you've ever experienced that with your clothes, you know it's very frustrating, indeed.



I knew it was time to find a new jean, but where to look? I have certain requirements for my jeans. I like them to be pretty classic and plain and I am not looking for rips or embellishments. I find that the standard ones are more versatile as they can be dressed up or down and can go with more items in my ten-item wardrobe.



Mott & Bow had been contacting me for awhile asking if I'd like to try their jeans. I said no during my pregnancy transition period as I already had my jean requirement fulfilled in my ten-item wardrobe, but when I went on the search to look for new ones, I decided to try their MOM jean. I am a mom, after all. Although I was a bit nervous because mom jeans get a bad rap. Normally one thinks of super outdated and unflattering high-wasted pants from the early 90s. Yikes!

These are the new wave of MOM jeans, however, and they are so lovely, I do believe they are my new signature jean.

Here are the features I like about them. They are thick and do not stretch very much. They are high-waisted and fall at such a place on my waist, that I never need to pull them up. Ever.

They have room in the pant leg, unlike skinny jeans, which I have always found uncomfortable. They are designed in a way that lifts the derrière and the absolute best part, they have an amazingly flattering crop that is reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn. I love to wear them with any different type of shoe.


Here you see them with ballet flats...


With heels...


With boots...


... and with sandals.

I will most likely wear these into fall/ winter as well because they are dark enough to work well with that season. These jeans are excellent for a casual nautical look all the way to a dressy evening look.

I always ask any company I feature if they can give you a discount code for those of you who are interested in purchasing. Mott & Bow have given us a discount code. Use code JLS10 for 10% off your order (this is valid until July 31, 2019).

I hope you enjoyed today's review. If you have a pair of jeans you love, let us know in the comment section below.

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6.27.2019

3 Current Event Stories on Dressing and Looking Presentable

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In today's video, I'm sharing 3 interesting current events articles pertaining to dress. We discuss the etiquette behind dress, the psychological effects behind dress, and the real-world consequences that revolve around proper dress.



Bridesmaid shares photo of Bride's dress on Facebook

Here is an excerpt from the article:

More often than not, a bride's wedding dress is kept a secret from her fiancé until the big day. And that was the wish of one bride, until her bridesmaid took it upon herself to share a photo of the dress on Facebook.

Over the weekend, the upset bride turned to the online forum Mumsnet to share her situation and ask for advice. "I know I probably am but just wanted to hear others opinions on whether they would be sad about it or if I just need to get a grip," wrote the bride in a post. "Getting married soon and after trying on a lot of different dresses I finally found the one, something I never thought I would due to being very body conscious and anxious. Went back for final fitting at the weekend and took one of my bridesmaids as she wanted to see."

The bride continued to say that during the fitting, the bridesmaid decided to post of photo of her in the dress on Facebook. To make matters even worse, the bridesmaid tagged the bride's partner in the post. Since she posted the photo during the appointment, a few hours passed before the bride even noticed what her bridesmaid had done.

"When I asked her to remove it her response was ‘it doesn’t matter if he’s seen it he’s a man so he will have forgotten what it looks like in 5 minutes time,'" continued the bride. "My dad had also seen it as well and it was going to be a surprise for him on the day too."


A few years ago I posted an article on Facebook etiquette that discussed my thoughts on this matter and my thoughts remain the same... I think that the actions of this bridesmaid were in very poor form. Social media is changing our brains so we feel like we need to share absolutely every aspect of our lives, even to the detriment of others. This bridesmaid should have been sensitive to the fact that the bride wanted her dress to be a secret to her fiancé until the day of the wedding. By sharing this premature photo of the dress online, she ruined the surprise and likely her friendship as well. What do you think? Would you be upset by this?

Hospital Patients Urged to Dress Up to Recover Faster

Here is an excerpt from the article:

Hospital patients across the country will be told to get up and dressed in the daytime in a bid to end “pyjama paralysis” which can cause premature frailty.

Britain’s chief nursing officer will today launch a national campaign to get patients moving after pilot schemes found that getting patients out of bed boosted their health and got them home earlier.

Studies show that three in five immobile, older patients in hospital had no medical reason requiring bedrest. Salford Royal Hospital was one of the first to adopt the campaign, which saw staff setting up group meals, encouraging visits from therapy dogs, and setting up activities for those recovering from ill-health.

Ward managers said the efforts saw the average number of falls recorded per month fall from 12 to just two. Staff said it was crucial to encourage a “sense of normality” among patients, to avoid feelings of institutionalisation, which could result in frailty.


I loved this article because it exemplifies and backs up my thoughts on how what we wear actually matters. If we wear our pajamas or similar relaxed (read: sloppy) clothing everyday, we behave and feel differently. What do you think?

Woman Gets Kicked Out of Golden Corral Restaurant for Wearing Inappropriate Crop Top

Here is an excerpt from the article:

A woman in Pennsylvania is speaking out against the restaurant chain Golden Corral after getting kicked out of its Erie, Pa., location because of her outfit.

Sueretta Emke took to her Facebook to share her grievances from a visit to the family-style restaurant where she went with her husband, son and some friends to celebrate her son’s birthday. However, the group didn’t have the dining experience that they anticipated since they were ultimately asked to leave.

According to her post, the manager of the particular franchise told Emke that she was dressed “too provocatively” for the restaurant and suggested that she cover up. When asked what was inappropriate about her outfit, the manager couldn’t provide an answer.


This article reminded me of the recent news story I covered regarding the dress code for parents. Inevitably, when a dress code is instituted, certain people will be unhappy about it. I believe each business should be able to dictate a dress code for proper presentation as they see fit and think the manager was within his rights in this situation. What do you think? (I am not posting a picture of the woman in the article on this blog, but you can see for yourself when you click on the article link.)


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Kristyn writes, "I tried your method for poached eggs and they came out perfectly. Thank you so much! I have been a homemaker for 25 years and could never master that skill (I think my cookbooks scared me early on with their advice to "make a vortex"). Simple is best!"


Hi Kristyn, I am so happy to hear that! It's little tricks like that that are truly game-changers in our everyday life. I hope you and your family enjoy poached eggs for many years to come now!


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6.25.2019

Patch Bamboo Bandages + Makeup Remover Cloth | Natural Home with Jennifer

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On today's Natural Home with Jennifer, we explore, organic bamboo bandages and makeup remover cloths.



We are exploring all areas of natural living on this channel. It's true with today's amazing consumer market that you can upgrade most of the items you use in your home to make them more sustainable and natural. Let's start with Patch Bamboo bandages.



Patch bandage strips are hypoallergenic, free of irritating chemicals & toxins, as well as latex free, silicone free, plastic free, sulphate free, & paraben free, allowing for suitable protection and soft support for all sensitive skin types. PATCH strips are both vegan and environmentally friendly. The tube packaging is made from recycled cardboard & printed with a natural color dye, and the bandage strip is made with 100% compostable rice paper, certified bamboo fiber & mineral-based adhesive with no added chemicals, and have tested to break down in soil within weeks.

Here are the different types of bandages. The description is taken from their website. All of the bandages are available on Amazon.

Natural Organic Bamboo bandage
NATURAL & HYPOALLERGENIC WOUND CARE: PATCH strips are made from 100% organic bamboo fiber and mineral-based pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) to gently adhere to the skin without causing reactions - a natural alternative to common wound care, perfect for those with highly sensitive skin!

Patch Aloe Vera Bandage
ENRICHED WITH ALOE VERA EXTRACT: The gauze of PATCH Aloe Vera strips is enriched with the natural goodness of aloe vera to help repair and sooth burns, blisters, & minor abrasions, and promote a natural recovery.

Activated Charcoal Bandages
ENRICHED WITH ACTIVATED CHARCOAL: The gauze of PATCH Activated Charcoal strips is enriched with the natural goodness of activated charcoal to support bites & splinters by helping to draw out impurities from the skin and reduce redness, and promote a natural recovery.

Patch Kids Coconut Oil Bandages
ENRICHED WITH COCONUT OIL: The gauze of PATCH Kids Coconut Oil strips is enriched with the natural goodness of coconut oil to assist the natural repair of minor bumps, grazes, & scratches, and promote a natural recovery.



The second natural selection I have been exploring are makeup remover cloths. How did I not know these existed? I have been using the disposable variety for over a decade. That is a lot of waste. Makeup remover cloths are gentle, high-quality cloths that work to remove makeup with just water. I found out about them because a reader of mine sent me a message about how good the one on Grove Collaborative was. So order it, I did. And it is amazing! If you watched my skincare routine video from last week, you caught a glimpse of me using it. The one from Grove is long, so you can use it twice before washing it. If you are not with Grove, I have also found multi-packs of the makeup remover cloths on Amazon here and here. In order to make these work for everyday use, you would need several of them because you should wash them after each use. They really take the makeup off and get quite soiled.

I hope you enjoyed today's video and that it gave you new ideas on how you can incorporate sustainable natural products into your life. If you have any recommendations for future Natural Home with Jennifer features, please let us know in the comment section. Thank you for joining me for today's video and I'll see you soon!


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6.24.2019

Breakfasts of the Week | Jennifer L. Scott

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I'm so used to saying, "Welcome to one week of outfits from my ten-item wardrobe", that I almost said, "Welcome to one week of breakfasts from my ten-item wardrobe." Ha!



Rest assured, this is actually a food post, not a fashion post, and I hope it gives you inspiration for your breakfasts. Many people have asked me where my beautiful China comes from. Much of it is from my mother-in-law and some are from my great grandmother. (The waffle plate is from her.)



The first breakfast is this fruit and yogurt parfait with coconut granola. I normally like to make my own yogurt, although I haven't since we did our kitchen renovation. I use this yogurt maker. The iced coffee is inspired by Lynette Yoder on YouTube.


Ok, I know I have promised you my poached egg tip, so here we go. Boil water in a shallow pot (I'm using my copper sauce pan). Drop your eggs in and let them boil for exactly 3 1/2 minutes, then take them out with a slotted spoon. You will need to monitor the eggs as they boil so the water doesn't overflow. Just keep scooping the foam that rises to the top out of the pan. Voilà! The perfect poached eggs. I'm also having my fruit-infused water. I use this pitcher, which has a built-in strainer.


At least once a week, I make these heart-shaped waffles. I've had my heart-shaped waffle iron for over ten years. My older son and I especially love this breakfast.


I forgot to make oatmeal the night before in the slow cooker, so I make it in my instant pot. I'm having it with chopped peaches and cinnamon toast. I'm drinking my coffee in my Daily Connoisseur coffee mug.


I made cherry vanilla overnight oats for today's breakfast. This recipe has 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup ripple pea milk, 1/2 cup plain yogurt mixed with Whole Earth stevia and monk fruit sweetener, chia seeds and vanilla extract. I layer with frozen pitted cherries and top with flax seeds. I place it in the fridge overnight and have delicious oats the next morning.


Today, I'm having a strawberry yogurt parfait and drinking the Bloom tea from Teami (They gave us a discount code: JLS25 to get 25% off). I normally drink coffee in the morning and then tea the rest of the day. On this day, however, I was having breakfast unusually late because I got busy with the kids and making a roast, so I already had my morning coffee. I would love to know... do you drink coffee or tea first thing in the morning? Do you switch it up as the day goes on like I do?


Poached eggs are my favorite breakfast and sometimes I have them every day for a week! I'm enjoying them again with sourdough toast.


I'm having a smoothie bowl today with kale from the garden. By the way, I have some great recipes in my new book, Connoisseur Kids, including smoothie bowl recipes. Basically, if you would like to make a smoothie bowl, just create a "thicker" smoothie by adding less liquid. Pour it in a bowl and top with your favorite toppings. Children love smoothie bowls!

I hope you enjoy today's video.

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Diana J. writes, "Beautiful as always Jennifer! I find these videos so inspiring, Bc you never seem overly repetitive even though you have a small capsule wardrobe. Definitely calms my fears that other people will judge me as inappropriate for wearing outfits on repeat. Can’t wait to see if LL Bean brings out a new print of these dresses for Fall. They’re so versatile!! They’ve become your signature, classy, effortless style. PS will you ever share any info on the homeschool convention or how/why you choose your curriculum?"

Thank you, Diana! I have a homeschool update coming up soon. I appreciate you watching the channel! xx




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6.21.2019

Outfits of the Week + Swimwear | Ten-Item Wardrobe

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This week had me visiting a splash pad, working at home, and visiting a giant convention center, and my ten-item wardrobe served me every step of the way.



I hope you get some ten-item wardrobe inspiration in today's video.


On Day 1, I visited a splash pad with the kids. I like to wear what's called "modest swimwear" as I have had the very unpleasant experience of running around after kids in the water park in a bikini and I vowed to never do that again! It's not for everyone, but for me, I feel comfortable, classy, and prepared for any situation, plus I shield my skin from the hot sun. I bought this suit a few years ago, but am linking similar tops here and similar bottoms here. Here is a link to a similar navy visor I like to wear to shield my face form the sun. My phone case is by Casetify.


On this rather quiet, yet productive day, I'm wearing the LL Bean floral dress and the Kork Ease sandals. On my nails, Londontown guilty pleasure Use code JenniferS for 25% off


Ben and I visited the Homeschool Convention today and attended a casual concert in the evening. To be comfortable walking around, I am wearing my flat nude patent sandals, olive dress, and denim tie-up blouse (the Morning Lavender one is nearly sold out, so I am linking a similar one here from Lulus). I ran into Daily Connoisseur reader, Evangelia, at the Homeschool Convention. Hi Evangelia! xx


Day two of the convention and this time I am with the kids and they are attending a concert, which means a lot of movement. I'm wearing my new Mott & Bow Jeans (I love these jeans! Use code JLS10 for 10% off and the short sleeve sweater (which is in my extras).


On this final day, I was recovering at home from being ill. I'm wearing my navy brushstroke dress, braided headband from Madison Braids (two-strand in brunette) For other hair colors who are interested in the two-strand, click here. All braided headbands can be found at Madison Braids and navy bow flip flops (linking similar). My friendship bracelet is from Ana Luisa Jewelry Use code Jennifer10 for $10 off

I also show my exercise-wear on day 5. Here I am linking my joggers and Nike (similar) shoes.

Thank you for joining me for this outfit of the week video.

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Comment of the Week
Janet W. writes, "Oh Jennifer. My husband and I went out to dinner on Father's Day and the music was playing quietly in the background when all of a sudden Bolero started playing. My husband thought it was quite nice that we were serenaded with The Chic Assignment for this month. Thank you for your lovely inspirations."

Hi Janet, how neat that Boléro was playing in a public place! I am used to hearing pop songs everywhere I go. I had to visit the dentist yesterday for a root canal and, once again, the music was dreadful! I would have loved to hear Boléro instead.

I hope you enjoyed this episode of Outfits of the week! My friends Nikki Moreno, Hilary from Old World Home, and Robin from Faith and Flour also do outfits of the week. Check out their videos for even more capsule wardrobe inspiration.

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6.20.2019

My Full Skincare Routine | Body and Face | Jennifer L. Scott

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My skincare routine is quite simple. It consists of daily care rituals, intermingled with weekly, and monthly rituals. In today's video, I'm sharing my full skincare routine for face and body.



Skincare shouldn't be a complicated thing. I remember when I first started watching YouTube a decade ago, I loved to watch skincare tutorials. Unfortunately, I picked up some bad habits from those tutorials as I took what the YouTuber was saying as appropriate for me. As you watch my video today, please remember that we all have different skin types and skin concerns. My routine might not necessarily work for you. On the other hand, you might glean a life-changing tip that you can benefit from forever!



Let's start with the evening routine. I start off removing my makeup. I do this every evening. Even if I haven't worn makeup that day, I like to use a wipe to take off anything on my skin. My logic with this is that if you do not prep by removing the makeup, you are simply rubbing the day's makeup and debris further into your skin when you are at the cleansing step. I have traditionally used makeup remover wipes, the packages you can pick up from the drugstore (I like the Simple brand, as well as the Rooted brand from Grove). However, recently a viewer told me about this reusable makeup remover cloth. I was skeptical. How could a cloth remove mascara and a day's makeup with just water? But it works really well! Grove Collaborative customers, you can find a high quality makeup remover cloth there (that's what I'm using in today's video). I have also found makeup remover cloth pack on Amazon (I haven't tried these yet, they are less expensive). What a great, sustainable way to remove your makeup every day! Plus, ultimately it is a money saver.



Next, I use a natural cleanser with water and massage it into my face and neck. Three to four times a week, I will exfoliate. Lately, I have been using a konjac sponge, but I have also used exfoliating scrubs or serums. In the past, I have really loved using the Clarisonic, as you know I wrote about in Lessons from Madame Chic. After cleansing and exfoliating, I apply a light toner and then moisturize with an evening cream and lightly place an eye cream around my eyes.

Of course, you can accomplish this with any skincare line you choose that is right for you. In today's video I'm using Pellu's natural skincare system (the link sends you to a 50% off offer). I always return to Pellu. Like I mentioned in my past skincare review for Natural Home with Jennifer, the Pellu line is high-quality and high-performing, yet still natural. I love it!

Regarding exfoliation, the konjac sponge I use in the video is from Pellu. You can also find them on Amazon and Teami blends (yes, the tea!) has a tea-infused konjac sponge (use code JLS25 for 25% off your order of $39+) which is pretty neat.

Now, when I watched those skincare videos on YouTube all those years ago, I was led astray because the influencers I was watching were doing complicated morning and evening routines. I learned over the years that in the morning, all I need to do is splash warm water on my face and apply moisturizer. Of course, apply an SPF, if needed, and apply makeup if you plan to do that.



Let's talk about skincare for the body. On a regular basis, I like to dry brush my skin. This is the dry brush I use. When you dry brush, always move toward the heart. Here are the benefits of dry brushing: it exfoliates dry skin, increases blood circulation, promotes lymph flow and drainage, unclogs pores and stimulates the nervous system. (Information from the Cleveland Clinic).

I also moisturize my body on a daily basis. I like to use Bend Soap Co.'s all natural goat milk soaps (use code DC10 for 10% off order) or any other natural moisturizer. I also use natural deodorant. I mention the Sudsy Soapery deodorant

I also use this foot file, which is the best foot file ever! If you have dry skin on your heels, this will take care of it.



Once a week, I will apply a face mask. Some of my favorite masks are Epicuren, Honey Belle and Generation Clay (what I'm using in today's video). I am also interested in trying Teami's green tea mask (JLS25 for 25% off of $39+), which has great reviews. I can do a skincare review of that soon.

As for electronic devices, these are not necessary for an effective skincare routine. However, they do serve a function and can be useful if you are not able to get a professional facial. I have used the Clarisonic in the past and currently use the Nurysh Lyft's laser treatments for my skin.

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Anon writes, "Jennifer, I am SO enjoying these chic assignments, it has added a little sparkle to each month. I am keeping a list of each month in my planner. It will be fun at the end of the year to look back to see what music, art, poetry, so on I have dabbled in during 2019. Thank you so much."


Anon, that is such a good idea! I have been writing the assignments in my planner too and it will be fun to look back at the end of the year. Our education truly never stops! :)


Thank you for watching today's video. I would love to know what your skincare routine is. Do you have any tips you'd like to offer us? What is your favorite skincare line to use? Let us know in the comment section below.

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6.19.2019

Chic Assignment Check-in June 2019

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Thank you for your wonderful reaction to our latest Things Daily Connoisseurs Say video. Ben and I had so much fun filming it and laughing along with you!



Today, I am going to update you on my Chic Assignment findings for this month... To see the original Chic Assignment post for this month, click here.


Chic Assignment no. 1 Maurice Ravel's Boléro
I have found the mesmerizing and methodical beat of Maurice Ravel's Boléro to be a wonderful piece of music to accomplish things to. Here is a video of Valery Gergiev, conducing with a toothpick (yes, a toothpick!), and here is a video of the Boléro flash mob, which has 14 million views!


Chic Assignment no. 2 Shakespearean Sonnet
I chose the most famous sonnet to read to you this month... Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Sonnet 18:
BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date;
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;
Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.



Chic Assignment no. 3 Is it al fresco? Or alfresco? What say you? Actually the Italians don't call it al fresco dining... al fresco means "in jail" now in Italian 😆

The phrase al fresco is borrowed from Italian for "in the cool [air]", although it is not in current use in that language to refer to dining outside. Instead, Italians use the phrases fuori ("outside", "outdoor") or all'aperto ("in the open [air]"). In Italian, the expression al fresco usually refers to spending time in jail.

Funny! This reminds me of about Lucia and her use of Italian in the Mapp and Lucia books.

Chic Assignment no. 4 Drink more water As someone who doesn't love drinking water, I have found fruit-infused water to be a delicious incentive to quench my thirst.



I have been using this pitcher and this stirring rod to create delicious and healthful fruit-infused water. I like combining various herb and fruit combinations such as strawberry mint, lemon verbena blackberry, and orange kiwi.

Have you ever tried fruit-infused water?

I would love to hear your updates on The Chic Assignment this month. Tag me on social media with #TheChicAssignment so others can join in. I hope you enjoy today's video.

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,,Lekcje Madame Chic" @dailyconnoisseur @wydawnictwoliterackie to niezwykłe lekcje stylu, których autorka uczyła się od francuskiej tradycyjnej rodziny. Tytułowa Madame Chic jest francuską damą z klasą charakteryzującą się prostotą, ładem i porządkiem. Jennifer L. Scott przedstawia nam jak połączyć 10 rzeczy w szafie, i być elegancką kobietą, jak to możliwe, aby zrobić gustowny makijaż w 5 min oraz przekonuje , że mniej wcale nie oznacza gorzej. W książce znajdziesz wiele przydatnych instrukcji, które nauczą cię jak stać się damą. ,,Lekcje Madame Chic " to mądra i inspirująca lektura o tym jak być stylowa. Przyznam szczerze, że sama korzystam z porad jakie przekazuje Jennifer L. Scott a zmiana jaką proponuje autorka nie jest taka trudna do wcielenia w życie. #lekcjemadamechic #jenniferlscott #wydawnictwoliterackie #lessonsfrommadamechic #bookstyle #bookinstagram #booklover #katiaczyta #bookaholic #bookphotography #bookworld #bookinsta

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Comment of the Week
On The Chic Assignment, Susanne writes, "With regard to drinking more water, I heard it said that it's easier to drink more if you have a water bottle with a straw, and I've found it to be true--for some reason, the straw makes it easier.

Thanks for another inspiring assignment, Jennifer!"


Hi Susanne, I can see how drinking with a straw could help with consuming more water. It's that comforting sip throughout the day that is key. I know, I like to drink iced lattes that way, so perhaps I can change out my caffeine for more water. Thank you for the tip!

Thank you for joining me for The Chic Assignment check-in. As always, I would love to hear your findings. Thank you and I will see you next time!



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6.17.2019

Things Daily Connoisseurs Say: Part DEUX

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Oh dear... I couldn't help myself! Today, I present to you another Things Daily Connoisseurs Say. This time we travel to the ballet, the airport, the shops, and deep into nature to see what happens in the mind of a Daily Connoisseur.



I think we can all agree that Ben is a very good sport for putting up with me!


What do Daily Connoisseurs say to their family at the dinner table?


What do Daily Connoisseurs do when they get stressed?


And is it too much to ask for five minutes alone for some fine reading and a cup of tea? Apparently!

Featured in today's video, my friend Alena Kate Pettitt's new book, English Etiquette.

As Daily Connoisseurs, it's important to laugh at ourselves. I hope today's video gives you a good laugh :)

News
📍PRE-ORDER my new book, CONNOISSEUR KIDS, which comes out September 10th from Chronicle Books. (Formal announcement coming soon.)

📍Visit my newly designed author website.

📍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.

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Comment of the Week
Anonymous writes, "Hi Jennifer--
I work as a nurse in a hospital that was built in the 1930's. Some of the patient rooms have small closets inside--probably about 8 inches deep. There is a hook on the wall, as well as a shelf above, probably for a hat or small handbag. Each time I see one of these closets I think of you and smile. In those days, people hung their suit/dress inside. They did not have a lot of belongings, unlike today when patients bring duffel bags or suitcases with them.
Your 10 item wardrobe is such an inspiration--as you are. Many thanks! "



Hi Anon, Thank you! Your insights are so interesting. Yes, we can look to the past to realize that the ten-item wardrobe is not a radical invention... it's what most people have done in history. Thank you for reminding us of that.

I hope you enjoyed Things Daily Connoisseurs Say Part Deux :) I would love to know... which line resonated the most with you?

I'll see you soon for The Chic Assignment Check-In!

Jennifer xx

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