5.22.2017

What I Look Like in the Middle of the Day | Jennifer L. Scott


First, I showed you What I Look Like at the End of the Day, and now it's time for me to show you what I look like in the middle of the day. What's going on this afternoon? The dishes need to be done, the kitchen needs to be cleaned, I have a roast in the slow cooker and cookies fresh out of the oven. It's gloriously messy, comforting and joyful all at the same time!

Running a home can be stressful and overwhelming, but enjoy the process (that is what being a daily connoisseur is all about!). It will not be pretty. You and your home will not look perfect, but you can take pleasure in the journey.

I'm listening to the Miss Mapp audio book to get ready for our book club. (I've read the novel and am now solidifying it by listening to it.)

Here is my chocolate chip cookie recipe. I keep the dough in the freezer and make it in small batches. I like to make 6 - 8 cookies at a time. This is perfect for when unexpected guests arrive.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Makes 24 cookies

Ingredients
1 C butter, softened
1 C white sugar
1 C packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsps vanilla extract
3 C all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsps hot water
1/2 tsp salt
2 C semisweet chocolate chips

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, and chocolate chips. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet.
Bake for about 10- 14 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.


Delight in the pleasures of the afternoon, no matter how messy and work-laden they are. For more on the pleasures of the afternoon, check out my book, At Home With Madame Chic.

I hope you enjoy today's video!

News
I hope you'll join me for the Mapp & Lucia Book Club. We will be starting at the end of June. Write down your questions so I can answer them in my upcoming videos!

And in the Instagram world...

A cup of tea, a bar of chocolate and Lessons from Madame Chic. What a perfect evening!

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Lanasartstudio has drawn some of her favorite inspiring books and Madame Chic made the cut!


This picture talks about the different titles in American and Japan...

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Comment of the Week
Alexandra tried out a vegan version of my Authentic Indian Chicken Curry. Here is her report:
Hi Jennifer,
Here is my after-cooking report. My family loved this dish! There was nothing left at the end of the meal. My teenage son ate two large servings. I'm so glad you're giving curry to your baby. He will have a sophisticated palate when he is older.
Like Julie, I used coconut cream in place of the yogurt. To cut down on the fat, I also sauteed the onions in veggie broth instead of oil. The veggies I used were zucchini and summer squash. We've only been vegan for a couple months; so we are still firming up our favorite recipes. This is definitely one of them.
For those who may feel intimidated by all the spices, I don't think it's absolutely necessary to use every single spice. I substituted powders for the pastes and skipped the garam masala since I didn't have it. The curry was still fantastic.
Thanks again,
Alexandra


Alexandra, I'm so happy your family loved the recipe and you were able to adapt it to your needs. Wonderful!

Today I would love to know... what do you have going on this afternoon? What are your pleasures of the afternoon? Let me know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog!

See you Thursday for a review of a new book discussing the history of makeup.



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5.18.2017

Authentic Indian Chicken Curry Recipe



I absolutely love curries. I spent some time traveling in Sri Lanka right after college with one of my dear friends who is from the region and there my love of curries was born. I have always enjoyed cooking curries at home, but my recipes have never been very authentic. I would make simplified "western" versions. My versions taste good, but I was truly seeking an "insider" curry recipe.

I reached out to my friend Mina Irfan, from The Universe Guru YouTube channel to see if she would share one of her authentic Indian/Pakistani recipes with me. Mina was more than happy to oblige and we had great fun collaborating on this post. She shared a base chicken curry recipe with me. She said this is the type of standard recipe that Indian mothers pass down to their daughters. I feel so special to have received this recipe and am happy to share it with you now!



Mina's Chicken Curry
(serves 4-6)

Ingredients:
2 pounds chicken (bone in, skin off. I use legs and thighs in this recipe)
1 small onion (Mina gets the golden browned fried onions from the Indian store, which saves her from having to brown the onions)
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 tsp. coriander powder
2 tsp. salt (adjust to taste)
¼ tsp. turmeric powder
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic paste
1 tsp. ginger paste (or get the mixed ginger/ginger paste from the Indian/Middle Eastern grocery store)
1/3 cup oil
3 tomatoes, chopped
1-2 green chiles, chopped
1 tsp. garam masala (indian spice mix - see recipe below)
2 green cardamom seeds
1 small stick cinnamon
black pepper
6-8 cloves
¼ tsp. cumin seeds

Cilantro and lemon juice for Garnish

Fry onions in oil to light brown (If using already fried onions just heat them for 30 seconds and move to next step).
Add ginger, garlic paste, yogurt, coriander powder, chili powder, turmeric powder, tomato, and salt. Add cinnamon stick (which will need to be removed before eating).
Mix and fry briefly and then add the chicken.
Mix it and let it cook for 30-35 minutes till the chicken becomes tender and meat starts separating from bone easily. I covered the pot with a lid to allow the chicken stay moist and added one drinking glass full of water to thin out the gravy.Garnish with green chilies, green coriander (Dhaniya) leaves and garam masala, cilantro and lemon juice.
Serve with naan or basmati rice. Enjoy!


Check out Mina's channel, where she will be doing crockpot versions of Indian favorites. You can watch her video here. Also, Mina is a big fan of the Madame Chic books and is hosting a giveaway of Lessons from Madame Chic on her channel. To enter, you must be subscribed to both of our channels and leave a comment on her video telling us your favorite Indian /Pakistani recipe. Mina will announce the winner on June 1st. Thank you and best of luck for the giveaway!

News
Mr. Connoisseur and I celebrated 11 years of marriage on Monday. Thank you to all of our social media friends who wished us well!

It's our wedding anniversary today. Cheers to 11 years 🎉 #MADAMECHIC #MrConnoisseur #dailyconnoisseur

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Here is a lovely picture of At Home With Madame Chic in Japan...



Comment of the Week
On Monday's Minimalism post, Jan B writes: Hi Jennifer, I enjoy your videos and books. After watching "Goodbye, Things", I thought of two other reasons to motivate someone to scale back on things. The first is do it for those who come behind you. My daughter had to clean out two houses of relatives of her dad's who passed and it was overwhelming and time consuming. It is also very difficult to throw away things that belonged to someone you loved, and yet much of it is clutter. I am retired and I never want my children to have to clean out attics and garages full of stuff for me, so I am slowly getting rid of it.
The second reason is moral. I am so blessed to have all that I do, but if I am not using it and just storing it, someone else may need it more than me. Anytime I buy something new, I give the old one away to charity. Wherever you live, there are organizations that could make good use of slightly used clothing, furniture, toys or appliances. I am definitely in the "Less is More" camp.


Hi Jan, I completely agree with you! I think most of us have stories of loved ones who hold on to too much. You make some great points.

Thank you for watching today's video. I would love to know what your favorite curry dishes are. Let me know in the comment section below and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog! See you on Monday.

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5.15.2017

Goodbye, Things | The New Japanese Minimalism



In today's video I share a book review for Fumio Sasaki's new book, Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism. This book was sent to me to review by the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company.



Fumio Sasaki is not an enlightened minimalism expert or organizing guru like Marie Kondo―he’s just a regular guy who was stressed out and constantly comparing himself to others, until one day he decided to change his life by saying goodbye to everything he didn’t absolutely need. The effects were remarkable: Sasaki gained true freedom, new focus, and a real sense of gratitude for everything around him. In Goodbye, Things Sasaki modestly shares his personal minimalist experience, offering specific tips on the minimizing process and revealing how the new minimalist movement can not only transform your space but truly enrich your life. The benefits of a minimalist life can be realized by anyone, and Sasaki’s humble vision of true happiness will open your eyes to minimalism’s potential.

This was another great book to provide inspiration for de-cluttering the home in the same vein of Marie Kondo's Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I hope you enjoy my book review in today's video!

News
Sarah Chaprobin writes about the ten-item wardrobe in her new post, 2017 Spring Capsule Wardrobe. Thank you, Sarah!

Prozakobieca shares Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic among other popular books all the way from Poland...


Jennimullinix shares Lessons from Madame Chic on Instagram...


Comment of the Week
Margery H writes:
My time saving hack has to do with housecleaning. I really hate dealing with mildew stain in the shower caulking because they do not scrub out. We live in Atlanta where there are humid, humid summers. Here is my effortless way to remove them: apply clear, gel, bleach-based toilet cleaner in the morning. Rinse out at night. The gel formula makes it stay on the stain rather than running off. The bleach clears the mildew. Do not use blue or colored cleaner, as it will stain your grout! I keep a bottle of toilet cleaner which I use just for this purpose. (It's Clorox brand.) I consider this my magnum opus of housekeeping hacks!


Hello Margery, Thank you so much for sharing your tip with us. That is a great time-saver! I will definitely give that a try.

I hope you enjoy today's video. I would love to know the status of your journey with de-cluttering and minimalism. Do you need help? Have you read Goodbye, Things? Let me know your comments below and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog.

See you on Thursday for a fun recipe video/ collaboration!



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5.11.2017

5 Time-Saving Hacks for Moms



In honor of Mother's Day this upcoming Sunday, I am sharing 5 time-saving mom hacks. These tips could be beneficial for any woman, not just mothers. Many of these tips revolve around getting ready and taking care of yourself. I chose these tips because, as moms, we often put ourselves last on the priority list. Soon as we know it, we've gone months without doing our hair, dressing up or even taking a moment to ourselves. If you practice taking care of yourself, it will eventually come naturally to you and it will take hardly any time at all!

This video is a collaboration with two of my favorite YouTubers: Jennifer from The Family Fudge, and Kimmy from She's in Her Apron. Check out their 5 time-saving mom hacks and tell them I say "hello!".

My 5 time-saving mom hacks are as follows:



1. Braid your hair the night before. If you like the effect of the curling iron, like I do, but have limited time in the morning (or want to lay off the heat, for the health of your hair) try braiding your hair in pigtails the night before. You can spray them with hairspray, if you like. When you wake up and take out the braids, you will have beachy waves. This texture is also great for creating updos, as your hair will have more volume.



2. Make Breakfast the Night Before.
You know that I love to make breakfast the night before. I've already shared my overnight oats recipe, as well as my slow cooker apple breakfast cobbler recipe. Today, I share my favorite crock pot oatmeal. I've been making this particular recipe on a regular basis and it is so tasty. My baby especially loves this meal. Place one cup of oatmeal (steel cut, or old-fashioned) in the slow cooker. Add 4 cups of liquid (I do 2 cups of almond milk and 2 cups of water) and 5 prunes. Turn it on low for 8 hours. When you wake up, shred the prunes and serve with a drop of milk. So delicious and requires no sugar!

3. Bathe or shower only once a day. Rather than bathing morning and evening, streamline it to once a day and you will not only save time, but resources as well. In today's video I share a funny story about the time Madame Chic required me to choose my bath time in Paris. I hope you enjoy my story!



4. Don't cleanse your skin in the morning. You do not need a complicated skincare routine in the morning. The only thing I do is splash warm water on my face and apply moisturizer/ spf. Forget all of the cleansers, exfoliants and other treatments. They not only take time, but they strip your skin of its oils.



5. Clear the clutter from your wardrobe. Thousands of women can testify that the ten-item wardrobe not only saves you money, but time as well. How many hours have we wasted figuring out what to wear? Doing laundry for our endless wardrobes? Picking up after our clothes strewn all over the bedroom? The less garments you own, the less you have to deal with them.

I hope you enjoy my video today! Happy mother's day to all of you lovely, inspiring moms. Remember, when you feel discouraged with the large task ahead of you each day, remember the raising of children is the most important job in the world! You are raising the next generation. Try to enjoy this season of life and take care of yourself accordingly.

News

Organized Elegantly writes about the Madame Chic books in her post, Create a Morning Routine.


Izumi shares her copy of Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic on Instagram. Thank you, Izumi!


Comment of the week


Danson for Joy, that is so true. Not babbling and making excuses sure does enhance one's air of mystery. An added benefit of saying no with poise!


Today I would love to know... what are your favorite time-saving mom hacks? Let me know in the comment section below and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog! Have a wonderful mother's day and see you on Monday!


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5.08.2017

Saying No With Poise | Etiquette Chat Discussion



Do you have trouble saying no? I certainly do. Especially when I'm caught off guard. In today's video I share a story with you. What happened when I was approached by a spa salesperson while grocery shopping with my daughter? My answer at first wasn't very poised, but then I got assertive and I was in control of the conversation.

Some people call it a "high-quality no", I call it saying no with poise, but truly, saying no is an art. If you worry about people-pleasing or pepper your response with a list of excuses, you will likely end up babbling and get into a conversation you don't want to have. Learning to give a firm, but polite, no is a great skill to have.

I hope you enjoy hearing my story in today's video.

News
I hope you will join me for the Mapp & Lucia book club at the end of June!

My YouTube friend, Juli, from A Beautiful Horizon is doing a 15 day dress challenge. You can track her dresses on her Instagram page. Check out the hashtag #15DayDressChallenge

A beautiful shot of the Madame Chic comic books from Japan...

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Comment of the Week
Sherrie P writes: since I have found your channel and books,I don't feel guilty to try to dress better and treat myself with respect. I'm a plus size lady and you helped me to think I could look my best. Your 1st book really changed my life.

Dear Sherrie, Thank you so much. I loved receiving your comment and am thrilled to hear that you are treating yourself with the respect you deserve!

Today, I would love to know... do you have trouble saying no? Do you struggle with assertiveness? Do you have any funny stories you'd like to share with us regarding this subject? Any tips? Let me know in the comment section and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog.

See you on Thursday!


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5.04.2017

Have the Books Changed Me? Bridal Party Drama? Help with Routines? Reader Q&A



Part 3 of the reader Q&As continues today with a special appearance from Mr. Connoisseur at the beginning of the video. Have the books changed me? What do my friends think of the Madame Chic books? What should you do when you are in a bridal party and everyone around you lacks poise? How can I implement routines into my home life? All of these questions are answered in today's video plus much more.

News
I hope you will join me for the Mapp & Lucia book club at the end of June!

Here is a snapshot of the two volume Lessons from Madame Chic comic books from Harper Collins Japan...


Jezball Adventures shares The Madame Chic Collection...

So very excited to start reading. #jezballadventures #thedailyconnoisseur #jenniferlscott #madamechic 🇹🇹

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Comment of the Week
Amy writes: I grew up on a farm surrounded by hardworking men and women and we learned an appreciation for honest, hard work. No one I know would find this fashion trend to be acceptable in any way. Most folks who have jobs that get them this dirty want nothing more than to get home scrub up in the shower and put on fresh, clean clothes as a reward for that hard work. My father wouldn't have sat at our dinner table looking like that let alone have gone out to a restaurant or a movie. He would have considered it disrespectful to himself and to others. I'm assuming if you are spending $425 on these jeans, you would wear them anywhere. I find it disrespectful to socialize looking like this and hope folks have more sense than to buy into this fad.

Hi Amy, I loved your comment on the Fake Mud Jeans post. It's nice hearing your perspective having grown up on the farm. Your father sounds like a wonderful man! Thank you to you and everyone who commented.

I would love to hear your thoughts on today's discussion topics. Have you ever been in a group of peers and felt uncomfortable with their behavior? What did you learn from it? Where do you struggle with routines in your home life? What are your successes with routines? Let me know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on The Daily Connoisseur!

If you have any questions you'd like to submit for a future reader Q&A, you may leave a comment here, or email me privately via my author website. Please note: due to the large volume of emails I receive, I am not always able to respond. I do read every email and appreciate every one!


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5.02.2017

Book Club Announcement! Mapp & Lucia Books by E.F. Benson



I am happy to announce that we will be doing an E.F. Benson book club on The Daily Connoisseur. We will be starting with the first two books in the Mapp & Lucia series, Queen Lucia and Miss Mapp.



We will start the book club at the end of June, giving you plenty of time to read the books. They are readily available and can often be found for free on the kindle or other eReaders. You can always check your local library as well for the books. Here are some easy links to the books on Amazon:Queen Lucia and Miss Mapp paperback, On the kindle (99cents), Queen Lucia on audible , Miss Mapp on audible.

Thank you and I look forward to delving into this great series with you!

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5.01.2017

Fake Mud Jeans | Teatime with Jennifer



In today's Teatime with Jennifer, I'm sipping sweet iced tea and discussing the Fake Mud Jeans that have gone viral this week. Now that is a sentence I never thought I'd write!

What are Fake Mud Jeans?



Made by brand PRPS, Fake Mud Jeans sell for $425 and, according to the description from Nordstrom, are heavily distressed medium-blue denim jeans in a comfortable straight-leg fit embody rugged, Americana workwear that's seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows you're not afraid to get down and dirty.

These jeans are representative of many things that are wrong in society right now. They are, in a sense, the Emperor's new clothes. When I posted the Washington Post Article discussing these jeans, many Facebook followers posted their thoughts. Here were some of my favorites:




Just like we have become accustomed to ripped jeans, and sheer yoga pants, are we being conditioned to accept muddy clothes as everyday fashion? How are these jeans a commentary on our virtual reality society, where we like to appear as though we do something, without actually doing it? How far will the bounds of casual dressing go? All of these topics and more are discussed in this week's Teatime with Jennifer video.

News


The Czech translation of the Madame Chic books are in a box set, as shown here from Mlada Fronta on Instagram..



Comment of the Week
Anna W writes:
Poise in arguments in so hard, but I agree that you can improve with practice. Some people really like drama, and if you respond heatedly the situation will continue to escalate. Staying calm takes a lot of the fun out of it for them. And for those who are genuinely upset, staying calm can help them have a conversation instead of an argument. One thing I've found that helped with my kids is taking a breath and pausing to say their name before responding. This helped me not blurt out the harsher words I was thinking, and the small pause and calm response can (sometimes) help diffuse the situation.


Hi Anna, I really like your advice of saying your child's name before responding to their bad behavior. Now, I just need to work on not sounding angry while saying their name! Ha! Thank you to you and everyone for your wonderful comments on the Q&A posts.

Today, I would love to know what you think of Nordstrom's Fake Mud Jeans. What do you think these jeans say about our society right now? Please let me know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on The Daily Connoisseur.

I will see you on Thursday for part 3 of reader Q&As. See you then!



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4.27.2017

Poise in Arguments? Plus Size Advice? Bra Fittings? Reader Q&A



Part two of the reader Q&A continues today as I answer your questions. Today's topics: How do I maintain poise during a disagreement, especially with a family member? Do you have to be a size 6 to look good in the ten-item wardrobe? (I think you already know the answer to that question is NO.) Where can I get a good bra fitting?

All of these topics are discussed in today's video plus much more.

News

Here is a snippet of one of the pages from the new Lessons from Madame Chic comic book from Harper Collins, Japan. So much fun!


Here are some more pictures of the books from around the world. First stop, China!


... and the Slovak Republic

#easter morning at home with #madamechic

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... and America!



Comment of the Week
Kamloops writes: I am a fan of my aprons. I love my nice outfits and for cooking or cleaning an apron is ideal. For decades I also clean my bathroom as I step out of the shower. By the time I am dressed that room is done.

Hi Kamloops, I love your tip for cleaning the bathroom as you use it. When the kids were younger (but old enough to sit up in the bath without me being right there) I would clean the bathroom while supervising them. I know many other people do this too! Thanks for your tip.


Today I would love to hear your thoughts on the subjects discussed in the video. Have you ever lost your poise during an argument? How did you learn from it? Plus size ladies, do you have any words of wisdom to share with our readers regarding dressing well? Do you have any recommendations for where to get a good bra fitting? Let me know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog!



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4.24.2017

Cleaning in Nice Clothes? Year Round Ten Item Wardrobe? Daily Reflections? Reader Q&A



Reader Q&As are finally back! Your questions have been piling up and in the next three videos I answer them. Today, I'm answering a question about cleaning in your nice clothes. What should you do if you get really hot while cleaning the house? Also, what about people who live in a place with the same climate year-round? Should you have a year-round ten-item wardrobe instead of a seasonal one? How do I prepare my nightly and weekly reflections?

I hope you enjoy my answers in today's video. Be sure to come back and watch the next two installments as there is so much more to discuss!

News
I will be doing a book club this summer on The Daily Connoisseur! We will be reading the Mapp & Lucia books by E.F. Benson, starting with the first two books, Queen Lucia & Miss Map. I am choosing these books because they are perfect summertime reads and are so apt for The Daily Connoisseurs. Also, if you have a kindle or other eReader, these books are free! They are also available in paperback or to listen to on Audible. I have not formally announced this yet, but wanted to give you a head start in reading so you can join in on the book club.



Comment of the Week


AnnMarie writes: I've been working on a capsule wardrobe for about 4 months now, not on a regular basis. I go through my clothing when the kids are in bed and I can make stacks of clothing without them dismantling. It's a process but once you get going it's easy! When I say it's a process I mean you start weeding through your clothing and discover you don't have a personal style. To help discover my personal style I utilized Pinterest. Base on my Pinterest research I discovered my style, romantic modern chic, or something like that 😁.


Hi AnnMarie, Looking on Pinterest is a great way to discover what styles you like. You could also look at magazines or observe people you admire (who dress well) and figure out what your style is. I love romantic modern chic. It sounds fabulous!

Today, I would love to know your thoughts on today's discussion. What do you wear when you clean the house? How do you avoid wearing exercise clothes all day, everyday (or not?)? Do you live in a place with a year-round climate? Have you cut distractions in your home? What do you think about modern TV shows with all of their violence? Let me know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog!

Stop by on Thursday to see part two in the Reader Q&A series, when we will discuss poise in arguments, plus size advice and bra fittings among other topics. See you then!

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4.21.2017

7 Ways to Style a Neutral Dress featuring Halsbrook.com

Good morning, everyone! This has been such an exciting week with my ten-item wardrobe posts going up. Thank you for all of your comments and encouraging input. Today, I have a very fun and different bonus blog for you. I've partnered with Halsbrook.com, a sophisticated online shopping site, to show you different ways you can style a neutral dress.

I've had many requests over the years to show how I would style the same dress in different ways. This is a crucial skill to learn if you are going to take on the ten-item wardrobe. Knowing how to style your clothes creates different looks and gets rid of the need to have so many outfits in the first place.

Before I show you the styles I have collaged for you, I want to introduce you to Halsbrook. When doing research on them, I was immediately impressed. What sets Halsbrook apart is their thoughtfully selected designs. I honestly love the "eye" of their buyers. Their collection truly does have a sophisticated ease. Their curated collection lines up with the classy, lady-like style that defines The Daily Connoisseur.

More on Halsbrook and their story in a minute, but first let's look at the 7 different looks I have collaged. This will hopefully give you ideas on how you can style your own neutral dresses at home. All of these collages feature the Les Copains beige ponte jersey knit dress, but they would work with any neutral look. After the collages, I feature other neutral dresses that Halsbrook carry.



Beachside Dinner This is an elegant, yet casual look for a supper by the sea. The turquoise in the necklace offsets the neutrality of the other pieces, making a subtle statement. Featured in this look is the Les Copains Beige Ponte Jersey Knit Dress, Meg Carter Designs Westminster triple strand necklace and the Kayu New Jen Natural Straw Clutch. I've paired it with this Women's Bp. 'Luminate' Open Toe Dress Sandal.


Animal print Animal prints pair really well with neutrals. Some people think animal prints are neutrals unto themselves as they go with so many different looks. I love the look of leopard with a pop of red! This is a fun, sophisticated look. Featured here is the Les Copains Beige Ponte Jersey Knit Dress, W Kleinberg Leopard Belt and the Meli Melo Tan Halo Bag. I've paired it with the Women's Bp. Lula Block Heel Slingback Sandal Red.


Polished Professional Ladylike and sophisticated, with Chanel-inspired tweed and pearls, this demure look is elegant for the office. Featured in this look is the Les Copains Beige Ponte Jersey Knit Dress, Belford sky blue tweed cardigan, Diana Broussard Margarite Pearl Necklace. I've paired it with the Women's Naturalizer Whitney Pump in blue.


Artsy and Bright When wearing neutrals, it's a great idea to pair a brightly colored scarf close to the face to prevent you from looking washed out. I love this colorful scarf and neutral tote. Featured in this look is the Les Copains Beige Ponte Jersey Knit Dress, Taisir Gibreel Moody Loch Blossom Silk Scarf and the Alice D. Featherweight Tan Leather Perforated Tote. To add some more fun color, I've paired this look with the Halogen Freda Slide Sandal in Red Suede.



Soft & Whimsical This would be a beautiful outfit to wear to a wedding or another elegant daytime affair. I love the whimsy of the "bug" wrap. The delicate earrings and blush shoes give the look a beautiful quality. Featured here is the Les Copains Beige Ponte Jersey Knit Dress, Janavi ivory embellished bug merino wool shawl, Atelier Mon Cherry Quartz and Pave Drop Earrings. I've paired this with the Women's Sam Edelman Susie D'Orsay Ankle Strap Sandal, Pink.


Black & Neutral Black always pairs nicely with neutral colors and this is a sophisticated, yet edgy look, perfect for an evening at the theatre or a nice restaurant. Featured here is the Les Copains Beige Ponte Jersey Knit Dress, Ellsworth and Ivey Black Tweed Jacket, Oscar de la Renta Polka Dot Bead Clip Earrings and Serpui Nina Loom Black Box Clutch. I've paired this with the Women's Louise Et Cie Karisa Ankle Cuff Sandal, Black.


Beach Day And for our last look, a lovely ensemble for the beach or poolside. The sunhat, straw bag and espadrilles turn our neutral dress into a casual, yet polished outfit. Featured in this look is the Les Copains Beige Ponte Jersey Knit Dress, Hat Attack Fine Braided Continental Hat and the Kayu Sail Tote. The espadrilles are the Women's Soludos Lace-Up Espadrille Sandal, Beige

As you can see, the options of styling a neutral dress are limitless. This proves that a ten-item wardrobe is far from boring, with one simple dress, think of the possibilities.

I hope you enjoyed my 7 collages!

The collages showcased some beautiful accessories, but Halsbrook has a stunning collection of garments as well. Here are some more neutral dresses they carry, that would all work well in each of these style collages...


The Sonia Stone Viscose Crepe Dress


The Sail to Sable cream tweed dress


The Antonelli Nantes stone and taupe dress


Layfayette 148 Kosmo beige tweed dress

THE HALSBROOK STORY

Halsey Schroeder has her mother to thank for many things, not the least of which is the inspiration for Halsbrook. Halsey grew up watching her mother carefully build her wardrobe - choosing beautiful pieces that would stand the test of time. Having acquired the same sense of style, Halsey soon discovered how underserved this market was. “Everything was too flashy and trendy.” And just like that, Halsbrook was born.

Our styling point of view is one of sophisticated sensibility with an emphasis on ease for the woman with a hundred to-dos to check off before her day is done. Every piece in our assortment is on-trend, not trendy, and has been carefully vetted for quality and fit. We style in head-to-toe looks, not just one-off pieces, and offer complete outfit ideas with a focus on versatility. We believe wardrobing should enhance our lives, not be hard work. So, the Halsbrook shopping experience is capped off with first-class service – as personal as shopping in a boutique store, with the ease of shopping online whether you’re at home or on the go.


I hope you enjoyed this post and that you got some great inspiration from it when accessorizing your own wardrobe. Thank you to Halsbrook for partnering with me on this article. I'm truly grateful I found you!

Today I would love to know... what is your favorite look?

See you on Monday for a long-overdue Reader Questions Answered. Have a great weekend!

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4.20.2017

Ten-Item Wardrobe Talk-Through SS 2017 | Jennifer L. Scott



It's time for the ten-item wardrobe talk-through! Thank you so much to everyone for your encouraging comments on Monday's video, especially regarding my children. We had so much fun filming and they got a kick out of hearing your comments. They truly say, "thank you" for all of your kind compliments!

In today's video, I discuss the new items in my wardrobe, the budget aspect of this year's choices and answer your questions.

Mentioned in today's video:
The Jessica Simpson nursing camisole is what I currently wear under my blouses. I love this camisole because it has a built-in bra and is so comfortable.



Many people asked about the Barbara Barbieri wedge shoes I picked up from TJ Maxx. These shoes are very comfortable. I've worn them on several occasions now.


Women's Sam Edelman 'Gigi' Sandal in Beige This sandal is honestly my favorite go-to sandal in the spring/summer season. It is very comfortable to walk in. I wore mine so much that my pair recently broke!



...and the white leggings, which I have paired with the Rebecca Taylor dress to make up for its short side slit. These leggings are one size fits all. They are very soft and I think they are great quality, especially for the price at $10!


Check out the original ten-item wardrobe post here to see more on each item.

News
The Lessons from Madame Chic comic book is now available in Japan from Harper Collins. Here is another beautiful display showing some of the artwork from Junko Murata.


Here are one of the fun shots of the Japanese books on Instagram...

A post shared by Yuki✴︎ (@yuruyuru_diet) on



Westbywonderful shares a fun photo of Lessons from Madame Chic


Comment of the Week

On Facebook, Lindsay writes: Oh my goodness, LOVE your wardrobe! I'm wearing a similar chambray dress today...as I was getting dressed in the locker room at my gym five middle aged women stopped mid-conversation with one another and thanked me for taking pride in my attire. I explained how you've guided me to do this and they were thrilled and amazed that I looked so nice to "just run errands!" One lady actually clapped her hands with joy! Happy Monday to you and your beautiful family!

Dear Lindsay, I loved your story. It's becoming so unusual to look presentable in today's society that those ladies really took note and applauded you. I applaud you too!


I hope you enjoy today's talk-through! Be sure to stop by the blog tomorrow for a very special bonus post. I'll be partnering with Halsbrook.com to share 6 ways to style a neutral dress. It is a very fun post, you don't want to miss it!

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