New York Chic

Last night I read Jennifer L. Scott’s delightful Lessons from Madame Chic, a lifestyle book inspired by her study abroad program in Paris under the tutelage of Madame Chic, her host mother. Jennifer’s experience in Paris is strikingly similar to mine. In fact, if one were to change a few details (children, arrondisement, country retreat), our host families would look nearly identical. I found myself nodding along with almost everything she mentioned.

In the spirit of honesty, I am working on Jennifer’s next book At Home with Madame Chic, which comes out in October and is, not coincidentally, also delightful.

51iNnOSrKFL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_ At Home with Madame Chic Corrected

Several of the early chapters of Lessons from Madame Chic really struck a chord with me. Many of these focused on food and presentation (clothing, beauty, etc.). They were all tenets of my routine that I followed in France, but have recently lapsed now that I have a full time job in New York. I’ve kept a few reminders of my Parisian life since I returned to the U.S.: I walk nearly everywhere– upwards of three miles a day– and I still often eat a Parisian breakfast of baguette tartine, coffee, and mini financier at Eric Kayser when I have the time. Unfortunately, some poor habits have resurfaced as well; I’ve indulged in the American pastime of snacking, and have been prone to leaving my apartment in some less-than-inspired looks. In Paris, I only ate at designated meal times and always left the apartment perfectly put together.



I curled my hair, did my makeup, made sure that my outfit looked presentable, even in wintertime. I often wore jeans in the winter (because it was truly too cold for skirts), but paired them with one of my beloved and stylish winter coats.

Last week at work I found myself looking particularly bedraggled. In my defense, I also had a cold, but I had been feeling distinctly un-put together for several weeks. I missed my coiffed hair, my morning tea, my perfectly chosen outfits– all abandoned in the mad rush out of the door.

After reading Lessons from Madame Chic last night, I decided to recommit myself to the Parisian habits I miss. So this morning I awoke early, curled my hair, put on makeup and a nice dress, and had my baguette tartine, raspberries, and a cup of tea while reading at the dining room table.

Related reading: What I Learned in France

8 Responses to “New York Chic”
  1. Jean Reisman says:

    Kaitlin, So happy to hear that Paris has followed you to NYC! Looking forward to seeing you in 4 weeks – Love, Grandma

  2. Brenda says:

    Such a lovely post! Thank you! At 54 years old – with 4 kids and a to die for husband I am totally on the Madame chic track too! I am committed to be my best in every situation and at every opportunity- it just makes me feel good so why not- right?! We are going to London for the first time in June 2015- I couldn’t be more excited! I love anything and everything Madame Chic – Jennifer is too cute.
    Kait- you are a doll! Keep living the life!! 🙂
    Brenda from St. Louis Missouri.

  3. Gisele Tucker says:

    J’avais hate d’avoir de tes nouvelles. je suis contente que tu aimes ton travail, et ta revue du livre est tres interessante. j’ai fini mon livre, je suis en train d’ecrire la preface et les remerciments. Je suis d’accord pour ton retour a la vie Parisienne.
    Je t’embrasse,

  4. lizandlifestyle says:

    Oooh! I need to read these books!

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