Un Chamboulement

imageUn chamboulement (uhn sham-bool-mohn) means a mess. The sound of it reminds me of the English word “shambles.” If you don’t like to live in un chamboulement, you will probably warm to At Home with Madame Chic: Becoming a Connoisseur of Daly Life, by francophile Jennifer L. Scott. Two years ago, I read Lessons from Madame Chic: Twenty Stylish Secrets I learned While Living in Paris and started to follow her blog, The Daily Connoisseur, and YouTube channel regularly. This book has less content that was actually inspired by Famille Chic, with whom Scott lived during her semester in Paris, other than the fact that they never lived in a state of chamboulement. Instead, Scott talks about how she tries to infuse her daily routine with order and elegance. In a world that seems to value crass over class, this is a welcome message. The book is divided in chapters that follow the routines of a typical day in the life of this mother of two young children. Her list of music to elevate each part of the day is a unique feature of a book about homemaking. Whether in her TedX talk or in her books, I appreciate that Scott always tries to provide content of value.

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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