I encountered Jennifer for the first time on YouTube (we are definitely on first name basis. Mrs. Scott sounds too formal and I imagine her as a sweet person). Inspired by one of the TED Talks I decided to click on a video about capsule wardrobes (try to check suggestions on Pinterest, quite useful). Ideas of ten items inspired me to purchase Jennifer’s book and read more about her observations. Yes, she was in Paris only for a semester or two and it was a while ago (who cares since she is so likeable). However I know from my experience that as an ‘outsider’ you are able to pick up on a lot of cultural differences and successfully adopt them in your life. Culture shocks always work their magic when someone is open minded and is not afraid of change.
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Jennifer’s book is a very light read comparable to your favourite snack that you pick up during lunch. Before you will know it you will have reached the last chapter. Of course some of the tips should be taken lightly. Wearing a cashmere cardigan worth more than a plane ticket to Paris (did you know that I managed to travel to Paris for less then £60 both ways from Scotland? Bargains that's what I will never have enough of), while cleaning with apron over it? That is very optimistic. My advice is: do not do it, just do not. Especially, when you are playing with bleach. You can have an astronaut costume on and bleach still will find its way to destroy your expensive cardigan (I learnt it hard way and had to say bye to my favourite jumper).
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As mentioned before not all of the tips will apply to you but take the most out of the book that you can. Ejoy getting rid of the beloved yet tatty trousers with a holes at the bottom (goodbye beloved grey boots, so hated by my family members). Jennifer asks you to pay attention to what you wear, how you feel in it and how you look in this particular item of clothing. I still forget that it should not only be comfortable but also flatter my figure, eyes, hair etc.
Jennifer's book is a good reminder rather than a source of new knowledge if you are already interested in minimalism. If you are looking for something revolutionary, this is not it. However, it is good to be reminded by a friend to clean up your wardrobe once in a while and get the stairs rather than the lift (I've told you Jennifer won't surprise you with a recipe for a magic pill that makes you skinny).
Atmosphere created by the author and her style of writing is very friendly, almost homely. Madame Bohemienne was not mentioned enough for me, hence I am mentioning her just now. I feel like this easy going, fun lady would be more compatible with my personal views than Madam Chic. I really felt though I am speaking with her (crazy lady, where is my cat?). I can imagine myself sitting with Jennifer as a friend in a coffee shop whilst listening to her new idea about having ten items in your wardrobe for a week. That is a big bonus of this book.