5.17.2018

Pregnancy Chat: Skincare, Drinks, Wardrobe, Rest, and Exercise



In today's pregnancy chat, I discuss the skincare I'm using, the drinks I'm enjoying, my maternity wardrobe, and how to deal with fatigue and exercise when expecting.



Skincare
For skincare, I have been using Belli Beauty, which is a natural skincare line for pregnant women that is approved by both OBGYNs and dermatologists. The four skincare products I discuss in the video are Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator, Pre-Treatment Scrub, Anti-blemish Cleansing Facial Wash, Belli acne control spot treatment.

For those of you who are not pregnant, and are looking for natural skincare, try Pellu Beauty (formerly Nudu). Also, the natural SPF line I mentioned in the video is MyChelle.



Drinks
The primary drink during pregnancy should, of course, be water. And I am trying to drink more water than I normally do to stay hydrated. As for special drinks, I have been enjoying one small coffee every morning (I usually make it iced). If I want an additional coffee or tea during the day, I drink Teeccino vanilla nut herbal coffee. I love the taste of this rich drink. Teeccino does contain chicory, so please ask your doctor if it is safe for you to use during pregnancy.



Wardrobe
I will do a maternity ten-item wardrobe video in the future, but until then, I have been enjoying my returning maternity dresses from Seraphine, mixed with new maternity pieces from zulily. In this video, I'm wearing one of the Seraphine dresses.



Exercise
For exercise, I have been jumping on my rebounder, although I will have to give it up soon as I go further into my 2nd trimester. I am going to miss my rebounder! I also walk on a regular basis and count housework as exercise :)

News Items
Congratulations to the winners of the Ana Luisa Jewelry Giveaway: Kimberly G, Rowena M., and Natalie V.!

I plan to watch the royal wedding this weekend, so look out for a special royal edition of Teatime with Jennifer on Monday. Get your teacups ready!

For more of The Daily Connoisseur, take my eCourses, Creating Your Own Ten-Item Wardrobe and Chic Financial Principles for Debt-Free Living.

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Comment of the Week
On Monday's faux flowers video, Silver Melody writes, "Hi Jennifer, Your faux flowers are really lovely. Another option is a faceted cut glass or crystal vase...the facets blur the stems very nicely. You can also add small clear glass stones to keep the flowers in place and add more light reflection. My personal favourite is a beautiful ceramic vase that hides everything underneath and lets you support the flowers with whatever means to get the best arrangement, and to my eye, the most aesthetic appealing option for real or faux arrangements."

That's a great suggestion, Silver Melody. Thank you for your great tips!

I'll see you on Monday for a special Teatime with Jennifer: Royal Wedding Edition! In the meantime, I'd love to know your thoughts on the pregnancy topics discussed in today's video. Your comment could be chosen as comment of the week. See you Monday!

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5.14.2018

How to Make Faux Flowers Look Chic Using Leaf Ribbon



To cap off last week's home tour videos, I am sharing one way I display faux flowers to make them look sophisticated and even real. I like to use leaf ribbon on the inside of a clear vase to make the arrangement look like it came from a florists' shop.



Of course there are many ways to display faux flowers. You can use glass pebbles, decorative opaque vases, and even acrylic water (which I have also done), but sometimes it's fun to use leaf ribbon to try to achieve the chic look from a florists' shop. I'm showing you how to use it in today's video with various vase shapes.





I usually get my faux flowers from Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Amazon and AFloral.

I hope you enjoy the tutorial in today's video.

News
I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day celebration. We had such a great day. I wanted to share this quote from Louisa May Alcott's, Little Women:



You have a few days left to enter my Ana Luisa Jewelry Giveaway. 3 lucky winners will receive the beautiful 'Olivia' earrings. Giveaway is for US residents only.

For more of The Daily Connoisseur, take my eCourses, Creating Your Own Ten-Item Wardrobe and Chic Financial Principles for Debt-Free Living.

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Comment of the Week
Regarding last week's real and faux indoor plant post, DD writes, "I mix real and faux flowers in arrangements. A bunch of real lilies (inexpensive at the supermarket) in a big vase with several faux long, drooping stems of tiny orchid blossoms gives me an easy, beautiful, impressive arrangement for the entry or dining table. I've seen guests check them out and determine "real" when they see the lilies are real! Economical, beautiful, and easier to arrange and take care of than a big bouquet of varied real cut flowers."

Hi DD, what a great idea to mix real and faux in the same vase. I bet your arrangement looks spectacular!

Today, I would love to know if you use faux flowers when decorating. How do you like to display them in a vase? Let me know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog. See you on Thursday for a pregnancy chat video.



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5.10.2018

How I Decorate with Real and Faux Indoor Plants



Thank you to everyone who watched Monday's home tour video. It was really fun to share our downstairs with you. Today, I'm discussing how we like to mix both real and faux indoor plants.



We do this for a variety of reasons. We have a six bedroom home, and because I like a bit of greenery and/or flowers in each room, I mix real and faux plants to keep maintenance down. Also, some rooms have less light than others and live plants don't work well there. With the plethora of realistic-looking faux plants on the market today, it's easy to create a totally natural look. I have purchased many of my faux plants from Hobby Lobby, Ikea, Amazon and Michaels.



I do not show every plant we have in this video, but I do show you a large selection. Be sure to watch the video to hear me discuss each plant in detail, including which ones are faux and which ones are real.

If you'd like to see a part two to this video, showing our faux plants upstairs, please let me know.

I hope you enjoy today's video.

News
Be sure to enter my Ana Luisa Jewelry Giveaway. You still have time to enter. 3 lucky winners will receive the beautiful 'Olivia' earrings. Giveaway is for US residents only.

For more of The Daily Connoisseur, take my eCourses, Creating Your Own Ten-Item Wardrobe and Chic Financial Principles for Debt-Free Living.

Regarding the debt-free course, T writes, "Hi Jennifer,Thank you so much for this eCourse! Your blog and books have always resonated with me and this eCourse was no exception. I really appreciated your humility and realness. It felt like I was getting advice from a girlfriend which made it fun. The Investing and Entrepreneurship lessons were my favorite and gave me some much needed motivation. I want to say "thank you" to everyone who shared their stories and comments. I've always felt like the odd man out for being frugal. Knowing there are others on a similar path that are enjoying a debt free life and have found success with it is very validating and empowering. Thank you for all that you do and I look forward to what you have in store for us in the future!"


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Comment of the Week
Today's comment is a testimonial from Dawn, who wrote to me about her experience with a budget ten-item wardrobe: "Dear Jennifer, Your books have enhanced my life immeasurably! Thank you so much for everything, but specifically your video on the budget ten item wardrobe and your reply to critics. While I read that one should buy "the best quality you can afford", I mentally applied this as "I should be able to afford expensive items or not purchase clothing". Hence, I only bought one $100 dress over the past several months. Your response to critics finally made the true meaning of your original quote click for me, and it was so freeing! We just completed an international adoption, so expensive updates are not an option. After watching your video I purged some summer items and purchased two updates from Zulily and Amazon; for about $30 total! Thank you for living authentically! Blessings, Dawn"

Hi Dawn, congratulations on the adoption! I'm so thrilled that the ten-item wardrobe concept has worked for you in all areas, including budget. There is no shame in not having a large budget for clothes. It even causes you to be more creative than you normally would be. Thank you for being a supporter of my work.

I would love to know... do you mix live and faux plants and flowers in your home? Why or why not? What are your tips and tricks? Leave us a comment and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog. See you soon!

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5.07.2018

Home Tour 2018 | Downstairs | Jennifer L. Scott



In today's video, I'm sharing a tour of the main downstairs rooms in our home: the dining room, living room, family room, and kitchen.

This tour will give you a good idea of our style. We are very fortunate that much of our furniture has been handed down to us from our family in England and is of high quality. We like a neutral palette for our furnishings, walls, and floors. I then add pops of color with accessories like lamps, decorative dishes, plants and family pictures.





This is our dining room. We have decorated it with cream, taupe, white, and tan. The chairs around the dining room have been reupholstered as their original state was worn down from use in my husband's former retail shop. The table is a cream dining room table from Pier 1 Imports. The cream rug is from Ikea. The Victorian painting is from eBay. (Please note: because most of the items I'm showing you are no longer available, I am simply leaving links to the shops I purchased them from. The table from Pier1, for example, is well over 10 years old.)



Our formal living room is my favorite room in the house. It's the music room, the game room and the room that we generally receive guests in. The comfy-looking checkered arm chair belonged to my mother-in-law, as did many pieces in this room. She has really excellent taste in interior design and much of this furniture was from a flat she once had in Santa Monica. The piano was a gift from my husband to me. We love our piano! The sheepskin rug is from Ikea. The blue and white lamps are both from eBay. The gold-gilded side table is from Ballard Designs. The Union Jack pillow was a gift from Ben's family.


This coffee corner is located off of our dining room and directly in front of the pantry. The coffee, sugar, and tea canisters are from Amazon. How funny is the "Sorry for what I said when I was hungry" magnet? The decorative boxes are from a tea set that my mother-in-law gave us as a housewarming present.



Our heavily-used family room is characterized by white slipcover sofas from Sofa U Love, a large zebra rug from Pottery Barn, and minimal accessories. I often get asked how we keep our white sofas white. Because they are slipcovered, I can easily wash the sofa coverings to remove any stains. To prevent wear-and-tear, I place a throw blanket on top of the seated section of the sofas. We've had these sofas for nearly 10 years, and they have held up well. I like to accessorize them with neutral pillows and throw blankets in soft textures. Many of the throw pillows are from Ikea. The faux fur pillows are from Frontgate. The ottoman is from Costco and has storage inside. This is where we store some of the toys the baby plays with. The large lamp is from Home Goods. The small lamp is from Ikea.



Finally, we come to the kitchen. It has taken me some time to get used to the darker colors in this kitchen, namely the countertops. I have always enjoyed white, cream, and grey in our kitchens from our previous homes. But since we do not have the budget to redo the kitchen, I am focusing on what I love about it. I decorated the tops of the cabinets with vintage cookbooks, china dishes and bowls, faux plants, and baskets. I like to keep the kitchen very functional and utilitarian as I am in there so much cooking meals for the family. I like to keep the countertops as clear as possible.

While our home and decor is not picture-perfect, we have really enjoyed decorating our space and making great use of the items that have been handed down to us. There are many decorating projects I would love to do as our budget allows, but many of them will have to wait. In the meantime, we are enjoying our space as it is.

I hope you enjoy today's video.

News
Be sure to enter my Ana Luisa Jewelry Giveaway. You still have time to enter. 3 lucky winners will receive the beautiful 'Olivia' earrings. Giveaway is for US residents only.

For more of The Daily Connoisseur, take my eCourses, Creating Your Own Ten-Item Wardrobe and Chic Financial Principles for Debt-Free Living.

Kavitha writes, "Thank you Jennifer for this encouraging, well put together lesson. We have never been outlandish spenders but at the same time never been out of debt either. Our debt is manageable but i have always wanted to be debt free. You have provided some great ideas in this course for us to try and hoping the vision of debt free life will come true. I also want to thank you for sharing your story to be an inspiration. It takes courage to do that especially in this world of quick judgements and narcissism. Keep up the good work. Wish you all the Best!"

Hi Kavitha, I am very excited for you and your family to become debt-free. I'm so happy you enjoyed the course!

Janis writes, "Hello Jennifer, my husband and I are debt free, so why am I taking your course? Because we are on the brink of retirement and this is THE time in life to be careful with money when on a reduced income. So I am enjoying your course and getting good ideas from it. Many thanks."

Hi Janis, congratulations on being debt-free! I think it's so wise that you are making financial fitness a priority in the later stages of your life. I'm so happy you are enjoying the course.

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Comment of the Week
Regarding last week's Etiquette Live Chat, Inga writes, "Hi, Jennifer,
I enjoyed your live-chat-video and want to thank you for it. It is always so much fun for me and a pleasure to hear you talking and giving good advice. I think you are really courageous to putting yourself out there, especially with troll people trying to do their damaging work. That is one of the reasons I comment here, just to be one of the other and supporting and thankful voices. I am so grateful that you put the live-chat-videos online afterwards because like this we are able to review them whenever we like. Also, I'm in Germany and both times I didn't have time to follow the chat live and was so happy that I didn't miss them entirely. (Also, I have to admit that I am not an Internet-pro and wouldn't really know how to follow a live-chat on air). Thank you for your wonderful work. I wish you all the best with your pregnancy and send you good wishes from Germany. Inga"


Hi Inga, your support means a lot to me. Thank you for your kind comment. All you need to do to watch a live chat is be on YouTube and watch the video as it is live. If you are subscribed to my channel, and receive notifications for when I upload, you will know when I am going live. I also try to announce future chats on Instagram, twitter and Facebook (links below). To receive notifications from my YouTube channel, you click the "bell" icon next to the subscribe button. You will be emailed every time I upload a video. You are then able to type in the chat section and I am able to respond to you in real time. I hope that helps!

Thank you for joining me today. Please let me know if you'd like to see more rooms in our home. I would love to know how you characterize your interior design style. How do you like to style your home? Let me know, and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on The Daily Connoisseur. See you on Thursday!


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5.03.2018

Ana Luisa Jewelry GIVEAWAY | Jennifer L. Scott



I have a wonderful jewelry giveaway for you today brought to you by Ana Luisa Jewelry.



Ana Luisa jewelry create high-quality pieces for everyday life. Each jewelry piece is special because they release them in limited quantity to ensure their uniqueness. Their jewelry is individually handcrafted and made with high-quality, superior materials.



Membership to Ana Luisa is free and involves unlimited access to all collections, a one-year warranty on all styles, free shipping and returns, and a surprise gift with every order.

To shop with Ana Luisa visit http://bit.ly/AnaLuisa_Jennifer and use the code Jennifer15 to get $15 off your order.



Today, I'm giving away 3 pairs of these beautiful Olivia earrings. I love how bold and exotic they are. They work beautifully as stand-alone statement earrings. Picture them worn with a simple white dress, or even a bold print. Just gorgeous!



To enter the giveaway:
1. You must be subscribed to my YouTube channel
2. You must subscribe to Ana Luisa's website (it's free) using the link http://bit.ly/AnaLuisa_Jennifer
3. After you have done both of these steps, enter your information via the rafflecopter widget below. (Please note: if you are already subscribed to my YouTube channel, just proceed to step two.)

The giveaway is open to US residents only. The giveaway will run for 2 weeks and I will contact the winners via email. They will also be announced on the widget below. Thank you to Ana Luisa for hosting this generous giveaway. Best of luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


I hope you enjoy learning more about the jewelry in today's video.

News
For more of The Daily Connoisseur, check out my eCourses, Create Your Own Ten-Item Wardrobe and Chic Financial Principles for Debt-Free Living.

Maureen shares her testimonial on the Debt-Free Course about how the ten-item wardrobe has helped her save:


Hi Jennifer! You converted me to the 10 Item Wardrobe back in 2012, and I have never looked back. At the time, my husband thought I would be full of regret getting rid of the majority of my clothing, but the regret never came. I love having a collection of a limited number of carefully curated items. I am much more thoughtful with my shopping and only buy something when I truly need it. I don't waste money on clothes that I hardly wear; I am much more thoughtful with my clothing shopping now. Plus, now that I'm not shopping all the time, I can spend more on the few items I do buy, which means better quality, and they last longer. Wins all around!


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Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic in Poland with a beautiful bouquet of tulips.


Comment of the Week
The Etiquette Live Chat was a big success. I'm really enjoying the Live Chats and hope to schedule another one soon. The most "liked" comment on YouTube came from LovedHappy, who reiterated my advice on maintaining your standards in a fallen society.



Thank you, once again, to Ana Luisa NY for hosting this generous giveaway. I wish you the best of luck! If you can't enter the giveaway, or you just want to shop Ana Luisa in general, remember to use the coupon code for $15 off.

I'll see you next week for a home tour. Have a great weekend!

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4.29.2018

Etiquette Chat LIVE | Jennifer L. Scott



Thank you to everyone who joined me live last Saturday for our Etiquette Chat.



I had so much fun discussing your pressing etiquette issues and the time just flew by. We talked for over an hour about a variety of modern etiquette questions.

To never miss a live-stream, make sure you are subscribed to my YouTube channel. Click the "bell" for notifications and you will be emailed each time I upload a video, including when I go live. I also announce live-streams on social media.

I hope you enjoy today's video.


News
My new eCourse, Chic Financial Principles for Debt-Free Living, is getting wonderful feedback.

Nora writes, "This course was amazing! I am debt-free, but you have inspired me to save more, love my home life, be happy with what I already have, etc. Thank you, Jennifer! Everything you produce is of such a high quality and truly gives so much value to your audience. I am looking forward to your next course! By the way, as soon as I finished the course, I watched it all the way through again! I wanted to really soak it all in!"

Hi Nora, I'm so glad you enjoyed the course and congratulations on being debt-free! I am so happy for you and your family.

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Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic in Japan with xoxo...


Comment of the Week
Carey M. writes, "Sorry to miss the live chat, but I am really enjoying the video now. I agree with everything you said! I have a couple of really great pieces of advice about gossip that I have heard over the years. My mom always says, “If they gossip with you, they will gossip about you.” A teacher/mentor I had used to teach that gossip is having a stated opinion about something you don’t have responsibility for. She said, “If you don’t have responsibility for it, don’t have opinion on it.” And lastly, never say anything about someone that you wouldn’t say to their face. All of these have helped me avoid gossip over the years."


Hi Carey, your mother has very sound advice. Thank you for sharing her words of wisdom with us!

Thank you for joining me today. I would love to hear your take on all of the etiquette topics discussed in this video. Please let me know what future live-stream topics you'd like to see on this channel.

See you on Thursday for an exciting jewelry giveaway.



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4.26.2018

Wholesome Book Recommendations for Young Readers (1st, 2nd & 3rd Grade)



I always appreciate wholesome book recommendation for young readers. In today's post, I'm sharing my 7-year-old daughter's favorite books. She is an avid reader and likes to read for one to two hours every night before bed. Because of this, she burns through books very quickly. All of the series listed below are her favorites. I wanted to share them with you in case you have children, grandchildren or nieces and nephews who love to read. I would also appreciate any book recommendations you have for young readers (any age range). We can all benefit from each others' recommendations.



I discuss each of these series in more detail in today's video and wanted to list them below for your reference. Here they are in no particular order...


The Boxcar Children



A to Z Mysteries




Calendar Mysteries



Encyclopedia Brown


Cam Jansen



Who Was Benjamin Franklin?



Who was George Washington?



The Magic Tree House





Grandma's Attic series





Grandma's Attic Cookbook



Imagination Station



The Cul-de-sac Kids




Flat Stanley


Egermeier Bible Story Book

I hope you enjoy today's video.

News


*Updated* the next live-stream will be Saturday, April 28th at 9am PST. Bring your pressing etiquette questions. I look forward to seeing you there!



My new eCourse, Chic Financial Principles for Debt-Free Living, is getting wonderful feedback.

Donna S writes, "Hi Jennifer, Your eCourse has inspired me to reach for a new level of saving! Thank you for such a lovely, positive class. I am always giving your books as gifts. Now, I'm going to start giving your books and recommending both your eCourses to brides-to-be! I'll tuck in an extra $10 for a book mark and encouragement to take your two classes. Thank you so much for the work you put in to this course - It's an amazing bargain... Continued blessings to you and I will look forward to new books and new classes."


Hi Donna, I love your enthusiasm! Thank you for taking and recommending my course. It is so appreciated.

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Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic and a cup of tea.


Comment of the Week
Regarding last week's livestream, Madeofmydreams writes, "Jennifer, your live chat was quite fun! It's lovely to see you in real time and know that you don't inauthentically "airbrush" your presentation of yourself for your other videos."

Thank you! I plan to do another livestream within the next week. This one will discuss any etiquette questions that readers may have.

I am not sure when my next live chat will be, but if you follow me on social media (links below), I will announce it then. Also, if you are subscribed to my YouTube channel and get notifications (by clicking the bell icon), you will be emailed the next time I do a livestream.

I would love to hear your recommendations for young readers. What books do your children love to read? Please share your list so that we may all benefit from it.

If you have any etiquette topics you'd like me to discuss in our upcoming livestream, please leave them here as well. See you soon!


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