I often get short messages from readers and viewers saying how watching my channel has improved their style. I also get longer, heartfelt messages about how their changing style has improved their lives. One such message came in yesterday from, let's call her, 'Elizabeth'. Elizabeth gave me permission to share her story.
Here is what Elizabeth wrote about my YouTube Channel and how it has helped her:
"Finding you and your videos has been absolutely life changing, a few years ago I suffered a brain injury that has damaged mostly the reasoning part of my brain. Going from a model's figure, to putting on 4 stone as well, left me in an awful place. I have watched practically every video [of yours] and now changing to a minimal wardrobe my brain does not get so overwhelmed and instead of dissolving in confusion and despair I am finally able to get a stylish outfit together again! Having become disabled and losing my sense of self has been truly crippling, building my wardrobe and style, clearing out all the confusion of clothes and taking control of my new wardrobe has been very literal in healing my inner self. My sister started me on this realisation a year or so ago but in finding your videos I found something truly relatable and very healing. Even watching you became like hanging out with a girlfriend, as I am very agoraphobic and spend a lot of time alone. Its really been the best therapy one could have!
I buy all my clothes from charity shops ( as I cannot work anymore). Because my memory is affected I write a list of what I need to look for ( including my size) as I have ended up buying three of the same thing forgetting I had bought one! And even take photos of my wardrobe to use as a reference ( although I often forget to check it!) I take a tape measure in my bag too.
I thought this such an important message to send you, many people who have strokes find this a problem and I am actually enjoying the process now. My heartfelt thanks to you!"
It is truly inspirational to hear from anyone who has overcome difficulties by using their style to boost their confidence, self esteem and general health. There truly is a healing power in Style that takes it beyond mere clothing and getting dressed.
It is why I have chosen style and the passing on of authentic French Chic as my vocation in life.
If you have a story you would like me to hear, and share, of the healing power of Style I would love to hear it. Your story may help others and so the healing power of Style spreads. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Very Best Wishes
The April Edition of Vouz! Magazine is now out www.vouzmagazine.com
Vouz! is a premium online magazine (also available in hard copy), and the creation of Corinne Tuddenham-Finn and Shane Finn. It spotlights the luxury lifestyle world and professionally covers fashion, style, beauty, art, jewellery, events, people, property, travel, cars, superyachts, sport and many more high-end genres.
The April edition is also my debut as their Style Consultant - The French Chic Expert.
In my first article for Vouz, I cover the issue of authentic French Chic as being a process not a look. Head over to VOUZ! and read my article now, share the link to your social media and enjoy the high quality, professional content of what is sure to become a must read publication for anyone aspiring to life’s most elegant moments,
I hope you have en elegant weekend
Bonjour French Chic Ladies
I am giving somebody the chance to attend my Chanel Your Chic! Masterclass at 4pm Paris Time (11am NYC) on 25 March 2021 ABSOLUTELY FREE.
All you have to do is:
Go to Instagram here is my post with the rules https://www.instagram.com/p/CMrEoVWj5d6/
Make sure you follow me on Instagram
Create an Instagram post stating your favourite Style quote from Coco Chanel and what it means to you
Put “@marieannelecoeur #thefrenchchicexpert” in the description
Competition closes midnight Paris Time 23 March 2021. Even if you have already bought a ticket this is a chance to get your money back! I will choose the best entry in my opinion and contact the lucky winner by DM or comment on their post to organise their prize in advance of the Masterclass.
This competition is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram.
So get your Style thinking caps on and best of luck
There is no doubt about it: since La Grande Dame de la Mode opened her Rue Cambon Atelier in Paris in 1910, women from all over the world have been clamouring for her look.
No other Fashion House has consistently maintained that look of effortless elegance year after year and maintained a look that is quintessentially its own.
If you ever dreamt of getting the Chanel look - now is your chance. With just a few simple ideas, some inspired looks and some attention to detail, you can Chanel Your Chic without blowing your budget.
In my Chanel Your Chic! Masterclass, you get an easy to follow system and five outfit suggestions that will deliver Chanel Style Chic in every outfit. Join now at the Early Bird price of just $77. Join me at 4pm Paris time on Thursday 25 March 2021.
Or, if you just want to learn how to apply some of Coco Chanel's timeless style advice watch my video here
I hope you have a Chic and Stylish weekend
For all of my French Chic Daily Subscribers - a very big thank you for your continued support. The French Chic Daily is continuing under the new name of French Chic 365. The amazing content will remain the same, the unbelievable discounts on my premium courses will remain the same. The French Chic 365 really is a mini Academy for a fraction of the price. The content delivered day by day runs across the whole French Chic Academy curriculum for an amazing $11 a month. And for those who want to delve below the surface of topics covered you can take advantage of the discounts you will not find anywhere else. So if you want authentic French Chic Style for less than a Starbucks coffee a week this is the program for you
I am very pleased to be able to announce that I have been appointed style consultant as The French Chic Expert with Vouz! Magazine https://www.vouzmagazine.com/
A big, big thank you to Corinne Tuddenham-Finn and Shane Finn the Founders for giving me an amazing platform from which to spread the word about authentic French Chic, style, chic and elegance to a wider audience. My first piece will be appearing in April's issue. I had better get writing!
Vouz! Magazine is a free to read online magazine published once a month. I hope you will take the opportunity to check it out and support them in their endeavour to promote style, under stated elegance and quality - goals which resonate very deeply with me
After my recent video in which I styled my new Tory Burch loafers with jeans I had a large number of requests to style them with skirts. So, in tonight's video I give you 3 very different French Chic Outfits pairing loafers with skirts. I hope you enjoy them - follow the link here https://youtu.be/ac_xEYznwXE.
The outfits will be upload to the Atelier as quickly as I can xx
I have a new resource on my website for anyone trying to recreate any of my outfits - it is L'Atelier.
Part of the fun of Style is taking inspiration from an outfit you like and trying to re-create it with what you have. Sometimes you may need just that one piece to complete a look and that is where my Atelier page comes in.
An atelier is an artist's studio or workshop: a place where creation, recreation and re-creation combine to move your art forward. And Style to me is Art. So move your style journey forward with inspiration and fascination in equal measure from my French Chic Atelier.
I will be re-creating some of my most popular looks from my YouTube Channel and Instagram Account here, with links to my Obsessed With It page. So, if you want to re-create a certain look you have all the inspiration AND the resources you need.
Navigate the slideshow by either playing, stepping through with the arrows or clicking on the thumbnails. Click on an outfit main image to get to my Obsessed With It page with all the links you will need.
I hope you will get inspired by my outfits and that you will have fun re-creating them.
The current lockdown is causing people to suffer more than ever. Just as we thought things were improving, it seems to be getting worse. From just the blues, to full blown depression, people are finding it hard to get motivated. In my video tonight at 8pm Paris Time I share with you one tip that I find really helps. Also, inspired by Sarah and Fernanda's stories recently shared on the blog and in my French Chic Community, there will be an exciting announcement in my video about my Revive! 7 Day Lockdown Challenge Masterclass join me tonight
Baggy is back, apparently, when it comes to jeans. Heralded by some fashion houses this season and a need to keep recycling old styles and continuing the trend to comfortable, lounge wear in these lockdown times - baggy is best according to trend setting pollsters.
As always I advocate against anything baggy and shapeless. Not only does it make you - well baggy and shapeless - it will do nothing for your Chic Classic style. I much prefer better cut tailored jeans. My preference as a Rectangle is for bootcut. I recommend them for most shapes - they are versatile, leg lengthening when paired with the correct footwear and in a dark wash denim you get the most Chic bang for your buck.
If you absolutely insist on following the baggy trend the below style by Mango are great value https://go.magik.ly/ml/14lfw/ but beware - next season the trend will move on - don't say I didn't warn you!