6.19.2021

The Chic Assignment Check-In | June 2021 | Handel + Frida Kahlo + Your Poetry

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Welcome to The Chic Assignment Check-in for June, 2021. We are going to learn more about George Handel, Frida Kahlo, and much more. I'm also reading your poetry today. 



Chic Assignment no. 1 Enjoy Handel's Largo from Xerxes 

A beautiful and hauntingly enigmatic piece, Handel's Largo from Xerxes performed by Hauser will astound you. Today we are learning more about George Frideric Handel, and his illustrious career from the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale




Chic Assignment no. 2 Explore the artwork of Frida Kahlo 


Frida Kahlo by Guillermo Kahlo, public domain


Frida Kahlo was a Mexican surrealist painter known for her self-portraits and portrayal of Mexican nature and artifacts. She lived a brief and tumultuous life, but is one of the most famous female painters of all time. Today we are learning ten interesting facts about her life. You can learn more about her artwork here

Chic Assignment no. 3 Dress the table beautifully




This month I shared my tablecloth routine from start to finish as part of Mega Motivation. I hope it encouraged you to dress your table beautifully this month, even if you are dining alone. 

Chic Assignment no. 4 Write a poem for someone in your life and give it to them 

I'm sharing a small selection of your poetry today. I was completely blown away by the beauty of your poetry. Thank you so much for submitting it. I wish I could have read every one in this video. I encourage you to check out the original video on YouTube, which has all of the poems in the comments. 



Thank you to 
The Chic Society for bringing us The Chic Assignment. The Chic Society is the private membership group on YouTube. Membership is only $1.99 a month. I release a "vodcast" (a video podcast) every Friday and we go live (either on YouTube or Zoom) once a month. There are also two upper tiers who receive recognition in The Chic Assignment check-in. 



The Chic Connoisseurs: 
A Better Life with KAT (Flylady Cleaning System), AAM Truthteller, 
Adrienne Cormier, American Blossom Linens, Alexa Moradi, Allison Jennison-Smith, Amy Kennedy,
A Return to SimplicityA Sparkling Vintage Life, Amy Thibodeaux, Andrea Saavedra, Andrea Andrei,
Angelika Greenhalgh, Angie Helmly, Anny Schreier, Audrey CoyneBewitchedCrafts.com, Ausra Mewa,
Bliss Peterson, Brenda Ramsey, Candace V, Cari Leigh, Caroline Logan, Catarina Alexandra, Catherine Huang, Chantal Brinkies, Chelsea Kochevar, Clare's Classroom, Cyndie Lake, Dawn, Deb Reardon, Denise Gende, Diana McNease, Elizabeth Doan, Ellie YG, Elizabeth Yang, Efstathia Kositzidou, Freda Masoud, healthywithluba.com
Heather Phillips, Helena O, Jackie W, Jane Lynch, Janet Williams, Jasmine Christian, Jennifer Timm, jkp62, Judy Moore, Katherine Williams, Kathy Feliciano,  Katie Kolodzy, Kimberly Campbell, 
Lakeisha Bell Cadogan, Lenora Ellis, Liliedaisy, Lois Shank- Retiree, 
Loraine Tadman, Lori Skees, 
Maria Gerlicz-Pogorzelska, Mary Lewis, Marija B. Bingula, Space.For.Home, Marybeth Nelson, 
Megan Lawrence, Melanie Adkins, Melanie Riddle, Mama Mitzey, Maria Gerszewski, 
Melinda Loustalot, Melissa Ricci, Mercy Burton Russell, Michele Kieffer, 
Michelle Henderer, Michelle the Italiagal, Monique Egelhoff, Monique Hernandez, Natalie Schultz, 
Not-So Desperate Housewives, Olivia Johnson, Pamela Gunger, Paula Ellis, Paula Johnson, P C, 
Petra Willnecker, 
Raye Cage, Rebecca Faltot, Rita Fernandes,  Rona,  Rosh S., Sandra Light, Sarah Vitsas, 
S.E. Spracher - Author of Chewy Marmot , Scott Rea, Shannon Biddy, Sharon Smith, 
Sheila Hopfensperger, Shelly Cabler aka "The Art of This & That"
Shelly Kirby, Sonya Sylvester, Stacy Smith, The Simple Swan, Sue Parker, 
Tiki PiΓ©, Tracy The Tea Lady, Veronica Staudt, Wendy Cassara, Wendy Somerville, Wilma Dean, Yen Lee, Zauger, Zuzaienka23


The Elegant Connoisseurs

Amanda Dykes, Author
Amiee Floor, Azalia Spa Goods
Brandi Still, Silhouette Artist
Jenny Williams, Carrot Top Paper Shop
Elaine Brisebois, Certified Nutritionist
Nikki Moreno - Inspired by Nikki 
Julie Kolman - My Confident Closet 
Nicole Brignolle - Founder of Lovely Bits
Rosenda Valenzuela - Little Pink Casa 
Mrs. Shockley - A Home for Elegance
The Shortbread Family - Allen's Scottish Shortbread
Mrs. TJ Sturm, Sturm Brothers Jewelry 
Cherish Flieder- Something to Cherish  
Vicel Victoria - JAFRA Beauty Consultant  
Katherine Rae
Carli Thom - Living in Loveliness
Caroline Haydu
Guy Blaise
Isabelle Clabaut
Jen Carlson
Jet Rowley-Herron
Jina Kay Kenry
Jenny Candelaria
Juliet Keeler-LeBien
Linda Eklof
Marie Caudill
Maria Conder
Melissa M
Prudently at Home

I hope you enjoyed The Chic Assignment Check-in for June. Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Father's Day to all of the dads and grandfathers in your life ♥️


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6.17.2021

Capsule Wardrobe Closet Organization Secrets | Hot Mess House Collab | Bee Organizing Style

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I'm sharing updates on my ten-item capsule wardrobe closet organization in today's video.


My YouTube friend, Cass from Clutterbug, has a new hit show on HGTV called, Hot Mess House. The second season premier airs tonight and to celebrate, Cass has invited me and several other YouTubers to share our organization secrets.


Check out this playlist with Cass' favorite YouTubers sharing their decluttering style. I'm in good company here! 



Cass' organization system on Clutterbug categorizes different organizing styles based on a "bug" system. Cass classified me as a "Bee". Bee organizers are visual creatures. We like to see our things and we are not stark minimalists. We enjoy beauty, but we are also perfectionists, so sometimes we put off organizing if we can't do it perfectly. You can take Cass' Clutterbug quiz to find out what type of "bug" you are when organizing. 

In today's video, I am sharing my closet organization updates. Remember my hot mess wall behind the curtain? That's all been sorted out. I hope you enjoy today's video.


⚜️What I'm Wearing

Rungolee Louise blouse DailyC for free silk face mask

Mott & Bow jeans JLS10 for 10% off 

Jane Winkworth ballet flats (UK customers only - leave comment to inquire)

SKYE Cosette earring Jennifer20 for 20% off 

SKYE Laure pearl bracelet Jennifer20 for 20% off 

Londontown nail polish Teatime  JenniferS for 25% off


⚜️Featured in the Video

Keep Calm and Remain Classy poster

Daily Connoisseur Merch

Canvas bins and closet organization supplies

Pinrose Secret Genius Perfume JSCOTT for free shipping

Montelle Intimates chemise JEN20 20% off

Plush Necessities Spa Robe

Sonoma Lavender heatable spa wraps

MerSea wraps

Sudsy Soapery Candle 

Nothing New eco-friendly sneakers

Shop my ten-item capsule wardrobe

Shop my sleepwear 


News

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πŸ“*NEW* The Ten-Item Wardrobe eCourse is newly updated and back online with all new video, text, and new lessons. If you have previously purchased the ten-item wardrobe eCourse, you can access all of the new changes for free.

πŸ“If you are looking for more content, consider becoming a member of The Daily Connoisseur through the MEMBERSHIPS feature. I publish one vodcast every Friday and do one livestream or zoom call once a month. It only costs $1.99 a month. There are also upper tiers available for people who are interested in supporting the channel on a higher level and receiving monthly mentions in the videos. 

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Comment of the Week

MK08 writes, "I always find that those asking rude questions might have gotten the "answers" in time if they just got to know those people in a normal process. We ask those questions because we are part of a culture that "needs to know" every possible thing, when really, if we desire to know people and have any understanding, we would just be patient in our relationships. If I want to tell you parts of my story, just wait for me to initiate that - OR, ask appropriate questions that could lend the opportunity for me to go further if I choose. Great topic!"

MK08- yes! All of those personal questions can come out in time when you get to know someone. It could not agree more. Great comment!


I hope you enjoyed today's closet tour. Thank you to Cas for inviting me on this fun collaboration!

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6.14.2021

Rude Questions Part 2 | Observations and Reaction

5:42 AM 6 Comments

 



My initial post sharing 5 rude questions and how to respond, received a tremendous response from The Daily Connoisseur audience (and beyond!). It seems that most people have one question they have been asked (or asked repeatedly) that grates on them over time. 


I received an outpouring of comments, both public and private, about your life experiences with these questions. In today's video I'm sharing my observations and reactions. 

There are a few key takeaways that I'll write about here, but I do encourage you to watch the video to hear a more in-depth discussion. 

⚜️Don't put yourself down when met with a rude question. Many people said their response to "When are you due?" was, "I'm not pregnant, I'm just fat!" You don't need to put yourself down in order to make light of the intrusive question. 

⚜️Avoid saying something rude back. It can be so tempting. Sooo tempting, sometimes, to say something rude to someone who is rude to you. But avoid this temptation and take the high road. You will never regret it and will come off as a class act.

⚜️Wanting privacy does not equal being ashamed. It is perfectly acceptable to guard your information when you first meet someone. People need to show themselves approved to us before we trust them with information about ourselves. Follow your instinct. Some people might accuse you of being ashamed of who you are if you don't want to share various aspects of your life. Don't pay those people any attention. They will try to shame you into feeling bad for wanting to maintain your privacy. Don't fall for it. 

⚜️What I'm Wearing


Today's video is sponsored by Ritual code DAILYC gives 10% off your first three months. 

News

πŸ“Connoisseur Kids is now available in Poland and Vietnam.

πŸ“Join us for The Chic Assignment for June  

πŸ“*NEW* The Ten-Item Wardrobe eCourse is newly updated and back online with all new video, text, and new lessons. If you have previously purchased the ten-item wardrobe eCourse, you can access all of the new changes for free.

πŸ“If you are looking for more content, consider becoming a member of The Daily Connoisseur through the MEMBERSHIPS feature. I publish one vodcast every Friday and do one livestream or zoom call once a month. It only costs $1.99 a month. There are also upper tiers available for people who are interested in supporting the channel on a higher level and receiving monthly mentions in the videos. 

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Comment of the Week 

Charlotte K. writes, "Isn’t there a quote that says, “There is beauty in the mundane”? I have been a homemaker for 45 years, and always gently corrected those who called me a “housewife”! πŸ˜‰ It isn’t always fun, but so rewarding to look back on with satisfaction that while I was not always the most skillful or best household manager, I always cherished and was grateful for my life at home. I appreciate your homemaking series and love your outlook on life, Jennifer."

Thank you, Charlotte! Your comment was so lovely.

Thank you for joining me for today's video. I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog. 

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6.10.2021

10 Life-Changing Homemaking Secrets from Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management

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My homemaking series continues today as I share ten life-changing homemaking secrets from Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management




Mrs. Isabella Beeton’s 1861 guide on household management remains one of the must referenced and popular guides to managing a home over 160 years later. Here are my ten observations from her book that could provide life-changing homemaking inspiration for you. 




 


⚜️The “mistress of the house” or in our case “homemaker”, is like the "commander of an army. Her spirit will be seen through the whole establishment" (p. 1). If that is the case, what spirit do you see when you look at your home? 

⚜️The members of the household are “perpetually dependent” on the homemaker for the happiness, comfort, and well-being of the family (p.1). While that may seem daunting, it should give you a sense of purpose and raison d’Γͺtre. 

 ⚜️"Early rising is one of the most essential qualities which enter into good household management" (p. 2). Getting up early is the “parent of health”. If the mistress of the house gets up early it is “almost certain that her house will be orderly and well-managed”. (It also says that if she gets up late, her servants will also become “sluggards”.) Most of us do not have live-in servants so maybe we can attribute this tip to the rest of our family. 

⚜️ Frugality and Economy are home virtues. Mrs. Beeton quotes a Dr. Johnson, who says, “Frugality may be termed the daughter of Prudence, the sister of Temperance, and the parent of Liberty. He that is extravagant will quickly become poor, and poverty will enforce dependence and invite corruption.” Mrs. Beeton believed that whether you are rich or poor, practicing frugality is a necessity. 

⚜️Good temper should be cultivated by the homemaker. The welfare of the household rests on the homemaker’s good temper. “Her influence can hardly be over-estimated, as it has the effect of moulding the characters of those around her, and of acting most beneficially on the happiness of the domestic circle. Every head of a household should strive to be cheerful.”  (p.5). This one convicted me. 

⚜️The dress of the homemaker should always be adapted to her circumstances. Ok, in Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management she’s literally talking about changing outfits for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We can’t relate to this Downton Abbey-esque wardrobe change life, but let’s look closer here at what she’s saying. She’s saying dress for the day, but dress appropriately. So, does that mean wear yoga pants all day long since you’ll be cleaning? Not necessarily. You can get dressed for the day in your cute day clothes that express your true style and still get a majority of your cleaning done if you wear an apron and gloves. If you’re going out in the garden to weed, for example, you probably won’t want to wear your nice clothing. Change your clothes for that. 

⚜️Keep a housekeeping account book (p. 9). Mrs. Beeton suggests that you write down every single expense you have throughout the day. This will be very helpful for those of us who are prone to overspending or who are trying to stay on a budget. This way “one month’s expenses may be contrasted with another”. Judge Haliburton said, “No man is rich whose expenditure exceeds his means, and no one is poor whose incomings exceed his outgoings.” 

⚜️Method and order are the keys for good housekeeping. On p. 27, it reads: “Order, again, is indispensable; for by it we wish to be understood that “there should be a place for everything, and everything in its place.” Method, too, is most necessary; for when the work is properly contrived, and each part arranged in regular succession, it will be done more quickly and more effectually. 

⚜️The daily duties of a housekeeper are regulated by the extent of the establishment she superintends (p. 29). In this instance, Mrs. Beeton is now discussing a paid housekeeper position, but we homemakers can apply this to ourselves. We should base our daily duties on what our home (our establishment) needs. Do you live in a large house that needs regular sweeping and vacuuming? Do you live in a small house that needs constant reevaluations of clutter and storage? What does your establishment need? 

⚜️Prepare in the evening for the next day’s duties (p. 31). A good homemaker “will often busy herself with the necessary preparations for the next day’s duties. Numberless small, but still important arrangements, will have to be made, so that everything may move smoothly.

⚜️ What I'm Wearing
Rungolee Louise blouse DailyC for free silk face mask
Lulu's Sebastian Trouser (these shrink, order a size up)
Earrings SKYE Theodora Jennifer20 for 20% off
Bracelet SKYE Laure Jennifer20 for 20% off
Nail polish Londontown Dragonfruit JenniferS for 25% off


I hope you enjoy today's video

News

πŸ“Connoisseur Kids is now available in Poland and Vietnam.

πŸ“Join us for The Chic Assignment for June  

πŸ“*NEW* The Ten-Item Wardrobe eCourse is newly updated and back online with all new video, text, and new lessons. If you have previously purchased the ten-item wardrobe eCourse, you can access all of the new changes for free.

πŸ“If you are looking for more content, consider becoming a member of The Daily Connoisseur through the MEMBERSHIPS feature. I publish one vodcast every Friday and do one livestream or zoom call once a month. It only costs $1.99 a month. There are also upper tiers available for people who are interested in supporting the channel on a higher level and receiving monthly mentions in the videos. 

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Comment of the Week
Amber writes, "My heart leapt for joy when you said you're going on the Homemaker Chic podcast again! πŸ₯° Shaye and Angela are my absolute favorite podcasters and I regularly listen while cleaning around the house. You also happen to be my favorite guest on their podcast so I am excited to hear all three of you chat it up again! Listening to you on their podcast is actually what helped me discover your channel so cheers to that as well! Hope you have a great virtual visit with them again and thanks for all your wonderful content!"

Thank you, Amber! Our episode has already aired and you can find it here: Wait, This Job Needs a Uniform?

I hope you enjoyed today's life-changing homemaking secrets video. Let us know your favorite insights in the comments and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog. 

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6.07.2021

One Week of Outfits from my Spring Ten-Item Capsule Wardrobe

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Welcome to one week of outfits from my spring ten-item capsule wardrobe. It's warming up in Southern California and spring is in full bloom. I'm sharing my outfits of the week to inspire you to dress well every day and look presentable always. 


I'm also sharing handbag, makeup, and accessory styling in today's video. Let's take a look at the week of outfits: 


Rachel Pally Marion dress, American Leather Co. satchel, cork wedges (similar) JEN10 for 10% off SKYE Cosette earring Jennifer20 for 20% off 




Rungolee Porto dress DailyC for free silk face mask, Lulu's sandals

SKYE Risette dress Jennifer20 for 20% off, Teddy Blake handbag TBJennC20 for extra $20 off,
 Spanish Sandal Co. black slides JEN10 for 10% off, Besame dusty rose lipstick, Lilysilk scrunchie Daily15 for 15% off 


Lulu's Sebastian pant (order a size up... this shrinks), Spanish Sandel Co. black slides JEN10 for 10% off, Lilysilk v-neck camisole Daily15 for 15% off, Neiwai Barely Zero bra JS10 for 10% off 


SKYE Charlotte dress Jennifer20 for 20% off, Teddy Blake handbag TBJennC20 for extra $20 off, cork wedges (similar) JEN10 for 10% off, SKYE earrings Jennifer20 for 20% off


Mott & Bow jeans JLS10 for 10% off,  Lilysilk blouse Daily15 for 15% off, Spanish Sandal Co. taupe sandals Jen10 for 10% off, Jord cork handbag thedailyconnoisseur25 for 25% off



Thank you to Native Sunscreen for bringing us today's video. Use code DAILYC4 for 30% off. 


News

πŸ“Connoisseur Kids is now available in Poland and Vietnam.

πŸ“Join us for The Chic Assignment for June  

πŸ“*NEW* The Ten-Item Wardrobe eCourse is newly updated and back online with all new video, text, and new lessons. If you have previously purchased the ten-item wardrobe eCourse, you can access all of the new changes for free.

πŸ“If you are looking for more content, consider becoming a member of The Daily Connoisseur through the MEMBERSHIPS feature. I publish one vodcast every Friday and do one livestream or zoom call once a month. It only costs $1.99 a month. There are also upper tiers available for people who are interested in supporting the channel on a higher level and receiving monthly mentions in the videos. 

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Comment of the Week

nightingale writes, "It's been said the state of your home reflects your current state of mind. Creating the right ambiance in a space and being choosy with what I bring in has made a world of difference."

Nightingale, I couldn't agree more. When my home gets in a bad state I pause, reflect, and take care of it. Thank you for your observation.


I hope you enjoyed today's outfits of the week video. How is your ten-item wardrobe performing this season? Let us know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog.



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