10.26.2020

The Art of the Fall Table Setting | Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas | Homemaking Day in the Life

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Welcome to a unique homemaking day in the life. Today we are exploring the art of the fall table setting. I'm sharing an inviting way to style a Thanksgiving or fall table for an elegant, but casual dinner party.




This video is in collaboration with Riverbend Home to feature the beautiful Spode Woodland Line, which are the ultimate fall dishes. Riverbend Home have generously given us a discount code: DCHOL10 for 10% off (some exclusions apply)


When coming up with a table-setting plan, I like to look at beautiful books for inspiration. My favorite resources are the Hoffman Media books from Victoria Magazine. Today, I take inspiration from Victoria Magazine and The Art of Tea


I'm working with the Spode Woodland China for this autumn table-setting. I have always admired the Spode Woodland collection, but could never find a comprehensive and full collection online. Riverbend Home carries the full line in their Thanksgiving shopDCHOL10 for 10% off (some exclusions apply)

For this table, I am using my jacquard cream tablecloth (linking similar as mine is around ten years old) that I have had for so many years. A good jacquard tablecloth can last for a decade or more if you take care of it well. A plaid table runner adds a nice autumnal touch and creates a beautiful line to base the settings off of. The rattan placemats create a new layer of texture and the wood tones of the mats warm the table. Matching plaid napkins in gold rings are placed on top of the Woodland china. Our candlesticks are placed on either side of the bay leaf bouquet. When fresh flowers are not available, I like to use greenery available in the garden. Our bay leaf tree provides fragrant and unique bouquets. The leaves can also be dried and used in cooking. The crystal iced tea glasses are very affordable on sale at only $19 for 4. Remember the code DCHOL10 for 10% off (some exclusions apply) for the Riverbend Home links. 

The chief aim for an autumnal table is to create a cozy atmosphere through colors, textures, and layers. These elements would be excellent for a Thanksgiving table, special fall dinner, or other more substantial afternoon tea. 

I hope you enjoy today's video and that it gives you table-setting inspiration for your Thanksgiving table. 


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Yvette P. writes, "When I was in my mid twenties I couldn't stand sleeping in just whatever anymore. As a homemaker and a homeschool family it definitely makes a world of difference when you're always home!"

Hi Yvette, I couldn't agree more. When you're always home, it matters even more how you present yourself. It affects how you feel. thanks for watching! 

I hope you enjoyed today's homemaking day in the life video. I look forward to reading your comments and see you soon!

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10.22.2020

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

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Welcome to one week of outfits from my fall ten-item wardrobe. I'm sharing my fall outfits with you on an uncharacteristically warm Southern California week. I hope today's video gives you inspiration to look presentable always and have fun with your daily outfits. 

Function of Beauty has sponsored today's video to share their new customizable skincare line with you. Thank you to Function of Beauty! 

I am sharing the pictures from each day along with a list of what I wore. I hope you find this helpful and enjoy today's video.



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Phone case by Casetify

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Jennifer,
I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your Chic Assignments and the research that goes into bringing them to us. I look forward to them every month and have learned so many things about music, literature and the arts. It has also inspired me to do further study on my own. I even impressed a colleague one day when we were talking about Georgia O'Keefe and why her paintings of a single flower are so large. I was able to give an answer because I remember you reading her story to us.
God bless you and your family.......Stacie

Stacie, thank you so much! I appreciate your comment. That is a good feeling when you know about the subject matter and are able to have an enriching conversation with friends. Thank you! ~ Jennifer


I hope you enjoyed this outfit of the week video and that it gave you inspiration for looking presentable always. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you on Monday!



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10.19.2020

The Chic Assignment Check-in: October, 2020

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Welcome to The Chic Assignment Check-in. I am excited to dive into each assignment with you in more detail. Let's begin. 


 Chic Assignment no. 1 The Phantom of the Opera I hope you enjoyed listening to The Phantom of the Opera this month. I have provided a 1988 Tony Award performance from the great Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman that is so riveting and nostalgic. I know during this pandemic shut-down I have missed going to the theatre and I look forward to returning one day. 

During the check-in we are learning about Andrew Lloyd Webber and the history of The Phantom of the Opera. I hope you enjoy learning the brief history of this celebrated musical. 



Chic Assignment no. 2 Enjoy the art of Gustave Caillebotte
We are studying French artist, Gustave Caillebotte this month. You can see his most famous paintings for free online. In the check-in, we learn more about his interesting, yet very short life. 

The Floor Scrapers, 1875

In today's video I remark about the rejection of one of his most famous works, The Floor Scrapers, from the judges of the Salon of 1875. They deemed the painting to be vulgar because it depicted "common laborers". This strikes me as interesting because in the world of art there is nothing new under the sun. Artists of the past and artists of today (no matter what form your art takes) are judged by the "powers that be" on whether their art is acceptable. I've had this experience as a writer... it just goes to show that the big corporations don't always know what they are talking about. They deemed Caillebotte's, The Floor Scrapers, as vulgar, assuming that the public would not want to see laborers in action, but they were wrong. Just more motivation for artists to continue to create their work, despite the ignorant rejection of the establishment. 

Check out the following two books for more on Gustave Caillebotte: 


  

You can buy canvas reproductions of Gustave Caillebotte's paintings at Great Big Canvas

The Luncheon, 1876

Rue De Paris, Temps De Pluie, 1877

I would love to know... what is your favorite Caillebotte painting?

Chic Assignment no. 3 We have been focusing on presentable undergarments and sleepwear this month. I explored these subjects extensively in separate videos this month. You can watch the undergarment guide here, and the sleepwear guide here. 


Chic Assignment no. 4 Enjoy cooking a new seasonal dish. 
For the final chic assignment we are enjoying seasonal cooking. I hope that my What's for Dinner? videos have been a motivating tool for you to meal plan and incorporate seasonal recipes into your cooking routine. I have another one coming out soon for more inspiration. 

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10.17.2020

The Case for Presentable Sleepwear + The Season's Best Styles | Chic Pajamas for Women + Budget Dupes

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Welcome back to The Daily Connoisseur. In our last post, we discussed why it's important to wear presentable undergarments. Today we are discussing sleepwear. Presentable sleepwear is a passion of mine. I love pretty pajamas! If you strive to look presentable in public everyday, you should also strive to look presentable at home... even if you live alone and no one sees you.



Today, I'm sharing my seasonal sleepwear guide with you and have pulled the season's latest styles from my favorite companies. All of the sleepwear I am showcasing is high-quality, high-end sleepwear, mainly from tried and tested brands that I am familiar with and have had excellent experiences with. 

Budget Sleepwear

If you are on a budget, however, and these do not fit in your price range, I did a lot of research and found nearly identical budget dupes. You can find all of those in the budget sleepwear section of my Amazon store

How to invest in sleepwear

How do you start to collect and invest in high-end sleepwear and still stay on budget? Because high-quality sleepwear can last for years, just start your collection by purchasing one a year. I generally allot for an update once a year and have done so for years. If you take care of your sleepwear by washing and storing it correctly, your sleepwear will last a long time. There will come a time, however, when you will need to throw your sleepwear away (or donate it if it is in usable condition). Make sure you read those cues and act accordingly. Don't hold onto sleepwear past its prime.  

The latest styles... which is your favorite? 

Let's take a look at some of the brands featured in today's video. Perhaps they can give you inspiration for the type of sleepwear you'd like to wear on a nightly basis. You can find my slipper recommendations in my Amazon store as well. 

The Lilysilk chic pajama set is their most popular, bestselling sleepwear item. Made of  100% 22 Momme Mulberry Silk, with contrast piping and mother-of-pearl buttons, this pajama set is luxurious and would make an excellent gift. Daily12 for 12% off

Lusome Lucienne Nightdress in Noir  LUSOME20 for 20% off The Lusome line is made from Xirotex, which is proven to eliminate night sweats and has an advanced moisture management technology. This is my favorite type of sleepwear. I love comfortable sleep shirts and nightgowns. I adore this one in particular. 


Lusome Luxe line with Xirotex  LUSOME20 - 20% off The Donna pajama runs big. Normally Medium pajamas fit well on me but this one is much larger. I would order true-to-size with this one. This is also made of Xirotex and prevents night sweats. A wonderful pajama set. 


Cami NYC is a luxury clothing line that is known for their beautiful lacy camisoles. They also have a capsule collection of silk sleepwear. This is sleepwear is extreme luxury and on the higher price range for those with a large budget. The silk is exquisite and feels so soft on the skin. 

Fleur't Intimates has very relaxed and casual sleepwear choices mixed with delightfully feminine ones. This cozy jogger with silk trim and relaxed top has a very modern silhouette and is so chic. FALLBEAUTY20 (20% off)


The Fleur't Iconic Chemise is not only beautifully constructed, but washable, wearable, and so comfortable. I've been a customer of Fleur't for decades as I love their iconic boy short. Their sleepwear is equally delightful. FALLBEAUTY20 (20% off) It's a great idea when thinking about building a sleepwear collection to buy things in the same style family. The robe, long nightgown, and chemise all go together nicely.


Rya Soleada Gown and Robe collection JEN4RYA 10% off  This gown and robe is available in gold and ivory in lustrous poly-charmeuse for easy care and wrinkle-free traveling. The Rya gowns are so unique because of their intricate embroidery details. The Rya robes and gowns are machine washable even though they look like they are dry clean only. I had great success washing mine at home on delicate... This style is for ladies who like fancier things in life and want their sleepwear to be a bit more dramatic... think Ginger Rogers. 

No sleepwear guide of mine would be complete without the Montelle Intimates Bust-Support Chemise  FALLVIBES20 (20% off) These chemises are truly delightful and come in a variety of colors. There is support and a thicker panel in the bust area which is one of the design's high-quality features. 

The Rya Swan Cover-up is always available in white and black, but often has seasonal colors available as well. JEN4RYA - 10% off This has three rows of Ostrich features that make for very graceful movements. This cover-up is machine washable. 

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📍Take my new eCourse, Carry Yourself with Poise. There are so many amazing ladies on this course, bonding and building friendships as we rally around elegant living. Rachel M. writes, "Thank you Jennifer for this beautiful course. It was the breath of fresh air I needed during this lockdown. I will definitely be returning to this course again."


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Comment of the Week

Carolyn M. writes, "Perhaps my comment is a little odd but I wanted to share a story. Years ago I helped take care of my mother-in-law while she was dying of cancer. She and my father-in-law had always lived a simple and frugal lifestyle. When I had to help my mother-in-law get dressed I was blessed that she had nice underwear. Not fancy or expensive but pretty and fresh looking. It meant something of dignity and self-respect to me. She was not aware of it but I felt that she was still teaching me right up to the end."


Carolyn, what a beautiful story and observation. Thank you for sharing that with us.


I hope you enjoyed today's sleepwear guide. I would love to know... what's your sleepwear style? Do you prefer sporty looks, elegant nightgowns, short chemises, or tailored pj sets? Let us know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog. Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you soon!



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