# Langston Hughes

The Chic Assignment Check-in, July | Langston Hughes, Camille Saint-Saëns & More

Welcome to The Chic Assignment check-in for July, 2020. We are going to dive into the works of both Camille Saint-Saëns and Langston Hughes, plus much, much more. 

Chic Assignment no. 1 Let's enjoy further performances of The Swan. If you have time this month, check out this astounding performance from Uliana Lopatkina of The Dying Swan

Also, check out interesting facts about Camille Saint-Saëns' life from this Classic FM article

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Saint-Saëns was a brilliant composer who had tragedy mar his personal life. The Swan from Carnival of the Animals is one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever listened to. 

For Chic Assignment number 2, we read the excellent poems of Langston Hughes. 

I love this image of him on the typewriter.

You can learn more about Langston Hughes by reading his biography here. You can also read his collected poems here. 

I was very moved by his poetry, as you can see in today's video. My takeaway? Poetry is deeply relevant... Yes, even in this day and age. If we all listen to each other... truly listen... we can have more compassion.

Chic Assignment number 3 was to dress the table beautifully. I love setting the table with tablecloths and placemats. Sometimes I mix the two. How did you dress the table this month?

And Chic Assignment number 4 was to mix up our beauty or health routine. Well, you know I've been experimenting with my makeup... particularly my eyeliner for hooded eyes. In today's video I try a "bat liner" technique, which is a "cat eye" technique for people with hooded eyes. It looked better in person... let's just leave it at that! haha! 

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LEF said...

Hello, Jennifer! Thank you so much for creating the monthly Chic Assignments. They are such a great way to sprinkle more elegance into our lives. I had already been doing a version of this. Eons ago, I read online someplace that when this one woman visited Paris, she always liked to PAWSE - that is, visit a Park, enjoy the Arts, Walk through the streets as a flâneur, Shop for something she couldn't get anywhere else, and Eat at a wonderful café. I loved doing those things in Paris, too (like you, I studied abroad for a semester), and I decided to incorporate them into my life here in the US, too! Today, I live within walking distance of the University of Chicago, and my husband and I were able to enjoy lots of music performances there for free - recitals by music majors, jazz combos, and even whole symphonies! Since the advent of COVID, I was missing these performances. I'm happy to say a few migrated online during quarantine! I know how much you love piano, so I think you would like this recording of Ständchen (Serenade). It's by Schubert and arranged by Liszt. Once again, thanks so much for the Chic Assignment. I look forward to August's!

DD said...

Poetry is really the most precise, concise form of writing. You can be shot in the heart by a handful of words.
Sorry, I'm not a fan of the bat eyeliner. I think less is better.
I put out cloth napkins at every meal but my husband refuses to use his. He uses a piece of paper towel instead. The only reason I have ever gotten out of him is that he doesn't want to make more work for me. I've explained it takes no extra work nor extra detergent nor water to wash one more napkin. I don't iron them, just smooth and fold them out of the dryer. After 31 years, I still put a cloth napkin in front of him at every meal, and he still ignores it. It looks nice to me and I guess I just make believe he's using it. I live denial and in hope!

Kerry said...

What a moving reading. Thank you for sharing your empathy and vulnerability. Beautiful.

Krystal said...

Hi Jennifer,
I am a newbie to your blog and YouTube channel and I feel like I relate to so much of your traditional way of thinking and just life in general. I don’t have any social media accounts so I don’t know if I’ll get an answer on here or not but I’m dying to know what kind of planner you use now? I watched one of your videos from a couple years ago that describes the Happy Planner and when I clicked the amazon link it looks like it is no longer available on there? I am a new homeschool mama and have 3 littles and would love a physical planner to use in addition to my phone calendar that I share with my husband for appointments and other important events.

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Hi ladies, thank you so much for participating in The Chic Assignment this month. I appreciate your comments!

Krystal, I loved the happy planner. This time I picked up one I found on Catalina Island that is an artists' planner that has beautiful illustrations. Welcome to the blog!