# Camille Saint-Saëns # Langston Hughes

The Chic Assignment July, 2020

Welcome to The Chic Assignment for July, 2020.

⚜️ Chic Assignment no. 1 The Swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Le cygne, or The Swan, is the 13th movement of The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns. Originally scored for solo cello accompanied by two pianos, it has been arranged and transcribed for many instruments but remains best known as a cello solo.

Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott's incredible performance will bring you to tears.

⚜️ Chic Assignment no. 2 Enjoy the poetry of Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. We are going to enjoy his poetry this month. Check out this resource from Poets.org, which shares many of his works. If you're interested in a book of his poetry, you can check out Langston Hughes: Collected Works.

Check out this short biography on Langston Hughes

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

⚜️ Chic Assignment no. 3 Dress the table beautifully this month

Whether you use placemats, a tablecloth, or both, experiment with dressing the table beautifully this month. Tag me with your pictures on social media with the hashtag #TheChicAssignment and I will share your photos in the check-in. For inspiration, check out my latest homemaking video, Homemaking Week in the Life: The Art of the Tablecloth.

⚜️ Chic Assignment no. 4 Change one thing about your beauty or health routine

We can often get into a rut wearing the same makeup, using the same skincare, and doing our hair the same way. This month, let's change one or two things to mix up our beauty or health routine.

As for books, I am currently listening to Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, read by Thandie Newton. I can't recommend this audio version enough!

Thank you for participating in The Chic Assignment. Please share these with a friends who are looking to add more culture and beauty to their lives. I'll see you in the mid-month check-in!

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