The Chic Assignment Check-In | September 2020 | Dorothy Parker and Haydn

Welcome to The Chic Assignment Check-In. Let's learn more about Haydn, Parker and more this month. 

 ⚜️ Chic Assignment no. 1 Enjoy Wynton Marsalis performing Haydn's Trumpet Concerto in Eb with the Boston Pops Orchestra, conducted by John Williams.

Are you enjoying this performance? Perhaps because we are in the age of Covid and gatherings like this are no longer happening, this performance really made me want to get dressed up and go to the symphony. Hopefully one day soon. Wynton Marsalis was so incredible here. His rendition sparkled and brought perfect justice to this excellent piece.

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Today we are going to learn more about the composer, from his biography on Philharmonia Baroque.

⚜️ Chic Assignment no. 2 Enjoy the poetry of Dorothy Parker
I discovered Dorothy Parker as a teenager and have been fascinated with her ever since. I own a very well-read volume of her poetry. She was a troubled figure and her poetry could be dark at times, but her writing was also incredibly brave and witty. I can't wait to dive into her poetry with you this month.

In today's check-in we are going to read her biography as well as some of her best poems.

Check out Dorothy Parker's Collected Poems

You can also learn more about her and read some of her most famous works for free at the Poetry Foundation.

Rondeau Redoublé (and Scarcely Worth the Trouble, at That)
The same to me are sombre days and gay.
Though joyous dawns the rosy morn, and bright,
Because my dearest love is gone away
Within my heart is melancholy night.

My heart beats low in loneliness, despite
That riotous Summer holds the earth in sway.
In cerements my spirit is bedight;
The same to me are sombre days and gay.

Though breezes in the rippling grasses play,
And waves dash high and far in glorious might,
I thrill no longer to the sparkling day,
Though joyous dawns the rosy morn, and bright.

Ungraceful seems to me the swallow's flight;
As well might Heaven's blue be sullen gray;
My soul discerns no beauty in their sight
Because my dearest love is gone away.

Let roses fling afar their crimson spray,
And virgin daisies splash the fields with white,
Let bloom the poppy hotly as it may,
Within my heart is melancholy night.

And this, oh love, my pitiable plight
Whenever from my circling arms you stray;
This little world of mine has lost its light ...
I hope to God, my dear, that you can say
The same to me.

⚜️ Chic Assignment no. 3 Stock your pantry for the upcoming winter
I recently shared a glimpse into our prepper pantry (many of you liked victory pantry). I encourage you all to stock up responsibly as we head into the next season. Who knows what is in store? Being chic is being prepared. You can check out my Amazon prepper pantry store here. 

⚜️ Chic Assignment no. 4 Transition your beauty routine for the change in season
I have been making subtle changes to my fall beauty routine. I've been enjoying the darker plum shades from London Town (JenniferS for 25% off at Londontown). I've also been changing my makeup colors to fit the more muted and earthy tones of fall. How have you changed your beauty or health routine? 

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DD said...

Thanks, Jennifer, for highlighting Dorothy Parker. I read her work and about her extensively when I was younger but have not thought about her in years. I cannot think of a more invigorating time and place to be than around the Round Table trading barbs with Dorothy and her New Yorker pals. I've always thought I would have fit in well! Thanks for the reminder of one of my favorite wits.

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Just read/listened to two of your books. I also finished listening biographies of RBG (RIP), and Sandra Day O'Connor. I think those two exhumed poise. Not being emotional in "boys club" and still keeping their femininity. That shows class. I think.
Also your part of the book about wearing your best every day. You are right. I work in a hospital, so I have to wear scrubs at work. But I do t have to wear them to or from work. And 5 years ago when I started wearing nice clothes to and from work, people would constantly ask me where I am coming from, or if I have a date? My answer was "yes, date withy family".
But now they just accept it as normal for me. So tell your viewers. It will take time (3 years for me), but people will stop noticing