10.23.2021

The Chic Assignment Check-In October 2021| Corelli x Rilke

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Welcome to The Chic Assignment Check-in for October. We are going to learn 5 interesting facts about Corelli, and dive into Rilke's transcendent poetry. 


Chic Assignment No. 1 Corelli Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 8 

Arcangelo Corelli (1653 - 1713) was an Italian violinist and composer in the Baroque era. We are listening to his concerto grosso op. 6 no. 8 this month. Even though this is known as The Christmas Concerto, it is also wonderful to listen to in autumn. We are learning 5 fun facts about Corelli from the Orchestra from the Age of Enlightenment. 



Chic Assignment No. 2 Enjoy the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)

                                     Portrait painting of Rainer Maria Rilke by Leonid Pasternak - public domain


Rilke was an Austrian poet and novelist. You can read his poems for free online at the Poetry Foundation or you can read a book of his collected poems.  Today I'm sharing his biography and a selection of his excellent poetry. 



Chic Assignment No. 3 Stock your freezer for the winter 
I shared a chest freezer organization and bake with me video this month to help motivate you to prepare your pantry for the upcoming winter. 

Chic Assignment No. 4 Define your interior design style 
In my blog post on 5 Ways to Create a Jewel Box Room, I share our interior design style with you. How would you describe your own interior design style? Let us know in the comments. 


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Thank you for joining us for The Chic Assignment for October. I would love to know your experience in the comments below. How enjoyable it is to seek out the arts with you. 

Love,

Jennifer 

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10.21.2021

Enchanted Homemaking on an October Evening

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 Enchantment 
By Jennifer L. Scott 

 One October Evening, 
I steal outside to breathe. 
Release my swirling thoughts, 
Around my head they wreathe. 

Smell the midnight roses, 
And tinkle the wind chime. 
Regard the jasmine plant, 
I’m training it to climb. 

Crisp October evenings, 
I feel enchantment deep. 
Inspire me again, 
Infuse my dreams in sleep. 



Welcome back to the Daily Connoisseur. We had our first rain of the season today and the flowers returned in gorgeous bloom to celebrate. It’s earlier in the day now and I’m making a creamy tomato tortellini soup for lunch, but first I will lay the table. 

Enchantment is an original poem by Jennifer L. Scott. All rights reserved.
⚜️ What I'm Wearing
Lilysilk midnight blue blouse Daily15 for 15% off
Mott & Bow Jeans JLS10 for 10% off



 These everyday rituals…. I’ve done them a million times. Preparing the table never gets old to me. I like to choose the tablecloth and make it look well-dressed. Today I’d like to compliment the white lilies so I’m going with a cream cloth and the rattan placemats

Creamy Tomato Spinach Tortellini Soup

Creamy Tomato Spinach Tortellini Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 -3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 12 oz chopped spinach
  • 1 package (20oz) cheese tortellini
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • handful of fresh basil leaves 

Instructions

  1. Sauté the onion and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat until the onions are translucent. Add the fresh rosemary and cook for one minute. Add the tomatoes, sauce, vegetable stock, heavy cream, salt, pepper, and basil. Simmer on low for 20 minutes. 
  2. Add the chopped spinach and tortellini and cook for 12 minutes, or until tortellini is fully cooked. Take off heat and mix in parmesan cheese. Serve with extra parmesan on top. Enjoy. 



And now to get started on the soup. I sauté one chopped onion in olive oil in my giant soup pot. I also add a sprig of rosemary to deepen the flavor. Once the onion is softened, I add chicken stock, diced tomatoes, tomato puree, and heavy cream and season this all with salt and pepper. I’m going to let that simmer on low for 20 minutes while I take care of the laundry. 




 I find that homemaking has so much to do with time management and optimizing every moment you have. It’s a choreographed dance, but once you get into the flow, it is enjoyable. I just can’t forget I’m cooking something on the stove! And now back to the soup. I’m going to chop a large bushel of spinach to add to the soup. Then I add the tortellini and some extra basil and let this cook for 12 more minutes. When it’s finished, I ladle the soup into bowls and top with parmesan cheese. This is being served with a deliciously robust flavored brown bread with Irish butter. Could there be a better fall luncheon? 




And now it’s time to put on my gloves. I have an ongoing project to scrub the baseboards. I usually start this time of year so that by Thanksgiving they look shiny and new. I find that using a magic eraser works best on the kitchen base boards, which tend to have grease and grime sticking to them. I soak the magic eraser in water and squeeze it out. If there is a lot of stuck-on grime, I add a bit of dish soap. This is one of those rather unpleasant tasks. Nowhere near as satisfying as laying the table. But I have a treat in store for myself after this, so I carry on scrubbing. 



Time to restore my senses to beauty once again. I found these flowers on sale at the grocery store. Technically they were the least desirable ones. But I plan to make an elegant bouquet of them nonetheless. I feel my vase with the eucalyptus first and dot in these beautiful purple flowers. They are called a wavy leaf sea lavender. Scientific name: Limonium sinuatum. This is a great flower for drying. When I used to visit my grandmother in Cambria, I always loved seeing this flower hanging from the rafters of the local shops. But it also lasts a long time in bouquets. I like to challenge myself to buy the flowers on sale and create an expensive looking bouquet. Mission accomplished! 




We are headed for the enchanted October evening, but first the kitchen must be put to right. I don’t have kitchen duty every night, it switches between my husband, myself, and the kids, but tonight is my night and I’m going to find the enchantment in it. I find it enjoyable to come downstairs after everyone is in bed, light a candle, and listen to an audiobook while I tidy up. Tonight, I’m listening to the sounds of cleaning and allowing my swirling thoughts to wreathe around my head. October is an enchanting month. The air is different. And the path to winter is now well established. 

Crisp October evenings, I feel enchantment deep. Inspire me again, Infuse my dreams in sleep. 

Thank you for joining me on The Daily Connoisseur. I hope this inspired you to find the enchantment in your everyday life, even in the most mundane tasks. Keep calm and remain classy and I’ll see you next time. 

Love, 

Jennifer

I hope you enjoy today's homemaking video. 


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📍*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.

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Comment of the Week

Eithne writes, "I liked what you said about not wanting to get rid of the laughter lines. Audrey Hepburn was once asked if she would like her wrinkles airbrushed out of a photo. She said ‘don’t you dare. I earned every one of those wrinkles’"

I love that story about Audrey Hepburn. I feel the same way. I've earned each and every laugh line. And they were created in joy! 


I hope you enjoyed today's homemaking video. I hope your homemaking is enchanted this month as well. See you on Saturday for The Chic Assignment Check-in. 


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10.18.2021

Can You Have a Glow Up After 40?

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Can you have a glow-up after the age of 40? Let's discuss this in today's video. 


First, what is a glow up? 


A glow up is an incredible transformation. The glow up process focuses on the improvement of physical appearance, individual style, overall attractiveness ... a mental, physical, and emotional transformation for the better.

Clearly there are many aspects to a glow up. Today we will focus on the surface-level aspects involving overall appearance: looking good and projecting that into the world. 

⚜️5 Key Points to an Attractive Glow Up

Glowing Skin

Skin is a big deal as you age. The key is to take care of it and display healthy skin. For me, it's less about erasing signs of aging... those aren't going away and they add character. It's more about embracing your skin as it is and taking care of it optimally. 

I use the Paula's Choice Skincare products and they come at my highest recommendation. Here is a list of what I use on a regular basis. I order these on their subscription. Please use whatever skincare line you love the most! The key is to take care of your skin. You can do that on any budget. It's about being intentional. 


A Vibrant Smile


How did you get those laugh lines in the first place? From so many years of smiling! :) A vibrant smile is a key to your glow up: being happy in your own skin and radiating it through your unapologetic smile. 



Thank you to NixWhite teeth whitening for bringing us this segment. JEN15 gives $15 off. 

Intermittent Fasting

Lilysilk white blouse and black silk trousers Daily15 for 15% off SKYE necklace Jennifer20 for 20% off 

The biggest part of my glow up transformation after 40 can be attributed to Intermittent Fasting. You can read my 18-month update here if you want to learn about my experience. I do the 16:8 method of intermittent fasting and was able to lose 30 lbs and improve my health in immeasurable ways. Disclaimer: Please consult your doctor before trying out intermittent fasting. 

Flattering Makeup

We age, but sometimes our makeup routine doesn't. We don't want our makeup look to be stuck in a past decade so it's important to stay au courant with the modern trends by watching makeup tutorials or consulting a professional. Here are some of my favorite makeup brands:


Unapologetic Style


The older you get, the more you realize your time on earth is short. Every day should be spent expressing your true style. The ten-item capsule wardrobe can help you do that as you refine what you wear each day and become intentional about how you present yourself to the world. Check out my recent Core Items post and Extras post for fall inspiration. 

News

📍Jennifer is a guest on Homemaker Chic Podcast discussing manners for children.

📍Join us for the Chic Assignment for October

📍Jennifer is featured in Colorado Parent in an article on manners for children

📍*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.

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Comment of the Week

Cynthia S. writes, "What a phenomenal interview! So inspirational. Jose is such a beautiful person and talented artist, so humble and well spoken. I have known since I was a child that I should pursue a career in art. I have since graduated college, married, and had children. I remember as a first time mother, making and creating and trying to balance motherhood. I decided then that I really had to prioritize motherhood. My tiny house at the time couldn't handle a messy niche. I have truly been in hot pursuit of my dreams again. I appreciate this interview and people who share their art story more than ever! Thank you, Jose and Jennifer."

Cynthia, I'm so glad you enjoyed my interview with Jose Trujillo! I am wishing you the best for your own artistic career.

I hope you enjoyed today's video. I would love to know... have you had a glow up? What contributed to it? Let us know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on The Daily Connoisseur.


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10.14.2021

Fall Ten-Item Capsule Wardrobe Extras (Part 2)

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Welcome to part 2 of our ten-item wardrobe discussion this week. Today we are talking about the extras and how they work harmoniously with the core items to produce a well-rounded wardrobe. To check out Part 1, which discussed the core items, click here

Let's have a look at the extras... 


Mott & Bow cashmere sweater JLS10 for 10% off, Lilysilk white blouse Daily15 for 15% off 


SKYE merino ribbed sweater and SKYE Jules necklace Jennifer20 for 20% off 

SKYE Jules 18K gold crystal pearl necklace Jennifer20 for 20% off Lilysilk white blouse Daily15 for 15% off 


Thursday Boots Captian boot in Old English and Black Matte Jeans by Mott & Bow  JLS10 for 10% off (Please note the jeans in this picture are from spring/ summer. I've linked the grey ones for fall above.)


Oliver Cabell suede driving loafer and Mott & Bow grey Allen Jeans JLS10 for10% off 


Scarf by Mont Kiji connoisseur202120 20% off Jumpsuit by Outerknown 

News

📍Jennifer is a guest on Homemaker Chic Podcast discussing manners for children.

📍Join us for the Chic Assignment for October

📍Jennifer is featured in Colorado Parent in an article on manners for children

📍*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.

📍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. 



Comment of the Week
Tammy writes, "I loved this video, I’ve always been afraid of color myself. This video gave me some inspiration!!! Also loved the desks in the homeschool room, can I ask where they are from? Or any other ideas on desks. I love your style and would greatly appreciate it!
Thanks!!!"

Thank you, Tammy! The desks are from Living Spaces. I find them to be very sturdy and I love the blue color. They even have outlet plugs on them, which is handy.


I hope you enjoyed this look at the extras in my fall ten-item capsule wardrobe. I would love to know about your extras this season. Let me know in the comments and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog.


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