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The Chic Assignment | July 2021


Welcome to The Chic Assignment for July, 2021. I am posting this a day early as I have another video planned for you tomorrow. I hope you enjoy! 

Chic Assignment No. 1 Enjoy Gabriel Fauré's Pavane Op. 50

Gabriel Fauré was a French composer (1845-1924) and was one of the foremost French composers of his generation. As a lover of classical music, I'm not entirely sure how Gabriel Fauré's work has escaped me until now, but Pavane Op. 50 is one of the most hauntingly beautiful works of classical music I've ever heard. This month I'm sharing an actual recording of Fauré playing this piece that dates back to 1913, Paris. I truly hope you enjoy it. We will learn more about Fauré in the mid-month check-in. 

Chic Assignment No. 2 Explore the poetry of Rumi 

Rumi was a 13th century Persian poet and Sufi mystic. He believed strongly in music, poetry, and dance as a way of communicating with God and his poems and famous quotes are steeped in deep wisdom. Whether or not you share Rumi's religious beliefs, his poetry can be both celebrated and enjoyed. I find his quotes to be particularly insightful. Here is a resource with some of his famous quotes. You can read his poetry online here.  The Essential Rumi is a book that contains his most important work. We will learn more about Rumi in the mid-month check-in.

Chic Assignment No. 3 Do a 15-minute Declutter

You would be amazed to learn how much you can accomplish in 15 minutes. I often set the timer when I'm facing a daunting task like cleaning the kitchen or folding a mound of laundry. We can apply the same 15-minute principle to our intimidating decluttering tasks. Next week as part of the on-going Mega Motivation collaboration I take part in, I am sharing my own 15-minute decluttering session. I hope it will provide inspiration for you.

Chic Assignment No. 4 Prepare your wardrobe for the new season

Summer is upon us and it's time to go through your wardrobe to determine if any changes need to be made to account for the warmer weather. I'll be retiring my long sleeved Rachel Pally dress in favor of a lighter weight short sleeve summer dress. I'll be sharing all of my updates with you this month. 

⚜️ What I'm wearing
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