9.25.2017

Classical Music for Your Children: It's IMPORTANT



With much of today's popular music being so dumbed-down and full of vapid lyrics at best, and violent and sexually explicit lyrics at worst, exposing your children to classical music is now more important than ever. In today's video, I make a case for why you should play classical music in your home and while you're driving. Of course, it's not the only type of music you should play, but if you introduce it to them while they are young, they will cultivate an appreciation for it now and be able to discern between enriching music and music that leaves a lot to be desired.

Here are some tips outlined in today's video:
- Play classical music in the car and play it in the home.

- Play it whether you feel like listening to it or not. If you only played it when you felt like listening to it, you might not play it very much.

- Regular listening will help them develop a love for it. The only reason why I like classical music is because I heard it in my home growing up and it gives me positive connotations.

- Much of popular music today is dumbed-down with repetitive, simplistic beats. Plus the lyrics are down right wrong in many popular songs. Do we want our children to sing those songs and have those lyrics in their head? While this might not be a popular opinion of mine, it has a lot of merit. Check out the lyrics of the songs on the top 40 lists across the country and truly examine whether you want your children to be saying the words in those songs.

- Not only listen to classical music, but learn about the composer's lives. Many of the great composers like Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin and Bach were true geniuses who cultivated their musical skills early in life.



Did you know that Mozart was writing his own compositions by the age of 6?! He wrote his first opera, Mitridate Re di Ponto, in 1770 when he was only 14 years old.



Chopin was composing and writing poetry at six, and gave his first public concerto performance at the age of eight. To make money in his early career, Chopin taught piano lessons. He was a big fan of Bach, so he made his students play Bach's compositions.



Did you know that Johann Sebastian Bach had 20 children? (How did he have time to compose? No seriously?)



Your homework is to listen to Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor "Moonlight" Op. 27 No. 2 : III presto agitato. Click the link and listen to it on YouTube for free. I also list an album below which includes the song.

Now please note, before my critics get up in arms, I am not saying that all modern music is bad. Certainly not! I am saying that it is important to hold on to the appreciation of classical music, which has so many beneficial qualities. Playing classical music will instantly relax you. Your children will work and play longer if they are listening to classical music in the background. It stimulates your thinking and can boost your creativity. I have written most of my books while listening to classical music. It is a great motivator!

I am a big fan of Classical KUSC, which is a free public radio station that you can listen to on the radio at 91.5, or online any time of day. They are a listener- supported station, so there are no advertisements. I believe what they do is important, so I am a sustaining member at Classical KUSC.

Of course, you can listen to classical music many other ways, including over iTunes, Pandora, or dig out some old CDs that you likely have in your music collection. Whatever you do, commit to listening to more of it today. It will enrich your life for the better. I promise!

Here are some great albums to get you introduced to classical music:


Beethoven Best-Loved Piano Sonatas This is one of my favorite albums with the famous Moonlight Sonata included. The song I mention in the video, Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor "Moonlight" Op. 27 No. 2 : III presto agitato is also number 3 on this album.



Laser Light Classics Ave Maria This is such a beautiful album and every song is truly magnificent.


Joshua Bell Romance of the Violin This album is full of romantic violin classics, beautifully played by Joshua Bell.


The Essential Yo-Yo Ma Yo-Yo Ma is the world's most famous cellist and in this classic album, he plays a variety of composers, the perfect introduction to classical music.

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Take my new eCourse on the ten-item wardrobe! With over an hour of never-before-seen video instruction, notes and quizzes, you will be on track to creating your own ten-item wardrobe. For those of you who already do the ten-item wardrobe, this course will keep you on track and provide further inspiration. Enjoy!



Here are some great testimonials from people who have taken my eCourse on the ten-item wardrobe.

Sandra K writes, "Thank you Jennifer, this is a course that is really changing my life. It is something that I needed, not only to stop spending money aimlessly but to truly find my own style. I loved the course I can tell you it can only begin one piece at a time. I am so excited!"


Susan H writes, "Great course, very inspiring! Thank you for putting it together and making it affordable too!"


Thank you, ladies! I am so happy you have enjoyed the course! I am really enjoying the dialogue in the comments from the ten-item wardrobe community!

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Comment of the Week
Regarding last week's post Let's Talk About Adulting, Life on Huckleberry Hill writes:
Adult privileges and adult responsibilities used to come hand in hand. Having worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for many years, it has been my observation that this is often no longer the case. Privileges that used to be reserved for adulthood are being given at earlier and earlier ages, while responsibility in general seems to be increasingly delayed. I have also noticed a shift in the way adults speak to children about growing up. There seem to be a lot of comments about how children should enjoy their freedom while they can, etc. Rather than looking forward to becoming a grown-up, as children typically used to, they now seem to dread it and delay the inevitable acceptance of responsibility as long as possible.


I thought your comment was very astute! I will be addressing the adulting critics in Thursday's video. I hope to see you all there!

Today I would love to know... what do you think of today's popular music? How do you feel about your children singing lyrics from popular songs? What is your favorite genre of music? Who is your favorite composer? Do you play classical music? How and when? Let me know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on the blog!

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9.21.2017

We're Here! + Drive Through Portugal



Dear Daily Connoisseurs,

Hello from Vale Do Lobo, Portugal! We have arrived in Europe. Learn how our flight went, what castle we visited in England and take a drive with us to Santa Bárbara de Nexe all in today's video.

News
Take my new eCourse on the ten-item wardrobe! With over an hour of never-before-seen video instruction, notes and quizzes, you will be on track to creating your own ten-item wardrobe. For those of you who already do the ten-item wardrobe, this course will keep you on track and provide further inspiration. Enjoy!



Here is a testimonial for the eCourse from Charlotte V, who writes, "Thank you for taking the time for this course. It has inspired me to finally actually do the 10 item wardrobe... not just dabble with it. I'm sure I'll be coming back to this course for encouragement as the changing seasons approach and I get anxious about keeping it minimal. Take care."

Thank you, Charlotte! Please check in with us and keep us updated!

So Many Changes blog tries out the ten-item wardrobe.

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Here are some more pictures from our trip... We visited the charming town of Loulé.

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I love the blue and white tiles!

Loulé ❤️

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Pastel de natas are my husband's favorite pastry here...

Afternoon coffee in Loulé ☕️

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I had to get an apron... I'll reveal which one in a future video!

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What a beautiful city. I'm truly enjoying my time in Portugal!

I filmed the driving portion of this video on the Gimbal Osmo.



This is a great device to steady your filmmaking as you are moving around.

Before closing, I pray that everyone affected by the earthquakes and hurricanes are safe and comforted during this very tumultuous season. It seems that every week there is new tragedy on a global scale. My hope is that everyone affected by these natural disasters is able to find safety, comfort and peace.

Thank you for joining me today and I will see you on Monday!




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9.18.2017

Updated Bare Minerals Makeup Review



It has been a long time since I've posted a Bare Minerals Review. My last review was several years ago and shared their powder mineral makeup. I was nearly out of foundation and also was in need of a few other makeup items, so I took advantage of a mail coupon I received and decided to see what was new at Bare Minerals.

Today's review shares the new products I bought, including their liquid foundation and cream concealer. I've been wearing these for weeks now and have only brought this makeup with me to Europe to simplify my makeup routine. I love them! I have listed all of the makeup used below. The pictures themselves are links so if you'd like to check out the makeup, click on the photos. I hope you enjoy today's video!


Bare Minerals Smart Combination smoothing lightweight emulsion


Bare Pro performance wear liquid foundation in sandstone spf 20


Bare Minerals concealer in medium 2


Bare Minerals blush in thistle


Bare Minerals Mineral Veil (powder)


Bare Minerals Lasting Line eyeliner in endless orchid


Luxe Performance foundation brush


Flawless Face brush (I use this with the mineral veil)


Max Coverage Concealer brush


Brow master brush


Also used in the video: Bare Minerals brow powder in dark blonde, Urban Decay primer potion, Becca Ombre Rouge eyeshadow palette, Clinique 'Chubby Stick' Moisturizing Lip Color Fuller Fig

News
Check out my new eCourse on the ten-item wardrobe. With over an hour of never-before-seen video instruction, notes and quizzes, you will be on-track to creating your own ten-item wardrobe. For those of you who already do the ten-item wardrobe, this course will keep you focused and provide further inspiration. Enjoy!



Here is a great testimonial on the eCourse from LaTonya G, who writes, "This course was great Jennifer. Thank you for your insight on something that has become a bit of a burden for me--clothes. I have tons of clothes, but tend to wear the same few pieces often. This course has given me clarity on perhaps why I keep shopping (boredom) for things I don't need nor even wear."
Thank you, LaTonya!

also...

Madame Chic fan, Martha McIver, created an art installation of the ten-item wardrobe for the Palouse Women Artists show titled, "A Stitch in Time". Here is a photo of her submission. Thank you, Martha!




Comment of the Week
Last week's Teatime with Jennifer Let's Talk About Adulting was a polarizing video! One thing is for sure, it has struck a nerve. I love that Paula caught on to what I think is the most important part of the video... that we should do our adult responsibilities with a happy heart. Here's her comment:

Paula S. writes: You nailed it with the comment about doing your work with a happy heart! We should do our best to conduct ourselves with a happy heart and gratitude. I'm a single Baby Boomer, if I don't do it, it doesn't get done in my home. And I insist on a clean, tidy home. Life is about choices and responsibilities. No whining :)


Hi Paula, I admire your resolve. When you learn the secret to do things with a happy heart, life becomes much sweeter!

Heather C. writes:
Jennifer,
In our homeschool, we learn Latin. This is a task scorned by many who see Latin as obsolete or "dead". Besides the argument that Latin remains the language of science and law, Latin also has value as we examine our own language and culture. I agree with your opening statement, that we don't want to "adult" and instead want to be constantly entertained and comfortable. I was convicted of this desire when I heard a dissection of the Latin roots of the word "amuse". The Latin prefix 'a -' means 'not'. The root 'muse ' means 'to think'. As we seek to be entertained every moment we are literally ceasing to think. As Neil Postman puts it in his book 'Amusing Ourselves to Death', by choosing to not think, we are choosing to not take part in our lives, our families, and our society. Thus we are the most depressed and anxious generation in the history of man, despite being the most comfortable and wealthiest, and are causing the disintegration of our society as a whole, the family unit, and ourselves as individuals.
Thank you for providing not just mindless amusement but also thought and discussion inducing discourse.
-HLC


Hi Heather, I'm actually reading Postman's book right now. Your comment was so spot-on. Many people feel defensive about the hours they spend each day on entertainment and the pursuit of being "a-mused". It was hard for me to analyze this in myself, but when I did, I was finally able to make dramatic changes in this area of my life.

Today, I would love to know what mineral makeup you love, if any. Do you have a fall makeup routine? What are your thoughts on the comments of the week? Let me know and your comment could be chosen as the comment of the week. See you on Thursday!



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9.14.2017

Let's Talk About Adulting | Teatime with Jennifer



While walking through Home Goods this summer, I came across this canvas print that says "I Can't Adult Today".


While I think that this canvas is meant to be a light-hearted joke, I couldn't help but think that many people today actually do have a hard time tending to adult responsibilities. This generation has turned the word adult into a verb: adulting. And they sure are having a hard time doing it! What does this mean for our future and for our children's generation? I hope you join me for today's Teatime with Jennifer video, as we sip a cup of tea and wonder at the marvel of adulting.

Mentioned in today's video:
Blimey Cow No, You are Not Adulting
Gotta Love Millennials video
This is how college students used to dress via Town and Country.

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Comment of the Week
Christina Writes, "Your fall and winter clothes are so beautiful and chic! I just ordered my last two core items and one extra which I think should do it! There was one dress I wanted but my size is now gone but I'm excited about my order and how freeing it feels to be done! Two questions... I have a beautiful black maxi dress that I love with sandals but feel lost on how to transition it to cool weather. What type of boots will you wear with your maxi? I'm wondering if ankle boots will look ok? I feel like my riding boots will be too bulky under it. Also, my biggest trouble with completing a 10 item wardrobe is quickly finding things that I like the fit of. I order and return so much and shopping in a store would be nice but I'm a mom of almost 8 so just don't want to spend free time in a mall. Do you always find what you like right away? I'm sick of the ongoing orders and returns."

Hi Christina, Thank you! With a maxi dress, you can definitely wear ankle boots or if it's still warm weather, ballet flats. Riding boots might be too bulky under it. You won't know until you try. I also understand your plight with not wanting to spend a long time on shopping. I am in the same boat right now. This year I needed to quickly order my wardrobe before my trip, which is why I ordered my clothes online, and I'm very happy with all of my choices. As you continue the ten-item wardrobe, you become really good at knowing what will work for you and what won't. Please keep us updated!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I pray everyone affected by the hurricanes are on the road to recovery. I will see you on Monday. Until then...


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9.11.2017

NEW Closet Tour + Fall Ten-Item Wardrobe Sneak Peek



Hello Daily Connoisseurs,

I hope you are well and that everyone in the path of Hurricane Irma is safe. What a perilous few weeks this has been!

Because of my travel schedule, I have not had a chance to film my typical ten-item wardrobe fashion show video. I didn't want to leave you hanging, however, so in today's video I'm showing you the closet in our new home and you get to see both new and old pieces for my fall/ winter wardrobe. All of the new items are from zulily.

Those of you who have purchased my ten-item wardrobe eCourse have already seen this video, which was included in the bonus section. Thank you to everyone who has taken the course! The comments have been enabled and there is a wonderful community of ten-item wardrobe devotees there with progress updates, Q&As and discussions. I love it!

Zulily is a really great website that has highly discounted designer clothing. They have new items on sale every day and the items are only there for a limited period of time. While zulily is a wonderful resource for shopping, it can also become addictive. You will have the urge to check it out every day to see what is new! But even though the deals are great and everything looks enticing, try to keep the ten-item wardrobe mindset intact and not over-shop.

Another thing to note about zulily: they do not accept returns. This is how they keep their costs down. Although their website does say to call them if your purchase doesn't work for you and they will come up with a solution.

I will try to shoot a fashion show video at some point, perhaps in Europe, but until then, I hope you enjoy today's video.

News

Check out my new eCourse on the ten-item wardrobe. With over an hour of never-before-seen video instruction, notes and quizzes, you will be on-track to creating your own ten-item wardrobe. For those of you who already do the ten-item wardrobe, this course will keep you focused and provide further inspiration. It's only $5. Enjoy!



Here's what people are saying about the eCourse:

Sheri S writes, "I totally enjoyed viewing the eCourse!! I'm planning to re-watch it today and get started working on my own closet. I appreciate you compiling these videos and the fact that you made it so affordable to us to participate!! Best wishes on your travels! God bless you all!"

Mejana G writes, "This was such an enjoyable course! Last year I've set a life goal to simplify my life and I came across your YouTube channel. So I've been trying to apply the 10 item wardrobe for two seasons now since reading your books and watching the TED X talk. But this course gave me the direction I needed to to transition from season to season. I was just storing the clothes away without assessing them first. I'm really motivated to hone in my style now and continue in this journey. Thank you Jennifer for all the hard work, fine example & encouragement."

Sheridan J writes, "I am in the process of switching out my 10-item wardrobe for the new season and took this course as a refresher. I've been following Jennifer's advice for well over a year now and I must say that the 10-item wardrobe concept has been a Godsend! Though I may have to buy an item or two each season, once my 10-items and extras are in place, I have a wardrobe comprising only clothes that I enjoy. I always have something to wear. Thank you for the inspiration!"

Thank you, ladies, for your wonderful feedback on the ten-item wardrobe eCourse.

Also...
The Art of Education discusses the ten-item wardrobe in their post, Why a capsule wardrobe is the secret to an easy morning routine.

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Comment of the Week
On Facebook, Erin C writes: I discovered your YouTube TedX video this past weekend and then found your website. I have already removed 5 bags of clothes and clutter from my closet and dresser. I've got more to do, but thank you for the inspiration!

Hi Erin, that's what I like to hear! I'm excited for you to switch to the ten-item wardrobe!


Today I would love to know about your ten-item wardrobe progress. What are you looking forward to wearing this fall? Also, have you taken the eCourse? Please share your testimonial!


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9.06.2017

My New eCourse on the Ten-Item Wardrobe



I am so excited to announce a new eCourse on the Ten-Item Wardrobe. I was inspired to create this course for everyone who is curious about the ten-item wardrobe and would like all of the information about it consolidated in one place.

My course has well over an hour of never-before-seen video instruction, as well as written notes and quizzes. This total immersion in the lessons of the ten-item wardrobe will give you the motivation you need to get started with your own today!

The course will cover the basics such as the ten core items as well as the extras. It will also discuss highly requested topics such as:

- Should my children have a ten-item wardrobe?
- What to do if your job has a specific dress code.
- Weight loss and the ten-item wardrobe.
- The mindset required to have a ten-item wardrobe
- The benefits of keeping a ten-item wardrobe.



I wanted the course to be affordable for everyone, so it is being offered at only $5. It will truly be the best $5 you have ever spent because the ten-item wardrobe will change your life in the most unexpected ways!

This course is not only for newbies to the ten-item wardrobe, but also for those who are already doing it. It will give you the boost you need to carry on.

Here is the course description:

Is your closet stuffed to the brim with clothes, but you still feel as though you have nothing to wear? Are you spending too much time and money on shopping and still feel dissatisfied with your clothing? Are you interested in living a minimalist lifestyle? In this course, I will reveal the revolutionary concept of the ten-item wardrobe. I discovered this stylish secret while living in Paris and it has truly changed my life in so many positive ways. If you are one of the millions of people who have watched my TEDx talk or read the New York Times bestselling Madame Chic books, you can be sure that in this course we will delve deeper to make the ten-item wardrobe concept stick.

In this course, you will learn all of the action steps necessary to achieving a ten-item wardrobe. You will also get answers to frequently asked questions, understand the mindset needed to switch to a capsule wardrobe, and glory in all of the benefits that a ten-item wardrobe will bring you. Most important, you will get the motivation you need to get started and switch to the ten-item wardrobe today.


Check out my course at http://the-daily-connoisseur.teachable.com/

**Please note: due to my travel schedule, I will not be uploading a blog this Thursday. I look forward to seeing you next week!


With love,

Jennifer

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9.05.2017

6 Gorgeous Fall Looks from Halsbrook.com

I have partnered with Halsbrook.com once again to bring you 6 new beautiful collages to inspire you for fall.

Halsbrook is an online store with a beautifully curated collection of clothes, totally in line with the Daily Connoisseur aesthetic.

Today, I'm collaging their new arrivals for fall to share some of my favorite looks. Let me know in the comment section which look you like the most!



Refined in Autumn Exude elegance in this beautifully tailored look. The mustard color in the scarf plays nicely against the dark blue dress. Featured in this look MaxMara Umano blue dress, Klements orange floral silk scarf, Inge Christopher Thelma cognac woven leather clutch, Manolo Blahnik 'BB' Pointy Toe Pump



Casual Saturday Enjoy a weekend stroll through the city in this chic, yet casual look. Pair it with a blazer to stay warm. Cambio Parla blue stretch denim jeans, Edward Achour White Crepe Blouse with bow detail, Luana Italy Paley black satchel, French Sole Arabella red leather ballet flat.



Automnal Neutrals This look is subtle in its gorgeousness. The pale blue of the scarf brings out the deep tan color of the dress. Weekend MaxMara Fulvia Camel sleeveless wool dress, Manipuri light blue bird print scarf,
Thacker Sabine cognac leather bag, Marc Fisher Ltd 'Zala' Pump in Beige.



Caught in the rain. This cape brings new meaning to luxury knitwear. This look would also be great with riding boots. Piece of Cloth Jerry Chestnut Stretch cotton pant, Belford Cashmere Color Block cape, Joanna Maxham Tulip cognac suede hobo bag, Me Too Audra Loafer Flat



Cozy fall afternoon
Curl up with a book and still look stylish in this colorful ensemble. Megan Park White Floral Silk Georgette Blouse, Weekend MaxMara skirt, Luana Italy Paley Wild Honey satchel, BP Maddy Mule


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Black and white This Funny Face inspired look will have you dancing like Audrey. It's casual, yet comfortable elegance. Belford Black Plaid mock neck sweater, Escada Tuska black stretch slim pant, Luana Italy Paley Wild Honey Satchel in black,French Sole Gabi black suede loafer

So.... which is your favorite look?

Halsbrook is having a special promotion right now:

When customers shop full-price items through September 16th and enter the code LOVEFALL at checkout, they will receive a gift card for their next purchase.
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Check out my previous collaborations with Halsbrook: 7 Ways to Style a Neutral Dress and 6 Chic Summer Looks.

Thank you to Halsbrook for sponsoring another fun post on The Daily Connoisseur. Happy fall shopping!


*All of the clothing and accessories featured are from Halsbrook, except for the shoes. The shoes are either from Nordstrom or French Sole. Please note that French Sole does not ship to America.

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