This & That: No. 110

May 27, 2014

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A book I cannot wait to read, a black dress that is ideal for so many occasions, classic premier canvas totes and more . . .



For your culinary needs, if you are someone who is regularly creating meals with a full stove top, this is the app that will help ensure that each pan of sizzling brilliance and pot of boiling water is cooked to time. For $0.99, with five kitchen timers, Thyme is a smart kitchen device that will be with you no matter where you mix up your culinary masterpieces.


~At Home with Madame Chic: Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life

Blogger and author Jennifer L. Scott has just announced the release date of her second book, and I couldn’t be more excited. At Home with Madame Chic gleans inspiration from Jennifer’s time with her Parisian family during college and shares with readers “tips and ideas for organizing, entertaining, and savoring a stylish life”. Released on November 4th, pre-order your copy now. Stop by Jennifer’s blog, The Daily Connoisseur and read (or reread) her first book Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris which served as my muse for the Capsule Wardrobe concept.


~Riedel Champagne Sippers (set of 2)

Spring and early summer is the time for celebrating a variety of occasions – graduation, Dad, weddings, etc. And with any celebration, champagne, Prosecco or sparkling anything is a go-to choice. However, in more casual settings, stemmed glassware can often be precarious. Offering a perfect hybrid, Riedel as available champagne sippers. Don’t you just love their size? Fill up no more than 2/3 to let the bubbles have their party at the top and sit back and enjoy without worry.


~Fort Standard Planks

If you’re like me, I love a clean, empty kitchen counter when I’m not cooking. However, every cook needs cutting boards. What Fort Standard has come up with are stylish Maple and Walnut cutting board planks that perform as ideally as they are intended as they look if used as wall decor. With three sizes to choose from, this two-for-one kitchen tool may be exactly what you’ve been looking for.


~T by Alexander Wang Draped Back Matte Jersey Dress

If you have been looking for a classic black dress with a touch of something “wow”, this is the dress. And in even better news, it’s on sale. With a sophisticated bodice and hem that hits just at the knees, upon turning around, on-lookers will be left in awe.


~Canvas Bag Machine totes

When summer arrives, being outside and enjoying all of the many activities comes to the forefront of my mind. And of course that means wherever I go, I must be prepared – a book to read, sunscreen to lather, a change of clothes perhaps, a snack or two and who knows what else. Needless to say, I am seeking ample space and need a tote that can tolerate the outdoors, but look chic and stylish as well.

Always seeking talent that adheres to producing quality designs, I had the opportunity to be introduced to Canvas Bag Machines, a family run company who for more than 60 years continues to make their premier canvas totes in New England. As someone who worked at Barney’s in New York for more than 20 years Carol Olmstead, along with her husband Tim, now carry on the tradition his grandmother began so many years ago. 

Each hand sewn bag is made to order based on your color preferences with durable cotton canvas. With my eye on the navy and khaki combination, the The Standard is now on my wishlist, and The Summit would be ideal for weekend travel. Do be sure to stop by the website and peruse the many color combination and designs.

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