This & That: No. 111

Jun 03, 2014

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A win-win for clearing out clutter and helping your local schools, a romantic comedy to love and enjoy, a book to get lost in and much, much more . . .

~A Good Idea


A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to be treated to a blow-out in a style bar in Seattle, Swink (click here to learn more about my experience), courtesy of the owner Natalie Angelillo. An instant fan of the quality of service and professionalism, Natalie has continued on to create another entrepreneurial venture that is even more impressive. If you love the simplicity of Craig’s List or eBay to sell items when you’re rather not hold a yard sale, SwopBoard allows users to sell their items and at the same time earn money for their local or preferred schools. With at least 10% of your sales going to your local school, you can increase that amount up to 100% if you’d prefer. 

With a win-win for your sanctuary and your community, why not start selling your wares on SwopBoard. Having just launched last October, as of April, more than 800 schools and 39 states have hopped on board. Have a look as I think you’ll be impressed.



I don’t know about you, but during the summer months or when I have to give a speech or presentation, my perspiration level kicks up a few notches. And since I’m not at home, or perhaps not even near my office, my deodorant is out of reach when I step into the powder room to freshen up. Well, I have found a simple remedy. Recommended by Real Simple, Whish deodorant swipes are odor-preventing and all-natural. For just seven dollars, put a few swipes in your handbag and go about your business confident and exuding your preferred signature scent.


~Dior: The Legendary Images: Great Photographers and Dior

A coffee table book to dazzle the fashion and art fans in your group of friends or family, Dior: The Legendary Images, is full of stunning black and white images from decades past and recent present days. With images captured by notable photographers such as Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Sarah Moon, and Patrick Demarchelier, just to name a few, the compilation was intended to accompany the Dior and Fashion Photography exhibition presented at the Musée Christian Dior in Granville, France. With many photographs you will recognize as they spotlight the 80s first “Super Models”, others beautifully capture a silhouette, the gown or the moment and shine just as profoundly.

~The Woman Upstairs

A National Best-seller, The Woman Upstairs, offers readers a 42 year old protagonist named Nora Marie Eldridge who finds a way back to her passion for art. Opening up a studio with a beautiful Italian, Sirena,Nora seems to live vicariously through the talent and grandeur of the family’s life only to realize seemingly simple, yet powerful truths about life.


~Words & Pictures

A movie I cannot wait to watch, Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche start in Words & Pictures. She a newly hired art teacher at an upstate New York high school; he an English teacher about to lose his job. The two are combustible, yet magically compatible, and with just powerhouse acting talents on screen, this looks to be a delightful romantic comedy. In theaters now.


~Nicholas Kirkwood glossed-raffia pumps

The semi-annual sale at Net-a-Porter has begun with 50% reductions on designer items. These Nicholas Kirkwood pumps are begging to be added to my fall wardrobe. Oh, to wear a piece of art such as these – stunning unique and beautiful, but equally functional and classic at the same time. Click here to peruse the entire sale, and scroll through of my favorite finds in the right-hand column’s weekly finds.


~Ladies of London

Andy Cohen and Bravo have hopped across the pond to continue their Housewives series in the international mecca of wealth and intrigue of London. While the primary reason for watching the NYC series was to see glimpses of the great city (at least for me), I must say, that honestly will be the same case in this case as I am not a fan of the unnecessary drama. But, we all need an escape every once in awhile and Bravo does offer this opportunity in spades. Debuting tonight, Ladies in London spotlights expats and Brits from birth, revealing their lives of wealth and riches.


2 thoughts on “This & That: No. 111

  1. Thank you for reminding me Ladies of London debuted last night. I will certainly “catch-up” as I am dying to see this series (being a Londoner and knowing one of the participants 😉

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