This & That: No. 115

Jul 11, 2014

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A book I never thought readers would get a chance to read, decor that readers have been emailing me about, and two exhibits I have a feeling you might be interested in . . .


~Eyes on You: A Novel of Suspense by Kate White

Summer is a wonderful opportunity to take pleasure in novels of mystery, and Kate White’s latest suspense page-turner might be just what you are looking for. Having devoured her earlier New York Times best-selling mysteries, I received this book to review much to my delight. Set in New York City amongst the glitz and glam of the media world, protagonist Robin Trainer is a journalist-turned-TV host who is the object of someone’s plot of destruction. With a touch of romance, more than enough tension as every mystery should have, and a behind the scenes look from an author who knows of what she writes (former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine), perhaps this is just the book you’ve been looking for.

~The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee  by Marja Mills

To Kill a Mockingbird is hands down one of my favorite American novels, and since the author, Harper Lee refrained from giving hardly an interview in the past 50 years, I was thrilled to discover Marja Mills’ book which is scheduled to be released next Tuesday. In 2004 Marja Mills, with the blessing of Nelle Harper Lee who lives in Monroesville, Alabama, moved in next door to Lee and her sister Alice. For eighteen months, Nelle introduced Mills to the lower Alabama she calls home, and while giving permission to Mills to write the book, also made sure she got the details right. I have already pre-ordered the book and can’t wait to dive in and learn even more about this highly successful and insightful author that exposed an ill of society that many wanted to suppress.

~The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)

Last year J.K. Rowling chose a pen name and wrote her first novel since Harry Potter (more on the return of Harry below) with The Cuckoo’s Calling, and after a resounding success has published a sequel starring the private investigator Cormoran Strike just this past June. With a novelist who has disappeared, Strike has been hired to get to the bottom of the all the twists and turns.


~Robert Abbey Bling Chandeliers

With recent Decor Inspiration posts (here and here) sparking more than a handful of emails from readers regarding the make and design of the bubble chandeliers featured in each, I had a feelings others might be curious as well. The good news is, they’re available for purchase and are absolutely stunning. The not so great news, you may have to save up for them, but I have no doubt it would be worth it. Designed by Robert Abbey, there are a few different styles, but this one seems to garner the most attention.

~Museum Exhibits

~”Costumes of Downton Abbey” at the Winterthur

With the permission of Downton Abbey’s creator Julian Fellowes, fans of the show can now see many of the costumes first-hand in Wilming, Delaware, through January 4, 2015. With forty outfits available for viewing paired with coordinating photographs and styled vignettes, if you’re in the area, why not stop in? Located on a 1,000 acre estate, Winterthur is situated in preserved woodlands and rolling meadows. A beautiful setting to take in a stylish exhibit, no?

~”Wedding Dresses” at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London

And if you happen to be across the pond, enjoy history and fashion, be sure to take in the latest exhibit at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Open through March 2015, museum-goers will discover the the tale of white wedding dresses and how Queen Victoria prompted the shift from colorful frocks for the bride to innocuous white (learn more here). View designs from top fashion designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Norman Hartnell, Charles James, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang spanning two centuries of style. 


~Oasis Clothing

I recently came across the Oasis clothing website, and discovered their seemingly infinite options of striped clothing. As it is summer, stripes are a playful, yet classic way of dressing for style and comfort. These three items just to the top of my list: camisole dress, color block dress, and pencil skirt.


~And a few extra links to articles you might enjoy:

~Harry Potter is all grown up according to the author who would know. Read more about where all of the leading characters are now according to J.K. Rowling on Pottermore.

~Introverts, perhaps you would enjoy this article – 8 Reasons Why Introverts Rule the Interactive Age

~Seeking success? Read Marc and Angel’s 12 Quiet Rituals of Enormously Successful Humans

~And for book lovers, from The New York Times – The French Do Buy Books. Real Books

Lastly, some eye candy as in Paris earlier this week the Fall Couture collections were shown, and they didn’t disappoint. Just a few of my favorites below. You can see all of my picks here on Pinterest.

valentino2014  eliesaab2014  giambattistavalli


Enjoy the weekend, and until Monday, bonjour!


Images of Couture Fall 2014: (1) Valentino (2) Elie Saab (3) Giambattista Valli

3 thoughts on “This & That: No. 115

  1. Great post. I can’t wait to read the Marja Mills book too. To Kill a Mockingbird was one of my fav books when I was younger (perhaps even now). I read only yesterday that the actress from the film had died 🙁
    As I am in the UK I can vouch for the V&A Wedding Dress exhibition. It really is fab 😉

  2. Shannon…this is an especially fabulous installment of This & That! To Kill A Mockingbired is my all time favorite book, so this new glimpse of the author is so exciting. I will pre order today. Stripes, chandeliers, books, and museum culture….Thank you for this week’s This & That.

  3. LOVE TSLL – My sister turned me on to it several months back. I look forward to browsing the weekly posts just like I would a magazine! 🙂 Thanks for the “heads up” regarding the Marja Mills novel re Harper Lee. To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite book and movie – I will look forward to reading the novel! Keep up the good work! Your site is fantastic!

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