This & That: No. 127

Oct 03, 2014

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~Article to Read

~Elevating Dinner for One

Yesterday a reader kindly shared an article that I immediately wanted to share on the blog. “Elevating Dinner for One” found in the Times Magazine and written by Tamar Adler shares the luxury of such a dining experience.

It’s when I’ve resolved to act not by myself but with myself — to serve as dignified a meal to me as I would to another — that the room has come to seem full and happy and loneliness has slunk away.

Pointing out that it is when we are able to be with ourselves well that we are able to enjoy our time with others more fully, the vivid photo description and dining experience will be more than a nudge to give such a simple luxury a try.


~Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History

If you are a lover of fashion, and especially all things Chanel, as well as an aficionado of history, you will want to take a look at this best-selling fashion-designer book. Dubbed the most well-researched biography on Coco Chanel, Rhonda K. Garelick takes a look at Chanel’s life as it parallels the events in history at that time. New details about her lovers as well are shared along with so much that continues to impress her forever-fans.

~Dressing for the Dark: From the Silver Screen to the Red Carpet by Kate Young

Stylist to the stars Kate Young has penned her first book which draws inspiration from iconic fashion moments in film on how to dress for a special night out. With inspiration by Julia Roberts’ Pretty Woman moment at the opera to Elizabeth Taylor’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof dazzler, Young shares her secrets and a wealth of resources to have you dressing confidently beautiful for your next special occasion.


~The Real Thing

An all-star cast of Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Cynthia Nixon & Josh Hamilton bring to the stage a play about marriage, divorce, an affair and what, if anything, is the real thing. In previews currently, The Real Thing opens on Thursday October 30th and runs through January 4th at the American Airlines Theater located at 227 West 42nd Street. Click here for tickets.


~Equipment Sloane Cashmere Sweater

Cashmere, camel hues and fall – ah, what a combination, no? And as a fan of Equipment tops and sweaters, I can attest, you will get what you pay for – top quality that will last.

~Watch & Listen

~Emma Watson’s UN Speech on Feminism

Earlier this summer actress Emma Watson was named a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador, and in partaking in her role she gave an impassioned speech at the United Nations last week in New York City. Have a listen below.

  10.3.14a~recipe for Apple Honey Muffins~

And October begins with beautiful sunny days perfect for apple picking, stopping by the farmers’ market or simply taking a leisurely walk to no place in particular. An ideal time to dream, lounge or, well, whatever you want, no?

With a week that seemed to whiz by, I’m not sure which day I was in until I arrived at Friday. A good thing, a bad thing? I’m not sure, but I know I need to catch my breath. Perhaps a yoga class or time baking the muffins above will slow time down. Hopefully you too are able to find some downtime this weekend, and if you’re looking for a few intriguing articles, be sure to check out this one that I posted earlier in the week as well as the ones below:

~Trimming your online time, especially your social media habits, you might enjoy “Kicking the Facebook Habit”

~On the fence about buying the latest tech toy from Apple? Be sure to read $199 Apple iPhone 6 is Fiction, If Not Fantasy” before making your purchase.

~And if you’re a fellow blogger, I recommend highly this post – “50 Lessons from a Decade of Blogging”

~In line with Monday’s podcast, check outWhen You Start Being Yourself, These 15 Amazing Things Will Happen”

~While fashion month has wrapped up, a few favorite looks from Paris below. Click on the image to see the entire collection as both are a few of my favorites.

ninaricci lanvintrench


Yes, Clooney tied the knot he said he’d never tie, and I don’t blame him. Wishing the newly-weds an abundance of happiness. Until Monday, bonjour!


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8 thoughts on “This & That: No. 127

  1. Lovely post. Love the dining for one even though we are two. We need to remember to be more mindful around here.

    One thing I think I should mention. That Equipment sweater *looks* gorgeous (that color is so rich!) and I too am a fan of the brand — or at least the silks. Last season I purchased a cardigan from Equipment and within a couple of wearings (before it had even gone to the cleaners) the sweater pilled quite badly. I contacted the company to let them know and I never received a response. Very disappointed so no more cashmere for me from them.

  2. Dear Shannon,

    I adore your website every week. Born and raised in France but being Dutch, I do tend to follow French style and your website gives me ample examples of them.
    But one thing bothers me: you end every post with; until …. (day) bonjour. It should be au revoir.

    Thanks for your inspirational ideas,

    1. I appreciate your feedback, but as I’ve traveled and used the term “bonjour”, it is with intent I use it. I wish to extend to my readers well wishes for the day ahead “good day”. Backwards it may seem to others, but to me it is the reason I write the blog and produce the podcast – to help create a better day.

  3. Thank you so much for posting Emma Watson’s speech. I didn’t know much about her (except that she’s the “Harry Potter girl” 🙂 ) and I’m excited that she is campaigning for gender equality. I have a 7-yr old and want her to be able to stand up for herself as she grows.

    By the way, I love your site.

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