This & That: No. 133

Nov 14, 2014

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~The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History by Boris Johnson

As someone who continues to be intrigued by the British Bulldog, I am especially curious to read Boris Johnson, the current mayor of London’s book as the anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death serves as a reminder of his many successes. While there are many figures throughout history that are worth remembering, it gives me pause each time I learn something new about Churchill is the ability of one man to rise no matter how many times it seemed the tide was against him. The lesson for us all most certainly.

~Love Me, Feed Me: Sharing with Your Dog the Everyday Good Food You Cook and Enjoy by Judith Jones

Judith Jones, the editor of beloved Julia Child’s How to Master the Art of Cooking, has released yet another cookbook and this time she is keeping her loyal companions in mind. At the age of 90, Jones continues to cook every evening in her Manhattan apartment, and as one of her home’s inhabitants is a furry four-legged friend, she created 50 different recipes that the chef can enjoy, but so too can the dogs in our lives.


~Sarah Jessica Parker SJP Candle

While Sarah Jessica Parker is fully immersed in her SJP shoe collection, she recently began offering a candle at Neiman Marcus for the holidays. As a lover of scents, particular perfumes, she now makes available one candle which has notes of black amber, wild fig and ginger. A simple touch to a bedside table or coffee table vignette.


~Helmut Lang Draped Jersey Maxi Dress

For less than $100 this beautiful, classic racerback jersey maxi dress is an essential to have in the closet. Whether for summer evening formal events or leisurely resort attire, add a beautiful wide-brimmed hat for the sun or a simple cuff for evening outings.

~Manolo Blahnik ‘Gori’ Cage sandals

Someday an exquisite pair of Manolo Blahnik’s such as these beauties will reside in my closet, but until then, I will dream. Aren’t  these magnificent?


~The Newsroom

Regardless of your political tendencies, viewers and even critics seem to be enjoying Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom which airs on HBO. In its third and final season, the season premiered this past Sunday at 9pm, and it looks to be even better than the first two. Pulling news events straight from the headlines, the story lines are safe, yet heartbreaking as we already know the outcomes. With Jeff Daniels winning an Emmy for his lead role in the drama during season 2, Sam Waterston of Law & Order fame and Sorkin’s trademark rapid dialogue and witty exchanges, each episodes flies by.


Well, with unexpectedly pleasant news yesterday that today would be a snow day, the weekend all of a sudden became super-sized and my imagination is wandering. Oh, the things I can do! Perhaps snuggle up by the fire with a glass of wine or sip a bit of something delightful, or maybe complete the many books that have yet to be finished. Better yet, dive into a few projects or slip away for a movie. I’m not sure yet, but either way, I’m going to fully enjoy this opportunity.

While Mother Nature certainly had a few tricks up her sleeve to keep us on our toes, it is a reminder that life can always surprise you. And speaking of surprises, be sure to tune in just before Thanksgiving (November 27th) as I have some excited news about the book, I am eager to share.

But until then, here are a few articles and blog posts from around the web I thought you might enjoy. Have a beautiful weekend, bonjour.

~Looking to shave off a few pounds? This article dives into the real path to success.

~12 Things You Can Do Today to Improve Your Life – Oprah offers a few tips

~Prep these 7 food to kick off your week, and not only will you be satiated, your waistline will thank you!

~Ballerinas and the talent of their toes has always fascinated me. Check out these videos of ballerinas preparing their pointe shoes.

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