This & That: No. 179

Oct 09, 2015

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~French Chic Living: Simple Ways to Make Your Home Beautiful

Perhaps one day each of us who dream of living in France will acquire a Parisian apartment or a country cottage in which we can have the French flea markets at our fingertips and the bucolic landscapes that dance in our dreams at night just outside our front doors, but until then a new decor book, French Chic Living, will provide ample inspiration for bringing a touch of French living into your home wherever you live. Scheduled to be released on October 13th, my copy is pre-ordered, and I cannot wait for it to arrive. I have a feeling you will want a copy as well.

~Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family by Anne-Marie Slaughter

In 2012, Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote a much-talked-about cover article for The Atlantic as I shared and discussed on the blog at the time. Since the publication, she has been hard at work on the book that was just recently released about the shift that must take place in order for women and men to have equally fulfilling work and home lives all the while raising healthy and happy children; thereby, modeling to children that sex shouldn’t be a determining factor in expectation of marital roles, but rather the personalities in the relationship.

As a pairing to allow readers to hear his own experience and voice, Slaughter’s husband Andrew Moravcsik just shared his own article in October’s issue of The Atlantic that further explains the need for a shift in expectation, balance and equal help in marriages that wish to have children. Without question, the book will certainly prompt a much-needed discussion.

Francophile Find

~My Paris Market Cookbook: A Culinary Tour of French Flavors and Seasonal Recipes by Emily Dilling

Well, if we can’t go to Paris and shop in the markets we can at least pick up blogger and podcaster Emily Dilling’s new book My Paris Market Cookbook. With recipes offering the best food available for each season to an itinerary of markets to visit when you do travel to Paris, this is a cookbook I cannot wait to have on my shelf. And the podcast, Paris Paysanne, is now on my playlist.


~Jennifer DeMoro Jewelry

A few weeks ago I came across Jennifer DeMoro’s jewelry on Instagram, and immediately was drawn to it as it fits my taste in jewelry that is simple, signature and offers superb quality. From the nameplate necklace (which reminds me of Carrie’s necklace in SATC) to the large curve 14Karat wire earrings as well as the classic bar necklace in which you can have inscribed with your name or word of choice, I am officially smitten. Having since communicated with her, it is clear this independent entrepreneur loves what she does and takes great care and pride in what she creates. Be sure, these investment pieces would be great items to last a lifetime or give to a special friend as a gift.

~Terrain Creamware Cake Stand

Lately I’ve had my eye on tabletop decor, and what has always grabbed my eye has been pedestals to display a wide array of food, decor and any seasonal choice to add a simple touch of personality to the home. While the entire Terrain website is worth taking a look at for unique, yet classic, chic decor items, it is the creamware cake stand that would be a simple, lovely low-standing pedestal for cakes, gourds or anything you prefer.


~Code Black

While I am a fan of Grey’s Anatomy, I will admit I fast-forward through the über excessive drama scenes and instead only watch the main plots that I enjoy. Good acting is quickly apparent and makes it all the easier to not watch mediocre when time is limited. So when I heard about Marcia Gay Harden starring in Code Black Wednesday nights on CBS (10pm), I tuned in. Based on a documentary by doctor Ryan McGarry which explored America’s emergency departments winning acclaim at Los Angeles’ Film Festival, the weekly show is off to a roaring good start. The pace is quick, the dialogue lively and not syrupy. Tune in and be immediately enthralled.


~recipe for Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes~

With a new season, new lessons, new opportunities, and a new bounty of gifts to be savored, the weekend begins. Wanting to decorate my porch for fall with gourds and mums, I am finally going to have the chance this weekend to dabble with the pumpkins and pick through the last of the fall flower shades. As well, this weekend in Bend offers up an annual event I have been hearing about for some time: the Bend Film Festival. Having kicked off yesterday, I will be spending my Saturday dashing around to a few documentaries, so be sure to follow along on Instagram to see what I discover.

This week on the blog has been full of fashion, lessons from the vineyard about life and thoughts about finding a new flow to everyday living that is sitting with me quite well. I hope you have a lovely fall weekend and until Monday, bonjour!

In the meantime, a few articles you may enjoy reading this weekend with a cup of tea or hot java. Enjoy!

~Each of is, but just in case you are curious . . . 10 Signs You’re Really Special

~Certainly worth waiting for, but something to keep in mind . . . 12 Tough Truths About Great Relationships

~10 New Things to Do and See in London . . . just in case your next vacation takes you to England.

~8 Habits of People Who Always Have Great Ideas . . . it really is quite simple

~A simple regular practice that can make a tremendous difference on the quality of our lives . . . 12 Little Known Laws of Gratitude (That Will Change Your Life)



3 thoughts on “This & That: No. 179

  1. Hi

    I have just read this week’s newsletter. Obviously something very surprising and upsetting has happened to you – so I am thinking of you. I too am not religious but believe everything happens for a reason. You seem to be having a huge amount of personal challenges since you moved to Bend and your recent posts although positive as always, seem to have a sad and unsettling (for you) undertone. So I just wanted to say, believe in yourself and your values and keep hold of that dream you know is touchable and stay in there. Your blog is an inspiration to many and your openess and honesty is refreshingly heartening. We are all willing you on x Today in England – is a stunning autumn day. The sun is surprisingly warm for this time of year. The colours are glorious and the skies are clear blue. How lucky we are to live in such a beautiful world x have a great day x Anna

  2. Excellent post this week and I love the honesty you shared. I had a recent disappointment as well so I related to your post. You have inspired me. I think anytime we have expectations that we are holding on to the universe gives us a nudge to another direction we had not anticipated. It is hard to give up the comfort of feeling you know how things are going to turn out and live in the unknown, but that seems to be the way to live in my experience.
    Best of luck in getting back on your path and I wanted to give you a quote of Kitty Carlisle, “I always just keep my blades on the ice and keep skating.”

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