This & That: No. 194

Jan 29, 2016

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~Elegant Entrepreneur: The Female Founders’ Guide to Starting & Growing Your First Company by Danielle Tate

Maybe you already run your own business, or perhaps you have dreams of someday being an entrepreneur. Either way, I have found a book that may just provide you with the confidence to begin stepping out on your own. Released earlier this month by successful business woman and founding CEO of, Danielle Tate offers step by step tips and secrets for building a successful business. Whether you have a business background or merely the dream of running your own show, I found it to be helpful especially as she explained how to know when to make the leap and knowing how and when to present products to customers.

~Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant

Available on Tuesday February 2nd, best-selling author Adam Grand (Give and Take) reveals how thinking different, changing up age-old traditions and battling conformity can lead to more success and a better world. With studies and anecdotes from an array of different worlds such as business, sports, politics and entertainment, critics are raving. Whether you have a new and different idea and are trying to find the courage to present it to the world, or if you are a manager or leader and looking for new ways to bring forth from your employees creative, new ideas, this may be the book for you.

Francophile Find

~Parisian Chic City Guide: Shopping, Dining and More by Ines de la Fressange

In 2011 former Chanel model and business woman Ines de la Fressange published her best-selling Parisian Chic Style Guideand while a handful of her favorite boutiques were shared, readers wanted to know more about the whereabouts of her beloved haunts in Paris. On Tuesday February 2nd, Ines will oblige us all with her new book Parisian Chic City Guide. While smaller in size and finished with her classic thick passport-like cover, this is a Francophile travel guide to keep tucked into your carry-on as you make your way to Paris. Full of classic boutiques for shopping to complete your French Capsule Wardrobe or making a trip to a particular arrondissement, the Parisian City Guide is full of clothing, dining, grocery and beauty destinations you won’t want to miss.


~Capulet Melton Belted Jacket

Reduced in price and offering a cool grey wrap-effect wool coat for winter, wear over denim or over your dress for the evening. Capulet’s Melton belted jacket is a seasonal staple that won’t soon go out of style.

~J.Crew 10 percent long-sleeve T-shirt in navy stripe

I cannot help but share with you new finds in the stripe department. J.Crew is offering long-sleeve tee-shirt tops in navy stripe as well as a couple of other colors. With the scoop neck available as well as a turtleneck, such a top would be a perfect layering piece.


~ZUS Car Charger & Smart Car Locator

Perhaps you are someone who is always on the go, in your car and hoping desperately your smartphone will charge quickly enough before your next stop. Or perhaps you have to park in large parking lots and sometimes forget exactly where you have parked. If you find yourself nodding with either one of these scenarios, I have the car charger for you. Capable of charging two smartphones at once (iPhone or Android), and charging them in half the time, the ZUS Car Charger & Smart Car Locator is a new tech gadget that will save you time and money.

Having had the time to use first-hand the device (as seen below in my Buick Encore), I can attest, the device is simple, well-lit (in a dark car as you are trying to figure out where you connect your phone) and easy to use. Click  to learn even more about this multi-functional gadget.

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~recipe for French Chocolate Mousse (a few more from TSLL are here and here)~

The weekend has arrived, and while I will admit I was yawning by Monday, the week revealed itself to be quite spectacular. I hope you are saying the same thing, reflecting back on a handful of days that were full of worthwhile and memorable moments, and now turning forward toward two days of restoration, relaxation and perhaps a few moments to catch your breath.

Monday’s episode of the podcast was one of the most well-received in the history of The Simple Sophisticate, and I must say one of the most enjoyable to produce as it was something that reminded me to keep stepping forward even when I am not one hundred percent sure. Having received a handful of emails and inspiring comments regarding this episode, I want to thank all of the listeners and readers that stopped by and tuned in.

But now to Paris, for the Spring Couture shows. Click here to see the latest from the runways as Chanel, Dior and bevy of talented designers reveal their ensembles. Needless to say, spring fever is slowly being to burst forth. I do hope you have a lovely weekend and below are a few articles you may enjoy. Until Sunday, bon week-end!

~9 Incredible Books to Effectively Boost Your Life & Career

~The Best Places to Travel in February

~15 Awesome Things You Can Do with Oatmeal

~7 Motivational Habits of Highly Efficient People That Really Work

~According to this monk, the Secret to Happiness Only Takes 15 minutes a Day

~Mozart’s Daily Routine. You know you’re curious.


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One thought on “This & That: No. 194

  1. I love your book recommendations. As a biz owner I will certainly check out the Elegant Entrepreneur (sounds like my kind of book 😉
    Enjoy your weekend x

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