This & That: No. 196

Feb 12, 2016

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All in Good Taste by Kate Spade

Designer Kate Spade has returned this past October with another style guide to take a look at. I can remember more than 10 years ago when she published a set of style guides on entertaining, travel and decor, and thankfully she has even more to share. All in Good Taste offers ideas for the hostess from recipes to festive decor ideas without the pomp and circumstance. With a cover complete with a red wine stain, I like her style very much indeed.


The Choice

Looking for a romantic film to see in the theaters this weekend? Nicholas Sparks has you taken care of. The latest film inspired by his novel of the same name, The Choice, was just released last Friday and is sure to have you believing in love again. Have a look at the trailer below.

Francophile Find

The Barefoot Contessa in Paris Again

Ina Garten returns this Sunday on the Food Network for her special Barefoot in Paris: Part Deux. Oh, I cannot wait! As she tours the City of Light, she will be stopping into restaurants that are American-inspired of all things, but then culminating the show with a picnic to celebrate her husband’s birthday. Perfect for Valentine’s Day viewing. Set your DVRs for 10am Pacific time or 1pm Eastern.


Everlane Stripe tops

~Classic navy and white stripe tops are a staple whether it is summer or winter, but the transition from one to the other needs to endure chillier and unpredictable temperatures from time to time. Everlane’s 100% 2-ply striped cotton is heavier, not paper-thin; certainly an ideal transitional French capsule wardrobe essential item. With a boatneck design that is flattering on nearly every woman, having one of these classic styles on hand is a very good idea, especially at a reasonable price for a quality product.

—Parker Thatch Stationery

Playful and colorful, Parker Thatch stationery was recommended by Kate Spade as her go-to stationery of choice, and I had to have a look. Turns out, I can see why she adores it so. With playful and whimsical characters, to a couple of items with particular breeds of dogs, pug and dachshund lovers be sure to have a look, if you have a vibrant signature style, you may have just found your signature stationery.

Sophie Hulme barnsbury leather shoulder bag

Many of you have emailed me when the weekly Style Inspiration posts spotlight in one or more of the images a chic, leather saddle bag, and I can completely understand why. While most are well over $1,000, such as Chloé, there are a few, still quite top quality bags in the mid-budget range. Sophie Hulme’s leather shoulder bag, available in black and a mini version in plum, is simple, yet sturdy and ideal for someone who is traveling or on the move, but needs to keep secure items safe. I certainly have been keeping my eye for exactly one that works with my wardrobe, but black is a great place to start.



~recipe for Fig, Rosemary & Lemon Tart~

Valentine’s Day weekend, a long weekend here in the states and well, a reason to just smile. I came across the image of Jennifer Aniston above, and I couldn’t help but include it as she personifies my feelings for this weekend (a year old, but you can read her interview which accompanied the image here): exuberant, bubbly, carefree and blissful.

Valentine’s Day need not just be for those in romantic partnerships, but also a reason to celebrate the one feeling that too have too much of would be a very good thing. Whether it is love for someone, a love for the life your are living or a love for something you are doing, revel in this, for you have something to be grateful for. If you are in the mood to strengthen your relationships, be sure to tune in to this week’s episode of the podcast where I discuss What Love is and How to Maintain It.

However, whether you are spending the weekend doing something out of the ordinary, or simply appreciating the ordinary, leisurely weekend that it will be, I do hope you have a wonderful time. Below are a handful or articles you may enjoy reading, and until Sunday bon week-end.

~Five Character Traits That Will Make You Happy

~6 Qualities Mindful People Enjoy that Mindless People Do Not

~Step inside 8 Stylish Libraries Fit for a Bibliophile

~7 Simple Strategies to Help You Live Your Best Life

~From The New York Times, A Valentine’s Dinner You Can Make at Home

~How Highly Sensitive People Deal with the World Differently

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