This & That: No. 197

Feb 19, 2016

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~Clarins Night & Day Cream

Whether you live a dry or humid climate, keeping our skin properly moisturized is crucial for a youth glow and healthy radiance. I had the opportunity to try Clarins’ new multi-Active facial moisturizers, one for day and one for night, and I must say, my skin looked and felt supple, refreshed and back to its old self after an exhausting, yet memorable January.

With myrothamnus extract from South Africa in the daytime cream which helps to absorb the harmful effects of daily stress, reducing fine lines and organic California poppy in the night cream, the helping to add intense moisture for a return to a more radiant glow, both products are available for normal to combination skin as well as dry skin. Have a look at each here: Multi-Active Nuit cream and Multi-Active Jour cream.


~The Pursuit of Perfect: How to Stop chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life by Tal Ben-Shaham Ph. D.

In 2009, The Pursuit of Perfect was released, and in alignment with the positive psychology focus which is being discussed more and more, Harvard professor Dr. Ben-Shaham’s book is a welcomed reminder that perfect should be relinquished in order to live a more fulfilling and contented life.

Francophile Find

~The French Way: Aspects of Behavior, Attitudes, & Customs of the French by Ross Steele

Yet another older, but worthwhile book to read if you haven’t had the chance to yet, international French culture expert Ross Steele breaks it all down regarding the French culture. From their humor which can be more political and satirical, to their affection for dogs, to their concept of arriving on time, if you are intrigued by the French, perhaps you too will love this book.


~Burberry Signature Grain leather continental wallet, antique rose 

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I am in pursuit of a quality wallet that is as stylish and well made as it is functional. And I think I may have narrowed down my choices to include Burberry’s new color and continental wallet collection, antique rose.

The two things I appreciate most about this wallet besides its quality design is that no loud logos are expressed on the exterior. Rather the style does the talking. And secondly, the color. Neutrals are preferred in most things, but when color is chosen, often there is nothing in between that is muted, yet chic. However, finally a middle ground has been discovered: antique rose. I am smitten. (However, there are other colors available.)

~J.Crew sleeveless silk popover in deco floral

Layering has always been a key component in my wardrobe, and now that I am quite prone to pull out a blazer, all I need to mix it up from time to time are differing statement camisoles and sleeveless blouses. J.Crew’s silk deco floral print is playful and indicative of the coming spring, and I love it. Especially since it is under $100.

~Tory Burch pebbled crepe jumpsuit

The jumpsuit trend continues to be ubiquitous, which as you know I am a tremendous fan of. And while red isn’t my color, it is stunning on so many women depending upon their skin tone. Tory Burch’s crepe jumpsuit is classically cut with a lovely back and allows the woman wearing it to feel confined. Wear with heels or statement sandals and beautiful jewelry and all eyes will be on you.


~Adele on Vogue’s March 2016 cover. Click here for more images by Annie Leibovitz and her interview.~


~recipe for the Chocolate, Almond Pear Cake~

Snow flurries, wind and then oodles of rain soaked the Bend area yesterday, making it truly a Winnie-the-Pooh day. And you know what? I loved it. Why? Inclement weather, so long as it isn’t severe, to me has always been comforting. Perhaps it is because I thoroughly love my sanctuary and all the entertainment and comfort it offers: books, my boys, a well-stocked kitchen, magazines, a laptop and furniture that beckons to relax in. And because the upcoming weekend looks to offer similar weather, I must say, I am subtly ecstatic. Is that possible?

Either way, I am looking forward to flipping through the new Vogue, making a new dessert recipe that was inspired by Barefoot Contessa’s latest new episode in Paris and relaxing a bit more than usual.

I do hope you have beautiful plans this weekend. Thank you for stopping by. Below you will find a few articles you might enjoy for weekend reading. Until Sunday, bon week-end.

~Throw away your earbuds, boredom is good

~A simple, unexpected way to make an amazing French omelette

~How to Save Money When You’re Broke

~8 Science-Backed Ways to Fall and Stay in Love

~Anne Hathaway’s new home in NYC

~5 Myths About Love


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