This & That: No. 200

Mar 11, 2016

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How to Retire with Enough Money: And How to Know What Enough Is by Teresa Ghiraducci

In under 100 pages get the straight talk from economics professor Dr. Teresa Ghiraducci about what we all want to know, how much is enough when it comes to retirement? Having devoured this book in one night last week, I can attest, she is direct, she is frank and she is precise in offering wisdom about what to do today and what to expect tomorrow based on what we are saving.

Opening Belle by Maureen Sherry

Set during the financial crisis that collapses the country in 2008, Opening Belle is a Wall Street insider’s experience of trying to juggle it all along with the unknowns that could befall her career. The protagonist, Isabelle, is a self-made woman who appears to have it all figured out, at least to onlookers. The truth is much more comedic. Just released on February 2nd, Reese Witherspoon has already optioned it for an upcoming film. Be sure to look for this in theaters soon.



I cannot wait to enjoy this film. Tumbledown, premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival last April starring Jason Sudeikis and Rebecca Hall as a New York writer and young widow respectively who meet in Maine. A romantic-comedy that looks like it will leave you laughing as well as renewed that love can still bloom. It became available in Apple’s iTunes last month, so look for it now on Amazon.


—Bon Appétit podcast

Always looking for a new podcast to enjoy, the revered food magazine Bon Appétit has its own food podcast, and with guests like Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine and the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, it is more than worth subscribing to. After all, what better way to relax on your walk than listening to the experts and those you are inspired by talk about food and what they enjoy eating? Pure pleasure indeed.


—3.1 Phillip Lim ‘Alix’ leather clutch 

I first saw this nude leather clutch (with a shoulder strap) on Garance Doré instagram feed. I immediately scoured the internet to find it, and I am glad I did. Yes, this item would be an investment, but if you are in the market for a nude quality, well-made clutch to take you from day to evening, this might just be the one (available in black too).

Elizabeth and James ‘Esser’ gold-plated silver alloy drop earrings

Drop earrings are becoming ever-present for the spring season, and this pair from Elizabeth and James won’t break the bank. Refined and simplified in their design, a simple statement piece to add to your collection, no?


~take a virtual tour of Frédéric Fekkai’s southern French home here as featured in the March 2016 issue of Architectural Digest.~


~recipe for Mini Cocotte Blueberry Lemon Pies~

With dreams of the countryside outside of Provence dancing around in my head after viewing the above home tour of Frédéric Fekkai, I am beginning to figure out how to spruce up the exterior of my own house at the moment. After all, spring is about to begin and all of the newness and outside moments will be in abundance.

It’s moments with nature that for me help establish the balance I have been seeking all of my adult life. As discussed in this week’s episode of the podcast, there are many simple habits to incorporate into our daily routine that can make a substantial difference and engaging with Mother Nature is certainly one.

While the rain has been immense for Central Oregon, I have a feeling I will want to trek up to the mountain for one more ski down around the slopes with the boys this weekend, and maybe take in a film at a small independent theater here in town. Whatever the weekend brings, I will be sure to enjoy. Below are a few articles you too might enjoy for a bit of weekend reading. Thank you for stopping by and bon week-end!

~Just in case you need a reason to follow your passions . . . 11 Reasons Why You Should Do the Things You Love

~Habitually Chic toured La Reserve Paris, and needless to say, make reservations now for you next special trip to the City of Light.

~Speaking of Paris . . . Paris Through Another Lens: Tourist vs. Travel Writer

~Yet more reasons to incorporate moments of meditation into your regular wellness routine . . . Why Just 10 Minutes of Meditation Can Change Everything

~Are you a parent or an aunt or uncle? Read this . . . 9 Essential Skills Kids Should Learn

6 thoughts on “This & That: No. 200

  1. So now I’m also dreaming of Provence and lavender filled summer days – alas we are a little further north on the South West coast, but still this area is touted as the second sunniest region of France, and today the sun is indeed shining, we have lavender already in flower thanks to the incredibly mild winter we have had and Spring is here – I think I’ll stop dreaming of Porvence for a while and live my own dream, it is after all nearly the weekend and that means fun filled adventures with the children, can’t wait. Have a great weekend yourself x

  2. I’ll have to check out those books. I think that many factors mean we will have to work much longer, so I’m trying to stay as fit as possible to be able to keep up!
    Although I’m salivating over Fekkai’s house (just those urns are a fortune!), I wouldn’t want it. I love the south of France, but I’m in Aude, which is so much calmer than Provence. And there are many ways to “live the life” without breaking the bank if you come for a visit.

  3. Hi, not sure where to post this. I really miss Style Inspiation and outfit of the week. So many times I used your ideas to help with outfit ideas.

  4. Picked up the retirement money book this weekend and made a weekend read of it. Even though I thought I was doing well in my retirement savings, this made me re-think my current plans. Will take advantage of some of her straight-talk recommendations. Good basics and straight talk. Thank you for the recommendation!

  5. That clutch is perfection. I’m looking forward to reading Opening Belle. I was an investment banker in the early 2000s and it’s a funny industry!

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