This & That: No. 211

May 27, 2016

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Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating by Moira Weigel

It was after reading an excerpt in The New York Times and a piece in The New Yorker reviewing Moira Weigel’s new book on dating that I found a book that would be worth taking a closer look at, and it’s not about what you think.

Last week Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating was released. Inside readers will discover who really used to be expected to ask the other out first, how the dating game changed and what has a direct effect on how we date. The short answer: It’s all about the economy and the work place. As the inside of the book cover puts to rest, “This isn’t a guide to ‘getting the guy.’ . . . Instead, Weigel helps us understand how looking for love shapes who we are―and hopefully leads us closer to the happy ending that dating promises.” A copy is on my wishlist.

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

Perhaps you’ve seen The New York Times‘ best-selling author Emma Straub’s new book reviewed in the many May issues or reviewed in the many newspapers containing summer must-read lists. Well, in case you haven’t, let me be the first to let you know that it is receiving rounds of applause and has been on my radar for a few months now as I patiently waited for its release.

Following the lives of extraordinary close college friends into their family and child-rearing years, Straub reveals their secrets as their children become adults and the truth begins to be revealed about each of the original set of companions. Set in Brooklyn, New York, a fun summer read to be enjoyed. Being released on May 31st.

Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That: A Modern Guide to Manners by Henry Alford

Once a month on Sunday, The New York Times culture columnist Henry Alford shares his humorous and spot-on insights of modern manners in Circa Now. But it was just a few years ago that he released his book Would It Kill You To Stop Doing That which discusses the modern missteps and suggestions on how to navigate the ever-more techy world with common decency and etiquette that will have you noticed for all of the right reasons. And it’s now available at a bargain price of $10. A fun summer how-to for your next flight perhaps?


The Dresser

Starring Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins, The Dresser brings together two seasoned and extraordinarily talented actors for a rendition of the original Broadway play which hit the stage in 1980. The dresser, played by Ian McKellen plays a role behind the stage of keeping an aging veteran actor (Hopkins) on top of his game and inspiring him to regain his confidence as he plays King Lear. Based on the screenwriter Ronald Harwood’s own personal experience as a dresser to English Shakespearean actor-manager Sir Donald Wolfit, tune in to Starz on May 30th to enjoy their performance.



As I follow Jamie Beck (aka as Ann Street Studio) on Instagram, I came to discover this London clothing company and was immediately impressed with their casual, yet elegant simple aesthetic. With clean lines, simple, flattering colors and wonderful prices, I wanted to introduce Baukjen to you as well. Here are a few items that caught my eye, but I highly recommend stopping by their website and poking around: the Row Top, Alesia Midi dress and the Sydney Print dress.

Rodarte Silk Wrap Dress in Beige

Having a neutral silk dress that feels as good on as it looks is a wonderful staple to have on hand. And Rodarte’s silk wrap dress in beige is quite the find. For less than $300, scoop this deal up and enjoy a fashionable summer.

Memorial Day Sales

The long weekend in the states has arrived, and after we pay homage to those who have served our country and continue to serve our country, if you would like to save a bit of money, I have a few deals I want to share with you. Find the links and the promo codes below.

—Nordstrom: Half Yearly Sale offering up to 40% off

—DVF: 30% off Select Styles with SUMMER30

—BlueFly: Extra 20% off with MDW20

—J.Crew: 30% off with WEEKEND

—Banana Republic: Extra 40% off with BRTAKE40


—Moda Operandi: Up to 50% off

—ASOS: Extra 20% off with HISUMMER

—Old Navy: Extra 50% off select styles

Ann Taylor: 50% with SUMMER50

Rag & Bone: Up to 50% off select styles



~recipe for Apple Tart with Custard~

A long weekend as I mentioned above has arrived, and none too soon, as I am sure is the case for you as well. The weather looks to be moderate and ideal, and the chores on my list are thankfully short. With plans to get outside, catch the new Jane Austen film and dive into a new book that is being released new month (and I have a feeling I will be raving about on the podcast, so be sure to stay tuned), I am sighing a deep breath that Friday has arrived.

Rest-assured a new episode of the podcast will go live on Monday as I am excited to begin a new decor series to listeners and readers as I navigate my new home and am full of ideas and curiosities. I want to thank you for stopping by and do hope you have a wonderful weekend no matter how long it is and where you may be spending it. Below are a few items I think you might enjoy reading. Until Monday bonne journée!

~Tune in to Garance Doré’s latest podcast episode: Staying True to Yourself

~Never hurts to brush up . . . 8 Habits of Highly Successful People

~Sharon Santoni shared her thoughts on letting yourself go with life’s flow. It was exactly what I needed to read yesterday.

~Just in case you’re Hampton’s bound this summer: A Guide to Your Summer in the Hamptons

~Want to add a rug to your decor, but not sure how to pick the right one? Read this.

~Curious about the prices of apartments in Paris? Check this map out of the average price in each arrondisement.

~How to Get Off the Hamster Wheel Without Quitting Your Job . . . after all summer is just around the corner.

~And lastly, 12 Mindfulness Quotes to Change How You Live Your Life

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