This & That: No. 213

Jun 10, 2016

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The Assistants by Camille Perri

Another fantastic summer read to indulge in. Light, fun, set in New York City and starring a millennial trying to figure life out, this genre is a constant mainstay for every generation as each make their way through their twenties, try to apply the lessons in their thirties and realize while it won’t be easy, it is worth trying to figure it all out instead of simply going along.

The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish and Self-Made Career by Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power

Released last month, the founders of the über successful fashion and style website WhoWhatWear appear to have another best-selling book on their hands. With pinpoint specific advice on how to negotiate when it comes to your salary, how to tactfully leave and move on to your next job as well as 20 different lifehacks tips to help you find balance with your personal life, if you are looking for career guidance as you build the life of your dreams, you may just want to pick up this book.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

Now this looks like a delightful book. Recently widowed, Arthur Pepper loves his simple daily routines and even has a lovely name for his fern: Frederica. But on the anniversary of his beloved wife’s death, he sets out on an adventure that leads him to London, Paris and India. It is an adventure of self-discovery, and in many ways makes me think that it may be The Alchemist but with a gentleman of a certain age this time leading the foray into destinations and realizations unknown. Released just last month, it is the author’s debut and she may have just started with a brilliant bang.


Brooklyn Interiors by Kathleen Hackett

Having had the chance to flip through this book in the comfort of my home, three homes especially stood out Anne O’Zavelo’s, Robert Highsmith & Stefanie Brechbuehler’s and Victoria & Nick Sullivan’s. The beauty that many Brooklyn homes offer is what I love about Parisian apartments: high ceilings, tall, expansive windows, and oodles of character. If you are drawn to what is transpiring in Brooklyn, you will enjoy this book.



Based on A. Scott Berg’s National Book Award winning book Max Perkins: Editor of Genius published in 1978, Colin Firth stars as Thomas Wolfe’s (Jude Law) editor who has worked with Hemingway and Fitzgerald during the peak of their careers. Wolfe’s “genius” is captured through the relationship with his editor, as they struggle and succeed to publish the works that are anything but short, but certainly brilliant. Being released today, have a look at the trailer below.


French Mercantile Woven Market Baskets

Farmers’ market season has begun here in Bend as captured below a few days ago, and many people from time to time who don’t already have their market basket of choice, always ask for recommendations of where to find them. While sometimes you can find them right at the market itself, I have found a destination online to select the ideal French-esque straw basket that speaks to you. With more than nine different styles available, be sure to peruse the selection here.

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Me & Em classic Breton Tops

It is well into spring by now and summer is almost here. And because of this I wanted to share with you one of my favorite destinations for stocking up on quality cotton, yet not too spendy Breton tops in all different colors. Brought to international recognition by the Duchess of Cambridge, these tops are well-made, simple and less than $70. Me & Em – pick up your favorite boatneck or crew neck color today.

Net-a-Porter Semi-Annual Sale

The semi-annual sale worth saving your pennies for has arrived. With designer items slashed up to 60% (Victoria Beckham denim, a Vanessa Seward dress, a Dolce & Gabbana scarf and more), be sure to take the time to see what is available. Below are a few items I have hand-picked.


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~the living room of the F. Scott Fitzgerald suite in the recently reopened Paris Ritz~


~recipe for Dark Chocolate Figs Marnier~

The Paris Ritz is back and open for business as of June 6th after four years of shuttering for improvement. As profiled in The New York Times, the 118 year old historic hotel underwent an impressive renovation, and now the doors are open. Whether you can or want to reserve a room, you certainly should at least have a drink in Bar Hemingway (named after Ernst in 1994) and take in the beautiful decor as well as the rich history. Enjoy a tour here.

Much like Ritz Paris, a touch-up is often a good idea to invest in from time to time. Whether it’s the way our furniture is arranged, the length or style of our hair, or maybe even the color, significant change can be symbolic of a shift we are feeling in our own life, in our own being. Consider today if you are deserving of commemorating a life shift with a visual renovation. It may have a more positively powerful effect on your movement forward than you ever thought possible. And along with being ready for change, we must be rested so we can think clearly. I do hope this weekend provides you with the rest and relaxation you need as we dive full-tilt ahead into June. Below are a few articles and posts you might enjoy, and until Monday, bonne journée!

~4 Ways to Stop Worrying and Take Charge of Your Life

~5 Habits to Ditch Now for a Super Successful Future

~15 Things to Do When You’re Feeling Stressed

~Find a Dress that Is Made For Your Body with This Guide

~Katherine Power’s beautiful home tour as spotlighted on Habitually Chic

~How to Stop Dwelling on the Life You Could Be Living


4 thoughts on “This & That: No. 213

  1. Shannon, thank you for the book recommendations. And “Genius” looks really good. Looks like a fall release. I’ll be watching for it. Have a great weekend!

  2. “Genius” sounds wonderful–as an expat in France, a writer and editor and lover of Hemingway and Fitzgerald, I’ll have to see it. Another one of their click was Ford Maddox Ford, whose “The Good Soldier” is mind-bending.
    “The Career Code” also sounds interesting. I am glad to be on my own, sometimes, but I still have to negotiate and wish I could do it better.
    As for market baskets and Breton shirts, you really ought to come to France! And I don’t mean just Paris.

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