This & That: No. 214

Jun 17, 2016

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Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises by  Lesley M. M. Blume

The expats that came to produce some of the most well-known, remembered and commonly taught novels from the 1920s have always been intriguing to the literary curious. And for many, especially Ernest Hemingway. His successful novel The Sun Also Rises was produced during a time in France and Spain that involved many tales to tell, yet not all have been shared or revealed until now. In Lesley M. M. Blume’s new biography, she reveals how Hemingway’s legend became what we know it today: hard-drinking, a bon vivant, charmer of women, brawling and a boisterous literary genius. Released last week, if Hemingway and the intriguing time period in the 1920s piques your interest, this book is worth picking up.


Linen Napkins (set of 4) Sur La Table

Summer-time means dining outside under the stars while the warm temps allow us to bask in the perfect setting for relaxing and indulging in delicious barbecue faire. And why not dress up the table with simple, yet beautiful linen napkins? With more than 10 different colors to choose from, Sur La Table’s set of 4 linen napkins are less than $20.  A great deal for a beautiful simple touch.


Banana Republic Pleated Ombre Midi Dress

If you are looking for a touch of color this summer season, Banana Republic’s stunning green/emerald ombre midi dress full with pleats will be a stunner. And the price isn’t bad either.

Banana Republic Wrap Front Print Cami

Layers, layers, layers. Remembering that v-necks help to elongate our neck and silhouette, this beautiful striped camisole is well-priced and a classic item for your summer capsule wardrobe.

Madewell Ultimate Leather Motorcycle Jacket

Having a leather jacket that is precisely the style you want can be hard to find, especially when the classic designs are up near $1000 for a quality item. And while the purchase will be one that will be worn for many years, if not decades to come, Madewell has a classic motorcyle jacket that may just be what you’re looking for.

~Single Rope Hammock on Gilt

As someone who has fallen in love with her hammock, the essential component for this leisure summer accessory is the wooden bar that keeps the hammock spread out so you don’t become squashed like a cocoon. Also important, having realized after I made my purchase last year, is for your hammock to be made of material that can dry out quickly if it gets hit with summer showers. This polyester rope hammock is perfect and even more perfect at the reduced price.


—Odd Mom Out, Season 2 Premiere

One laugh-out loud comedy that is returning this summer that I highly recommend is Odd Mom Out. The second season premieres on June 20th at 10pm on Bravo, and get ready for some hilarious antics by Jill Kargman and crew. Starring as Jill Weber, a married mother of three who is indeed the odd mom out as her husband’s family is from the social elite living on the Upper East Side, her normalcy, her candid remarks and frank observations about the absurdities she experiences in everyday life is worth tuning in for. Have a look at the trailer for the new season below.



~recipe for Classic Caramel Slices~

The official start to summer is just around the corner, and my kick-off to summer officially begins today as classes wrapped up and grades were turned in. The weather this week has been cool and temperate with a bit of rain from time to time. And for me, this is ideal. The calm, jacket-necessary days provoke me to sit down, become clear and gather up my excitement for a summer I cannot wait to dive into.

As the common question goes for all of us, “Any fun plans this summer holiday?”  the response is most definitely Bien sur! But for the first time in more than four years, I will be staying in Oregon, and my answer will still be the same. Even though tonhear myself say that I am not hopping on a plane to journey somewhere is odd, I cannot express how wholly exuberant I am about exploring my new hometown, diving into more blog and book work and helping pull together a project that will be revealed in the fall (as I mentioned on Sunday). So as the pennies are being saved for my next European excursion, the dreams are being built this summer, and it is my hope that it will pay off in more ways than I might have ever imagined.

Below are some articles, as well as one video, to speak to your French predilections as well as curiosity for life inspiration. Enjoy your weekend and until Monday, bonne journée!

~A Beginner’s Guide to French Cheese

~Is the technology we use every day eradicating our ability to reflect? This great opinion piece was featured in Sunday’s New York Times on just this topic.

~The Life Changing Travel Experiences You Need at Every Age

~20 Places to Go for the Best Views in Paris

~The Best Way to Use a French Market Basket (Besides Toting It)

~This year’s Harvard Commencement address. It’s worth sitting down for 20 minutes. Trust me.

~10 Secrets to Decorating like a Parisian

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One thought on “This & That: No. 214

  1. It’s so interesting, between “Genius” and “Everybody Behaves Badly,” to learn about the back story of some great literature (though I don’t appreciate Hemingway’s Trumpian attitudes toward women).
    Your links are always a notch above the rest. Thanks!

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