This & That: No. 94

Feb 04, 2014

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Three books covering a wide array of interests, a play to entertain you, a movie to appreciate, and a dress to wear for the occasion.


~Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation by Judith Mackrell

Mackrell’s biography of six women who helped to define the 1920s as we know it today – progressive in art, music, gender roles and fashion – spotlights the lives of Josephine Baker, Zelda Fitzgerald, Nancy Cunard, Tallulah Bankhead, Diana Cooper and Tamara de Lempicka. Available today, the Roaring 20s is a decade that intrigues me immensely, and as Zelda and Josephine have been the objects of more than a handful of biographies, I look forward to seeing even more behind the scenes into all of these women’s private lives to understand more about a historic shift in what Mackrell defines as the emerging of the new woman.

~Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider

Many may know her as the blogger who founded Simple Mom until last fall when she renamed her blog The Art of Simple. Currently living in Bend, Oregon, but having lived all around the world with her husband and children, Tsh Oshenreider’s third book, Notes from a Blue Bike, is released today.   Full of tips, reminders and anecdotes from her own life, she reminds us that we each have the freedom to reduce the chaos and focus on the necessary that creates of a life of fulfillment and contentment. I couldn’t help but gravitate toward her talents, what can I say?

~The Paris Gourmet  by Trish Deseine

Trish Deseine’s recently released food guide to Paris is a travel companion I wish I would have had last summer. Full of beautiful images, readers will feel as though they are stepping into each of the restaurants, shops and markets. Deseine details her favorite restaurants, hotels and markets in the City of Light, as well as a menu full of Parisian recipes you will want to try at your next dinner party. A regular recipe contributor to Elle France and The Irish Times, she was also named one of the forty women of the decade by Vogue Paris in 2010. Fellow Francophiles, if you are destined to travel for the first time to Paris or return for the upteenth time, be sure to pack this gem.


~Outside Mullingar

A love story on stage which is receiving very warm reviews, Outside Mullingar is worth a watching if you are in New York City the next few weeks. Having premiered in January and running through Sunday March 16th at the Samuel J. Friedman theater, Debra Messing and Brian F. O’Bryne star in John Patrick Shanley’s Irish tale about a reluctant son who’s father is on his deathbed and a friendly neighbor who won’t be deterred by her love interest’s diffident demeanor.


~The Monuments Men

Based on Robert Edsel’s New York Times bestselling book Rescuing Da Vinci: Hitler and the Nazis Stole Europe’s Great Art – America and Her Allies Recovered It, which shares the story of approximately 350 men and women who risked their lives during WWII to ensure that more than five million works of art were rescued from Nazi destruction, The Monuments Men will open in theaters Friday February 7th. Comprised of curators, museum directors, educators and art historians, works of art such as Winged Victory which currently resides in Louvre, and Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady with an Ermine, can still be viewed and appreciated by the generations that followed due to the courageous efforts of this multi-national group.

George Clooney produced, co-wrote, directed and stars alongside an all-star cast: Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman,  Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, and Hugh Bonneville. And I must say, I am eagerly waiting to attend.


~DVF Cadence trim detail silk shirt dress in navy and ecru

A perfect transition dress from winter to fall. Diane von Furstenberg’s deep navy silk dress would pair superbly with a pair of boots and layered with a cardigan or blazer for winter, and wouldn’t miss a bit with sandals, flats and pair of sunglasses for spring.

6 thoughts on “This & That: No. 94

  1. Thought of your “top ten shoes” post when I noticed that Hunter is running a sale on their glossy wellies. Now to justify a second pair for myself in a different color!

  2. In regard to your intrigue for the 20’s, have you ever watched Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on Netflix? It’s an Australian series and the outfits in it are wonderful. Love this light-hearted murder mystery series!

  3. Apropos of Netflix and Monuments Men; Netflix has a documentary called “The Rape of Europa” which explains the whole Nazi program of stealing art, furnishings and destroying architecture, and then finishes up with the Monuments Men program and interviews with remaining participants. It’s really amazing.

    P.S. …….oh, and the clothes Miss Fisher wears are FAB too! : )

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